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Dr. Peer Bork (EMBL) is the senior group leader and coordinator of the Structural and Computational Biology unit at EMBL. He also holds an appointment at the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. Dr. Bork received his PhD in Biochemistry (1990) and his habilitation in Theoretical Biophysics (1995). He works in various areas of computational biology and systems analysis with focus on function prediction, comparative analysis and data integration. He published almost 350 research articles in international, peer-reviewed journals, more than 30 of them inNature, Science or Cell. In 2006, he was announced by Thompson/ISI as Europeans "hottest" researcher in natural sciences considering high impact papers in 2004 and 2005 and is among the top ten most cited researchers in Molecular Biology and Genetics according to ISI. He served in various review and evaluation panels, is on the editorial board of a number of journals including Science and PloS Biology, and functions as senior editor of the journal Molecular Systems Biology. Dr. Bork co-founded three biotech companies, two of them went public. 15 of his former associates hold now professorships or other group leader positions in prominent places in Europe or North America. He participated in various successful EU projects providing computational analysis and integration of complex data. His research group is already analysing large-scale metagenomics data since they started being generated three years ago.

Dr H. Blottière is Research Director at INRA. He has a long track record in gut physiology with a particular emphasis on intestinal epithelial and immune cells with 65 publications. He is the co-coordinator of the Eu-funded training program, Cross-Talk.

Dr. Natalia Borruel (HUVH) is staff gastroenterologist.

Thomas Brüls (CEA/Genoscope), PhD, is a senior research scientist. He contributed to the international human genome mapping and sequencing projects, and more recently entered the field of metagenomics by mining data originating from microbial communities sustaining wastewater treatment processes. He has a long standing experience of interdisciplinary research both in academia and in industry ; his current work lies at the intersection of computational biology, environmental genomics and biocatalysis.

Prof. Soren Brunak (DTU) PhD, is professor of bioinformatics and center director at Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Technical University of Denmark (systems biology, disease gene finding, cell cycle modeling, and immunological bioinformatics).