Title of the keynote talk: "Cooperation and competition in bacteria: from model systems to the microbiome"
About Kevin Foster
Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Oxford University, England, UK
Research Chair, Depts. of Zoology and Biochemistry
Organisms regularly meet members of their own and other species. Whenever these interactions affect survival and reproduction - the currencies of Darwin's natural selection - they are "social" in evolutionary terms. Foster studies how social interactions affect and define biological systems. The Foster lab has an interest in animal groups and interactions within genomes, including transposon evolution. But their primary focus is the microbes who commonly live in dense and diverse communities. They are also interested in host-symbionts systems, particularly the mammalian microbiome where they are applying their ideas to engineer beneficial communities for improved health . Their work combines theory and experiments, and they write reviews of key concepts and debates in the study of interacting organisms.
Read more about Kevin Foster here.