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 Biochemistry in 2017. Alison also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor for the On Medicine blog.
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.