Dr. George Kassiotis is a group leader at the NIMR ( National Institute for Medical Research) in London. His group focuses on understanding pathogenic processes of viral infections. Their recent work was on the murine immune response to retroviral infection. Experimental methods used by their group include a wide range of immunological, biochemical, computational methods and electron microscopy.
Dr. John Sutherland is a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on the chemical origins of life, in particular the events that gave biology its foundations – cellular format, the central dogma and the genetic code.
Jörg Vogel has been Professor and head of the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany, since 2009. His research is mainly focused on small regulatory RNAs in bacteria, RNA sequencing and localization, RNA-protein interactions, as well as infection-associated microRNAs and long noncoding RNAs in eukaryotic hosts. The group uses a wide range of biochemical, genetic, biocomputational and RNA deep sequencing approaches to discover new regulatory RNA molecules and their functions.
Ron Fouchier is group leader at the Department of Virology at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. His lab is currently pursuing to elucidate the evolution and molecular biology of respiratory viruses in humans and animals. Special focus lies on influenza virus zoonoses and pandemics, as well as human metapneumovirus (hMPV). His recent groundbreaking work describing Influenza A/H5N1 mutations that enable airborne transmission in ferrets received global attention in the scientific community as well as in mainstream media.
Dr. Marily J. Roossinck is Professor of Plant Pathology, Environmental Microbiology, and Biolody at The Pennsylvania State University. To understand why virus evolves to cause diseases, her lab uses RNA plant viruses from the family of Bromoviridae to understand the dynamics and mechanism of viral evolution. Moreover, her lab also focuses on assessing the biodiversity and ecology of wild-non-disease causing plan viruses and understanding the symbiosis between a virus, a fungus and a plant.
Professor Dr. Eduardo Moreno currently heads a group at the Institute of Cell Biology (IZB) at University of Bern. His lab is interested in how different cells grow to interact, compete and evolve to form stable societies. In particular, they study competition in communities of stem cells and during development in Drosophila and mice.
Matthew Chang has been appointed associate professor at National University of Singapore in 2013. His lab uses systems biology approaches to investigate the physiological interaction networks between microbes and humans. This knowledge serves as starting point to engineer specialized microbes towards a wide spectrum of applications, including critical problems related to health, energy and environment.
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Prof. Dr. Susanne Häußler is the head of the department "Molecular Bacteriology" at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. Her research focuses on studies of the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of chronic infections with bacteria, in particularly, with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Formation of biofilms protect bacteria from attacks by the immune system and inhibit the effect of antibiotics. The group aims to understand how bacterial communication with each other via secreted messenger molecules helps building biofilms.
Dr. Kevin Foster is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oxford. His lab is interested in the social behavior of a wide range of systems such as insects, humans, and microbes. With a mixture of theoretical studies and experimental data, the lab examines how groups of organisms or cells may evolve into a behavior that is competitive or collaborative in pursuit of a limited resource.
Reader in Evolutionary Biology since 2009, Rebecca Kilner runs the Behavioural Ecology Group at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research focus on using animal families as model systems for investigating key topics in social evolution, animal communication and co-evolution. Examples come from burying beetles on the lab and around Cambridge, studying social immunity by parental care on avian communities and the role of color and sound on nest signaling and offspring/parents communication.
University of Helsinki
Dr. Eva Kisdi is a Researcher in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Helsinki. Trained as a mathematical ecologist, her research spans the fields of adaptive dynamics, speciation, evolutionary epidemiology and spatial ecology.
MRC National Institute for Medical Research
Currently Associate Professor at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and Full Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the ETH Zurich. His lab is mainly interested in understanding the cooperative and competitive social interactions among microbial populations. Particularly, he applies different techniques from evolutionary experiments to comparative genomic studies to investigate how cooperative swarming, predation and multicellular development occur in Myxobacteria.