Alison’s scientific background is in biomedical sciences and bioinformatics. She read for a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Durham, UK. Having become interested in the then new field of bioinformatics, she then decided to do a Masters 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 in 2016 and became the Editor for BMC Structural Biology in 2017. Alison also writes on the BioMed Central blog network and is an Editor for the On Medicine blog.
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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.