Akila 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.
Biochemistry and physiology
Paul completed his undergraduate degree and an MSc at the University of Auckland in New Zealand investigating the causes of browning in apples. He then moved to Adelaide, Australia to take up a PhD scholarship studying the production of anthocyanin pigments in grape berry skins. Following this, Paul worked at CSIRO to investigate inflorescence formation in grapes. This interest in flowering and molecular genetics lead Dr Boss to the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England where he worked on flowering in the model plant Arabidopsis. In 2004, Paul returned to Adelaide to lead a research group at CSIRO investigating flavour and aroma development in grape berries, with a particular interest in the link between grape secondary metabolism and wine flavour and aroma. His current research activities bring together the disciplines of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics to understand the impact of environment, management and genotype on grape secondary metabolism.
Genetics and crop biotechnology
Dr Fabrizio Costa is a senior scientist at the Biology and Genomics of Fruit Crops Department of the Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach (Italy). He obtained his MSc. in Plant Science and PhD in Fruit Crop Science at the University of Bologna. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Plant Research International of Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University (USA). The lab of Dr Costa is focused on the study of the genetic and molecular mechanism controlling the ripening of climacteric fruit. Main research interests include the discovery of the fundamental genes involved in the modification of important features for fruit quality, such as texture, aroma and ethylene, and the design of molecular markers to assist the selection of novel valuable ideotypes. Dr Costa joined the BMC Plant Biology editorial board in April 2012 as an Associate Editor then Section Editor from 16 February 2016.
I received my MS in Vegetable Crops in 1982 and my PhD in Plant Physiology in 1985 from the University of California, Davis. I started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science in 1988 at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently employed as a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno. My research career focused primarily on the mechanisms of salinity tolerance during the first two decades of my career. In the last two decades, I have changed my focus to abiotic stress tolerance (drought, salinity and cold) of grapes using a systems biology approach. I am actively working at the international level to develop cooperation amongst grape scientists and at the local level to establish a grape and wine industry in the dry desert climates of Nevada.
Prof. Pradeep Kachroo was born in India, where he received his B.S. degree at the University of Delhi in 1987 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Baroda in 1989 and 1995. A portion of his dissertation research was conducted at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, through a graduate fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. He then moved to be a post-doctoral scholar at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University, and the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University. He joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in the Department of Plant Pathology in 2002, where since 2013, he is a full professor. His work has significantly contributed to our understanding of Signalling pathways regulating host-pathogen interaction. His group uses Arabidopsis as a host model and to study molecular, genetic and biochemical mechanisms governing response to infection by various different microorganisms. His work made multiple advances that are foundational to our understanding of plant disease resistance. He is a recipient of the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology. University of Kentucky in the Department of Plant Pathology in 2013. He joined the Editorial board of BMC Plant Biology in 2009, and has heads the ‘Plant-Biotic Interaction’ Section on the Journal.
Genetics and crop biotechnology
Jean Finnegan is an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO, Agriculture and Food, and has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 2014. She isolated the first plant gene encoding a DNA methyltransferase (METI) and generated plants with reduced levels of DNA methylation using an antisense against METI. She and her colleagues determined the molecular basis for some of the abnormal phenotypes displayed by plants with reduced levels of methylation. She then turned her attention to understanding the molecular basis for the memory of winter in vernalized plants. Jean and her colleagues have made major contributions to understanding the mechanisms involved in the repression of FLC in vernalized plants and to the quantitative nature of the vernalization response. She is currently working on characterizing epialleles in wheat. Research interests include: Epigenetic regulation, control of flowering, imprinting and vernalization.
Chris Makaroff earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in Plant Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan before joining Miami's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Chris has served as Chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and an Associate Dean before being named Dean of the College of Arts and Science in 2015. His research involves using multi-disciplinary approaches to understand the relationship of protein structure to biological function. His main research interests involve proteins involved in controlling sister chromatid cohesion and chromosome structure during meiosis. Research interests also include: mitosis and cell cycle regulation, male and female gametophyte development as well as embryo development. Chris joined the Editorial Board in 2012.
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