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.
Technical University of Denmark
Lone is professor I bacterial ecophysiology and biotechnology and is leading a Center of excellence on microbial secondary metabolites. She and her group has studied bacterial interactions and exploited these in food biopreservation and aquaculture biocontrol. Currently, they are focusing on unraveling the roles of microbial secondary metabolites in natural microbiomes.
Montana State University
Roland Hatzenpichler earned his M.Sc. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in microbial ecology in the lab of Michael Wagner at the University of Vienna (Austria). From 2011-2016, he was a postdoc with Victoria Orphan at the California Institute of Technology. Since Nov. 2016, he has been an Assistant Professor in MSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also is an Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Biofilm Engineering and the Thermal Biology Institute at Montana State University.