Derek completed his undergraduate studies at Queen Mary University, UK before going on to gain his MSc in the molecular biology and pathology of viruses at Imperial College, UK. Following this he completed his PhD in the cell and developmental biology department at UCL, UK. His PhD project looked at hippocampal synapse development and regulation. Derek joined the BMC Series as an Assistant Editor in 2013 and became the Editor for BMC Developmental Biology in 2014.
Derek has been involved in projects looking at improving usability of the journals. Specifically peer review and author systems, data sharing policy and novel portable peer reviewer platforms such as Publons and Peerage of science.
Dr. Jean-François Brunet, M.D., Ph.D. is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS), Paris, affiliated to CNRS and INSERM. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Developmental Biology as Section Editor in 2010.
Dr. Brunet completed a Ph.D. in immunology at the Centre for Immunology of Marseille-Luminy. He then pursued a postdoctoral training in neuroscience at Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University.
Dr. Brunet’s research is focused on the embryonic development and evolution of the autonomic nervous system.
Anna-Katerina (Kat) Hadjantonakis is a member of the Sloan Kettering Institute of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York and Professor at Cornell University, New York. She obtained her PhD from Imperial College, London. She undertook postdoctoral training first at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto, and subsequently at Columbia University, New York. She started her independent research group at the Sloan Kettering Institute in 2004.
Her research interests center on understanding cell fate decisions, and how they are coordinated with morphogenetic mechanisms across populations at single-cell resolution. Kat’s lab focus on key events taking place in early mammalian embryos, using the mouse as a tractable model. They also exploit ex vivo stem cell paradigms and organotypic cultures where appropriate.