Bart Knols (PhD, MBA) is a Medical/Public Health entomologist, science manager, University lecturer and science writer/journalist with broad interest and experience in development issues, the environment, global and public health and infectious diseases management in the (sub)tropics, and with special interest in research and training on the biology, behavioural ecology and integrated (genetic) control of vectors of mosquito-borne diseases, especially malaria and dengue/CHIKV/Zika.
He has lived and worked in east- and southern Africa for 11 years, has worked for the United Nations (IAEA), and has published more than 140 scientific articles, 4 books and 19 book chapters in his field of work. Bart received an IgNobel Prize in 2006 and the Eijkman medal (the highest award in the Netherlands in the field of tropical medicine and international health in 2007). He is also a founder of MalariaWorld, the world’s social and scientific network for malaria professionals with more than 9400 members in 140 countries.
John Penders (PhD)
John Penders is Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Medical Microbiology at Maastricht University. His primary research interests are microbial ecology in health and disease, metagenomics and molecular epidemiology.
His research focuses on the gut microbiota composition in health and disease, host-microbial interactions as well as the role of indigenous microbiota as an antimicrobial resistance reservoir. John is involved in several large observational and intervention studies, related to the gastrointestinal microbiota and antimicrobial resistance.
One of his current projects is the COMBAT-study, initiated in 2012, which focusses on the acquisition of multidrug resistant bacteria among long-distance travelers. Furthermore, he received a grant in 2015, together with researchers from McMaster University (Canada) and Charite University (Germany), to study the impact of early life nutrition in the establishmen t of the infant microbiome.