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: 

Brenda Little - President

2007 ARPAD

Name: Brenda J. Little

Council Role:

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.

Contact details:

Telephone: +1 228-363-2222

Email: president @ ibbsonline.org

Keywords:  Chemistry, microbiology, corrosion, remote sensing

Christine C. Gaylarde - Secretary


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


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

Namasunciondelosriose: 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

Beata Gutarowska - Council Member

Beata Gutarowska2Name: Beata Gutarowska

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

Flavia Pinzari - Council Member/Newsletter Managing Editor

FPinzari (Custom)Name: Flavia Pinzari

Council Role: Council Member/Newsletter Managing Editor

Employer or Institute: Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Rome, Italy & Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK

Title: Researcher (CREA) - Scientific Associate (NHM)

Main Areas of Study/Work: I obtained the Ph.D with a thesis in mycology and on 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. At present I am researcher at the “Council for Agricultural Research and Economics”, in Rome. Main topics of research 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 with the Italian "Istituto centrale per il restauro e la conservazione del patrimonio archivistico e librario -ICRCPAL".

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

Three Main or Most Recent Publications:

Piñar, Tafer, Sterflinger, Pinzari (2015) Amid the possible causes of a very famous foxing: molecular and microscopic insight into Leonardo da Vinci's self‐portrait. Environmental microbiology reports 7(6):849-859

Piñar, Sterflinger, Pinzari (2014) Unmasking the measles-like parchment discoloration: molecular and micro-analytical approach. Environmental Microbiology 17: 427-443

Pinzari F, Tate J, Bicchieri M, Rhee Y J, Gadd G M (2012) Biodegradation of ivory (natural apatite): possible involvement of fungal activity in biodeterioration of the Lewis Chessmen. Environmental microbiology 15 (4):1050-1062

Email: flavia.pinzari @ crea.gov.it; f.pinzari @ nhm.ac.uk

Keywords: fungi, soil, cultural heritage, microbiology, paper, parchment, biodeterioration, biodegradation, SEM-EDS

Jonathan Butler - Council Member/Assistant Treasurer

Johnny Butler (Custom)Name: Jonathan Butler

Council Role: Council Member/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.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 247 1244

Email: jonathan.butler @ mmu.ac.uk

Keywords: novel antimicrobials, antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, Campylobacter, molecular microbiology, biocides, biofilms

Joanna Verran - Council Member/FEMS Representative

Prof. Jo Verran.

Name: Joanna Verran

Council Role: Council Member (former President)/FEMS Representative

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

John Gillatt - Council Member/Webmaster


Name: John Gillatt

Council Role: Webmaster (former President)

Employer or Institute: Retired

Title: Gentleman of Leisure

Main Areas of Study/Work: 

Other Interests: Local politics 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 Validated 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

Joe Suflita - Council Member

Joe Suflita(c)Name: Joseph M. Suflita

Council Role: Council Member

Employer or Institute: University of Oklahoma (OU)

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.

Contact details:

Telephone: +1 405 325 5761

Email: jsuflita @ ou.edu

Keywords: oil, fuel, biodegradation, biocorrosion, sulfate reduction, methanogenesis

Thomas Warscheid - Council Member

Thomas Warscheid (Custom)Name: Thomas Warscheid

Council Role: Council 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.

Contact details:

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 - Coopted Council Member/Membership Secretary

Nuno Mesquita

Name: Nuno Mesquita

Council Role: Coopted Member/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)
Contact details:

Telephone: +351 969 830 668

Email: inunomesquita @ gmail.com

Keywords: microbiology, biodeterioration, biofilms, fungi, bacteria, stone, paper