Special Issue

Translational theranostics for infectious diseases

Guest editor:

Tony Y. Hu, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Virginia G. Piper Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics
The Biodesign Institute
Arizona State University


The infectious disease research community has witnessed rapid scientific and technologic evolution in the development and refinement of several high-throughput methodologies. Concurrently and consequentially, there has been a shift from reductionist approaches that meticulously analyze a single component of a defined biological system to "holistic" approaches that examine the interacting elements of biological systems. The emergence of this conceptual shift has brought about a scientific revolution in which genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and other "omics" have become the primary means of amassing, analyzing and applying the large amount of data required to address complex and previously unsolvable biological questions. This special issue is devoted to applied and translational research on infectious diseases, including diagnostics, therapeutics and preventive countermeasures, as well as related genomics, proteomics and other omics-driven research focusing on the evolution, pathogenesis, epidemiology, etc. of infectious diseases.

We would greatly appreciate a response indicating your intention to contribute a research article or minireview and its tentative title by September 15th, 2016. The manuscript submission DEADLINE is set for Dec. 31, 2016 and the review process is expected conclude within 6 weeks of manuscript submission, after which final decisions will be communicated to authors.

Theranostics is a relatively new journal but has already achieved an ISI impact factor of 8.854 as a measure of the quality of the research it publishes. While this special issue has a thematic nature, which will be directly addressed in the issue, all manuscripts will be judged by the same stringent peer review criteria as standard submissions, so this invitation by no means guarantees publication. Guest editors, who will be credited in the issue, will be responsible for oversight of all manuscript reviews, but final decisions will be made by the Editor-in-chief. Suggestions for suitable reviewers are welcome for all submitted manuscripts.

Manuscripts for the special issue can be submitted online at http://www.thno.org/ms/submit (mark "Translational Theranostics Special Issue" in the "Suggested reviewers" field to identify the paper).

Detailed formatting instructions, in particular, the formatting of references, can be found in http://www.thno.org/ms/author.

All inquiries should be sent to the guest editor(s) at the above email address.