Maria Barbosa

Director of AlgaePARC, Wageningen, Netherlands

Maria Barbosa AlgaePARC is a large multidisciplinary research program which integrates the entire microalgae and cyanobacteria process chain – Aiming to develop a sustainable production of food, feed, chemicals, materials and fuels.

Jeffrey Boucher

Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, US

Jeffrey Boucher Ginkgo Bioworks – the organism company – design custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

John A. Gerlt

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Illinois, USA

John A. Gerlt Professor Gerlt‘s research is on the mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, and the utilization of functional genomics to understand them, but also to identify and discover new enzymes as powerful genetic sequencing technology reveals proteins and potential enzyme activities in more and more species.

Philip Pope

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

Phillip Pope Research associate Phillip Pope applies interdisciplinary approaches to study and compare natural and engineered digestive ecosystems in the gut microbiomes that are linked together via overlapping phylogenetic structure and functional traits (i.e. biomass degradation, fermentation, methane production).

Anna Wargelius

Institute of Marie Research, Bergen, Norway

Anna Wargelius The Atlantic salmon has been and unprecedented success in the aqua culture industry. Dr Anna Wargelius and her team focus on the functional genomics of this species. They currently use CRISPR-Cas9 to knockout (KO) genes in Atlantic salmon to explore molecular mechanisms related to the reproductive system, in particular germ cell specification and early sexual development.

Ida Helene Steen

University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

Ida Helene Steen Life at its extreme – in her research Professor Ida Helene Steen investigate the physiology of microorganisms living in such deep-sea hydrothermal vent systems.This explorative research is combined with efforts to discover and characterize novel enzyme activities with biotechnological applications.

Jacob Wang

Research Council of Norway, Oslo, NO

Jacob Wang The Research Council of Norway is the major funder of Centre for Digital Life Norway and its research project portfolio. Coordinator Jacob E. Wang of the BIOTEK2021 programme will present the RCN perspectives on the initiative.

Carole Goble

University of Manchester, UK

Carole Goble Professor Carole Goble apply knowledge technologies, distributed computing, workflows and social computing to solve information management for Life Scientists, in Systems Biology, but also Biodiversity, Chemistry, and Health informatics.

Cameron Neylon

Curtin University, AU

Cameron Neylon Cameron Neylon is Professor of Research Communication at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. He is interested in how to make the internet more effective as a tool for scholarship. He writes and speaks regularly on scholarly communication, the design of web based tools for research, and the need for policy and cultural change within and around the research community.

Donald Hilvert

ETH Zürich, CH

Donald Hilvert Professor Donald Hilvert heads a diverse group of chemists, biologists, biophysicists, and pharmacists. Using tools of chemical biology, they are trying to understand how enzymes work, and engineer proteins for various applications. Part of the effort is to create new and improved enzymes for novel applications.

Pieter van Boheemen

Rathenau Institute, NL

Pieter van Boheemen Pieter van Boheemen specializes in science and technology for society. He previously led the teams of the Open Wetlab, Open Design Lab and FabLab Amsterdam. He is an expert in biological technologies, Biohacking and DIYBio.

Janine Copp


Janine Copp Dr Janine Copp is interested in the hidden connection between sequence, structure, and function, and she is addressing this by trying to understand how enzyme function evolves. Recently, she conducted a comprehensive computational investigation of the FMN dependent nitroreductase (NTR) superfamily.