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Dr. Jongsik Chun

Dr. Jongsik Chun

Dr. Jongsik Chun is a microbiologist and bioinformatician working in the fields of microbial systematics, genomics, metagenomics, and bioinformatics. He is a professor in Bacteriology and Bioinformatics and the founding director of Bioinformatics Institute at Seoul National University. His research mainly focuses on the development of bioinformatics software tools, methods, and databases for microbiology and microbiome (16,700 citations, H-index 57 by Google scholar).

He is the creator of the EzBioCloud database (formerly EzTaxon) that has been widely used for the identification of bacterial isolates (cited over 5,600 times). He served as an associate editor of International Journal of Systematic & Evolutionary Microbiology, and a trustee of the Bergey's Manual Trust. He is the founder and CEO of ChunLab, Inc., a company dedicated to providing bioinformatics solution for next-generation sequencing data.

Dr. Chun holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Bacteriology/Bioinformatics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. He had postdoctoral education at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and previously worked at Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology. He is a full member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.

Brian Hedlund

Brian Hedlund

Brian P. Hedlund earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2000, and received his postdoctoral training with Karl Stetter at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He returned to the U.S.A. in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and has since been promoted to Professor.

Brian and his collaborators have made significant contributions to our understanding of the structure and function of microbial communities in geothermal springs, the function of the nitrogen biogeochemical cycle at high temperature, and the discovery of deep microbial lineages in geothermal springs through microbial cultivation, metagenomics, and single-cell genomics. Current efforts focus on linking phenome to genome in major, uncultivated microbial lineages in geothermal springs.

Brian is a member of Bergey’s Manual Trust and editor for Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria and Antonie van Leewenhoek. Dr. Hedlund regularly serves on grant panel review boards both domestically and internationally and has taught more than 2,500 students at UNLV.

William

William "Barny" Whitman

William “Barny” Whitman received his PhD in 1978 from The University of Texas at Austin with Bob Tabita studying the enzyme RuBisCO from Rhodospirillum rubrum. He continued his research on autotrophic prokaryotes during his postdoctoral studies with Ralph Wolfe at the University of Illinois at Urbana. He joined the Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia in 1982 where his laboratory studies free-living prokaryotes of environmental importance.

His research attempts to understand the physiological, molecular biological and biochemical basis for the ecology and systematics of prokaryotes. This integrated approach has been applied to the methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, the marine roseobacteria, and soil bacteria. Since 2006, he has served as Director of the Editorial Office for Bergeys Manual Trust and has worked on the 2nd edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, volumes 3-5, and the new online journal Bergey’s Manual on Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria.

One goal of this work is to reconcile the taxonomy with the phylogeny and understand the biological basis for the prokaryotic groups.

Iain Sutcliffe

Iain Sutcliffe

Iain SutCliffe took his degree and PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1985), the latter supervised by Norman Shaw, an pioneer in using bacterial lipids for chemotaxonomy. Subsequent post-doctoral research in Newcastle included a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Taxonomy, studying actinomycete lipoglycans as chemotaxonomic markers. After a Senior Lecturership at the University of Sunderland (1996-2004), he moved to Northumbria University, becoming Chair of Microbiology in 2007.

His research investigates the nature, biosynthesis and roles of membrane-anchored macromolecules within the cell envelopes of bacteria. Defining the nature and distribution of these macromolecules is of importance for understanding of microbial systematics, evolution and bacterium-environment interactions.

 

Contributions to systematics

Iain has published or contributed to more than 20 original papers relevant to systematics, primarily on microbial chemotaxonomy and novel species descriptions, and have published a further 8 commentaries or reviews contributing to the development of the discipline.

With Mike Goodfellow and Jongsik Chun, he edited New Approaches to Prokaryotic Systematics (2015). Volume 41, Methods in Microbiology (Elsevier). He has also organised and contributed several symposia on microbial systematics. In 2016 he was elected President-Elect of the Bergey's International Society for Microbial Systematics and in 2017 he was elected Chair of the Executive Board of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes.

Iain has been Editor-in-Chief, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (2003-2007; 2009-present): during his tenure, the journal has developed as a major publisher of papers in microbial systematics, including significant numbers of prokaryotic species descriptions and special issues drawn from the 1st and 3rd meetings of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics (Beijing and Pune). Most recently, with Martha Trujillo and Ramon Rosselló-Móra, they launched (jointly with Systematic & Applied Microbiology) the Digital Protologue Database as a significant new initiative in microbial systematics.

Ramon Rossello-Mora

Ramon Rossello-Mora

Ramon Rossello-Mora is a scientific researcher at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Mallorca (Spain), a combined institute of the Spanish Council (CSIC) and the University of the Balearic Islands. He leads the Marine Microbiology Group (MMG) at the IMEDEA. This group mainly focuses on the diversity and systematics of environmental samples such as extreme saline habitats, anaerobic marine sediments and jellyfish microbiomes.

He is the author of over 140 publications in international journals and has an H factor of 42. His PhD thesis, obtained from the University of the Balearic Islands in 1992, dealt with the taxonomy and naphthalene degradation capabilities of Pseudomonas stutzteri. Afterwards he was a postdoctoral fellow at several institutes including the Technical University of Berlin (1992), Technical University of Munich (1993 - 1995), IMEDEA (1995 - 1997) and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen (1997 - 1999). He was a Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands during period 2000 - 2001. He accepted a post as Researcher at the Spanish Council CSIC in 2001, where he is currently the leader of the laboratory of Marine Microbiology of the IMEDEA.

Ramon is executive editor of the journal Systematic and Applied Microbiology and was a member of the Judicial Commission of the ICSP for a period of 9 years (2005 - 2014). He was again re-elected to the commission in 2017. He is also member of the European Academy of Microbiology since 2016 and received the Bergey’s Award for his contributions towards bacterial taxonomy in 2017.

Dr.Wen-Jun Li

Dr.Wen-Jun Li

Dr.Wen-Jun Li is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of microbial systematics, who has isolated, identified and validly published many new prokaryotic taxa in the past 18 years, including 1 new classis (Thermoflexia), 7 new suborders/orders (Actinopolysporineae, Kineosporiineae, Jiangellineae, Thermoflexales, Kallotenuales, Egibacterales, Egicoccales), 13 new families (Egicoccaceae, Egibaceraceae, Kallotenuaceae, Thermoflexaceae, Actinopolysporaceae, Kineosporiaceae, Beutenbergiaceae, Cryptosporangiaceae, Jiangellaceae, Ruaniaceae, Yaniaellaceae, Sinobacteraceae, Aquichromatiaceae ), over 55 new genera and 420 new species, from diverse terrestrial extremophilic environments, such as hot springs, salt lakes, saline mines, as well as traditional Chinese medicinal plant endophyte, karst caves and marine ecosystems.

He received his Ph.D in microbiology from Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002. He was appointed as head of Actinobacterial research group and Vice Director of Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, China since January of 2009, and Vice Dean of School of Life Sciences, Yunnan University, China since January of 2012, and now worked as Distinguished Professor in School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. He has written three monographs and more than 620 publications and holds more than 20 authorized patents.

He has been appointed as the editorial board members of 7 peer-reviewed journals and was invited to be as reviewers for over 20 international journals. He was awarded as WFCC (The World Federation for Culture Collections) Skerman Award for Microbial Taxonomy in 2007, and some other ministry or provincial level Awards in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017, respectively, for his outstanding research achievements on microbial systematics. He has serviced as membership of the suborder Micrococcales International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) since 2008 and Charter member of Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS) from 2011, and recently, he was selected as Executive Board (EB) of International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) in Spain meeting at Valencia.

Dr. Svetlana N. Dedysh

Dr. Svetlana N. Dedysh

Svetlana N. Dedysh received her PhD in 1990 from The Moscow State University and joined the Laboratory of Soil Microbiology and Biokinetics at the Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology, where she started her research on methane oxidizing bacteria in northern wetlands. This research was carried out in a close collaboration with the Center for Microbial Ecology at The Michigan State University, USA, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany.

In 2005, Svetlana N. Dedysh defended her Doctoral dissertation on acidophilic methanotrophic bacteria. Since 2008, she is the head of the Laboratory of Wetland Microbiology at the Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology. Her main field of research is the microbiology of northern wetlands. Areas of research expertise are: 1) biology and ecology of methane-oxidizing bacteria; 2) microbial diversity in Sphagnum-dominated wetlands; 3) cultivation of bacteria from poorly studied phyla (Acidobacteria, Planctomycetes), 4) bacteria responsible for biopolymer degradation in northern wetlands.

She is the author of 4 novel bacterial families, 22 genera and 36 species descriptions. She has been a trustee of Bergey's Manual Trust and a member of Judicial Commission of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes since 2014.

Prof. Wilhelm de Beer

Prof. Wilhelm de Beer

Wilhelm de Beer is associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), at the University of Pretoria. He received his M.Sc. degree in Microbiology at the University of the Free State, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria.

He lectures mycology and his research is primarily about fungi associated with arthropods such as bark beetles, ambrosia beetles, and mites. More recently he also became involved in projects relating to the fungal associates of termites. The bulk of his more than 100 publications focuses on the ophiostomatoid fungi (Ophiostomatales and Microascales), with research topics ranging from taxonomy, phylogeny, population genetics, mating behavior, diagnostics, symbiotic relationships, invasion biology, to their causal roles as agents of sapstain and decay in timber, and of disease in trees and humans.

He currently serves as president of the African Mycological Association (AMA), and on the International Commission for the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF) and the Nomenclature Committee for Fungi (NCF).