Dimitrios P. Nikolelis University of Athens Athens Greece Biography
Biography of Dimitrios P. Nikolelis
Prof. Dimitrios P. Nikolelis received his Ph.D. degree in 1976 from University of Athens, Greece. Prof. Nikolelis is currently a Professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at University of Athens. He is the Editor of 5 books on Biosensors, author/co-author of over 150 scientific articles, and the Editor of many scientific journals. His research focuses on the fabrication of portable biosensors for uses in the field. The group of Prof. Nikolelis group has recently utilized graphene and ZnO (Zinc Oxide) to develop chemical nanosensors for species of clinical or food significance, such as urea, uric acid, cholesterol, etc.
Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS (25732 citations) Honorary Life Fellow Kings College University of Cambridge Cambridge UK Biography
Biography of Atta-ur-Rahman
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, Ph.D. in organic chemistry (Cambridge University, 1968), has over 1,055 international publications including 210 books. He won the UNESCO Science Prize (1999) and was elected Fellow of Royal Society (London, 2006). He was conferred honorary doctorate degrees by many universities including Cambridge University and many others. Furthermore, Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was elected Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, and the Austrian government honoured him with its high civil award “Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande" (2007). He is the only scientist from the Muslim world to be Foreign Fellow (“Academician”) of Chinese and Korean Academies of Sciences. The University of Technology Mara (UiTM), Malaysia, has established “Atta-ur-Rahman Institute of Natural Product Discovery” in his honour. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was the Federal Minister of Science and Technology of Pakistan, and he is Chairman of UN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation for UNESCAP region covering 62 countries.
Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto Center of Biotechnology and PPGBCM Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre, RS Brazil Biography
Biography of Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto
Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto is a molecular biologist currently developing his research at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He is Editor-in-Chief of Current Biotechnology and the book series Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology (Springer). He also serves as Associate Editor, Guest Editor and member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals in the field of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. In his editorial books and special issues, some of the most distinguished team leaders in the field have published their work, ideas and findings, including Nobel Laureates and several of the highly cited scientists according to the ISI Institute.
Yasuhisa Asano Biotechnology Research Center, Toyama Prefectural University Toyama Japan Biography
Biography of Yasuhisa Asano
Professor Yasuhisa Asano earned his Ph.D. degree (1982) in Applied Microbiology from Kyoto University, Japan. Prof. Asano currently serves as the Director in the Biotechnology Research Center of Toyama Prefectural University. His current research is broadly in the fields of Applied Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Enzymology, and Organic Chemistry. He has also been a pioneer in the development of microscale assays for amino acids and their analogs, and in particular, his rapid and microscale detection of phenylketonuria in newborns is now used routinely in Japan. Prof. Asano has over 220 publications and has 90 patents.
Francis J. Castellino College of Science, University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN USA Biography
Biography of Francis J. Castellino
Professor Francis J. Castellino obtained his Ph.D. degree (1968) in Biochemistry from University of Iowa, USA. He currently holds the following positions: (1) Kleiderer/Pezold Professor of Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame (1983-present); (2) Director, WM Keck Center for Transgene Research, University of Notre Dame (1996-present); and (3) Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine (2006-present). The research interests of Prof. Castellino’s laboratory involve the structure, function and activation of proteins that participate in blood coagulation and blood clot dissolution. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 450 articles in various journals, having a very noteworthy number of total citations, i.e. around 13,690.
Thomas M.S. Chang Artificial Cells & Organs Research Centre / Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University QC Canada Biography
Biography of Thomas M.S. Chang
Professor Thomas Ming Swi Chang, O.C., M.D., C.M., Ph.D., FRCP(C), FRS(C), has been called the “Father of Artificial Cells”. As a student of B.Sc. honours at McGill University, he invented and prepared the first artificial cell (Chang, Hon B.Sc. research report, 1957). He continued this research in medical school and then obtained his Ph.D. (on artificial cells including blood substitutes) from the Departments of Chemistry & Physiology, McGill University. Since 1979, he is Director of Artificial Cells and Organs Research Centre at McGill University. He has now published more than 546 full papers and 29 books, and has since developed artificial cell into a very large area around the world.
Charles E. Wyman University of California California, CA USA Biography
Biography of Charles E. Wyman
Dr. Charles Wyman leads advancement of cellulosic biomass conversion to sugars and other precursors for biological or catalytic conversion to fuels and chemicals. He is Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering and Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Prior positions include Queneau Distinguished Professor at Dartmouth College and Director of the Biotechnology Center as well as previous positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dr. Wyman is founder of Vertimass to commercialize simple ethanol conversion to fungible fuels and was cofounder of Mascoma Corporation. He is a AIChE and AAAS Fellow.
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F.C.T. Allnutt President & CSO of NuLode LLC Glenelg, MD USA Biography
Biography of F.C.T. Allnutt
F. C. Thomas Allnutt, PhD is the CEO/CSO of BrioBiotech LLC, a small business focused on improved health and nutrition for aquacultured and terrestrial animals. He has experience in industrial research and commercialization of the products produced through his research. Expertise in algal and microbial biotechnology with broad knowledge of related areas. Inventor on >17 patents issued or pending and published >45 peer reviewed papers. His previous positions were as Sr. VP R&D at Phycal Inc., Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s SBIR/STTR Program Biotechnology Group, Research Director at Martek Biosciences, and VP R&D at Advanced BioNutrition.
Ralf Anken German Aerospace Center Cologne Germany Biography
Biography of Ralf Anken
Dr. Ralf Anken obtained his Ph.D. degree (1995) in Zoology (Neurobiology) from University of Hohenheim, Germany. In Mar 2008, he joined as Scientific Employee at German Aerospace Center, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Division Biomedical Research, Cologne, Germany, and since 2010, he is Head of the Division. He has authored/co-authored more than 75 articles in various journals, having total citations of over 670. Dr. Anken’s academic and professional honors include the following: (1) Promotion to “ausserplanmaessiger Professor” (2008), and (2) Science Award of the Universitaetsbund Universitaet Hohenheim e.V. in appreciation of the habilitation treatise (1999).
Ben Berkhout University of Amsterdam Amsterdam The Netherlands Biography
Biography of Ben Berkhout
Dr. Ben Berkhout, Ph.D., was appointed as professor of Human Retrovirology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) on Sep 1, 2002. Dr. Berkhout studies the HIV-1 virus and AIDS, the development of a vaccine and a new antiviral therapy. The Berkhout research group received twice the AIDS Research Amsterdam award: in 1997 for a contribution to the 'EMBO Journal', and in 1999 for a contribution to the 'Journal of Virology'. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 510 articles in various journals, having a very significant number of total citations, i.e. around 18,575.
Bruce A. Bunnell Tulane University Health Sciences Center Covington, LA USA Biography
Biography of Bruce A. Bunnell
Dr. Bruce Alan Bunnell obtained his Ph.D. degree (1990) in microbiology (molecular genetics) from University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He holds the following key positions: (1) Chair, Division of Gene Therapy, Tulane National Primate Research Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA (2002 to present); (2) Director, Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine, Tulane University (2009 to present); and (3) Gratis Faculty, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA (2008 to present). He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 135 articles in various journals (having total number of citations of around 7,120), over 13 book chapters, and 2 books.
Wilfred Chen University of Delaware Newark, DE USA Biography
Biography of Wilfred Chen
Professor Wilfred Chen joined the University of Delaware in January 1, 2011 as the Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering. He obtained his B.S. degree from UCLA in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1993, both in Chemical Engineering. After one-year postdoc in Switzerland, he joined UC Riverside in 1994. He was Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and the holder of Presidential Chair until 2010. His research interests are in Synthetic Biology and Protein Engineering. Prof. Chen has published more than 220 journal papers and delivered over 70 invited lectures. He serves on the editorial board for seven scientific publications including Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
Prof. Chen has also received several awards, including NSF Career Award, AIChE Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering Division 15c Plenary Lecture, Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication, and Daniel I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering.
Roya Dastjerdi Yazd University Yazd Iran Biography
Biography of Roya Dastjerdi
Dr. Roya Dastjerdi is a PhD, an Associate Professor, and winner of numerous national and international awards. She has comprehensively worked on medical textiles for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, green, smart, bioactive and antibacterial polymers, size and geometry controlled synthesizing of nanostructures, etc. She has written one book in the field and recorded 20 national patents. She has been selected as national elite and received more than 100 international invitations from high-ranked scientific events, institutes, publications, etc
Fatih Deniz Harran University Urfa Turkey Biography
Biography of Fatih Deniz
Dr. Fatih Deniz obtained his Ph.D. degree in the field of Environmental Biotechnology, Department of Biological Sciences from the University of Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam (Turkey). He is currently an associate professor and department chair at the Department of Environmental Protection Technologies at Harran University in Turkey. His research interest focuses mainly on the bioremediation technologies such as biosorption and bioaccumulation for the purification of water environments especially polluted with organic and inorganic substances like synthetic dyes and heavy metal ions. His publications includes numerous peer-reviewed articles in the international SCI/SCI-E indexed journals and many congress papers in his field of specialization. He is also an editorial board member in many international journals.
Kasi P. Devi Alagappa University (Science Campus) Tamil Nadu India Biography
Biography of Kasi P. Devi
Dr. Kasi Pandima Devi is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, India. She obtained her PhD degree in Biochemistry (2001) from University of Madras, India and subsequently did her Post Doctoral research in National Institute of Immunology, India and CID-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain (2002). Her research interest is mainly focussed on screening of drugs from the nature and elucidation of molecular mechanisms of the identified compounds for treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. She has published many research articles in peer-reviewed Journals and also co-authored many book chapters. She is a recipient of Young Women Scientist Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, India and Women Scientist Award from the Biotech Research Society of India.
Dongsheng Duan University of Missouri Columbia, MO USA Biography
Biography of Dongsheng Duan
Dr. Dongsheng Duan obtained his Ph.D. degree (1997) from University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Duan is Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor in Medical Research (Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neurology, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Sciences) in the School of Medicine at University of Missouri, USA. His research interests involve Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) transduction biology, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene therapy, Duchenne cardiomyopathy, Canine model of muscular dystrophy, and Free radical in muscle function and aging. Furthermore, his areas of expertise include Virology and Molecular Therapies, Gene Therapy, Neuromuscular biology, and Virology. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 125 articles in various journals, having total number of citations of around 5,085.
Hesham A. El Enshasy Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Malaysia Biography
Biography of Hesham A. El Enshasy
Prof. Hesham Ali El Enshasy is the Director of Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD) and
Professor in Bioprocess Engineering, University Technology Malaysia (UTM, Johor Bahru,
Malaysia). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology (Ain Shams University, Egypt), Dr.
rer. Nat. in Industrial Biotechnology (TU Braunschweig, Germany 1998), M.Sc. Technology
Management (UTM, Malaysia). He established many research and industrial platforms for the
industrial production of different bioactive metabolites using microbial, mammalian and plant
cells in many universities, research institutes and companies He have two technology patents
and more than 150 publications in peer reviewed international journals, book Chapters, and
books, invited as keynote, plenary, and guest speaker in more than 50 international conferences
in field of industrial biotechnology.
Noura E. El-Naggar City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications New Borg El-Arab Egypt Biography
Biography of Noura E. El-Naggar
Prof. Noura El-Ahmady El-Naggar is a microbiologist. She is presently employed as Professor of Microbial Biotechnology in Bioprocess Development Department, City for Scientific Research and Technology Application, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute, New Borg El-Arab city, Alexandria, Egypt. She published more than 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals. El-Naggar is a member of the editorial board of the some peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology. She is a reviewer of the 17 journals such as Scientific Reports, PLOS ONE, Process Biochemistry, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology,….etc.
Alessandro Giuliani Istituto Superiore di Sanitá Rome Italy Biography
Biography of Alessandro Giuliani
Alessandro Giuliani took his Laurea in Biological Sciences at Universita' di Roma "La Sapienza" score 110/110 cum laude (Anno Accademico 81/82) with a specialization in Statistics..
He serves as Senior Scientist at Environment and Health Dept. Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma,Italy (1997- ).
He is Professor (on contract basis) at Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome.
Dr. Alessandro Giuliani is involved since more than thirty years in the generation and testing of soft physical and statistical models for life sciences. He puts a a special emphasis on the elucidation of mesoscopic complex systems like protein sequence/structure prediction, complex network approaches, QSAR, Systems Biology. He contributed (together with Prof. Zbilut and Prof. Webber) to the development of Recurrence Quantification Analysis (RQA) data analysis technique.
He is the author of 278 publications on peer-review journals with an H-index = 38.
José M. Guisan Instituto de Catalisis CSIC Madrid Spain Biography
Biography of José M. Guisan
Dr. José Manuel Guisan obtained his Ph.D. degree (1979) in Biochemistry from University Autonoma of Madrid, Spain. Dr. Guisan is currently a full Professor at Spanish Research Council (CSIC) since 2001 and a Visiting Professor at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School. All his research activity has focused on the implementation of enzymes as industrial catalysts. That is, in the development of strategies that allow to overcome the limitations of enzymes (instability, low activity towards non-natural substrates, difficulty of purification, etc.) to be able to use their excellent catalytic properties. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 400 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 16,250.
Snehasish Dutta Gupta Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Kharagpur India Biography
Biography of Snehasish Dutta Gupta
Dr. S. Dutta Gupta, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, Indian
Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302; email@example.com has
been engaged both in teaching and research on Plant Developmental Biology for over 30
years. He has published more than 100 research papers in journals of repute and books
published by Springer and CRC Press. He has been able to bring engineering-plant tissue
culture link to a new dimension of understanding. His current research areas include: plant image
analysis for non- invasive assessment of plant health status deciphering photosynthetic ability,
elucidating the role of light emitting diodes in plant growth and development and biological activity
of metal nanoparticles.
Muhammad T. Islam Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University Dhaka Bangladesh Biography
Biography of Muhammad T. Islam
Dr. Md. Torequl Islam obtained PhD in Biotechnology in Natural Products. He is presently serving as faculty Member, Pharmaceutical Sciences at Novel Global Community Educational Foundation, Australia and Lecturer at Department of Pharmacy in BSMRSTU, Gopalganj, Bangladesh. He has been recognized with honors and awards such as World Championship 2018 in Biotechnology, Federal University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Brazilian Journal of Biodiversity and Biotechnology 2016, Brazil and Isaac Newton Research Award 2016 in Genetics & Lifetime Membership at Photon Foundations.
Eduardo Jacob-Lopes Federal University of Santa Maria Santa Maria Brazil Biography
Biography of Eduardo Jacob-Lopes
Prof. Eduardo Jacob-Lopes is currently associate professor at the Department of Food
Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria. He has more than 15 years of
teaching and research experience. He is a technical and scientific consultant of several
companies, agencies and scientific journals. He has 500 publications/communications which
include 8 books, 28 book chapters, 80 original research papers, 380 research communications in
international and national conferences and has registered 15 patents. His research interest
includes bioprocess engineering with emphasis on microalgal biotechnology and environmental
Shamsher S. Kanwar Himachal Pradesh University Shimla India Biography
Biography of Shamsher S. Kanwar
Dr Shamsher S. Kanwar, a Senior Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Himachal
Pradesh University, Shimla (India) does research in nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry &
biocatalysis. One of his current projects is 'Improvement of activities of industrially important
enzymes (lipase, cholesterol oxidase, ribonuclease, L-methionase, alkaline protease &
peroxidase) by protein engineering, rational design and enzyme immobilization'. Dr. Kanwar has
guided 175 students for their Post Graduate Degrees in Biotechnology with dissertation(s), 26
students for Master of Philosophy Degree and 16 students for Ph.D. Degree in Biotechnology.
He has published 185 papers in national and international journals. He has also filed six patents
and five of these have already been published.
Loganathan Karthik East China University of Science and Technology Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Loganathan Karthik
Dr. L. Karthik is presently an Post Doctoral Scientist in ECUST, Shanghai, China under the guidance of eminent scientist Prof. Lixin Zhang. His interest, as a postdoctoral fellow at ECUST, is to develop the CRISPR/Cas12a assisted tools for metabolic engineering. He had published around 70 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals He is Communication committee member of International chemical biology society.
In 2016, he got Prestigious “Young Scientist Award” from Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists for his outstanding research work. and also he got Best Research scholar award-2012 from VIT University. He got 200 young scientist-2012 fellowship (DST) for to attend International conference.
Vinod Labhasetwar Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Cleveland, OH USA Biography
Biography of Vinod Labhasetwar
Dr. Vinod Labhasetwar, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Cancer Nanomedicine program. His laboratory’s primary research focus over the past 25+ years has been in both basic and translational nanomedicine, with specific interest in cancer imaging and therapy (metastasis, drug resistance), cardiovascular diseases (restenosis, cardiac arrhythmia), and neuroprotective treatments for CNS injuries (stroke, spinal cord and blast-associated traumatic brain injury). He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, editorials, and has given over 100 invited talks. Moreover, Dr. Labhasetwar has over 20 US and International patents.
Chi Lee University of Missouri Kansas USA Biography
Biography of Chi Lee
Chi Lee, Ph.D. is Professor in the division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UMKC, and
began at the school on September 1, 1999. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
from Seoul National University and then went on to complete his MS in pharmacokinetics from
the University of Washington in Seattle and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Rutgers
University, New Jersey. Before coming to UMKC, he was Assistant Professor in the
Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeast Louisiana University.
He has been working on the development and evaluation of implantable formulations,
transdermal/transmucosal and gene delivery systems for cardiovascular diseases as well as
inflammatory diseases including AIDS.
Jian-Zhong Liu Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou China Biography
Biography of Jian-Zhong Liu
Dr. Jian-Zhong Liu is a professor of microbiology and the director of Institute of Synthetic Biology of Sun Yat-Sen University in China. He obtained his B.S. degree from South China University of Technology in 1986 and his Ph.D. degree from Sun Yat-Sen University in 2001. His research interests are microbial metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for overproduction of high value-added products, b-carotene, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin), terpenoid compounds, putrescine and aromatic compounds, etc; and comparative omics. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 85 articles in various journals, having total citations of over 1500.
Alexander M.Seifalian The London BioScience Innovation Centre London UK Biography
Biography of Alexander M.Seifalian
Alexander M. Seifalian (AMS) is director of Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine Commercialisation at the London BioScience Innovation Centre and Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. He is Fellow of the Institute of Nanotechnology (FIoN) and Society of Biology (FSB), and has published over 650 peer-reviewed articles, two books and 12 international patents. AMS has a significant track record with regard to generating impact through the translation of technology from the laboratory directly to the clinic and has demonstrated that nanocomposite materials and stem cells are core to the next generation of surgical implants with highly successful outcomes in a number of pioneering projects. This led to the development of the world’s first synthetic trachea, nasal and ear reconstruction, lacrimal duct conduit, and small diameter bypass grafts for coronary artery and vascular replacement, which has entered clinical trials, all of which have been used as first-in-man.
Peter X. Ma University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI USA Biography
Biography of Peter X. Ma
Dr. Peter X Ma received his B.S. in Polymer Chemistry and M.S. in Polymer Materials from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Rutgers University. He then did his postdoctoral research at MIT and Harvard Medical School on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan. He is a tenured Full Professor with quadruple appointments in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences in the School of Dentistry, the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. He has published around 230 journal articles and book chapters along with 4 books to his credit.
Datta Madamwar Sardar Patel University Vallabh Vidyanagar India Biography
Biography of Datta Madamwar
Dr. Datta Madamwar obtained his M.Sc. in Microbiology from Nagpur University, Nagpur, and Ph.D. from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Since Jun 1998, he is Professor in the Department of Biosciences at Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar. His major work involves molecular phylogenetic approaches (based on 16S rDNA amplification, RFLP, ARDRA, DGGE, TGGE, etc.) to determine Uncultivable and Cultivable bacterial diversity of heavy metal resistant bacteria and polycyclic aromatic compounds degrading organisms. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 200 articles in various journals, having total number of citations of around 4,715.
Razzagh Mahmoudi Qazvin University of Medical Sciences Qazvin Iran Biography
Biography of Razzagh Mahmoudi
Dr. Razzagh Mahmoudi completed his PhD from Urmia University, Iran in Dec. 2010. He is currently employed by Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran, as an associated professor at the department of Food Hygiene and Safety. Dr. Mahmoudi has taught in the subject areas of Food Chemistry, Milk hygiene and industry and Food Microbiology for both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research has been focused on the area of natural preservatives in food industry.
Shawn Mansfield University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC Canada Biography
Biography of Shawn Mansfield
Professor Shawn Denton Mansfield obtained his Ph.D. degree (1997) in Forest Products Biotechnology from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Since Jul 2009, he holds the positions of Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Wood Science at University of British Columbia. The long-term objective of Prof. Mansfield’s research program is directed at understanding the innate differences in fibre composition and morphological characteristics existing in tree lines within species, and elucidating what impacts these phenotypic traits have on wood processing and product quality. He, as an author/co-author, has published more than 200 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 7,640.
Damiano Gustavo Mita Institute of Genetics and Biophysics - CNR via Pietro Castellino Naples Italy Biography
Biography of Damiano Gustavo Mita
Graduated in Physics on December 1969, started his scientific career on 1970 as Researcher of CNR becoming successively Director of Research. Since 1991 Prof. Mita has become full professor of Biophysics at the Second University of Naples. His main research activity is focused on the application of the technology of immobilized enzymes in agro-food and pharmaceutical industry, and in the field of ecotoxicology, particularly on the effects of endocrine disruptors in living organisms. Prof. Mita authored 130 papers, several chapters and some patents.
Actually Prof. Mita is Director of the National Laboratory on Endocrine Disruptors of the Interuniversity Consortium INBB
Ryuichi Morishita Osaka University Osaka Japan Biography
Biography of Ryuichi Morishita
Ryuichi Morishita, M.D., Ph.D., graduated Osaka University Medical School in 1987, and received Ph. D. from Osaka University in 1991. After postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, he served as an Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Osaka University Medical School from 1994 to 1998. Then, from 1998 to 2003, he was Associate Professor, Division of Gene Therapy Science, Osaka University Medical School. Then, he became Professor & Chairman of Division of Clinical Gene Therapy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University Medical School from 2003.
Vikneswaran Murugaiyah Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang Malaysia Biography
Biography of Vikneswaran Murugaiyah
Dr. Vikneswaran Murugaiyah obtained his Ph.D. degree (in 2008) from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently he is employed as Associate Professor and Deputy Dean (Research, Postgraduates & Networking) in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia. His research interest comprises of Hormetic phytochemicals and cholinesterase inhibitors for neurodegenerative and lipid disorders. Dr. Murugaiyah has published over 100 manuscripts and his documents have received citations greater than 915.
Poonam Singh Nigam University of Ulster Coleraine UK Biography
Biography of Poonam Singh Nigam
Dr Poonam Singh (Nigam), PhD in Industrial Microbiology (1985), Postdoctoral Research Fellow Germany (1985-1988), joined Ulster University, UK as full time staff in 1990. Qualified as Chartered Biologist (1992), received Post-graduate qualification in University Teaching, UK (1998), the status of Fellow and Senior Fellow - The Higher Education Academy, UK in 2007 and 2014, respectively; Fellow of Royal society of Biology, London UK, Fellow - Centre of Higher Education Research & Practice, UK 2014, Fellow - International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France 2014, Fellow - The Biotechnology Research Society India (2013). Google Scholar http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=-Pkpe_cAAAAJ&hl=en
Bing Niu Shanghai University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Bing Niu
Bing Niu is an Associate Professor in the School of Life Science at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China. His research has focused upon the novel algorithms for bioinformatics techniques and drug design, and has led to authorship on over 50 scientific articles which have been cited more than 500. Currently, he served as guest editor of BioMedResearch International and Current Pharmaceutical Design.
Hanefi Ozbek İstanbul Medipol University Istabul Turkey
Anita Pandey Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Biotechnological Applications Uttarakhand India Biography
Biography of Anita Pandey
Dr. Pandey is a Ph.D. in the area of Microbiology. Her research areas are Microbial Diversity and Biotechnological Applications, that includes Rhizosphere Microbiology (Microbial inoculants), Extremophiles: Thermophiles and Psychrophiles,Microbial enzymes and bioactive compounds, Water microbes (Coliforms), Plant based antimicrobials, and Microbiology of fermented foods. Dr. Pandey is a Member of Expert Committee on Soil, Sediment and Microbial Diversity. She is also a Member of Editorial Board of many International Journals such as International Journal of Tea Science.
Girdhar K. Pandey University of Delhi South Campus New Delhi India Biography
Biography of Girdhar K. Pandey
Prof. Pandey received Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India and pursed his post-doctoral research work at the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley. Currently, he is working as Professor in the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Delhi University South Campus. His group’s research interest is to understand the detail mechanistic interplay of signal transduction networks in plants under mineral nutrient deficiency and abiotic stresses. He has published more than 60 scientific publications, edited 7 books/volumes and also has 2 US patents.
Visit his lab web-page for further information about research work: http://www.dpmb.ac.in/index.php?page=girdhar-pandey; https://sites.google.com/site/gkplab/home
Kun Ping Lu Harvard Medical School Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Kun Ping Lu
Kun Ping Lu, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Chief of the Division of Translational Therapeutics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He discovers a unique phosphorylation-specific proline isomerase, Pin1 that helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease and whose aberrant activation helps promote the development of cancer. Based on these discoveries, his laboratory is working to develop an antibody therapy for the early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury, and Pin1 chemical inhibitors to overcome drug resistance in cancer treatments.
K.M. Poluri Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Roorkee India Biography
Biography of K.M. Poluri
Dr. Krishna Mohan Poluri is currently working as an Associate. Professor at Biotechnology
Department, IIT-Roorkee. He completed his PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
TIFR-Mumbai, and Post-doc from Rutgers University & University of Texas Medical Branch
(UTMB-Texas). His areas of expertise are Structural Biology, Protein Engineering, Bio-
molecular Interactions, Glycoimmunology, Virology and Structure based design of Therapeutics
and Scaffolds, Bionanotechnology, Algal Biotechnology etc. He has published ~ 75 Research
articles and book chapters in various reputed international Journals such as Journal of Biological
chemistry (JBC) Biochemistry, BBA General Subjects, Biochemical Journal, RSC Advances,
Carbohydrate Polymers and Biotechnology for Biofuels etc. He authored a book on “Protein
Engineering Techniques”. He won several awards and fellowships for his research work. Most
prominent are: Young scientist awards from Indian Science Congress association (ISCA) -2009,
National Academy of Sciences India (NASI)-2014, and Innovative Young Biotechnologist
Award (IYBA)-2013 by DBT.
Guy M. Poppy University of Southampton Hampshire UK Biography
Biography of Guy M. Poppy
Dr. Guy M. Poppy, did DPhil University of Oxford (1987- 1990). He did BSc, ARCS Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (1984-1987). He was appointed as Visiting Professor – Imperial College (2010). Since 2011, he is Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Research and Director of University Strategic Research Groups (reporting to PVC Research). He is responsible for coordinating multidisciplinary strategy at the University of Southampton and Leading 11 Grand Challenge cross-faculty groupings securing about £100 million of research income and central to the University Vision and Strategy.
Carlo M. Pozzi University of Milan Milan Italy Biography
Biography of Carlo M. Pozzi
Carlo Pozzi is an accomplished plant geneticist. He got a PhD from Cologne University (Germany), at the Max-Planck Institute. He led plant research laboratories in public and private sectors, in Italy and Switzerland. He was appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Milano in 2015.
Anil K. Puniya Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Ludhiana India Biography
Biography of Anil K. Puniya
Dr. Anil Puniya has contributed remarkably in the field of animal sciences especially in dairy &
rumen microbiology. Most outstandingly, he reported two novel genera of anaerobic fungi
(Oontomyces anksri & Buwchfawromyces eastonii), which were only the 7th & 8th genera
since their discovery in mid seventies. His research was not limited only to publish in reputed
journals (>150 research/ reviews/ chapters; 03 books; 05 manuals; news & views); but also
developed most-efficient direct-fed microbials that improved animal-nutrition & productivity
X. Qi Jiangsu University Zhenjiang China Biography
Biography of X. Qi
Dr. Xianghui Qi is working as a Professor in the School of Food & Biological Engineering, Jiangsu
University, China. His research interests: Biosynthesis of high value-added chemicals by microbes
and engineered strains; Discovery of novel genes, enzymes and new strains; Rational & Irrational
design of microbial enzymes; Isolation, identification and evolution of microbes; Metabolic
engineering & Pathway engineering of functional microbes, and biotransformation; Metabolic
regulation based on the research of microbial omics; Application of high value-added products
including functional sugar alcohols by biosynthesis and biotransformation based on microbial
Arthur J. Ragauskas University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN USA Biography
Biography of Arthur J. Ragauskas
Arthur Ragauskas held the first Fulbright Chair in Alternative Energy and is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Academy of Wood Science and TAPPI. In 2014, he assumed a Governor’s Chair for Biorefining based in University of Tennessee’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries and serves in the US Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL. His research program is directed at understanding and exploiting innovative sustainable bioresources for biofuels, and bio-based materials and chemicals.
Daniel Rittschof Duke University Marine Laboratory Beaufort, NC USA Biography
Biography of Daniel Rittschof
Dr. Daniel Rittschof obtained Ph.D. degree (1975) and M.S. degree from University of Michigan (1970). He was awarded Community Choice Award, Langmuir in 2011 and also awarded Quarterly Journal of Ship Hull Performance in 2011. His areas of focus are: 1) Ecology and behavioral biology of local macroinvertebrates such as blue crabs and mud snails; 2) Barnacle models as they relate to fouling and the prevention of fouling and bioadhesives; 3. Impacts of xenobiotics on behavior and reproduction.
Gregory L. Rorrer Oregon State University Corvallis, OR USA Biography
Biography of Gregory L. Rorrer
Dr. Gregory L. Rorrer obtained his Ph.D. degree (in 1989) in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. Dr. Rorrer is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. His research expertise areas include the following: Marine biotechnology; Bioprocess engineering of phototrophic organisms for fuels and value-added products; and, Bionanotechnology, focusing on biological fabrication of nanostructured semiconductor materials for applications in biosensing and optoelectronics. Dr. Rorrer, as an author/co-author, has published more than 125 articles in various journals, having a considerable number of total citations, i.e. over 2,525.
Badal C. Saha National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research Peoria, IL USA Biography
Biography of Badal C. Saha
Dr. Badal Saha obtained his Ph.D. in Microbial Technology from Kyushu University, Japan. He is working as Research Chemist at USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL. Dr. Saha has over 32 years of research experience in fermentation and industrial biotechnology. He has authored 181 research publications (including book chapters and review articles), 198 meeting abstracts and 9 patents. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Fermentation (open access journal). Dr. Saha has served as President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (2010-11). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.
Ganesh Sahoo Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences (RMRIMS) Patna India
Peer Schenk The University of Queensland Brisbane Australia Biography
Biography of Peer Schenk
Professor Peer Schenk graduated from Georg August University in Göttingen and completed his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding in Cologne. He heads a large research team at The University of Queensland, Australia where he is finding game-changing solutions from Science and Technology to address Food and Energy Security (www.schenklab.com). His work includes the development of new disease resistant plants and algae for food, feed and biofuel, leading to >180 papers and 7 patents. He developed new commercial crop cultivars, constructed the first Algae Energy Farm in Australia and founded start-up companies Nexgen Plants and Qponics Pty Ltd.
Ashok Shetty Duke University Medical Centre Durham, NC USA Biography
Biography of Ashok Shetty
Dr. Ashok K. Shetty, obtained his B.Sc. degree in Zoology, Chemistry and Botany, Mysore University, Mysore, India (1980). He did M.Sc. in Human Anatomy, Mysore University, Mysore, India (1983). Later, he became Ph.D. in Neuroscience, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India (1990). Since 1991, Dr. Shetty is a Medical Research Scientist, Medical Research Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Currently he is also a Professor in Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. His peer reviewed publications include 89 research articles, 71 original research articles and 18 review articles.
Soner Soylu Mustafa Kemal University Antakya Turkey Biography
Biography of Soner Soylu
Prof.Dr. Soner Soylu received his PhD from Wye College, University of London, UK in 1998. Since He is working at the Department of Plant Protection, Mustafa Kemal University, Agriculture Faculty as Academician & Researcher Professor Dr.
He has more than 20 years research experience and has guided MSc and PhD thesis & Studies in the field of Plant Pathology. He is the principal investigator several externally funded projects in this area. He has published more hundreds research papers, book chapters and conference proceedings. His published research papers in different aspects have been extensively cited and has been included among "The Top 10 Cited Papers" in the particular Journal category in the area of Agriculture Science.
Indresh K. Srivastava Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Corporation Emeryville, California United States Biography
Biography of Indresh K. Srivastava
Dr. Indresh K. Srivastava is currently the Manufacturing Technology Site Head, Meriden and Pearl River, Sanofi Pasteur. He did his Ph.D in the year 1984 from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India. He was selected as Fellow of the month by ISV in the year 2018. His research interests are Molecular Biology, Modern glycoprotein & carbohydrate characterization techniques, Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Srivastava is also Member of Scientific Advisory Boards and reviewer of numerous international Journals.
Tore Straume NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA USA Biography
Biography of Tore Straume
Dr. Straume received a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from the University of California in 1982, BS and MS from the University of Washington (1973, 1976). Dr. Straume’s present position at NASA includes advancing our understanding of health effects from radiation exposure during deep space exploration missions such as Mars and the development of methods and technologies to mitigate such hazards. His core expertise is radiation science applied to radiobiology, biophysics, and novel radiation detection technologies. He has also pioneered the development of biotechnologies and is inventor or co-inventor of ten patents in the biotechnology field.
Jeffrey P. Sutton President, CEO and Institute Director, National Space Biomedical Research Institute Director, Center for Space Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX USA Biography
Biography of Jeffrey P. Sutton
Dr. Jeffrey Paul Sutton did his undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Physics, subsequently earning his M.D., M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Theoretical Physics) degrees from the University of Toronto. He completed his postgraduate medical education at Harvard Medical School. He is the Friedkin Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and also the Chairman of the Board of the NASA-supported Translational Research Institute for Space Health. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Tomohiro Tamura National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Sapporo Japan Biography
Biography of Tomohiro Tamura
Dr. Tomohiro Tamura did both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Major: Nutrition / Sports Sciences) from University of Tsukuba in 1987 and 1989. Later he obtained his Ph.D. degree (Majoring in Molecular Biology) from University of Tokushima in 1993. Since 2014, Dr. Tamura has been a director of Bioproduction Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Dr. Tamura has also been a Professor in Laboratory of Molecular Environmental Microbiology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University since 2002 . He has around 130 publications in original peer-reviewed articles and 13 in review articles or book chapters.
Shashi K. Tiwari University of California San Diego, CA USA Biography
Biography of Shashi K. Tiwari
Dr. Shashi Kant Tiwari is a research fellow at the Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego USA. He obtained his Ph. D. (Biological Sciences) from Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research- India (2015). He has more than 20 publications in peer reviewed journals and awarded with prizes such as “INSA Medal” for young scientist (2015) and “The Tokuji Ikenaka Prize” for best presentation in 10th Biennial Meeting of APSN in Thailand (2010). His main research interests include understanding signaling mechanisms of neurotoxicants, drugs and viral infection mediated neurological disorders.”
Gilles Truan INSA Toulouse Toulouse France Biography
Biography of Gilles Truan
Gilles Truan is a CNRS Research Director. He is the head of the Metabolic Engineering Department and the leader of the Molecular and Metabolic Engineering team in the Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés (LISBP), a mixed research unit attached to INRA, CNRS and INSA Toulouse. He also leads the French research group on Synthetic and Systems Biology (GDR BioSynSys). The MME team is a leader in the field of Synthetic Biology in France with strong focuses on building new functionalities in protein and metabolic reconstruction. Gilles Truan was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2001.
Silvia Vincenzetti School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine Camerimo Italy Biography
Biography of Silvia Vincenzetti
Dr. Silvia Vincenzetti obtained her Master Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Camerino, Italy in 1988 and PhD in Biology (curriculum: Biochemical Sciences) in 1990. Since 2005, she is an Associate Professor in Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology in the School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine from University of Camerino. Dr. Vincenzetti has numerous scientific publications to her credit.
Jeremy S. Webb University of Southampton Southampton UK Biography
Biography of Jeremy S. Webb
Jeremy S. Webb obtained his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from University of Manchester, UK in 2000. He was the Director of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at University of Southampton, UK (2012-2016) and become Professor of Microbiology at University of Southampton, UK (2015-Present). He has published 59 journal articles, 3 book chapters and has filed 2 patents.
Shang-Tian Yang The Ohio State University Columbus, OH USA Biography
Biography of Shang-Tian Yang
Dr. Shang-Tian Yang obtained his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1984. He was awarded Outstanding Contribution Award from Chinese Academic and Professional Association in 1992. His research areas include Biotechnology, Bioengineering, and Bioprocessing. His current research program covers two important areas in bioprocessing and bioengineering. The first one is animal cell culture and tissue engineering; the second one is bioprocessing for value-added products. He has published 280 general articles and 24 patents.
Ruiwen Zhang University of Houston Houston, TX USA Biography
Biography of Ruiwen Zhang
Dr. Zhang has extensive expertise and experiences in translational biomedical research, particularly translational medicine, cancer therapy and prevention, pharmacogenomics and therapeutics. He has published more than 210 papers, 2 books, more than 50 invited reviews/book chapters, and more than 180 meeting abstracts. Dr. Zhang has made more than 200 invited presentations. He is a certified toxicologist by the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.). He is also an editor-in-chief, associate-editor-in-chief, associate editor, or editorial board member of 25 scientific journals. Dr. Zhang has been elected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 2009.
Dr. Rafiq Hasan obtained MBBS (Medicine) degree during 1986 – 1992 from University of London, United Medical and Dental Schools and St Thomas' Hospital Medical School. Dr. Hasan trained as a physician in United Kingdom. After 3 years in clinical practice, he entered the pharmaceutical industry. During the period of 18 years, he gained vast experience in a variety of commercial and clinical roles of responsibility both in the United Kingdom and at international level at Novartis and Bayer. Before joining Bayer (in his present role in 2013), Dr. Hasan was the Global Head of Ophthalmology at Novartis Pharma AG.
William Kennedy Genentech South San Francisco, CA USA Biography
Biography of William Kennedy
Dr. William Kennedy’s received training academic experience is in the areas of structural biology, molecular genetics, protein chemistry, nucleic acid chemistry, developmental biology, pediatrics and infectious diseases. He is a pediatric infectious disease specialist in San Francisco, California. He received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is currently Senior Medical Director at Genentech (September 2012 – Present). His professional goals include regenerative medicine, biotech innovation in novel drug platforms, novel biomarkers, translational medicine, infectious disease, autoimmunity, neurobiology and pediatric drug development.
Manfred Kircher Chairman of the Advisory Board, Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie - CLIB2021 Düsseldorf Germany Biography
Biography of Manfred Kircher
Based on more than 30 years’ experience in chemical industry and bioeconomy he works on regional as well as international bioeconomy strategies. Manfred Kircher’s career milestones are biotechnological research and development (Degussa AG, Germany), production (Fermas s.r.o.; Slovakia), venture capital (Burrill & Company; USA), biotechnology partnering and branding (Evonik Industries AG; Germany) and building the bioeconomy cluster CLIB2021 (Germany). In 2014 he joined KADIB, a company consulting on important aspects of industrial bioeconomy.
Jesper Lau Novo Nordisk Copenhagen Denmark Biography
Biography of Jesper Lau
Dr. Jesper Lau studied biology and chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark. After his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1990, and a research visitor stay in the group of Professor Barry Trost at Stanford University in California, he joined Health Care Discovery at Novo Nordisk. Jesper Lau possesses long-term expertise within combinatorial chemistry, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, but since 2002, has been engaged in protein and peptide engineering. The main focus has been establishing technologies to improve the therapeutic properties of endogenous peptides and proteins.
Stacy R. Lindborg Vice President, Biostatistics, Biogen Idec Cambridge, MD USA Biography
Biography of Stacy R. Lindborg
Dr. Stacy R. Lindborg, Ph.D., is a Vice President, Biostatistics, Biogen Idec, where she has been working since 2012. Prior to this, she was at Eli Lilly & Company for 16 years spanning a number of roles, including Sr. Dir., Global Statistics & Advanced Analytics, Director R&D Strategy & Decision Sciences, etc. Dr. Lindborg’s research interests include applications of novel design and analysis methods to solve real world problems in the pharmaceutical industry. Specific areas of interest include Bayesian methodology, Adaptive Designs, Missing Data problems, and Portfolio Productivity. She has 35+ collaborative and methodological manuscripts published in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 2,580 (Scopus accessed on 10-Nov-2017).
T. Shantha Raju Scientific Director, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson Springhouse, PA USA Biography
Biography of T. Shantha Raju
Dr. Raju obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemistry from the University of Mysore, Mysore, INDIA. Dr. Raju also holds a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Mysore. Currently Dr. Raju is a Senior Director and Head of Global Bioassay & Quality at Medimmune. He has published more than 40 scientific publications including several book chapters and is named inventor of several issued U.S and worldwide patents. Dr. Raju is currently serving as the Editorial Board member of several journals.
John leads the clinical research group within Purdue Pharma, Stamford, CT. Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Renger spent 15 years with Merck where he was a key innovator for Belsomra, a first-in-class dual orexin receptor antagonist for primary insomnia. John was a Merck-MIT Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his work focused on understanding the genetic, developmental and physiological basis of memory. Before MIT, Dr. Renger worked at the Institute for Chemical and Physical Research, RIKEN, Japan studying the genetic basis of plasticity in the visual system. Dr. Renger earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the University of Iowa.
Alison Schecter Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Alison Schecter
Dr. Alison Schecter, M.D., completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and her Cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital with a research fellowship at Mount Sinai. She is currently a Vice President of Cardiovascular and Metabolism (CVM) Scientific Innovation at the J&J Innovation Center, Boston. In her role at J&J, Dr. Schecter is responsible for identifying novel product opportunities and technologies, leading cross-functional teams, both internally and externally, and jointly developing deal structures. In a global health role, her NIH-supported academic research focused on chemokine and cytokine signaling in cardiovascular and viral diseases with over 50 peer-reviewed papers.
Bernardo Silva Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI) São Paulo Brazil Biography
Biography of Bernardo Silva
Dr. Bernardo Silva is an Economist and International Affairs professional with experience of over a decade, of global corporate and government affairs, in Latin America, North America and Europe, and has an extensive network of top-level government authorities, international organizations’ officials, and senior executives from the world’s leading corporations. He is currently Executive President at Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (ABBI), Brazil (Jan 2015 to Present). His specialties include International Business Development; Strategic Advice; Partnerships and Community Building; Global Corporate and Government Affairs; Foreign Direct Investments and Trade Promotion; Policy Analysis and Advocacy.
Paul-Peter Tak Senior Vice President, GlaxoSmithKline Stevenage UK Biography
Biography of Paul-Peter Tak
Paul-Peter Tak received his medical degree cum laude from the Free University in Amsterdam and was trained as an internist, rheumatologist and immunologist at Leiden University Medical Center, where he also received his PhD. He served as Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the Academic Medical Centre/University of Amsterdam (AMC) for 12 years. He is currently Chief Immunology Officer and Senior Vice President R&D Pipeline at GSK. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Michael Wagner is currently Director, Head of Peptides, R&TM Diabetes Division, at Sanofi, Frankfurt, Germany (Oct 2012 to Present). He is also Director Medicinal Chemistry / Head of Medicinal Chemistry 3 - R&D Diabetes Division, at Sanofi-Aventis (Apr 2010 to Present). Previously he worked on the following positions at Sanofi: (1) Senior Principal Scientist, Sanofi-Aventis (Jan 2006 to Apr 2010); and (2) Research Scientist, Sanofi-Aventis (Feb 2002 to Dec 2005). This shows that he has been committed to working at Sanofi and has contributed to a large extent in terms of success at this company.
Scott Wasserman Amgen Thousand Oaks, CA USA Biography
Biography of Scott Wasserman
Dr. Wasserman received his M.D., Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Medical School and his B.S., Magna Cum Laude from Haverford College. He completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University.
Currently, Dr. Wasserman is the Vice President, Head of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Therapeutic Area and Head of the Development Design Center at Amgen. He is responsible for Amgen’s cardiovascular and metabolic strategy through the development and registration of novel cardiovascular and metabolic therapeutics, evaluating and in-licensing external assets, and optimizing and innovating the design of clinical development programs and studies across Amgen.
Dennis M. Zaller Executive Director, Celgene Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Dennis M. Zaller
Dr. Dennis M. Zaller completed his B.S. (1979) in Biology from University at Albany (SUNY), New York, USA. Dr. Zaller then obtained his Ph.D. (1987) in Biological Sciences from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is currently Executive Director at Celgene (Oct 2015 to Present), where he focuses on Alliance Research, Immunology & Inflammation. Previously, he has worked on the following positions: (1) Executive Director, Merck (Sep 1990 to Sep 2015), and (2) Senior Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology (Sep 1987 to Aug 1990).
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Saurabh Bhatia Amity University Gurgaon India Biography
Biography of Saurabh Bhatia
Dr. Saurabh Bhatia earned his Ph.D. degree (2015) in Pharmaceutical technology from Jadavpur University, India. Dr. Saurabh currently serves as the Associate Professor in Amity Institute of Pharmacy, Amity University, India. His current research is broadly in the fields of biotechnology, natural product science, nanotechnology, parasitology, polymeric sciences and biomaterials. He has also been a pioneer in the exploration of various algae based polymers and its various applications in various pharmaceutical sciences. He is the author of 10 books in biotechnology, nanotechnology, biopolymers, microbiology, author/co-author of several scientific articles, and the Editor of various scientific journals. His research focuses on the pharmaceutical importance of biopolymers and their applications in advanced drug delivery systems.
Muhammad Irfan University of Sargodha Sargodha Pakistan Biography
Biography of Muhammad Irfan
Dr. Muhammad Irfan is working as an Assistant Professor in Department of
Biotechnology, University of Sargodha Pakistan. He received his doctorate degree from
Shenyang Agricultural University P.R. China. He is also a researcher at Food &
Biotechnology Research Center, PCSIR laboratories complex, ferozpure road Lahore
Pakistan. He is an editorial/advisory board member of various international repute
journals. He has published many research articles in national and international repute
Prasant Kumar Jena University of California Davis Sacramento, CA USA Biography
Biography of Prasant Kumar Jena
Dr. Jena received BSc in Biological Sciences and MSc in Biotechnology from Berhampur University and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Nirma University (India). Dr. Jena has more than 9 years of research experience in studying the impact of diet and gut microbiota on the development of metabolic diseases including obesity, diabetes, and carcinogenesis. In graduate studies, Dr. Jena developed a sugar diet-induced diabetes rat model to study the effect of microbiota and probiotic intervention in lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Currently, at University of California Davis, Dr. Jena has been working on Western diet through bile acid signaling pathways and gut microbiota effect on gastrointestinal carcinogenesis and metabolism.
Venkata S. Kotakadi Sri Venkateswara University Tirupati India Biography
Biography of Venkata S. Kotakadi
I am a dedicated and self-disciplined scientist, with M.Sc., Ph.D in Virology and over three years’ experience as a Post-doctoral fellow in University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA. Faculty of Biotechnology for three years in academia and presently working as Research Scientist since 2011 to till date. Over my research career, I have developed key skills necessary for the analysis of molecular and cellular changes associated with Plant and Human diseases. These include current and cutting-edge in viral, Molecular techniques in Molecular virology, Cancer biology, Cell biology, Molecular biology and Nanotechnology. I have the necessary oral and written skills to properly communicate my research that enables me to work well in a team environment.
Fan-hao Meng China Medical University Shenyang China Biography
Biography of Fan-hao Meng
Dr. Fan-hao Meng did B.S. ShenYang from Pharmaceutical University, ShenYang, China in 1988. He also obtained his M.S. ShenYang from Pharmaceutical University ShenYang, China and Ph.D. ShenYang from Pharmaceutical University, ShenYang, China in 1991 and 2004 respectively. Since 2004, he is Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy, China Medical University, ShenYang, China. Dr. Meng has numerous honors and publications to his credit.
Mohd. Mohsin Jamia Millia Islamia University New Dehli India Biography
Biography of Mohd. Mohsin
Dr. Mohd. Mohsin is an Assistant Professor in JMI, New Delhi, India. He did his BSc Biotechnology and MSC Biosciences from JMI. In 2009, he was awarded ICMR-JRF fellowship. His research interest focuses around the understanding and unraveling the molecular events in the living cells and developing “Genetically Encoded Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-based nanosensors. Dr. Mohsin’s contribution was considered quite impactful by scientific community and he received the “Young Scientist award” in 2015 from the government of India and also “innovative research award” in 2017. Dr. Mohsin is currently serving as editorial member and reviewer of several journals.
Nitesh K. Poddar Invertis University Bareilly India Biography
Biography of Nitesh K. Poddar
Dr. Nitesh Kumar Poddar has obtained a Ph.D degree in protein chemistry from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. As a postdoc at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA and Toledo University, Ohio, USA, he gained his experience in the field of nano-biotechnology and neurological disorders. He has published several papers of international repute in the field of chemical chaperones, protein folding and misfolding. His area of interest includes biophysics, protein folding and misfolding, nanotechnology and neurological disorders.
Saurav J. Sarma University of Missouri Columbia, MO USA Biography
Biography of Saurav J. Sarma
Dr. Sarma obtained his PhD in medicinal organic chemistry from Wake Forest University, USA. Further as
a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri he developed multifunctional nanomaterials for
targeted drug delivery and tissue imaging and also served as the NMR spectroscopy laboratory manager
at the Nano-Medicine center at the University of Missouri. Currently as a staff researcher at the
Metabolomics center of the University of Missouri, he investigates integrated application of NMR and
mass spectroscopy methods towards biomarker discovery for various diseases in plants and human. He
has, published his research work in various high impact journals and serves as a reviewer for multiple
Sinosh Skariyachan Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering Bangalore India Biography
Biography of Sinosh Skariyachan
Dr. Sinosh Skariyachan, is working as Associate Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He has pursued his post graduations in Microbiology (M. Sc) and Bioinformatics (M. Sc) and obtained his Ph. D in Biotechnology. He has fifteen years of experience in teaching and research. His key research domains are Medical Microbiology (Antimicrobial resistance), Environmental and Food Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics, Molecular Modeling and Computational Drug Designing. His major research focuses are selection and screening of novel natural therapeutic against probable drug targets of multidrug resistant bacteria isolated from various sources by structure based virtual screening approaches.
Subramani Srinivasan Annamalai University Annamalainagar India Biography
Biography of Subramani Srinivasan
Dr. S. Srinivasan has completed Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from Annamalai University. He is working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Annamalai University. He has 18 years teaching experience and 13 years research experience. He has published more than 22 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as a reviewer and editorial board member of several reputed journals. He is an active member of about 2 medical societies and received honors and awards i.e. Young Investigator Award in Science and Engineering Research Board from government of India. Currently he is committed in exploring the naturally occurring phytochemicals for intervention of diabetes mellitus. This involves conducting anti-diabetic studies with natural plant sources in animal models.
Katarzyna Wińska Wroclaw University of Science and Technology Wrocław Poland Biography
Biography of Katarzyna Wińska
Katarzyna Wińska studied chemistry at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland, from 1994-1999. She received PhD degree in the field of organic chemistry from the University of Wroclaw, Poland, in 2008. She received habilitation degree in the fields of biological sciences and biotechnology from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, in 2017. She was the laureate of the competition "Inventor 2011" organized by the Chief of Technical Organization, the Polish Patent Office, the Association of Polish Inventors and Innovators and editor of the "Przegląd Techniczny" (“Technical Review”).
Dimitrios P. Nikolelis University of Athens Athens Greece
Prof. Dimitrios P. Nikolelis received his Ph.D. degree in 1976 from University of Athens, Greece. Prof. Nikolelis is currently a Professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at University of Athens. He is the Editor of 5 books on Biosensors, author/co-author of over 150 scientific articles, and the Editor of many scientific journals. His research focuses on the fabrication of portable biosensors for uses in the field. The group of Prof. Nikolelis group has recently utilized graphene and ZnO (Zinc Oxide) to develop chemical nanosensors for species of clinical or food significance, such as urea, uric acid, cholesterol, etc.