Kai Wei Kelvin Lee

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

PhD student, SCELSE

Song Lin Chua

PhD Student at National University of Singapore, National University of Singapore

Philip S. Stewart

Professor, Center for Biofilm Engineering

Tay Wei Hong

PhD Student, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

Ehud Banin

Associate Professor , Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Ehud Banin, a returning scientist from the University of Washington, Seattle, is a Member of the Nano Cleantech Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), and lecturer at the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences. Banin has shown how bacteria under attack by the immune system create biofilms, surface-associated bacterial communities encased in an extracellular polymeric matrix. By revealing the specific pattern of gene expression that allows harmful bacteria to band together and survive in biofilms, Banin is defining an important target in the ongoing fight against antibiotic resistance, as well as for the search for new treatments for biofilm-related diseases such as cystic fibrosis. His laboratory implements an array of physiological, biochemical, and genetic tools combined with novel technologies that allow controlled and reproducible biofilm growth to characterize bacterial biofilms and compare them to the non-biofilm communities.
Naomi Attar

Associate Editor, Nature Reviews Microbiology

Marvin Whiteley

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

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.

Hans-Curt Flemming

Professor Emeritus, University of Duisburg-Essen

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.
Stefan Wuertz

Research Director, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

Prof. Stefan Wuertz's research focuses on the structure and function of microbial communities in engineered treatment systems and the molecular detection of pathogens in the environment. He is establishing scale-up engineering bioprocess systems and investigating environmental solutions to create novel and multi-scale interactive engineering platforms for multiple purposes, such as the recovery of nutrients from used water by biofilm processes.
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.
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.
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.