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Tillie Cryer, Editor

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Tillie has a Master of Research degree in Veterinary Microbiology, from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. During her Masters, she collaborated with researchers in the Middle East, investigating the cellular invasive properties of Avian Pathogenic E. coli. In 2017, Tillie joined BMC as an Assistant Editor. Tillie later joined a mental health research charity. Here, she developed their in-house service-user peer review panel and worked on a number of mental health research clinical trials, advising on public involvement strategies and facilitating patient advisory panels. Tillie worked as a freelance Editor in her spare time, before returning to BMC full-time in 2019 as an Editor for the BMC Series

Anna Melidoni, Manuscript Editor

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Anna studied Biology, with an emphasis on Cell/Molecular/Developmental Biology at the University of Crete, Greece. During her PhD in Queen Mary, University of London she worked on the knockout of Flavin-containing monoxygenase 5 (Fmo5) gene of the mouse, which eventually led to the identification of Fmo5 as a regulator of metabolic aging. As a Postdoc at the Universities of Ioannina, Greece and the University of Cambridge, UK she worked on the role of cell-surface receptors (Wnt/Notch/FGF4) and adherens junctions in the fate specification of mES cells and mES-derived multipotent cardiac progenitors. She also contributed in the development of an ES-cell-based expression and reporting system for the selection of antibodies affecting cell-surface receptor signalling and controlling stem cell differentiation. Anna joined the BMC Series as a Manuscript Editor in March 2019 and is based in Springer Nature’s London office.

Kevin Zhu, Assistant Editor

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Kevin joined the BMC Series in September 2019 after graduating from the University of Michigan and obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree. Kevin was a dual major in Biomolecular Science and Asian studies. During his undergraduate career, Kevin had the privilege of working as a lab assistant and researcher in two different fields, Microbiology and Urology, investigating model bacterium Proteus mirabilis and various aspects of Prostate Cancer care and survivorship care. Kevin is also the Assistant Editor for BMC Public Health.

Maria Lorella Gianni, Section Editor

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Life Stage NutritionNew Content Item

Dr. Maria Lorella Gianni earned her Medical Degree in 1993 and completed her residency training in Pediatrics in 1998 at the University of Milan, San Paolo Hospital, where she began working on inborn errors of metabolism and infant nutrition and later health. Since 2002, she has been working as an Assistant Professor at Fondazione IRCCS “Cà Granda” Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Italy. She is involved in  monitoring health, nutritional status and neurodevelopment outcome of premature infants and in developing follow-up program methodologies. From the launch of BMC Nutrition in 2015 she joined the Editorial Board of the journal as Section Editor of the Life Stage nutrition section.

Denis Roy, Section Editor

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Basic ScienceNew Content Item

Denis Roy is Full Professor with the Department of Food Sciences of the Université Laval (Quebec, Canada).  He is an expert in the field of probiotics and prebiotics and former Tier I holder of the Canada Research Chair in Lactic Culture Biotechnology for Dairy and Probiotic Industries (2003-2017). His research interests focuses on functional food- and colon-related microbial cultures, with attention to their functioning, properties, and potential health benefits. Molecular approaches such as metagenomics and metatranscriptomics are applied to define the diversity and to measure the gene expression of microbial communities found in the intestinal tract of animal and human or in food systems. He joined the Editorial Board (Basic Sciences) of BMC Nutrition in 2014.

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