During her time in academia dr. Bloomfield's research interests were mainly concerned with the study of antimicrobial agents used in the community and in medicine. Most particularly, she was involved in studying the molecular and physiological basis for the development of resistance to antimicrobial agents. During her time in academia she was also involved in a range of projects studying the role of hygiene, including the role of cleaning and disinfection, in preventing the spread of infectious disease in the hospital, food processing, domestic and other environments. Dr. Bloomfield's role at Unilever Research was involved with raising awareness of the importance of hygiene in the domestic setting largely through the development of the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) (www.ifh-homehygiene.org)
Dirk Bockmühl studied Biology in Düsseldorf an obtained his PhD in Microbiology on the molecular pathogenicity of Candida albicans. From 2001-2010 he worked in the consumer goods industry, where he was responsible for numerous microbiological projects for cosmetics and the laundry and home care sector. In 2010 he changed to the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve, Germany, as a professor for hygiene and microbiology. From 2011-2013 he was also dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences. His research interest is in domestic hygiene, especially in the development of consumer related test methods for laundry and cleaning, and in the research on microbial communities in the domestic setting. Prof. Bockmühl is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Sepawa and a board member of the division "Chemistry of Laundering" in the German Chemical Society (GDCh).
Dr. Meyer supports product development and technical service in terms of product efficacy and application testing. He develops test strategies for screening and confirmatory testing and is further in charge of interpreting results and approving claims. Dr. Meyer is actively involved in scientific publications and committee work. In addition to that, he is a respected lecturer in international events in the EMEA region. An important part of Dr. Meyer’s work consists of cooperation with the Regulatory Affairs team when registering new biocides, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He also supports Regulatory Affairs in advocacy for guideline development to ensure compliance of products.
Dr. John Hines gained his PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University before joining Unilever as a research scientist.
Working first in the Laundry category, John lead teams in research and new product development for famous brands such as Persil and Surf, including two years in The Netherlands.
As R&D Operations Manager for Dove, John pioneered innovation strategy and "product philosophy", including the development of Dove's widely acknowledged stances on real care and sustainability.
In 2008, John left Unilever to take up a new challenge with CERAM Research heading the Consultancy business and as Chief Product & Technology Officer for the group. From 2010, John is Group R&D Director for Deb Group Ltd, the world's leading away from home skin care company.
Markus Egert studied Biology and Geoecology at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. Subsequently, he did his PhD thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg in the field of Molecular Microbial Ecology, followed by a 2-year PostDoc period at Wageningen University and the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences focusing on Human Intestinal Microbiology. After that, he joined the Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Düsseldorf as head of the Laboratory for Microbial Communities, where he lead projects in the fields of body malodor production and laundry hygiene. After a brief appointment as professor for Bioanalytics at Coburg University, he was appointed as professor for Microbiology & Hygiene at Furtwangen University, where he is vice dean of the faculty of Medical & Life Sciences. In addition, he is in charge of the Molecular and Technical Medicine study program. Markus´ main research interests are the human microbiome (intestinal tract, skin) and the microbiome of the built environment of humans.
After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1993, prof. dr. McBain moved to the University of Cambridge to study for a Ph.D. in medical microbial ecology with the MRC at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Since 1999, his research at Manchester has focused on the responses of biofilms to antimicrobial treatments and the interaction of microorganisms colonising the skin, nasopharynx, oral cavity and intestine with the human host in health and disease. He has successfully supervised or co-supervised over 20 Ph.D. students.
Rowshonara Syeda has gained a Masters degree in Health Psychology, following a Bachelor's degree (Hons) in Psychology. Before working at Public Health England (PHE), Rowshonara has previously worked in behaviour and mental health support in children, community pharmacy, and occupational health. Her interests lie in public health, behavioural science, and health improvement including promoting good hygiene, exercise and nutrition. Rowshonara is part of the e-Bug team at PHE who specialise in developing health educational resources that are used across Europe to teach 4-18 year olds about microbes, the spread of infection, antibiotics and vaccinations. She is currently working on projects including a European wide project that aims to change consumer behaviour around food hygiene and food safety through effective tools, communication and education.
Merel Langelaar is afgestudeerd als dierenarts in 1996. Na enkele jaren praktijk en later als docent aan de faculteit diergeneeskunde in Utrecht is ze verder gegaan in het onderzoek. Na haar promotie in de immunologie is ze naar het RIVM, Centrum Infectieziektenbestrijding gegaan. In 2010 werd ze wetenschappelijk secretaris bij de Gezondheidsraad, waar ze onder andere meeschreef aan het advies over antibioticagebruik in de veehouderij en resistente bacteriën bij de mens en het advies over Lyme. Sinds 2012 werkt ze als coördinerend specialistisch senior inspecteur bij de Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg (IGZ), met als specialisme infectieziekten, infectiepreventie en antibioticaresistentie.
Rita Brouwer is sinds 1999 werkzaam in de schoonmaakbranche. Na de studie Facility Management is zij begonnen als trainer/coach bij Alpheios en daar momenteel actief als Performance Consultant. Zij helpt zorgorganisaties bij complexe infectiepreventie-vraagstukken en het neerzetten van een excellente schoonmaakorganisatie, één van de belangrijke voorwaarden voor goede en veilige zorg. Haar passie zit vooral in het geven van inzicht en het tot stand brengen van gedragsverandering en eigenaarschap als het gaat om infectiepreventie. De factor mens is van levensbelang, maar een organisatie moet goed staan wil de mens tot zijn recht komen. De kunst is dus om visie, beleid, mens en technologie met elkaar te verbinden. Dit is precies de meerwaarde die een partner als Alpheios aan zorgorganisaties te bieden heeft. Rita verzorgt lezingen en workshops met vernieuwende inzichten, praktische voorbeelden, humor en enthousiasme.
Dr. Razenberg is director general of the NVZ, the association for manufacturers and importers of products for cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining homes, offices and public spaces. He studied chemistry in Utrecht, NL, and gained a PhD in physico-organic chemistry in 1986. After 8 years of working for Akzo Nobel he joined NVZ, where he has been director general since 2014.