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Editor Profiles

Alison Cuff, Senior Editor and Team Manager

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New Content Item (1)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 Bioinformatics in 2017.  Alison also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor for the On Medicine blog.

Akila Sridhar, Senior Editor

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New Content ItemAkila Sridhar obtained her Ph.D from the University of Aberdeen, UK, has a further three years postdoctoral experience as an EMBO Long-term Fellow at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Portugal. Her interests cover molecular genetics, cellular biology, biochemistry, developmental biology and telomere biology. After over eleven years of research experience, mainly as a molecular biologist, working with different model systems, she joined the BMC Series as a Locum Editor in September 2018. She has been the Editor of BMC Plant Biology since February 2019 and is based in Springer Nature’s London office.

Elizabeth Debney, Senior Assistant Editor

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New Content ItemElizabeth Debney graduated from Imperial College London in 2017, with a BSc in Biochemistry. She is currently the Assistant Editor for BMC Plant Biology, BMC Endocrine Disorders and BMC Developmental Biology. Elizabeth joined the BMC Series in June 2019 and is based in Springer Nature's London office.

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