Editor profiles

Hayley Henderson, Editor

New Content ItemHayley obtained her PhD in applied materials science from the University of Cardiff, while working in the department of dermatology at the Heath Hospital.  She made the leap from the laboratory into publishing in 2009 where she joined the BioMed Central team and is a Senior Editor for the BMC series and the Editor for BMC Physiology.  Hayley is also involved in running author and referee workshops to help encourage and support young researchers, and she also writes on the BMC Series blog network.

Kathryn (Kathy) Myburgh, Editor-in-Chief

New Content ItemKathy completed her BSc (Med) Hons degree in Sport Science with Distinction at the University of Cape Town in 1982. She received the Gold Medal for Best oral presentation by a Young Investigator at the South African Congress of Sports Medicine in 1989, the same year that she received her PhD. From 1990-1993 Kathy did postdoctoral work at Stanford University and at University of California at San Francisco USA.

Kathy returned to South Africa and established an MPhil (Exercise Science) course in the Science Faculty at Stellenbosch University in 1997 and in 2002 instituted curriculum reform by adding a final year undergraduate module in Cellular Physiology. She became a Full Professor in 2002 and served as Head of Dept Physiological Sciences, between 2003 and 2010. In this post she paid a lot of attention to modernizing the research laboratories and attracting research-active Faculty. Kathy was elected into the Leadership position as President of the Physiological Society of Southern African for two terms from 2004-2010.  She became the Leader of a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Niche Area covering Integrative Skeletal Muscle Biology from 2008-2013. In 2015, her University promoted Kathy to Distinguished Professor and in 2016, she was awarded a NRF South African Research Chair in Integrative Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Biology and Biotechnology (2016-2020). Her research area is injury and repair focusing on muscle progenitor cells and all factors that influence them. Something Kathy feels is particularly important is integrating physiology and cellular biology. Kathy joined the Editorial board of BMC Physiology in 2005, and has been the Editor-in-Chief since 2015