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Bioelectricity Welcomes Drs. Mustafa B A Djamgoz and Michael Levin to the Helm

Bioelectricity welcomes both Mustafa B A Djamgoz, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, and Michael Levin, Vannevar Bush Professor, Director, Allen Discovery Center at Tufts, Director, Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, to the helm of Bioelectricity. They will assume the role of co-Editors-in-Chief in January 2020, taking over from Founding Editor-in-Chief Dr. Dany Spencer Adams. We warmly thank Dr. Spencer Adams for her influential commitment to launching the journal in this burgeoning field.

Dr. Mustafa Djamgoz

Dr. Mustafa B A Djamgoz studied physics and biophysics at the Imperial College London, where he became first Professor of Neurobiology, and then Professor of Cancer Biology. He was one of the first to formalize the field of 'ion channels and cancer', discovering the role of voltage-gated sodium channels in metastasis. His scientific consultancies and granting agencies include the Medical Research Council (UK), the Wellcome Trust and the European Commission. In 2002, Djamgoz established the Pro Cancer Research Fund as a registered charity which ran the Amber Care Centre, a drop-in center for people affected by cancer. In recognition of his vast achievements in cancer research, Professor Djamgoz has received The Huxley Memorial Medal, the Japanese Government Research Award for Foreign Specialist, and the Freedom of the City of London. He has published four books (including "Beat Cancer") and over 200 primary research papers.

Dr. Michael Levin

Dr. Michael Levin, a professor in the Biology department at Tufts, holds the Vannevar Bush endowed Chair and leads the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University – an interdisciplinary Center dedicated to unraveling the morphogenetic code. Recent honors include the Scientist of Vision award and the Distinguished Scholar Award. Levin has a degree in computer science and has worked in the field of scientific computing and artificial intelligence. He then obtained a PhD in genetics from Harvard University. As a post-doc at Harvard Medical School, he developed the first molecular-genetic tools for probing non-neural bioelectricity in development and regeneration. His laboratory works at the intersection of developmental biophysics, cognitive science, and computer science to understand how cells and tissues process information during regeneration, embryogenesis, and cancer suppression.

"It is a very exciting time in the field of bioelectricity. We are currently experiencing a very important moment in the progression of bioelectricity studies from a small specialty to an internationally recognized topic of great significance," says Dr. Mustafa Djamgoz. "We are honored to serve at the helm of Bioelectricity, an academic peer-reviewed journal dedicated to act as a central resource for researchers in the field," adds Dr. Michael Levin. "We are delighted by this opportunity to coordinate the work of so many talented people as we shape our journal into an outstanding and influential foundation for this dynamic, emerging field. We thank Dr. Dany Spencer Adams for her vast accomplishments in successfully launching the journal."

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