2022 Environmental Microbiology Lecture

This year’s EMI lecture took place on 6 October at BMA House in London, UK. The lecture consisted of a talk by Professor Kristala Prather, followed by a Q&A session. This year also marked the retirement of Founding Editor Professor Ken Timmis, who after 24 years took the opportunity to hand over the reins of the journal. 

The AMI annual lectures are given by distinguished active scientists who are making seminal contributions to microbiology and the understanding of microbiological processes. These prestigious lectures invite prominent scientists to drive debate and highlight important and inspiring topics in microbiology and how they have applied microbiology to address the challenges we face today.

About Professor Kristala L. Jones Prather

Kristala Prather is the ‘Arthur Dehon Little’ Professor and Executive Officer for the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work focuses broadly on the themes of:

1) Design and assembly of novel pathways for biological synthesis

2) Enhancement of enzyme activity and control of metabolic flux

3) Bioprocess engineering and design

As well as the winner of this year’s EMI Award, Professor Prather has in the past been the recipient of numerous awards and been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the science of Microbiology. Most recently, in 2021 Professor Prather was awarded the Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, awarded by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

You can read more about Professor Prather’s work here.

For more information on the AMI Journal Award Lecture series, and to see presentations from past winners, visit the dedicated page on the AMI website.