Thomas Bley studied mathematics at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany). From 1975 until 1990 he worked as a scientist at the Institute of Biotechnology (IBT) at the Academy of Science of the GDR in Leipzig. He received his doctorate in 1981 and his habilitation in 1990 with theses in the field of modeling microbial population dynamics. In the following years, he was the head of the Division of Biotechnology at the University of Leipzig. Since 1996, he has held the chair of bioprocess engineering and is head of this study course at the Dresden University of Technology. Prof. Bley is a full member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and of the Saxon Academy of Sciences. He is an active member of numerous organisations and technical committees in the field of bioprocess engineering. In 2008 and 2011 Prof. Bley was elected for the Review board of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for bioprocess engineering. Prof. Bley's main fields of research are white biotechnology, biomonitoring and biosignals, dynamics of microbial populations, modeling and control of bioprocesses, flow cytometry, and plant cell cultivation.
An-Ping Zeng earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the Jiangxi University of Technology (now Nanchang University), China, in 1982 and from the Beijing Research Institute of Petroleum Processing in 1984, respectively. From 1986 until 1990 he did his PhD work at the former German Research Center for Biotechnology (GBF) in Braunschweig, Germany. He received his doctorate in 1990 in biochemical engineering and his habilitation in 2000 from the Technical University of Braunschweig, where he was entitled apl. Professor in 2004. Between 1990 and 2008 he worked in the GBF and established there the research group systems biology, with two visiting stays at the CSIRO of Australia (1992–1993) and at the University of Minnesota (1995–1996) in between. Since 2006 he is a full professor and head of the Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology. Prof. Zeng's main research interests are in white biotechnology, systems and synthetic biology with focus on study and engineering of enzymes and cells for integrated process development.
Atanas Pavlov graduated with a master's degree in biotechnology in 1992 at the University of Food Technologies, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 1998, he completed his PhD in biotechnology at the Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and held a position as an Assistant Professor at the same institute. From 2003 to 2005, he did postdoctoral research at the Institute of Food Technologies and Bioprocess Engineering, University of Technologies, Dresden, Germany, working on bioprocess engineering of product synthesis with plant in vitro cultures. In 2005, he joined the scientific group “Bioactive substances from plant in vitro systems” as an Associate Professor, which is a part of the Department of Industrial Microbiology, at The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In 2009, he received his habilitation (DSci) and is since 2010 a Professor at the Laboratory of Applied Biotechnology. Since 2011 he also holds a second Professor position at the University of Food Technologies on Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His research is mainly focused on the production of specific bioactive metabolites by plant cell, tissue and organ cultures.
Kenneth F. Reardon earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in biochemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. After a year of postdoctoral research at the Universität Hannover as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow, he joined the faculty at Colorado State University, where he is now Professor and holds the Jud and Pat Harper Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Prof. Reardon also holds joint appointments in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and is on the faculty of the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. His research involves the integration of engineering analysis and bioscience experimental tools, particularly proteomics. Prof. Reardon's research group applies these approaches to the areas of bioenergy, environmental biotechnology, and biosensors.