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Volume 24, 12 Issues, 2017


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Ben M. Dunn
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Florida
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Editor-in-Chief:

Ben M. Dunn (Biography
Ben M. Dunn

Distinguished Professor Ben M. Dunn received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1971 and did postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health from 1971-1974. He joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1974 and moved through the ranks to his current title. He served as President of the American Peptide Society from 2011-2013 and was President of the International Proteolysis Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two Bentham journals, Protein and Peptide Letters, for research reports and mini-reviews, and Current Protein and Peptide Science, which publishes exclusively review papers.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Florida
College of Medicine
P.O. Box 100245
Gainesville, FL
USA
Email: bdunn@ufl.edu


Regional Editors:

Region: North and South America
Francisco A.P. Campos (Biography
Francisco A.P. Campos

Dr. Campos is a Full Professor in the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Durham, England and had post-doctoral training at the University of Kiel and ETH-Zurich. For nearly 30 years he has studied plant proteins that may have a role in the defence of plants against insect pests. Currently he uses proteomics tools to unravel the patterns of synthesis and deposition of proteins during the development of oil seeds.

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Federal University of Ceará
Ceará
Brazil
Vladimir N. Uversky (Biography
Vladimir N. Uversky

Dr. Uversky obtained Ph.D. from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1991) and D.Sc. from Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Biophysics (1998). Dr. Uversky is an Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of South Florida. He has authored over 600 scientific publications and edited several books and book series on intrinsically disordered proteins, protein structure, function, folding and misfolding. Dr. Uversky is an Editor-in-Chief of the Intrinsically Disordered Proteins journal and an editor of several other scientific journals, including Current Protein & Peptide Science, Protein & Peptide Letters, PeerJ, and Biochemistry & Biophysics Reports.

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University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
USA
Bin Xue (Biography
Bin Xue

Dr. Bin Xue is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida. After being awarded a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics by Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, Dr. Xue started to work on computational biology and bioinformatics. The current research projects in Dr. Xue’s group include non-coding RNAs, protein-protein interactions, and regulatory networks. In these areas, Dr. Xue has published about 80 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Xue serves for Protein and Peptide Letters as a Regional Editor for North and South America.

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University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
USA
Region: Eastern and Western USA
Kuo-Chen Chou (Biography
Kuo-Chen Chou

The founder of Gordon Life Science Institute, Dr. Kuo-Chen Chou is also a Distinguished High Impact Professor and Advisory Professor of several Universities. As of September 2016, Professor Chou has published over 520 peer-reviewed papers in computational biology/biomedicine. For more about his publications, click his Google-Scholar record. He has been honored by Science Watch(2008) as the “researcher with the most hot papers in the world”, being selected as 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, and listed in the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. For more information about Professor Dr. Chou, see his webpage at http://gordonlifescience.org/kcchou/

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Gordon Life Science Institute
Belmont, MA
USA
Laszlo Otvos (Biography
Laszlo Otvos

Dr. Laszlo Otvos received his PhD degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest in 1991 and a management degree from the Wharton School, Philadelphia in 2001. He joined the Wistar Institute in 1995, and after 20 years he moved to Temple University as Research Professor in Biology. Currently he is president of OLPE, LLC, a consulting form focusing on peptide- and protein-based drug development. A holder of a Doctor of Sciences degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Laszlo Otvos serves as Councilor for the American Peptide Society and Associate Editor for Frontiers of Chemical Biology. Laszlo Otvos is Regional Editor for Protein and Peptide Letters and Associate Editor for Current Protein and Peptide Science.

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OLPE, LLC
801 Mockingbird Lane
Audubon, PA
USA
Liang Tong (Biography
Liang Tong

Dr. Tong is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. He obtained his B.Sc. from Peking University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. After post-doctoral training at Purdue University, he worked as a Senior Scientist and then Principal Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Ridgefield, CT, before joining the faculty at Columbia University in 1997. He has made fundamental contributions to understanding the molecular mechanisms of major biological processes, especially metabolic enzymes (such as acetyl-CoA carboxylase, ACC) and proteins involved in mRNA processing, recognition and decay. He has published 250 papers and was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009.

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Columbia University
New York, NY
USA
Region: Europe
Ralf Hoffmann (Biography
Ralf Hoffmann

Dr. Hoffmann obtained a doctorate (Dr. rer. nat) at Universität des Saarlandes (Germany) and habilitated at Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf (Germany). Currently, he is professor at the Institute of Bioanalytical Chemistry (Universität Leipzig) and holds an appointment to the Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ). His research focuses on protein analytics (non-enzymatic modifications, biomarker discovery) and peptide therapeutics (antimicrobial peptides). Dr. Hoffmann has supervised 38 PhD theses and eleven postdoctoral fellows, coauthored around 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and filed several patent applications. He is Regional Editor for Protein and Peptide Letters and Associate Editor for Current Protein and Peptide Science.

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Leipzig University
Leipzig
Germany
Solange Lavielle (Biography
Solange Lavielle

Engineer (Toulouse), PhD: Total synthesis of biotin and analogues, (University P. et M. Curie, Paris), one year post-doc: regulation of the mesocortical dopaminergic pathway, (Dpt of Neuropharmacology, Collège de France, Paris), two years post-doc synthesis of glycosylated somatostatin, (Neuroendocrinology Laboratories, Salk Institute, USA). At CNRS and then Professor (UPMC-Paris06) work on peptides (tachykinins, cell penetrating peptides), with Dr. G.CHASSAING. Director of the Biomolecules Laboratory (1999-2013), member of the French Peptides and Proteins group, French representative at the EPS (2006–2010), EPS Scientific Affairs Officer (2011-2016).

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Université Pierre et Marie Curie
75252 Paris
France
Anna M. Papini (Biography
Anna M. Papini

Dr. Emanuele Papini graduated in Biology in 1983, and was post-graduate fellow at the University of Verona (Italy) between 1983 and 1985 working with Prof. P. Bellavite and Prof. F. Rossi on NADPH-oxidase activation mechanism. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of Padova in the laboratory of Prof. C. Montecucco, working on the intoxication mechanism of diphtheria toxin in collaboration with Dr. R. Rappuoli. In 1991 he became researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova. 1993-1994: Fellow scientist, Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UCL, UK, working on intracellular trafficking of bacterial toxins with Prof. D. Cutler and Prof. C. Hopkins. In 1998 he became Professor of General Pathology, University of Bari. In 2001 he became PI, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Padova. His teaching activities: General Pathology, Immunology, Immunological Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology. His main research projects are in the field of bacterial toxins and adhesins action mechanisms, nanoparticles and peptides in medicine and pathology. He is author in about 92 scientific publications and inventor in two patents.

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University of Florence
Florence
Italy

Editorial Board Members:

A. Abell (Biography
A. Abell

Professor Abell graduated from the University of Adelaide with BSc(Hon) and PhD and then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He held a professorship at the University of Canterbury before returning to the University of Adelaide in 2007, where he is currently Professor of Chemistry and node director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics.. In Adelaide he co-founded an Adelaide-based company (Calpain Therapeutics) to develop macrocyclic protease inhibitors as a potential treatment for cataract and other conditions. Past Head of School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Adelaide and recent recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Adrien Albert Prize and the Alexander R. Matzuk Prize and Lecture in Drug Discovery (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston).

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University of Adelaide
Adelaide
Australia

D.T. Azar (Biography
D.T. Azar

Dr. Azar is a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Professor of Ophthalmology, Bioengineering and Pharmacology. His prior positions include tenured professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, director of the cornea service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, senior scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute, and faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He earned an executive MBA from the University of Chicago. His basic science and clinically related vision research has contributed significantly to advances in the treatment of corneal diseases and in refractive surgery. He has authored >400 scientific articles and book chapters, is an editor of 16 books in ophthalmology, and holds 32 patents.

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University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
USA

L. Breydo (Biography
L. Breydo

Dr. Breydo obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Currently Dr. Breydo is a Research Associate (non-tenure track faculty) at the University of South Florida (Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, Morsani College of Medicine). He has published more than 70 scientific publications. Dr. Reitz is currently an Associate Editor of Biochemical and Biophysical Reports and an Editorial Board member of several journals including Protein and Peptide Letters.

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University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
USA

E.M. Cilli (Biography
E.M. Cilli

Dr. Cilli obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Molecular Biology (Biophysics) from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Cilli is Adjunct Professor and Vice-Director of Institute of Chemistry (Unesp – Univ. Estadual Paulista, Brazil). Currently Dr. Cilli is a researcher at CEPID (Center for Innovation in Biodiversity and Drug Discovery), Nanobionics and the Synthesis, Structure and Applications of Peptides and Proteins research groups. During his career, Dr. Cilli has authored more than 80 manuscripts and patents. The studies by Dr. Cilli’s group are highly multidisciplinary, involving organic synthesis, biophysical evaluation, bioanalytical approach and cell biology.

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UNESP
Araraquara/SP
Brazil

N. Daly (Biography
N. Daly

Dr. Norelle Daly obtained a Doctorate in Biochemistry from The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Her research involves the use of NMR spectroscopy to study peptides with therapeutic potential, and she has been centrally involved in determining the structures of more than 50 cystine-rich peptides including peptides isolated from plants, cone-snails, bacteria, spiders and frogs. She has authored more than 150 manuscripts and is an inventor on three patents. Currently she is a Professor at James Cook University, Cairns where her research focuses on peptides involved in anti-inflammatory diseases and wound healing.

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James Cook University
Queensland
Australia

V. K. Dubey (Biography
V. K. Dubey

Dr. Dubey obtained Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. After his postdoctoral training at Florida State University, USA, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India as Assistant Professor. Currently Dr. Dubey is full Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He has published more than 100 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 07 issued U.S patents. Dr. Dubey has done extensive studies on Biochemistry of Leishmania parasite. Dr. Dubey has likewise made cutting edge contributions to understanding protein folding.

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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Assam
India

Y.F. Gao (Biography
Y.F. Gao

He is now a professor in Zhengzhou University of School of Life Sciences. He obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) of biochemistry and molecular biology in Lanzhou University, and also had been as a visiting scholar in The University of Chicago of School of Medicine. He works on cancer immunology and immunotherapy, and published more than 50 scientific publishes and named as inventor of 21 issued China patents. He also acquired several honors, such as Young Peptide Scientist Award from Chinese International Peptide Syposium, Outstanding Young Scientist Award from Chinese Society for Immunology, and Young Scientist Excellent Presentation Award from Chinese Society for Medicinal Chemistry.

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Zhengzhou University
Zhengzhou
China

K. Hilpert (Biography
K. Hilpert

Kai Hilpert is associate Professor (Reader) of Infection and Immunity at the Institute of Infection and Immunity at St. George’s University of London. He has 20 years of experience in the synthesis of peptide libraries, screening and optimization of peptides. Since 2003 he studies the design and optimization of short antimicrobial peptides. He works close with industry and for the last two years has been founder and director of a university spin-off company TiKa Diagnostics Ltd. that exploits synthetic peptides developed in his laboratory. He was the first researcher that applied peptide libraries synthesized on cellulose membranes to investigate antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). In addition, he showed that tethered AMPs can be used to protect implants from bacterial infections stimulating respective research and developments. He has co-organized the International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides (IMAP) in London (twice), Leipzig and Graz. In addition, he is co-author of the article "Alternatives to antibiotics--a pipeline portfolio review " published in Lancet Infectious Diseases that won the Elsevier Atlas award. In the last years he has intensively worked on optimizing peptide libraries against multidrug-resistant bacteria, mainly Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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St George's University of London
London
UK

J.M. Holub (Biography
J.M. Holub

Dr. Holub is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the development and discovery of peptide and protein-based therapeutics. Professor Holub received his Ph.D. in biomolecular chemistry from New York University in 2009 where he developed unique bioconjugation reactions to functionalize peptidomimetic scaffolds. Following completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Holub went on to perform post-doctoral research at Yale University. While at Yale, Dr. Holub developed high throughput screens to quantify the cytosolic delivery of peptides and miniature proteins to enhance their therapeutic potential. Upon completion of his post-doctoral appointment, Professor Holub joined the faculty of Ohio University where his current research involves the development of biomimetic miniature proteins to study the fundamental nature of therapeutically relevant protein-protein interactions. Dr. Holub has published over 20 research articles and holds two US patents from his work in the field.

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Ohio University
Athens, OH
USA

M.A. Kamal (Biography
M.A. Kamal

Dr. Mohammad Amjad Kamal completed three years U2000 Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2003 from the University of Sydney, School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences. Currently Dr. Kamal is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the King Fahd Medical Research Center, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has published more than 260 scientific publications.

Dr. Kamal is serving as external examiner for PhD thesis evaluation of various universities and as an EiC/regional/editorial member/guest editor of several reputed scientific journals (mostly published by Bentham Science Publishers) on an honorable basis. Recently, he initiated efforts to establish a “Novel Global Community Educational Foundation” as well.

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King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah
Saudi Arabia

S. Komatsu (Biography
S. Komatsu

Setsuko Komatsu is a Chief of Field Omics Research Unit at National Institute of Crop Science and a Professor at University of Tsukuba, Japan. She employed at Meiji Pharmaceutical University and then also Medicine at Keio University, school of Medicine. Since 1990, she started working on plant proteomics using protein sequencer and mass spectrometry by a present official position. Her main research interests are within the field of crop proteomics, biochemistry and molecular biology with a special focus on signal transduction in cell. She has authored more than 300 manuscripts on plant omics research.

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National Institute of Crop Science
Tsukuba
Japan

A. Kukol (Biography
A. Kukol

Dr. Kukol obtained his PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, followed by postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK. Then he became a Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick. Currently, he is a Principal Lecturer at the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, including a student textbook about enzyme kinetics. Dr. Kukol's research interests include antiviral drug discovery, cardiac transmembrane protein-protein interactions and protein-protein interactions in plant-pathogen systems, using molecular modelling, biophysical and bioinformatics techniques.

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University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield AL10 9EU
UK

M. Li
Shandong University
Jinan
China

M.L.R. Macedo (Biography
M.L.R. Macedo

Dr. Macedo obtained her doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences from the Escola Paulista de Medicina-UNIFESP. Currently, Dr. Macedo is full professor in the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul-UFMS, where purify insecticide and antibacterial compounds from diverse sources, among them peptidase inhibitors, lectins and antimicrobial peptides.

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Univ. Federal de Mato Grosso do Sui
Colinos Três Lagoas
Brazil

N. Matsushima (Biography
N. Matsushima

Dr. Matsushima completed his doctorate in polymer physics at Hokkaido University. After that, he joined Hokkaido Institute of Technology in 1980-1983 and Sapporo Medical University from 1983-2013. In 1986-1988 he joined the University of Virginia, USA, as the visiting associate professor. Now he is the head of Institute of Tandem Repeats. He has studied the structure, evolution, and function of tandem repeats including leucine-rich repeats by bioinformatics and their solution structures by nuclear magnetic resonance and small-angle x-ray scattering. He has published more than 90 scientific publications. He is the editorial board member of Annals of Virology and Research.

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The Institute of Tandem Repeats
Sapporo
Japan

H. Mukai (Biography
H. Mukai

Hidehito Mukai received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Biochemistry from the University of Tsukuba in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (during which he designed "G protein antagonists"), he advanced his career by working at University of Tsukuba, NEDO Project of MITI, Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Life Sciences, and Kyoto Pharmaceutical University. He is now Principal Investigator of Laboratory of Peptide Science and Associate Professor of Graduate School of Bioscience, Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology from 2011. His main research interests are the physiological and pathophysiological roles of "cryptides", novel endogenous regulatory peptides hidden in protein structures, and their "accumulative" signaling mechanisms.

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Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology
Shiga
Japan

T. Papageorgiou (Biography
T. Papageorgiou

Dr. Papageorgiou graduated from the University of Athens with a BSc degree in Chemistry (1979-1984) and carried out his PhD at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (1987-1991). He was a recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship (1992-1994) from AstraZeneca and worked at the University of Oxford, Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics. He continued his post-doctoral training as a research officer at the University of Bath. In 2000, he moved to Finland as Head of the Protein Crystallography Core Facility at the Turku Centre for Biotechnology and he is currently Principal Investigator and Adjunct Professor in Biochemistry and Structural Biology at the University of Turku. He has authored more than 90 scientific papers.

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University of Turku
Turku
Finland

D. Phoenix (Biography
D. Phoenix

Professor David Andrew Phoenix, OBE, FAcSS, DSc has held visiting chairs in Canada, China, UK and Russia. He has over 250 publications focused on the structure function relationships of bioactive amphiphilic molecules and was awarded a higher doctorate by Liverpool University for his impact on the field. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Society of Biology, The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and the Royal Society of Medicine. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) for his contribution to medical research and education, made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to Science and Higher Education and recognized as an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences. He was awarded an individual Excellence award by China’s Vice Premier and was admitted to Order of Friendship (China) for outstanding contribution to the country’s economic and social development.

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London South Bank University
London
UK

P. Shukla (Biography
P. Shukla

Prof. P. Shukla is working as Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, India. Prof. Shukla was also awarded with Indo-USA Professorship by American Society of Microbiology at University of Cincinnati, USA. His current research interests are in the fields of enzyme technology, protein bioinformatics and microbial biotechnology. Prof. Shukla has written five books, twenty two book chapters, one patent and have published more than 61 papers in peer reviewed reputed international journals. He received several awards, including Received ‘Prof. S.B. Saksena, Award’ in life sciences (1999), Danisco India Award in Probiotics & Enzyme Technology (2010), AMI-Alembic Award 2015 etc. He is also working as General Secretary, Association of Microbiologists of India (AMI) a premier scientific society in Asia.

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Maharshi Dayanand University
Rohtak
India

D. Stevanovic (Biography
D. Stevanovic

Dr. Darko Stevanovic is assistant professor in Medical Physiology at School of Medicine University of Belgrade, Serbia and research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. His research focuses on role of regulatory peptides, neuropeptides and hormones in central and peripheral energy balance regulation. He received his PhD degree (2010) at Belgrade University, where he examined the role of inflammatory modulators in anorexia and obesity and their role in pathophysiology of metabolic imbalances. He received two fellowships from German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (University of Tubingen, 2002, and German Institute for Human Nutrition, Berlin/Potsdam, 2008), European Society of Endocrinology Fellowship (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2011/12), City of Belgrade Award for best young scientist (2003) and joint award from Endocrine Society (USA) and European Society of Endocrinology for outstanding achievements in endocrinology in 2010 and 2011. Since 2013, he is performing his research at Center for Life Sciences, Harvard Medical School, where he focuses on role of sugars in feeding behavior, thermosensation and central FGF21 signaling in stimulation of energy expenditure. He is a member of Endocrine Society (USA), American Diabetes Association and European Society of Endocrinology. In last 10 years, he published more than 20 original research articles.

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Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
USA

E.J.A. Veldhuizen (Biography
E.J.A. Veldhuizen

Dr. Edwin Veldhuizen received his PhD from the University of Utrecht in 2000. After several post-doctoral positions he returned to this University, where he currently is an assistant professor at the Dept. of Infectious Diseases & Immunology at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, His research focusses on the role of innate immunity in (prevention of) infectious diseases. More specifically he studies the structure function relationship of secreted innate immune effector molecules , such as Host Defence Peptides and collectins, in order to use them as alternatives to current antibiotics.

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Utrecht University
Utrecht
The Netherlands

D-Q. Wei (Biography
D-Q. Wei

Currently serves as the deputy head, Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, College of Life Science and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, editor-in-Chief, “Interdisciplinary Sciences- Computational Life Sciences”. Prof. Wei’s research is in the general field of bioinformatics with more than 250 journal papers, 9 monographs with 5000 SCI citations and an H factor of 45, made some ground breaking research works in theoretical and molecular simulations of liquids and biological systems.

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Shanghai Jiaotong University
Shanghai
China

M. Yu (Biography
M. Yu

Dr. Yu earned his doctor degree (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Fudan University, Shanghai China and finished his postdoctoral training in Harvard Medical School. Currently Dr. Yu is the vice director of the Key laboratory of Molecular Medicine, the Ministry of Education and a Professor in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan university. He has worked in R&D of novel therapeutic recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies for more than 20 year. Dr. Yu has authored more than 30 manuscripts, 3 patents. He is also editors of a couple journals in China.

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Fudan University
Shanghai
P.R. China

F.Z. Zhu
Chongqing University
Chongqing
P.R. China

Y. Akhter (Biography
Y. Akhter

Yusuf Akhter has received his PhD from University of Hyderabad, India in 2010. He worked as DAAD and EMBO long term fellow at European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany. Currently he works as Assistant Professor at Centre for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India. His research group is mainly using structural bioinformatics approaches for drug discovery against microbial pathogens, understanding functions from protein structures and immunoinformatics. He serves as Associate Editor in several other reputed journals also like BMC Microbiology, Archives of Microbiology and Cogent Biology.

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Central University of Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
India

S. Bandyopadhyay (Biography
S. Bandyopadhyay

Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute. She holds an M. Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She is currently the Director of Indian Statistical Institute when she also holds the position of a full Professor. She has published more than 250 scientific publications and is an Associate Editor of Biosciences and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems. She has received several awards and honors, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, the most coveted scientific prize in India.

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Indian Statistical Institute
Kolkata
India

Y. Cai (Biography
Y. Cai

Yudong Cai is a full time professor and principle investigator at the School of Life Sciences, Shanghai University, China. His main interests cover various areas of systems biology and bioinformatics such as protein-protein interaction, disease biomarkers prediction, drug-target interaction and protein functional sites prediction. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including invited reviews. He is the Editorial Board member of Biochimica et Biophisica Acta (BBA) - Proteins and Proteomics, Biochemistry Research International and Protein & Peptide letters.

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Shanghai University
Shanghai
China

A.M. Cole
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
USA

S. Dasgupta (Biography
S. Dasgupta

Dr. Swagata Dasgupta is a Professor of Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. She completed her Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. Her research interests in protein chemistry involve protein–protein and protein-small molecule interactions and protein structure analyses. She has contributed to teaching and research at IIT Kharagpur for the past 20 years and has over 100 publications. Her pioneering work has been on polyphenols and their interactions with biomacromolecules. Recent work on fibrillation of proteins has been initiated to study amyloid fibrils, the hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases. The unique feature of her work is the blend of experimental protein chemistry with in-depth structural analysis.

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Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur
India

W. Fontes
University of Brasilia
Brasilia/DF
Brazil

E. Gazit (Biography
E. Gazit

Ehud Gazit is a Professor and Endowed Chair at Tel Aviv University. From 2008-2012 he served as Tel Aviv University Vice President for Research and Development. His B.Sc. (summa cum laude) at the Special Program for Outstanding Students, Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. (with highest distinction) at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1997). A faculty member at Tel Aviv University since 2000, after completing his postdoc at MIT. Gazit had received numerous awards and honors including Hesterin Award and Kadar Family Award. He is fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of EMBO. In 2015, he was knighted by the Italian Republic.

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Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv
Israel

J.V. Hines
Ohio University
Athens, OH
USA

H.Y. Hu
Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences
Shanghai
China

R.H. Khan (Biography
R.H. Khan

Dr. Rizwan Hasan Khan has received his Ph.D in Biotechnology from Aligarh Muslim University, India during the period of 1992-1996. Currently he is working in the area of protein structure, function, protein misfolding / aggregation and amyloid induction and inhibition at Aligarh Muslim University. He has published paper in journals like Scientific reports, Biomacromolecules, Langmuir, PLoS ONE, Biochemistry, BBA, BBRC etc. He has worked with Prof. I.J. Goldstein at University of Michigan USA as BOYSCAST Fellow and with Prof. Steve Perkins at University of London as Commonwealth Fellow. He has guided 16 PhD thesis and completed 12 research projects. He had published around 250 papers in the journals of international repute with H index of 35 and total citation around 4650.

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Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh
India

L.V. Kordyukova (Biography
L.V. Kordyukova

Dr. Larisa V. Kordyukova has a position of leading scientist in the Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow State University, Russia. During the last decade her research has been focused on elucidating site specificity of post-translational modification of viral spike proteins with fatty acids of different type (S-acylation) and its structural/ functional significance. She got her PhD in cytology (1991) and Doctor of Science degree in virology/ molecular biology (habilitation, 2014) from the Moscow State University, Russia. She is the author of more than 40 articles. Her main topics of interest are protein lipidation, the enzymes responsible for S-acylation of viral proteins, protein-protein interactions during viral pathogenesis.

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M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
Moscow
Russia

L. Kurgan (Biography
L. Kurgan

Lukasz Kurgan has Ph.D. in Computer Science (2003) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 2015 he is with the Department of Computer Science at the Virginia Commonwealth University as the Qimonda Endowed Professor. Before that he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research interest are in (un)structural bioinformatics of biologically interesting macromolecules, from individual proteins and small RNAs to complete proteomes and transcriptomes.

Dr. Kurgan is an Area Editor for structural bioinformatics of BMC Bioinformatics and Associate Editor of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, PLoS ONE, Neurocomputing, and Current Protein and Peptide Science, and Protein and Peptide Letters. More details are on the web site of his lab at http://biomine.ece.ualberta.ca/

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University of Alberta
Edmonton
Canada

S. Longhi (Biography
S. Longhi

Dr. SONIA LONGHI is Director of Research (DR1) at the Center for the National Scientific Research (CNRS), heading the "Structural Disorder and Molecular Recognition" group within the laboratory Architecture et Fonction des Macromolécules Biolgiques (AFMB), Marseille (FRANCE). She obtained a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Milan in 1993. She got a HDR in structural virology from the University of Aix-Marseille I in 2003. Her scientific focus is on intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) and the mechanistic and functional aspects of the interactions they establish with partners. She has authored more than 100 scientific publications.

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AFMB, Universités d'Aix-Marseille I et II
Marseille
France

A.Di Maro (Biography
A.Di Maro

Dr. Di Maro obtained his PhD in Molecular Systematic at the University "Federico II", Naples, Italy. Currently Dr. Di Maro is Associate Professor in Biochemistry at the Second University of Naples, Caserta (Italy). He published more than 100 scientific papers covering several fields. The area of interest of Dr. Di Maro is focused on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biological Sciences. In particular, the main focus of his researches is aimed at clarifying the structure/function relationship of proteins.

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Seconda Università di Napoli
Caserta
Italy

U. Maulik (Biography
U. Maulik

Dr. Ujjwal Maulik is a Professor and Head in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He did his Bachelors in Physics and Computer Science in 1986 and 1989 respectively. Subsequently, he did his Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1992 and 1997 respectively. Dr. Maulik has worked in many university and research institute in USA, Australia, Germany, China, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia. He co-authored 7 books and more than 300 research publications.

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Jadavpur University Kolkata
India

J. T. A. Oliveira (Biography
J. T. A. Oliveira

Dr. Oliveira obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. Currently Dr. Oliveira is a Titular Professor at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. He has published more than 120 scientific publications and has been working with proteins and pathways involved with plant defense against pathogens.

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Federal University of Ceará
Fortaleza, Ceará
Brazil

Y. Park
Chosun University
Kwangju city
South Korea

K. Sakaguchi
Hokkaido University
Sapporo
Japan

L.R. Singh (Biography
L.R. Singh

Dr. Laishram R. Singh is presently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Delhi. Dr. Singh is a well-known enzymologist and protein biochemist with 15 years of research experience. He has published more than 40 publications in many esteemed journals in the field of proteostatic regulation and protein covalent modification by homocysteine. He has also edited books and authored several chapters in many books published by Springer, InTech and Elsevier etc. Currently Dr. Singh’s research group is interested in developing strategies to remove toxic protein deposits in neuronal cells and cardiomyocytes using proteostatic modulators and small molecule compounds.

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University of Delhi
Delhi
India

C. Tan (Biography
C. Tan

Chunyan Tan obtained her Ph. D. in the University of Florida in 2004. After one-year postdoctoral training in Joseph T. Hupp’s group at Northwestern University, Chunyan joined the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University in 2005 and worked as a faculty member ever since. Chunyan has published over 50 scientific publications. She serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Protein & Peptide Letters and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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Tsinghua University
Shenzhen
China

L. Vitagliano (Biography
L. Vitagliano

Dr. Vitagliano is a senior scientist and group leader at the Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) where he held the position of deputy head of the Naples Unit from 2010 to 2013. The research activities of Dr. Vitagliano are focused in the large area of structural characterization of biological macromolecules. He is the (co)author of more than 150 publications, which include 140 papers published in ISI Web journals, and one patent. He has been also an invited speaker in several National and International Meetings, including Gordon and Murnau Conferences. Dr. Vitagliano has been the scientific coordinator of projects funded by regional (Regione Campania), national (Italian MIUR, CNR and ASI), and international (EU) institutions for a total of about three million euros.

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Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging
Napoli
Italy

D. Wong
Western Regional Research Center
Albany, CA
USA

M. Zheng
Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shanghai
China

C.R.B. de Souza
Universidade Federal do Pará
Beéém-PA
Brazil

R.K. Arni (Biography
R.K. Arni

Dr. Raghuvir K. Arni is a Full Professor at the Department of Physics and Director of the Multiuser Center for Biomolecular Innovation, São Paulo State University, Brazil (www.cmib-unesp.com). He obtained his PhD in protein crystallography from the Free University/Technical University Berlin was a research associate at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg and a visiting professor at Michigan State University. His research focus is centered on the three-dimensional structures of proteins, primarily plant, animal and bacterial toxins and enzymes involved in blood coagulation. He is the author of over 130 scientific publications.

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IBILCE/UNESP
Sáo Jose do Rio Preto
Brazil

A. Borics (Biography
A. Borics

Dr. Attila Borics received his Ph. D. degree in 2005 from Creighton University (USA) for his contribution to the field of chiroptical spectroscopy and conformational studies of peptides. Then he joined the ranks of the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged (Hungary) as a research associate where he holds his current position. His research focuses on biomolecular structure, more specifically the atomic level structural investigation of the activation mechanism of G protein-coupled receptors. Dr. Borics is also an adjunct lecturer of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Szeged
Hungary

M.S. Castro
University of Brasília
Brazilia
Brazil

S. D'Auria (Biography
S. D'Auria

Dr. D’Auria is the Director of the Institute of Food Science, CNR, Avellino, and an Associated Professor at INRS, Laval, Canada. He also heads the Laboratory of Protein Biophysics and Biosensor Development at ISA-CNR, Avellino, Italy. The main interests of Dr. D’Auria Lab are focused on the design and realization of advanced bio/sensors for safety and security. Dr. D’Auria has authotred more than 200 publications on international journals and several national and international patetnts.

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Institute of Protein Biochemistry
Napoli
Italy

B. De Spiegeleer (Biography
B. De Spiegeleer

Bart De Spiegeleer studied pharmaceutical sciences at Ghent University, where he completed in 1989 his Ph.D. on anticancer platinum complexes. He continued to work in the pharmaceutical industry and was a board member of several start-up companies. Returning to Ghent University, he became in 2008 full-time professor, heading the EU-GMP approved Drug Quality and Registration (DruQuaR) laboratory at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His current main scientific interests include regulatory and functional quality aspects of medicinal products with emphasis on bioactive peptides and proteins, biologics/ATMP and NTD-medicines, using LC-MS/IR/CD/biosensors, biological activity using receptor/cell/tissue/animal models and pharmacokinetics with emphasis on the BBB and dermal/mucosal local permeation using in-vitro and in-vivo models.

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Ghent University
B-9000 Gent
Belgium

O.L. Franco (Biography
O.L. Franco

Prof. Dr Octavio Luiz Franco is graduated in Ciencias Biologicas from the Universidade Federal do Ceara´ (1998) and obtained his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Universidade de Brasılia (2001). He is the head professor at the Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco and the Universidade Catolica de Brasilia, a visiting professor at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, a researcher at the Post- Graduation program of Physics Education from UCB, a researcher at the Universidade de Brasilia in the program of Molecular Pathology and researcher from CNPq. He has experience in biochemistry, proteomics and molecular modeling. He currently works on the following subjects: antimicrobial peptides, immunomodulators, antifreezing and proteome of animals, plants and microorganisms. His work has also focused on the development of bioproducts and bioprocesses. At the moment he has more than 250 manuscripts already published.

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Universidade Catolica de Brasilia
Brasilia
Brazil

S. Gianni
University of Rome
Roma
Italy

H. Hojo (Biography
H. Hojo

Dr. Hironobu Hojo obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Organic Chemistry from Osaka University, Japan in 1994 on the development of the chemical method for protein synthesis. After the completion of his PhD, he moved to the Osaka City University as lecturer and worked on the development of novel biomaterials. In 1998, he moved to Tokai University, Japan, as an associate professor. There, he started to develop a facile method for glycoprotein synthesis by collaboration with Prof. Yoshiaki Nakahara. He was promoted to professor of Tokai University in 2007. He moved to the present position, Professor of the Institute for Protein Research, Osaka University, in 2013 and is developing a chemical approach toward the understanding of protein and glycoprotein function. He has published more than 100 scientific publications.

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Osaka University
Osaka
Japan

Z.-L. Ji (Biography
Z.-L. Ji

Dr. Ji obtained a doctorate degree in Computational Biology and a master degree in Microbiology from the National University of Singapore. Currently, Dr. Ji is the professor in School of Life Sciences, Xiamen University, China. He has published more than 50 research articles in the field of Bioinformatics and virtual drug discovery.

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Xiamen University
Xiamen
China

N. Kishore (Biography
N. Kishore

Prof. Nand Kishore is Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. After completing PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, he received postdoctoral training at Yale University, and National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S.A. His research interests include understanding physical chemistry underlying biologically important systems which have contributed to thermodynamic characterization of protein folding intermediates, drug-protein interactions, drug partitioning in delivery vehicles, protein-solvent interactions, and prevention of aggregation/fibrillation of proteins by using a combination of calorimetric and spectroscopic techniques. He has published about 100 papers in the areas of Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Mumbai
India

M. Kozak
A. Mickiewicz University
Poznan
Poland

N. Labrou (Biography
N. Labrou

Dr. Nikolaos Labrou received his BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Patras, Greece (1987-1991) and his PhD in Enzyme Biotechnology from the Agricultural University of Athens (1992-1996). He has conducted postdoctoral research, as Marie Curie fellow, in Leeds UK (1996-1998) and then at Agricultural University of Athens (1998-2001). Dr Labrou started his career as Assistant Professor (2002) and he is currently full Professor with tenure and Director of the Enzyme Technology Lab at the Department of Biotechnology, Agricultural University of Athens. He has authored more than 115 peer-reviewed articles in leading international journals, 26 book chapters and he has edited two books. His research covers many areas of biotechnology including enzyme and protein engineering, immobilised enzymes, biosensors, drug design, protein downstream processing, microalgae technology as well as the characterization of therapeutic enzymes, proteins and other biomolecules.

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Agricultural University of Athens
Athens
Greece

S. Lovas (Biography
S. Lovas

Dr. Lovas obtained his formal training in chemistry in Hungary at the József Attila University and the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged. In 1990, he joined Creighton University where he is a Professor of Biomedical Sciences. His research deals with conformation-biological activity relationships of polypeptides and description of solution structure of polypeptides by molecular dynamics simulations, ab initio quantum chemical calculations and chiroptical spectroscopy. He has published over 140 scientific publications.

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Creighton University
Omaha, NE
USA

L.L. Martin (Biography
L.L. Martin

Associate Professor Martin gained her PhD in Chemistry from The Australian National University. She obtained the Alexander von Humboldt and Fulbright awards to undertake post-doctoral stays in Germany and USA, respectively, before her first academic position at The Flinders University of South Australia. She currently holds a position at Monash University (since 2003) where she has a research focus on the electrochemistry of cytochrome P450 enzymes involved in steroid biosynthesis, membrane action of antimicrobial and amyloidogenic peptides and incorporation of biomolecules into novel materials especially those with semiconducting properties.

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Monash University
Melbourne
Australia

A. Mollica (Biography
A. Mollica

Dr. Adriano Mollica is Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Univ. “G. d’ Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Italy and PhD in “Pharmaceutical Sciences”. From 2013 he is Member of the Board of PhD program “Biomol. and Pharm. Sciences” and Tutor of several PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows. His research interests are focused on opioid peptides, neurodegeneration, treatment of chronic and neuropathic pain, multi-target compounds and nutraceuticals. He is co-author of 82 papers published in international journals, one European Patent and one Italian Patent. He is currently “Editor in Chief” of “Current Bioactive Compounds”, and Editorial Board Member of Mini rev. in Org. Chem. and of Prot. & Pept. Lett.

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Università di Chieti-Pescara “G. D’ Annunzio”
Chieti Scalo
Italy

N. M. O’Brien-Simpson
The University of Melbourne
Victoria
Australia

E.A. Permyakov (Biography
E.A. Permyakov

Dr. Permyakov obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and defended a doctor dissertation (Doctor of Sciences) in biology in Moscow State University. Previously he worked in the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics (Russia) and the Ohio State University (USA). Currently Dr. Permyakov is a director of the Institute for Biological Instrumentation (Russia). He has published 10 monographs and more than 160 articles.

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Institute for Biological Instrumentation of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Moscow
Russia

N. Sarkar (Biography
N. Sarkar

Dr. Nandini Sarkar completeted her Ph.D in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India in 2011. Currently she is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering in National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India. Her research involves studies on protein amyloidogenesis and identification of potential anti-amyloidogenic agents. She is also interested in mutagenesis studies on physiologically important proteins.

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National Institute of Technology Rourkela
Rourkela
India

M. Staiano (Biography
M. Staiano

Maria Staiano obtained the Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Physiopathology at the University of Siena, Italy. Actually, she is a scientist with a tenured position at National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute of Food Science (CNR), Italy. Her research interests are focused on the study of protein-protein interactions and on protein manipulation for advanced biotechnological applications. She is author of almost 100 publications on international journals.

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Institute of Protein Biochemistry
Naples
Italy

P. Tuffery (Biography
P. Tuffery

Dr. Tuffery is full time researcher and a team leader at INSERM (French Institute for Health). He has obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biomathematics from the University Paris-Diderot, Paris, and he has over 25 years of experience in structural bioinformatics, a field in which he has authored more than 70 scientific publications. Currently Dr. Tuffery is the leader of a team focusing on in silico protocols for peptide protein interactions. He is also a member of the board of the French national infrastructure for bioinformatics.

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Université Paris Diderot
Paris
France

R. Wang
Lanzhou University
Gansu
China

J.J. Yang
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
USA

G.-P. Zhou (Biography
G.-P. Zhou

Dr. Guo-Ping Zhou is currently a Distinguished Professor of Gordon Life Science Institute, USA. He is also an Adjunct Professor of several academics in the United States and China. Dr. Zhou received his Ph.D in Biophysics from University of California at Davis, and completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and Harvard University, respectively. Dr. Zhou determined the 3D NMR structures of some proteins, protein-DNA complexes, super lipids such as dolichol and other polyisoprenyls, as well as polyisoprenol recognition sequences. Dr. Zhou has successfully introduced the elegant wenxiang diagrams to elucidate the mechanisms of the coiled-coil proteins, protein-lipids, protein-DNA interactions, and prion protein misfolding observed by NMR. Meanwhile, he has also published many papers in Bioinformatics. Dr. Zhou’s current research is focused on investigation into the relationship between the functions and structures of polysialyltransferases. In addition, Dr. Zhou has edited some special issues on structural biology for several influential scientific journals.

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Gordon Life Science Institute
Belmont, MA
USA

G.A. de Souza Filho
University Estad. do Norte Flum.
Campos dos Goytacazes
Brazil


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