IBBS Council

The Council is the administrative body of the IBBS, responsible for the Society’s day to day affairs. It is elected at 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 Council

Frederick (Fred) J. Passman
Employer or Institute:
Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc.


Title: President

Background: Fred holds an A.B. degree in microbiology from Indiana University and a PhD in marine microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.  He is an ASTM International Fellow and an STLE Fellow, Vice-Chair of ASTM D02.14 Subcommittee on the Stability, Cleanliness and Compatibility of Liquid Fuels, Chair of ASTM D02.14 Fuel Microbiology Working Group, Chair ASTM Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety, and Chair of ASTM Subcommittee E34.50 on Health and Safety Standards for Metal Working Fluids.  Fred has written numerous papers and several book chapters on fuel, lubricant, and metalworking fluid microbiology and biodeterioration. 

Recent Publications:

Energy Institute, “Guidelines on detecting, controlling, and mitigating microbial growth in oils and fuels used at power generation facilities.” https://publishing.energyinst.org/topics/power-generation/guidelines-on-detecting,-controlling-and-mitigating-microbial-growth-in-oils-and-fuels-used-at-power-generation-facilities.  Energy Institute, London. ISBN: 9781787251885.

Passman, F.J. and Küenzi, P., “Microbiology in Water-Miscible Metalworking Fluids.” Tribology Transactions. Received 17 Feb 2020, Accepted 29 Apr 2020, Accepted author version posted online: 12 May 2020 https://doi.org/10.1080/10402004.2020.1764684.

Passman, F. J. “Chapter 35 – Biodeterioration.” In: R. Shah and D. R. Forester, Eds. ASTM Manual 37 – Fuels and Lubricants Handbook: Technology, Properties, Performance, and Testing, 2nd Edition, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, pp:1231-1273 (2018). DOI: 10.1520/MNL3720150021.

Passman, F. J. “Chapter 8 – Sampling.” In: S. J. Rand and A. W. Verstuyft, Eds.  ASTM Manual 1 – Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products–9th Edition, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, pp: 119-142 (2018). ISBN 978-0-8031-7108-4.

Passman, F. J. “Chapter 11 – Microbiology of Metalworking Fluids” In: J. Byers. Ed. Metalworking Fluids, 3rd Ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp: 241-284 (2018). ISBN: 9781498722223

Email: fredp@biodeterioration-control.com
Phone: +1 609-716-0200
Key words: biodeterioration, fuels, lubricants, metalworking fluids.

Brenda Little
Immediate Past President
Employer or Institute: Retired

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.

Telephone: +1 228-363-2222
Keywords:  Chemistry, microbiology, corrosion, remote sensing

Christine Gaylarde
Secretary (Former President)
Employer or Institute: Retired/Honorary position at Oklahoma University

Title: Hon. Researcher/Professor

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biodeterioration of cultural heritage buildings and paint films, microplastics pollution

Other Interests: Travelling, reading, eating good food, Liverpool Football Club

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Gaylarde C, Baptista Neto JA, da Fonseca EM, 2021. Paint fragments as polluting microplastics: A brief review. Marine Pollution Bulletin 162, 111847, doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111847 2021

Shirakawa MA, Lima LN, Gaylarde CC, Silva JA, Loz PHF, John VJ. Effects of natural ageing on the properties of a cool surface exposed in different Brazilian environments. Energy and Buildings  doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110031 2020.

Ortega-Morales O, Montero-Muñoz JL,  Baptista Neto JA, Beech IB, Sunner J, Gaylarde C. Deterioration and cyanobacterial colonization of cultural heritage stone buildings in polluted and unpolluted tropical and subtropical climates: a meta-analysis. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 143: 104734. doi.org/10.1016/j.ibiod.2019.104734 2019.

Email: secretary@ibbsonline.org
Keywords: biofilms, cultural heritage, cyanobacteria

Jeremy Webb
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

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

Jonathan Butler
Assistant Treasurer
Employer or Institute: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK (www.mmu.ac.uk)

Title: Lecturer in Microbiology

Main Areas of Study/Work: (1) Developing novel metal-based antimicrobial treatment strategies and identifying the molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial activity, (2) Understanding the molecular basis for antimicrobial resistance mechanisms and bacterial virulence factors, (3) Pathogenicity, detection and control of foodborne Campylobacter species.

Other Interests: Public engagement and science communication, badminton, walking in the peaks.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Rana, N., Jesse, H.E., Tinajero-Trejo, M., Butler, J.A., Tarlit, J.D., von und zur Mühlen, M.L., Nagel, C., Schatzschneider, U. and Poole R.K. (2017). A Manganese photoactivated carbon monoxide-releasing molecule [Mn(CO)3(tpa-κ3N)]Br enhances antibiotic effects on a multi-drug resistant Escherichia coli. Microbiology. 63(10), 1477-1489

Vaidya, M.Y., McBain, A.J., Butler, J.A., Banks, C.E., Whitehead, K.A. (2017). Antimicrobial Efficacy and Synergy of Metal Ions against Enterococcus faecium, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii in Planktonic and Biofilm Phenotypes. Scientific Reports. 7(5911)

Southam, H.M., Butler, J.A., Chapman, J.A. and Poole, R.K. (2017) The microbiology of ruthenium complexes. Advances in Microbial Physiology. 71, 1-96.

Jervis, A.J., Butler, J.A., Wren, B.W. and Linton, D. (2015) Chromosomal integration vectors allowing flexible expression of foreign genes in Campylobacter jejuni. BMC Microbiology. 15(230), 1-9.

Jervis, A.J., Butler, J.A., Lawson, A., Langdon, R., Wren, B. and Linton, D. (2012). Characterization of the structurally diverse N-linked glycans of Campylobacter species. Journal of Bacteriology. 194(9), 2355-2362

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 247 1244
Email: jonathan.butler@mmu.ac.uk
Keywords: novel antimicrobials, antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, Campylobacter, molecular microbiology, biocides, biofilms

FPinzari (Custom)

Flavia Pinzari
Council Member

Employer or Institute: Council of National Research of Italy (CNR), Italy

Title: Researcher (CNR) – Scientific Associate (NHM)

Main Areas of Study/Work:

I obtained the PhD with a thesis in mycology and cellulose biodegradation. I worked at the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage between 2001 and 2012 as head of the Biology laboratory, working on biodeterioration of materials used in restoration, case studies and biocides testing. I have been a researcher between 2012 and 2020 at the “Council for Agricultural Research and Economics”, in Rome. I am currently a senior researcher at the Institute for Biological Systems (IBS) of the Council of National Research of Italy (CNR).

My main research topics are mycology, soil microbiology, bio-weathering and biomineralisation, electron microscopy, and microanalysis applied to natural and induced biodeterioration and biodegradation phenomena. I studied extensively paper and library materials biodeterioration (cultural heritage), and I keep on collaborating as a scientific associate with the Italian “Istituto centrale per la patologia del libro e degli archivi (ICPAL)”(Rome) and with the Natural History Museum (London).

Other Interests: trekking, reading science fiction, cooking for my kids

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Pinar G, Sclocchi MC, Pinzari F et al. (2020) The microbiome of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings: a bio-archive of their history. Front. Microbiol. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.593401

Pinzari F, Cornish L, Jungblut A (2020) Skeleton bones in museum indoor environments offer niches for fungi and are affected by weathering and deposition of secondary minerals. Environmental microbiology 22 (1), 59-75 https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14818

Cicero C, Pinzari F, Mercuri F (2018) 18th Century knowledge on microbial attacks on parchment: Analytical and historical evidence International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 134: 76-82 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibiod.2018.08.007

Email: flavia.pinzari@cnr.it; f.pinzari@nhm.ac.uk
Keywords: fungi, soil, cultural heritage, microbiology, paper, parchment, biodeterioration, biodegradation, SEM-EDS

Scott Wade
Newsletter Editing Manager

Employer or Institute: Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Title: Associate Professor

Main Areas of Study/Work: Microbial corrosion, accelerated low water corrosion, marine corrosion.

Other Interests: Running, playing guitar, surfing.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

M.A. Javed, N. Rieders, I. Beech, R. Avci, W.C. Neil, and S.A. Wade, “The influence of chemical cleaning methods on pitting morphology attributed to microbially influenced corrosion of stainless steels”, Corrosion 77(3), pp. 276-286, 2021.

B.J. Little, D.J. Blackwood, J. Hinks, F.M. Lauro, E. Marsili, A. Okamoto, S.A. Rice, S.A. Wade and H.-C. Flemming, “Microbially influenced corrosion—Any progress?”, Corrosion Science 170, 108641, 2020.

J.L. Wood, W.C. Neil, S.A. Wade, “High taxonomic diversity in ship bilges presents challenges for monitoring microbial corrosion and opportunity to utilise community functional profiling”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 87 (18), e00890-21, 2021.

H.C. Phan, L.L. Blackall and S.A. Wade, “Effect of multispecies microbial consortia on microbially influenced corrosion of carbon steel”, Corrosion and Material Degradation 2, pp. 133-149, 2021.

Telephone: +61 3 9214 4339

Email: swade@swin.edu.au

Keywords: microbial corrosion, metals, corrosion, sulfate reducing bacteria

Joanna Verran
FEMS Representative
Employer or Institute: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK (www.mmu.ac.uk)

Title: Professor of Microbiology (Emeritus)

Main Areas of Study/Work: Microbial attachment to inert surfaces across a range of applications; surface hygiene; developing standards for testing antimicrobial surfaces; microbiology education; science communication and public engagement with science.

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

I set up the Bad Bugs Bookclub in 2009, to encourage scientists and non-scientists to read and discuss fiction in which microbiology forms part of the plot. The website contains meeting and reports and reading guides for more than 70 books.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

I have published widely on my research in the laboratory, in education and in public engagement. Perhaps it is preferable to contact me for further information in a particular area of expertise.

Email: j.verran@mmu.ac.uk
Keywords: Biofilms, hygienic surfaces, surface topography, survival of microorganisms on surfaces, standard methods for antimicrobial surface testing, novel antimicrobial surfaces, microbiology education, science communication, public engagement with science.

John Gillatt
Employer or Institute: Retired, Bolton, UK

Title: Gentleman of Leisure

Interests: Local politics and community activism, long distance walking, swimming

I retired in 2015 having spent more than 40 years working in the biocides industry, latterly for the Thor Group (www.thor.com).  I am a former Hon. Secretary and President of IBBS and former President of the International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG – www.ibrg.org).

Telephone: +44 (0)1204 843429
Email: john@23fourth.org
Keywords: Biocides, paints, coatings, polymer dispersions, adhesives, metalworking fluids, cosmetics, water treatment, emulsions, disinfectant, personal care

Joe Suflita
Elected Member
Employer or Institute: University of Oklahoma (OU), Oklahoma, USA

Title: George Lynn Cross Professor, Emeritus Director, OU Institute for Energy and the Environment, Emeritus Director, OU Biocorrosion Center

Main Areas of Study/Work: Environmental Microbiology/Microbial Ecology/Anaerobic Biodegradation/ Biotransformation of Energy Related Substances

Other Interests: Fishing

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Harriman B, Zito P, Podgorski DC, Tarr MA and JM Suflita. 2017. Impact of photooxidation and biodegradation on the fate of oil spilled during the Deepwater Horizon incident: Advanced stages of weathering. Environ.Sci.Technol. 51:7412- 7421.

Aktas DF, Sorrell KR, Duncan KE, Wawrik B, Callaghan AV, and JM Suflita. 2017. Anaerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation and biocorrosion of carbon steel in marine environments: The impact of different ultra low sulfur diesels and bioaugmentation. Internat. Biodeter. Biodeg. J. 118: 45–56.

Liang R, Duncan KE, LeBorgne S, Davidova I, Yakimov MM, and JM Suflita. 2017. Microbial activities in hydrocarbon-laden wastewaters: Impact on diesel fuel stability and the biocorrosion of carbon steel. J.Biotechnology. 256:68-75.

Telephone: +1 405 325 5761
Email: jsuflita@ou.edu
Keywords: oil, fuel, biodegradation, biocorrosion, sulfate reduction, methanogenesis

Thomas Warscheid
Elected Member
Institute: LBW-Bioconsult, Wiefelstede, Germany

Title: Dr. rer. nat.

Main Areas of Study/Work: Court-appointed expert and private consultant for indoor hygiene, microbial infestation of building materials and coatings as well as biodeterioration of cultural heritage Research in the eco-physiology of material-immanent microorganisms as well as treatments and prevention of biodeterioration Development of biotechnological applications for algae in air cleaning and waste water treatment

Other Interests: My family, books, golf, restoration of oldtimers, Borussia Mönchengladbach

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Warscheid, Th. and Braams, J. (2000) Biodeterioration of Stones – a review. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation 46, 343 – 368.

Warscheid, Th., Orial, G., von Plehwe-Leisen, E. and Tudorov V. (2006) The bioprotection project on the “Madara Horseman” (Bulgaria) – bioremedial techniques in the conservation of stone monuments. In: Proceedings of the 7th European Conference “Sauveur” Safeguarded Cultural Heritage Understanding & Viability for the Enlarged Europe (Ed. European Commission), 823.

Warscheid, Th. [2011] Mold remediation in West-European buildings. In: Fundamentals of mold growth in indoor environments and strategies for healthy living (Eds.: Adan, O.C.G. and Samson, R.A.), Wageningen Academic Publishers, 413 – 434.

Warscheid, Th., Orial, G., Bousta, F., Francois, A. and Pallot-Frossard, I. [2013] The prehistoric wallpaintings of Lascaux: managing conservation measures in respect to microbiological monitoring and research. In: Wandmalereien in Krypten, Grotten und Kata – Zur Konservierung gefasster Oberflächen in umweltgeschädigten Räumen (Hrsg.: Danzl, Th., Exner, M., Rüber-Schütte, E.), ICOMOS – Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkomitees LVI, 17 – 32.

Telephone: +49 / (0441) / 4089202
Email: warscheid@lbw-bioconsult.de
Keywords: geomicrobiology, biodeterioration, fungi, bacteria, algae, indoor hygiene, building materials, coatings, cultural heritage, museums, archives, digital microscopy, forensic analysis, microbiocides, bioremediation.

Nuno Mesquita
Membership Secretary
Employer or Institute: Centre for Functional Ecology – University of Coimbra, Portugal

Title: Researcher

Main Areas of Study/Work: Biodeterioration, fungi, bacteria, stone, paper, microbiology

Other Interests: Family, friends, travelling, music,

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

MESQUITA, N.; PORTUGAL, A.; VIDEIRA, S.; RODRÍGUEZ-ECHEVERRÍA, S.; BANDEIRA, A.M.L.; SANTOS, M.J.A. & FREITAS, H. (2009). Fungal diversity in ancient documents. A case-study on the Archive of the University of Coimbra. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. 63, 626-629.

MESQUITA, N.; PORTUGAL, A.; PIÑAR, G.; LOUREIRO, J.; COUTINHO, A.P.; TROVÃO, J.; NUNES, I.; BOTELHO, M.L. & FREITAS, H. (2013). Flow cytometry as a tool to assess the effects of gamma radiation on the viability, growth and metabolic activity of fungal spores. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 84, 250-257.

TROVÃO, J.; MESQUITA, N.; PAIVA DE CARVALHO, H.; PAIVA, D.; AVELAR, L.; PORTUGAL, A. (2013). Can arthropods act as vectors of fungal dispersion in heritage collections? A case study on the Archive of the University of Coimbra. International Biodegradation and Biodeterioration 79, 49-55.

PAIVA DE CARVALHO, H.; MESQUITA, N.; TROVÃO, J.; FERNANDEZ-RODRIGUEZ, S.; PINHEIRO, A.C.; GOMES, V.; ALCOFORADO, A.; GIL, F. & PORTUGAL, A. (2018). Fungal contamination of paintings and wooden sculptures inside the storage room of a museum: are current norms and reference values adequate? Journal of Cultural Heritage. (Journal of Cultural Heritage, article in press)

Telephone: +351 969 830 668
Email: inunomesquita@gmail.com
Keywords: microbiology, biodeterioration, biofilms, fungi, bacteria, stone, paper

Fatima Bento
Outreach Secretary
Employer or Institute: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Title: Professor in Microbiology at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul- Brazil

Main Areas of Study/Work:

I have been working in petroleum microbiology, fuels and biofuels biodeterioration, oily waste biodegradation, biosurfactants. My approach  and evaluation model is based mainly on prospection (cultivable and noncultivable microorganisms approach),  involving knowledge of the composition of the deteriogenic microbial population, monitoring aspects and control during storage of diesel, biodiesel and blends of diesel–biodiesel, jet fuel, biojetfuels, etc. I have been involved with research, teaching, and consulting at UFRGS for 25 years.

Other Interests: Family, art, travelling, reading, Freud, Pasteur, beaches, sunsets, flowers, music.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Silva,T.L.; Cazarolli,J.C.; Pizzolato,T.M.;  Frazzon, A.P.G.; Mann, M.B.; Frazzon, J.; John, D.K.; Ferrão, M.F.; Rampelotto,P.H.;  D’Alessandro, E.B.; Antoniosi Filho, N.R.; Bento, F.M.  Microbial sludge formation in Brazilian marine diesel oil (B0) and soybean methylic biodiesel blends (B10 and B20) during simulated storage. Fuel, v. 308, 2022.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2021.121905.

Cazarolli,J.C.; Silva, T.L.; Lobato, M.R.; Brito,J.R.; Rampelotto, P.H.;  Rocha, J.F.;  Azambuja, A.O.;  Mann,M.B.;  Ferrão, M.F.; Peralba, M.C.; Martinelli,M.; Frazzon, A.P.;  Frazzon, J.; Quadros, P.D.; Camargo, F.A.O.; Bento, F.M.  Impact of water content on microbial growth in Brazilian biodiesel during simulated storage  Fuel, V. 297, 2021,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2021.120761.

Telephone: + 5551 993435798
Email: fatima.bento@ufrgs.br
Keywords: Petroleum microbiology; fuel, biofuel, biocides, biofilms, biodeterioration

Muhamad Awais

Muhamad Awais

Assistant Newsletter Editor

Employer of Institute: Swinburn University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Title: Dr (Research Fellow)

Main Areas of Study/Work:

Microbial corrosion, accelerated low water corrosion, marine corrosion, materials characterisation.

Other Interests: Running, swimming, camping.

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

M.A. Javed, W.C. Neil, and S.A. Wade, “Effect of test media on the crevice corrosion of stainless steel by sulfate reducing bacteria”, npj Materials Degradation, 6(1), pp. 40, 2022.

M.A. Javed, N. Rieders, I. Beech, R. Avci, W.C. Neil, and S.A. Wade, “The influence of chemical cleaning methods on pitting morphology attributed to microbially influenced corrosion of stainless steels”, Corrosion 77(3), pp. 276-286, 2021.

N. Hutasoit, S.H. Topa, M.A. Javed, R.A.R. Rashid, E. Palombo, and Suresh Palanisamy, “Antibacterial efficacy of cold-sprayed copper coatings against gram-positive staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Escherichia coli”, Materials 14(22), pp. 6744, 2021.

M.A. Javed, W. C. Neil, G. McAdam, J. W. Moreau, and S. A. Wade, “Microbiologically influenced corrosion of stainless steel by sulfate reducing bacteria: A tale of caution”, Corrosion 76 (7),pp. 639-653, 2020.

Telephone: +61 3 9214 4970

Email: mjaved@swin.edu.au

Keywords: microbial corrosion, metals, corrosion, sulphate reducing bacteria, materials microstructures