Speakers

Dr. Tom Coenye, Professor

Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology 
Ghent University
BEL

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(CF) 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 B. cepaciasupervision 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). 


Dr. Paul Stoodley, Professor

Departments of Microbial Infection and Immunity and Orthopaedics 
The Ohio State University
US

Intro

Dr. Paul Stoodley is a Professor in the Departments of Microbial Infection and Immunity and Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. He also holds an appointment at the University of Southampton in the UK as Professor of Microbial Tribology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Stoodley has a broad research interest in bacterial biofilms, drawn from experience in medicine, engineering and basic microbiology. His specific research focus is on biofilms in orthopedic and other device related infections, control of dental biofilms and biofilm mechanics as a surface survival strategy in the context of industrial fouling and medical devices. He has over 25 years of experience in biofilm research. Dr. Stoodley serves as a key opinion leader and consultant for a number of multi-national companies in the health care sector. Dr. Stoodley has published over 200 articles including reviews, research papers and book chapters in various clinical, engineering and microbiological journals; he has given over one 140 seminars where he has presented his research and workshops to a wide variety of academic, industrial and healthcare audiences.


Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh, Professor

School of Medicine Department of Surgery 
Texas Tech University
US

Intro

Dr. Rumbaugh had received BSc 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.


Dr. Birthe Kjellerup , Assistant Professor

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering 
University of Maryland
US

Intro

Dr. Birthe Kjellerup obtained her MS (1997) and Ph.D (2004) at Aalborg University, Denmark. During her graduate studies she trained at Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) in Montana, and this collaboration has continued. Dr. Kjellerup was a postdoctoral fellow at Center of Marine Biotechnology, Baltimore, where she continued her work on environmental biofilms and bioremediation until 2009, when she became an Assistant Professor at Goucher College, Baltimore. In January 2015, Dr. Kjellerup accepted her current position at University of Maryland at College Park.


Dr. Stefan Wuertz, Professor

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Nanyang Technological University

Intro

Prof. Stefan Wuertz's research focuses on the structure and function of microbial communities in engineered treatment systems and the molecular detection of pathogens in the environment. He is establishing scale-up engineering bioprocess systems and investigating environmental solutions to create novel and multi-scale interactive engineering platforms for multiple purposes, such as the recovery of nutrients from used water by biofilm processes.

Dr. Thien-Fah Mah, Associate Professor

Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology 
University of Ottawa

Intro

In most natural environments, bacteria exist in surface-attached communities called biofilms. Bacterial biofilms are formed in response to environmental signals, resulting in the transition from individual, planktonic (free-swimming) cells to a multicellular population that is attached to a solid surface and encased in an exopolysaccharide matrix.  

Biofilms have been implicated in causing disease in a variety of settings, including in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients and nosocomial infections associated with medical implants. These infections can be extremely difficult to treat due to an increased resistance to antimicrobial agents that develops in biofilm-grown cells.

The goal of my research is to increase our understanding of the molecular mechanisms utilized by bacteria to increase their resistance to antimicrobial agents once they become part of a biofilm. To this end, I developed a high-throughput system, using 96-well microtitre dishes, to search for mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa that do not develop this characteristic increase in resistance. This screening system was used in a pilot screen to identify mutants that when growing in a biofilm, were more sensitive than the wild type strain to the antibiotic tobramycin. These mutants are capable of biofilm formation and grow as well as the wild type strain in liquid culture.

The screen yielded a number of interesting mutants and the lab is poised to characterize these mutants in order to understand why they are defective in developing this resistance. A better understanding of the mechanisms of biofilm resistance may lead to novel strategies to treat these biofilm-based infections.


Dr. Chii-Wann Lin, Professor

Institute of Biomedical Engineering 
National Taiwan University
Chinese 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.


Dr. Xianming Shi, Professor

College of Agriculture and Biology 
Shanghai Jiaotong University

Intro

Dr. Xianming Shi is a professor and Chair in Department of Food Science and Technology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He obtained his B. S. and M. S. degree in Microbiology in August 1982 and June 1988 respectively at Huazhong Agricultural University, and his Ph. D. degree in Biotechnology in March 1998 at the University of Hong Kong. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington (Seattle) during October 1993-October 1994, a visiting professor at Cornell University during January-August 2003, a visiting professor in the Eastern Regional Research Center, USDA during July-August 2007, and a senior visiting professor at Rutgers University during January-August 2014.

Prof. Shi has or had the following academic titles: Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) (2016-), Director of MOST-USDA Joint Research Center for Food Safety (2008-), Vice President of Chinese Association for Food Protection (2014-), Ambassador for China in Global Harmonization Initiative (2012-), Fellow of National Committee for Academic Degrees in Food Science and Technology (2003-2011), Fellow of National Committee for Teaching Supervision in Food Science and Technology (2003-), Fellow of Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (2001-) and Vice President of Chinese Sub-Association for Food Safety and Standard Technology (2012-). Moreover, he is an editorial board member for 1 English and 5 Chinese journals.

The research interest of Prof. Shi is microbiological food safety. He conducts basic and applied research in molecular ecology and the development of rapid detection methods for foodborne bacterial pathogens. Work in progress focuses on the establishment of database for target mining and risk assessment of foodborne pathogens, development of molecular detection and genotyping methods for foodborne pathogens, functional analysis of some genes in foodborne pathogens, and characterization on the stress resistance mechanism of Salmonella. He has published 196 scientific journal articles since 1997 when he obtained a full professor position, including 103 articles in Chinese and 93 SCIE articles in English, of which he was as the first or corresponding author for 71 SCIE articles. One article published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2011 was cited 198 times by others and was selected as Journal Highlights by American Society for Microbiology. Another was published in Trends in Food Science & Technology in 2009 with a citation time of 148. In addition, 13 patents have been approved as the first inventor.

As a result of his contributions, Prof. Shi has been awarded as: "Certified Food Scientist" by the International Food Science Certification Commission in 2013, the Cover Character of Journal of Scientific Chinese in 2011, "The Top Ten Best Supervisors" at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010, "Advanced Scientist for Earthquake Relief Work" by China Association of Science and Technology in 2008, the leading scientist of Shanghai municipality in 2007, "Quarter Century Fellow" of the international workshop on rapid methods and automation in Microbiology in Kansas, USA in August 2003.


Dr. Chunlei Shi, Professor

College of Agriculture and Biology 
Shanghai Jiaotong University

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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. 


Dr. Xiaomei Bie, Professor

College of Food Science and Technology. 
Nanjing Agricultural University

Intro

Professor, doctoral supervisor.  The degree of "Food Processing and Safety" of Nanjing Agricultural University is authorized by a few professors, and the outstanding backbone teacher of "133 Key Talents Project" of Nanjing Agricultural University.  From January 2009 to January 2010, he was a visiting scholar of the Department of Microbiology at the University of California, Davis ( UCDavis ) and engaged in the research on signal transduction pathway of Bacillus subtilis stress response. The national key research and development plan "research and development of key technologies for food safety" focuses on special projects, the national natural science foundation general projects, Project evaluation experts such as Zhejiang Natural Science Foundation. 

Presided over the national natural science foundation general projects, the national "863" program projects, the "12th five-year plan" national science and technology support projects and Jiangsu province science and technology projects, etc. More than 100 SCI papers have been published in magazines such as ACS J Med Chem, J Agr Food Chem, Food Control, acsinfectis, foodresist and J Proteomics, and more than 10 national authorized invention patents have been obtained.  Attended and won the second prize of the Ministry of Education for scientific and technological progress.

One and the second prize of Jiangsu province higher education teaching achievement.  Deputy editor of "modern food biotechnology" and "fruit and vegetable storage processing and quality management technology" two teaching materials.


Dr. Jianyu Su, Associate Professor

School of Food Science and Engineering 
South China University of Technology

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.


Dr. Zhenbo Xu, Associate Professor

School of Food Science and Engineering 
South China University of Technology

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.


Dr. Dingqiang Chen, Associate professor

 
Guangzhou Medical University

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.


Dr. Liang Yang, Professor

Medical school 
Southern University of Science and Technology

Intro

At, the south university of science and technology, school of medicine, professor, doctoral supervisor, undergraduate, graduated from nankai university in 2004 biological science, 2009, he received a doctor's degree at the technical university of Denmark, then at the technical university of Denmark and the university of Hamburg, Germany is engaged in the postdoctoral work, nanyang technological university in Singapore in 2012, an assistant professor in the college of life science do, and in 2018 a tenured associate professor position, He is also deputy director of the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) public health Centre laboratory. Professor Yang liang's research group studied the biofilm formation mechanism, drug resistance mechanism, pathogen-host interaction and the research and development of new antibiotics with the methods of molecular biology, microbiology, chemical biology and system biology. The research group developed the Pulse SILAC proteomics method suitable for studying the resistance mechanism of bacterial biofilm, revealed the regulation mechanism of bacterial quorum sensing and c-di-gmp signaling pathway in the biofilm's resistance to antibiotics, and developed a series of new compounds to inhibit bacterial quorum sensing, biofilm formation and the generation of drug resistance. In recent years, professor Yang liang's research team has published articles in international journals including Nature Communications, Science Signaling, Nature Protocols, PNAS, Trends in Microbiology, mBio, Nano Letters, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry published over 100 papers. The paper was cited more than 5000 times, h-index 35 (Google Scholar). Professor Yang liang has been invited to make more than 30 academic presentations at international conferences, universities and research institutes, and has won the young scientist travel award for academic conferences organized by American society for microbiology (ASM) and European Union of microbiologists (FEMS), as well as the Humboldt foundation scholarship of Germany. Professor Yang is the editorial board member of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, American society for Microbiology.

Dr. Jian Sun, Associate Professor

School of Environmental Science and Engineering 
Guangdong University of Technology

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.

Dr. Xihong Zhao, Professor

School of Chemistry and Environmental Engineering 
Wuhan Institute of Technology

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.


Dr. Xiangjun Gong, Professor

School of Material Science and Engineering 
South China University of Technology

Intro

The research interests are to establish and develop imaging methods and instruments by optics and electromagnetism, to study physical and chemical phenomena related to material interfaces, and to provide relevant mechanism research for solving practical problems in biology, medicine, materials, environment and other fields.  More than 30 papers included in SCI have been published. The designed and built instruments include digital holographic microscope, magnetic modulation interface micro rheometer, total internal reflection microscope, etc.  Presided over 2 NSFC projects ( 1 completed ) and participated in 1 NSFC key project.

Dr. Lei Cheng, Professor

West China Medical Center 
Sichuan University

Intro

Dr. Cheng Lei, professor, CHN Deputy Director of the Department of operative dentistry and endodontics, West China Hospital of Stomatology, Sichuan University.

Dr. Cheng Lei obtained his Ph.D. from West China School of Stomatology, Sichuan University in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Xuedong Zhou, and studied in Academic Center for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA) for one year in Prof. JM ten Cate’s lab. Subsequently Dr. Cheng Lei worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Dentistry on anti-caries effect of nanomaterials. Upon his return to China, he continued his work on oral microbiology and diseases in State Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases and was appointed as professor in July 2015. Until now Dr. Cheng Lei has published over 140 articles (103 SCI papers among them) including reviews and research papers.


Dr. Guangchao Yu, Clinical Laboratory Technician

First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University 

Intro

Guangchao Yu, male, doctor of medicine, testing technician, is a member of the Microbiology Expert Group of the Testing Branch of Guangdong Medical Association.  Engaged in clinical microbiological examination for many years, with rich experience, can solve more difficult professional problems, mainly engaged in clinical microbiological examination of medical treatment, teaching and scientific research work.  Presided over a medical research fund of Guangdong province, participated in a national natural science fund and a number of provincial and ministerial-level projects;  With the first author publishing 1 SCI academic paper and more than 10 academic papers from domestic core journals, he participated in the preparation of the postgraduate teaching materials of Clinical Molecular Diagnostics ( Guangdong Science and Technology Publishing House ).

Dr. Peibin Zeng, Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego 
Sichuan University

Intro

Peibin Zeng, male, 1984.06, Doctor of Science, Department of Health Inspection and Quarantine, West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University, Distinguished Associate Researcher, Young Member of Inspection Committee of Sichuan Medical Association.  The main research directions are: 1. Research on molecular epidemiology and drug tolerance mechanism of blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, HCV and HBV;  2. Using the technical means of molecular biology and bioinformatics, to carry out the development of relevant detection methods for new / recurrent viruses, the investigation of the epidemic situation of viruses in the population, and the research on the correlation between viruses and innate immunity of hosts. 3. Study on the relevant mechanisms of intestinal microecology imbalance and intestinal mucosal immune injury in 3.HIV infected persons.

Presided over, participated in and completed a number of national, provincial, municipal and international cooperative scientific research projects, including the National Natural Science Foundation Youth Project, Sichuan Provincial Science and Technology Department and Chengdu Municipal Science and Technology Bureau Project.  More than 30 articles have been published in relevant fields, of which 16 are SCI papers (10 are first authors or correspondence authors, with the highest impact factor of 5.8 points).  Responsible for reviewing various domestic and foreign magazines such as Journal of Infectious Diseases, Transfer, Plosone, Journal of Medical Virology, PlosoNeglected Tropical Diseases, Chinese Journal of Blood Transfusion and Modern Preventive Medicine.  Key courses include Health Quarantine, Health Microbiology Experiment, Virology Test, Virology Test, Immunology Test and Molecular Biology Test Technology.  He has won the first prize of Sichuan Medical Science and Technology Award (the participant), the third prize (the third participant) and the excellent teachers of Sichuan University.


Dr. Yang Deng, Assistant Professor

State Key Laboratory of Beer Fermentation Engineering 
Qingdao Agricultural University

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.


Dr. Junyan Liu, Visiting Scholar

College of Pharmacy 
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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.


Dr. Ling Yang, Associate Senior Technician

First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University 

Intro

Ling Yang, female, doctor, deputy chief technician, research direction is medical microbiology and immunology testing.  From 1997 to 2002, he studied clinical medicine in Jiangxi Medical College and obtained bachelor's degree and bachelor's degree.  From 2003 to 2006, he studied immunology in medical college of sun yat - sen university and obtained master's degree and master's degree.  From 2013 to 2015, he studied for a doctor's degree in clinical laboratory diagnostics of Southern Medical University and obtained a doctor's degree.  He is currently working in the Laboratory of the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University. He served as a young member of the Chinese society for microbiology Medical Microbiology and Immunology Special Committee and a member of the Guangdong Hepatology Association Laboratory and Diagnostic Special Committee.  Participate in the teaching work of several teaching and research sections such as clinical microbiological examination, clinical immunology examination and clinical chemistry examination, independently teach some chapters of several theoretical courses, and participate in the teaching of experimental courses.  A total of 33 research papers have been published in journals of microbiology and immunology at home and abroad, including 10 SCI papers as the first author or correspondent.  He presided over and participated in 4 national, municipal and university-level scientific research projects.

Dr. Jing Lin, Associate Professor

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 
Guangzhou University

Intro

He presided over and participated in 12 national, provincial and municipal projects, 2 industry-university-research cooperation projects, 7 projects entrusted by enterprises, 2 ACSAPPLIEDAMATERALS &amp; INTERFACES, CHEMICAL LENGINEERING JOURNAL, COMPOSITESSCENCE ANDTECHNOLOGY. Appliedsurfacescience, Ind.Eng. Chem. Res. etc. and other journals have published more than 30 SCI papers, 8 TOP journals, 18 SCI papers in Zone I and Zone II, more than 40 EI and national core journals, 1 personal academic monograph and 13 national invention patents.

Dr. Thomas Bjarnsholt, Professor

Department of Immunology and Microbiology 
University of Copenhagen
Denmark

Intro

Prof. Bjarnsholt is a global expert in wound biofilms, with over 135 peer reviewed publications in the biofilm field including the recent ESCMID guidelines for biofilm treatment.  His research focuses on biofilm formation and the role of bacterial biofilm in chronic infections, both in vitro, animal models and ex vivo material from chronic infections. Thomas is interested as to how bacteria initiate biofilms in the human body and why the immune defense seems to fail both in the initial infection and later in the chronic infection.  His research also seeks to develop tools and methods to enable fast diagnosis of these infections, for better treatment and possible prevention. 

Thomas is the founder and organizer of the Danish Biofilm Workgroup, founder and advisory board of the “Biofilm Test Facility” and is chairman of the ESCMID Study Group for Biofilms to name but a few contributions and was awarded the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Young Investigator Award in 2013. Thomas is also a member of the Global Wound Biofilm Expert panel created in 2015.


Dr. Brian Peters, Associate Professor

College of Pharmacy 
The University of Tennessee
US

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.


Dr. Janette Harro, Research Associate

School of Dentistry 
University of Maryland
US

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>.


Dr. Yanyan Li, Visiting Scholar

Harvard University 
China

Intro

Dr. Yanyan Li is an international renowned young scientist in the field of microbiology, receiving her Ph.D. in Jiangnan University. Since 2015, she has been an associate professor, and is currently working in Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School. During 2009 to 2012, she had made academic visits to the University of Maryland, Duke University and other prestigious universities. Her major research interests include microbial metabolism, structure biology and immunology. She has published a lot of manuscripts in top journals, including <Nature> (2017, 549), <PNAS> (2012, 109), etc.

Dr. Goeres Darla, Associate Research Professor

Chemical & Biological Engineering, Standardized Biofilm Methods Laboratory (PI) 
Montana State University

Intro

Darla Goeres has over twenty years of experience researching biofilm bacteria in industrial systems. She has studied biofilms found in beer draught lines, Danish district heating distribution pipes, anaerobic biofilms in soured oil fields, biofilms in recreational water systems, and evaluated various treatment strategies for killing, removing and/or preventing biofilm formation.

Dr. Goeres leads the Standardized Biofilm Methods Laboratory (SBML) team at the Center for Biofilm Engineering. The mission of this laboratory is the development and validation of quantitative standard methods for growing, treating, sampling and analyzing biofilm bacteria. As part of her work in this area, she participates in the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) subcommittee E35.15 and facilitated the acceptance of the first approved standard methods for biofilm bacteria. Her goal is to promote collaboration among the various entities interested in biofilm methods.

Dr. Bin Cao, Associate Professor

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Nanyang Technological University
SIN

Intro

Dr. Cao's research is at the interface between microbiology and engineering, focusing on biofilm matrix assembly and role of matrix in environmental and biotechnological applications. Specifically, he is interested in exploring sorptive, transformative, and electroactive properties of biofilm matrix in used water treatment and in biosynthesis of value-added products. Dr. Cao's long-term research objective is to understand and to harness the power of the matrix in biofilm-based processes with an ultimate goal of engineering biofilms through matrix modifications to achieve a better performance in environmental and biotechnological applications.

Dr. Enrico Marsili, Assistant Professor

School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering 
Nazarbayev University

Intro

Dr. Marsili has over 16 years of experience in biofilms, bioprocesses, and electrochemistry. Following his PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Rome, Italy, he studied biofilm structure and function and contributed to develop electrochemical biofilm characterization. In 2008, he was awarded a Marie Curie Reintegration grant, and worked on biosensors development. In 2012, he moved to the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), and established research facilities for  bioelectrochemistry of biofilms. Dr. Marsili has supervised 7 post-doctoral researchers and 8 PhD students. He has published 50 papers with approximately 2500 citations. Since 2019, Dr Marsili serves as Associate Professor at Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, where he is building a research program on biofilms, in collaboration with engineering and microbiology researchers.

Dr. Gamini Seneviratne, Professor

National Institute of Fundamental Studies 
LK

Intro

Dr. Seneviratne had obtained BSc and Ph.D. 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.

Dr. Kimberly Kline, MPH PhD

Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) School of Biological Sciences 
Nanyang Technological University

Intro

Kimberly was born and raised in the state of North Dakota in the USA. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University and did her post-doc in the laboratory of Scott Hultgren at Washington University in St. Louis in collaboration with Birgitta Henriques-Normark and Staffan Normark at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. During that time, Kim was an American Heart Association Fellow, Carl Tryggers Fellow, and NIH K99 recipient. In 2014, Kim was awarded an ICAAC Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Microbiology. In 2016, Kim received the Nanyang Teaching Award. When not in lab, Kim enjoys cooking, playing with her dogs, and exploring Asia with her husband.

Dr. Viduranga Waisundara, Senior Lecturer

Australian College of Business and Technology 
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. She was a Senior Lecturer on temporary basis in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka until July 2018. She is presently the Deputy Principal of the Australian College of Business & Technology - Kandy Campus, Sri Lanka