Prof. Yuri Gorby
Yuri Gorby received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire in 1991, where he developed a fascination for the ability of microbes to catalyze a variety of remarkable biogeochemical processes, including the production of single-domain magnetite nanoparticles that orient magnetotactic bacteria along magnetic field lines. Dr. Gorby expanded his interest in metal-microbe interactions with support from the National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship program for his pioneering research on enzymatic reduction of uranium and other multivalent heavy metals and radionuclides. As a research scientist with the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington (1991-2006), Dr. Gorby explored a wealth of fundamental scientific questions and practical applications of metal-reducing bacteria. In 2006, Dr. Gorby founded the Electromicrobiology Group at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California and, together with collaborators from the University of Southern California and elsewhere, advanced the emerging field of Electromicrobiology. For the past 7 years Professor Gorby has served as the
Howard N. Blitman Chair for Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Prof. Yujie Feng
Yujie Feng got her Ph.D and M.Phil from Harbin Institute of Technology and Bachelor degree from Tianjin University. She has been working in Harbin Institute of Technology as a Lecture (1994-1998), Associate Professor (1998-2002) and Professor (since 2002-). She is currently the Executive Dean, School of Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology and Director of International Joint Research Center of MOST, Pollutants Removal and Energy/Resources Recovery. She is Visiting Professor in Penn State University since 2009 and IWA fellows since 2012. She focused on the research on wastewater treatment and energy/resources recovery, especially on the toxic industrial wastewater treatment, risk evaluation and recycling. She pioneered thedevelopment of MES in wastewater treatment and ecological remediation of pollutedurban water system. In 2011, she was awarded the National Distinguished YoungScholar and in 2018 was awarded the Scientific and Technological Innovation Leading Talents in China. She was listed one of the Most Cited Chinese Researchers by Scopus database since 2014. In recent 10 years, she has taken over 20 scientific projects as principal investigator and has awarded 11 scientific rewards of national-level and provincial-level. She was rewarded the top 10 Excellent Young in Heilongjiang Province and in 2012 she was rewarded the "51 Labor Medal" in Heilongjiang Province in 2014.
Prof. Mirella Di Lorenzo
Mirella Di Lorenzo is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK. She graduated in Chemical Enginering in 2003 at Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, and in 2007 was awarded a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology from the same university. She then pursed two Post Doc positions, one at Newcastle University (UK) and the other at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of Lecce (Italy), prior to join the University of Bath as Lecturer in 2011.
Mirella's expertise lies at the interface of engineering, material science, biotechnology and microfabrication. Her research is focused on the design and development of (bio)electrochemical devices for: sensing for either environmental monitoring or healthcare diagnostics; energy harvesting; and bioremediation. She is particularly focused on the development of low-cost and sustainable technologies that can be affordable also to the poorest parts of the world and she has recently spent a six-month sabbatical in Latin America for field tests and participatory design activities.
Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos
Ioannis Ieropoulos is the director of the newly formed UWE Bristol BioEnergy, located within the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow. He is the principal investigator of the projects "Urine-tricity" and "Urinetricity++", funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MFC Commercialisation funded by EPSRC's "Developing Leaders" Programme, as well as of "Decomposing Robots and MFCs" funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He has produced EcoBots I and II for his PhD (2002-2005) and EcoBot-III as the Lead Researcher on the EU-FP-6 ICEA Project.
He has 12 years' experience in autonomous robots and MFC technology, the latest breakthrough from which has been the charging of a mobile phone with urine. His grant income over the last 4 years has come to over £2M and his work has resulted in over 40 peer reviewed publications.
Prof. Stefano Freguia
Stefano Freguia obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland (2008) in the field of sustainable wastewater management with microbial electrochemical systems. His unique expertise is in (bio)electrochemical processes as novel technologies for optimal urban water management. His goals include improving the resilience and reliability of urban water and wastewater networks and guiding investment in next-generation urban water infrastructure. A/Prof Freguia currently leads the Environmental Electrochemistry group at the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland. He is passionate about the continuous development and implementation of novel electrochemistry-based technologies through rigorous fundamental research and strong partnerships with industry and government. His aim is to catalyse a paradigm shift towards resource recovery and sustainable management of public water assets.
Prof. Sebastia Puig
Dr. Sebastià Puig is Associated Professor at the University of Girona (Spain) since 2018. His research is focused on environmental and white biotechnology in water and air streams. He pretends to tackle the root of two of the most important environmental challenges by putting forward a resilience and sustainable technology based electron-driven microbial reactions. He aims at giving a second chance to contaminated water and recalcitrant carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) streams. Dr Puig has participated in more than 20 research projects and RD contracts, and has supervised 2 postdoctoral researchers, 5 doctoral theses (plus 4 ongoing) and 11 master theses. He has published 78 peer-reviewed papers in international journals (including top A1 journals) - 35 as corresponding author, h-index 25 – over 100 congress publications and three
European patents on microbial electrochemical technologies. In 2014, he received the award “Young talented researcher in Sustainable Water Management” from Fundación Botin (Spain). Dr. Puig is the UdG principal Investigador of two H2020 EU projects on BioelectroCarbon recycling (BioRECO2VER, http://bioreco2ver.eu/) and bioelectroremediation of contaminated waters (ELECTRA). http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2995-1443
Prof. Shunichi Ishii
Shunichi Ishii is a researcher in Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan, and a president of Electromicrobiology subgroup in Japan Society of Microbial Ecology. He earned Ph.D. in Bioprocess Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2004, and then worked at Marine Biotechnology Institute and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan as a post-doc. He moved to the US in 2008 and joined the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a world leading genomic institute, in the US. After six years’ employment at JCVI, he moved to JAMSTEC in 2015.
His expertise is related to bioengineering and microbial ecology. His current research focus is to understand microbial ecophysiologies in bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) to operate the system more effectively. To this end, he has developed combinational approaches of MetaOmics and electrochemical analyses, including a novel metagenomic and metatranscriptomic strategy for identifying metabolic pathways and related genes responsible for microbial EET activities within the complex anodic communities. Beside the industrial application of electrogenic and electrotrophic mechanisms of EET-active microbes, he has been passionate about the subsurface-EET active microbiome which must play important roles in biogeochemical cycling on the Earth.