Alison’s scientific background is in biomedical sciences and bioinformatics. She initially studied biomedical sciences at the University of Durham, UK. Having become interested in the then new field of bioinformatics she did a MSc 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 as the Editor for BMC Immunology in 2016. Alison also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor for the On Medicine blog.
Immunity to infection
Olivier Garraud obtained his MD degree in 1981 and graduated in clinical haematology and oncology; he then spent a fair number of years with the Institut Pasteur in immunology and infectious diseases, defending a PhD thesis in immunology in 1993. In 1999, he moved back to haematology and transfusion medicine; after having headed one of the regional settings of the French blood establishment for 12 years, he now is with the National Institute for Transfusion, devoting his time to education in transfusion medicine at the national and international levels. His research activity focuses mainly on blood platelets, in several aspects: their role in innate immunity and inflammation and their interrelationship with infectious pathogens. He is also strongly involved in bioethics in general and in the collection and use of substances of human origin in particular. He is the author/co-author of near 270 papers, 5 books and 40 book chapters. He serves as an Editor with several journals of which BMC Immunology, which he joined about 8 years ago, having now the position of Section Editor.
Cellular immunology and immune regulation
J. Philip McCoy, Jr earned a BS degree from Duke University and a PhD from the University of Miami. He has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and UMDNJ prior to his current position as a Senior Scientist at the National Institutes of Health. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, largely centered on immunoassays, autoimmunity, cancer, and flow cytometry. He has edited three books, served as president of the International Clinical Cytometry Society and has won numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCP, an NIH Merit Award, and several NHLBI Director’s Awards. He maintains an active research laboratory currently focused on Immunoassay development and T cell functions in autoimmunity. Dr McCoy has served as a Section Editor for BMC Immunology since 2014.
Inflammation, allergy and hypersensitivity
Professor Wayne Thomas graduated with a PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1974 and undertook postdoctoral studies in cellular and cytokine responses regulating contact hypersensitivity at the Clinical Research Centre in London and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. Returning to Western Australia in 1984 and the organisation now known as the Telethon Kids Institute he began a program to provide the structural data of house dust mite allergens. In doing so he pioneered the use of recombinant allergens, characterised the immunodominant allergens and demonstrated the hierarchical importance of different house dust mite allergens. His recent research has ascertained differences in adaptive immune responses to microbial antigens associated with allergy and asthma. He was a Research Fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council from 1987-2012 being a Senior Principal Research Fellow from 1998. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Immunology in 2012.