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Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco

Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University. Ph.D. in Crop Protection (2001) from the University of Córdoba, Spain. M. Eng. in Agricultural Sciences and Engineering (1997)

Research interests: population genetics, phylogenetics, population biology of plant-associated microorganisms,ecology of soilborne fungi (Verticillium dahliae and Fusarium oxysporum), emergence and evolution of plant pathogenicity and virulence.

Christine Josenhans

Christine Josenhans is Associate Professor for Microbiology and Medical Microbiology at Hannover Medical School, Germany. Her foci are on microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, and bacterial infections. Post-doc on Yersinia type III secretion system pore proteins. Current research in persistent bacterial infections (Campylobacterales) and cancer, including host-bacterial interactions.
DGHM young investigator awardee in 2007.
Hannover HBRS graduate program steering committee member.

Marina George Kalyuzhnaya


2000 – PhD. (Microbiology). Center for Microbiology and Biotechnology//Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
1994 – BS/ MS (Biology, Microbiology). Dnepropetrovsk State University, Department of Microbiology, Ukraine
1994 – Pre-doctoral training in “Molecular Biology, Gene Engineering and Biotechnology” M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Positions Held:
2015 - Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
2015 - Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
2013 - 2015 Visiting Scholar, SIO, University of California San Diego
2012 - 2015 Research Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
2006 - 2012 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington
2001 - 2006 Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
1997 - 2002 Junior Research Scientist, G.K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry & Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of 1995 - 1997 Sciences Engineer-investigator, G.K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry & Physiology of Microorganisms, Russian Academy of Sciences

Fatah Kashanchi

Professor of Microbiology at George Mason University. Director of Research for the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Disease.

Yarden Katz

I'm a Departmental Fellow in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. My scientific interests are at the interface between artificial intelligence and biology.

Nancy P. Keller

Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology/Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Editor of Fungal Biology and Genetics, American Phytopathological Society Fellow and American Academy of Microbiology Fellow

Linda W Kelly

I received my doctorate in 2013 from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Cell and Molecular Biology. I joined the Dept of Biology at San Diego State University as an Adjunct Research Professor in 2014. My research focuses on understanding changes in coastal marine microbial communities in response to environmental perturbations. Most of my research thus far has focused on coral associated microbes. Specifically, I use metagenomics to identify the taxonomic distribution and functional capacity of microbial communities in marine ecosystems that are subjected to varying nutrient availability, anthropogenic stressors, and comprising different benthic compositions.

Gary M King

Professor of microbial biology with extensive experience in numerous aspects of microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and ecophysiology. Elected fellow American Academy of Microbiology

Research interests include:

*Benthic marine biogeochemistry and animal-microbe interactions
* Biology, phylogeny and ecology of marine acorn worms (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta)
* Role of microorganisms in the dynamics of atmospheric trace gases (methane, carbon monoxide)
* Plant-microbe interactions, carbon cycling, trace gases in marine & freshwater ecosystems
* Microbial ecology of soils and community dynamics in volcanic soils
* Structure and function of lithotrophic bacterial communities
* Microbiology, physiology and ecology of aerobic CO-oxidizing bacteria

Keith Klugman

Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia, leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work to improve the development and delivery of pneumonia vaccines and expand the use of antibiotic treatments and diagnostic tools.

Keith is a leading expert on antibiotic resistance in pneumonia pathogens and helped develop the pneumococcal vaccine that is now part of the immunization regimen for children born in the United States and is being rolled out globally. Keith was the William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as well as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory School of Medicine. In addition, he still serves as Honorary Professor in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Keith has chaired or served on numerous expert committees for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among other American and international organizations, and has published more than 450 scientific papers on the subjects of pneumonia, meningitis, antimicrobial resistance, and vaccines for bacterial pathogens, which have been cited more than 20,000 times to date. He is currently the President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Keith trained in South Africa and did his post-doctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York.

Laura J. Knoll

Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Associate Editor for Microbiology and PLoS ONE, Pearls Editor for PLoS Pathogens.

Konstantinos A Kormas

After graduating from the Biology Dept of the University of Athens, Greece, in 1994 I jumped immediately to my PhD dealing with benthic-pelagic coupling, until 1998. In 2000, I spent six months working on coastal Cyanobacteria at the Trondhjem Biological Station. Between October 2000 and September 2002 I worked as a post-doc at the lab of Andreas Teske, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA. Upon my return to Greece, I worked for ca. 2.5 years as a research associate at my old lab where I did my PhD. In March 2005 I was appointed as an Assistant Professor of aquatic microbial ecology at the Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly, Greece. Since March 2015 I am a full Professor at the same department.
In my lab we investigate patterns and processes that underpin the distribution and abundance of microorganisms in different habitats of the aquatic environment. Some of our quests deal with the following:
- How do aquatic microbial communities assemble?
- Which members of the microbial trophic web are the key players in defining and maintaining community structure?
- What is the role of spatial/temporal structure in regulating the community’s stability?
- How do abiotic parameters regulate ecosystem functioning of microbial processes?
- What is the the diversity and function of gut microbiota and microbiomes of aquatic animals
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Abhishek Kumar

Researcher focusing on computational genomics with current interests in genetics, genomics and trancriptomics specially fungi, insects and vertebrates. Current research interests as following
1. Research Area #1: Application of genomics to human diseases
2. Research Area #2: Genomics of drug-like molecules from fungi
3. Research Area #3: Evolutionary Genomics
4. Research Area #4: Biodiversity Genomics