Scientific Advisory Board

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From left to right: Régis Sodoyer, Pr. Mike Chandler, Pr. Pascal Hols, Guy Helin (CEO), Pr. Laurence Van Melderen, Pr. Bruno andre, Pr. Didier Mazel, Philippe Gabant (CSO) and Pr. Joseph Martial (SAB Chairman)

(Picture taken at the “Palais des académies” in Brussels, Belgium on November 29, 2016 after the first SAB meeting)

Short bio of SAB members

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Joseph Martial (Chairman)

  • PhD in Sciences (Chemistry/Biochemistry), University of Louvain, Belgium
  • Research Associate/Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in Medicine, Endocrine Research Division, UCSF, USA (1975-1981)
  • Professor, Lab and Department (GIGA) Director, University of Liège, Sart Tilman, Belgium (1981-2011)
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium since 1992
  • Research interests: regulation of gene expression; protein engineering; biomimetics (270+ publications, 12+ patents)

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Bruno André

  • PhD in Yeast Genetics, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
  • Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology of the Cell (ULB, since 2002)
  • Professor at Faculty of Sciences of ULB, courses in Genetics and Cell physiology
  • Consultant for questions linked to metabolite excretion by microorganisms in biotechnological processes
  • Research interest: molecular genetics of yeast membrane transporters

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Mike Chandler

  • PhD in Microbial Genetics, University of Leicester, UK
  • Founder and director of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (CNRS Toulouse, 1990-2002), Emeritus Research Director (CNRS)
  • Adjunct Professor University of Georgetown (USA), fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
  • Co-founder and Scientific Director of ISfinder (www-IS.biotoul.fr)
  • Research interests: mechanism and diversity of genetic transposition and prokaryotic transposons and their impact on their host plasmids and genomes

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Pascal Hols

  • PhD in Bacterial Genetics, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium
  • Senior Research Associate at FNRS, Principal investigator of the group “Molecular Genetics and Genomics of Lactic Acid Bacteria” at the Institute of Life Sciences (ISV/UCL)
  • Professor in bacterial genetics at UCL
  • Research interests: competence for DNA transformation (mechanism, regulation, and associated functions), predation mechanisms using bacteriocin production, cell wall assembly and degradation, fermentation pathways in Gram-positive bacteria

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Didier Mazel
  • PhD in Genetics, Université P et M Curie, Paris, France
  • Head of the bacterial genome plasticity lab, director of the Genomes and Genetics department, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
  • Research interests: mechanism of site specific recombination in integrons, stress responses induced by antibiotics treatment in bacteria, bacterial genome repair, maintenance and replication

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Régis Sodoyer

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry University Nice, France / PhD in Molecular Immunology University Aix Marseille II, France
  • Platform Head / Director technology Innovation: Sanofi Pasteur (Marcy l’Etoile – France 1986 – 2014)
  • Technology & Training expert: Technology Research Institute Bioaster (2014 – 2016)
  • Independent Volunteer Consultant: Fondation Mérieux & OTECI group
  • Research interests: Molecular Biology, Vaccinology, Expression Systems, Antibody Engineering

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Laurence Van Melderen

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
  • Post-doctoral fellow at the NIH, Bethesda, USA
  • Professor and director of the Laboratory of Bacterial Genetics and Physiology (ULB)
  • Editor for Plasmid, MicrobiologyOpen and PeerJ
  • Research interests: prokaryotic toxin-antitoxin systems and their impact on genome plasticity and physiology; molecular mechanisms of bacterial persistence and adaptation

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Ruddy Wattiez

  • PhD in Chemistry (Microbial Proteomic), University of Mons (UMONS), Belgium
  • Director of the Laboratory of Proteomic and Microbiology (UMONS)
  • Scientific Director of R&D Center MateriaNova – Biotech unit
  • Vice-Rector for Research (UMONS)
  • Research interests: Microbial metabolisms and Structure and Function of Bacterial Communities.