Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature, Nature Research, Springer Nature
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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.
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.

Richa Dandona

Partnerships and Operations Manager, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Nicolas Fanget

Associate Editor, Springer Nature

I am a microbiologist by training, but I manage a portfolio of varied journals. The ones most relevant to this Community are npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, npj Clean Water, npj Science of Food, npj Systems Biology and Applications and npj Vaccines. Full list of my journals in my LinkedIn profile.
Paul Bänziger

Publisher, Nature Partner Journals, Springer Nature

Naomi Attar

Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Microbiology

Mariette DiChristina

Editor in Chief, Scientific American

Mariette DiChristina is Director of Editorial & Publishing for Nature Research’s Magazines division, leading the award-winning global editorial teams of the journal Nature’s magazine, Nature Research’s Partnership & Custom Media and Scientific American, for which she also serves as editor in chief, appointed 2009. She was honored as a “Corporate Visionary” in Folio’s 2014 Top Women in Digital Media. In 2011, she was selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is on the executive board of Science Counts. She is past president of the National Association of Science Writers in the U.S. as well as of Science Writers in New York, and was an adjunct professor and Visiting Scholar in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University for the several years. Among her frequent appearances as a lecturer and moderator, she attends the World Economic Forum’s Davos and “Summer Davos” annual meetings as a Media Leader, supporting their science and innovation programming, especially around the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies. She is based in New York.
Katrina Ray

Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology

I'm the Chief Editor for Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, where I oversee the publication of a range of articles including Research Highlights, News & Views, Reviews, Perspectives and Consensus Statements across the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. I have always had a love of all things microbiology, in particular focusing on clinical microbiology, gastrointestinal infections and the gut microbiota in my current role. Before joining the Nature Reviews journals in 2010, I studied for a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Manchester and did a summer studentship on virology at the University of Leeds. Next, as part of the EIMID programme, I worked at the Institut Pasteur (Philippe Sansonetti group), Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (Arturo Zychlinsky group) and Karolinska Institutet (Birgitta Henriques–Normark group) before carrying out a PhD studying Shigella flexneri at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof. Christoph Tang.
Andrea Macaluso

Publisher, Nature Partner Journals, Springer Nature

Publisher, Nature Partner Journals, responsible for the US & Latin America, working with world renowned partners aimed at advancing science.
Andrew Jermy

Consultant, Germinate

Andrew gained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, UK, studying fungal protein trafficking and secretion. He was subsequently a microbiology editor at Nature for more than a decade, joining Nature Reviews Microbiology in 2008 as an Associate Editor after a brief stint as locum editor on Nature Cell Biology. Over the following 4.5 years Andrew developed a passion for the field, commissioning Reviews and writing on all aspects of microbiology. He also took a keen interest in developing new approaches to communicate with the microbiology community. In January 2013 Andrew joined the Nature team as Senior Editor, handling primary manuscripts from across the field and championing microbiology in Nature’s pages and beyond. Andrew left Nature in April 2015 to become the Chief Editor for the launch of Nature Microbiology. Having helped to establish Nature Microbiology as one of the premier journals in the microbiology publishing landscape, and in search of a better work-life balance, in January 2019 he left Nature to become Chief Publishing Officer (and tea boy) for the family GCSE and A-Level educational resources business established by his wife over the preceding three years. 
Michael Cox

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London

My background is in marine microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycles, but for the last 7 years I have been working on the microbial ecology of the human lung in health and disease. I primarily have expertise in DNA sequencing and culture based approaches.
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