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Editorial Board

Sophie Nicod, Associate Editor

New Content ItemSophie was born and raised in Switzerland where she studied at the University of Lausanne and obtained a BSc in Biology then a MSc in Genomic and Experimental Biology.  During her studies she developed a passion for Gene Expression and Microbiology that brought her to Imperial College London where she investigated the agr operon of Staphylococcus aureus during her PhD. For her first Postdoc she stayed at Imperial College London and investigated the Host Takeover Module of the Bacillus subtilis Spo1 Bacteriophage before moving to the University of Sussex for her second postdoc working on Streptomyces coelicolor. She was then seduced by the idea of a career in publishing and joined the BMC series in April 2022. She is the editor for BMC Genomics and BMC Genomic Data.

Maria Hodges, Executive Editor

New Content ItemDr Maria Hodges manages a team of in-house editors on the BMC Series journals, including the editors for BMC Cancer, BMC Genomics and BMC Plant Biology. She joined the BMC Series in July 2018. Previously, Maria was the Scientific Publications Manager for Cancer Research UK, managing the British Journal of Cancer. Before this, Maria was Acting Editor for Genome Medicine and an Editor for Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Maria has a PhD in biochemistry from Cancer Research UK. 

Senior Editorial Board Members

Shuhua Xu

Dr. ShNew Content Itemuhua Xu is professor of human population genetics and Principal Investigator of Population Genomics Group at the CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology. He is currently holding the position of Max-Planck Independent Research Group Leader and a Distinguished Adjunct Professorship at ShanghaiTech University. He received his PhD at Fudan University, China. The Population Genomics Group led by Dr. Xu is using computational approaches and developing new methods to dissect genetic architecture of human populations, quantitatively characterize their admixture features, and reveal their migration history and adaptive divergence. Dr. Xu has authored many scientific papers published in Science, PNAS, The American Journal of Human Genetics, Genome Research, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Human Molecular Genetics, the PLoS and the BMC series. Dr. Xu serves as Editorial Board member of several international peer-reviewed journals such as Hereditas, Human Genomics, Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Scientific Reports, and BMC Genomic Data.

Phil Giffard

New Content ItemPhil Giffard is Head of Laboratory Science at Menzies School of Health Research, and a professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences, at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, in the tropical north of the Northern Territory of Australia. He completed his PhD in Escherichia coli genetics and physiology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 1987. After post-doctoral studies analysing genes from oral bacteria at the Institute of Dental Research in Sydney Australia, he was an academic staff member and research at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, from 1993 until 2008 when he re-located to Darwin. His research has encompassed diverse aspects of molecular microbiology, genetic analysis technology, and bioinformatics, and their relevance to infectious disease. Recent interests have included the diversity and genomics of Gram-positive bacteria that are skin pathogens that particularly burden disadvantaged populations, and also the population structure of Chlamydia trachomatis in remote Australia. Phil has a long involvement in laboratory and bioinformatics capacity development, in particular what is relevant to remote regions. He was previously an associate editor of BMC Genetics before becoming a senior editorial board member of the re-launched BMC Genomic Data in Jan 2021.

Yuehua Cui

New Content ItemDr. is Professor of Statistics at the Michigan State University. He completed his PhD in statistics from the University of Florida in 2005. His research has been focusing on developing novel statistical and computational methods with applications to genetic and genomics data analysis. Topics in his lab include, but are not limited to genome-wide association studies, gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, multi-omics data integration, causal mediation analysis, supervised and unsupervised learning, longitudinal and functional data analysis. Dr. Cui was previously an associate editor and deputy section editor of BMC Genetics before becoming a Senior Editorial Board member of the re-launched BMC Genomic Data in Jan 2021.

Francois Sabot

francoisFrom initial training in molecular genetics and physiology, Francois Sabot moved on to research on transposable elements for his PhD, working on large plant genomes at INRA, France. During his post-doc at University of Helsinki, he worked on mechanics, structure and evolution of transposable element in the lab and through bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing. His current research interest in the French National Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) is on pangenomics modification during speciation/domestication, especially looking at transposable elements in various genomes.  In parallel, he had focused (and continues to focus) on open science, through open source development, open access publication and open data dissemination, as the deputy director of the Open Science mission at IRD.

Assistant Editor
Alexandria Latto, BMC

Senior Editorial Board Members
Shuhua Xu, (CAS-MPG) Partner Institute for Computational Biology, China
Yuehua Cui, Michigan State University, USA
Phil Giffard, Menzies School of Health Research, Australia
Francois Sabot, IRD - French Institute for Sustainable Development, France


Editorial Board Members
Mariza de Andrade, Mayo Clinic, USA
Mehar Asif, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, India
Rana Muhammad Atif, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan
Faheem Shehzad Baloch, Sivas University of Science and Technology, Turkey
Malay Basu, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA
Afrouz Behboudi, University of Skövde, Sweden
Filippo Biscarini, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Hoh Boon-Peng, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Stephen Bush, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
David Caramelli, University of Florence, Italy
Claudia Coleine, University of Tuscia, Italy
Manuel Corpas, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain
Fugui Fang, Anhui Agricultural University, China
Guozhong Feng, China National Rice Research Institute, China, People's Republic
Ertugrul Filiz, Duzce University, Turkey
Luis Gomez-Raya, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Spain
Alexander Graphodatsky, Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine, Russia
Longbiao Guo, China National Rice Research Institute, China
Islam Hamim, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Wei Hou, Stony Brook Medical School, USA
Varun Jaiswal, Gachon University, South Korea
Stephane Joost, EPFL, Switzerland 
Ruslan Kalendar, University of Helsinki, Finland
Mehmet Karaca, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Pierre Larmande, Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD), France
Emiliano Lasagna, University of Perugia, Italy
Mônica Ledur, Embrapa Swine and Poultry, Brazil
Chaeyoung Lee, Soongsil University, South Korea
Ming Li, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Shaoyu Li, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Hung-Du Lin, The Affiliated School of National Tainan First Senior High School, Taiwan
Giacomo Mangini, Institute of Bioscience and Bioresources, National Research Council (IBBR-CNR), Italy
Sarabjit Mastana, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Kangshan Mao, Sichuan University, China
Mohammadreza Mohammadabadi, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran
Tapan Kunar Mohanta, University of Nizwa, Oman
Paloma Morán, Universidade de Vigo, Spain
Gota Morota, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Muhammad Naeem, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan
Muhammad Azhar Nadeem, Sivas University of Science and Technology, Turkey
Maria Oczkowicz, National Research Institute of Animal Production, Poland
Sara Pegolo, DAFNAE, University of Padova, Italy
Guillermo Pratta, Rosario Institute for Research in Agrarian Sciences (IICAR, CONICET/UNR), Argentina
Umesh Reddy, West Virginia State University, USA
Juan Rodriguez-Flores, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
Juan Sainz, GENYO, Center for Genomics and Oncological Research, Spain
Dipnarayan Saha, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, India
Muhammad Qasim Shahid, South China Agricultural University, China
Faheem Shehzad Baloch, Sivas University of Science and Technology, Turkey
Amit Singh, University of Dayton, USA
Petr Smykal, Palacky University, Czech Republic
Jiangning Song, Monash University, Australia
Congjiao Sun, China Agricultural University, China
Dongxiao Sun, China Agricultural University, China
Francesco Sunseri, Department AGRARIA, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy
Joanna Szyda, Wroclaw University of Envirinemntal and Life Sciences, Poland
Mahendar Thudi, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India
Roger Vallejo, USDA-ARS, USA
Juana-Maria Vivo-Molina, University of Murcia, Spain
Dapeng Wang, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Sishuo Wang, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Zhong Wang, Dalian University of Technology, China
Ambroise Wonkam, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Hsin-Chou Yang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan 
Tongwu Zhang, National Cancer Institute, USA
Yuan-Ming Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
Zhe Zhang, South China Agricultural University, China
Meng Zhou, Wenzhou Medical University, China

Editorial Advisors
Ernest Bailey, University of Kentucky, USA
Guido Barbujani, University of Ferrara, Italy
John Brookfield, University of Nottingham, UK
Brian Charlesworth, University of Edinburgh, UK
William Dietrich, Harvard Medical School, USA
Uta Francke, Stanford University, USA
Lusheng Huang, Jiangxi Agricultural University, China
Hideki Innan, Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan
Li Jin, Fudan University, China
Simon John, HHMI/Jackson Lab, USA
Charles Langley, University of California, Davis, USA
Lauren McIntyre, University of Florida, USA
Antoni Rafalski, DuPont Co., USA
Mary Weiss, Institut Pasteur, France
Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, University of California, San Diego, USA
Brian S Yandell, UW-Madison, USA
Engin Yol, Akdeniz University, Turkey
Zhao-Bang Zeng, North Carolina State University, USA
Natalia Zinovieva, L.K. Ernst Research Center for Animal Husbandry, Russia

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