University College Dublin, Ireland
Ken Wolfe is Professor of Genomic Evolution at the Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests are on the evolution of eukaryotic genomes, particularly in yeast species. He is best known for his discovery that an ancestor of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae underwent whole-genome duplication about 100 million years ago, and subsequent discoveries of whole-genome duplications during plant and human evolution. His current research focuses on the evolutionary factors that determine how the genome is arranged into chromosomes, and on the origin of the cell-type switching process in yeasts.
University of Aberdeen, UK
Tufts University, USA
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Concordia University, Canada
Isabelle Benoit Gelber is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Concordia University and is affiliated to the Center for Structural and Functional Genomics in Montreal, Canada. Her research combines fungal biology, genomics and applied synthetic biology to solve problems in sectors of health, energy and agriculture and forestry. The IBG lab focuses on molecular mechanisms of fungal hypersecretion of enzymes and other bioactive molecules. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology done at the INRA lab BBF and the CNRS lab AFMB in Marseille, France. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University in the Microbiology group and at the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute in the Fungal Physiology group in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Chalmers University, Sweden
Maurizio obtained his PhD in Industrial Biotechnology in 2006 from University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy). After a post doctoral stay as Marie Curie Fellow at Lund University (Sweden), he joined Industrial Biotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden). His research focuses on membrane engineering as a strategy for the improvement of robustness of industrial microorganisms for the conversion of lignocellulosic materials to fuels and chemicals. He is teaching graduate and post graduate courses on applied microbiology, fermentation technology, biorefineries and biobased economy in general in several Universities in Sweden, Italy and Brazil.
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University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Daniela Delneri is currently a Full Professor at the University of Manchester in the research areas of Evolutionary and Functional Genomics. She graduated cum Laude in Biological Sciences (1991) from the University of Trieste, Italy, and received a PhD in Biochemistry in 1997 (University of Trieste & ICGEB, Area Science Park, Trieste). She was an EC TMR Senior Fellow (1997-1999) and a NERC Advanced Fellow, University of Manchester, UK (2004-2009). With twenty years’ worth of experience in yeast genetics and molecular biology, she focus on the plasticity of mutations in protein coding genes and non- coding RNAs elements, on the impact of karyotypic rearrangements on reproductive isolation and fitness, and on genome evolution in hybrid species including biotechnological aspects.
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TU Berlin, Germany
As a molecular biotechnologist, Vera Meyer is interested in reprogramming fungal cell factories used for the production of pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, enzymes and platform chemicals. One focus of her group is on the filamentous fungus Aspergillus niger, an industrially exploited cell factory which has been used for a century for the production of citric acid and enzymes. Her goals: to make more of its products; to engineer its morphology; to genetically trim A. niger to become a multipurpose cell factory; to fully exploit the metabolic potential of this fungus. To achieve this, her group develops different systems and synthetic biology tools for A. niger which helped to pioneer a new era in fungal biology: the movement from descriptive to predictive biology.
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Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Mislav Oreb developed an interest in organelle biogenesis and function of macromolecular complexes during his PhD studies and early postdoc phase at the Center of Integrated Protein Science in Munich, where he studied protein translocation into chloroplasts. During this work, he developed the idea of constructing artificial protein complexes and synthetic compartments in living cells to improve the efficiency of metabolic pathways. Mislav Oreb is currently working as a group leader at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. His work is focused on engineering sugar transport and subcellular compartmentalization in yeast.
TU Delft, The Netherlands
University of Cambridge, UK
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Dr. Natalia Requena received undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Granada, Spain. Her PhD Thesis dealt with the restoration of degraded ecosystems using microorganisms. From 1997 to 2000 she was post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. Her research then focused on the molecular analysis of the arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis. Dr. Requena established her own research group in 2001 at the University of Tübingen and moved in 2005 to the University of Karlsruhe when awarded with the DFG Heisenberg Stipendium. There she was appointed as associate professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2012. The focus of her research is on the molecular dissection of plant-microbial communication.
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University of Lisbon, Portugal
Chalmers University, Sweden
BOKU University, Austria
Matthias Steiger is Senior Scientist at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology and associated to the Department of Biotechnology (BOKU University Vienna). His research focuses on gaining further insights into cellular metabolism with the aim to improve the production of useful bio-chemicals. He has experience with different industrial relevant microorganism including filamentous fungi, yeast and bacteria. The engineering of these microorganisms is achieved by developing and applying advanced genetic engineering tools followed by tailor-made analysis techniques of cellular metabolism including flux analysis, mass spectrometry and various omics tools. The overall vision is to develop new efficient microbial systems for the sustainable production of green chemicals.
University of Torino, Italy
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany