Research Scientist:Antibiotic Resistance/ Food Science
Dr. Andrea Moreno Switt attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at Universidad de Concepcion. Andrea subsequently completed a MS in Microbiology from Universidad de Concepcion. In 2013, she completed her Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at Cornell University. Dr. Moreno Switt joined Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile from 2014-2019. In 2020, Andrea joined the School of Veterinary Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and since 2021, she is the Director of Research and Postgraduate Education at the School. She has developed a research program in microbial food safety and antimicrobial resistance that includes basic research and applied research with food producers and local and international public health institutions. Andrea is constantly developing innovative research to mitigate foodborne pathogens as her work with Salmonella bacteriophages. To the date, Dr. Moreno Switt has published 67 per-reviewed papers and she was awarded in 2019 with the Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award from the International Association of Food Protection.
Research Scientist: Biotechnology in aquaculture
Dr. Roberto Bastías is a Biotechnology engineer and holds a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Chile. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Greece and currently works at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso. His research interest are primarily focused on studying the interactions between bacteria and bacteriophages, specifically their use as antimicrobials in the fields of aquaculture and agriculture.
CTO & Co-founder of PhageLab
At the present time. Leader of R&D projects related to the discovery and development of new bacteriophage-based solutions for animals, with a team of 50+ people specialized in microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, animal health and regulatory and quality assurance, in LatAm and Europe.
From 2015 to 2021, in charge of the expansion, execution and management of PhageLab pipeline, including the R+D projects for clients, new technologies for diagnosis and development, and implementation of continual improvement processes.
On line: https://phage-lab.com/es/
Research Scientist:Food Safety Science
Research in the Denes lab focuses on bacteriophage-based applications for food safety and whole genome sequencing for improved surveillance and outbreak detection of food-borne pathogens. We employ genomic approaches, such as whole genome sequencing and RNA sequencing, as well as traditional microbiology and genetics methodologies.
Research Scientist: Agriculture and AgriFood
Dr. Anany achieved his PhD in Food Science at University of Guelph, Canada.
Dr. Anany is involved in several research projects that use bacteriophages to enhance food safety since 2006. Dr. Anany’s research areas involve isolation and genome characterization of bacteriophages for taxonomical and application purposes. He investigated the use of non-immobilized and immobilized bacteriophages to control and detect various foodborne pathogens including, but not limited to Shiga toxin producing E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella in food. He is also studying the effect of the development of resistance against the lytic phages on the virulence fitness of different pathogens. He has published 26 peer reviewed scientific journal articles, 5 book chapters and delivered 28 scientific talks in different meetings and conferences.
Research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food
Dr. Antonet Svircev is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada situated in Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada. Area of expertise include integrated pest management of tree fruit pathogens, microbiology and plant pathology. Current research focuses on: bacteriophage mediated-biological control of phytopathogens, phage resistance mechanisms, phage-host interactions, scale-up production and orchard trials with a novel phage-carrier biological for the control of Erwinia amylovora, the causal agent of fire blight.
President and CEO Intralytix, Inc.
Dr. Alexander “Sandro” Sulakvelidze, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Intralytix, Inc. Dr. Sulakvelidze is an internationally recognized expert in phage technology who was instrumental in securing the first ever FDA-approval for phage-based food safety product in the world. Dr. Sulakvelidze served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Bacteriophage, and he has also co-edited a major book about bacteriophages which was published by the CRC Press. Dr. Sulakvelidze has pioneered the approach of using bacteriophages for modulating human microbiome, and he is the author of several issued and pending patents in the field of bacteriophages.
Dr. Jeroen Wagemans
Research Scientist: Bacteriophages as biocontrol
Dr. Jeroen Wagemans (PhD, 2014) is research manager at the Laboratory of Gene Technology (PI: Prof. Rob Lavigne) at KU Leuven (Belgium). In his research, he focuses on the application of bacteriophages as biocontrol agents for crop protection in several pathosystems such as black rot in cabbage (Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris) and hairy roots disease in hydroponically grown tomato and cucumber (rhizogenic Agrobacterium).
Laboratory of Gene Technology KU Leuven.
Research Scientist: Proteomics/Taxonomy of bacteriophages
Professor, Laboratory of Gene Technology KU Leuven.
Experienced Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Strong information technology professional skilled in Bioinformatics, Protein Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Virology, and Scientific Writing.
Research Scientist: Food Safety Science
Lone Brøndsted is Professor in Phage biology and Biocontrol for food safety at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and has a MSc in Chemical Engineering and Public Governance as well as a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology. Her current research focuses on in-depth analysis of phage biology, phage-host interactions and exploiting the antimicrobial potential of phages and phage proteins for novel approaches to combat pathogenic bacteria. She works closely with relevant industries for implementing such novel approaches and phage biocontrol targeting foodborne pathogens as well as human and animal pathogens.
Susana Casado Hernández
Head of the Biological Veterinary Medicines Service of the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS)
Current Position: Head of Service of Biological Veterinary Medicines in the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS).
Membership of EMA (European Medicines Agency) working groups on novel therapies (NTWP) and scientific advice (SAWP-V).
Since 2018 working in AEMPS in the veterinary medicinal products department, involved in the assessment of different veterinary biologicals and novel therapies procedures (European and national-including scientific advice, clinical research, authorizations and modifications) and in the development and revision of legislation and guidelines applicable of these kind of products.
Education and training: Bachelor in Veterinary. PhD in Veterinary. Master Degree in Research and Development of Medicines (ESAME).
Professional experience: 20 years of working experience in Research centers (Faculty of Veterinary, Research Institute Carlos III and INIA), and in the pharmaceutical sector in positions related to regulatory affairs and quality system management for companies focused on in vitro medical devices, immunotherapy and advanced therapies (human/veterinary).
Cristina Muñoz Madero
Public policies on medicines
Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Diploma in Business Administration and Management, by the Business Confederation of Madrid, CEOE-CEIM.
She is currently head of preclinical and clinical area and centralized procedures of the AEMPS and coordinator of the NATIONAL PLAN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE (PRAN). She is the Spanish representative in the European Committee for the Evaluation of Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP) and chair of the efficacy working group of the European Medicines Agency (EWP).
Vice President of Science & Technology/ Bacteriophages, Enzymes & Spores
Dr. John Deaton has more than 18 years of experience working with proteins and enzymes. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University, with post-graduate studies in microbiology, biophysics and cancer research.
Vice President of Science & Technology, Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes
Harmful algal virus as biocontrol, ecology of virus and phage in marine
Dr. Natsuko Nakayama is a head of the Harmful Algal Blooms Group in National Research and Development Agency, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency. She has been focusing on developing of bio control using virus against Harmful algal blooms in marine. Her research background is in the ecology of viruses in the ocean and bacteriophages in rice paddies. Her recent interests are in the use of phage as a damage control method for unusual odors caused by cyanobacterial blooms, host-virus interaction and viral or phage diversity.
Mohammad Aminul Islam
Dr. Mohammad Aminul Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health at Washington State University. After completing his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Islam joined the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) and worked there for two years. Then he moved to Wageningen University, Netherlands for his Ph.D. which he completed in food microbiology in 2009. After completing Ph.D., he returned to icddr,b and worked there as an independent scientist for 10 years before moving to Washington State University. At icddr,b, he developed the food safety research group and food microbiology research lab and made substantial contribution to the improvement of food safety research in Bangladesh. In 2012, Dr. Islam received Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) post-doctoral fellowship from the Fogarty International Center at the NIH. Major areas of his research are food safety, antimicrobial resistance and one health. His research focuses on understanding the major drivers for carriage of antibiotic resistant bacteria among people in low-and middle-income countries, especially in Bangladesh. Dr Islam uses molecular epidemiological approaches to study the emergence and transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria and resistome among humans, food-producing animals, and the shared environments. The broader goal of his research is to find effective and scalable interventions to reduce the burden of AMR in these settings. In 2016, Dr. Islam received an NIH R01 grant to study the transmission dynamics of multi-drug resistant uropathogenic E. coli. Apart from NIH, Dr. Islam’s research has been funded by the UK research council, World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and USAID. Dr. Islam is an Adjunct Scientist at icddr,b and was a member of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (WHO-AGISAR).