Cecilia has a BSc in biology from Imperial College, UK and an MSc in medical parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She then studied the function of genes involved in malaria transmission for a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Imperial College, UK. Having spent several years working on tropical diseases affecting developing countries, she became acutely aware of the importance of open access to peer reviewed scientific research. In 2004, after completing her PhD she joined BioMed Central and was involved with raising awareness of open access publishing, which in those days was a novel concept. She was also involved with recruiting and maintaining relations with editorial board members across the entire BMC series of journals. She then spent several years copy-editing for non-native English speakers on a freelancing basis, before returning to BioMed Central as the Editor of BMC Clinical Pathology.
Rui Henrique received his MD from the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto (ICBAS-UP) in 1992. In 2001, after completing a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the Portuguese Oncology Institute of Porto (IPO-Porto), subspecializing in Hematopathology and Uropathology, he became an attending pathologist. In 2006 he became Director of the Department of Pathology. He received his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Molecular Pathology) from ICBAS-UP (2006), in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University, USA. In 2011, he obtained the academical title of “Aggregate” in Pathology and Molecular Genetics (ICBAS-UP). He is an invited Full Professor of Pathology and Oncobiology at ICBAS-UP. His research interests focus on the characterization of epigenetic alterations in urological cancer and their translation into novel cancer biomarkers. He has authored and co-authored more than 170 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific periodicals. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Clinical Pathology in 2014.