Akos T Kovacs

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

Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Jens Nielsen has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree (1989) in Biochemical Engineering from the Danish Technical University (DTU), and after that established his independent research group and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he is currently directing a research group of more than 50 people and the Life Science Area of Advance, which coordinates over 200 researchers from 5 departments. Jens Nielsen has published so far more than 450 research papers that have been cited more than 15,000 times (current H-factor 60), co-authored more than 40 books and he is inventor of more than 50 patents. He has founded several companies that have raised more than 25 million € in venture capital. He has received numerous Danish and international awards and is member of the National Academy of Engineering in USA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, Academy of Technical Sciences in Denmark, the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a founding president of the International Metabolic Engineering Society.
Disa Larsson Hammarlöf

Researcher, Uppsala University

Sabrina Sarrocco

PhD in Plant Pathology, University of Pisa

Plant pathologist, mycologist. Biocontrol of plant diseases by beneficial fungi. Fungal genome editing. Under the spell of fungi! @SarroccoSabrina
Anna Dragos

Postdoc Researcher, DTU Bioengineering

Tom Battin

Professor, EPFL

Ute Römling

Professor, Karolinska Institutet

I studied Biochemistry at the Technical University of Hannover, Germany graduating with a MSc in Biochemistry in 1989. Subsequently, I obtained my PhD at the same university in 1993. After five years of postdoctoral research at the Medical School of Hannover and the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, I was appointed Junior Research Group Leader at the Helmholtz Institute for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany in 1998. In 2002, I gained a position as an Associate Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the KI obtaining a 5 year ‘Elitforskartjänst’. In 2012, I obtained the position as a Professor in Medical Microbial Physiology at Karolinska Institutet. The major focus of my research is on regulation of biofilm formation in microorganisms, biofilm composition and interaction of biofilms in different environments. I am interested in basic research as well as the clinical and environmental aspects. In addition, we are interested in persistence mechanisms of world-wide spread of Pseudomonas aeruginosa clone C. In total, I have published 100 papers of original work, 28 reviews and 13 book contributions. I am engaged in education, organization of conferences and serve the scientific community also with a variety of several other activities.
Staffan Jan Normark

Senior Professor, Karolinska Institutet

Senior Professor of Medical Microbiology at Karolinska Institutet. Performing pioneering work on genetic engineering, molecular biology, and microbial pathogenesis, since the 1970s. Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since July 2010.
Rikke Louise Meyer

Associate professor, Aarhus University

Henriette Lyng Røder

Postdoc, Microbiology, University of Copenhagen

Diane McDougald

Associate Professor, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

Asst. Prof. McDougald has made significant contributions to the fields of Vibrio biology, bacterial adaptation to stress and mechanisms of molecular control of these responses, cell-to-cell communication, biofilm formation and interactions of bacteria with higher eukaryotes. Her group’s major research interest is on the investigation of mechanisms of survival and persistence of pathogens in the environment, and what impact these mechanisms have on virulence and pathogenicity in the host. They investigate the evolutionary drivers and consequences of bacterial adaptation to stresses, including interactions with higher organisms. Broadly, they study the interactions of prokaryotes and eukaryotes using a number of model systems to investigate the impact of predation by protozoa on microbial communities and how evolution of grazing defences drives the evolution of pathogenicity in the environment. Predation is an important selection pressure that pathogens face in the environment, and as a result, pathogens may evolve phenotypes that not only increase their fitness in the environment, but may also increase their fitness in the human host. This research platform will allow her group to test key aspects of the Coincidental Selection Hypothesis, which states that the virulence of many opportunistic human pathogens may be an accidental by-product of selection for adaptations not related to human disease.
Joe Bennett

Head of Publishing, Nature Research and BMC

Bastiaan Krom

Associate Professor

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.
Wenzheng Liu

PhD student, University of Copenhagen

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!
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. 
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.
Romain Briandet

Research director, Micalis Institute, Inra