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Editor-in-Chief: Ronald E. Bontrop
Co-Editors: M. Kasahara; M. Flajnik

ISSN: 0093-7711 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-1211 (electronic version)

Journal no. 251

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Prof. Ronald E. Bontrop 

Biomedical Primate Research Centre, Department of Immunobiology, Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Ronald Bontrop began his biochemistry studies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1977, and joined Professor Jon van Rood's group at the Leiden University Hospital in 1983. The theme of his research was the biochemical and functional characterization of HLA class II molecules. He defended his Ph.D. thesis successfully in 1987, and in that same year he made the move to the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.
As a post-doctoral fellow, Ronald was engaged in characterizing the major histocompatibility complex of nonhuman primate species such as the chimpanzee, the rhesus macaque, and the common marmoset. In 1998, he was appointed General and Scientific Director of the BPRC.
He also has an appointment as Professor of Comparative Immunogenetics at the University of Utrecht. His main research team is currently centered on the characterization and comparative genetics of complex recognition families encoded by the immune system, with particular attention being paid to the co-evolution of pathogens and immune recognition systems.
In 1989, he initiated and organized the international symposium “The primate MHC: implications for evolution and disease”. This meeting was the first in a series that later became known as the MHC and Evolution Conferences. In addition, he is active in various international scientific societies, and was, for instance, a member and chairman of the scientific committee of the European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI) from 2004 until 2015. He joined the Editorial Board of Immunogenetics in 1991, and became Editor-in-Chief in 1997.


Prof. Masanori Kasahara 

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan

Dr. Kasahara received his M.D. and Ph.D. in 1980 and 1984, respectively, from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, where he is currently Professor of Pathology. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Jan Klein's group at the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Tűbingen, Germany, from 1984 until 1986, where he studied genetics of the MHC.
Before assuming his current position, Dr. Kasahara was Professor of Immunogenetics in the Department of Biosystems Science at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Hayama, Japan, from 1996 until 2004. His research interests include the role of the MHC in health and disease as well as the genetics and evolution of the immune system.

Prof. Martin F. Flajnik 

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

Martin Flajnik earned his Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Rochester (NY) in 1983, and completed his postdoc at the Basel (Switzerland) Institute for Immunology under Louis Du Pasquier, a pioneer in the study of comparative immunology.
Flajnik’s first faculty position was at the University of Miami School of Medicine (SOM) in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (1988-1998), where he became an assistant professor in 1988 (since which time he has been funded by the NIH) and a full professor in 1996. He has toiled at the University of Maryland Baltimore (SOM) ever since. His research has always been focused on the evolution of adaptive immunity, and studies have included thymic education; MHC biochemistry and genetics; emergence and function of immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy and light chain isotypes; hypermutation of Ig and TCR genes; gamma/delta TCR structure and function; emergence of costimulatory molecules; the advent of lymphoid tissues and their function in selection; mucosal immunity; and single-variable domain antibodies, for which he is best known. He became a co-editor of Immunogenetics in 2001, replacing David Watkins.

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