About the Editors
Jean-Marc Ghigo, PhD
Professor, Head of Genetics of Biofilms Laboratory
Dr. Ghigo's research has 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.
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.
Tom Battin, PhD
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
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.
Susanne Häussler, MD
Professor, Head of Molecular Bacteriology
In addition to her role at TWINCORE, a joint venture of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig and the Hannover Medical School, ,she also heads a research group at the Clinical Microbiology Department at the Rigshospitalet in Denmark. Her lab is interested in pathogenic biofilms and focusses on profiling the large diversity of clinical isolates with a view to improving knowledge on the genetic basis and molecular mechanisms of biofilm establishment and antibiotic tolerance.
Omry Koren, PhD
Professor, Head of Microbiome Research Lab
Dr Koren'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.
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, PhD
Professor, Biodesign Institute
Arizona State University
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.
Iñigo Lasa, PhD
Professor, Microbial Pathogenesis unit.
Navarrabiomed-Universidad Publica de Navarra
Iñigo Lasa is Professor of Microbiology at Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain since 2008. He received his Ph.D. (1993) from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. From 1995 - 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Pasteur working in the laboratory of Prof. Pascale Cossart. His research group is dedicated to decipher the regulatory networks involved in biofilm development and the relevance of biofilm formation during bacterial infection.
Robert Nerenberg, PhD
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN, USA
Dr. Nerenberg’s research seeks to understand and manage biofilms in environmental engineering applications. A particular area of interest is biofilms at water-gas interfaces, such as gas-supplying membranes. Other areas include the formation of greenhouse gases in biofilm systems, the effects of eukaryotic predation on biofilms, fungal biofilms, and the mechanical properties of biofilms. His lab uses in-situ tools, such as microelectrodes, as well as molecular tools and mathematical modeling to understand the structure and function of biofilms.
Michael S. Robeson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dr. Robeson is a bioinformaticist, microbiome scientist, and educator with extensive experience publishing on diverse topics in bioinformatics and biology. Most notably, he is a key contributor of a variety of microbial community analysis tools, and has helped develop eDNA analysis pipelines used by both academic and commercial organizations. Currently, his lab specializes in investigating the microbial communities associated with human disease states.
Nicola Segata, PhD
Professor, Department CIBIO
University of Trento
The research of Prof. Nicola Segata employs experimental metagenomic tools and novel computational approaches to study the diversity of the microbiome across conditions and populations and its role in human diseases. The projects in the lab include efforts to profile microbiomes with strain-level resolution, to meta-analyse very large sets of metagenomes with novel computational tools, and to uncover previously uncharacterized members of the human microbiome. The lab of prof. Nicola Segata developed several computational tools and resources that are widely adopted by the microbiome research community and enabled a number of metagenomic-based discoveries.
Emily received a B.Sc. in Microbiology and further developed her knowledge by studying for a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Manchester. Her time was split between the laboratories of Ian Roberts and Richard Grencis, looking at the interactions between the mammalian intestinal microbiota and the intestinal helminth parasite Trichuris muris. Emily joined the Nature Microbiology team in November 2016 where she handles papers on the microbiome and microbial ecology. Emily has been Advisory Editor on npj Biofilms and Microbiomes since July 2021.
Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Since the 1970s, Prof. Normark has performed pioneering work on genetic engineering, molecular biology, and microbial pathogenesis. He was the Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 2010 to 2015.
Alain Filloux, PhD
National University of Singapore
Prof. Alain Filloux is Director of the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) at the National University of Singapore, and visiting professor 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.
Fredrik Bäckhed Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University 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 Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University, New Jersey, 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 Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA
Jose L. Lopez-Ribot Department of Biology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas, USA
Sandra L. McLellan, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin, WI, 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 Georgia Tech, Georgia, USA
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