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2017 Summit Videos

2017 Microbiome Water Summit Opening Remarks (7 minutes) by John Tillotson

John Tillotson is the CEO of Microbe Detectives. He is a seasoned biotechnology executive, with a passion for innovation, clean water and environmental sustainability. Mr. Tillotson brings a unique background in both water and data technologies, and is a serial entrepreneur focused on identifying disruptive innovations and bringing them to mainstream markets.

Invisible Influence: The Microbiome in Health (39 minutes) by Professor Jack A Gilbert

Professor Gilbert is the Director of the Microbiome Center and Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Group Leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, Scientific Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Yeoh Ghim Seng Visiting Professorship in Surgery at the National University of Singapore. Author of “Dirt is Good

Problems and Opportunities Worth Solving (25 minutes) by Linda Robertson

Ms. Linda Robertson is President of International Microbial Associates and has worked in R&D and industrial applications for over 35 years. In her 14 years with Weyerhaeuser, she conducted research in numerous aspects of microbiology related to the forest products and paper industry as well as a variety of new market development projects that ranged from baby wipes to wood decay.

Microbiological Monitoring in Water: Past, Present & Future (29 minutes) by Pat Whalen

Pat Whalen is the CEO of LuminUltra, an innovator in real-time, on-site microbiological monitoring and control products and services. He is a professional chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience in the fields of water & wastewater treatment and management for the municipal, industrial and energy sectors.

Metagenomics Applications in Wastewater (29 minutes) by Dr. Trevor Ghylin

Dr. Trevor Ghylin is Co-Founder and CTO of Microbe Detectives a pioneer in applying DNA sequencing and metagenomic solutions to improve water quality, plant performance and resource recovery solutions. He is a professional water process engineer and holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Biogas Study: Summary & Key Findings (60 minutes) by Dr. Alison Ling, Barr Engineering
Panel Moderator: Jeremy Cramer, Senior Process Specialist, Donohue & Associates
Autumn Fisher, Superintendent, City of Fond du Lac
Chris Lefebvre, Wastewater Superintendent, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Nick Menninga, General Manager, Downers Grove Sanitary District
Kamlesh Patel, Senior Environmental Research Scientist, MWRD of Greater Chicago

Biological Nutrient Removal  (57 minutes) by Dr. Leon Downing, Sr. Technologist, CH2M
Panel Moderator: Dr. George Wells, Asst. Prof. of Civil & Envir. Eng., Northwestern Univ.
Dr. Sara Arabi, Wastewater Process Engineer, Donohue & Associates
Autumn Fisher, Superintendent, City of Fond du Lac
Troy Larson, Wastewater Operations Specialist, Strand Assoc.

Water Tech Innovation Discussion (41 minutes)
Moderator – John Robinson, Managing Principal, Mazarine Partners
John Baker, Sr Director BD & Commercialization, Intrexon
Douglas Hwang, President, Corncob Inc
Bryan Johnson, President, Energy Tech Innovations
Rick Latella, CEO, DMR International
Tim Marth, VP Business Development, MetaMateria

Tour of the Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Lab (10 minutes) by Dr. Bill Van Bonn

Dr. Van Bonn is Vice President of Animal Health at Shedd Aquarium, and senior leader of the Shedd Microbiome Project. Dr. Van Bonn has adjunct assistant clinical professor status at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as an adjunct faculty appointment at Michigan State University, a position that provides him access to the High Performance Computing Center, which will aid Shedd Aquarium’s analysis of microbiome data.