Editor Profiles

Alexandros Houssein

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New Content ItemAlexandros is an Editor for the BMC Series and the Editor of BMC Systems Biology since October 2016. Before joining BioMed Central, Alexandros completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at Imperial College London, UK and then worked for The Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. Alexandros’ interests were shaped early on during his undergraduate studies, through his work on trans-cranial magnetic stimulation, which developed his passion for medical devices. During his PhD, his main research focus was the development of bio-inspired electronic solutions to treat prominent diseases and disorders, ranging from endocrine gland dysfunctions to skin inflammation. He concurrently worked on pro-bono consulting projects on a range of industries, including the synthetic biology industry. Alexandros is also a contributor to the BioMed Central blog network.

Section Editors

Nitin Baliga

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New Content ItemMethods, software and technology

Nitin Baliga serves as Professor at the Institute for Systems Biology, where he was one of the founding members, and currently serves as the Director and Senior Vice President. Dr. Baliga completed his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 2000 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and then moved to Seattle for postdoctoral training with Dr. Leroy Hood at the Institute for Systems Biology.

He leads a cross-disciplinary team of scientists to address complex problems relevant to global health, personalized medicine, energy, and environment. His team uses a systems approach to construct predictive models of cellular and molecular networks within pathogens, cancer cells, and environmental microbes to enable biotechnologies to overcome drug resistance, find new drugs, predict consequence of climate change, and manufacture biorenewables.

Dr. Baliga’s work has been published in top international journals including Cell, Science and Nature. He has been invited to the Google SciFoo Camp, and has been profiled by The Scientist, Genome Web, Wired Magazine, Genetic Engineering News, Ars Technica, Xconomy, and Nature Methods, among many others. He serves on scientific advisory boards of numerous academic and industrial organizations, and has been instrumental in research program planning for the NSF and DOE.

Christina Chan

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New Content ItemSystems physiology, pharmacology and medicine

Christina Chan is the George Bissell Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU), with joint appointments in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Computer Science and Engineering Departments. She is a member of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU. Dr. Chan earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for DuPont prior to returning to academia, and taking a post-doctoral position at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Since joining the faculty of MSU in 2002, her laboratory is focused on integrating network and systems modeling, and metabolic flux analysis with experiments to improve the understanding of the disease mechanism. Dr. Chan is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She joined the BMC Systems Biology editorial board in 2007.


Luonan Chen

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New Content ItemNetworks and information flow

Luonan Chen received the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in the electrical engineering, from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1997, he was an associate professor of the Osaka Sangyo University, Osaka, Japan, and then a full Professor. Since 2010, he has been professor and executive director at the Key Laboratory of Systems Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was the founding director of the Institute of Systems Biology, Shanghai University, and currently is the founding president of the Computational Systems Biology Society of ORS China. From 2009, he also holds the affiliate professorship in the University of Tokyo. He serves as Chair of Technical Committee of Systems Biology at the IEEE SMC Society, and serves as editor or editorial board member for major systems biology related journals. His fields of interest are systems biology, computational biology, and nonlinear dynamics. In recent years, he published over 250 journal papers and two monographs (books) in the area of systems biology. 

Sang Yup Lee

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New Content ItemSynthetic biology

Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is currently Dean of KAIST Institutes. He has published more than 550 journal papers, 72 books/book chapters, and more than 610 patents, many of which licensed. He received numerous awards, including the National Order of Merit, National Science Medal, Ho-Am Prize, POSCO TJ Park Prize, James Bailey Award, International Metabolic Engineering Award, and Marvin Johnson Award. He is currently fellow of NAE USA, NAEK, KAST, AAM, AIChE, AIMBE, SIMB, and TWAS, and is Co-Chair of Global Future Council on Biotechnology at the World Economic Forum. He founded the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology and served as a Founding Chair. He is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology of Korea. Research interests are metabolic engineering, systems and synthetic biology, and industrial biotechnology.

Pedro Mendes

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New Content ItemMethods, software and technology

Pedro Mendes is Professor of Cell Biology at the Center for Quantitative Medicine of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling. He is also an Honorary Professor of Software Systems at the School of Computer Science of The University of Manchester. He graduated as a Biochemistry Major from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and obtained a PhD in 1994 from the University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK. Throughout his scientific career Mendes has dedicated much effort to develop software for modeling and simulation of biochemical networks, including the simulators Gepasi and COPASI. His research interests are broad, intersecting computer science and biochemistry, including algorithms for systems biology, and specific biochemical systems, such as central metabolism, mammalian iron physiology, oxidative stress, and the eukaryotic protein translation machinery.

Matteo Pellegrini

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New Content ItemEmpirical systems biology

Matteo Pellegrini is a biophysicist who has served on the UCLA Life Sciences Division faculty since he joined the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in 2005. Dr. Pellegrini earned his B.A. in Physics at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, where he worked on computational biology. Following his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Pellegrini co-founded a start-up company and later worked for the pharmaceutical company, Merck, before returning to UCLA. His laboratory research focuses on the development of novel computational approaches to analyze large-scale genomic data. His present focus is on data produced using the latest generation of high-throughput sequencers for which he is developing suites of tools for the analysis of methC-seq, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and Chromatin Conformation Capture seq. He joined the BMC Systems Biology editorial board in 2012.