Si Ming received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, U.K., for his work on the immune system in the host defence against Salmonella infection. He obtained his postdoctoral training from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA. Currently, he is a Group Leader at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, where his laboratory focuses on the immune system in the host defence against infectious diseases and the development of cancer. His work appears in leading scientific journals, including Cell, Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Microbiology, and PNAS.
Dee Carter is microbiologist at the University of Sydney, Australia, and studies eukaryotic microbes, particularly fungi and algae. Her research has two broad themes: first, understanding the diversity and population biology of microbial eukaryotes and how this influences their ability to establish symbiotic or parasitic relationships with their hosts; and second, using systems biology approaches to study the response of pathogens to antimicrobials with the aim of developing new therapies, with particular interests in natural compounds and drug synergy. As head of Microbiology Dee shares her passion for microbes through undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.