Prof. dr. Alex W. Friedrich is professor in Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention at the University of Groningen, and Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control at the UMCG since 2011. He is experienced in infection control, hospital hygiene, and infection epidemiology. Further, he is member of the executive committee of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID), member of the European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC), member of the German commission for Antiinfektiva, Resistenz und Therapie (ART) at the Robert Koch Institute (German National Antibiotic Commission), member of the board of the Dutch Stichting Werkgroep Antibitoticabeleid (SWAB) (Dutch National Antibiotic Commission), deputy chair of the scientific work group of the DGHM for infection prevention and antibiotic resistance in hospital hygiene, and member of the scientific council of the European medical school (EMS) Groningen-Oldenburg. His recent research focuses on antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship, and epidemiology. He has published 170 peer-reviewed papers.
Professor for Microbial Ecophysiology, Faculty of Biology/Chemistry and MARUM, University of Bremen
Current research interests span the following topics
* Ecophysiology of microorganisms in the methanic zone of marine sediments
* Iron-reducing microorganisms in marine sediments
* Methanogens in marine sediments
Biodiversity and ecosystem functions
* Prokaryotic functional diversity in terrestrial ecosystems
* Diversity of methanogenic archaea in marine sediments
Leader team in the "Laboratoire de Chimie Bactérienne"
Research Director in the "Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique"
Review Editor of "Frontiers in Microbiology" specialty "Microbial Physiology and Metabolism"
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.
Peter Girguis joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 2005, becoming full professor in 2012. His research efforts are aimed at better understanding how microbes mediate matter and energy flow through Earth’s biosphere. He develops novel methods and technologies for studying microbially-mediated energy flow and harvesting, including laboratory and in situ incubators that better mimic environmental conditions, and field-deployable instruments such as underwater mass spectrometers, carbon isotope analyzers and high-performance hydrogen sensors that allow him to study microbial processes in the lab and in situ.
Girguis has authored or co-authored over 85 publications, including papers in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Girguis is a board member of the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), is on Schmidt Ocean Institute vehicle advisory boards, and served as chair of the National Science Foundations’ Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC).
Girguis’ honors include 5 consecutive years of commendations for distinguished teaching, the 2007 and 2011 Lindbergh Foundation Award for Science & Sustainability, a 2010 Honorable mention in the ENI International Energy and the Environment Award, a feature in the 2008 Discover Magazine’s “10 Everyday Technologies That Can Change the World” (bio-powered lights), and a 2008 Honorable Mention in the Buckminster Fuller Innovations in Science Award.
Delia Goletti MD, PhD, Infectious Diseases specialist. In 1992 she joined the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health (chief Dr Fauci) working on HIV pathogenesis. In 1999 she joined the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome. She has clinical duties on the tuberculosis (TB) clinic and responsibility of the Translational Research Unit where she works on TB pathogenesis, TB immunodiagnostic tests and impact of Heminths infection on HIV and TB disease.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida. Research focuses on the origins, evolution, population structure, and migration of plant pathogens. Recognized as by the American Phytopathological Society as one of the discipline’s "faces of the future" in 2013.
Diploma in Biochemistry, Technical University Graz, Austria
PhD in Molecular Biology, Technical University Graz, Austria
1998-2010: Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Technical University Berlin, Germany
2011-2012: Visiting researcher, University of the Basque Country, Spain
2012-2014: Professor of Microbiology, University Freiburg, Germany
From 2014: Professor of Molecular Biology, University Medical Centre Freiburg
Assistant Professor in The Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Graduate from The University of Warsaw. Former post-doc at The Burnham Institute, La Jolla, CA. Co-founder of the social scientist movement Citizens of Academia.
Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. Recipient of the Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award. Member of European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press.
Max studied biochemistry and molecular biology in Argentina. In 2005, he was awarded a PhD in cell biology where he focused on the interactions between intracellular pathogens and the autophagic pathway. After that, he was in Gareth Griffiths Laboratory at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow of the von Humboldt foundation and EMBO focusing on the cell biology of macrophages and mycobacteria. In 2009, he became the head of the Junior Research Group “Phagosome Biology” at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany. In 2012, he was recruited as a Programme Leader Track at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. Since 2015, he is a group leader at the Francis Crick Institute in London where he is developing imaging technologies and cellular models of infection to investigate the host-pathogen interactions in tuberculosis.
Anders J. Hansen (AJH) has extensive experience working with characterization of genetic material in difficult samples either being aDNA, eDNA, forensic genetics or degraded DNA. AJH was one for the first to use DNA technology to characterize species contents in ancient environmental samples like ice and permafrost. Currently AJH’s research interests predominant focus on forensic genetics as well as genetic identification and discovery by metagenomic analysis of DNA and RNA in complex tissue samples, recent and ancient sediments including permafrost with the aim of describing the composition, regulation and distribution of genes, microorganism, phage’s, viruses and more.