About this blog

The On Biology blog delivers insights and opinion on the high-quality and thought-provoking research published across BMC’s biology journals, including titles such as Genome Biology and BMC Biology.

Our open access biology journals cover everything from epigenetics to zoology, and from malaria to biotechnology. They provide instant free access to high-quality, peer-reviewed research.

As well as writing about the research we publish, this blog is a place to read discussions on conferences, insights into journal developments, and commentary on news in the field.

Most of our posts are written by staff, but you’ll also hear from our Editorial Board Members and a variety of guest bloggers.


  • Andrew Cosgrove

    Author profile image Andrew obtained his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Dundee in 2005. He joined Genome Biology in 2009 after a post doctoral research position at the University of Sheffield investigating chromosome positioning during meiosis in yeast.

  • Christian Matheou

    Author profile image Christian received his PhD from Queen Mary University of London in 2015, joining BMC Biology soon after, where is now a senior editor.

  • Helen Whitaker

    Author profile image Helen is part of the Biological Sciences publishing team at BioMed Central. She obtained her PhD in molecular ecology from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her post-doctoral studies in aquaculture genetics took her from Scotland to South Africa, before joining BMC in 2008.

  • Rebecca Pearce

    Author profile image Rebecca has worked in academic publishing for more than 12 years and has a MA in animal behavior and conservation. The journal portfolio she currently manages focuses on genetics and cell biology.

  • Srimathy Sriskantharajah

    Author profile image Srimathy Sriskantharajah completed a BSc in Microbiology (UCL) and a PhD in environmental microbiology/ atmospheric chemistry (Royal Holloway University of London) before joining BioMed Central. Srimathy blogs about microbiology, infectious diseases and the environment amongst other things.