Lawrence J. Brandt, MD

Erwin G. Zoetendal, PhD

Dr. Erwin Zoetendal studied Biology with Microbial Ecology as specialty at the University of Groningen. Afterwards, he got his PhD in 2001 on research focused on molecular characterization of bacterial communities in the human gastrointestinal tract at Wageningen University. This pioneering research financed by the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences (WCFS) was performed at the Laboratory of Microbiology (headed by prof. Willem de Vos), Wageningen University. After performing postdoc research at the laboratories of prof. Atte von Wright, Institute of Applied Biotechnology, University of Kuopio, Finland and prof. Roderick Mackie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA, respectively; he returned as a postdoc at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University. Since October 2007 he is assistant professor at the Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University and in 2008 part of his work includes a senior scientist position at Top Institute Food and Nutrition (formally known as WCFS). From December 2014 he received a honorary appointment of guest professor at Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Dr. Zoetendal is a well-recognized expert in intestinal microbiology and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals (Google Scholar h-index 43) and textbooks. He has given numerous lectures at international and local meetings, including the Rome Foundation AGA Institute Lectureship at the Digestive Disease Week 2010. He is an elected member of the Rome Foundation as well as member of the editorial boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Plos One. In addition, he is ad hoc reviewer for several international journals, including Gut and the ISME Journal and Nature Scientific Reports.