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Shawn M Gomez

Professor, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-CH and NCSU and Department of Pharmacology at 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.

Brenton Graveley

Brenton Graveley is Associate Director of the University of Connecticut Institute for Systems Genomics and the John and Donna Krenicki Professor of Genomics and Personalized Healthcare in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at UConn Health in Farmington, CT. Brent has studied RNA biology throughout his entire career. He performed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder with David Prescott, his graduate studies at the University of Vermont with Greg Gilmartin, and his postdoctoral studies at Harvard University with Tom Maniatis. Brent has led large components of the ENCODE and modENCODE projects, studies the mechanisms of alternative splicing using genomic, genetic, and biochemical approaches, and collaborates extensively to investigate various aspects of RNA biology.

Sam Griffiths-Jones

Professor of Computational Biology, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester. Manages the miRBase database of microRNA sequences. Founded the Rfam RNA families database. Interested in RNA structure, function and evolution.

Ueli Grossniklaus

Professor of Plant Developmental Genetics and Assistant Director of the Institute of Plant Biology of the University of Zurich. Co-leader of the University Research Priority Program "Evolution in Action: from Genomes to Ecosystems". Past-President of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Recipient of the various fellowships, the Amerbach Award, a Searle Scholarship, and Awardee of an ERC Advanced Grant. Elected member of EMBO and the German Academy of Science Leopoldina.

Brock A Harpur

Brock Harpur is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. His work explores the evolution and genetics of honey bees. Brock completed his Ph.D. on population genomics of honey bees at York University. Brock has been awarded the prestigious Julie Payette Research Scholarship from the National Science and Engineering Research Council, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Entomological Society of Canada’s President’s Prize, and was an Elia Research Scholar during his time at York University.

Xavier A Harrison

Lecturer in Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK
Co-Secretary, Microbial Ecology Special Interest Group, British Ecological Society.

How important are microbes for determining animal health? My work seeks to understand how host-associated microbial communities can affect traits like digestion, nutrition, and disease susceptibility. I use amphibians as a model system for studying the vertebrate skin microbiome and how it protects against infection by the lethal pathogens Ranavirus and chytrid fungus.

I also study the structure and function of the gut microbiome in migratory birds.

Ziarih Hawi

Dr Ziarih Hawi is a Senior Research Fellow in Psychiatric Genetics at the Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Dr Hawi has been investigating genetic predisposition to psychiatric disorders with particular emphasis on the genetic of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He has successfully identified risk gens for ADHD, narrowed down regions of associations and has functionally characterised some of the ADHD-associated genes.

Fuchu He

President, Beijing Proteome Research Center. President, Academy of Military Medical Sciences. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World; member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Joseph Heitman

James B. Duke Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University. Associate editor PLOS Genetics, Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, Current Genetics, Fungal Genetics & Biology. Editorial board PLOS Biology, Current Biology, Virulence, Cell Host & Microbe. Recipient of 2003 Squibb IDSA Award and 2002 AMGEN ASBMB Award, fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of America Physicians, and ASCI.

Ryan Hernandez

Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), and the Institute for Human Genetics.

Abd El-Latif Hesham

Professor of Microbial Genetics and Environmental Meta-Genome Biotechnology, in the Genetics Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, Egypt.

I am the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications. I am an Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member for international journals such as Scientific Reports; Frontiers in Microbiology; Current Bioinformatics; International Journal of Agriculture & Biology; and the Journal of Environmental Biology.

I am interested in "Microbial Genetics", and "Environmental Meta-genome Biotechnology"

Grant A Hill-Cawthorne

Senior Lecturer in Communicable Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Sydney; Public Health Lead and Node Leader for Mass Gathering Medicine, Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney; Honorary Life Fellow, St Andrew's College within the University of Sydney; Senior Member and College Research Associate, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Biographical details:
I studied medicine in Cambridge and during my junior doctor years was very interested in both neurology and infectious diseases. Clinically I specialised in medical microbiology, keeping a particular interest in neurological infections. For the past 3 years I have been in Saudi Arabia developing a pathogen genomics laboratory where I have gained first-hand experience of second generation sequencing and bioinformatics.

Research interests:
Infectious diseases and medical microbiology are undergoing the most significant shift since PCR was introduced. By the end of this decade, sequencing will have become the main option when investigating any outbreak or infection. I study the interface between genomics as a pure science and its translation into clinical and public health benefits.

At present I am examining the worldwide genomics of tuberculosis, the use of sequencing to characterise MRSA strains and the genomic variations in BCG vaccine strains used around the globe.