Spormann is professor of microbiology in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical
Engineering at Stanford University, California. 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 and signaling pathways involved in
acclimation of microbes to changing environments as well as the genetic
adaptation and evolution of novel traits in biofilm environments.
Another thrust is directed towards understanding the biochemistry and
evolution of degradation pathways of anthropogenic chemicals.
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.