About the Editors


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

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.

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.

Susanne Häussler, MD
Professor, Head of Molecular Bacteriology
Hannover, Germany

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
Bar-Ilan University
Safed, Israel

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
Pamplona, Spain

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 NerenbergRobert 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 RobesonMichael 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 SegataNicola Segata, PhD
Professor, Department CIBIO
University of Trento
Trento, Italy

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.

Advisory Editor

Emily WhiteEmily White
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.


Founding Editor-in-Chief

Staffan Normark
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. 

Emeritus Editor-in-Chief

Alain Filloux, PhD
Nanyang Technological University

Prof. Alain Filloux is Director of the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) at Nanyang Technological University, 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.

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 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 The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 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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