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Call for papers - Cell size and cell division mechanics

Guest Editors

Shane G. McInally, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Kristi E. Miller, PhD, Providence College, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 10 December 2024 

BMC Molecular and Cell Biology is calling for submissions to a Collection on cell size and cell division mechanics, exploring the latter stages of mitosis and meiosis with a particular focus on the coordination and regulation of cellular processes such as cytokinesis, cell size control, cytoskeletal organization, and nuclear reformation during telophase.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Shane G. McInally, PhD, Biology and Biotechnology Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Shane McInally is an Assistant Professor in the Biology and Biotechnology Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His laboratory uses a combination of theoretical and quantitative approaches to understand how cells control the size, shape, and dynamics of their cytoskeletal networks. This work focuses on using the actin cytoskeleton of budding yeast to identify a core set of design principles that allow cells tune the assembly of these structures to meet the functional demands of the cell.

Kristi E. Miller, PhD, Biology Department, Providence College, USA

Kristi Miller’s research examines how cells link their growth and division using fission yeast as a model system. She obtained her PhD from The Ohio State University where she examined mechanisms that regulate the Cdc42 GTPase for polarity establishment. She completed postdoctoral research in Dr James Moseley’s lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. During her postdoc she uncovered molecular pathways that monitor distinct aspects of cell size or growth, leading to a new integrated model for cell size control in fission yeast. Currently in her lab at Providence College she combines high-throughput quantitative image analysis with traditional genetic tools to advance our understanding of the molecular mechanisms controlling cell size.

About the Collection

BMC Molecular and Cell Biology is welcoming submissions to a new Collection entitled Cell size and cell division mechanics.

Most cells control their size by coordinating their growth and division. In eukaryotes, cell cycle transitions are carefully orchestrated to ensure that cells grow to an appropriate size before cell cycle commitment. Cell size information is integrated into various signaling pathways and checkpoints that regulate the cell cycle. The later steps of the cell cycle also require careful coordination of processes necessary for cell division, like the formation of an actomyosin ring that drives cytokinesis and the formation of two daughter cells.

BMC Molecular and Cell Biology welcomes submissions for our new Collection that delve into these and related topics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cell size control during mitosis and meiosis
  • The molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways controlling cytokinesis 
  • Insights into the role of the cytoskeleton and other ring components in cytokinesis
  • The response and adaptability of cell division processes to cellular damage
  • Anaphase surveillance and regulation of entry into telophase
  • Regulation of nuclear envelope reformation and nuclear architecture 
  • Cytokinesis regulation and cellular processes in prokaryotes 

Image credit: DR. JUAN F. GIMENEZ-ABIAN / Science Photo Library

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Cell size and cell division mechanics" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.