Matteo graduated in pharmaceutical biotechnologies at the University of Milan, Italy, in 2006, with a thesis on the molecular analysis of neuronal signalling markers in a pharmacological model of schizophrenia. He gained a PhD in neuropharmacology at the University of Catania, Italy, in 2010, studying gene-environment interactions on markers of synaptic plasticity in a behavioural model of psychiatric disorders.
He had his first editorial experience at Hippocrates Edizioni Medico-Scientifiche in Milan, Italy, focusing on medical books, conference proceedings and commissioned content.
He joined the BMC series editorial team in 2016 as the Editor of BMC Geriatrics. He is also a contributor to the BMC series blog.
Public health, nutrition and epidemiology
Danan Gu earned a Ph.D. degree in demography in Peking University in 2001. He worked as a lecturer, assistant professor, and associate professor at the Nanjing College for Population Program Management, Nanjing, China in 1986-2003, as a research scientist at Department of Public Policy, Center for Aging Studies and Human Development, Duke University, USA in 2001-2008, and at the United Nations Population Division since 2009. His research interest mainly covers health and longevity (disability in particular), population aging, estimates and projection, and urbanization. He had more than 150 publications, of which more than 80 are in English. He is Section Editor of BMC Geriatrics since 2012.
Health services research
Koen Milisen (PhD, RN) was trained as a health scientist and as a nurse. He is full Professor of Care for Older Persons at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven (Belgium) and Clinical Nurse Scientist at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium). He has extensive clinical, teaching and research expertise in the care for frail older persons. More specifically his work focuses on delirium, falls and restraint use; and on the development of geriatric care models. Dr. Milisen is president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and Fracture Prevention, president of the UZ Leuven Delirium Working Group and council member of the European Delirium Association. He joined the editorial board of BMC Geriatrics (as Associated Editor) in 2009; and is Section Editor since 2012.
Biology and technology
John Tower received his PhD in 1988 from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Training Program, where he worked under the direction of Dr. Barbara Sollner-Webb on the topic of rDNA transcriptional regulation. He subsequently undertook postdoctoral training with Dr. Allan C. Spradling, at the Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Baltimore, where he began ongoing studies on Drosophila P element mutagenesis and chorion gene amplification. In 1991 he joined the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, in what is now the Molecular and Computational Biology Program. Professor Tower has been investigating the molecular genetics of aging in Drosophila since 1989, with a particular emphasis on transgenic technologies, hsps, superoxide dismutase, p53 and the role of sexual differentiation. He joined the Editorial Board of BMC Geriatrics in 2007.