Editor Profiles

Cecilia Devoto, Editor

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New Content ItemCecilia 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 in 2016. 

Section Editors

Sanjay Chotirmall

New Content ItemInfectious, Rare and Idiopathic Pulmonary Disease 

Assistant Professor Sanjay H. Chotirmall graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with an honors degree and the colleges’ gold medal in Microbiology. He currently heads the Translational Respiratory Research Group at LKC Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His work has led to high impact publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Chotirmall’s research interests focus on the impact of Aspergillus and Pseudomonas infection in chronic respiratory disease states. He uses cutting edge molecular approaches including metagenomics to decipher how precision medicine may be applied to the airway microbiome. Having been an Associate Editor at BMC Pulmonary Medicine since 2013, he was appointed Section Editor at the journal in 2015 where he has since led and expanded the team of Associate Editors under the Infectious, Rare and Idiopathic Pulmonary Disease section.  

Craig Hersh

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COPD and OccupatiNew Content Itemonal Lung Disease

Dr. Hersh is a physician-scientist in the Channing Division of Network Medicine and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He completed medical school, internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at HMS and a research fellowship in respiratory epidemiology and genetics at BWH. His research integrates the tools of genetics, genomics and epidemiology to improve precision in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  He is a co-investigator in the multi-center COPDGene Study, and he is the Principal Investigator of several genomics ancillary studies.  He started as an Associate Editor for BMC Pulmonary Medicine in 2013 and became Section Editor for COPD and Occupational Lung Disease in 2016.

Montserrat Sánchez-Céspedes

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New Content ItemCancer

Dr. Montserrat Sánchez-Céspedes is a researcher and group leader of the Genes and Cancer Group at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) at the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program (PEBC), Barcelona, Spain. She received her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Barcelona where she studied lung cancer genetics, after which she was a postdoctoral fellow at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Sánchez-Céspedes’ research involves the identification and functional analysis of genes that are altered in lung cancer with the ultimate purpose of improving the overall survival of the patients. She became a Section Editor for the Cancer section of BMC Pulmonary Medicine in 2013.

Giovanni Sotgiu

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Infectious, RNew Content Itemare and Idiopathic Pulmonary Diseases

Dr. Giovanni Sotgiu is a professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sassari, Italy. He received his medical degree specializing in Infectious Diseases and Medical Statistics.  His doctoral research was on “Methodology of Clinical Trials”. He also received his Executive Masters in Management of Health and Social Care Organizations. He is currently a Fellow of European Respiratory Society. The focus of his research is on patient care, primary and secondary prevention, and population health. In particular, his research interests include the clinical and public health features of every respiratory infectious disease (e.g., tuberculosis). He collaborates with the WHO, ECDC, US-CDC, and other international societies. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Pulmonary Medicine in 2013 and is now the Section Editor of Infectious, Rare and Idiopathic Pulmonary Diseases.