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  • Rob Finn

    Team Leader

    European Bioinformatics Institute

    Rob Finn is the Lead of the Microbiome Informatics team at EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute. This team produces MGnify, a world leading resource for the functional and taxonomic analysis and archiving of microbiome derived sequence data. In addition to making large numbers of datasets available that have been processed in a systematic way, the resource allows scientists to upload their own data, either privately or publicly, and assemble and analyse their data. The MGnify resource contains one of the largest public collections of assembled metagenomes, which have been used to derive billions of proteins. In the past year, MGnify has also started to produce biome-specific catalogues of metagenome assembled genomes, derived from the aforementioned assemblies and community contributions. Collectively, these are providing new insights into the microbial diversity found in a range of environments.

    Maria Fátima Lucas



    Maria Lucas is the Co-founder and CEO at Zymvol, Maria holds a PhD in Quantum Chemistry. She has over 8 years of experience in management and 9 years prior experience working as a senior researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. EU Women Innovators prize in 2020.

    Jörn Piel


    ETH Zurich

    Jörn Piel received a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, and conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Washington, Seattle. Subsequently, he was Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and Associate Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Bonn. In 2013 he became Full Professor of Microbiology at ETH Zurich. Research of the lab focuses on natural products from uncultivated and other poorly explored bacteria, their role in host-microbe interactions, the identification and utilization of new biosynthetic enzymology, and ecology- and genome-based methods of natural product discovery.

    Erik Selander

    Associate Professor

    University of Gothenburg

    Erik Selander is associate professor in marine sciences, University of Gothenburg. His research focus on chemical sensing and signaling in marine plankton. Eriks group pioneered the identification of alarm signals from zooplankton, copepods, that induce defensive traits in phytoplankton prey organisms including toxin production in notorious harmful algal bloom forming organisms. He is the author of approximately 50 publications on chemical interactions in marine plankton.

    Ida Steen


    University of Bergen

    Ida is a professor at University of Bergen, Department of Biological Sciences. The overall theme in mher research is to understand the ecology and physiology of microorganisms living in deep-sea hydrothermal vent systems by the use of culturing, molecular biology and biochemistry. She has since 2007 studied microbial communities in the hydrothermal vents located on the Arctic Mid-Ocean and she is currently leading the research theme “Bioresources” in the Centre for Deep Sea Research.