​This Week’s New Experts

We have no less than 18 new Experts in the community this week, most of which have been published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. Read on for details of the Experts and their research papers…

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First up we have Jose L Lopez-Ribot, Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio, US, and corresponding author on the paper ‘A novel small molecule inhibitor of Candida albicans biofilm formation, filamentation and virulence with low potential for the development of resistance’. We recently spoke to Jose to get some more insight into this research; you can read our interview here.

Also from UTSA is Ashok K Chaturvedi, Assistant Professor of Research. Working out of the lab of Jose Lopez-Robot, Ashok is one of the authors on the aforementioned npj Biofilms and Microbiomes paper.

Tom Battin, Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland is a member of the npj Biofilms and Microbiomes editorial board. He wrote this article on ‘Chartering new waters of biofilm ecology and evolution’ to mark the journal’s launch.

Qichun Zhang, Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, is the corresponding author on paper ‘Enhancement in hydrogen evolution using Au-TiO2 hollow spheres with microbial devices modified with conjugated oligoelectrolytes’.

Cagla Tukel, Assistant Professor at Temple University is the corresponding author on ‘Biofilm-associated bacterial amyloids dampen inflammation in the gut: oral treatment with curli fibres reduces the severity of hapten-induced colitis in mice’.

The corresponding author on ‘Functional biomarkers for chronic periodontitis and insights into the roles of Prevotella nigrescens and Fusobacterium nucleatum; a metatranscriptome analysis’ is Szymon P Szafranski, Postdoc at Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany. He is joined by Helena Sztajer, Head of the Laboratory PhD at HZI and Irene Wagner-Doebler, Head of the Microbial Communication Research Group at HZI, both co-authors on the paper.

Stephen A Klotz, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Arizona, US, is corresponding author on ‘A unique biofilm in human deep mycoses: fungal amyloid is bound by host serum amyloid P component’. Co-author Melissa Garcia-Sherman, Research Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, US has also joined the community.

Corresponding author on one of the first papers published by npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is Paul Wilmes, Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg. Entitled ‘Comparative integrated omics: identification of key functionalities in microbial community-wide metabolic networks’. Hugo Roume, Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, Belgium, Emilie Muller, Research Associate at University of Luxembourg and Patrick May, Head of Genome Analysis at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg were co-authors on this paper.

David Nathan Quan, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland, US was co-author on ‘Effect of electrical energy on the efficacy of biofilm treatment using the bioelectric effect’, as was Hadar Ben-Yoav, Assistant Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

Co-author on ‘Estimation of a biofilm-specific reaction rate: kinetics of bacterial urea hydrolysis in a biofilm’ was Isaac Klapper, Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, US.

Finally we have Kai Wei Kelvin Lee, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Singapore Centre on Environmental and Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Singapore. Kelvin was an author on a paper recently published in The ISME Journal entitled ‘Interspecific diversity reduces and functionally substitutes for intraspecific variation in biofilm communities’. We recently interviewed Kelvin and co-author and fellow community Expert Scott A Rice about this paper… read here.

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Jen Thoroughgood

Former Head of Communities, Springer Nature

I'm no longer with Springer Nature so please send your community-related queries to communities@nature.com. Thanks!