Professor of the Evolutionary Ecology Department at the Institute of Ecology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Full Professor, University of California, Davis (Depts. of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Evolution and Ecology) and Adjunct Scientist DOE Joint Genome Institute.
Obsessed with microbes, the Redsox, open science, and STEM diversity.
Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences since 2007, geomicrobiologist focused on the iron cycle and how it impacts microbial ecology and physiology, as well as other biogeochemical cycles in both marine and freshwater systems.
2015 – date Professor of Medical Microbiology, School of Healthcare Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
2013 – 2015 Consultant and Lead advisor to Synthetic Genomics Vaccine Inc. La Jolla, CA. USA
2011 – 2014 Visiting Professor, University of Bath, UK
2010 – 2012 Research Director, AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation, Sharnbrook, UK and Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, Richmond, USA
2008 – 2010 Director, Intelligent Fabric Technologies PLC
2005 – 2010 Reader then Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
2000 – 2005 Reader / Senior research fellow, University of Bath, UK
1997 - 2000 Postdoctoral research fellow - University of Oxford, UK
Director of the National AIDS Center, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy. Co-Vice President and Member of the Presidential Committee of the AIDS National Commission, Ministry of Health. Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
I am a computer scientist and a microbial ecologist. I develop algorithms and software platforms to make sense of the ecology of microbes through marker genes, metagenomes, and metatranscriptomes.
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.
The Peter Wall Distinguished Professor of the University of British Colombia. Recipient of several awards including the E.W.R. Steacie Prize, the CSM Fisher Scientific Award, an MRC Scientist, five Howard Hughes International Research Scholar Awards, a CIHR Distinguished Investigator, BC Biotech Innovation Award, the Michael Smith Health Research Prize, the IDSA Squibb award, the Jacob Biely Prize. Cofounder of Inimex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Director of the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative
Director of the Natural Substances, Traditional Medicine Section, Dept. of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Degree in Biology, specialty in Microbiology, University of Rome; postdoctoral training at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Current research on the bacterial CNF1 as a potential therapy for central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Co-inventor in 4 patents for CNF1 activity on the CNS, author of numerous articles in leading journals.
Professor, University of California, Berkeley. Programs in Optometry, Vision Science, Infectious Disease and Immunity, and Microbiology. Vice President, Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. Former President, International Society for Contact Lens Research. Councillor, American Society for Microbiology. Recipient of the 2005 Glenn A. Fry Award and the 2010 Korb Award. Editorial Boards: PLoS ONE, Infection & Immunity, and Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science.
Dr. Mario Alberto Flores-Valdez is a Professor in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Unit, CIATEJ, A.C., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (2007-present). He is a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), he was a Stanford University Medical Center postdoctoral fellow (2004-2007), where he received a Dean's Fellowship Award (2006) to conduct research on Tuberculosis. He worked in UNAM as Research Assistant for Prof. Jaime Mora (2004) and Prof. Emundo Calva (2003). He has received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UNAM (1999-2003), a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering from UANL (1996-1999) and a B.Sc. from Universidad de Sonora (1991-1996) in Chemistry and Biology. He has received fellowships from CONACYT for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies and in M.Sc. and B.Sc. has received Diplomas as Best Student. He has reviewed articles for several peer-reviewed journal and has expertise in Tuberculosis, particularly in developing recombinant BCG strains. He has been PI for 6 grants from 2008 to date, focused in studies about tuberculosis vaccine development and basic aspects of mycobacterial physiology.
Dr. Larry Forney is a University Distinguished Professor and a member of the American Academy of Microbiology with academic appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Idaho. He is an evolutionary ecologist who conducts research on bacterial community ecology of the human microbiome and mutation-selection processes that govern the occurrence and persistence of genetic diversity in spatially structured environments.