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Anders J Hansen

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.

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.

Martin Hartmann

Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich with strong interests in microbial ecology, molecular biology, bioinformatics and statistics.

Laura Hertel

Principal Investigator, Center for Immunobiology and Vaccine Development, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, California, USA. Formerly Assistant Professor in Molecular Virology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada.

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.

Christian Hoffmann

Assistant Professor of Microbiome and Nutrition, at the Dept of Food Sciences and Experimental Nutrition, at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Applied Immunology, at the University of Brasilia. His experience is focused on the molecular ecology of microbial systems, especially host-associated microbial ecosystems. For the last 10 years, he has centered his research questions on the human gut microbiome, using both human studies as well as animal models. Key aspects of this research include the influence of the gut microbiome on health and disease, the modulation of the gut microbiome through diet and the immune system, especially through the use of unavailable carbohydrates.

Emily Hollister

Situated at the interface of microbial ecology, bioinformatics, and biostatistics, my research group is dedicated to the study of the structure and function of mixed microbial communities. Our work includes the study of the human microbiome and microbiome-environment interactions, as well as the development and improvement of bioinformatics approaches for microbiome analysis. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine and serve as the Director of Microbial Ecology for the Texas Children's Microbiome Center at Texas Children's Hospital.

Adina Howe

Adina Howe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. Her research group, GERMS (Genomics and Environmental Research in Microbial Systems), focuses on integrating traditional microbiology approaches with metagenomics and computational biology as investigative tools to understand environmental microbial populations.

Lesley Hoyles

Coriobacteriia associated with the gut microbiota
Effect of gut-derived microbial metabolites on host health
Use of in vitro systems to study diet–microbiome interactions
Systems Biology

Matt I Hutchings

Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the University of East Anglia which is on the Norwich Research Park, Norwich UK.

Seungmin (Sam) Hwang

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, The University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Training, Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

My major research interest is the host-pathogen interaction that governs the outcome of infection - pathogenesis, commensalism, or eradication. The effector mechanisms of immune control by host and the immune evasion strategies by pathogens are the particular interests of my current research. Recently, the degradative and non-degradative roles of autophagy ("self-eating") pathway/proteins in the host immune system have been the focus of my research as the crucial effector mechanisms of anti-pathogenic immune defense.