A. Blake Williams, Ph.D.
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.
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