The #OnThisDay Team
The #OnThisDay project aims to assemble a collection of historically important microbiology events for every single day of the year. These events could be interesting discoveries, the dates of seminal scientific publications, the important moments in the lives of famous microbiologists, or anything that would pique the interest of the microbiology community!
The OnThisDay team research these facts and figures and then this important information is be digested into social media content for the purposes of science communication and and public engagement, as well as raising the profile of underrepresented scientists.
Joseph Brooks Shuttleworth
Country of Residence: The Netherlands
Short bio: Joseph is the Science Communications Officer at FEMS, where he leads on the digital media and social media side of things, and manages various communications projects and volunteer teams with a SciComms focus.
Previous to FEMS, he worked in science communications in London at the Science Media Centre UK, and spent time a political factchecker for Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity. His academic background is in Natural Sciences (M.A. University of Cambridge) and the History and Philosophy of Science (M.Sc. University College London), with a focus on the epistemology of computing. Originally from Oxford (UK), as a school student student, he spent 3 summers interning at the William Dunn School of Pathology, where he cultivated copious E. coli and a love for microbiology.
Hermoin Jean Venter
Country of Residence: Norway
Short bio: Dr. Hermoine Jean Venter completed her PhD at the North-West University in South Africa and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. Originally from an environmental microbiology background, Hermoine’s research now centres around Staphylococcus haemolyticus, and what it takes to turn this common skin bacterium into a nasty hospital pathogen.
Link to personal page: Hermoine Jean Venter
Country of Residence: Algeria
Short bio: Katia Djendi is an assistant professor at Bouira University and Bejaia University, Algeria. She conducts her PhD project in Microbial Ecology Laboratory at Bejaia University, Algeria and in European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Medical School, Exeter University, United Kingdom. During her PhD, Katia focused in first step on the screening of carbapenemase bacilli Gram negative from soil and water in North of Africa, Algeria. Then, she finalised her investigations by the identification of antibiotic resistance genes; where genomic libraries were constructed and functionally screened and inserts were sequenced. Currently, Katia works with her team on gut microbiota diversity from human and animal and his relation with biological human dysfunction (cancer, central nervous system dysfunction).
Link to personal page: Katia Djenadi
Country of Residence: Croatia
Short bio: Marijana received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from University of Zagreb. Her love for intellectual challenges and research continued in research on bacterial and fungal pathogens. Toxicity of mycotoxins has been the focus of her PhD Research at the Faculty of Science. Investing her time in literature reading and reviews along with continuous education and creative experimental endeavours has broadened her scientific knowledge. In addition to microbiology, mycology, and toxicology, she has implemented analytical chemistry in her work to meet the challenges of a changing environment.
Link to personal page: Marijana Sokolovic
Country of Residence: Canada
Short bio: Mohammed Antar studied his BSc in Plant Production/Agriculture at Salahaddin University-Erbil, Iraq. He secured teaching and research assistant positions at the same university for more than two years. Then, He moved to Manchester, United Kingdom to study MSc (honors) in Plant Science at the Faculty of Life Sciences in The University of Manchester, where he finished his study with distinction. After almost five years of lecturing and research at Salahaddin University-Erbil, he moved to Montreal/Canada to pursue a PhD study in the Department of Plant Science at prestigious McGill University.
Link to personal page: Mohammed Antar
Country of Residence: Pakistan
Short bio: Dr. Waqas Ahmad is currently working as an Assistant Professor (Epidemiology and Public Health) in the Department of Clinical Sciences, at KBCMA University College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Narowal, Pakistan. He obtained his DVM and M.Phil degrees at University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. He then went to pursue his PhD in Veterinary Public Health under the auspices of Chinese Government Scholarship at Jilin University, China.
Link to personal page: Waqas Ahmad
Killian O’ Hara
Many of the most serious human infectious agents are either derived from the wider environment or have environmental reservoirs. In this Thematic Issue from FEMS Microbiology Letters, we explore the underlying biology, transmission cycles and risk factors for a breadth of microbes, presented as a series of original research and mini-reviews.