Dr. Ronald Atlas

Ronald M. Atlas is Professor of Biology at the University of Louisville. He received his BS degree from the State University at Stony Brook, his MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers the State University, and a DSc (honoris causa) from the University of Guelph. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on Mars Life Detection. He has served as President of American Society for Microbiology, as a member of the NIH Recombinant Advisory committee, as chair of NASA’s Planetary Protection Subcommittee, as chair of the Wellcome Trust Pathogens, Immunology and Population Health Strategy Committee, as co-chair of the American Society for Microbiology Biodefense Committee, as a member of the FBI scientific working group on microbial forensics, as a member of the DHS Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and as chair of the Board of Directors of the One Health Commission. He is author of nearly 300 manuscripts on topics ranging from the cleanup of oil spills to infectious diseases and bioterrorism. He also has authored 20 books, several of which have been classic textbooks used around the world to educate the next generation of microbiologists. He currently is chair of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board and regularly advises the White House and US Congress on issues of environment and infectious diseases.

Ronald Atlas

Professor Huw Taylor

Huw Taylor is Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Brighton in the UK, where he leads Environment and Public Health research within the Aquatic Research Centre. He has twenty five years’ experience of public health research and currently leads a £3.65 million EU Interreg project (RiskManche) that is investigating the fate and transport of pathogens in river catchments and coastal environments. He is an expert advisor to the WHO on the development of Sanitation Safety Planning, drinking water quality analysis and waterborne disease management. In recent years, he has advised the WHO on the WASH response to the Ebola outbreak. He has also worked closely with UNICEF on an improved evidence base the provision of safer water from low-cost water supplies in Malawi and with Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam and other NGOs on novel approaches to the disinfection of wastewaters in emergency settings.

Huw Taylor

Dr. Gary A. Toranzos

Gary A. Toranzos, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, has been doing research in Environmental Microbiology since 1986. Got his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (with Chuck Gerba) and did a couple of post-docs in Florida and Puerto Rico (Environmental Virology and Microbial Ecology respectively). His work on E. coli as an autochthonous microorganism in waters and his work on bacteriophages have been key in the search for new indicators of risk. Lately, his work on paleomicrobiology and the use of the microbiome as a marker of human ethnicity has caught a lot of attention.

Gary Toranzos

Dr. Marylynn V. Yates

Marylynn V. Yates is Professor of Environmental Microbiology and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of California, Riverside. She is Chair of the University of California Global Health Institute’s Education Committee. Dr. Yates holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.S. in Chemistry from the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include characterizing and predicting the fate and transport of human enteric pathogenic microorganisms in soils, water, and wastewater; development of methods for rapid, sensitive detection of infective enteric viruses in water samples; human pathogen considerations associated with wastewater reuse and biosolids application to land; and the use of indicators for predicting pathogen occurrence and behavior in the environment. Dr. Yates serves as a member of the Water Science & Technology Board of the National Research Council, on the USEPA’s Science Advisory Board Drinking Water Committee, and on the American Society for Microbiology’s Council Policy Committee. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, and a National Associate of the National Academies of Science.

Marylynn Yates