Biofilms 7

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes award

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The Biofilms7 conference has come to an end. The organizing committee would like to thank everyone for providing excellent scientific presentations and discussions. In the last session, the winner of the npj Biofilms and Microbiomes award was announced. The winner was Alissa Bleem from the University of Washington, who presented the work “Designed peptides for inhibition of amyloid fibrilogenesis in medical biofilms”. Alissa received a waived article processing charge in the new open access journal npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, subject to peer review, as well as a free subscription to Nature. Congratulations to Alissa!

Nuno Filipe Azevedo

Researcher, Faculty of Engineering University of Porto

Nuno Azevedo obtained his degree in Biological Engineering in 2001 at the University of Minho (UMinho), Portugal. He then finished his PhD on Chemical and Microbial Technology in 2005 at the same institution. After holding a Post-doctoral position at the UMinho and the University of Southampton (UK) for 4 years, he started a Faculty Research Fellow position at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in June 2009. Nuno Azevedo’s main research interests are to understand the population dynamics in biofilms and explore the potential of peptide nucleic acids (PNA) and other nucleic acid mimics for the rapid localization and detection of microorganisms.