Spormann is professor of microbiology in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical
Engineering at Stanford University, California. His research interests focus on the molecular bases of metabolic, genetic, and ecological interactions of microbes in complex environments. In particular, his group investigates the biochemistry, metabolic pathways, and metabolic ecology of unusual microbes and their communities in natural, engineered, and the human ecosystem.
Francis is associate professor of microbial ecology in the department of Environmental Earth System Science at
Stanford University. Research interests center on the molecular,
biochemical, and ecological aspects of the microbial geochemical
cycling of nitrogen and metals in the environment. He is particularly
interested in determining the key organisms, functional genes, and
molecular mechanisms underlying these biogeochemical processes through
both laboratory and field studies.
||Paul Rainey is
professor of evolutionary genetics at the NZ Institute for Advanced
Study, Massey University Auckland. He is also director of the
Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, visiting
professor at Stanford and senior adjunct researcher at EAWAG
(Zürich). His research concerns the fit between organisms and
their environment. He is interested in the traits that determine this
fit, and in the evolution of these traits by natural selection.
Rainey's laboratory spans the field of experimental
evolution, microbial genetics and population genetics.
||John R. Roth is a professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis. He works on genetic analysis of bacteria with emphasis on metabolism, mutation, recombination and chromosome rearrangement. Increasingly his interests focus the relationship (or lack thereof) between genetics in the lab and in natural populations. Why does cobalamin define Salmonella as a species? What is a species? Does selection cause mutations? What is the point of Mendelian inheritance? Where do genes come from and why do they cluster in bacterial genomes? Is horizontal transfer overrated? How did life originate?