Prof.Nils Peter Williassen UiT The Arctic university of Norway
Professor Nils Peder Willassen is heading the Centre for bioinformatics at UiT The Arctic university of Norway (UiT), the ELIXIR Norway node at UiT and is also Deputy head of ELIXIR Norway.
Willassen and his team is responsible for META-pipe, a pipeline for taxonomic classification and functional assignment of marine metagenomics samples, and the MAR databases – three marine genomic/metagenomic databases to support marine metagenomics. Currently, Willassen is co-heading, together with Rob Finn (EMBL EBI), the ELIXIR EXCELERATE Use Case in Marine Metagenomics with the aim to build a sustainable marine metagenomics infrastructure.
Dr Willassen received his PhD in biochemistry. After he earned his PhD he moved to biotechnology and was appointed Prof. in biotechnology at UiT. After a sabbatical at the Structural and Computational Biology unit at EMBL Heidelberg, he went into bioinformatics, with a focus on marine microbial genomics and metagenomics.

Erik Hjerde has a background in biology with a PhD in Genomics. During his career he has been working mainly with prokaryotes with focus on genomics and transcriptomics. The last years, the focus has moved more towards metagenomic analysis on communities from both the human host as well as from various ecological habitats. Currently he is working on projects related to the human gut microbiome and to the salmon and cod gut microbiome.

Espen R has a background in Molecular Biotechnology, and after working as a research assistant in the Molecular Biosystems Research Group at The Arctic University of Norway, he finished his PhD project with a focus on metagenomics in 2017. Currently he is working as a researcher, with a focus on developing and maintaining marine user services such as metagenomic pipelines and databases.

Espen Åberg    has a background in Molecular biotechnology with a PhD in molecular medicine.
After the PhD he specialized in biological signaling networks, human and Malaria kinomics and drug design before he shifted to cancer genomics at the Norwegian Cancer Genomics Consortium. He then moved into bioinformatics, focusing on genomics and the interactions between host and microbes during colonization and infection, using next generation sequencing. He is currently employed as a research scientist doing metagenomics at the Centre for bioinformatics at UiT The Arctic university of Norway (UiT).

monia.elbour   Professor, Dept. of Blue Biotechnologies and Aquatic Bioapplications (B3Aqua),INSTM- National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies- Salammbô- Tunisia,The research group led by Pr Monia EL Bour consisting on 10 persons specialists in aquatic microbial systematic and studies and cytological and molecular screening and extraction of natural products project studies in regional Mediterranean area. She still concerned in continental and marine benthic communities assessment and fish diseases and bioremediation. Ongoing specific projects include bio monitoring for different marine ecosystems: microbial communities and their potential biotechnological applications for (i) biodegradation (bioremediation) or (ii) antifouling.

Bouchra Chaouni PhD student with Pr. Ghazal from the University Mohammed I/Pluridisciplinary faculty of Nador and Pr. Zaid at the Faculty of Sciences Rabat, and Pr. Linda Amaral at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research working on Lagoon metagenomics. I have been a Fulbright visitor at the Marine Biological Laboratory, USA in 2017. I am also Research Scholar at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science – Center for Genomics & Systems Biology, New York.
My background covers microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics. The aim of my project is exploring the marine microbial diversity through a metagenomics approach emphasizing the impact of microbes on the environmental and human health. Part of my work objectives is also engaging the public through citizen science initiative so we can illuminate the public on the importance of environmental sciences.

Sara Ettamimi: has a background in Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics with a Master degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology, currently preparing a PhD Project with focus on freshwater metagenomics in the University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. This work is part of the River Sampling Day Consortium and aims to explore microbial diversity of Moroccan rivers using metagenomics approach. Other part of this work is established in the Center of Marine Science CCMAR, Portugal in order to analyse the mining contaminated site of Sao Domingos Stream microbiome.

Kamal Marzouki is a Medical Doctor graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat in Morocco, and a Phd student in bioinformatics at the University Mohamed Premier. He is studying the Moroccan neonatal microbiome. He is also trained on the US NCBI and NLM resources and has been animating Medical Information workshops since 2013                                                                                                .

Hakim Bailal       is Prof. of Chemistry at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Nador. He served as Director of the Laboratory of Physicochemical analysis of wastewater at the Wastewater treatment plant in the city of Nador (1996-2006).                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Ghazal Hassan: Associate  Professor of Biology and Bioinformatics, University Mohammed Premier, Morocco. Fulbright Scholar, National Center Biotechnology Information, Node Coordinator, H3 African bioinformatics Network. Ambassador to Morocco, American Society for Microbiolgy. His research interests include Genomics, Bioinformatics.