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Section Board for 'Molecular Microbiology and Immunology' (51)

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Dr. M. Javad Aman
Integrated BioTherapeutics, Rockville, MD 20850, USA
Interests: microbial pathogenesis; bacterial toxins; viral glycoproteins; monoclonal antibody development; vaccine development
Dr. Krisztián Bányai
Institute for Veterinary Medical Research, Centre for Agricultural Research, Budapest, Hungary
Interests: virus discovery; metagenomics; genomic epidemiology
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Prof. Dr. David Bermudes
Department of Biology, California State University, Northridge, CA, USA
Interests: Tumor-targeted Salmonella; immunotherapy; protease inhibitors; suppressor mutations; fungi
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Prof. Dr. Jorge Blanco
Departamento de Microbioloxía e Parasitoloxía, Facultade de Veterinaria, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), 27002 Lugo, Spain
Interests: escherichia coli (ExPEC, STEC, EPEC, ETEC, EAEC, AIEC); bacterial pathogens; virulence; antibiotic resistance; veterinary microbiology
Prof. Dr. Tassos Economou
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology, Rega Institute, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Interests: protein secretion; membrane proteins; Sec pathway; Type III secretion; proteomics; protein structure/function; protein dynamics; protein folding
Prof. Dr. Franco H. Falcone
Division of Molecular Therapeutics and Formulation, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
Interests: mechanisms of Helicobacter pylori adhesion to the human gastric epithelium; development of new reporter systems for detection of sensitisation with allergen-specific IgE; molecular Immunology
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Dr. Andrew Foey
School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
Interests: immunology; inflammation; probiotics; antimicrobial responses; infection; oral & gastrointestinal mucosae
Dr. Birgit Habenstein
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Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Membranes and Nano-objects, CBMN UMR5248 CNRS Université de Bordeaux INP, 33607 Pessac, France
Interests: biomolecular assemblies; biophysics; structural biology; NMR; amyloids; membrane-protein interactions; protein-protein interactions; biomolecular interfaces
Prof. Dr. Jarl Bøgwald
Norwegian College of Fishery Science, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway
Interests: fish immunology; fish vaccinology; fish diseases both bacterial and viral; fish pathology
Dr. Gilles Fischer
CNRS, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine, Laboratory of Computational and Quantitative Biology, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France
Interests: yeasts; genome; chromosome; evolution; genetics
Dr. James Garnett
Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions, King’s College London, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT, UK
Interests: biofilm formation; adhesion; secretion systems; structural biology; host–pathogen interactions; virulence factors; effectors; glycan
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Prof. Dr. Thomas W. Geisbert
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA
Interests: Emerging viruses; Ebola virus; Marburg virus; Lassa virus; Nipah virus; pathogenesis; vaccines; treatments
Prof. Dr. Sven Hammerschmidt
Department of Molecular Genetics and Infection Biology, Interfaculty Institute for Genetics and Functional Genomics, Center for Functional Genomics of Microbes, University of Greifswald, 17487 Greifswald, Germany
Interests: gram-positive pathogens; pneumococci; host-pathogen interaction; virulence; immune evasion; bacterial adaptation; platelet-bacteria interaction
Dr. Richard D. Hayward
Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge CB2 1QP, UK
Interests: pathogen-host interactions; virulence factors; protein secretion; Chlamydia
Prof. Dr. Peter Heisig
Pharmaceutical Biology and Microbiology, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Interests: antibiotic resistance; antibiotics microbiology; molecular biology; gene expression; molecular cloning; bacterial transformation
Dr. Eric Bapteste
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Paris, France
Interests: microbial evolution; eukaryogenesis; lateral gene transfer; philosophy of biology
Prof. Dr. Charles M. Dozois
INRS-Institut Armand Frappier, Laval, QC, Canada
Interests: bacterial pathogens; Escherichia coli; metal transport; bacterial adhesins; autotransporters; siderophores; Salmonella; veterinary microbiology
Dr. Nicole Hugouvieux-Cotte-Pattat
Microbiology Adaptation & Pathogenesis(MAP), CNRS - University Lyon 1 – INSA Lyon, 69621 Villeurbanne, France
Interests: bacterial genetics; bacterial genomics; bacterial metabolism; plant pathogens and their virulence factors; signaling and transport through the envelope; regulation of gene expression; quorum sensing; Pectobacteriaceae; Dickeya; pectinases; plant cell wall degrading enzymes
Dr. Chang-Ro Lee
Department of Biological Sciences, Myongji University, 116 Myongjiro, Yongin, Gyeonggido 449-728, Korea
Interests: antibiotic resistance; peptidoglycan hydrolase; porin; lipoprotein; microbial physiology; Escherichia coli
Dr. Sangyong Lim
Radiation Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup 56212, Korea
Interests: molecular microbiology; gene regulatory networks; radiation resistant microorganisms; stress response proteins; deinococcus
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Prof. Dr. Matxalen Llosa
Instituto de Biomedicina y Biotecnología de Cantabria (IBBTEC), Universidad de Cantabria-CSIC-SODERCAN, 39011 Santander, Spain
Interests: bacterial conjugation; protein secretion; host-pathogen interactions; transkingdom DNA transfer; conjugative relaxases
Prof. Dr. Edward R.B. Moore
1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute for Biomedicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
2. Department of Clinical Microbiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Guldhedsgatan 10a, Gothenburg, Sweden
Interests: microbial evolution and phylogeny; bacterial systematics and taxonomy; bacterial identification; molecular bacterial diagnostics; diagnostics of infectious diseases; anti-microbial resistance
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Dr. Sophie Payot
UMR1128 DynAMic, Université de Lorraine-INRAE, Nancy, France
Interests: horizontal gene transfer; mobile genetic elements; conjugation; mobilisation; antibiotic resistance; streptococci; enterococci; staphylococci
Dr. Eva Pericolini
Department of Surgery, Medicine, Dentistry and Morphological Sciences with Interest in Transplant, Oncology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
Interests: innate immunity to fungal infections; Candida; mucosal candidiasis; microbiota and mycobiota; fungal and bacterial biofilm; antifungal strategies
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Prof. Dr. Mariagrazia Perilli

Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
Interests: molecular and epidemiological characterization of mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics in Gram-negatove pathogens; mobile genetic elements; beta-lactamases, beta-lactamase inhibitors; mechanisms of
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Prof. Graziano Pesole
Department of Biosciences, Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70121 Bari, Italy
Interests: comparative genomics; metagenomics; molecular evolution; bioinformatics; non coding regions
Dr. Clemens Karl Peterbauer
Department of Food Sciences and Technology, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: carbohydrate-active enzymes; lactic acid bacteria as cell factories; enzyme engineering; lignocellulose degradation
Dr. Barun Poudel
Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
Interests: immunology; cancer biology; molecular biology; extracellular matrix components signaling; innate immunity
Prof. Dr. Thomas Proft
Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, School of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Interests: Group A Streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes); pili; immune evasion factors; bacterial toxins; Galleria mellonella infection model; bacterial virulence mechanisms; immune evasion
Dr. Gianni Prosseda
Istituto Pasteur Italia, Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie “C. Darwin”, Sapienza Università di Roma, Via dei Sardi 70, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: gene regulation; Shigella; polyamine; pathogenic E. coli; host-pathogen interactions; bacterial efflux pumps; Two-Component System
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Pöggeler
Department of Genetics of Eukaryotic MicroorganismsInstitute of Microbiology and Genetics, Georg-August-University, Grisebachstr. 8, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
Interests: fungal biology; fungal genetics; fruiting-body and ascospore development; mating types; fungal inteins and protein splicing; signal transduction; autophagy; evolution and phylogeny
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Prof. Dr. Manuel Espinosa
Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (CIB), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain
Interests: plasmid biology; DNA-protein interactions; DNA replication and transfer; control of plasmid replication and gene expression
Dr. Maurizio Falconi
Laboratory of Moleculal Genetics and Microorganisms, School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Camerino,Via Gentile III da Varano, 62032 Camerino (MC), Italy
Interests: regulation of gene expression; virulence genes; small non-coding RNAs; nucleoid proteins; DNA/RNA-protein interaction
Prof. Dr. N. Patrick Higgins
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
Interests: DNA supercoiling; topoisomerases; site-specific recombination; transcription; DNA replication; and DNA damage
Dr. Ann G. Matthysse
Department of Biology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280, USA
Interests: bacterial exopolysaccharides; bacterial adhesion; bacterial plant pathogens
Prof. Dr. Tim A. McAllister
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1, Canada
Interests: strategies for mitigation of fecal shedding of E. coli O157:H7 by cattle; including bacteriophage therapy; passive immunotherapy; electrolyzed oxidizing anode water; management strategies; and dietary intervention
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Prof. Dr. Anders Løbner-Olesen
Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: bacterial cell cycle; mechanism and regulation of chromosomal replication initiation; initiator proteins; DNA methylation; antibiotic inhibition of chromosome replication; designing whole cell screens for discovery of new antibiotics; antimicrobial peptides
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Prof. Dr. Antonio Molinaro
1. Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Osaka University, 1-1 Osaka University Machikaneyama, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan
2. Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Napoli Federico II, Complesso Universitario Monte Santangelo, Via Cintia 4, I-80126 Napoli, Italy
Interests: innate immunity; bacterial cell wall; Lipopolysaccharides; peptidoglycan; microbial glycobiology
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Prof. Dr. Kaare Magne Nielsen
Department of Life Sciences and Health, Oslo Metropolitan University, 0130 Oslo, Norway
Interests: microbial genetics; microbial adaptation; antimicrobial resistance; One Health; lateral and horizontal gene transfer; GMOs
Prof. Dr. Remus T. Dame
Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden, The Netherlands
Interests: gene regulation; genome organisation; transcription; bacteria; archaea
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Dr. Tamás Papp
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science and Informatics, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
Interests: molecular biology and genetics of fungi; human pathogenic fungi; biosynthesis of fungal metabolites; genetic manipulation of fungi; molecular evolution and phylogeny
Prof. Dr. Satish Raina
Unit of Bacterial Genetics, Gdansk University of Technology, Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdansk, Poland
Interests: protein folding; heat shock response; peptidyl prolyl cis/trans isomerases; disulfide bond formation; RpoE sigma factor, two-component systems; envelope stress; transcription factors; lipopolysaccharide assembly and modifications; non-coding regulatory RNAs
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Prof. Dr. Eliora Ron
The Shmunis School of Biomedicine and Cancer Research, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
Interests: bacterial pathogenesis; bacterial stress response
Dr. Jose Paulo Sampaio
UCIBIO, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829‐516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: yeast phylogenomics and population genomics; yeast taxonomy; saccharomyces diversity and ecology; microbe domestication; yeast molecular systematics; yeast ecology; fungal evolution; microbe hybridization
Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Scarlato
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna, Via Selmi 3 - room 98, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: bacterial pathogens; virulence genes regulation; comparative transcriptomics; ChIP-sequencing; regulatory DNA-binding proteins; regulatory small-RNAs; transcriptional regulation; Helicobacter pylori; Neisseria meningitidis; heat–shock response; environmental regulation
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Dr. Vineet K. Singh
Microbiology and Immunology, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, 800 West Jefferson Street, Kirksville, MO 63501, USA
Interests: understanding the molecular basis of Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity; investigating global changes in staphylococcal gene expression in response to stress conditions and identifying regulatory networks that aid in the process of infection and antibiotic tolerance with the aim of identifying novel chemotherapeutic agents
Prof. Dr. Susann Teneberg
Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, SE 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
Interests: microbial adhesion; carbohydrate receptors; enterotoxin; helicobacter pylori; mass spectrometry; glycosphingolipids
Prof. Dr. Jose Vazquez-Boland
Infection Medicine - Microbial Pathogenesis, Edinburgh Medical School (Biomedical Sciences), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Interests: microbial pathogenesis; bacterial virulence; Pathogen-host-environment interactions; virulence gene regulation; bacterial adaptive responses; antimicrobial resistance; bacterial genomics; Listeria, Rhodococcus equi
Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Wegrzyn
Dr. David Whitworth
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion SY23 3DD, UK
Interests: myxococcus xanthus; natural myxobacterial; antimicrobial activity; signalling pathways; predatory myxobacteria
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Prof. Dr. Johannes Wöstemeyer

Chair of General Microbiology and Microbial Genetics, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Jena, Germany
Interests: fungal genetics; bacterial genetics; molecular physiology of fungi; developmental biology of sexual, symbiotic and parasitic interactions in fungi, protozoa and bacteria; molecular and bioinformatic tools
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