Our team members

The fine members of our
leadership team.

Team-Brajesh-Singh

Prof Brajesh K Singh

President and Scientific Chair
Internationally recognised expert in the environmental microbiology.

Professor Brajesh Singh is an internationally recognised expert in the environmental microbiology, farm productivity and ecosystem functions.

His research interests encompass functional ecology, climate change and environmental biotechnology with particular focus on the role of microbes in ecosystem function and harnessing this knowledge for farm productivity and environmental sustainability.

He is currently Director of the Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation at Western Sydney University.

Team-Eleonora-Edigi

Dr Eleonora Egidi

Executive Director
Soil microbial ecologist.

Dr Eleonora Egidi is a soil microbial ecologist, her research focuses on investigating microbial biogeography, plant-soil-microbe interactions, and the mechanism underpinning microbial responses to environmental stressors.

She has led a number of initiatives to promote microbial ecology studies in Australia and China, organised and chaired several microbial ecology symposia at society conferences, and engaged with industry partners.

Eleonora is also committed to supporting and mentoring women is science, and has actively participated in the Athena Swan program during her appointments at both Western Sydney University and La Trobe University.

Team-Diana-Wall-BW

Dr Diana Wall

Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability
University Distinguished Professor

Dr. Diana Wall is a University Distinguished Professor, Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is currently Science Chair, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative.

Diana’s more than 25 years of research in the Antarctic continues to clarify the critical links between climate change and soil biodiversity. Diana served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Society of Nematologists.

Diana received the 2017 Eminent Ecologist Award from the Ecological Society of America, the 2016 Honorary Member award from the British Ecological Society, the 2015 Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the 2013 Soil Science Society of America Presidential Award.

Team-Angela-Sessitsch-BW

Prof Angela Sessitsch

Plant-microbe Interactions Expert.
Internationally recognised expert on beneficial plant-microbe interactions at AIT.

Angela Sessitsch is an internationally recognised expert on beneficial plant-microbe interactions and established this research area at AIT. Her know-how encompasses the understanding the ecology and functioning of microbial endophytes, molecular approaches to explore their potential and exploring plant beneficial microorganisms for agricultural applications.

Angela has coordinated various national and international projects, organised international conferences, has been invited to give keynote and invited lectures at international symposia and was a member of the EFSA Panel of Genetically Modified Organisms.

Team-Matthew-Ryan-BW

Dr Matthew Ryan

Curator of the Genetic Resource Collection at CABI.
Specifically interested in pure and applied mycology, biodeterioration.

Dr Matthew Ryan is curator of the Genetic Resource Collection at CABI. A microbiologist by training, Dr Ryan is specifically interested in pure and applied mycology, biodeterioration and natural product research. He is involved in several CABI projects, such as The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) project aimed at developing a centralised pan-European research infrastructure integrating microbial resources, services and data.

Dr Ryan was selected for the Board of Directors for his outstanding leadership skills displayed through his activities in the UK, Europe, and abroad related to microbial culture collections, agriculturally related microbiomes, plant disease diagnostics, and the acceleration of all phases of phytobiomes science in the developing world as well as in developed countries.

Team-Kellye-Eversole-BW

Dr Kellye Eversole

Executive Director of the International Phytobiome Alliance
Involved with a series of committees, panels, and consultancies.

Dr Kellye Eversole is the Executive Director of the International Phytobiome Alliance and has been involved with a series of committees, panels, and consultancies in support of science and agriculture. In 2013 Kellye was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 1999, she received an Outstanding Performance Award by the National Corn Growers Association for her efforts to establish the US Plant Genome Initiative. She has previously served as a member of the US Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade by the US Secretary of Agriculture and US Trade Representative.