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Jeff H. Chang

Jeff Chang is an Associate Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. His research group focuses on the interactions between bacteria symbionts and plants.

Guo-Qiang Chen

Professor, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Over 23 issued patents and 30 pending patents.

Sheng Chen

Professor in Microbiology, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Director, Shenzhen Key Laboratory in Food Biological Safety Control, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ludmila Chistoserdova

Senior Scientist at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Member of editorial boards of a number of journals publishing research in microbial physiology and microbial ecology.

Maria Ciaramella

Senior scientist and group leader at Institute of Biosciences and BioResources of the National Research Council of Italy. Main scientific interests are genome stability and repair, DNA repair defects associated with cancer-prone syndromes, DNA structure and topology, regulation of gene expression.

Tom Coenye

Professor of Microbiology and co-director of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology at Ghent University. Section Editor for BMC Genomics. Member of the editorial board of Journal of Microbiological Methods and Mycopathologia. Recipient of the 2007 Dade Behring MicroScan Young Investigator Award (awarded by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Academy for Microbiology).

Frederick M. Cohan

Frederick Cohan studies the origins of diversity in bacteria. He teaches classes in the origins of bacterial diversity, evolutionary and ecological bioinformatics, global change and infectious disease, and introductory biology. He is a professor of biology and environmental studies at Wesleyan University. He graduated from Pasadena High School and earned his BS at Stanford in Biological Sciences; he was the first to earn a PhD from Harvard's Organismic and Evolutionary Biology department.

Christopher Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, since 2015. Previously Junior Research Fellow, College Lecturer In Biochemistry and various postdocs at the University of Oxford (2013-15). Working on DNA replication, genome integrity and transcription factors in human cancers (and also in prokaryotes). Additional interests in phylogenomics and novel protein expression systems.

Don A Cowan

Educated (BSc, MSc, PhD) at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) with 4-year period of postdoctoral research. Lectureship at University College London (UK) in 1985. In 2001, appointed to Chair of Microbiology and Head of the Department of Biotechnology at University of the Western Cape (RSA); established the Institute for Microbial Ecology and Metagenomics. Appointed as Director of the Genomics Research Institute and the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, University of Pretoria (RSA), in 2012.

Has published >330 papers and chapters: Holds post of Adjunct Professor at the University of Waikato (NZ), was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 2007, as a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa in 2008, and as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2009.

Keith A Crandall

Keith A. Crandall, PhD is the founding Director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. Professor Crandall studies the computational biology, population genetics, and bioinformatics, developing and testing of Big Data methods DNA sequence analysis. He applies such methods to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially HIV) and crustaceans (especially crayfish). Professor Crandall has published over 260 peer reviewed publications, as well as three books. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Oxford University and an Allen Wilson Centre Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Auckland. Professor Crandall has received a number of awards for research and teaching, including the American Naturalist Society Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a PhRMA Foundation Faculty Development Award in Bioinformatics, Honors Professor of the Year award at Brigham Young University, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award. He was also recently elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Professor Crandall earned his BA degree from Kalamazoo College in Biology and Mathematics, an MA degree from Washington University in Statistics, and a PhD from Washington University School of Medicine in Biology and Biomedical Sciences. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Puyo, Ecuador.

Chris J Creevey

Dr. Chris Creevey is a Reader in Rumen Systems Biology and theme director of research for Animal and Aquatic Sciences at the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) in Aberystwyth University in Wales. His main interests are identifying the genomic factors influencing phenotypic changes in organisms from Bacteria to Eukaryotes. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the National University of Ireland for his work in the area of phylogenetics and comparative genomics. Following this he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in NUI Maynooth developing methods of resconstructing supertrees and detecting horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in genomic data. In 2005 he took up a position in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2009 he was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Stokes lecturership in Teagasc Ireland. He took up his current position in 2013.

Krystyna Polska Dąbrowska

Affiliation: Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland (Bacteriophage Laboratory).Position: professor.

Current field of interest: non-bactericidal effects of phages in mammals; i.e. phage molecular biology tools for studies of phage impact on immunological system and other physiological aspects in mammals.