Contributors

Contributors

From all walks of life and professional backgrounds, bringing a range of experience, expertise and perspectives in the skin microbiome space

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Dr Barbara Brockway

Dr Barbara Brockway

With a 30+ year transatlantic career, which moved from academia to natural cosmetic actives, Barbara is most proud of her time at The Body Shop working with hemp. She is expert at applying the latest scientific discoveries to personal care and is currently captivated by DNA technology and the microbiome.

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Dr Gottfried Dasen

Dr Gottfried Dasen

Dr Dasen is a Lecture at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, and co-founder and CEO of the Culture Collection of Switzerland.

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Dr Katerina Steventon

Dr Katerina Steventon

Dr Katerina Steventon is a skincare specialist with substantial experience of working at the clinical, commercial and research interface. She has an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry and PhD in Transdermal Absorptions and has extensive knowledge of skin in both health and diseased state, and the consumer perspective on facial skincare.

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Dr Johanna Ward

Dr Johanna Ward

Dr Johanna Ward is an award-winning Cosmetic Doctor, GP and co-founder of ZENii Skincare. She is known for her depth of knowledge on all things skin related and is considered an expert in cosmetic dermatology, medical injectables and cosmetic laser.

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Dr Markus Egert

Dr Markus Egert

Dr Markus Egert is a professor for Microbiology & Hygiene at Furtwangen University and a founding member of the Institute of Precision Medicine.

Markus’ main research interests are the human microbiome (intestinal tract, skin) and the microbiome of the built environment of humans.

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Vivienne Rudd

Vivienne Rudd

Vivienne has been involved with the beauty industry for more than 20 years, first as the editor of a number of leading international cosmetics magazines and then as a beauty specialist for Mintel.

At Mintel, she works closely with beauty clients on strategic projects, running innovation workshops and conducting retail safaris.

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Dr. Cæcilie Johansen

Dr. Cæcilie Johansen

A medical doctor and PhD student in dermatology with an interest for all thing’s skincare and beauty. Cæcilie is an avid blogger, educating on the skin, skin disorders, skincare and the ingredients that help to support and maintain healthy skin.

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Dr Greg Hillebrand

Dr Greg Hillebrand

With a career spanning over 30 years, Greg has a broad expertise in skin and is an expert at leading translational science of the skin microbiome.

Greg’s keen interests in the skin microbiome began in the mid-90s while working in Japan as Principal Scientist with Procter & Gamble, this intensified into a full-blown passion in 2012 when he joined Amway.

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Tom van den Bogert

Tom van den Bogert

With a background in Medical and molecular Microbiology, Dr. Tom van den Bogert is responsible for the development of new and improved metagenomics and microbial profiling services at research laboratory Baseclear.

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Erica Rodriguez

Erica Rodriguez

Erica is a London based nutritionist specialising in skin health and is a regular contributor to online health and beauty publications. Founder of wellness platform Naturally Nourished, Erica uses her extensive knowledge around the relationship between nutrition and skin health to address her clients skin concerns.

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Jasmina Aganovic

Jasmina Aganovic

Cosmetics and consumer goods entrepreneur, Jasmina Aganovic is the brand founder and President of Mother Dirt, a line of personal care products built around Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), which current hygiene practices have stripped from the modern microbiome.

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Dr Richard Aron

Dr Richard Aron

Dr Richard Aron, Consultant Dermatologist, has over forty years’ experience specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of atopic eczema. He is also the internationally renowned creator of the Aron Regimen for the treatment of atopic skin disease (ASD).

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Dr David Heath

Dr David Heath

Dr David Heath is Founder and Chief Executive at Cutitronics, a multi-award winning beauty-tech company based in Scotland and founded in 2014 that is developing a range of pioneering CutiTron-branded technologies. Together, digital device, platform technology and mobile app unburden the consumer by analyzing the skin in real time and dispensing the precise quantity of product needed at that particular moment.

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Laura MacDonald

Laura MacDonald

Nutritional Therapist, Laura MacDonald works with clients on a broad range of wellness concerns but has a special interest in digestive health and the role of the gut microbiome in supporting physical and mental wellbeing and how nutrition can affect microbial diversity and balance.

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Julia Bird

Julia Bird

Julia has a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition with her main expertise in nutritional epidemiology. She has been working as a nutrition scientist and clinical research associate with DSM Nutritional Products for 12 years.

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Dr Anthony Rawlings

Dr Anthony Rawlings

Dr. Rawlings is a leading consultant in the health & beauty industry with over 40 years experience in R&D, where he consults, advises, presented on behalf of and has acted as R&D director for cosmetic companies, food companies, pharmaceutical companies including wound care & dermal delivery companies, retailers and suppliers on functional skin & hair care technologies.

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Alex Fisher

Alex Fisher

Alex has worked in consumer research for the last 10 years, spending 7 of those focused on beauty and skincare. At Mintel, she shows beauty clients the best ways to make sure their innovations and marketing messages reach the right shoppers.

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Dr Eva Kulik

Dr Eva Kulik

Dr Eva Kulik is a research associate and head of laboratory in the Research Department at the UZB – University School of Dental Medicine in Basel, Switzerland.

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Dr Bernhard Paetzold

Dr Bernhard Paetzold

Dr Bernhard Paetzold is co-founder of S-Biomedic, leading research and product development there.

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Amy Fleming

Amy Fleming

Amy Fleming is a freelance writer and editor and a former staff features journalist at the Guardian. She covers health, science and culture for publications including the Guardian, 1843, Newsweek, New Scientist, Vogue and BBC Focus.

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Hannah English

Hannah English

Hannah English is an Australian pharmaceutical scientist with clinical research experience in metastatic melanoma treatment. She has an BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science and an aptitude for educating on the sun’s impact to skin health.

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Dr Barbara Brockway

Dr Barbara Brockway

PhD Biochemist & Director
AppliedDNA Sciences
Biography

After studying the wider aspects of microbiology at college, Barbara graduate from Kent University with BSc Hons/PhD in Biochemistry. She joined Reading University in 1985 to lecture and research various aspects of Food Science. In 1993, She joined The Body Shop working with food related/natural actives including hemp. In 1999 Barbara moved to the USA to direct Collaborative Laboratories actives team before managing Huntsman LLC Personal Care laboratory. She returned to the UK in 2004, spending the next 12 year was scientific advisor in Sales & Distribution for IMCD Group.

Nearly three years ago, Barbara joined Applied DNA Sciences, New York as Director of Personal Care and became a Forensic Cosmetic Scientist. Applied DNA Sciences secure global supply chains using unique DNA molecular tags. The advances in DNA technology that underpin both molecular-tagging and revealing our microbiome, have bought Barbara’s interests full circle, back to applied microbiology.

Dr Gottfried Dasen

Dr Gottfried Dasen

Lecturer and CEO of CCOS
ZHAW and Culture Collection of Switzerland
Biography

Dr Gottfried Dasen lectures at the Institute of Biotechnology (ZHAW) in the fields of molecular biology and microbiology. He is also a co-founder and CEO of the Culture Collection of Switzerland, a company established in 2010, that supports the life sciences community with biological material. Gottfried Dasen studied food sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich and did his thesis in the Laboratory of Food Microbiology, where he worked on molecular classification and identification of propionibacteria.

As a postdoctoral researcher, he investigated antibiotic-resistant bacteria present in food and their detection by molecular methods. Dr Dasen has worked with the microbiome in various capacities since his studies, and over recent years has specialised in the skin microbiome, particularly focusing on sampling techniques and standards.

Dr Katerina Steventon

Dr Katerina Steventon

Innovation Consultant
National Biofilms Innovation Centre
Biography

Dr Katerina Steventon is a skincare specialist with substantial experience of working at the clinical, commercial and research interface. She has an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry and PhD in Transdermal Absorptions (phytoestrogens in post-menopausal skin). Having worked for Shiseido, La Prairie, Oriflame, Unilever, DSM and Smith & Nephew Wound Management, Dr Steventon has an in-depth knowledge of skin science in both its healthy and diseased states and a comprehensive understanding of the consumer perspective on facial skincare.

Currently she has a new role of an Innovation Consultant for National Biofilms Innovation Centre (UK) and runs an integrative private practice addressing clinical needs in acne, skin barrier dysfunction and skin ageing. The principles of good practice in skincare form the basis of her clinical work as well as enhancing the wellbeing of her clients through self-care. Dr Steventon also consults for academia, industry and retail and writes for trade journals Cosmetics & Toiletries and SPC.

Dr Johanna Ward

Dr Johanna Ward

General Practitioner

Biography

Dr. Johanna Ward is a GP with a special interest in Dermatology & Nutrition. She studied English Literature at Oxford before studying Medicine at the University of London. She qualified as a Doctor in 2005 and went on to become a General Practitioner. In 2010 she set up her own skin & laser clinics and went on to win numerous awards including Best Clinic UK.

Her clinics are known for their combination of elegance, luxury & clinical excellence. Dr Ward is the go to person in the UK for anything to do with skin health & nutrition and her expertise is often called upon in the media.

Dr Markus Egert

Dr Markus Egert

Professor Microbiology &
Hygiene Furtwangen University
Biography

Dr Markus Egert is a professor for Microbiology & Hygiene at Furtwangen University.

He studied Biology and Geoecology at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, (Germany). Subsequently, he did his PhD thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg (Germany) in the field of Molecular Microbial Ecology, followed by a 2-year PostDoc period at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences focusing on Human Intestinal Microbiology. After that, he joined the Henkel AG & Co. KGaA in Düsseldorf (Germany) as head of the Laboratory for Microbial Communities, where he led projects in the fields of cosmetics and domestic hygiene.

During his time at Furtwangen University, he became a founding member of the Institute of Precision Medicine (IPM).

Markus’ main research interests are the human microbiome (intestinal tract, skin) and the microbiome of the built environment of humans.

Vivienne Rudd

Vivienne Rudd

Director of Innovation & Insight
Biography

Vivienne has been involved with the beauty industry for more than 20 years, first as the editor of a number of leading international cosmetics magazines and then as a beauty specialist for Mintel. Vivienne joined Mintel in 2010 to start its series of European beauty and personal care reports, before setting up and managing the BPC Platform for several years.

During that time, she found that she enjoyed working directly with clients, shaping and presenting on trends that impacted their business and took charge of global client service, regularly running client road shows in Korea, China, the US, Brazil and India as well as Europe. In 2018, Vivienne joined Mintel’s consultancy team, working closely with beauty clients on strategic projects, running innovation workshops and conducting retail safaris.

Dr. Cæcilie Johansen

Dr. Cæcilie Johansen

PhD student in dermatology & medical doctor
Biography

Graduating as a medical doctor from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Copenhagen University, Cæcilie has become an expert in the field of skin health and is currently working as a PhD student in dermatology at the Copenhagen University Hospital.

Cæcilie started her blog Makeup and Medicine that explores two of her favourite things: makeup and (evidence based) medicine.

Her blog shares her knowledge about the skin, skin disorders, skincare and the ingredients that help to support and maintain healthy. As well as educating around skin heath to her online followers, Cæcilie regularly speaks at events and contributes in beauty publications.

Dr Greg Hillebrand

Dr Greg Hillebrand

PhD Biochemist &
Senior Principal Research Scientist Amway
Biography

As a Senior Principal Research Scientist at Amway, Greg leads translational science of the skin microbiome through both in-house research an external university and industry partnerships.

Greg’s keen interests in the skin microbiome began in the mid-90s while working in Japan as Principal Scientist with Procter & Gamble, this intensified into a full-blown passion in 2012 when he joined Amway. He lived and worked in Japan for 7 years on an ex-pat assignment for P&G gaining direct experience and insight into Asian consumer needs and the Asian beauty market.

With a career spanning over 30 years, he received his BS degree from Michigan State University, his PhD degree from Baylor College of Medicine and did his postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois, all in biochemistry. He has over 40 publications and 10 patents with several of his inventions successfully commercialized, most notably the technology platform for the VISIA Complexion Analysis System by Canfield Scientific.

Greg is also a professional alto and soprano saxophonist, but not yet good enough to leave his day job!

Tom van den Bogert

Tom van den Bogert

Product Manager Metagenomics
BaseClear
Biography

Dr. Bartholomeus (Tom) van den Bogert, Product Manager Metagenomics at BaseClear, has a background in Medical and molecular Microbiology. His PhD-research focused on community and genomic analysis of the human small intestine microbiota.

He continued as Postdoc in the same laboratory where his work had a primary focus on composition and transcriptome analysis of complex microbial communities before joining BaseClear in 2015 where he implements novel technologies to enable high-level research of microbial communities.

He manages multiple large research projects at BaseClear for leading international companies involved in food related research as well as participates in (clinical)research studies to elucidate complex microbial ecosystems.

Erica Rodriguez

Erica Rodriguez

Nutritionist
Biography

Erica is a London based nutritionist specialising in skin health. Having spent 16 years working in the fashion and beauty industry and experiencing her own struggles with acne, Erica found her calling in the form of bio medicine and nutritional therapy, which she studied for three years.

Following this, Erica founded wellness platform Naturally Nourished, where she shares her evidence-based health and beauty articles and recipes, many of which aim to promote healthy skin. Using her extensive knowledge around the relationship between nutrition, Erica provides personalized nutrition and lifestyle plans to address her clients skin concerns.

A regular contributor to online health and beauty publications, Erica also hosts many talks and workshops on nutrition and skin health.

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Jasmina Aganovic

Jasmina Aganovic

Brand Founder and President of Mother Dirt
Biography

Jasmina Aganovic is the brand founder and President of Mother Dirt, a line of personal care products built around Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB), which current hygiene practices have stripped from the modern microbiome. She is a cosmetics and consumer goods entrepreneur who received her degree in chemical and biological engineering from MIT. 

Her career path combined her technical background with roles at consumer brands like LVMH, Fresh, and Living Proof. Launched in 2015, Mother Dirt challenges what it means to be clean and healthy by actively restoring live bacteria to the skin. It has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Dr Richard Aron

Dr Richard Aron

Consultant Dermatologist
Biography

Dr Richard Aron, Consultant Dermatologist, has over forty years’ experience specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of atopic eczema.

He is the internationally renowned creator of the Aron Regimen for the treatment of atopic skin disease (ASD). His online consultation service for patients worldwide, is unique, and has revolutionised how ASD may be managed and has enabled him to treat patients from all over the world in the last decade.

Dr David Heath

Dr David Heath

Founder and Chief Executive  
Cutitronics 
Biography

Dr David Heath is Founder and Chief Executive at Cutitronics, a multi-award winning beauty-tech company.

Founded in 2014, the Scotland-based company develops a range of pioneering CutiTron-branded technologies. It uses digital devices, platform technology and mobile apps to analyze skin in real time and dispense the precise quantity of product needed at that particular moment.

David has degrees in both physics and engineering, and throughout his PhD and post-doctoral research, he was focussed on transdermal medical technology. After realizing his expertise could be used to address challenges facing the global cosmetics industry, he spun Cutitronics out of the University of Strathclyde.

In 2014, he was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Entrepreneur of the Year and was invited to join the RAE Enterprise Hub. He was appointed a Fellow of the ERA Foundation the following year.  

Laura MacDonald

Laura MacDonald

Nutritional Therapist

Laura MacDonald Nutrition

Biography

Laura Macdonald is a Nutritional Therapist, based in Buckinghamshire and registered with the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. She works with clients on a broad range of wellness concerns but has a special interest in digestive health and the role of the gut microbiome in supporting physical and mental wellbeing and how nutrition can affect microbial diversity and balance. 

Julia Bird

Julia Bird

Scientist IV
DSM Nutritional Products
Biography

Julia has a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition with her main expertise in nutritional epidemiology. She has been working as a nutrition scientist and clinical research associate with DSM Nutritional Products for 12 years. Her broad background in nutrition science, agriculture and microbiological process development allows her to write about topics as diverse as nutritional security, the gut microbiome, food production, clinical trial ethics and the effect of genetic polymorphisms on nutrient needs. Her research interests include the identification of nutrient gaps in the population, and the relationship between nutrient intakes and nutritional status.

Dr Anthony Rawlings

Dr Anthony Rawlings

Director AVR Consulting
Biography

Dr. Rawlings is a leading consultant in the health & beauty industry, where he consults, advises, presented on behalf of and has acted as R&D director for cosmetic companies, food companies, pharmaceutical companies including wound care & dermal delivery companies, retailers and suppliers on functional skin & hair care technologies. Dr. Rawlings brings over 40 years of experience in R&D, including 32 years of research in skin biology at several senior management levels in Food and Personal care companies in the UK & USA.

In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Societies of Chemistry and Biology and to be an honorary member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and most recently Fellow of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. He is visiting professor at the London School of Pharmacy and now UCL. He is the author/co-author of over 200 papers, book chapters and abstracts and has filed over 50 patents in areas of skin & food science.

He has received several literature & presentation awards from the American Academy of Dermatology (1992), The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (1994), The International Federation of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (1996 & 2016), The International Society for the Bioengineering of the Skin (2004) & the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2007 & 2018) together with the SCC Maison de Navarre 2019 award.

He was Chief Editor of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2004-2009), was the Co-Chair the Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Barrier Function (2007) together with many Stratum Corneum conferences and is co-editor of the first and second editions of ‘Skin Moisturization’ published in 2002 & 2009 respectively and ‘Acne and its Therapy’. He is an expert in skin biology especially stratum corneum biochemistry, the mechanistic interactions of cosmetic ingredients with skin and clinical together with objective testing methods.

Alex Fisher

Alex Fisher

Associate Director, Beauty & Personal Care, Mintel

Biography

Alex has worked in consumer research for the last 10 years, spending 7 of those focused on beauty and skincare. At Mintel, she shows beauty clients the best ways to make sure their innovations and marketing messages reach the right shoppers.

Dr Eva Kulik

Dr Eva Kulik

Research Associate and Head of Lab

UZB – University School of Dental Medicine, Basel University

Biography

Dr Eva Kulik is a research associate and head of laboratory in the Research Department at the UZB – University School of Dental Medicine in Basel, Switzerland.

After being trained as a teacher, Eva studied Biology at the Biozentrum in Basel, Switzerland, where she also did her PD thesis in the field of Molecular Biology. She then switched to the vast field of Microbiology focusing on oral bacteria. In her present position at the UZB – University School of Dental Medicine, Eva lectures medical and dental students about the fascinating world of oral microorganism as well as coordinating the workflow in the research labs. Eva’s main research interest is the oral microbiome with a special focus on antimicrobial agents, both chemicals or substances from natural sources, and bacterial resistance against these agents.

Dr Bernhard Paetzold

Dr Bernhard Paetzold

Co-founder of S-Biomedic

Biography

Dr Bernhard Paetzold is a co-founder of S-Biomedic, leading research and product development there.

Bernhard completed his PhD in synthetic biology, working together in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry to engineer bacteria as a living pill.

His passion is understanding the complex interplay of the bacterial communities that live within and on us. He is fascinated by the untouched potential of active compounds that are naturally produced everyday right on our own skin.

Amy Fleming

Amy Fleming

Freelance writer 
Biography

Amy Fleming is a freelance writer and editor and a former staff features journalist at the Guardian. She covers health, science and culture for publications including the Guardian, 1843, Newsweek, New Scientist, Vogue and BBC Focus.

Hannah English

Hannah English

Pharmaceutical Scientist

Biography

Hannah English is an Australian pharmaceutical scientist with clinical research experience in metastatic melanoma treatment. She has an BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science and an aptitude for educating on the sun’s impact to skin health.

Her blog shares her uniquely accessible, pharmaceutical approach to skincare and ingredients, with a focus on daily sunscreen use and helping followers to find the right sunscreen for them. As well as digital skin health education, Hannah contributes to beauty publications and consults with brands on their digital marketing.

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