University of Vienna
Jillian is Associate Professor at the Center for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna. Following undergraduate studies in her native Australia, at the University of Queensland, she studied and researched marine microbiology at the Max Planck Institute in Bremen, Germany where she did her MSc, PhD and postdoc.
California Institute of Technology
Dianne Newman began her professional training as an environmental microbiologist at MIT in the laboratory of a geochemist but was introduced to bacterial genetics midway through graduate school. The elegance and power of genetic approaches motivated her to seek postdoctoral training in a bacterial genetics laboratory at Harvard Medical School. When she began her independent career, she attempted to blend these fields by using genetic approaches to study how bacteria catalyze geochemically interesting metabolic reactions.
National University of Singapore
Dr. Jianzhong He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003 from Professor Frank Löffler’s lab. Prior to that, she obtained her M.S. and B.S. degrees from Tsinghua University and Harbin Institute of Technology in 1998 and 1995, respectively. She was a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Lisa Alvarez-Cohen’s lab at the University of California Berkeley for two years before joining the National University of Singapore as an assistant professor in 2005.
Prof Jetten (1962) is a world leader in the field of environmental microbiology. He did his PhD (1991) at Wageningen Univerisity NL, on aceticlastic methanogens, followed by a post doc at MIT on metabolic engineering of amino acid producers. From 1994-2000 he was assistant professor at TU Delft on Nitrogen cycle microbiology. Since 2000 he is chair of the Department of Microbiology at Radboud University, Nijmegen.
University of Aberdeen
Jim Prosser is Emeritus Professor in Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. He was awarded a BSc in Microbiology by Queen Elizabeth College, University of London in 1972 and a PhD by the University of Liverpool in 1975. He then carried out postdoctoral research in Liverpool before moving to a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen, where he held a Personal Chair prior to retirement in 2020. His research focuses on the ecophysiology, diversity and ecosystem function of soil microorganisms, with particular emphasis on ammonia oxidisers, which play a central in the global nitrogen cycle. This research has uncovered novel microbial groups involved in biogeochemical cycling processes and situations in which niche specialisation impacts on process rates.
University of Bath
Dr Lauren Cowley has been prize fellow of bioinformatics at the University of Bath since September 2018. Prior to joining Bath, Lauren worked at Public Health England for 4 years and Harvard T.H. Chan school of Public Health for 2 years. Her research centres around using sequencing technology to track outbreaks and emergence of infectious diseases. She has mostly worked on Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Ebola and SARs-CoV-2. She is currently deployed to the UK cabinet office as an embedded scientist on the UK COVID-19 response.