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Alfred Spormann Chris Francis Paul Rainey
Alfred 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.
  
Chris 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.