Cecilia 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 as the Editor of BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.
Dr Çelik graduated from Istanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty and trained as a resident in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey. At present he works as an otorhinolaryngology physician at the department of otolaryngology , head and neck surgery at Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital. He has authored numerous publications in both national and international journals and has served on the editorial board of several highly respected medical journals in the field of otorhinolaryngology. His research interests include otology, neurotology, facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty, sinusitis, sudden hearing loss, sleep medicine and head and neck cancer surgery. He joined the editorial board of BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders in 2017 as Editor-in-Chief.