President

Mark Shirtliff

Professor,
School of Dentistry; School of Medicine University of Maryland ,Baltimore, United States

Intro

Dr. Shirtliff had studied in University of Houston from 1987-1993 (for B.S.) and in University of Texas from 1994-2001 (for Ph.D., with his thesis entitled "Staphylococcus aureus: Roles in Osteomyelitis”). After spending 3 years in Center for Biofilm Engineering as postdoctoral fellow (2000-2002) and assistant research professor (2002-2003), Dr. Shirtliff was appointed in University of Maryland as assistant professor in 2003 and as associate professor in 2010. At present, he is a professor of both Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in School of Dentistry and Department of Microbiology and Immunology in School of Medicine, University of Maryland.

Dr. Shirtliff has have trained as a microbiologist specializing in both in vitro and in vivo systems for the study of biofilms for over 25 years. As an indication of his expertise on the subjects of biofilm-forming microbes and their relation to infectious disease and pathogenesis, he has presented his scientific findings on the subject at 110 meetings and symposia and have orally presented at over 100 national and international meetings/seminars. He has also authored over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters on pathogenic microbes, both their biofilm mode of growth and the chronic diseases that they cause. Dr. Shirtliff has a strong background in organizing highly skilled colleagues in multidisciplinary research. He also has a strong working knowledge of budget development and have obtained over $8 million from state, national (NIH and DOD), and international funding agencies in the past 10 years. He has served on 35 graduate committees and was the primary advisor on 11 graduate students committees (8 PhD, 3 Masters). He has also mentored five postdoctoral fellows, three of which have progressed to faculty positions at other institutions.


Presentation Title
In vivo Utilization of Omics for Translational Applications

Co-president

Lin Li

Professor,
School of Food Science and Engineering; Head of Saccharide Engineering;South China University of Technology, China

Intro
Dr. Li had studied at South China University of Technology, and received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Saccharide Engineering from 1978 to 1988. Since 2004, Dr. Li had become the vice president of South China University of Technology until 2013 when he started serving as the president of Dongguan University of Technology. In addition to management in universities and schools, Dr. Li has been engaged in research work in the field of food science and technology. His major research field include nutritional composition changes during food processing, theory and technology on microbiology and hazard chemicals production and control in food, industrial technology and equipment on food production.

Dean

Xin’an Zeng

Professor,
School of Food Science and Engineering; South China University of Technology, China

Intro
Dr. Zeng had graduated from Xiangtan University for bachelor’s degree in 1994, and received master’s and doctoral degrees in Food Engineering in South China University of Technology in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Zeng has participated in many international conferences and has visited more than 10 universities in different countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Germany, France, Singapore, South Africa and Vietnam. At present, his major research field include food non-thermal processing, green brewing and sensory evaluation research. Nearly 5 years he presides over three National Science Funds.

Speakers

Tom Coenye

Professor,
Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology;Ghent University Ghent ,Belgium

Intro

Dr. Coenye graduated as MSc in Biochemistry at Ghent University in 1996. In 2000, he obtained Ph.D. with the thesis “New insights in the Burkholderia taxonomy and diagnosis of Burkholderia cepacia complex infections in cystic fibrosis patients”. His Ph.D. studies were funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT) and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (UK) and were carried out in the Laboratory of Microbiology in the Faculty of Sciences at Ghent University, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Vandamme. Subsequently Dr. Coenye worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. John J. LiPuma (University of Michigan) on epidemiology and population structure of B. cepacia complex isolates and the identification of unusual respiratory pathogens present in the lungs of CF patients.

Upon his return to Belgium, he rejoined the group of Peter Vandamme to continue his work on the taxonomy of Gram-negative non-fermenters and the use of novel approaches (based on whole-genome sequences) in bacterial taxonomy. His work was funded by the Belgian Federal Government (a DWTC Return Grant) and the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship). For this taxonomic work he received the 2007 Dade Behring MicroScan Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology and the American Academy for Microbiology. He joined the LPM (as a postdoctoral research and teaching assistant) in April 2005 and was appointed as research professor in October 2006. In the LPM the "social behavior" of a wide range of organisms are studied (both bacteria and funghi), both in single and multispecies consortia, and within the context of a wide range of infectious diseases (including acne, chronically infected wounds and chronic respiratory tract infections in CF patients). 


Presentation Title
Mechanisms of Tolerance in Bacterial Biofilms

Chii-Wann Lin

Vice President;Professor,
Industrial Technology Research Institute; Institute of Biomedical Engineering; National Taiwan University ,Taiwan

Intro

Dr. Lin had obtained MSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 from National Yang Ming University and Ph.D. in 1993 from Case Western Reserve University. In 2006, Dr. Lin was appointed as professor at Institute of Biomedical Engineering of National Taiwan University. At present, Dr. Lin is the Vice President and General Director of Biomedical Technology and Device Research Laboratories (BDL), Industrial Technology Research Institute since March 2017, with teams working on three thrust areas in medical devices, regenerative medicine, and drugs.


Presentation Title
Real Time Monitoring of Bacteria by SPR Biosensor

Kendra P. Rumbaugh

Associate Professor,
School of Medicine Department of Surgery ,United States

Intro

Dr. Rumbaugh had received bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 1996 at University of Texas. After receiving Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology in 2001 at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Rumbaugh had completed postdoctoral training at University of California at San Francisco. At present, Dr. Rumbaugh is a tenured associate professor in the School of Medicine, and her major research field include on understanding and treating wound infections. Her leadership roles include serving as president of the Texas Branch of American Society for Microbiology.


Presentation Title
Dispersing Biofilms in vivo

Brian Peters

Assistant Professor,
College of Pharmacy; The University of Tennessee Health Science Center ,United States

Intro

Dr. Peters had obtained his BSc in Microbiology in 2005 from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in 2010 from the University of Maryland. Afterwards, Dr. Peters had worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Fungal Pathogenesis in Louisiana State University Health Science Center. At present, Dr. Peters is an assistant professor in The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and his major research field include host and fungal molecular mechanisms responsible for the immune-pathogenesis of vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Presentation Title
Fungal and Polymicrobial Biofilms: Basic Biology to Clinical Relevance

Zhenbo Xu

Associate Professor; Adjunct Associate Professor,
South China University of Technology; University of Maryland ,China

Intro

Dr. Xu had received bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from South China University of Technology in 2005 and 2011. He had spent 2 years working in Dr. Mark Shirtliff’s lab in University of Maryland as a joint Ph.D. student during 2009 to 2011. His major research field include microbial biofilm, food microbiology and safety control, polymicrobial interaction, detection and biosensor. Dr. Xu has published more than 50 manuscripts as first or correspondence author, with the H-Index as 20.


Presentation Title
Bacterial Biofilm in Food Safety Control

Gamini Seneviratne

Professor,
National Institute of Fundamental Studies ,Kandy, Sri Lanka

Intro

Dr. Seneviratne had obtained bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from University of Peradeniya in 1984 and 1993. He had served as research professor from 2009 to 2015 in National Institute of Fundamental Studies, and as senior research professor since 2015. At present, he mainly served as the Fellow in the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka, the Associate Editor to the Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, the Former Editorial Board member to the Ceylon Journal of Science, etc.


Presentation Title
Developed Microbial Biofilms as Biofertilizers in Agriculture and Plantations

Wanling Tang

Assistant professor,
School of Applied Science Temasek Polytechnic ,Singapore

Intro

Dr. Tang had received Ph.D. in National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining Temasek Polytechnic in 2013, she had worked for Hyflux and Siemens Water Technology as process and applications engineer. Her major research field include process sustainability and energy optimization for water and wastewater treatment, including membrane technologies, and biological wastewater treatment technologies besides of reuse and recycling of waste materials.

Presentation Title
Phototrophic Biofilms: The Potential Applications and A Study for Aquaculture Wastewater Treatment

Da Qi

Senior Research Associate,
Institute of Integrative Biology University of Liverpool ,Liverpool, United Kingdom

Intro

Dr. Qi had obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South China University of Technology in 1999 and 2003, and then obtained Ph.D. in University of Wales Aberystwyth in 2007. Afterwards, Dr. Qi had worked as research assistant in University of Wales Aberystwyth from 2008 to 2011, followed by postdoctoral training in Institute of Integrative Biology at University of Liverpool in 2011. His major research field include delivering data standards for quantitative proteomics, i.e. mzQuantML, and associated software implementation. 


Presentation Title
Bioinformatics on Genomes Transcriptomes and Proteomes

Janette Harro

Research Associate,
School of Dentistry; University of Maryland ,Baltimore, United States

Intro

Dr. Harro had joined Dr. Mark Shirtliff’s Lab in Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, School of Dentistry in University of Maryland firstly as a postdoctoral fellow. At present, she works as a research associate at University of Maryland. Her major research field include pathogenic microbial, host pathogen interactions, biofilm infections and treatment of infections using animal models. In recent years, she has published many excellent articles in top journals, such as <mBio>, <Infection and Immunity> and <mSystems>.


Presentation Title
Immunization Strategies Against S. aureus Biofilms

Dingqiang Chen

Associate professor,
Department of Microbiology The University of Hong Kong ,Hong Kong

Intro

Dr. Chen had obtained BSc in Biotechnology in 2004 and MSc in Microbiology in 2006 from Sun Yat-Sen University. He had obtained Ph.D. in Clinical laboratory diagnosis from First Clinical College of Southern Medical University. Dr. Chen had worked at the Department of Microbiology in The University of Hong Kong. His major research field include pathogenic microbiology, microbial resistance, bacterial biofilm, rapid detection and diagnostic techniques.

Presentation Title
Epidemiology on Biofilm of Staphylococcus and Surveillance on Antimicrobial Resistance in Southern China

Chunlei Shi

Professor,
College of Agriculture and Biology; Shanghai Jiaotong University ,Shanghai, China

Intro

Dr. Shi had obtained bachelor’s degree from Huazhong Agricultural University in 1999 and Ph.D. in Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2006. Afterwards, she worked in Shanghai Jiaotong University and she was appointed as associate professor in 2009. From 2011 to 2012, she had completed her postdoctoral research on molecular classification method of Salmonella serotype in Cornell University. Her major research field include microbial biofilm, food safety and food biotechnology.

Presentation Title
Molecular Mechanism of Biofilm Formation in Listeria monocytogenes

Xihong Zhao

Professor,
School of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy Wuhan Institute of Technology ,Wuhan, China

Intro

Dr. Zhao had obtained bachelor’s degree from Yangtze University in 2004, and Ph.D. from South China University of Technology in 2010. Dr. Zhao had worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Biotechnology and Food Safety, Kangwon National University from 2012 to 2013, and then he had worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University until 2015. His major research field include microbiology, biofilm, bacterial detection.


Presentation Title
Rapid Detection on VBNC, Biofilm Genetics and Toxins of Various Bacteria

Viduranga Yashasvi Waisundara

Senior Lecturer,
Faculty of Applied Sciences Rajarata University of Sri Lanka ,Kandy, Sri Lanka

Intro

Dr. Waisundara had obtained BSc in Food Science and Technology from the National University of Singapore in 2005, and obtained Ph.D. from School of Applied Sciences in Temasek Polytechnic in 2010 and was employed as a lecturer since 2013. She had worked at National Institute of Fundamental Studies in Sri Lanka until 2016. At present, she is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.


Presentation Title
Usage of The Kombucha 'Tea Fungus' Biofilm for Value-addition of Tea (Camellia sinesis)

Jianyu Su

Associate Professor,
School of Food Science and Engineering South China University of Technology ,Guangzhou, China

Intro

Dr. Su had obtained Ph.D. in Saccharide Engineering from South China University of Technology in 2008. Afterwards. Dr. Su was appointed as assistant professor at South China University of Technology and was promoted to associate professor in 2013. He has published more than 60 manuscripts in academic journals, including <Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry>, <Food Research International>, <Journal of Food Science>, etc.


Presentation Title
Inhibition of Bacterial Biofilms by d-Borneol

Jian Sun

Associate Professor,
School of Environmental Science and Engineering Guangdong University of Technology ,Guangzhou, China

Intro

Dr. Sun had obtained Ph.D. in Department of Environmental Engineering of South China University of Technology in 2010. Funded by China Scholarship Council, he had spent 1 year in University of Minnesota, from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Sun had engaged in postdoctoral research in mobile in South China University of Technology from 2011 to 2014, and was appointed as associate professor then. of South China University of Technology. He had worked in Guangdong University of Technology since 2014, and his major research field include environmental microbiology and electroactive biofilms.


Presentation Title
Electroactive Biofilm:A Versatile Platform for Environmental and Industrial Application

Yang Deng

Assistant Professor,
State Key Laboratory of Beer Fermentation Engineering ,Qingdao, Shandong

Intro

Dr. Deng had obtained bachelor’s degree from Chongqing University of Technology in 2007, and obtained Ph.D. from Nanjing Agricultural College in 2012. Dr. Deng had worked as a postdoctoral fellow in South China University of Technology from 2012 to 2015. Afterwards, he was appointed as assistant professor in State Key Laboratory of Beer Fermentation Engineering, the only national key laboratory in China's beer industry. His major research field include food microbiology, bacterial biofilm and VBNC study. He has published more than 30 manuscripts.


Presentation Title
VBNC Status of Bacteria within Biofilms

Junyan Liu

Visiting Scholar,
Visiting Scholar, College of Pharmacy The University of Tennessee Health Science Center ,Memphis, United States

Intro

Ms. Liu had obtained bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, and had worked in South China University of Technology afterwards. At present, she is a visiting scholar in Dr. Peters’s lab in Department of Clinical Pharmacy, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 2016. Her major research field include microbial biofilm, food safety, VBNC and polymicrobial interaction. She has published more than 25 manuscripts, with 15 manuscripts in SCI journals as first author and a total IF of 40.


Presentation Title
Role of Blp-1 on The Polymicrobial Interaction of C. albicans