Microbiologist to edit international journal

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Microbiologist to edit international journal


30 January 2012

A University of the Sunshine Coast academic will spearhead a new microbiology journal that will showcase the work of internationally-renowned researchers as well as USC research students.

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology Dr Ipek Kurtboke has been appointed editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, which plans to publish its first issue by mid-2012.

Dr Kurtboke said the journal would be an online resource containing peer-reviewed original papers. It will consider all aspects of microbiology, ranging from fundamental levels to advanced discussions of bacteriology, mycology and virology.

“This will be the first journal of its kind which will bring together fundamental microbiology, applied microbiology and microbial biotechnology,” she said.

“We are interested in publishing manuscripts which address biodiscovery, biosensors as indicators of global climate change, as well as the applications of microorganisms in large-scale industrial and environmental processes.

“Some of the topics we hope to cover include fermentation, food microbiology, virology, mycology and antibiotic resistance.”

Dr Kurtboke has been working in the field of biodiscovery since 1982 and has been associated with the international actinomycete research community for more than 30 years. She is part of a team of scientists, led by the University of Queensland, which recently won an Australian Research Council competitive grant for a bioinformatics project.

She said it was an honour to be asked by the journal’s publisher, InTech, to take on the editor-in-chief’s role and oversee such a prestigious editorial team.

“The editorial board is made up of some of the world’s best researchers including Hildgund Schrempf (expert in streptomyces genetics), Leonard Katz and Kozo Ochi (experts in industrial microbiology), Stephen Williams (expert in soil microbiology), William Whitham (expert in microbial systematics) and USC Associate Professor in Medical Microbiology Dr Mohammad Katouli (expert in medical microbiology),” she said.

“We will only be accepting the very highest quality of papers for publication in line with USC’s policy.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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