Alexandros is an Editor for the BMC Series and the Editor of BMC Biochemistry since October 2016. Before joining BioMed Central, Alexandros completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at Imperial College London, UK and then worked for The Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. Alexandros’ interests were shaped early on during his undergraduate studies, through his work on trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, which developed his passion for medical devices. During his PhD, his main research focus was the development of bio-inspired electronic solutions to treat prominent diseases and disorders, ranging from endocrine gland dysfunctions to skin inflammation. He concurrently worked on pro-bono consulting projects on a range of industries, including the synthetic biology industry. Alexandros is also a contributor to the BioMed Central blog network.
Nucleic acids biochemistry
Albert Jeltsch finished his PhD working on the mechanism of restriction endonucleases at University Hannover in 1994. Afterwards he started to study DNA methyltransferases at Justus-Liebig University Giessen and at Jacobs University Bremen. Since 2011, he is professor of Biochemistry at the University Stuttgart. He received the Gerhard-Hess award of the DFG and BioFuture award of the BMBF. The group of Prof. Jeltsch is leading in the biochemical study of bacterial DNA methyltransferases and mammalian DNA methyltransferases. They have long standing expertise in the field of rational and evolutionary protein design of DNA interacting enzymes and in the design of chimeric methylation enzymes for gene regulation in eukaryotic cells. In addition, they study the specificity and activity of histone methyltransferases and methyl lysine reading domains and provided seminal discoveries in both fields. Their work has been published in more than 200 papers. Prof. Jeltsch is in the editorial board of several journals and joined the board of BMC Biochemistry in 2009.
Protein and enzyme biochemistry
Dr. Joel Weiner is a Emeritus Distinguished University Professor of Biochemistry and Medical Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Alberta. Dr. Weiner’s research focuses on the function and structure of membrane-bound energy conserving enzymes with emphasis on molybdoenzymes and flavoenzymes. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has made major contributions to our understanding of membrane protein assembly and translocation, cofactor biosynthesis, subunit-subunit communication in complex membrane-bound enzymes and the role of electron transfer relays in redox enzymes.
Dr. Weiner has served the community through service on editorial boards, grant review panels, the Medical Research Council of Canada and presidency of the Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology and the Council of Scientists of the Human Frontiers Science Program. Dr. Weiner has organized numerous international meetings and was President of the 19th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Weiner has received numerous awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He joined the editorial board of BMC Biochemistry in 2010.