Sophien Kamoun grew up in Tunisia where he developed a passion and curiosity about nature. He studied genetics in Paris and Davis, California, before working in Wageningen, Ohio and Norwich, where he is currently a Senior Scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory and Professor of Biology at The University of East Anglia.
He is known for his seminal contributions to our understanding of plant diseases and plant immunity having pioneered genomics and molecular biology methods to reveal fundamental insights into the biology and evolution of eukaryotic plant pathogens.
His inventive work in plant pathology has resulted in new approaches to mitigate some of the world’s most serious crop diseases. Professor Kamoun has received many awards and recognitions, notably the Kuwait Prize and The Linnean Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2018.
Dr. Nian Wang is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at the Citrus Research and Education Center, University of Florida. He is a recipient of the UF Research Foundation Professorship award (2016), UF Term Professorship award (2018) and Hewitt Award (2010) of American Phytopathological Society. He received his Ph.D. degree under the guidance of Dr. Dennis Gross at Texas A&M University, conducted postdoctoral research under the supervision of Dr. Steven E. Lindow at UC, Berkeley. His research interests include molecular genetics and functional genomics of plant pathogenic bacteria, molecular plant-microbe interactions, and management of plant bacterial diseases focusing on citrus Huanglongbing and canker. He has published more than eighty refereed papers. He has served as Chair of the Bacteriology Committee of American Phytopathological Society, Chair of Pierce's Disease Research Scientific Advisory Panel, Senior Editor for Plant Disease, Phytopathology, Phytopathology Research, and Guest Editor for PLOS Pathogens.
Marc was born and raised in the grape growing region of Alsace in France. He received his Master’s and PhD degrees from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He then worked on grape viruses at INRA in Colmar before joining the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell University where his program emphasizes translational research on virus diseases of fruit and vegetable crops (http://blogs.cornell.edu/fuchslab/). Primary research goals are to (i) investigate the nature of virus populations to better understand disease spread, (ii) provide insights into the interface between viruses, their vectors, and plant hosts to characterize their molecular connectivity for pathogenicity and spread, and (iii) explore innovative approaches for crop improvement based on biotechnological approaches. Extension efforts of the Fuchs program focus on the identification of emerging virus diseases in New York, and the dissemination of information on the biology and ecology of virus diseases to stakeholders.
Serge Savary is a plant pathologist with INRA, France, with a specialisation in field epidemiology and systems analysis. His interests focus on the forces that shape production situations, and on the dynamic linkages between crop health and production situations, including the climate, agronomic, and socio-economic contexts of agricultural production, and their application for sustainable crop health management and food security. He has spent a large part of his professional career in the tropical world — in West Africa, Central America, South-East and South Asia — with different national and international institutions. His research addresses plant disease epidemiology and IPM in vegetables, legumes, and cassava (West Africa), complex system management (Central America), epidemiology and disease management in wheat and grapevine (France), and management of rice health (tropical Asia). He is involved in international research and education networks in plant health, along with colleagues in France, in India (GB Pant University), and in the USA (UC Davis, PennState). Since January, 2019, he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Food Security.