Editor-in-chief
Dr. Yegor B. Malashichev
Ph.D., Associate Professor/Docent, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Head, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Department of Ecological Physiology, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0003-3813-5712

Yegor MalashichevYegor Malashichev graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Saint Petersburg State University in 1996 with initial specialization in vertebrate zoology. Yegor’s research interests have broadened much after postdoctoral work in University of Freiburg and Technical University of Dresden (Germany), and University of Trieste (Italy) to molecular and evolutionary embryology and to animal psychology and molecular psychiatry leading to publications in these diverse areas including such renowned journals as BioEssays, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Current Biology, Nature Ecology and Evolution. Yegor guest edited collections of papers for Psychology Press (Hove, UK) and Eurekah/Landes Biosciences (Texas, USA) before he joined the journal in the end of 2014. Since mid-2016 he has been working as the Editor-in-Chief of Biological Communications and contributing editor for zoology, animal behaviour, and developmental biology.


Editorial Assistant
Roman G. Khalikov
Leading Engineer, Technical Department of System Support for Taxonomic Research, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Head, Telecommunications Group, Komarov Botanical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-6218-1463

Roman KhalikovRoman Khalikov graduated with a Master's in Biology (herpetology) from the Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University in 2001. Since 2000 he has been affiliated with the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg, where he is engaged in numerous projects in the field of information technologies in zoology: corporate network infrastructure development, taxonomic and biodiversity client-server databases management, online data publishing and prepress. In 2009 he was invited to Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg and carried out a large-scale modernization of its corporate network, to the present day heading the Telecommunications Group there. He is an editor of “Russian Journal of Herpetology” (since 2003) and an editorial board member of “Current Studies in Herpetology” (since 2016).


Editorial Board

Prof. Evgeny V. Abakumov
Head, Department of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-5248-9018

Evgeny AbakumovEvgeny Abakumov graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Saint Petersburg State University in 2001. He is studying the soil-biological interactions in polar, mountain, and other extreme environments. Evgeny has published much in such journals as Eurasian Soil Science, Polarforschung, Solid Earth. Having a broad experience in soil geography, taxonomy, restoration and spectroscopic methods of natural organic matter research he joined Biological Communications (at that time — Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University, Series Biology) as an Associate Editor for soil biology, soil ecology, and polar soil science.


Dr. Natalia V. Alenina
Researcher, Group of Molecular Biology of Peptide Hormones, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Helmholtz Gemainschaft, Berlin, Germany
orcid.org/0000-0002-6071-5433

Natalia AleninaNatalia Alenina obtained her master at St. Petersburg Technical State University, Russia and her PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat) at the Chemistry and Pharmacy Faculty, Free University of Berlin, Germany. After completing her PhD thesis, mainly focused on studies of cardiovascular system using genetically modified animal models, Natalia changed the scientific field to serotonin research and stem cell science and started to work as a postdoc at Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin, Germany. In her further work she concentrated on the role of central serotonergic system on metabolism, behavior and brain function. She published more than 80 original papers including PNAS, Hypertension, Cell Cycle, Nature Medicine, Journal of Experimental Medicine, and Journal of Neuroscience. She joined Biological Communications in 2016 as an Associate Editor for neuroscience, developmental biology, and stem cell research.


Prof. Thomas C. G. Bosch
Head, Institute of Zoology, vice-rector, Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Prof. Raul R. Gainetdinov
Head, Laboratory of Neurobiology and Molecular Pharmacology, Director, Institute of Translational Biomedicine, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Prof. R. Neil Jones
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, U.K.


Dr. Nikita V. Zelenkov
Head, Cabineth of Palaeoornithology, Borissiak Palaeontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0003-4367-0402

Nikita ZelenkovNikita Zelenkov graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2005. Since 2004, he has been affiliated with the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, where he is now heading the Cabineth of Paleornithology. The subject area includes systematics, evolution, phylogeny and functional morphology of fossil and modern birds. Nikita is an author or a co-author of dozens of papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including Biology Letters of the Royal Society, Royal Society Open Science, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Journal of Ornithology. He is also the winner of a Hans Rausing Prize for the best publication in paleontology (2015). Since 2008 he has been serving as the scientific editor of Paleontological Journal (Moscow) and joined Biological Communications as an Associate Editor for palaentology in 2016. Photo is granted by Oleg Belyalov.


Dr. Alla I. Ignashchenkova
Research Associate, Abteilung Kognitive Neurologie, Universitatsklinikum Tubingen, Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany
orcid.org/0000-0002-9444-5945

Alla IgnashchenkovaAlla Ignashchenkova is an Associate Editor handling the field of neuroscience. Alla obtained her PhD from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, studying neuronal mechanisms underlying covert shifts of attention in primates. With her postdoctoral work in the Peter Thier’s lab of Cognitive Neurology at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tuebingen she continued investigating neuronal networks involved in redirecting visual attention. Later, as a research associate at the Center of Integrative Neuroscience in Tuebingen she studied the interaction between selective attention and eye movements. Her main findings are published in Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience.


Prof. Cezary Kabala
Institute of Soil Science and Environmental Protection, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland
orcid.org/0000-0001-9796-3716

Cezary KabalaCezary Kabala graduated from the Agricultural University of Wroclaw (Poland) in 1993 with initial specialization in soil and environmental sciences. Since 1993 he has been affiliated with the Institute of Soil Science and Environmental Protection of the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, where he is engaged in numerous projects at the interfaces between pedology, agriculture, forestry, geography, and archeology. His particular topics are the soil genesis in relation to environmental factors, soil taxonomy, soil contamination and remediation. He is a member of Committee for Agriculture of Polish Academy of Sciences, vice-president of Soil Science Society of Poland, and scientific boards of two national parks of SW Poland. He is an editorial board member of “Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science” (since 2006), “Environmental Geochemistry and Health” (since 2011), “Catena” (since 2015), “Soil Science Annual” (since 2010); also served as guest editor in “Geoderma” (2016).


Dr. Cinzia Chiandetti
Assistant Professor, Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita, Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
orcid.org/0000-0002-7774-6068

Cinzia ChiandettiCinzia Chiandetti graduated in Psychology at the University of Padova (Italy) and obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at B.R.A.I.N. Centre for Neuroscience, University of Trieste (Italy). She has been a post-doc at CIMeC Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento (Italy) and she gained experience in foreign labs as visiting researcher (Dept. of Neurology at The Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas; University of Cambridge, UK; Hokkaido University, Japan; Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany) working on different projects, from the development of cerebral lateralization to the biological roots of the musical appreciation. She won a L'Oréal fellowship for Women in Science in 2010 with a project on naïve physics in chicks and since the same year she is Review Editor for Frontiers in Comparative Psychology. She is active in disseminating the scientific achievements of the field to the broad public and her research has attracted national and international media attention.


Dr. Dunja Knapp
Researcher at DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Technische Universitat Dresden, Dresden, Germany
orcid.org/0000-0002-7533-2208

Dunja KnappDunja Knapp obtained the bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and PhD in Genetics from the University of Vienna, Austria where she studied regulation of cell cycle progression in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After completing her PhD she moved to UK (first NIMR in London and then Wellcome Trust and Gurdon Institutes in Cambridge) where she worked towards understanding the early embryonic development using Xenopus as a model organism. Since 2005 she has been affiliated with Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and then with Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Germany. Since that time the focus of her research has been to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of limb regeneration in the salamander Ambystoma mexicanum. Her main findings are published in Cell, Nature, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and PLOS One. She also contributed a chapter "Regeneration in Anamniotic Vertebrates" in the book Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Since 2013 Dunja has been an associate faculty member of F1000.


Prof. Dmitrii E. Korzhevskii
Head, Laboratory of Functional Morphology of the Central and Peripheral Neural System, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-2456-8165


Dr. Mikhail A. Kostylev
Researcher, School of Medicine, Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, United States


Dr. Alla V. Krasikova
Associate Professor, Leader of the Group “Structure and Dinamics of the Cell Nucleus”, Department of Cytology and Histology, Faculty of Biology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-6571-5328


Dr. Vasiliy B. Martynenko
Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Geobotany and Protection of Vegetation, Institute of Biology, Ufa Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ufa, Russia


Dr. Farida V. Minibaeva
Head, Laboratory of Redox Metabolism, Kazan Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Kazan Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan, Russia


Dr. Sergey V. Mylnikov
Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0001-8611-8218

Sergey MylnikovSergey Mylnikov graduated from Department of Genetics of Saint Petersburg State University in 1984 and defended PhD thesis in 1992. He has been awarded as Soros associated professor in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Managing Editor in “Ecological Genetics”. Scientific interests are Gerontology and Ecological genetics. His main findings were published in Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, Advances in Gerontology, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.


Prof. Stephen J. O’Brien
Leading Researcher, Head, Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Prof. Paulo Pereira
Head, Environmental Management Centre, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania


Dr. Andrey O. Plotnikov
Head, Resource Center “Persistence of Microorganisms”, Institute for Cellular and Intracellular Symbiosis, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Orenburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0001-6830-4068


Dr. Igor Yu. Popov
Senior Researcher, Department of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-2564-3294

Igor PopovIgor Popov is an Associate and contributing Editor dealing with conservation biology, ecology, zoology, hydrobiology, fisheries, paleontology, gerontology, history of science, evolutionary biology, polar biology, global change biology, invasive species biology, etc. His studies included observations of bats, whales, bears, waterbirds, crayfishes, bivalves, and various fishes, as well as wildlife areas as a whole. He guest edited and translated a number of collections of papers and monographs on evolution, morphology, and history of sciences. His top-articles have been published in Hydrobiologia, Aquatic conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems, Limnologica, Advances in Gerontology, Revue d’histoire des sciences. Igor wrote two books on general problems of biology.


Dr. Marina A. Romanova
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Botany, Faculty of Biology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-2431-0586

Marina RomanovaMarina Romanova graduated from the Faculty of Biology of Saint Petersburg State University with initial specialization in Botany and obtained her PhD in the same University in 1998. As a recipient of Catherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California (Davis), Marina focused on evolution of plant development. Since 2005 she has been affiliated with Saint Petersburg State University. Her research is focused on cellular and molecular aspects of the apical growth in land plants in the evolutionary context and the results are published in Frontiers in Plant Science, the Botanical Journal, The Fern Gazette, Genome Biology and Evolution. Marina joined Biological Communications (at that time – Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University, Series 3. Biology) in 2014 as the Editorial Assistant, and since 2017 she is Associate Editor for Plant Science.


Prof. Oleg L. Serov
Head, Laboratory of Developmental Genetics, Federal Research Center of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia


Dr. Alexey V. Smirnov
Associate Professor, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Biology, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0002-9844-5344


Prof. Michael L. Firsov
Director, Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia
orcid.org/0000-0001-9395-1160