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Editorial Team

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Chief Editor: Lin Lee, DPhil

Lin joined BMC Medicine in late 2010 starting as Assistant Editor, having previously completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford using fruit flies to model the neurodegenerative disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She has interests in global health and policy, and non-communicable diseases. Lin in based in the London office. 

Associate Editor: Layla Mohammed Hadi, PhD

Layla joined Springer Nature in November 2021 initially working in Nature Communications before moving to BMC Medicine in February 2022. She completed her doctoral studies at University College London, where she focused on nanomedicine and cancer therapy. Layla has since held postdoctoral positions at University College London and Imperial College London where she studied the applications of nanoparticles with combined optical and therapeutic properties in 3D colorectal and pancreatic cancer models as well as the applications of intelligent knife (iknife) system for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of endometrial cancer. She is interested in translational research, oncology, infectious diseases, endocrinology and metabolism, and public health. Layla is based at the London office.

Senior Editor: Derek Anane, PhD 

Derek joined BMC Medicine in March 2022 having previously been a Senior Editor on The Lancet journal eClinicalMedicine. Prior to joining BMC Medicine he was also a Senior Editor on the BMC Series of journals. He received his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from UCL in 2012 working on the ways in which WNT proteins can mediate, control and regulate both the formation and growth of synapses in the memory centres of the brain. He also holds an MSC in the molecular biology and pathology of viruses from Imperial College and has an interest in neurology, Infectious diseases and public health. He is based at the London office. 

Senior Editor: Ciarán Fitzpatrick, PhD

Ciarán is Senior Editor covering the cardiology, psychiatry, and rheumatology sections. Trained a neuroscientist with a PhD in Psychopharmacology from University of Copenhagen, he publishes on test models of psychiatric disorders. Originally a BMC Series Editor on clinical medicine titles that championed endocrinology, musculoskeletal and sports science. Nowadays, his editorial passions are open, robust science, and involving patients and the public in the research journey. Ciarán is based in the London office.

Associate Editor: Jing Yuan, PhD

Jing joined Springer Nature in 2023, where she led a team for Collections management for the Springer Discover journals before transitioning to BMC Medicine in 2024. She holds a PhD in Otolaryngology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, with a research background in neuroscience, neurology, and neuro-otology, specifically focusing on neurodegenerative diseases. Jing has experience in developing risk prediction models and conducting epidemiological analyses. During her time at Case Western Reserve University in the United States, she further studied the genetic and molecular mechanisms behind hereditary and age-related auditory disorders. She is enthusiastic about editing articles that contribute to precision and patient-centered medicine for improved clinical outcomes. Jing is based at the Shanghai office.

Associate Editor: Giovanna del Vecchio, PhD

Giovanna studied medical biotechnology at the University of Bologna in Italy, where she also obtained a PhD in neurobiology, with a focus on cellular and molecular regenerative approaches to CNS diseases. In 2010, she moved to Berlin and worked on drug discovery and molecular characterization of CNS diseases and pain relief, first at the FMP Institute and then at the Charité University Hospital. In 2018, she transitioned to the industrial sector while following her interest in the development of innovative solutions for life sciences and health. In her most recent professional role, she contributed with enthusiasm to the development of scalable technologies for digital health and preventive medicine. She values and commits to a culture of data sharing and openly accessible scientific communication, especially when these impact the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and the quality of healthcare. Giovanna joined BMC as an Editor in late 2022.