This Week's New Experts

We’re delighted to welcome new Experts to the npj Biofilms and Microbiomes Community this week. Here’s who they are…

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Akos T Kovacs is a group leader in the Institute of Microbiology at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. He leads research into differentiation and development of the Gram positive Bacillus subtilis during biofilm development, and in interaction with other Bacillus species and fungi.

Already known to many in to microbiology community thanks to her very useful ‘Bik’s’ Picks’ blog that rounds-up the latest research into microbiomes, Elisabeth M Bik is a microbiology research associate in the David Relman lab in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University, Stanford, US.

Lori Burrows is professor and associate chair of research at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Her lab, within the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences & Michael G DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, studies key biofilm developmental pathways by finding small molecules that increase or decrease biofilm formation by P. aeruginosa or Listeria monocytogenes, an important food-borne pathogen.

Munehiro Asally is an assistant professor ay the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. His lab’s research focuses on the spatio-temporal dynamics of bacterial biofilm formation in vitro and in vivo by taking synthetic and systems biology approaches.

From the Industrial Technology Development Institute in Manilla, Philippines, Noel M Unciano is a research specialist in the Environment and Biotechnology Division, which specializes in applied microbiology.

Finally, Ronan McCarthy is a post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College, London, UK. Working out of the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, Ronan is part of a research project that aims to tackle the problem of persistence and chronic infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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