Julia Vorholt is the chair of the Vorholt Lab at ETH Zürich, which focuses on learning how bacterial physiology is shaped by the environment with a focus on the plant microbiota. Recently, she developed live sequencing, together with Bart Deplancke (EPFL): a new technique that keeps cells alive during extraction to track the activity of thousands of genes across time.
Jorge E. Galan (PhD, DVM) is currently the Lucille P. Markey Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology at Yale University. Additionally, he chairs the Galan Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine, focusing on the ‘molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of Salmonella and Campylobacter’.
Carmen Buchrieser is currently Professor at the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. She obtained her PhD from the University Salzburg, Austria, conducted postdoctoral trainings at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, USA and at the Institut Pasteur, Paris France. In 2006 she was appointed Associate Professor at the Institut Pasteur where she is heading a research group studying bacterial pathogenesis by using Legionella as a model. Her major research interest is to understand how bacteria cause disease: what are the genetic factors conferring bacterial virulence, how do they evolve, what are the mechanisms by which they allow subverting host functions and more generally how do human pathogens emerge. She is an Editor-in-Chief of microLife.
Paul Lehner is currently Professor of Immunology and Medicine at the University of Cambridge as well as a practising Infectious Diseases Physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. His main research interest focuses on the use of genome wide CRISPR genetic approaches to identify novel genes and intracellular pathways involved in virus: host interactions with a particular emphasis on epigenetic mechanisms of viral silencing. His work has significant implications for immunisation strategies against viruses.