Professor Doron Lancet Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Section "Origin of Life" in Life

We are pleased to announce the good news that Prof. Dr. Doron Lancet has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the section "Origin of Life" Section in Life (ISSN: 2075-1729).

Prof. Dr. Doron Lancet completed his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at Hebrew University, Ph.D. in Immunology at Weizmann Institute, and postdoctoral training at Harvard and Yale. Back at Weizmann, he pioneered research on the biochemistry and evolution of olfaction and headed a human genome research center, where he deciphered human diseases and developed GeneCards, the world-famous gene web compendium. In parallel, Lancet pioneered a lipid-first scenario for the origin and early evolution of life. For that, he established a novel computer-based chemical kinetics model that demonstrates how self-reproducing lipid assemblies can support a pre-RNA path for the origin of life under harsh prebiotic conditions.

The following is a short Q&A with Prof. Dr. Doron Lancet, who shared his vision for the journal with us, as well as his views of the research area and open access publishing:

  1. What appealed to you about the journal that made you want to take on the role as its Section Editor-in-Chief?

I highly appreciate the vision and devotion of the journal in advancing and enhancing the level of publication in the field of origin of life.

  1. What is your vision for the journal?

I see it progressing to be the world’s top journal in its field.

  1. What does the future of this field of research look like?

We are at a turning point in understanding the origin of life, moving from compound-centric to systems chemistry approaches. These have the potential for seeking chemical principles that could reveal how simple multi-molecular reproducers could emerge from a chaotic chemical environment.

  1. What do you think of the development of Open Access in the publishing field?

An excellent trend!

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Doron Lancet as Editor-in-Chief of the Section “Origin of Life”, and we look forward to Life achieving many milestones under his leadership. For further information on the journal section, please visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/life/sections/origin_life.