Invited Speakers

Professor James M. Tiedje

Director of MSU Center for Microbial Ecology

Dr. Tiedje is University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. His research focuses on microbial ecology, physiology and diversity, especially regarding the nitrogen cycle, biodegradation of environmental pollutants and use of molecular methods to understand microbial community structure and function.

Dr. Tiedje is founder of the International Society of Microbial Ecology and has over his distinguished career been President of the American Society for Microbiology, editor-in-Chief of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, editor of Microbial and Molecular Biology Reviews, and on the board of Life Sciences of the National Research Council and Co-Chaired the Committee on the New Science of Metagenomics report. He also advises at a national level as a member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Panel.

Dr Miles Carroll

Head of Research and Development Institute
UK Health Security Agency

Miles Carroll joined Public Health England (formerly known as the Health Protection Agency)) as Deputy Director, Head of Research at Porton Down in September 2008. In his current role he has strategic and operational responsibilities to ensure that the Department is at the forefront of translational research in the areas of high containment microbiology, infectious disease vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and decontamination. Miles gained his PhD from the Medical Faculty at the University of Manchester which enabled him to obtain an International Fogarty Fellowship and continue his studies on recombinant poxviruses at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, USA. On his return to the UK, Miles Joined Oxford Biomedica. At OBM Miles invented the cancer vaccine, TroVax and led the pre-clinical and Phase II development programme. Miles has acted as an advisor to several biotech companies, appeared as an expert witness in both European and US patent cases and advised US Government on bio-defense issues.

Professor Nadine Ziemert

Translational Genome Mining for Natural Products group

Nadine is a highly accomplished researcher at the University of Tübingen. Her group currently focus on developing bioinformatic tools for the discovery of natural products from microbial genomes, elucidating the evolutionary history of their biosynthetic gene clusters and tracing their distribution in the environment.

Professor Peter Reich

Forest Ecology Group

Peter´s work is multi-faceted and touches upon various aspects of terrestrial ecology, attempting to link fundamental physiology with community dynamics and ecosystem structure and function, within the context of the myriad of global environmental challenges that face us. This includes studying the effects on ecosystems of rising CO 2 and associated climate change, biodiversity loss, and wildfire

Giulia Pacchioni

Senior Editor for Nature Reviews Materials

Giulia is involved in writing Research Highlights and Editorials, and helps define the journal strategy. She is well versed in how to best communicate ones research and ensure you achieve the best publishing record you can.

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