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BioMed Central’s Biology and Medical Editors
BioMed Central has a small team of in-house Biology and Medical Editors. We are dedicated to maintaining best practice in peer review across our journals, as well as consistency in advising on all aspects of research and publication ethics. The Biology and Medical Editors are responsible for defining BioMed Central’s editorial policies and work closely with in-house editors, external academic editors and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to ensure that the journals’ editorial processes are consistent with recognized best practice in scholarly publishing. Collectively, the team has a wealth of experience as professional journal editors and have backgrounds in research, clinical medicine and the biological sciences.
Michaela Torkar – Editorial Director
Michaela has a degree in biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and did her PhD in Immunology in John Trowsdale’s lab at the University of Cambridge, UK. She joined BioMed Central in 2000 (soon after its launch) as a member of the Genome Biology editorial team. Michaela has overall editorial responsibility for BioMed Central's peer review processes and editorial policies. She is also responsible for the in-house management of a group of flagship journals publishing broad-interest research articles and commissioned review content; this includes the two flagship journals of the BMC-series (BMC Medicine and BMC Biology), Biology Direct, as well as several titles that publish both Open Access research and commissioned subscription content, including Genome Biology (of which she used to be Editor), Genome Medicine, Critical Care, Arthritis Research & Therapy, Breast Cancer Research and others.
Elizabeth Moylan – Biology Editor
Elizabeth has a PhD from the University of Oxford, UK (working with Robert Scotland on the systematics and taxonomy of Strobilanthes and Hemigraphis) and then continued work as a postdoc there (with Jane Langdale on the evolution and development of Golden2-like chloroplast genes). In 2004, she moved into publishing as an in-house Editor handling peer review on the then fledgling BMC series of journals in the early days of the open access movement. Since then, she has worked as the Deputy Biology Editor on BMC Biology and been responsible for journal development activity across a number of BMC series titles including overseeing the launch of BMC Biophysics and BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology. In her present role as Biology Editor, Elizabeth has editorial responsibility for the biology journals published by BioMed Central including oversight of editorial policies and peer review processes.
Jigisha Patel – Medical Editor
Jigisha earned her first degree in Medicine and her PhD on the post-prandial regulation of regional blood flow in humans from Queen Mary, University of London. As well as spending several years in hospital clinical practice followed by a year at the National Institutes of Health for her PhD, Jigisha has taught on the Professional Development course for medical students at University College London Medical School and human biology at the Open University. Jigisha joined BioMed Central in 2007 and had editorial responsibility for over 30 medical journals in the BMC series. In her current role she has responsibility for the editorial policies and peer review processes of BioMed Central’s medical journals.
Maria Kowalczuk – Deputy Biology Editor
Maria obtained a Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. She went on to complete her PhD there in Bioinformatics and Genomics (working with Stanislaw Cebrat on the unique genome of bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi). Maria then took up a permanent position at the University of Wroclaw researching the coding properties of microbial genomes. While undertaking research she also taught undergraduate courses in Classical Genetics, Toxicology and Bioinformatics. In 2006 Maria joined BioMed Central as an in-house Editor managing the peer review process for a number of journals including BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Genomics and BMC Evolutionary Biology. In 2008 she joined a small team overseeing peer review and content of the flagship journal BMC Biology. In 2010 Maria was appointed the Deputy Biology Editor responsible for the content of all biology journals within the BMC series of journals. In her current role, Maria also advises on all aspects of policy and ethical issues across BioMed Central’s biology journals.
Stephanie Harriman – Deputy Medical Editor
Stephanie has a degree in Medicine from Brighton and Sussex Medical School. After graduating, Stephanie worked in hospital clinical practice, completing rotations as a junior doctor in Upper Gastrointestinal and Breast Surgery, Cardiology, Elderly Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, before joining BioMed Central in 2010. Stephanie works closely with the Medical Editor across the medical titles of the BMC series and BioMed Central’s independent journals, advising both in-house and external Editors on publication ethics and best practice in peer review. Stephanie has a keen interest in developing editorial policy and has coordinated the re-write of BioMed Central’s editorial policies and developed guidelines on dealing with cases of self-plagiarism in conjunction with COPE.
Shreeya Nanda – Deputy Editor for Medicine and Biology
Shreeya Nanda is a geneticist by training, with a PhD in Drosophila genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK (working with Steve Russell and Michael Ashburner). Having worked at Nature Publishing Group as an Associate Editor and at Future Science Group and Imperial College Press as a Commissioning Editor Shreeya has a wealth of experience in publishing across several journal models. Shreeya has particular interests in commissioning and writing for various journals. In her current role as Deputy Editor for Medicine and Biology at BioMed Central, Shreeya works across the entire range of the company’s journals with the overarching aim of maintaining best practice in peer review processes.