Patrick O. Brown
Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine
Professor Brown received his Bachelor’s degree, MD, and PhD (1980) from the University of Chicago. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. In a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, with J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus, he characterized the mechanism by which retroviruses incorporate their genes into the genomes of their hosts. In 1988, he joined the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research activities included the development of “genomic” approaches to explore fundamental questions in cell biology, physiology, development, microbial ecology and disease pathogenesis, and the development and application of new methods for detection and diagnosis of disease. He is currently on leave from Stanford, developing technology for sustainable alternatives to animal farming. Dr. Brown is a co-founder of PLOS.
Michael W. Carroll
Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Carroll received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1996. Before teaching, he practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC and served as clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and to Judge Joyce Hens Green, US District Court for the District of Columbia. He was a founding member of Creative Commons and serves on its board of directors. He was on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information from 2008-2013, is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge.
Michael B. Eisen
Associate Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor Eisen received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Harvard College in 1989 and his PhD in biophysics from Harvard University in 1996 for his doctoral research on influenza virus proteins structure and function. After a summer working as the radio play-by-play voice of the Columbia Mules, a minor league baseball team in Tennessee, he joined the laboratories of Patrick O. Brown and David Botstein at Stanford as a postdoctoral fellow in 1996. While at Stanford, he developed methods and software for the analysis of data from genome-wide expression studies. His laboratory at UC Berkeley studies how regulatory information is encoded in genome sequences and the role that variation in regulatory sequences has played in evolution. He was named a 2001 Pew Biomedical Scholar and received a 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Eisen is a co-founder of PLOS. He writes about issues related to Open Access at www.michaeleisen.org.
Executive Director, SPARC
Ms. Joseph has been Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition since 2005. There she has focused on supporting emerging publishing models, enabling digital archives and establishing Open Access policies on the national and international levels. Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and nonprofit publishing organizations. She served as the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology and founded BioOne. She is the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, and is an active participant in projects and committees at US federal science agencies, including the NIH, Department of Energy, and National Academies of Science. She is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications, particularly on Open Access.
Venture Partner, US Venture Partners
Dr. Liddle earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and MSEE, MSES, and PhD at the University of Toledo. He joined US Venture Partners in January 2000, after serving as president and CEO of business incubator Interval Research Corporation. Prior to co-founding Interval with Paul Allen, he founded and served as CEO of Metaphor, which was acquired by IBM in 1991, where he became Vice President of Business Development for IBM Personal Systems. He has long been involved in research and development, including at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) from 1972 to 1982. He has been a director of Sybase, Broderbund Software, Borland International and Ticketmaster, among other boards, and is currently on the board of the New York Times Company and MaxLinear.
Head of the Division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research, UK
Professor Lovell-Badge is a developmental biologist, geneticist and stem cell biologist at NIMR in London. He obtained his PhD in Embryology at University College London in 1978, and established his independent laboratory at the MRC Mammalian Development Unit, University College, London, in 1982. In 1988 he moved to the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London, becoming Head of Division in 1993. He is also an honorary professor at University College London and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He has had long-standing interests in the biology of stem cells, in how genes work in the context of development, and how decisions of cell fate are made. Major themes of his current work include sex determination, development of the nervous system, and the biology of stem cells within the early embryo, the CNS and the pituitary.
Chief Executive Officer, PLOS
Ms. Marincola received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1981 and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1986. She was Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) from 1991-2005, served on the first National Advisory Committee to PubMed Central of the National Institutes of Health from 2000-2003, and was Director of the Joint Steering Committee for Public Policy from 1991-2005. In 2002, the ASCB named her a first Citizen Member of the Society. She served on PLOS’ Board of Directors 2005-2011, was Chair of the Board of eLife, and was on the Advisory Council of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University from 2002-2012. She was President of the Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News from 2005-2013.
Rosalind L. Smyth
Director, Institute of Child Health, University College London; Honorary Consultant, Respiratory Pediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Professor Smyth graduated in medicine from Clare College, Cambridge and University of London and trained in pediatrics in London, Cambridge and Liverpool. Until September 2012, she was Professor of Pediatric Medicine in Liverpool, where she was Director of the UK Medicines for Children Research Network, which supports all clinical research with children in England. Her current research interests include clinical studies of viral/host interactions in RSV bronchiolitis, clinical trials and systematic reviews of treatments for childhood respiratory disease. She is a member of the Commission on Human Medicine and chairs its Pediatric Expert Advisory Group, and is a Fellow and recent Council member of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).
Chairman and Founder, CommerceNet
Dr. Tenenbaum earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and his PhD from Stanford. He was founder and CEO of Enterprise Integration Technologies, the first company to conduct a commercial Internet transaction, a secure Web transaction and an Internet auction. In 1994, he founded CommerceNet to accelerate business use of the Internet. In 1997, he co-founded Veo Systems, the company that pioneered the use of XML for automating business-to-business transactions. He was an officer and director of Webify Solutions (sold to IBM in 2006) and Medstory (sold to Microsoft in 2007). He’s currently focused on transforming healthcare and accelerating therapy development through collaborative e-science. He is a Fellow and former board member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a former Consulting Professor of Computer Science at Stanford. He currently serves as a director of Efficient Finance and Patients Like Me, and is a Consulting Professor of Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon’s new West Coast campus.
Chair of the Board; Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and Co-Director of the Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, University of Vermont
Professor Ward received his PhD from UC San Diego in 1985, studying cell cycle regulation. He was a Senior Staff Fellow at the NIH’s Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases from 1989-1996, and joined the faculty at the University of Vermont where in 1996 he was named a Burroughs Wellcome New Investigator in Molecular Parasitology. His lab studies the cellular and molecular biology of protozoan parasites. Dr. Ward was Treasurer and a Member of the Executive Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology from 2002-2008, and was a charter member of the PLOS Biology Editorial Board. He was a member of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Public Access Working Group, has been Chair of NLM’s PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Access working group.