Science Advisory Board


Dr. Susan Turner

Previously Sr. VP of Research at BioConsortia, Dr. Turner spent six years with the company before joining the advisory board mid 2018. She was responsible for bringing the AMS process to the U.S. from its New Zealand origins, perfecting the methodology, building out research teams, and spearheading microbial discovery.

Sue is a microbiologist with nearly 20 years of research experience in the field of applied microbiology. Her areas of scientific interest and expertise are in microbial physiology, applied microbial ecology and microbial genomics. She is an accomplished communicator and advocate for scientific research, with more than 30 papers in international peer reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, 12 major industry reports and more than 150 conference presentations.

Sue began her research career in academia at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she founded both the Microbial Ecogenomics research group within the School of Biological Sciences and the University of Auckland Centre for Microbial Innovation. She is also one of the founding scientists of biotech start-up ZyGEM Corporation. Sue joined BioDiscovery in early 2012 to lead the Scientific staff in the characterisation of microbial consortia.


Dr. Stephen Long FRS

Dr. Long is Endowed University Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology in the Institute of Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois and Professor of Crop Sciences at Lancaster Environment Centre in the UK. He is also currently the Newton-Abrahams Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and chairs the Royal Society of London sub-committee on Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution.

Steve was listed by Reuters as one of the “Most Influential Minds of 2015”.

Steve joined BioConsortia's SAB in 2015. His research spans from plant molecular biology and in silico crop design to field analysis of the performance of novel bioenergy crops and impacts of atmospheric change on food crops in the field. Thomson ISI has recognized him as one of the most highly cited authors in Plant and Animal Biology and he has been honored with numerous awards for his work in plant biology and ecology.

Since 2012, he has also served as a director of the $25M Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation international project on Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE). 


Dr. Gary Anderson

Dr. Anderson serves as Head of the Ecology Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Senior Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and Adjunct Professor in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.

Gary's research focus is in the area of microbial ecology, including the examination of phylogenetic diversity in natural environments. He uses molecular approaches to study the dynamics of microbial community structure under changing environmental conditions.

Gary's research team was part of the Data Analysis and Coordination Center for the Human Microbiome Project. He has developed numerous microarray systems for measuring microbial diversity and for whole-genome profiling. He holds multiple awards for his research, is on the editorial board for a number of top science journals, and has previous experience participating on advisory boards and committees.


Dr. Allen Rodrigo

Dr. Rodrigo is Director of the Research School of Biology in the Australian National University College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. He was previously Professor of Biology at Duke University and Director of the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a collaborative venture between Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

Allen is a computational evolutionary biologist with expertise in phylogenetic reconstruction, statistical bioinformatics and evolutionary modelling. His recent research is focused on modelling the evolution of microbiomes, and using phylogenetics to study the dynamics of cancerous tumors. He has authored or co-authored over one hundred published papers.


Dr. Dan Jacobson

Dr. Dan Jacobson is the Chief Scientist for Computational Systems Biology at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has had leadership roles in academic, corporate and national lab settings. His lab focuses on the development and subsequent application of mathematical, statistical and computational methods to biological datasets in order to yield new insights into complex biological systems.

His lab’s approaches include the use of Network Theory, Wavelet Theory, and explainable-AI in a supercomputing context. These mathematical and statistical methods are applied to various population and (meta)multiomics data sets in an attempt to better understand the functional relationships as well as biosynthesis, signaling, transcriptional, translational, degradation and kinetic regulatory networks at play in biological organisms and communities.

His group at ORNL studies many systems - from viruses to microbes to plants to humans with a particular emphasis on host-microbiome mechanism discovery. His lab is actively involved in the development of new exascale applications for biology, was the first to ever run an exascale calculation and holds the current record for the fastest scientific calculation ever performed (2.36 Exaflops).​​