Diane McDougald

Associate Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering
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Akos T Kovacs

Professor of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Bioengineering

07/2017 - Professor of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics, DTU Denmark 10/2012-07/2017 Group Leader, FSU Jena, Germany 07/2005-07-2012 Post Doc, University Groningen, The Netherlands (w/ Oscar Kuipers) 09/2003-05/2005 Post Doc, Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary (w/ Kornel Kovacs) 09/2000-09/2003 PhD fellow, University of Szeged, Hungary (w/ Kornel Kovacs) 09/1995-07/2000 BSc/MSc student, University of Szeged, Hungary
Selena Parker

Program Manager, Conference Series LLC

I am Selena Parker. At present I am working as the Program Manager for Microbiology conferences which is being organized throughout the world. This year we are organizing "International Conference on Microbial Ecology & Eco Systems" during September 18-20, 2017 at Toronto, Canada. Conference theme is “ New Frontiers of Invisible Bio Systems”. This interesting event is managed in such a way to provide an exclusive platform for educators, new researchers, and learners to present and discuss the most recent innovations, possibilities, and concerns adopted in the field of Microbial Ecology. Microbial Ecology 2017 will comprise an informative and exciting conference program including leading keynote speakers, poster presenters, session speakers who will be presenting their research on the topics related to Microbial Ecology. Therefore we invite you heartedly to join us at the Microbial Ecology 2017, where you will be sure to have a great experience with experts from around the world. All the important members of Microbial Ecology 2017 organizing committee look further to meet you at Toronto, Canada.
Robert Broadbent

Communities & Digital Marketing Manager, Springer Nature

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.
Jenefer Thoroughgood

Managing Director, Thoroughly Good Consulting

For nearly 20 years, I've worked in the digital media sector, with hands-on experience in editorial, marketing, sales and R&D. I'm passionate about engaging and understanding customers to develop great content and products. Formerly Chief Product & Customer Officer at Zapnito, I'm now an advisor to the company.
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.

Martin Delahunty

Global Director, Nature Partner Journals, Nature Research

Working within Nature Research's Open Research Group, I am Global Director for Nature Partner Journals based in London. I have responsibility across five global office locations to develop Nature Partner Journals, a new series of online-only, open access journals, published in collaboration with world-renowned partners. Launched in April 2014, the portfolio now includes 14 titles including 'npj Biofilms and Microbiomes'. I have a Degree in Natural Sciences specializing in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration from The Open University. Within the broader medical publications community, I serve as Secretary and Trustee for the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals.
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!
Joe Bennett

Head of Publishing, Nature Research and BMC

Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature, Nature Research, Springer Nature

I am a geneticist by training. Having done research using classical genetics and molecular biology in a variety of model organisms I left the bench to become an editor, first for Nature Reviews Genetics and then Nature. I have worked with the research community as an editor, in a variety of roles, for over 17 years
Scott A Rice

Associate Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

A/Prof. Rice’s research programme is centered on how and why bacteria form matrix encased biofilms. The goal of such research is to define the molecular pathways that control the biofilm life-cycle, with a particular interest in those processes that regulate the switch between planktonic and biofilm growth. Such knowledge can be used to manipulate the biofilm in a directed fashion to either encourage or discourage biofilm formation as needed. His group works on a variety of biofilm systems, ranging from single species populations to increasingly more complex multispecies systems, which are more representative of natural biofilms. Current projects include the continued development and investigation of a simple three species biofilm consortia, focusing on the mechanisms and consequences of microbial interactions. He is also keenly interested in how bacteriophage may contribute to the development of biofilms, as opposed to their role as killing agents. Predation is a primary environmental factor responsible for the killing of bacteria and A/Prof. Rice is investigating how bacteria respond to predators. Another aspect of his research focuses on the application of nitric oxide, a bacterial signal, to control biofilm formation for medical and industrial applications.
Charles Thiede

CEO & Co-Founder, Zapnito Ltd.

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
Sharon Longford

Communications Manager, SCELSE

Harikrishnan A.S. Nair

Research Scholar at Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Thomas Jeffries

Research Associate (Environmental Microbiology), University of Western Sydney

@Thomas_Jeffries Dr Thomas Jeffries is a Microbial Ecologist with a wide range of expertise in molecular microbiology, bioinformatics and microbial biogeography. He obtained his PhD. in 2012 from Flinders University (Adelaide Australia). During his doctoral work he used metagenomics to investigate shifts in microbial community gene abundance in response to salinity and nutrient gradients within a hypersaline lagoon (the Coorong, Australia). His work demonstrated the influence of environmental variables on the abundance of salinity tolerance and photosynthesis pathways in bacterial genomes on local scales. On global scales he demonstrated that bacterial genome content is broadly determined by the physical substrate type of the habitat. His postdoctoral research has focused on marine microbial biogeography, the microbiome of Sydney Harbour, The distribution of marine fungal diversity and the role of microscale interactions in structuring microbial communities. Dr. Jeffries is also a contributor to the INDIGOV expedition utilizing citizen oceanography to investigate marine microbiomes on global scales. Dr Jeffries has extensive experience in using bioinformatics and ecogenomic tools to understand the diversity and function of microbiomes. He also is experienced in using multivariate statistics and network analysis to visualise highly complex data sets. He regularly runs tutorial workshops on various software packages. He is a steering committee member and chair of the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminar Series (JAMS) and is on the local organising committee for the Australian Society for Microbiology. Dr. Jeffries joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in 2014. His current work will focus on a CRC-CARE funded project to apply next-generation 'omics' tools and a systems-biology approach to understand the microbial bioremediation of organophosphorus and aromatic hydrocarbon contaminants, which pose a major global and local threat to human and environmental health. This work will deliver a predictive framework directly applicable to practitioners to aid the decision-making process and increase the efficiency of remediating contaminated sites
Vamshidhar Gangu

PhD at NGS SCELSE, National University of Singapore

Kai Wei Kelvin Lee

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

Mithu Lucraft

Marketing Director, Outreach and Open Research , Springer Nature

I'm lucky enough to manage a fantastic marketing team at Springer Nature who bring together market insights with market development to promote all our open products and services – books, journals and data
Mary Cloud B. Ammons

Assistant Research Professor, Montana State University

Elisabeth M. Bik

Science Editor, uBiome

After receiving my PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, I worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. From 2001-2016 I worked in the laboratory of David Relman at Stanford University, where I have worked on the characterization of human oral, gastric, and intestinal microbiotas, and that of marine mammals. In 2016 I joined uBiome where we allow citizen scientists to sequence their microbiome. I also run Microbiome Digest, www.microbiomedigest.com, an almost daily compilation of scientific papers in the rapidly growing microbiome field, tweet on Twitter as @MicrobiomDigest, and scan published papers for image manipulation.