Jen Thoroughgood

Former Head of Communities, Springer Nature
  • Springer Nature
  • United Kingdom
Munehiro Asally

Assistant Professor, University of Warwick

Ben Libberton

Science Communicator, Freelance

I'm a freelance science communicator, formerly a Postdoc in the biofilm field. I'm interested in how bacteria cause disease and look to technology to produce novel tools to study and ultimately prevent infection.
Mickey Pentecost

Idea Hunter,

Grace Baynes

VP, Open Science Alliances, Springer Nature

I lead on Springer Nature's approach to alliances with the research community, to speed the transition to open science and open research by working together. Interested in all aspects of open science. I've spent  over twenty years in publishing, sixteen of those working in open research, joining open access publisher BMC in 2003, and since then in roles at Nature Publishing Group and now Springer Nature. Prior to my secondment I led Springer Nature's research data strategy, policy and product development.

Cagla Tukel

Assistant Professor, Temple University

My research focuses on how the bacterial biofilm are recognized by the immune system. We are mainly interested in bacterial amyloids, protein deposits with a fibrillar cross beta-sheet quaternary structure, which exhibit a starch (amylose)-like ability to stain with iodine. In humans, deposition of various amyloid proteins is associated with a number of illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, prion diseases, and type-2 diabetes. Interestingly, many bacteria produce functional amyloid deposits, which are an important component of their extracellular biofilm matrix. Curli amyloid fibrils, produced by enteric bacteria such as Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium and E. coli, are the best-characterized bacterial amyloid fibrils to date. Amyloids of both host and bacterial origin share a number of characteristics, including an ability to trigger innate immune responses. Recently, we discovered that responses to host amyloids and curli amyloid fibrils are mediated through Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2. Currently, we are working on the immune recognition of curli fibers in the intestinal tract and at systemic sites.
Qichun Zhang

Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Tom Battin

Professor, EPFL

Patrick May

Head of Genome Analysis, LCSB

Emilie Muller

Research Associate, University of Luxembourg

Hugo Roume

PostDoctoral Researcher, Ghent University

Paul Wilmes

Professor, University of Luxembourg

Melissa Garcia-Sherman

Research Assistant Professor , Brooklyn College

Stephen A. Klotz

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Arizona

Ashok K Chaturvedi

Assistant Professor of Research , UTSA

Dr. Lopez-Ribot is a Professor in the Department of Biology and the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Margaret Batts Tobin distinguished chair at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The research programme in his laboratory is focused on the study of Candida albicans and candidiasis, the main fungal infection affecting an increasing number of immune- and medically-compromised patients. The work encompasses from the basic biology of the cell wall, biofilm formation, adhesion and morphogenetic conversions, to the use of animal models to better understand virulence and host responses, to the more clinical aspects such as antifungals, drug resistance and vaccine development; with the ultimate goal of devising new strategies for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of candidiasis.
Isaac Klapper

Professor, Temple University

Irene Wagner-Doebler

Head of the Microbial Communication Research Group, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Helena Sztajer

Head of the Laboratory PhD, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Szymon P. Szafranski

Postdoc, HZI Braunschweig

David Nathan Quan

Post-Doctoral Researcher, UMD