Richard Neher: Virus evolution and the predictability of next year’s flu

Short Bio: Neher studied physics at the universities of Göttingen and Munich. In 2007, he joined the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a post-doctoral fellow and became an independent Max Planck Research Group Leader in Tübingen in 2010. He joined the faculty of the University of Basel in 2017. He was awarded an European Research Council starting grant (2010), the ARCHES prize (2012), and OpenSciencePrize (2017).

Website: http://neherlab.org


Mihai Pop: Challenges and opportunities in computational microbiome-ology

Short Bio: Dr. Pop is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and currently serves as the Interim Director of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. His lab has developed a number of widely used open-source software tools, such as the assembly suite AMOS, the NGS aligner Bowtie, and the metagenomic assembly package MetAMOS. He also co-led the data analysis working group for the Human Microbiome Project and led the sub-group responsible for the assembly of the data generated in this project. Dr. Pop’s current research interests include metagenomic assembly and analysis algorithms, software testing in bioinformatics, and dynamic models of microbial communities. He is also actively involved in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is strongly interested in the development of educational resources for introductory computer science and bioinformatics.

Website: http://www.cbcb.umd.edu/~mpop/


Ruth Ley: Linking host genotype to microbiome variation in twins

Website: http://www.leylab.com


Barbara Treutlein: Reconstructing human organogenesis using single-cell transcriptomics

Website: http://www.treutleinlab.org/