SEP 2 - 3 2015
Microbiology
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Welcome to LabRoots 1st annual Microbiology free online conference! Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms The event is now available on-demand and you can attend sessions including keynotes sessions by Dr. Phil Stewart, Dr. Jack A. Gilbert, and Dr. Lance R. Peterson. Although much is now known in the field of microbiology, some suggest that we have studied only one percent of all of the microbes in any given environment.

Attendees can earn free CME and CE Credits while watching an impressive group of presenters who will discuss a range of topics for this year's conference including:
          
• Global Regulatory Pressure on Product Preservation
• Biofilms
• Emerging Infections
• Microbiome


Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. You can participate in exactly those parts which you are interested in and be back at your desk or bench in an instant. Virtual events remove time and place restrictions and ensure that everyone who wants to participate can do so. This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global clinical community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.




Continuing Education
The following are continuing medical education (CME) learner objectives that attendees should be able to do as a result of participating in this activity.

  • Rapid Tests to Decipher Microbiome Function in Health and Disease
  • Simple, fast and accurate microbial identification by sequencing
  • Keynote: The Science of Biofilm Control with Antimicrobial Agents
  • Keynote: Immunology and the Microbiome
  • Control Experiments for Reproducible Microbiome Research
  • Growing together: Lessons learned from the characterization of the pediatric microbiome
  • Bioburden and Biofilm Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • How Anthropogenic Chemicals are Altering the Microbial World
  • Fundamentals and Clinical Applications of Biofilms and Rapid Diagnostic Technique
  • MRSA Screening Program at a Community Healthcare System
  • Keynote: Using New Technology to Control Healthcare Associated Disease
  • CSPA Microbiology Preservative Subcommittee (MPS): Supporting & Enhancing the Microbiological Quality of Consumer, Household & Industrial Products
  • Challenges of Natural Preservative Application

Speakers:
  • Clinical Scientist in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular, Pathology Consultants of South Broward, LLP, Memorial Healthcare System
  • Director of Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics, Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Senior Manager, NGS Applications, DNASTAR
  • Associate Global Product Manager, QIAGEN
  • Staff Applications Scientist, Sciex
  • Director, Microbiology and Infectious Disease Research Program and Director, Medical Microbiology Fellowship, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Applications Director, Oxford Nanopore Technologies
  • Associate Professor, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations, Research Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Medicine / Infectious Diseases Director, UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center Associate Director, UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laborat
  • Advanced Testing Laboratory of Cincinnati Ohio
  • Environmental Microbiologist, Department of Biosciences, Argonne National Laboratory - Associate Professor, University of Chicago Departments of Ecology&Evolution and Surgery - Senior Scient
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology at the Biology and the Built Environment Center at University of Oregon
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine - Director, Bioinformatics and Microbial Ecology, Texas Children's Microbiome Center
  • Principal Investigator, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
  • Manager, Sterility Assurance Research Center, Baxter Healthcare
  • Manager, Microbiology, The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • VP Global Microbiology and Fermentation, Estee Lauder Companies
  • Science Journalist and Author
  • President, Steinberg & Associates, Inc
  • Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University
  • Medical Director, Southwest Regional Wound Care Center

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Agenda
  • SEP 02, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Anisha Kharkia, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Jane Luo, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Curtis Huttenhower, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 07:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Phil Stewart, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 09:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Jack Gilbert, BSc, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 10:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: J. Paul Brooks, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 10:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Emily Hollister, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Matthew Keyser, MS
  • SEP 02, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Anthony Michael, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 01:30 PM PDT
    Speaker: Mark Pasmore, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 01:30 PM PDT
    Speaker: Erica Hartmann, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Randall Wolcott, MD
  • SEP 02, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Glen Hansen, PhD
  • SEP 03, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Rodney Arcenas, PhD, D(ABMM)
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 03, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: David Steinberg, FRAPS
  • SEP 03, 2015 07:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Lance Peterson, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 03, 2015 09:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Steven Schnittger
  • SEP 03, 2015 10:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Sonia Shah
  • SEP 03, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Daniel Turner, PhD
  • SEP 03, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Tony Rook
  • SEP 03, 2015 01:30 PM PDT
    Speaker: Philip Geis, PhD
  • SEP 03, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
  • NOV 10, 2016 10:00 AM PST
    How Do You effectively Detect Heterogeneity in Single-cells?
  • Microbiome
  • SEP 02, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Anisha Kharkia, MS
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Curtis Huttenhower, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 09:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Jack Gilbert, BSc, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 10:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: J. Paul Brooks, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 10:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Emily Hollister, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Matthew Keyser, MS
  • SEP 02, 2015 01:30 PM PDT
    Speaker: Erica Hartmann, PhD
  • SEP 03, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Daniel Turner, PhD
  • Biofilms
  • SEP 02, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Jane Luo, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 07:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Phil Stewart, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Anthony Michael, PhD
  • SEP 02, 2015 01:30 PM PDT
    Speaker: Mark Pasmore, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 02, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Randall Wolcott, MD
  • Emerging Infections
  • SEP 02, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Glen Hansen, PhD
  • SEP 03, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Rodney Arcenas, PhD, D(ABMM)
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 03, 2015 07:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Lance Peterson, PhD
    SEE ABSTRACT | Continuing Education: CE
  • SEP 03, 2015 10:30 AM PDT
    Speaker: Sonia Shah
  • SEP 03, 2015 03:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
  • Global Regulatory Pressure on Product Preservation
  • SEP 03, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: David Steinberg, FRAPS
  • SEP 03, 2015 09:00 AM PDT
    Speaker: Steven Schnittger
  • SEP 03, 2015 12:00 PM PDT
    Speaker: Tony Rook
  • SEP 03, 2015 01:30 PM PDT
    Speaker: Philip Geis, PhD
  • NOV 10, 2016 10:00 AM PST
    How Do You effectively Detect Heterogeneity in Single-cells?
Speakers

  • Rodney Arcenas, PhD, D(ABMM)
    Clinical Scientist in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular, Pathology Consultants of South Broward, LLP, Memorial Healthcare System
    Biography
      Rodney Arcenas earned a B.S. with Honors in Microbiology from the University of Florida in the spring of 1997. He continued his Microbiology training at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine graduating in 2002 with a M.S. and Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Arcenas was then accepted into the Clinical Microbiology Fellowship program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After completing his fellowship, he was hired in 2004 at LabOne, Inc. in Lenexa, Kansas to be their Scientific Director of Microbiology and Immunology. He left LabOne, Inc. in 2006 to join the Pathology Consultants of South Broward (PCSB) as their Clinical Scientist for Microbiology/Molecular Testing and has been there since. In his time with PCSB, Dr. Arcenas has helped to start the Molecular Infectious Disease testing service that has grown from a day-shift (8-hr, Mon - Fri) operation with 2 Medical Technologists to having 5 full time and 3 part time Medical Technologists with 24-hr shifts (Mon - Fri) and an abbreviated 1.5 shifts on the weekends. He also has helped spearhead the implementation of a successful MRSA active surveillance program that started in 2008. Dr. Arcenas is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology.
    • Glen Hansen, PhD
      Director of Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics, Hennepin County Medical Center
      Biography
        Glen Hansen, PhD, is the Director of Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN and an assistant professor in the departments of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology and department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He an active member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS), the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of Canada (AMMI) and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
      • Matthew Keyser, MS
        Senior Manager, NGS Applications, DNASTAR
        Biography
          Matthew Keyser is Senior Manager, NGS Applications for DNASTAR, where he has helped scientists address their sequence assembly and analysis challenges for the past seven years. Matts sole focus at DNASTAR is supporting customers in next-gen sequencing applications using DNASTARs broad software toolset. Matt helps customers with their templated and de novo assembly projects, transcriptomes, exomes, metagenomic assemblies, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and numerous other unique experiments. Matt has helped hundreds of scientists optimize their workflows using DNASTARs next-gen software solutions. He has also spoken at numerous conferences and workshops regarding the capabilities of DNASTARs next-gen software tools.
        • Anisha Kharkia, MS
          Associate Global Product Manager, QIAGEN
          Biography
            Anisha is a molecular biologist who is responsible for sample to insight solutions that are provided through QIAGEN's microbial DNA qPCR portfolio of products. During Anisha's five years of research experience, she focused on discovering biomarkers in liquid samples by using immunoassays, NGS and gene expression analysis solutions. Prior to her current role as an Associate Global Product Manager, she worked as a Biological Research Content Specialist in which she helped her customers plan their projects and find the right products from QIAGEN.
          • Jane Luo, PhD
            Staff Applications Scientist, Sciex
            Biography
              Dr. Jane Luo is a staff application scientist at Sciex responsible for developing genomic applications on Sciex capillary electrophoresis product lines. Within her role as an application scientist, she works closely with key opinion and thought leaders to gain insight on the relevance and utility of various genetic applications. Prior to joining Sciex, she was a chemistry development scientist at Beckman Coulter, who led development of several reagent and chemistry kits used on the GenomeLab GeXP ™ Genetic Analysis System. Previously, she was a scientist at Allergan working on anti-hypercholesterolemia drugs and an assistant adjunct professor at UC Irvine studying anti-VEGF therapy for human pancreatic cancer. Dr. Luo received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Hunter College of the City University of New York and received post-doctoral training at Cornell University Medical College and Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital in Boston.
            • Lance Peterson, PhD
              Director, Microbiology and Infectious Disease Research Program and Director, Medical Microbiology Fellowship, NorthShore University HealthSystem
              Biography
                Lance R. Peterson, MD, FASCP, FIDSA, FAAM, FSHEA, is the Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research, vice-Chair of Pathology for Research, and Epidemiologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a Clinical Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago, in Chicago, Illinois, and a staff member in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Divisions at Evanston Hospital. Dr. Peterson received he MD degree from the University of Minnesota and is certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology His research interests have included the study of infections in the extremities of diabetic patients; investigations of antimicrobial agents in models that simulate closed space, neutropenic infections; the epidemiology of nosocomial pathogens (particularly MRSA, enterococci, MDR Gram negative bacteria, and Clostridium difficile); the development and evaluation of molecular diagnostic testing; measuring activity of new antimicrobial compounds against bacteria and fungi; and the study of the molecular mechanisms for the resistance of staphylococci and pneumococci to the new fluoroquinolone antimicrobial agents. Current research activities focus on using molecular testing methods to enhance infection control activities; understanding the regulation of antimicrobial agent resistance in staphylococci and Enterobacteriaceae; designing novel strategies for treatment of infections due to resistant bacteria; testing innovations to reduce catheter-related blood stream infections; and developing new diagnostic tests for rapidly detecting antibiotic resistant bacterial pathogens. He has over 700 scientific publications/presentations and is recognized in the 21st Century editions of Marquis' Who's Who.
              • Daniel Turner, PhD
                Applications Director, Oxford Nanopore Technologies
                Biography
                  Dan leads the Applications Team at Oxford Nanopore Technologies. His responsibilities include developing library preparation methods to allow MinION users to work with a broad range of sample types and working with external collaborators to demonstrate new uses for the technology.
                • J. Paul Brooks, PhD
                  Associate Professor, Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations, Research Department of Supply Chain Management and Analytics, Virginia Commonwealth University
                  Biography
                    Paul Brooks is the Statistics and Analysis Team Leader for the NIH-funded Multi-omic Microbiome Study-Pregnancy Initiative (MOMS-PI, vmc.vcu.edu) and is a fellow of the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He recently returned to VCU after serving as a visiting research fellow at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) where he led working groups in developing methods for analyzing microbiome data as part of the Beyond Bioinformatics program. He received a Ph.D. in operations research from Georgia Tech, and in his research has used optimization to design new data analysis methods and has applied them to biomedical data. Recently, he has worked to bring perspectives from industrial statistics to bear on interpretation of life sciences data.
                  • Charles Chiu, MD, PhD
                    Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Medicine / Infectious Diseases Director, UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center Associate Director, UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laborat
                    Biography
                      Dr. Charles Chiu, M.D./Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Laboratory Medicine and Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also the Director of UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center (VDDC) at China Basin and Associate Director of the UCSF Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. Charles is an expert in the emerging field of viral metagenomics, and his research is focused on the development of microarray and deep sequencing technologies for viral pathogen discovery and clinical diagnostics. He is also the principal investigator on an R01 grant from the NIH on blood bank pathogen screening, California Discovery, UC-MEXUS, and National Research Fund for Tickborne Diseases (NRFTD) grants on the microbial epidemiology of encephalitis, diarrhea, and Lyme disease, a QB3 Rogers Family Foundation Award in translational diagnostics, and a UCSF-Abbott Viral Discovery Award. Charles has more than 30 patents and peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and ongoing collaborations with research groups and public health agencies worldwide, including Abbott Diagnostics, Inc., Global Viral Forecasting, the United States CDC, the American Red Cross, and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
                    • Philip Geis, PhD
                      Advanced Testing Laboratory of Cincinnati Ohio
                      Biography
                        Philip A. Geis is a native Texan who earned bachelor and doctor of philosophy degrees in microbiology and mycology from The University of Texas. Between these efforts, he served in the US Army with final duty as clinical microbiologist for the Army's 45th field hospital APO 09221. Phil joined The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in 1981 as divisional microbiologist for product quality, disinfectant development and study of household and skin microbial ecologies. His subsequent work as scientist and manager focused on preservation, method development, design and operation of sanitary manufacturing systems and microbial ecologies associated with underarm odor, dandruff, toilet soils and bathroom mildew. Through his career, Dr. Geis managed microbiology efforts for cosmetics, OTC drugs, household products and beverage and food business units of P&G.He also carried hard surface cleaner technical brand management responsibilities and is co-inventor for a number of domestic and international patents In addition, Dr. Geis managed federal and state regulatory and environmental affairs.In 2011 Phil retired from P&G and founded Geis Microbiological Quality in affiliation with biological sciences and advisory services of the Advanced Testing Laboratory of Cincinnati Ohio.He is an international consultant for microbiological quality of OTC drug, cosmetic, household and industrial products and cultural properties.He is also an instructor for the Microbiology and Cell Science Department of the University of Florida. Dr. Geis has published numerous chapters and papers and lectured on subjects of applied microbiology. He was responsible for Cosmetic Microbiology: A Practical Handbook 2nd edition and is currently an editor for the journal International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation.He is emeritus member of both the American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology and a fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science. Dr. Geis brings unique global technical and applied expertise and experience in diverse regulatory, manufacturing, product quality and consumer realities to the subject of microbiological quality.
                      • Jack Gilbert, BSc, PhD
                        Environmental Microbiologist, Department of Biosciences, Argonne National Laboratory - Associate Professor, University of Chicago Departments of Ecology&Evolution and Surgery - Senior Scient
                        Biography
                          Dr. Jack A Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from Nottingham University, UK in 2002, and received his postdoctoral training in Canada at Queens University. He subsequently returned to the UK in 2005 and worked for Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a senior scientist until his move to Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago in 2010. Dr. Gilbert is currently applying next-generation sequencing technologies to microbial metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He has authored more than peer reviewed 120 publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology (www.gilbertlab.com). He has focused on analyzing microbial function and diversity, community assembly processes, and dynamic interactions between taxa, with an aim of predicting the metabolic output from a community. He is currently working on generating observational and mechanistic models of microbial communities in natural, urban, built and human ecosystems. He is on the board of the Genomic Standards Consortium (www.gensc.org), is an section editor for PLoS ONE and senior editor for the ISME Journal and Environmental Microbiology, and is PI for the Earth Microbiome Project (www.earthmicrobiome.org), Home Microbiome Project (www.homemicrobiome.com), Gulf Microbial Modeling Project (www.microbial-models.com), Hospital Microbiome Project (www.hospitalmicrobiome.com), and the Chicago River Microbiome Project.
                        • Erica Hartmann, PhD
                          Postdoctoral Research Associate in Microbiology at the Biology and the Built Environment Center at University of Oregon
                          Biography
                            Dr. Erica Marie Hartmann is an environmental microbiologist interested in the interaction between anthropogenic chemicals and microbial communities. She was the first graduate of the interdisciplinary Biological Design PhD program at Arizona State University where she worked with environmental engineers to develop molecular methods to detect microbes in food, soil, and water samples. From there, she was awarded a Fulbright to study microbes that degrade the toxic, carcinogenic pollutants known as dioxins in France at the Commission for Atomic Energy. In her current work at the Biology and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon, Erica is leading studies on the effects of antimicrobial chemicals on the microbes found in indoor dust. In addition to her research, Erica serves on the American Society for Microbiology's Microbiome Communication Taskforce and as a University of Oregon Expert in microbiology.
                          • Emily Hollister, PhD
                            Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine - Director, Bioinformatics and Microbial Ecology, Texas Children's Microbiome Center
                            Biography
                              Dr. Hollister is a microbial ecologist and bioinformaticist. She is interested in quantifying and characterizing microbial communities from a wide variety of environments, including the human body. Utilizing high throughput, next-generation DNA and RNA sequence approaches, her research seeks to improve our understanding of microbial communities, their distribution across time and space, the ways in which they function, and their influence at broader scales. Dr. Hollister currently serves as the Director of Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics for the Texas Children's Microbiome Center.
                            • Curtis Huttenhower, PhD
                              Principal Investigator, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
                              Biography
                                Dr. Curtis Huttenhower is an Associate Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he also performed his postdoctoral research at the Lewis-Sigler Institute. He was an analysis lead in the NIH Human Microbiome Project and currently co-leads the "HMP2" Center for Characterizing the Gut Microbial Ecosystem in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. His lab focuses on computational methods for functional analysis of microbial communities. This includes systems biology reconstructions integrating metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and other microbial community 'omics, the human microbiome in autoimmune disease such as IBD, and its potential as a diagnostic tool and point of therapeutic intervention.
                              • Anthony Michael, PhD
                                Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
                                Biography
                                  Dr. Tony Michael is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. For most of his career he has worked on plant metabolism, at the John Innes Centre and the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK and at INRA, Versailles, France, but more recently he has become interested in bacterial polyamine metabolism since his move to UT Southwestern. His current research focuses on identification of novel biosynthetic pathways for polyamines and polyamine-containing molecules, and the role of these compounds in bacterial growth and biofilm formation. He is particularly interested in how biosynthetic pathways and their associated enzymes evolve. He is also an editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and on the advisory board of the Biochemical Journal.
                                • Mark Pasmore, PhD
                                  Manager, Sterility Assurance Research Center, Baxter Healthcare
                                  Biography
                                    Dr. Pasmore currently manages the Research Center in the Sterility Assurance department at Baxter Healthcare. His research includes biofilm analyses, rapid microbial methods, alternative sterilization techniques and new product development. He formerly has held the position of Assistant Research Professor at Montana State University, Department of Chemical Engineering. In his role at Montana State, he was the Medical Projects Supervisor at the Center for Biofilm Engineering where he studied biofilms in infection and medically systems, such as hemodialysis systems. Additionally, Dr. Pasmore worked as a Senior Engineer at STERIS Corporation where his research involved the evaluation and development of sterilization and decontamination technologies. He has multiple publications and presentations in the field of biofilm research and he is involved in several professional and standards organizations related to bacterial control and sterilization, including the PDA taskforce on BioburdenBiofilm Management.
                                  • Tony Rook
                                    Manager, Microbiology, The Sherwin-Williams Company
                                    Biography
                                      Tony A. Rook leads the Microbiology Resource Center at The Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland, OH, USA, where he has built a world-class Microbiology Center of Excellence to focus on global preservation strategies, continuous improvement of industrial hygiene practices, and development of microbiological methods to support coating technology applications. Tony received his undergraduate training in Biology at The University of Dayton (Dayton, OH USA). Tony influences industry-wide microbiology excellence through his leadership in multiple inter-industry committees. He Co-Founded and Chairs the Consumer Specialty Products Association's (CSPA) Microbiology-Preservative Subcommittee (MPS) which is committed to establishing microbiological standards for consumer and industrial products.Tony serves as an Executive Board Member of CSPA Cleaning Product's Division. Mr. Rook served as the Chair of the Industrial Associates Committee for the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, USA from 2012-2014.He is an active member of the International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG)and the American Society for Microbiology. Prior to Sherwin-Williams, Mr. Rook helped to found LabRoots.com and served as the Chief Scientist for ScientistSolutions.com. Mr. Rook served as a Research Scientist at Steris Corporation, developing medical device reprocessing systems and liquid chemical high level disinfectants and sterilants.He founded and lead microbiology laboratory initiatives at Loctite Corporation, and served as an industrial microbiology consultant to the consumer and personal care products industries. Mr. Rook's recent publications have focused on the importance of effective preservation strategies and methods within consumer products. Tony enjoys providing innovation solutions to difficult technical problems through a multi-disciplinary scientific approach within a cross-functional team environment.
                                    • Steven Schnittger
                                      VP Global Microbiology and Fermentation, Estee Lauder Companies
                                      Biography
                                        Steve is presently the Vice President - Global Microbiology and Fermentation- R&D for the Estee Lauder Companies. He has been with Estee for over 25years all within the Microbiology and the Fermentation Lab. Primary responsibilities are in the area of cosmetic preservation and advising the chemist on new formulations. Other responsibilities include developing new active ingredients through fermentation, advising manufacturing on cleaning and sanitization procedures and assisting quality assurance and manufacturing when problems arise. Before coming to Estee Lauder, Steve worked for Ralston Purina Company and attended school at the University of Tulsa majoring in microbiology. He is past - chairman of the CTFA Microbiology Committee, active member of the U.S. TAG / ISO Committee for Cosmetic Microbiology, and Cosmetic Europe's Preservation and Microbiology Committees. Member of the American Society of Microbiology, Society of Cosmetic Chemists and the Institute of Food Technology. Holds numerous patents in the area of cosmetic science and fermentation, and frequently presents in the areas of cosmetic preservation, risk assessment and fermentation.
                                      • Sonia Shah
                                        Science Journalist and Author
                                        Biography
                                          Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American and elsewhere. Her work has been featured on RadioLab, Fresh Air, and TED, where her talk, "Three Reasons We Still Haven't Gotten Rid of Malaria" has been viewed by over 1 million people around the world. Her 2010 book, The Fever, which was called a "tour-de-force history of malaria" (New York Times), "rollicking" (Time), and "brilliant" (Wall Street Journal) was long-listed for the Royal Society's Winton Prize. Her new book, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, is forthcoming from Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2016.
                                        • David Steinberg, FRAPS
                                          President, Steinberg & Associates, Inc
                                          Biography
                                            With more than 30 years' industry experience, David is a world renowned industry expert whose preservative knowledge is second to none. He founded the Masters Program in Cosmetic Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has taught many courses, including Chemistry of Skin Care, Chemistry of Hair Care Ingredients, Cosmetic Raw Material Regulations, and Preservatives for Cosmetics. For more than 15 years he wrote a bimonthly column for Cosmetic & Toiletries Magazine. In 2006 he founded the Cosmetic Preservative Council and served as Executive Director. He is a Regulatory Affairs Professional Fellow and has served as Chapter Chair, National Treasurer and National President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He is on the Board of Directors for the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) industry association. He has received many awards, including: Eminent Visiting Scholar Virginia State University, Paper of the Year Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists, and Society of Cosmetic Chemists Merit Award. He is a featured speaker at many industry events and always provides a unique perspective many find invaluable.
                                          • Phil Stewart, PhD
                                            Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University
                                            Biography
                                              Dr. Stewart is a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University. He received his B.S. (1982) from Rice University, and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D (1988) degrees from Stanford University, all in chemical engineering. After finishing his doctoral studies, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris, France and a senior chemical engineer at Bechtel Environmental in San Francisco, California. He joined the faculty of Chemical Engineering at Montana State in 1991. Dr. Stewart has also been integrally involved with the Center for Biofilm Engineering since his arrival on the Montana State campus, serving as director from 2005-2015. Dr. Stewart's research focuses on the control of detrimental microbial biofilms. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 technical publications and has directed projects for eighteen industrial sponsors. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award and has been honored at Montana State University with both of that institution's top faculty awards for excellence in research and scholarship.
                                            • Randall Wolcott, MD
                                              Medical Director, Southwest Regional Wound Care Center
                                              Biography
                                                Dr. Randall Wolcott is the founder of the Southwest Regional Wound Care Center in Lubbock, TX. The Wound Care Center specializes in biofilm-based wound care. The Wound Care Center offers state of the art technology with molecular diagnostics and state of the art alternative medicine including customized topical wound gels. He is passionate about healing wounds.
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                                              Committee

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                                              • Committee Chair: Tony Rook, MS

                                                Tony A. Rook leads the Microbiology Resource Center at The Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland, OH, USA, where he has built a world-class Microbiology Center of Excellence to focus on global preservation strategies, continuous improvement of industrial hygiene practices, and ...

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                                              • Ivan Brukner, PhD

                                              • Bradley Ford, PhD

                                                Bradley Ford received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Physiology and Biophysics) degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, followed by a Clinical Pathology residency and postdoctoral training in basic and clinical microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include ...

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                                              • Philip Geis, PhD

                                              • Fred Russell Kramer, PhD

                                                Fred Russell Kramer is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey Medical School, and has been a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Research Institute for the past 25 years. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964 and received his ...

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                                              • Clyde Schultz, PhD

                                              • Bruce Hollis, PhD

                                                Bruce W. Hollis, Ph.D. received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Ohio State University and subsequently his Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in 1979. Dr. Hollis then completed an Endocrine Fellowship at The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Hollis ...

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                                              • Alan Maisel, MD

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