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Karoline Faust

Karoline Faust is a biologist turned bioinformatician who graduated at the Humboldt University in Berlin and earned her PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under the supervision of Prof. van Helden. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven and VIB in the group of Prof. Raes. Recently, she started as an Assistant Professor at KU Leuven. Being interested in the analysis of microbial sequencing data and modelling of microbial communities, her work is situated at the intersection of bioinformatics, systems biology and microbial ecology.

Joseph Felsenstein

Joe Felsenstein is Professor of the Department of Genome Sciences and in the Department of Biology, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Past President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Recipient of the Weldon Memorial Prize, the Darwin-Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London, the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science from the National Academy of Sciences and of the 2013 International Prize for Biology of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. On the Editorial Board of five journals.

He describes himself as "world-renowned for my outstanding modesty".

Pedro G Ferreira

Pedro G. Ferreira has PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Minho (2007). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Genomic Regulation (2008-2012) and at University of Genebra (2012-2014). Since 2015 he is an Assistant Researcher at Ipatimup/i3s. He main research focus is on cancer and population genomics. . In particular, he is interested in unraveling the role of genomics on the human health and disease. He has been involved in several international consortia including Geuvadis, ICGC and GTEx.

Lasse Folkersen

PhD in cardiovascular genetics from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Research according to an overarching theme of my research is the use of high-throughput omics to bridge the gap between research and medicine. My initial interest was in expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), and their possibilities for translating genetics to medical use. This followed a further step into actual industrial drug and pharmacogenetics development from the technique, performed at Novo Nordisk, Denmark. Current interests focus on further translation of main genetics results into actual use both in the clinical context of response stratification and in the industrial context of drug development.

Alistair Forrest

Professor of Systems Biology and Genomics at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Studies transcriptional regulatory networks, cell-to-cell communication networks. Was scientific coordinator of the FANTOM5 project while based at RIKEN. Uses next generation sequencing protocols RNA-seq, Cap Analysis of Gene Expression, ChIP-seq etc and bioinformatic approaches to study transcriptional regulation.

Simon DW Frost

Reader in Pathogen Dynamics at the University of Cambridge; formerly Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology, University of California San Diego (UCSD). Graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences (1st class), Trinity College, Cambridge (1992), DPhil in Mathematical Biology, Merton College, Oxford (1996). Postdoctoral positions at Princeton University, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh and UCSD. Awards include: NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996), MRC Nonclinical Training Fellowship (1997-2000), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013), and Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Terry Furey

Associate Professor in the Departments of Genetics and Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Carolina Center for Genome Sciences at UNC-CH. Research focus includes computational analyses and interpretation of high-throughput sequence data from regulatory genomics assays in the context of complex traits and disease.

Mikhail S. Gelfand

Vice-Director for Science at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems. Professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and Higher School of Economics. Member of Academia Europaea. Recipient of the 2007 Baev Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Member of Editorial Boards of PeerJ and Biology Direct.

Joshy George

Associate Director fo Computational Sciences, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, CT, USA. Previously worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne Australia and at the Genome Institute of Singapore.

Joseph J Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in organismal and molecular evolution. The major focus of his current research is deciphering the mechanisms by which obligate intracellular species of Rickettsiales (Alphaproteobacteria) invade, survive and replicate within eukaryotic cells.

In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gillespie utilizes phylogenetics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics to guide experimental research on various pathogenic species of Rickettsia and their associated arthropod vectors. His early research resulted in the reclassification of Rickettsia species and the identification of many lineage-specific pathogenicity factors. Through years of intense scrutinization of dozens of diverse rickettsial genomes, Dr. Gillespie and colleagues have described a large, dynamic mobilome for Rickettsia species, resulting in the identification of integrative conjugative elements as the vehicles for seeding Rickettsia genomes with many of the factors underlying obligate intracellular biology and pathogenesis. Via an iterative process of genome sequencing, phylogenomics, bioinformatics, and classical molecular biology and microbiology, Dr. Gillespie continues to lead and assist research projects on the characterization of rickettsial gene and protein function.

Bruno Duarte Gomes

My research includes studying human and non-human primates visual system using psychophysics, visual evoked potentials and cortical extracellular recordings. Currently my focus are cortical areas related to visual attention in non-human primates.

Ph.D., Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Federal University of Para
M.Sc., Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Federal University of Para
B.Sc., Biological Sciences, Federal University of Para

Shawn M Gomez

Associate Professor, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-CH and NCSU; Joint Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UNC-CH. Previous Florence Gould Scholar and Pasteur Foundation Fellow. Current research interests in systems and synthetic biology, bioimage informatics, and network science applied to biology. Broader interests in translational medicine and the fostering of innovative solutions to problems in healthcare.