Ashleigh gained a BSc at the Royal Veterinary College, UK before moving to the Francis Crick Institute (formally National Institute for Medical Research), UK, to study for a PhD in infection and immunity. By using biophysical and biochemical techniques, she characterised properties and roles of human guanylate binding proteins, a family of large inducible GTPases, during infection with the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Ashleigh became excited about open access publishing after working in the role of Assistant Editor for the journal SpringerPlus, after which she progressed to the position of Editor within BMC Series. Ashleigh has come from a research environment where ground-breaking structural biology occurs and so was excited to adopt the journal BMC Structural Biology.
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Jean-Luc Pellequer is a team leader in the group « Methods and Electron Microscopy » of the Institute of Structural Biology at Grenoble since 2015. Previously, he was the head of the Laboratory of Interaction and Molecular Recognition in CEA Marcoule from 2007 to 2014 after joining the Atomic Energy Commission in 2001. He graduated in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Strasbourg in 1993 and spent eight postdoctoral years at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University (1993-1995), New York, and at the Department of Molecular Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (1995-2001), La Jolla. He is currently developing new integrative methodologies in structural biology mainly focused on the usage of atomic force microscopy in all its operational aspects: imaging, recognition, and mechanics. Jean-Luc Pellequer joined the BMC Structural Biology editorial board in 2008 and became section editor in 2012.