Suzanne received her Ph.D. in 1997 from Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Following postdoctoral studies she joined QIAGEN in 2001 as a member of Technical Support followed by Invitrogen in 2006 in marketing for nucleic acid purification products. In 2008 she became Director of Research and Development for MO BIO Laboratories, where she led the development and launch of over 30 products including two patent applications. Suzanne is the co-editor of the 2011
Argonne National Laboratory. University of Chicago
Department of Ecology & Evolution
IL, United States
Microbial communities: temporal and biogeographic structure
Coming primarily from a marine background I have been very interested in how bacteria exist in such a fluid matrix. Specifically, what determines how microbes exist when the medium in which they live is moving around so much? My research site in the Western English Channel has demonstrated that even though the sampling location is flushed with new water every two weeks, the same communities of microbes appear year after year.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
University of Copenhagen,
University of California, Berkeley
The overarching aim of my research is to gain a better understanding of key functions carried out by microorganisms in complex microbial communities, such as those residing in soil, sediment and the human gut, by employing state-of-the-art and novel “omics” approaches. These tools are implemented with bioinformatics and statistics using super computing facilities to tackle increasingly large and complex meta-omic datasets. One specific research area that we are addressing in my group is to use omics to better understand the role of soil microorganisms in cycling of carbon and how these functions are perturbed in the face of a changing climate.
Professor, Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering
University of California, San Diego
Rob Knight is integrating concepts from evolutionary biology and ecology with high-throughput sequencing to study molecular diversity. He is especially interested in understanding how the human microbiome develops and how variation in the microbiome affects health and disease.
Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine
My research focuses on how the environmental and human microbiota are associated with health and disease with the goal of implementing new diagnostic and therapeutic measures based on the role of the microbiome in each context. Microbiome based diagnostics may provide a more sensitive method for detecting and characterizing certain diseases and/or predicting susceptibility to others so that appropriate precautions can be made (for example, taking a probiotic or antibiotic when traveling when it’s known that an individual is highly susceptible to travelers’ diarrhea or Norwalk virus infection). Just as human genome sequencing can contribute to an individualized profile that is medically actionable, the microbiome soon too will assist doctors in the era of personalized medicine.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Department of Biology
The main research focuses in my laboratory are changing microbiomes and antibiotic resistance and discovery. I started out by investigating the changes in a single species of bacteria, mostly human pathogens caused by antibiotics. When I moved to investigate the influence of antibiotic use in agriculture on the development and selection of resistance, I realized that looking at single species would no longer be sufficient. This is where my interest in microbiomes started. I could investigate if the use of antibiotics changed the entire bacterial community of soil or on a plant using microbiome analyses without being restricted to culturable bacteria. The research of this laboratory investigates different microbiomes: human, animal and environmental. I have recently also developed collaborations with immunologists to investigate how the microbiome affects immune responses and
Director of Bioinformatics and Microbial Ecology - Texas Children’s Microbiome Center
Assistant Professor, Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine
My interest in microbiome science began with the carbon cycle (and a desire to understand the links between vegetation change, soil microbes, and carbon storage) and has led to my involvement in projects related to agricultural management, biofuel production, model systems, and the human microbiome.
Situated at the interface of microbial ecology and bioinformatics, and housed within the Texas Children’s Microbiome Center, my research group is dedicated to the study of the structure and function of mixed microbial communities.