Derek completed his undergraduate studies at Queen Mary University, UK before going on to gain his MSc in the molecular biology and pathology of viruses at Imperial College, UK. Following this he completed his PhD in the cell and developmental biology department at UCL, UK. His PhD project looked at hippocampal synapse development and regulation. Derek joined the BMC Series as an Assistant Editor in 2013 and became the Editor for BMC Genomics in 2014.
Derek has been involved in projects looking at improving usability of the journals. Specifically peer review and author systems, data sharing policy and novel portable peer reviewer platforms such as Publons and Peerage of science.
Human and rodent genomics
Dr. Leonid V Bystrykh is a Senior Scientist in the European Research Institute for the Biology of Aging, at University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. He is author of more than 100 research papers in microbiology (until 1999), and molecular and cell biology (since 2000). The research interests of Dr. Bystrykh are focused on molecular mechanisms of the hematopoietic stem cells self-renewal, differentiation, and aging. His special interest is barcoding individual cell cell tracing techniques, alongside the theory of coding and decoding especially in the context of DNA. He combines his research with genome biology tools seminar and courses for PhD students in the institute.
Eukaryote microbial genomics
Is currently a visiting Professor of the Universidade do Minho, Escola de Saúde, in Portugal (since 2008) and Researcher 1A of the Brazilian National Council (CNPq) (since 1994). Dr. Goldman has been vice-president of the Brazilian Society of Microbiology and Vice-Chair for Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology at the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) since 2015.
Professor Goldman's research focuses on fungi, specifically signal transduction pathways in DNA damage, factors important in dimorphic transition, MAP kinases and phosphatases in fungi virulence and nutrient sensing.
Dr. Lightfoot is PhD in Genetics from the University of Leeds, UK, in 1985. He is Professor for Biotechnology and Genomics at SIUC. He has been a member of the Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems at Southern Illinois University since 1991. He is cross-appointed in the Department of Plant Biology. He co-authored the RAMP request for the Center for Excellence in Soybean Research, Teaching and Outreach (now the Illinois Soybean Center) and Chaired the Research Committee. He is Head of the Genomic Science Facility at SIUC. He is an Illinois Humanities Commission Road Scholar. He won Illinois Soybean Researcher of the year twice. He served as CSSA Division C-7 Genomics, Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology, Chair from 2014-2017. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
Research interests are very broad, anything showing an interesting phenomenon in Genetics. Dr Lightfoot has made exceptional contributions in three areas. First, starting in 1997 he led the team that created the first physical map of a crop plant genome. The second area of exceptional contributions has come in the field of soybean genetics. and the third area of excellence is particularly meritorious because it is broad in applications to all crop plants.
Dr. Keiichi Mochida, Ph.D. is Team Leader of Cellulose Production Research Team, Center for Sustainable Resource Science, RIKEN, and specially-appointed Professor in the Institute of Plant Science and Resources, Okayama University. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Genomics as Section Editor in 2015.
Dr. Mochida completed his Ph. D in Kihara Institute for Biological Research, Yokohama City University. His current research focuses on exploration of useful genetic variations to improve biomass productivity in grasses and discovery of genes involved in vigor traits in allopolyploid plant species.
Non-human and non-rodent vertebrate genomics
Dr. Jacqueline Smith is a Career Track Fellow at The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh. She joined the Editorial Board of BMC Genomics in 2015.
Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in genetics at The University of St. Andrews and then pursued her postdoctoral training in avian genomics at The Roslin Institute.
Her interests lie primarily in examining the host response to avian viral infections and trying to understand the genetic mechanisms of resistance, particularly with regard to Marek’s Disease Virus and avian flu. She also works as part of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and health (CTLGH), which is a collaboration between Roslin, SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) in Africa.
Prokaryote microbial genomics
Dr. Theo H. M. Smits is lecturer at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil, Switzerland. After his MSc in Bioprocess Engineering at the University of Wageningen (NL), he received his PhD in 2001 at the Institute of Biotechnology of the ETH in Zurich (CH), working on the microbial degradation of linear alkanes. After a few years as PostDoc in Lausanne (CH) and Constance (D), he moved in 2007 to the Agroscope Research Center in Wädenswil, where he started to work with bacterial genomes. His research focus was on the genomics of the fire blight pathogen and of biocontrol strains. In 2013, he moved to the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology research group at the ZHAW and expanded his research in the fields of transcriptomics and metagenomics. In 2012, he was asked to join the editorial board of BMC Genomics as an Associate Editor and became a Section Editor in 2015.