GENETICS is pleased to announce three new editors: Barbara Conradt, Eva Hoffmann, and Jianming Yu.


Barbara Conradt

University College London, UK

Conradt studied in Germany and the US. For her PhD she joined Bill Wickner’s lab at UCLA where she worked on biochemical analyses of vacuole inheritance in S. cerevisiae. As a postdoc, she joined Bob Horvitz’s lab at MIT where she begun to work on apoptosis in C. elegans. She was an independent group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Munich, Germany before she became Professor of Genetics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover and then Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany. She recently moved to the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London, UK. Research in the Conradt lab is focused on molecular and cellular processes required for live vs death decision during C. elegans development.

Eva Hoffmann

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Eva Hoffmann is professor in genetics, genomics and reproductive health at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Chromosome Stability located at the Medical School, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her lab investigates genome diversification processes as well as genome instability in the human germline and preimplantation embryos. The lab develops single-cell genomics and AI algorithms to explore the incidence and mechanisms of genomic disorders, such as aneuploidy and structural rearrangements of chromosomes resulting in copy number variants. They use a combination of inhibition in human eggs, mouse models and human genetics to study the molecular mechanisms governing reproductive phenotypes such as fertility rates and age at natural menopause. Professor Hoffmann is an elected member of EMBO and serves on the executive board of ReproUnion (

Jianming Yu

Iowa State University

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Jianming Yu is Professor and Pioneer Distinguished Chair in Maize Breeding in the Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University. He obtained his B.S. from Northwest A&F University in 1994, M.S. from Kansas State University in 2000, and PhD from University of Minnesota in 2003. Yu worked at Kansas State University from 2006 to 2012, before moving to Iowa State University in 2013. Yu is currently a member of Iowa State University Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding and a Faculty Scholar of Plant Sciences Institute. The focus of Yu’s program is to address significant questions in quantitative genetics by combining cutting-edge genomic technologies and maize breeding. His research discoveries fall into four categories: breeding strategy, complex trait dissection, genes and genetics, and genomes and chromosomes. Yu was elected to Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018.