Alison’s scientific background is in biomedical sciences and bioinformatics. She read for a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Durham, UK. Having become interested in the then new field of bioinformatics, she then decided to do a Masters in Information Technology at Teesside University, UK. She went on to study at the University of Reading, UK completing a bioinformatics-based PhD on investigating the effects of mutations on the structure of p53, before working for a time in academia, including 8 years as the curator of the CATH protein classification database. After eventually deciding to pursue a career in scientific publishing, she joined BioMed Central in 2014, initially as a Database Editor for the ISRCTN clinical trial registry. Alison joined the BMC series in 2016 and became the Editor for BMC Biophysics in 2017. Alison also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor for the On Medicine blog.
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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