About the Editors


Alain Filloux, PhD
Chair in Molecular Microbiology
Imperial College London
London, UK

Dr. Alain Filloux is Professor and Chair in Molecular Microbiology at Imperial College London. He is an international leader in studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenesis. Early in his career, he pointed to the existence of bacterial protein secretion systems, which later became known as types (T1SS, T2SS, T3SS, etc.) and published seminal papers on the T2SS. His recent findings have been instrumental in understanding regulatory networks that control the P. aeruginosa lifestyles, and the switch between the planktonic or biofilm mode. His current work is on c-di-GMP signalling, and type VI secretion system (T6SS), the latter being a nano-weapon involved in modulating the composition of polymicrobial populations. 

Catherine Lozupone, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Dr. Lozupone's research focuses on the complex community of microorganisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. She has been heavily involved in the development of popular computational tools for microbial community analysis, such as the UniFrac algorithm for comparing microbial diversity among many samples using phylogenetic information. The Lozupone lab is currently working to understand microbiome composition and function in a variety of disease contexts, with an emphasis on the interaction between the gut microbiome and local and systemic immune phenotypes in HIV-infected individuals.

Associate Editors

Tom Battin, PhD
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Lausanne, Switzerland

Tom Battin's lab, the "Stream Biofilm and Ecosystem Research Laboratory," at EPFL is interested in biofilms, the dominant form of microbial life in streams, and they study the assembly of these microbial “jungles” and the biodiversity dynamics therein ranging from the microbial scale to the scale of the entire stream networks. His principal interest is the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of stream ecosystems. He is a pioneer in the observation of biofilms in the context of stream dynamics. His research has contributed to the development and use of advanced analytical methods for improving and understanding the structure and function of sedimentary microbial communities in shallow freshwater.

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, PhD
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Dr. Krajmalnik-Brown’s research focuses on understanding microbe-microbe, microbe-environment, and microbe-host interactions. Here research team was the first one to describe gut microbiome changes after gastric bypass surgery, and the first research team to design and implement a successful microbiota-based therapy to improve gastrointestinal and autism symptoms.  Her interests and research also include bioremediation, the use of microbial systems for bioenergy production, and the human intestinal microbial ecology and its relationship to obesity, metabolism, and autism.

Jean-Marc Ghigo, PhD
Professor, Head of Genetics of Biofilms Laboratory
Institut Pasteur
Paris, France

Dr. Jean-Marc Ghigo is a Professor at Institut Pasteur, Paris, where he is the Head of the Genetics of Biofilms Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology. His research contributed to a better understanding of the biological resources used by commensal and pathogenic bacteria to form biofilms. The Ghigo lab is currently focusing on the identification of the structures involved in bacteria-surface interactions and of the physiological adaptations to biofilm microenvironments leading to the emergence of biofilm-associated properties, with particular emphasis on biofilm tolerance to antibiotics. Some aspects of his research also aim to translate these fundamental approaches towards clinically relevant situations involving biofilms. 

Omry Koren, PhD
Head of Microbiome Research Lab Azrieli Faculty of Medicine
Bar-Ilan University
Safed, Israel

Prof. Koren has diverse experience in the microbiome field, ranging from coral microbiota all the way to the Human Microbiome Project, in which he participated in data analysis and developing tools for microbiome analysis. Today, Omry's research focuses on the interactions between the gut microbiota and the host, with a primary interest in the interplay between the microbiota and the host endocrine system. A good example of this is in pregnancy, during which significant changes in microbiota composition, host hormonal levels and immune responsiveness all converge to promote healthy fetal development, and in which certain pregnancy complications may be associated with alterations in the microbiota.

Sandra L. McLellan, PhD
Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences
University of Wisconsin

Sandra McLellan's work focuses on understanding the linkages between the environment and human health, particularly in urban coast systems. Her lab uses the microbiome signatures from animals and humans to identify pollution sources in water. The overall goal of their research is to understand pathogen fate in large freshwater systems such as the Great Lakes, and develop new approaches for assessing pollution sources so that strategies can be devised to protect the Great Lakes and human health. This work has enabled the lab to quantify pollution signals from densely populated areas and delineate the imprint of non-indigenous bacteria on natural communities in coastal ecosystems. 

Editorial Board

Fredrik Bäckhed Department of Molecular and Clinical MedicineUniversity of Gothenburg, Sweden

Jill Banfield Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

Ehud Banin The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Martin J Blaser Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA

Cameron Currie Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Joël Doré Unit for Ecology and Physiology of the Digestive System, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France

Nicole Dubilier Department of Symbiosis, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

Hans-Curt Flemming Biofilm Centre, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Hervé Guillou Unit ToxAlim, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Toulouse, France

Bill Hanage Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Massachusettes, USA

Harald Horn Engler-Bunte-Institut, Water Chemistry and Water Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Jurg Keller Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Queensland, Australia

Hiroaki Kitano The Systems Biology Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Rob Knight Departments of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, University of California at San Diego, California, USA

Ilana Kolodkin-Gal Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Katherine P. Lemon The Forsyth Institute and Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA

Jose L. Lopez-Ribot Department of Biology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, USA

Annette Moter Biofilmcenter, German Heart Center Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Thomas R. Neu Department of River Ecology, Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Magdeburg, Germany

Jens Nielsen Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Staffan Normark Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Victoria Orphan Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, California, USA

Sven Pettersson Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Lutgarde Raskin Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Michigan, USA

David A. Relman Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University, California, USA

Scott A. Rice The School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore

Agneta Richter-Dahlfors Swedish Medical Nanoscience Center, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Ute Römling Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Philippe Sansonetti Laboratory of Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Phil Stewart Centre for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Montana, USA

Marc Strous Energy Bioengineering and Geomicrobiology Research Group, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tim Tolker-Nielsen Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Willy Verstraete Emeritus Professor, Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (LabMET), Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium

Tom Van de Wiele Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology, Ghent University, Belgium

Bryan A. White Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, USA

Marvin Whiteley Molecular Biosciences Department, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA

Nature Research

Managing Editor: Nicolas Fanget, PhD
Editorial Director, Life Sciences, Community Journals, NPJs: Arianne Heinrichs, PhD
Peer Review Assistants: Priyanka De, Ayesha Pathan
Editorial Assistants: Rosie Tobutt and Caterina Timu
Senior Editorial Assitant: Molly Jiang
Editorial Assistant Supervisor: Yasmin Esmaeili
Editorial Administration Manager: Colm Pollard
Publisher/Head of Outreach and Partnerships EMEA: Warren Raye, PhD
Director, Strategic Partnerships Americas & Global NPJs: Andrea Macaluso
Assistant Production Editor: Annabelle Topliss
Production Editors: David Pentney and Annika Jesse
Senior Production Editor: Jessica Hart
Managing Production Editor: Kate Neil
Operations and Partnerships Manager: Esther Trinh
Senior Marketing Manager: Heather Dunphy
Head of Researcher Experience: Katherine Arundell
VP Editorial, Nature Research and Community Journals: Meredith LeMasurier, PhD
VP Commercial, Nature Research Group: Andrew Douglas
Chief Editorial Advisor, Nature Research: Magdalena Skipper, PhD