Ashleigh gained a BSc at the Royal Veterinary College, UK before moving to the Francis Crick Institute (formally National Institute for Medical Research), UK, to study for a PhD in infection and immunity. By using biophysical and biochemical techniques, she characterised properties and roles of human guanylate binding proteins, a family of large inducible GTPases, during infection with the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Ashleigh became excited about open access publishing after working in the role of Assistant Editor for the broad scope journal SpringerPlus, after which she progressed to the role of Editor within BMC Series. With great enthusiasm Ashleigh adopted the journal BMC Biophysics and she enjoys working closely with experts to further her existing knowledge and passion of the field, while spreading interest of the biophysics field to her peers and colleagues.
Dr. Dimitrios Morikis is Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California Riverside (UCR). He is also faculty member at UCR’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine, Program of Materials Science and Engineering, and Center for Plant Cell Biology. Dr. Morikis’ work is highly cross-disciplinary using methods from biophysics, structural biology, computational chemistry, biomolecular informatics, and bioengineering. His current work focuses on immune system function and regulation, design of proteins and peptides with tailored properties, knowledge-based drug design, virtual screening for fluorescent imaging markers for disease detection, and development of structural and translational bioinformatics methods. His research is hybrid, computational, with emphasis on electrostatic calculations, molecular dynamics simulations, free energy analysis, pharmacophore-based virtual screening, and systems biology approaches, and experimental, with emphasis on NMR and vibrational spectroscopy, binding assays, and functional immunological assays.
Joined as Section Editor in 2011, at the time of launching BMC Biophysics
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