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Edited by Pierre Cornelis, Microbial Interactions, VIB Department of Structural Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
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Sonja-Verena Albers studied biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, Germany. She obtained a PhD from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, under the supervision of Wil Konings and Arnold Driessen. After a postdoc period funded by a VENI and VIDI grant at the University of Groningen, she started a lab on Molecular Biology of Archaea as a Max Planck Research Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany. She has a keen interest in the cell biology of Archaea and the biogenesis of the archaeal cell envelope.
Eric Cascalès earned his PhD at Aix-Marseille University, France, with Roland Lloubes, studying the mechanism of import of colicins, bacterial toxins targeting bacterial species. He then moved to Houston, Texas, in the laboratory of Peter J. Christie to develop postdoctoral studies on effector recognition and transport through the type-IV secretion system in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. His team, in Marseille, France, is currently studying the assembly of the bacterial type- VI secretion system using molecular biology, biochemistry and structural biology approaches.
Jen Cavet is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, UK. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with a BSc in Microbiology in 1989 and from the University of Durham with a PhD in 1994. Her research focuses on bacterial responses to metals, particularly in relation to pathogenicity.
Victor J. Cid is a Tenure Lecturer of Microbiology at the University of Madrid, Spain, since 2003. His research focuses on yeast molecular and cell biology, with emphasis on signalling pathways and cell morphogenesis. In the latest years, he has worked on a "humanized” yeast model based on the expression of heterologous genes related to human disease, such as oncogenes and bacterial genes encoding translocated virulence factors.
Jonathan Shaw is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK, and Principal Investigator in the department of Infection and Immunity. His research focuses on protein glycosylation and motility systems in Aeromonas bacteria and the physiology of pathogenic Neisseria.
Mark Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Infection and Immunity at the University of Sheffield Medical School, UK. His current interests are concerned mainly with the role of iron acquisition, ECF sigma factors and protein secretion systems in the survival and pathogenicity of Burkholderia species.