Advisory Board and Editors Microbiology

Sonja-Verena Albers

Researching the assembly of cell surface appendages in archaea and their role in adhesion and biofilm formation. The model organism we study is the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. We use genetic approaches to identify systems in Sulfolobus that are involved in the assembly of cell surface appendages and biochemically characterize the subunits and their interplay in the assembly process.

Pankaj K Arora

Assistant Professor (International Research Professor) of Biotechnology at Yeungnam University, South Korea; the recipient of the Young Botanist Award (2012) of the Indian Botanical Society; an Editorial board member for Scientific Reports; an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science and Frontiers in Microbiology, Academic Editor for PLOS ONE and PeerJ.
My research is focused on biodegradation and bioremediation of various xenobiotic compounds, including chlorinated nitroaromatic compounds, nitrophenols, indole, nitrobenzoates.

Ramy K Aziz

I am an assistant professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt. I am interested in microbial pathogenesis, microbial and phage genomics, microbiome research, pharmacomicrobiomics, antibiotic resistance surveillance, and virulence gene discovery.

MK Balasubramanian

Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. Member of the editorial boards of Cytoskeleton, eLife, and Faculty of 1000. Winner of the National Science Medal Singapore.

David A Baltrus

Assistant Professor interested in evolutionary microbiology and genomics

Edward A. Bayer

Professor, Wishner Chair of Bio-organic Chemistry. Early development of avidin-biotin technology. Co-discoverer of the cellulosome concept. Editor/Editoral Board: Biotechnology Advances, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology. Member of Scientific Advisory Board, US-DOE BioEnergy Science Center (BESC). Sarstedt Research Award, The Ulitzky Prize, Fellowship of the American Academy of Microbiology and European Academy of Microgiology.

Bernard W Beall

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Due to time constraints will only handle papers with primary focus (from a variety of angles) on the genus Streptococcus.

University of Missouri-KC, B.S., 1977-1982, Biology
University of Missouri-KC, M.S., 1982-1985, Staphylococcal genetics
University of KS Med Ctr. ,Ph.D.,1985-1990 Bacterial cell division
University of KS Med Ctr., Post-Doc,1990-1991 Bacillus septation
Emory University, Post-Doc, 1990-1993 Bacillus sporulation

Ph.D. Thesis: 1990. Cloning and characterization of the Bacillus subtilis homologs of the Escherichia coli cell division genes ftsZ and ftsA, and another gene affecting septation, dds. BW Beall. University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology.

Positions, Employment.
1990-1991: Postdoc, University of Kansas, Dept of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology.
1991-1993: Postdoc, Emory University, Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
1993-2004: Staff Scientist, Respiratory Diseases Branch, CDC/National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Bacterial Diseases, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Atlanta, GA
1/2005- present: Chief, Streptococcus Lab, CDC/National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Bacterial Diseases, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Atlanta, GA

Kate N Bishop

Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute from April 2015. Programme Leader and Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow at National Institute for Medical Research in London, UK from end of 2008. Previously, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at King’s College London.

Kimberly A Bishop-Lilly

Deputy Head of Genomics Department at Naval Medical Research Center, Biological Defense Research Directorate; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Henry M. Jackson Foundation contractor

Ariel J Blocker

2011-:Schools of Cellular & Molecular Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Bristol: Reader in Microbiology.
2007-2011: as above, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology.
2001-2007: Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford: Guy Newton Senior Research Fellow.
1997-2000: Institute Pasteur, Paris: Postdoctoral fellow.
1996: EMBL, Heidelberg: Postdoctoral fellow.
1991-1995: EMBL, Heidelberg: PhD in Cell Biology
1988-1991: University College, London: B. Sc. in Genetics, 1st class.

Melanie Blokesch

Melanie Blokesch holds a PhD degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. After a postdoctoral stay at Stanford University (USA; Department of Microbiology and Immunology) from 2005-2009 she joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2009.

Miriam Braunstein

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Our lab is working to understand the basic biology and pathogenesis of M. tuberculosis as a step toward developing new tuberculosis control and prevention strategies.