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Dr. Jeroen Raes is a research scientist at the EMBL. He specializes in computational analysis of metagenomics data, ranging from basic sequence crunching to phylogenetic and functional annotation, as well as mining the data for specific pathways and genes of interest. Recently, he is focusing on the integration and correlation of metagenomics sequence data with 'metadata' - i.e. environmental conditions, clinical data, host properties etc. This integration of heterogeneous meta-omics data should eventually lead to an eco-systems biology approach to study the human microbiome.

Dr. Pierre Renault (INRA) is heading one of the research teams of the GM unit, has a long-standing track record in the field of lactococci and streptococci gene regulation, and has coordinated an EU-funded research project.

Dr. Maria Rescigno is the director of the Research Unit on Dendritic Cell Biology and Immunotherapy. She is leader in the field of dendritic cell biology, authoring 56 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In particular, in her laboratory the role of mucosal dendritic cells in bacterial handling in the intestine has been extensively studied. She was the first to describe the existence of a new mechanism of bacterial uptake across mucosal surfaces that is mediated by dendritic cells. She has developed both in vitro and ex-vivo systems that allow study the interaction between dendritic cells, epithelial cells and bacteria/bacterial products at mucosal surfaces. Maria Rescigno has been recently nominated EMBO young investigator.