There’s been some social media buzz lately about #WomenInScience. No better time than the present to update the list from our previous blog!
Inspired by #ISME15
Recipient of the ISME Young Investigators Award:
Ruth E. Ley is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was trained in ecology and natural history at the University of California Berkeley (B.A.) and in ecosystem science and soil microbial ecology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she worked with Dr. Steve Schmidt (Ph.D.). Her post doctoral research was first with Dr. Norman Pace, working on highly diverse hypersaline microbial mats. She then transitioned to working with Dr. Jeffrey Gordon on the microbial ecology of obesity at Washington University School of Medicine. She is an author on 4 of the 10 most highly cited papers on the human microbiome. Her interdisciplinary group at Cornell works on the human microbiome at different scales of analysis, including large-scale genetic studies in human to discover novel pathways of interaction between host and microbiome, and mechanistic studies of those interactions using germfree mice as a tool to assemble and interrogate specific microbiotas. Dr. Ley’s awards have included the Hartwell Investigator Award, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator Award, a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship, and an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.
Keynote Speaker at ISME:
Julia Vorholt is Professor of Microbiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. She carried out her Ph.D. work at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, she returned to the MPI in Marburg as a group leader and subsequently headed a group at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Toulouse, France. Since 2006 Julia Vorholt is Professor at the Institute of Microbiology of ETH Zurich. She investigates how the environment, in particular the phyllosphere, shapes bacterial physiology, with an emphasis on metabolism, novel protein function and gene regulation. She applies metaproteogenomics to bacterial phyllosphere communities, uses synthetic bacterial communities to study microbe-microbe-plant interactions and develops Fluidic Force Microscopy for single cell analyses. She received the Otto-Hahn medal of the Max-Planck Society and is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
Inspired by #MOBIO Customers:
In her own words:
I began my research career with undergraduate and graduate studies at the Central Veterinary Laboratories (now Veterinary Laboratories Agency) and the Centre for Applied and Microbiological Research (CAMR, now the Health Protection Agency), UK, under the direction of Prof. Martin Woodward. There, I studied the enteric pathogen Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis, and developed a sound appreciation of the many obstacles that a enteric pathogen must overcome in the gut in order to cause disease. I became fascinated by the huge arsenal of virulence factors required by enteric pathogens in order to survive and proliferate in the gut environment.
I spent a brief postdoctoral period at CAMR, learning to work with technically challenging pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Campylobacter jejuni, before I relocated to Canada in 2001 to start a postdoctoral position at the University of Calgary, under the joint direction of Drs. Rebekah DeVinney and Mike Surette. Here I worked on Enteropathogenic and Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EPEC and EHEC), using cell and molecular biology techniques to probe the fascinating interactions of their type III secretion systems with host cells.
I had always been interested in learning more about the normal microbial population inside the human gut, and in 2004 I was fortunate enough to win a Fellow-to-Faculty Transition award through the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. This award allowed me to develop an independent research program aimed at the study of the normal human microbiota and its influence on human health and disease, a program that I brought with me to Guelph in December 2007.
My motto: “My microbes told me to do it”—-> (We at MO BIO are all going to start using that as an excuse all day everyday!)
My hobbies: Gardening, reading, reading about gardening
Thanks Ladies for all the inspiration! We are honored at MO BIO to serve you…