A. Blake Williams, Ph.D.

Senior Editor
Member of the Council of Science Editors

Dr. Williams is an experienced editor of research papers, review articles, theses, and dissertations, and manuscript editing is his passion. His research has brought him into detailed contact with many different scientific fields. He is pleased to edit in the areas of general biology, microbiology, molecular and human genetics, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, and cancer biology, among other subjects.

He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA) working out the mechanisms of stress-induced mutation and DNA repair in Escherichia coli. He then went on to a successful post-doctoral
fellowship, dividing his time between Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, USA), studying cell cycle checkpoints and DNA damage and repair during post-embryonic development in Caenorhabditis elegans. His most recent scientific work explored novel innate immune responses and pathogen-sensing mechanisms in relation to a new type of inflammation-like pathway.

Dr. Williams is a native English speaker from the USA living in Cologne, Germany, where he is in demand as an editor for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) scientists. He has detailed insight into many of the specific editing needs of ESL writers who speak a variety of native languages.

Before completing his doctoral work, he was a professional piano player in theatrical shows in
the USA and London. He still enjoys supporting other musicians as a collaborative pianist, and he practices the cello in his spare time. He considers himself extremely fortunate to live in an internationally-diverse community in Cologne, where he gets to spend time with people from around the world every day.

Hui-Ling Ou, Ph.D.

Chinese Language Consultant

Dr. Ou is a doctoral level scientist of Asian origin with research experience across oncology, molecular physiology, and genetics. Her passion for science started during her research internship in the laboratory of epidemiology in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After finishing her master’s degree at the National Yang-Ming University, she was awarded a fellowship from the Cluster of Excellence in Ageing-Associated Diseases (CECAD) at the University of Cologne, Germany, to pursue her doctorate. There she studied the mechanism through which UV-induced, persistent DNA damage triggers a signalling cascade within the stem cell-niche microenvironment.

As a non-native English speaker working in the scientific field, Hui-Ling is deeply aware of the importance, and sometimes awkwardness, of expressing oneself unambiguously in English. Through training in workshops and immersion in the international environment in Cologne, she is blessed to have successfully overcome the language boundary. She is now picking up another challenge – mastering German. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys rock climbing and other physical activities that build up team spirit among people from diverse backgrounds and, most importantly, that keep her mind clear.

來自台灣,從進修博士學位開始默默地已經旅居德國八年

一路上追求自己每個階段的夢想而意外累積了跨越癌症流行病學、分子生理學以及遺傳學的研究經驗

在旅程中深深體會語言之於表達自身想法的重要性,不只在異國的日常生活如此,在獨尊英語的自然科學領域更是如此(“書到用時方恨少”總是過去撰寫會議論文摘要時的最佳寫照)

鑽研科學研究之餘,喜愛跟來自不同國家文化的朋友們交流分享美食、抒發想法或去攀岩場活動活動筋骨

 

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