Speaker: Professor Tom Coenye, Head of Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Ghent University, Belgium (and Visiting Professor to ENT Surgery)
Title: How interfering with the social life of staphylococci could help treating biofilm-related Staphylococcus aureus infections
Speaker biography: Tom Coenye completed his PhD training in the Laboratory of Microbiology (LMG) at Ghent University in Belgium with his PhD degree awarded in late 2000 (thesis: New insights in the Burkholderia taxonomy and diagnosis of Burkholderia cepacia complex infections in cystic fibrosis patients).
He undertook a 14 month overseas postdoc fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases – Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA), followed by a further 4 years postdoctoral experience in the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Ghent University. In October 2006, at the age of 31, Tom became a full professor at Ghent University and head of the Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology.
Tom has an excellent track record in terms of publications, and is currently supervising 9 PhD students at Ghent University. He has won multiple awards, including the “2007 Dade Behring MicroScan Young Investigator Award”, awarded by the American Society for Microbiology, in recognition of research excellence and potential. He is a member of the editorial board of PLoS One, PeerJ, Pathogens & Disease and Frontiers in Microbiology, an invited reviewer for many international scientific journals and several funding bodies in Europe, Canada & the US. He is Vice-president of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Study Group on Biofilms and conference president of the EuroBiofilms 2013 meeting. Lastly he is frequently invited to talk at international meetings.
Tom is visiting Adelaide to speak at the Pint of Science Festival and several other institutes. He is interested in expanding his research network to Australia and is keen to establish international collaborations.