IBBS Council

The IBBS Council

The Council is the administrative body of the IBBS, responsible for the Society’s day to day affairs. It is elected by the Annual General Meeting in which all members are entitled to participate. Council members serve a four year term of office with a quarter standing down each year. In addition, Council can co-opt members to help with specific tasks or projects.

Members of the current IBBS Council are: 

John Gillatt - President

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Name: John Gillatt

Council Role: President

Employer or Institute: Retired

Title: Gentleman of Leisure

Main Areas of Study/Work: 

Other Interests: Local politics (www.boltonwest.org) and community activism, long distance walking, swimming

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Gillatt, J. W. (1992) Bacterial and Fungal Spoilage of Water-borne Formulations During Production and Storage. Remedial and Preventative Measures. Surface Coatings Int. 10, 387 - 392.

Gillatt, J. W. (2005) The Microbial Spoilage of Polymer Dispersions and its Prevention in Directory of Microbicides for the Protection of Materials – A Handbook (ed. W. Paulus), 219 – 249, Springer 2005

Gillatt, J. W. et. al. (2015) The Microbial Resistance of Polymer Dispersions and the Efficacy of Polymer Dispersion Biocides - a Statistically Validate Method. Int. Biodet. and Biodeg. 104, 32 - 37

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0)1204 843429

Email: john@bio49.org

Keywords: Biocides, paints, coatings, polymer dispersions, adhesives, metalworking fluids, cosmetics, water treatment, emulsions, disinfectant, personal care

Brenda Little - Vice President

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Name: Brenda J. Little

Council Role:
 Vice President

Employer or Institute: Naval Research Laboratory

Background: Brenda holds a B.S. degree in biology from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Tulane University.   She is a NACE- International Fellow and an Assistant Editor of Biofouling, the Journal of Bioadhesion, and Biofilm Research.  She co-authored (with J.S. Lee) Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (2007: John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she has published more than 100 journal articles and 30 book chapters on metal:microorganism interactions.

Contact details:

Telephone: +1 228-688-5494

Email: blittle @ nrlssc.navy.mil

Keywords:  Chemistry, microbiology, corrosion, remote sensing

Christine C. Gaylarde - Secretary

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Name: Christine C. Gaylarde

Council Role: Secretary (former President)

Employer or Institute: Retired. Honorary position at Oklahoma University 

Title: Hon. Researcher/Professor

Main Areas of Study/Work: Research and teaching on (currently) biofilms and biodeterioration of cultural heritage buildings and paint films

Other Interests: Travelling, reading, eating

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Gaylarde C, Otlewska A, Celikkol-Aydin S, Skora J, Sulyok M, Pielech-Przybylska K, Gillatt J, Beech I, Gutarowska B. Interactions between fungi of standard paint test method BS3900. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 104: 411-418, 2015.

Shirakawa MA, Zilles, R, Mocelin A, Gaylarde C.C., Gorbushina A, Heidrich G, Guidice MC, Del Negro GMB, John V.M. Microbial colonization affects the efficiency of photovoltaic panels in a tropical environment. Journal of Environmental Management, 157: 160–167, 2015.

Ortega-Morales BO, Gaylarde C, Anaya-Hernandez A, Chan-Bacab MJ, De la Rosa-García SC, Arano-Recio D, J. Montero-M J. Orientation affects Trentepohlia- dominated biofilms on Mayan monuments of the Rio Bec style. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation84: 351-356, 2013.

Email: secretary @ ibbsonline.org

Keywords: biofilms, cultural heritage, cyanobacteria

Jeremy Webb - Treasurer

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Name: Jeremy Webb

Council Role: Treasurer

Employer or Institute: University of Southampton www.soton.ac.ukhttp://www.soton.ac.uk/ifls/bioscience/biofilms.page

Title: Lecturer in Microbiology

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biofilm development and dispersal, biofilm control strategies, microbial ecology.

Other Interests: Cycling, swimming, fellwalking and (badly) surfing. The great outdoors.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Webb, J. S., L. S. Thompson, S. James, T. Charlton, T. Tolker-Nielsen, B. Koch, M. Givskov, and S. Kjelleberg. 2003. Cell death in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development. Journal of Bacteriology 185:4585-92

Barraud, N., D. J. Hassett, S. H. Hwang, S. A. Rice, S. Kjelleberg, and J. S. Webb. 2006. Involvement of nitric oxide in biofilm dispersal of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Journal of Bacteriology 188:7344-53.

Conibear, T.C. R., Collins, S. L., and Webb, J. S. 2009. Role of mutation in the development of a bacterial biofilm. PLoS-ONE. 4:e6289

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0)2380 594390

Email: treasurer @ ibbsonline.org

Keywords: Biofilms, biofilm dispersal, microbial adhesion, surface colonization, microbial interactions, biofilms in medicine and chronic infection, microbial ecology

Asunción de los Ríos - Joint Scientific Programme Officer

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Name: Asunción de los Ríos

Council Role: Joint Scientific Programme Officer

Employer or Institute: National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC)

Title: Tenured Scientist

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biodeterioration, geomicrobiology, lithic microbial ecosystems, extreme environments

Other Interests: Travelling, reading, cinema

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

de los Ríos, A., Ascaso., C (2005) Contributions of in situ microscopy to current understanding of stone biodeterioration processes. International Microbiology 8: 181-188 (2005).

de los Ríos, A., Cámara, B., Garcia del Cura, M.A., Rico, V.J. Galvan, V. and Ascaso, C. (2009) Deteriorating effects of lichen and microbial colonization of carbonate building rocks in the Romanesque churches of Segovia (Spain). Science of Total Environment , 407: 1123-1134.

de Los Ríos, Pérez-Ortega, S., .Wierzchos, J., Ascaso, C. (2012) Differential effects of biocide Treatments on saxicolous communities: case study of the Segovia cathedral cloister (Spain) International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 67: 64-72.

Contact details:

Telephone: +34 917452500 ext. 980507

Email: arios @ mncn.csic.es

Keywords: Geomicrobiolgy, lithobionts, biodeterioration, biofilms, biocides

Ana M. Garcia - Joint Scientific Programme Officer

Ana M Garcia (Custom)Name: Ana M. García

Council Role: Joint Scientific Programme Officer

Employer or Institute: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales - Technical University of Madrid (UPM-ETSII)

Title: Associate Professor, Vice-Dean for Postgraduate Studies

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biofilms, Biofouling, Biodeterioration of cultural heritage, Polluted water bioremediation

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

A.M. García, J.M. Villora, D.A. Moreno, C. Ranninger, P. Callejas, M.F. Barba. 2003. Heavy metals bioremediation from polluted water by glass-ceramic materials. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 86 (12): 2200-2202.
M.I. Sarró, A.M. García, D.A. Moreno. 2005. Biofilm formation in spent nuclear fuel pools and bioremediation of radioactive water. International Microbiology, 8(3):223-230.
I. Vivar, S. Borrego, G. Ellis, D.A. Moreno, A.M.García. 2013. Fungal biodeterioration of colour cinematographic films of the cultural heritage of Cuba. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, Vol. 84 pp. 372-380

Contact details:

Telephone: +34 (0)913 363162

E-mail: ana.garcia.ruiz@upm.es

Keywords: Biofilms, Biofouling, Cultural heritage

David Sawtell - Membership Secretary

David Sawtell (Custom)Name: Dr David Sawtell

Council Role: Membership Secretary

Employer or Institute: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
(www.mmu.ac.uk)

Title: Lecturer, Division of Mechanical Engineering

Main Areas of Study/Work: Although a Chemical Engineer with research interests spanning that subject, David describes his research broadly as “why stuff sticks to stuff”. Recently he has become interested in bacterial attachment at surfaces, and methods of both promoting and inhibiting that attachment.

Other Interests: David has a music taste that can most politely be described as “eclectic”, and can regularly be seen in the music shops and venues of Manchester and its surroundings. He is also a keen board gamer.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0)161 2474642

Email: d.sawtell@mmu.ac.uk

Keywords: Bacterial attachment and biofilm formation. Plasma and electrochemical based antimicrobial treatments. Chemical and Surface Engineering.

Malcolm Greenhalgh - Council Member

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Name: Malcolm Greenhalgh

Council Role: Council Member (former President)

Employer or Institute:Malcolm Greenhalgh Consultancy Ltd (MGCL)

Title: Director

Main Areas of Study/Work:

MGCL: Biocides & Industrial Microbiology Consultancy

Other Interests: Cycling, a bit of running, fell walking and hoping to get back to orienteering.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Concept and Consequences of the EU Biocide Guideline. H.-C. Flemming and M. Greenhalgh. In Marine and Industrial Biofouling. Biofouling Series Volume 4. Ed H.-C. Flemming, P. Sriyutha Murthy, R. Venkatesan and K.E. Cooksey. Pub Springer-Verlag, Berlin 2009.

Biodegradation and Biodeterioration of Man Made Polymeric Materials. Hristo Sabev, Sarah R Barratt, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Pauline S. Handley and Geoffrey D. Robson. In Fungi in Biogeochemical Cycles, Ed G.M. Gadd. Pub Cambridge University 2006

English, S.E., Fjelde, S., Greenhalgh, M., McCabe, R.W., McKenna, T., Morton, L.H.G., Schimdt, B., Sherrington, I. (2003) Laboratory Studies on Thin Paint Films. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 52 247-253.

Webb, JS., Barratt, SR., Sabev, H., Nixon, M., Eastwood, IM, Greenhalgh, M., Handley, PS., & Robson, GD (2001) Green fluorescent protein as a novel indicator of antimicrobial susceptibility in Aureobasidium pullulans. Appl. Env. Microbiol. 67; 5614-5620.

Greenhalgh, M. (1996) Industrial Biocides: Past, Present and the Challenge for the Future. Proceedings of the 4th COST 511 Workshop, Budapest, May 1996.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0) 7888 671532

Email: malcolm.greenhalgh @ btinternet.com

Keywords: Antimicrobial, biocide, BPD, biocidal products directive, coating, disinfectant, emulsions, paint, personal care, polymeric materials, polymer dispersions, adhesives, metalworking fluids, textiles, antimicrobial treated articles.

Beata Gutarowska - Council Member

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Council Role: Council Member

Employer or Institute: Lodz University of Technology, Łódź (www.p.lodz.pl)

Title: Professor

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biodeterioration of cultural heritage, disinfection of technical materials - textiles, paper, building materials. environmental microbiology

Other Interests: Moulds and halophiles

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Gutarowska B., Celikkol-Aydin S., Bonifay V., Otlewska A., Aydin E., Oldham A.L., Brauer J.I., Duncan K.E., Adamiak J., Sunner J.A., Beech I.B. (2015) Metabolomic and high-throughput sequencing analysis—modern approach for the assessment of biodeterioration of materials from historic buildings. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6: 979. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.0097

Otlewska A., Adamiak J., Gutarowska B. (2015) Clone-based comperative sequence analysis of 16S rRNA genes retrived from biodeteriorating brick buildings of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 38: 48-55

Pietrzak K., Gutarowska B., Machnowski W., Mikołajczyk U. Antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles misting on cotton fabrics. Textile Research Journal 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/0040517515596933

Contact details:

Telephone: +48 (0)42 6313479

Email: beata.gutarowska@p.lodz.pl

Keywords: textiles, paper, building materials, moulds, halophiles, disinfection

Geoff Robson - Council Member

 geoffrobsonName: Geoff Robson

Council Role: Council Member (former President)

Employer or Institute: University of Manchester

Title: Senior Lecturer

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biodeterioration of plastics, Aspergillus fumigatus and disease, Fungal growth and physiology

Other Interests: Photography, genealogy, travelling

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Cosgrove L, McGeechan PL, Robson GD, Handley PS (2007). Fungal communities associated with degradation of polyester polyurethane in soil. Appl Environ Microbiol. 73: 5817-5824.

Sabev HA, Barratt SM, Greenhalgh M, Handley PS, Robson GD (2006). Biodegradation of manmade polymeric materials, p. 212-235. In G. M. Gadd (ed.) Fungi in geochemical cycles. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Sabev HA, Handley PS, Robson GD (2006). Fungal colonization of soil-buried plasticized polyvinyl chloride (pPVC) and the impact of incorporated biocides. Microbiology 152: 1731-1739.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44(0)1612755048

Email: geoff.robson @ manchester.ac.uk

Pamela Simpson - Council Member

Pam Simpson (c)Name: Pamela Simpson

Council Role: Council Member

Employer or Institute: Whitewater Technologies Ltd. - www.whitewatertech.co.uk

Title: Owner

Background: Pamela Simpson is a Chartered Fellow of the Society of Biology with more than 20 years experience in microbial control and biocide applications.  Prior to founding Whitewater Technologies Ltd, she worked for two major international chemical companies, where her main role was solving customers’ microbiological problems by the scientific application of a wide range of speciality biocides.  Her PhD was sponsored by International Paints and the compounds and techniques studied have now been developed into innovative products to replace environmentally harmful biocides.  Pamela has a developed broad knowledge of the application of microbial control techniques in:

  1. product preservation and antimicrobial surface protection
  2. process water control, reuse and recycling
  3. effluent minimisation and clean-up

She has experience of a range of industry sectors including oil; paper; food; paint; textiles; leather; mineral extraction and processing; adhesives; coatings and water treatment. Over the last few years she has been involved in biocide regulations in a range of application areas and continues to assist companies in their applications under the BPD. She is involved in expert witness work for microbially influenced corrosion of closed water systems.

Pamela has a developed broad knowledge of the application of microbial control techniques in product preservation and antimicrobial surface protection, process water control, and microbial issues within hot and cold closed systems for both healthcare new builds and commercial premises. She is also an approved trainer for Legionella awareness courses for water treatment engineers.

Her recent work involved expert work for microbially influenced corrosion in a range of commercial and healthcare buildings of hot and cold closed systems. She was on the Steering group for the writing of BSRIA BG50/2013: “Water treatment for closed heating and cooling systems”.

As part of this ongoing service, Pamela has linked up with Chris Parsloe to offer extensive expertise in the field of closed hot and cold water systems for solving all microbial and corrosion issues during the commissioning of new builds.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0)1384 441851

Mobile: +44 (0)7771 788048

Email: info @ whitewatertech.co.uk

 

Katja Sterflinger - Council Member

katjasterflingerName: Katja Sterflinger

Council Role: Council Member

Employer or Institute: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna - Department of Biotechnology

Title: Associate Professor, Dr.

Main Areas of Study/Work: Reasearch on biodeterioration of cultural heritage, bioweathering, fungal taxonomy and phylogeny, ecophysiology of rock inhabiting fungi. - Consultant for museums and industries in questions of fungal contaminations, treatments and prevention of biodeterioration.

Other Interests: My kids, art, books, cycling and running.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Isola, D; Marzban, G; Selbmann, L; Onofri, S; Laimer, M; Sterflinger, K (2011): Sample preparation and 2-DE procedure for protein expression profiling of black microcolonial fungi.. Fungal Biol. 2011; 115(10):971-977

Sterflinger, Katja (2010): Fungi: Their role in the deterioration of cultural heritage.. Fungal Biology Reviews, 24, 47-55; ISSN 1749-4613

Sterflinger, K. (2000): Fungi as Geologic Agents.. Geomicrobiology Journal, 17, 97-124

Contact details:

Telephone: +43 (1) 47654 6260

Email: katja.sterflinger @ boku.ac.at

Keywords: Fungi, microcolonial fungi, black yeasts, cultural heritage, museums, fungal phylogeny and taxonomy, microcolonial fungi, bioweathering, biodeterioration, molecular analysis (DGGE, qPCR), 2-D protein profiling

Jimmy Walker - Council Member

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Name: Jimmy Walker

Council Role: Council Member (Former President)

Employer or Institute: Biosafety Group, Health Protection Agency (www.hpa.org.uk)

Title: Principal Investigator - Decontamination

Main Areas of Study/Work: Decontamination of aerosols, biofilms and suspensions

Other Interests: Cycling, canal boating, photography and playing with my Morris Minor(s)

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Davies A, G Thomson, JT Walker, A Bennett . 2009. A review of the risks and disease transmission associated with aerosol generating medical procedures. British Journal of Infection Control. Journal of Infection Prevention, Vol. 10, 122-126.

Walker JT , J Dickinson, JM Sutton, N. Raven, and PD Marsh. (2008). Implication for CJD in Dentistry: A Review of Current knowledge. Journal of Dental Research. 87, 511-519.

Schel AJ, PD Marsh, DJ Bradshaw, M Finney, MR Fulford, E Frandsen, E Østergaard, JM ten Cate, WR Moorer, A Mavridou, JJ Kamma, G Mandilara, L Stösser, S Kneist, R Araujo, N Contreras, P Goroncy-Bermes, D O'Mullane, F Burke, P O'Reilly, G Hourigan, M O'Sullivan, R Holman, JT Walker. (2006). Comparison of the efficacy of disinfectants to control microbial contamination in dental unit water systems in general dental practices across the European Union. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 72, 1380-1387.

Contact details:

Telephone: 01980 612643

Email: jimmy.walker @ hpa.org.uk

Keywords: Decontamination, Airborne bacteria, Biofilms, surface hygiene, hospital acquired infections, antimicrobial surfaces

Joanna Verran - Coopted Council Member

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Name: Joanna Verran

Council Role: Co-opted Member (former President)

Employer or Institute: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK 

(www.mmu.ac.uk)

Title: Professor of Microbiology

Main Areas of Study/Work: Microbial attachment to inert surfaces across a range of applications; surface hygiene; microbiology education

Other Interests: Microbiology and art/archaeology, science communication and public engagement, music (my son’s band: www.DutchUncles.co.uk), Stockport County football club, Cornwall history.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Please see my website www.sci-eng.mmu.ac.uk/intheloop. This summarises interest in research, consultancy, education and communication, and includes some freely downloadable education resources.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 247 1206

Email: j.verran @ mmu.ac.uk

Keywords: Biofilms, hygienic surfaces, surface topography, survival of microorganisms on surfaces, novel antimicrobial surfaces, microbiology education.