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Max M Häggblom, Editor-in-Chief, FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Max Häggblom is Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He earned a Ph.D. in General Microbiology at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1989 and following a Post-Doctoral appointment at New York University Medical Center joined the faculty at Rutgers University. He joined the Editorial Board of FEMS Microbiology Ecology in 1998 and has been an Editor since 2003.

Prof. Häggblom’s research interests are in microbial ecology, environmental microbiology and biotechnology, and in the bioexploration, cultivation and characterization of novel microbes. A common theme is the “unusual appetites” of bacteria, whether in the biodegradation and detoxification of new xenobiotic chemicals or natural products, respiration of relatively rare metalloids, or life in the cold. Research projects span from fundamental projects on the physiology, ecology and taxonomy of bacteria involved in biotransformation and biodegradation of natural and anthropogenic chemicals to applied research projects that address the environmental problems facing impacted industrialized sites. He has worked extensively in studying the diverse catabolic activities of microbes mediating biodegradation of anthropogenic pollutants and their natural analogues. The main focus has been on the degradation of halogenated aromatic compounds, and while unraveling underlying novel metabolic pathways also discovering new bacterial species and assessing their in situ microbial activity and applications in bioremediation.

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Rich Boden, Editor-in-Chief, FEMS Microbiology Letters

Rich Boden gained his PhD at the University of Warwick, UK and is currently lecturer in Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology at the University of Plymouth. His research focuses on microbial transformations of metals, metalloids and sulfur in a range of environments. He also leads research programs on physiology, ecology, biochemistry, taxonomy and environmental process, including soil and freshwater geochemistry.

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Alain Filloux, Editor-in-Chief, FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Alain Filloux received his PhD degree in 1988 from the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France. From 1988 to 1993, he stayed at the University of Utrecht, (The Netherlands), initially as a post-doctoral fellow and later appointed as assistant Professor. In 1994, he is recruited at the French National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Marseille (France), where he is appointed as head of a research unit in 2003. In 2008, he was appointed as Professor in Molecular Microbiology at the Imperial College London (UK) and he is chairman of the Centre of Molecular Microbiology and Infection. The main focus of his research is on bacterial pathogenesis, molecular mechanisms of protein secretion, biofilm formation and regulation of gene expression. The system model he used is the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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Jens Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, FEMS Yeast Research

Jens Nielsen has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree (1989) in Biochemical Engineering from the Danish Technical University (DTU), and after that established his independent research group and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. He was also visiting professor at MIT. At DTU he founded and directed Center for Microbial Biotechnology. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he is currently directing a research group of more than 50 people and the Life Science Area of Advance, which coordinates over 200 researchers from 5 departments. Jens Nielsen has published so far more than 300 research papers that have been cited more than 7.800 times (current H-factor 46), co-authored more than 40 books and he is inventor of more than 50 patents. He has founded several companies that have raised more than 20 million € in venture capital. He has received numerous Danish and international awards and is member of the Academy of Technical Sciences in Denmark, National Academy of Engineering in USA, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in USA, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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Patrik Bavoil, Editor-in-Chief, Pathogens and Disease

Patrik M. Bavoil, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the School of Medicine. Dr. Bavoil received undergraduate education in France at the University of Grenoble and the University of Lyon. He received graduate training in the U.S. under the mentorship of Hiroshi Nikaido at University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1982. Following postdoctoral training at UCSF under Julius Schachter (1983-1984), and Stanford University under Stanley Falkow (1984-1987), Dr. Bavoil became Assistant, then Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Rochester (1987-1996). He then moved to England to take a position as Senior Lecturer, then Reader in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Bavoil moved back to the U.S. to take a faculty position in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the UMB School of Dentistry. Dr. Bavoil became chair of the newly-formed Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in July, 2008. Dr. Bavoil is currently President of the Chlamydia Basic Research Society (CBRS) and Chief-Editor of the journal Pathogens and Disease of the Federal European Microbiological Societies.

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