Advisory Board and Editors Biochemistry

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Sonja-Verena Albers

Researching the assembly of cell surface appendages in archaea and their role in adhesion and biofilm formation. The model organism we study is the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. We use genetic approaches to identify systems in Sulfolobus that are involved in the assembly of cell surface appendages and biochemically characterize the subunits and their interplay in the assembly process.

Maria Cristina Albertini

From 2008, Professor of General Pathology at the Department of Biomolecular Sciences (DISB) of the University of Urbino (Italy).
Member of the European TRANSAUTOPHAGY Cost Action.

Kathryn Ball

Kathryn Ball trained as an enzymologist and protein biochemist. She was awarded a Broodbank Fellowship (University of Cambridge) and was the first CRUK Senior Cancer Research Fellow (University of Dundee). She moved to the University of Edinburgh in 2004 where she is the Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Signalling. Her current research is focused on protein structure function analysis and the mechanisms underlying the regulation of protein function by ubiquitin in human health and disease.

Renu Batra-Safferling

Group Leader, Structural Biochemistry in Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-6) in Research Centre Juelich, Germany. Postdoctoral scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany (1996-1999) and at Columbia University, New York, USA (1999-2002). Primary focus of my research is to understand the structure-function relationships of soluble and membrane proteins of biological importance.

Adrian Bird

Buchanan Professor of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh & a Fellow of the Royal Societies of London & Edinburgh. Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology from 1999 to 2011. Governor of the Wellcome Trust from 2000-10 & Deputy Chairman from 2007. Currently trustee of Cancer Research UK & the Kirkhouse Trust. Awards include Howard Hughes International Fellowship, the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine, the Gairdner Foundation prize and the Gabor & GSK Medals of the Royal Society.

Kerstin Blank

Max Planck Research Group Leader since 2014; assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen; PostDocs at University of Leuven and University of Strasbourg; PhD in Biophysics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich; Research interests: mechanobiology, molecular force sensors, protein engineering, single molecule techniques (force and fluorescence); Editor of Biophysical Reviews and Letters

Ariel J Blocker

Reader in Microbiology since 2011, Schools of Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Bristol

2007-2011: as above, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology
2001-2007: Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford: Guy Newton Senior Research Fellow
1997-2000 : Institute Pasteur, Paris: Postdoctoral fellow
1996 : EMBL, Heidelberg: Postdoctoral fellow
1991-1995 : EMBL, Heidelberg: PhD in Cell Biology
1988-1991 : University College, London: B. Sc. in Genetics, 1st class

Bettina Böttcher

Professor for Biochemistry with Focus on electron Cryo Microscopy at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg

Vania M.M. Braga

Vania Braga's research interests include understanding the signalling pathways required for epithelial specification and how these processes are subverted during diseases and tumour progression. She is Deputy-Head of the Molecular Medicine Section, and was appointed Campus Director for the Faculty of Medicine (2012-2015). Dr. Braga participates in a number of editorial boards, review panels and grant committees in Europe.

Ebba Brakenhielm

INSERM Tenured Researcher in the field of Cardiovascular Research, currently focusing on therapeutic angiogenesis with polymer-based targeted growth factor delivery.

PhD in Tumor Biology (Pr Yihai Cao, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), and expertise in Adipose tissue angiogenesis. Postdoc at UCLA (Pr Lily Wu) in molecular imaging and tumor lymphangiogenesis field.

Member of European Vascular Biology Organisation, French society for Cardiovascular Research, French society for Angiogenesis Research.

Susanne M. Brander

Dr. Susanne Brander studies the responses of aquatic organisms to environmental stressors across biological scales, with a focus on discerning mechanisms of toxicity and linking results of laboratory experiments and field data to population-level responses. Recent work examines the impacts of endocrine disrupting compounds on gene and protein expression, fecundity, and sex ratio. Current projects include an evaluation of multi-generational responses to toxicants in the context of global climate change and a study on the trophic transfer of microplastics. Brander has recently published in Scientific Reports, Environmental Science & Technology, Aquatic Toxicology, and Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry.

Paul S. Brookes

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Rochester Medical Center. PhD in Biochemistry from Cambridge University (UK) and post-doctoral training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Research program in mitochondria, cardiac ischemia, and cardioprotective therapies.