The Big Question

In this open-ended series, SCINQ digs into issues being faced by scientists around the world. It’s a wide range of experts discussing their fields in their own words.

Current question: What is the biggest question facing your field?

Bacteriophage Therapy –

1. Lorenzo Corsini co-founded PhagoMed, a bacteriophage therapy company based in Vienna, Austria, in 2017 and currently serves as CEO with a focus on research and development responsibilities.

2. Dr. Guy-Charles Fanneau de La Horie is the CEO of Pherecydes Pharma, a bacteriophage therapy company. He has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

3. Benjamin Chan is an Associate Research Scientist in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. His research has had him involved in the development of Virulence Targeting Antibiotics (VTA’s) and Resistance Targeting Antibiotics (RTA’s) using bacteriophages.

Wildlife Conservation —

1. Dr. Gabby Ahmadia is a marine scientist with the World Wildlife Fund. She set aside some time to answer The Big Question in global wildlife conservation.

2. Helen Meredith is the executive director of the Amphibian Survival Alliance. She set aside some time to answer the Big Question.

3. Edwin Tambara from the African Wildlife Foundation set aside some of his time to share his thoughts on the Big Question facing the conservation community in Africa.

General —

1. Pavel Volchkov heads the Genome Engineering Lab at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). It has several projects involving genome editing mediated by the CRISPR/Cas technology. [Read]

2. Aline Vidotto is an assistant professor in Astrophysics at Trinity College Dublin. She studies the interaction of exoplanets with their host star’s wind, and how the interaction can affect planetary habitability. [Read]

3. Megan Brickley is an anthropology professor at McMaster University and holds the Canada Research Chair in the Bioarchaeology of Disease. She has been engaged in a series of research papers looking at ways that the body records serious deficiencies of Vitamin D — also known as rickets. [Read]

4. Ngai-Man (Man) Cheung is a researcher with the Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research interests are image / signal analysis, computer vision and machine learning with applications to health care. [READ]

5. Olga Dudchenko, is a post-doc in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics in the Erez Aiden lab at Baylor College of Medicine. [READ]

6. Yuri Kovalev is an astrophysicist with the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. [READ]

7. Wang Qing focuses on understanding everything from “charge propagations in mesoscopic energy conversion and storage systems, to the development of new approaches for advanced electrochemical/photoelectrochemical energy conversion and storage.” [READ]

8. Miljana Radivojevic is a post-doc researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology University of Cambridge. Her specific area of interest deals with the invention and innovation of prehistoric metallurgical processes in Eurasia. [READ]

9. Sarah Taylor Lovell is an Associate Professor of Landscape Agroecology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. [READ]

10. Sara Del Valle is a computational epidemiologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who uses mathematical models to predict the spread of diseases. [READ]

11. Muireann Irish is a cognitive neuroscience researcher with the Brain and Mind Centre/School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. SCINQ asked her The Big Question. She kindly indulged us. [READ]


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