Ben M. Dunn Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Florida College of Medicine Gainesville, FL USA Email: email@example.com Biography
Biography of 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.
Jiangning Song Monash Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Monash University Melbourne Australia
Mohammed Akhter Hossain University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia Biography
Biography of Mohammed Akhter Hossain
Prof. M. Akhter Hossain completed his Ph.D. in 2001 at Tokyo Institute of
Technology (Japan) and undertook postdoctoral studies at Joseph Fourier University (France) and the Howard
Florey Institute (Australia). He has been the Head of the Insulin Peptides Laboratory since 2012 at the now-
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne. He has published > 115 papers
(from 2000 to mid-2018) in key international journals including the Journal of American Chemical Society,
Angewandte Chemie, and Chemical Science. Five of his discoveries have been patented. His research group is
interested in designing peptidomimetics and developing novel chemical methods for preparing therapeutic
insulin and insulin-like peptides.
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Predrag Cudic Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Florida Atlantic University Jupiter, FL USA Biography
Biography of Predrag Cudic
Dr. Predrag Cudic earned his Ph.D, degree in Chemistry from the University of Zagreb, College of Science, Croatia, in 1996. He then he joined group of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, winner of the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, at the Collège de France in Paris, France, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. At the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Cudic's research was focused on the total solid-phase synthesis of a novel peptide antibiotic ramoplanin, its mechanism of action and structure-activity relationship. His research interests at that time were focused on the design and synthesis of biomimetic carbohydrate receptors, and solid-phase synthesis and biological evaluation of nonribosomal peptide natural products.
Márcio V. Ramos Departamento de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular Universidade Federal do Ceará Fortaleza-Ceará Brazil Biography
Biography of Márcio V. Ramos
Dr. Ramos is a Full Professor in the Federal University of Ceará Brazil. He holds a Doctorate in Protein Biochemistry from the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil with a one and a half year at Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France and a post-doctoral stage at Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France. For nearly 20 years he has studied plant proteins in terms of chemistry, structure, functions and biotechnological applications. Currently he investigates the role of latex proteins in plant defense against enemies and the potential use of latex proteins as biotechnological tools in agriculture and medicine.
Vladimir N. Uversky Department of Molecular Medicine University of South Florida Tampa, FL USA Biography
Biography of 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.
Anna M. Papini Dipartimento di Chimica Organica University of Florence Florence Italy Biography
Biography of 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.
Orkide Coskuner-Weber Molecular Biotechnology Turkish-German University Istanbul Turkey Biography
Biography of Orkide Coskuner-Weber
Dr. Coskuner-Weber obtained a Ph.D. degree from the
Universitaet zu Köln (Germany), then worked at Johns
Hopkins University (Maryland, USA). She also worked at
the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(Maryland, USA) along with an academic appointment at
Stanford University (California, USA). Currently, she is an
Associate Professor of Molecular Biotechnology at the
Turkish-German University (Istanbul, Turkey). She has
published more than 40 scientific publications. She has
served on the editorial boards of a number of journals and
was appointed as Regional Editor of this journal (Protein &
Peptide Letters), published by Bentham Science Publishers.
Rizwan H. Khan Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh India Biography
Biography of Rizwan 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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Luisa M. Mangoni Sapienza University Rome Italy Biography
Biography of Luisa M. Mangoni
Maria Luisa Mangoni graduated in Biology with honours at Sapienza University of Rome. In 1998, she worked at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, in the lab of Prof. Emeritus Hans G. Boman where she studied the role of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in innate immunity. In 2002, she received her PhD in Biochemistry from Sapienza University. In 2002 she was appointed as Assistant Professor and in 2012 as Associate Professor, same University. In 2014 she gained the abilitation to Full Professor in Biochemistry. Her current research interests include the structural functional characterization of amphibian skin AMPs and their derivatives for the development of new anti-infective agents. She was an invited speaker at several international conferences.
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Andrew Abell University of Adelaide Adelaide Australia Biography
Biography of Andrew 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).
Yusuf Akhter Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow India Biography
Biography of Yusuf 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.
Raghuvir K. Arni Departmento de Fisica IBILCE/UNESP Sáo Jose do Rio Preto Brazil Biography
Biography of Raghuvir 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.
Suleyman Aydin Department of Medical Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry Firat University Elazig Turkey Biography
Biography of Suleyman Aydin
Prof Suleyman Aydin has received his PhD in Illinois Institute of Technology during the period of 1999. Currently, he is working at Medical School as Professor of Medical Biohemistry in Firat University. He has authored more than 175 research articles/books. He is currently also serving as scientific Reviewer for various academic journals He is a member of Organization Committee Members, Council Members,, The American Turkish Society, Turkish Biochemical Society and The Endocrine Society). He has honoured as Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and statistics, Certificate in Clinical Trial, Trainer’s Training Certificate and Pedagogical Formation Training Certificate.
Dimitri Azar University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL USA Biography
Biography of Dimitri 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.
Anupam Bandyopadhyay Indian Institute of Technology-Ropar Rupnagar India Biography
Biography of Anupam Bandyopadhyay
Anupam Bandyopadhyay completed M.Sc. in Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University in
2007. After a short period of R&D job, he completed Ph.D. degree from IISER-Pune in 2012
under the supervision of Prof. H. N. Gopi. To gain better proficiency in biochemistry and
chemical biology, he joined Boston College as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2013 with Prof. Jianmin
Gao and later in 2016 with Prof. Bradley Pentelute’s lab at MIT. He returned to India in 2018
for a short period of bridging postdoc position with Prof. Balram’s group at NCBS-TIFR, and
since January 2019 he is appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, India. His current research includes engineering peptides for disease-related biomolecule recognition pertained to diagnostics and therapeutics discovery.
Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay Machine Intelligence Unit Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata India Biography
Biography of Sanghamitra 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.
Rajat Banerjee DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND DR. B C GUHA CENTRE FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA Calcutta India Biography
Biography of Rajat Banerjee
I am from an small urban city of Barasat, West Bengal, India. After finishing school from
Barasat Government School, I did my Bachelor’s degree with Chemistry Honors from
Barasat Government College. After that I have did my master’s in Biophysics and Molecular
Biology from Razabazar Science College under Calcutta University, Kolkata, India. I joined
in the Laboratory of Professor Siddhartha Roay, Bose Institute, Kolkata and awarded Ph. D.
degree in 2003. I worked on glutamyl-tRNA synthetase from E. coli and try to decipher how
aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases discriminate cognate tRNA from near-cognate one. Then I
joined Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science before moving to Kalyani University
in 2004. In 2005, I have joined Department of Biotechnology and Dr. B. C. Guha Centre for
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and continue research on structure-function
relationshion of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases. I have visited Professor Michael Ibba’s lab for
two years (2008-10) as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 2014, I received JSPS fellowship for
faculties and spent eight months in Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in the laboratory of
Dr. Daisuke Kiga.
My laboratory generally uses biophysical techniques such as fluorescence, Circular
dichroism, site-directed mutagenesis etc to decipher structure-function relationship of
Biswanath Bhunia National Institute of Technology Agartala India Biography
Biography of Biswanath Bhunia
Dr. Biswanath Bhunia received a PhD in 2012 from National Institute of Technology
Durgapur’s Biotechnology Program. Following completion of his PhD, Dr. Bhunia
joined to academia as a tenure-track Assistant Professor within the Department of
Bioengineering at the National Institute of Technology Agartala in 2013. Dr. Bhunia
is working on various secondary metabolite production using fungal, bacteria,
cyanobacteria, algae etc. He has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed papers, ten
book chapter, and presented at numerous national and international conference on
topics ranging from bioprocess engineering, bioinformatics, enzyme and microbial
technology, advanced purification process and modelling. Dr. Bhunia’ teaching
interests are focused on Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, and
Attila Borics Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Szeged Hungary Biography
Biography of Attila 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.
Leo Breydo University of South Florida Tampa, FL USA Biography
Biography of Leo 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.
Mariana S. Castro University of Brasília Brazilia Brazil
Eduardo M. Cilli UNESP Araraquara Brazil Biography
Biography of Eduardo 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.
Sabato D'Auria Institute of Protein Biochemistry Naples Italy Biography
Biography of Sabato 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.
Norelle Daly James Cook University Queensland Australia Biography
Biography of Norelle 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.
Swagata Dasgupta Department of Chemistry Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India Biography
Biography of Swagata 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.
Bart De Spiegeleer Dept. Pharmaceutical Analysis Ghent University Gent Belgium Biography
Biography of Bart 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.
Su-Il Do Department of Life Science Ajou University Kyonggi-do South Korea Biography
Biography of Su-Il Do
Cell surface glycoprotein, such as human transferrin receptor was biochemically analyzed, the structure of N-linked & O-linked oligosaccharides was investigated, and the specific location of single O-linked oligosaccharide was found. Biological analyses of nuclear & cytosolic O-GlcNAc, and OGT enzyme have been performed to identify cellular function of sugar residues on polypeptide backbone.Regulation of OGT enzyme activity via posttranslational modifications, such as S-nitrosylation & S-denitrosylation have been characterized in innate immune system and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ming Du Dalian Polytechnic University Dalian China Biography
Biography of Ming Du
Prof. Ming Du has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, including the articles in Nature Communications, Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, etc. Besides, he contributed 12 Books and Chapters focusing on the field of Functional Proteins and Peptides. His research activities are in the areas of (1) Structure-Activity Relationship of Proteins and Peptides; (2) Mechanism of Bioactive Proteins (Peptides) on Osteoporosis, Thrombosis, Hypertension, etc.; (3) Modification and Utilization of Food-derived Proteins by Physical Processing or Enzymatic Hydrolysis.
Vikash K. Dubey School of Biochemical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi Varanasi India Biography
Biography of Vikash 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.
Wagner Fontes Department of Cell Biology University of Brasilia Brasilia Brazil
Salvatore Foti Department of Chemical Sciences University of Catania Catania Italy Biography
Biography of Salvatore Foti
Professor Salvatore Foti graduated from the University of Catania followed by postdoctoral research at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Mainz, Germany, and at the Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Cambridge UK. He is currently Professor of Chemistry and head of the Proteomic Platform of the Bio-nanotech Research and Innovation Tower at the University of Catania. His research interest involves the use of mass spectrometry-based proteomic techniques for protein characterization. Recent applications include proteins from wheat kernel, milk and mitochondrial membrane. He is the author of over 120 scientific publications and book chapters.
Octavio Franco Universidade Catolica de Brasilia Brasilia Brazil Biography
Biography of Octavio 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.
Yanfeng Gao Zhengzhou University Zhengzhou China Biography
Biography of Yanfeng 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.
Ehud Gazit Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Israel Biography
Biography of Ehud 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.
Stefano Gianni Dept. Biochemical Sciences Sapienza University of Rome Rome Italy
Kai Hilpert St George's University of London London UK Biography
Biography of Kai 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.
Justin Holub Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Ohio University Athens, OH USA Biography
Biography of Justin 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.
Hong-Yu Hu Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences Shanghai China
Paola Irato Department of Biology University of Padova Padova Italy Biography
Biography of Paola Irato
Doctor Paola Irato graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Milan in 1984. In 1988, she obtained the research doctorate in Evolutionary Biology from University of Padua. Since 1991, she has been a researcher of general physiology. Dr. Irato has always been interested in heavy metal detoxification systems. She has been in-charge of the project “The determination of biological stress indices in mugilidae from high and low anthropic stress brackish environments”.
Reza Khodarahmi Medical Biology Research Center Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences Kermanshah Iran Biography
Biography of Reza Khodarahmi
Dr. Reza Khodarahmi (Professor in Biochemistry) was born in Nahavand-Iran, 1974. He received his Bsc degree in general Biology from the Razi University-Kermanshah and then graduated in Biochemistry (Msc) from the Tarbiat Modarres University-Tehran. He received his PhD degree in 2005 from the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran for his studies on the effects of artificial chaperones on protein misfolding and aggregation. Since 2007, he has held a position in the school of Pharmaceutical Sciences (and Medical Biology Research Center), Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences. His research interests focus on the in vitro characterization of oxidative events accompanying amyloid aggregation, drug-protein interaction and enzyme inhibition, using both experimental and computational tools.
Nand Kishore Department of Chemistry Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Mumbai India Biography
Biography of Nand 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.
Milan Kojic University of Belgrade Belgrade Serbia
Setsuko Komatsu National Institute of Crop Science Tsukuba Japan Biography
Biography of Setsuko 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.
Maciej Kozak Department of Macromolecular Physics A. Mickiewicz University Poznan Poland
Andreas Kukol Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Hertfordshire Hatfield UK Biography
Biography of Andreas 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.
Mahesh Kulkarni Proteomics Facility CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory Pune India Biography
Biography of Mahesh Kulkarni
Mahesh Kulkarni is a Scientist at Biochemical Science Division at CSIR-National Chemical
Laboratory. His research group is involved in characterization of Advanced glycation end
products in diabetes using proteomic approaches and investigate their role in pathogenesis of
diabetes and its complications. The long-term goal is to identify diagnostic markers for various
diabetic complications, identify drug targets and develop intervention strategies.
Nikolaos Labrou Agricultural University of Athens Athens Greece Biography
Biography of Nikolaos 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.
Minyong Li Shandong University Jinan China
Shufang Liang Sichuan University Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Shufang Liang
Dr. Shufang Liang obtained a Ph.D degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Sichuan University of China in 2003, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Fudan University of China from 2003 to 2005. She is a full professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Sichuan University since 2010. Her study focuses on (1) cancer biology,(2)exploring new biological functions and pharmaceutical roles of proteins / peptides, (3) identification of novel disease biomarkers and drug targets mainly using proteomics-based systems technology. She has published 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers by now.
Qishan Lin Univeristy of Albany Albany, NY USA Biography
Biography of Qishan Lin
Dr. Lin’s research interests include methodology development to investigate mammalian cell membrane structure; phosphorylation in cellular signal transduction; and molecular proteomic changes in cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases using mass spectrometry. Dr. Lin has established successful collaborations and conducted proteomics/mass spectrometry research projects for more than 400 clients around the world (including major research institutions, universities, government agencies, scientific organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. In this capacity, he was invited to join the panel of NIH proteomics initiative on several occasions. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal publications.
Sandor Lovas Department of Biomedical Sciences Creighton University Omaha, NE USA Biography
Biography of Sandor 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
Xi Ma China Agricultural University Beijing China
Maria L.R. Macedo Departamento de Tecnologia de Alimentos e Saude Publica Departamento de Tecnologia de Alimentos e Saude Publica Colinos Três Lagoas Brazil Biography
Biography of Maria 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.
Antimo Di Maro Dip. di Scienze e Tecnologie Ambientali, Biologiche e Farmaceutiche Seconda Università di Napoli Caserta Italy Biography
Biography of Antimo 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.
Lisandra L. Martin Monash University Melbourne Australia Biography
Biography of Lisandra 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.
Norio Matsushima The Institute of Tandem Repeats Sapporo Japan Biography
Biography of Norio 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.
Ujjwal Maulik Department of Computer Science and Engineering Jadavpur University Kolkata India Biography
Biography of Ujjwal 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.
Adriano Mollica Department of Pharmacy Università di Chieti-Pescara “G. D’ Annunzio” Chieti Scalo Italy Biography
Biography of Adriano 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.
Hidehito Mukai Nagahama Institute of Bio-Science and Technology Shiga Japan Biography
Biography of Hidehito 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.
Sridhar Muthusami Karpagam Academy of Higher Education (Deemed to be University) Coimbatore India Biography
Biography of Sridhar Muthusami
Dr. Sridhar Muthusami has completed his Ph.D in endocrinology in the year 2011 from University of Madras, India. His doctoral study was aimed at delineating the molecular mechanism underlying the anabolic actions of Cissus quadrangularis, an indigenous herb believed to exert anabolic effects on bone cells through IGFR. In addition he has worked on the role of thyroid stimulating hormone (peptide hormone) on the regulation of IGFR in osetoblastic SaOS-2 cells. After completing his Ph.D, he has joined for his Postdoctoral work at the department of Radiation Oncology, Chungbuk National University, South Korea .He has worked on the role of Epidermal growth factor/receptor (EGF/EGFR) signaling and its regulation of oncoprotein Fused Toes Homolog (FTS) in cervical cancer cells from 2011 to 2014. Since 2015, he moved to the department of biochemistry, Karpagam Academy of Higher Education (Deemed to be University) as Associate Professor and working in the area of Polycystic ovarian syndrome and cancer biology.
Abreu T.J. Oliveira Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department Federal University of Ceará Fortaleza Brazil Biography
Biography of Abreu T.J. 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.
Neil M. O’Brien-Simpson The University of Melbourne Victoria Australia
A.C. Papageorgiou University of Turku Turku Finland Biography
Biography of A.C. 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.
Yoonkyung Park Chosun University Kwangju city South Korea
E.A. Permyakov Institute for Biological Instrumentation of the Russian Academy of Sciences Moscow Russia Biography
Biography of 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.
David A. Phoenix London South Bank University London UK Biography
Biography of David A. 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.
Kazuyasu Sakaguchi Department of Chemistry Hokkaido University Sapporo Japan Biography
Biography of Kazuyasu Sakaguchi
Dr. Kazuyasu Sakaguchi received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Kyushu University, Japan in 1989. In 1989, he joined a group of Dr. Ettore Appella at National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, USA. From 1989 to 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow, associate fellow, and staff scientist at the NIH. He moved to Kyushu University as an Associate Professor in 1999. In 2003, he joined to the Department of Chemistry, Hokkaido University as a full Professor. His recent research has focused on structure and function of tumor suppressor protein p53, especially the tetramer formation of p53, and function and regulation of oncogenic protein phosphatase PPM1D. His research interest also includes development of functionalized nanowire based on self-assembly of modified amyloid peptides. Dr. Sakaguchi has published more than 130 articles (total citations are over 13,000 and h-index is 52).
Marc-Antoine Sani University of Melbourne Melbourne Australia Biography
Biography of Marc-Antoine Sani
Dr Marc-Antoine Sani is a research fellow at the School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute, The University of Melbourne. His expertise precesses around DNP NMR and solid-state NMR, with a particular focus on in-cell studies of membrane-active peptides and proteins. He has published over 60 publications with over 1200 citations. He is an editorial board member of ANZMAGazine, Bio-protocol and the Victorian representative for the Australian Society for Biophysics.
Nandini Sarkar Department of Biotechnology and Medical Engineering National Institute of Technology Rourkela Rourkela India Biography
Biography of Nandini 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.
Divakar Sharma Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India Biography
Biography of Divakar Sharma
Dr. Divakar Sharma did M.Sc. in Biotechnology in 2009 from C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur, India and Ph.D. in Biotechnology in 2015 from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India. He has a vast research experience and has numerous publication to his credit.
Pratyoosh Shukla Department of Microbiology Rohtak India Biography
Biography of Pratyoosh 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.
Laishram Singh University of Delhi Delhi India Biography
Biography of Laishram 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.
Maria Staiano Institute of Food Science Naples Italy Biography
Biography of Maria 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.
Darko Stevanovic Harvard Medical School Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Darko 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.
Chunyan Tan Tsinghua University Shenzhen China Biography
Biography of Chunyan 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.
Jin Tao Department of Physiology and Neurobiology Soochow University Suzhou China Biography
Biography of Jin Tao
Jin Tao has received his MD and PhD from Nanjing Medical University, China
in 2012. He worked as Research Fellow at National University of Singapore
and Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington University School of
Medicine, USA. Currently he works as full Professor at Department of
Physiology and Neurobiology, Soochow University, China. He is currently
Head of the Department, Vice Dean of School of Basic Medicine, and Director
of Centre for Ion Channelopathies in Soochow University. His research group
is mainly using electrophysiological recording and biochemical approaches for
drug discovery against ion channels, understanding the roles of
neuropeptides and ion channels in pain regulation. He is the Editorial Board
member of Research Journal of Pharmacology, Stem Cell Discovery, and
Protein & Peptide letters.
Saad Tayyab Faculty of Science University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Biography
Biography of Saad Tayyab
Saad Tayyab is working as a Professor of Biochemistry at the Institute of Biological Sciences,
University of Malaya, Malaysia since 2004. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry (1979), M.Sc.
Biochemistry (1981), M.Phil. Biochemistry (1983) and Ph.D. Biochemistry (1987) from Aligarh
Muslim University, India. He has published more than 100 scientific publications in ISI-indexed
journals. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology (2015-2017), Editorial Board Member of the Bioscience Education e
Journal, UK (2008–2011) and Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry (2002–2004). Currently,
he is serving as the Editorial Board Member of Biochemistry Research International (since
2013), Letters in Drug Design & Discovery (since 2015).
Pierre Tuffery Université Paris Diderot Paris France Biography
Biography of Pierre 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.
Edwin Veldhuizen Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology Utrecht University Utrecht The Netherlands Biography
Biography of Edwin 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.
Luigi Vitagliano Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging Naples Italy Biography
Biography of Luigi 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.
Dr. Rui Wang earned his PhD degree in organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry in 1988 from Sino-Japan joint PhD program of Lanzhou University and Kyoto University, Japan. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Lanzhou University and University of Kansas, USA, from 1989 to 1993. He was appointed as a full professor at Lanzhou University in 1994 and named the Cheung Kong Professor of Peptide Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2004. Research Interests: (1) Peptides: Chemistry, Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2) Medicinal Chemistry, Peptide Drugs and Chiral Drugs (3) Chiral Science, Organic Synthesis, Asymmetric Catalysis.
Dongqing Wei Shanghai Jiaotong University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Dongqing 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.
Dominic Wong United States Department of Agriculture Western Regional Research Center Albany, CA USA
Jianxi Xiao Lanzhou University Lanzhou China Biography
Biography of Jianxi Xiao
Jianxi Xiao is a professor at College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,
Lanzhou University, China. He obtained his Ph. D. at Rutgers University-New
Brunswick in 2009, and continued his postdoctoral work there from 2009-2011.
He joined the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Lanzhou
University in 2012 and worked as a faculty member ever since. His main interests
focus on the bioanalytical and biophysical characterization of proteins and
peptides, biomimetic materials, and protein-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials. He
has published over 30 scientific publications. He serves as a member of the
Editorial Advisory Board for Protein & Peptide Letters.
Jenny J. Yang Georgia State University Atlanta, GA USA
Zhiliang Yu Zhejiang University of Technology Hangzhou China Biography
Biography of Zhiliang Yu
I'm currently a full professor at the College of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, China. I received my Ph.D. in Marine Environmental Sciences from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2007 and did postdoctoral work at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University from 2008-2010. I joined the Zhejiang University of Technology in 2010. Currently, I'm serving as director of the Department of Biotechnology and director of the Institute of Microbiology. My lab is most interested in the enzyme engineering and molecular roles of regulator in biosynthesis of microbial active compounds.
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.
Chenming Zhang Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA USA Biography
Biography of Chenming Zhang
Dr. Zhang obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. Currently, he is a professor
in Biological Systems Engineering and a courtesy professor in Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech. His
research focuses on protein expression and purification, and vaccine development against different
diseases and psychoactive compounds.
Jian Zhang School of Medicine Shanghai Jiaotong University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Jian Zhang
Over the past years, Prof. Zhang Jian has led the team to focus on the studies of drug
discovery on target for major human diseases, especially on precise target
identification and ‘First-in-class ‘drug discovery based on clinical samples. In the past
five years he opened up a new direction and made a series of new breakthrough in the
field of drug discovery. As a corresponding author, he has published more than 70
articles on Nat Chem Biol, Chem Rev, Chem Soc Rev, Am J Hum Genet, Nucleic Acid
Res, J Med Chem, Bioinformatics, etc.
Hong-Yu Zhang Huazhong Agricultural University Wuhan China Biography
Biography of Hong-Yu Zhang
Dr. Hong-Yu Zhang is currently a professor and Dean of College of Informatics in Huazhong Agricultural University. He completed his Ph.D. in biophysics at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997. His research interest focuses on systems biology and chemical biology. Dr. Zhang has published 160+ articles in the related fields. He received Servier Young Investigator Prize from Chinese Pharmacological Society in 1999, Young Investigator Prize in Chemistry from Chinese Chemical Society in 2005 and also for Natural Science Research in 2011 from Ministry of Education, China.
Guo-Ping Zhou Rocky Mount Life Sciences Institute Gordon Life Science Institute Belmont, MA USA Biography
Biography of Guo-Ping 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.
Feng Zhu Zhejiang University Hangzhou China
Claudia R.B. de Souza Universidade Federal do Pará Beéém Brazil
Goncalo A. de Souza Filho University Estad. do Norte Flum. Campos dos Goytacazes Brazil
Associate Editorial Board Member
Shyamasri Biswas University of Florida Gainesville, FL USA Biography
Biography of Shyamasri Biswas
Dr Shyamasri Biswas received her PhD in biotechnology jointly from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and University of Potsdam, Germany. During her PhD, she received the prestigious DAAD sandwich research fellowship to carry out her PhD work on a collaborative research project in Germany. After her PhD, she was a scientist in several labs in the United States. She has published her research works in numerous prestigious international journals including Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Journal of Biological Chemistry to name a few. Dr. Biswas is a contributing editor in Vacuum Advances in Biotechnology for Vacuum Technology & Coating Magazine and writes a monthly column in biotechnology. In addition, she is a reviewer for many biochemistry and biotechnology journals. She gave several invited talks at national and international meetings in Biotechnology. Presently, Dr Biswas is the owner/ Chairman of a startup company (USA PRIME BIOTECH. LLC), registered in the state of Florida.
Bruno Casciaro Sapienza University of Rome Rome Italy Biography
Biography of Bruno Casciaro
Bruno Casciaro graduated in 2013 in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies with honors at Sapienza University of Rome and received his PhD in Biochemistry in 2017 with a thesis entitled “Different approaches to optimize the antimicrobial properties of cationic peptides: substitution by non-coded amino acids and conjugation to nanoparticles”. His current research is focused on the characterization of the biological properties of natural bioactive compounds, in particular antimicrobial peptides and therapeutic proteins, and on different approaches to conjugate them to nanoparticle systems.
Tsun-Thai Chai Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Kampar Malaysia Biography
Biography of Tsun-Thai Chai
Dr Tsun-Thai Chai received his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from The University of Western Australia in 2010.
He joined Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia, as an assistant professor the same year. He has
been an associate professor in the same university since 2016. He is currently an Editorial Board
Member of Heliyon, eFood and Pharmacognosy Magazine. He has been teaching proteins and
proteomics to biochemistry, biomedical science, and microbiology students for the past 10 years. He is
actively doing research and publishing on the characterization and identification of bioactive peptides
of food, medicinal plants, and marine organisms.
Mohamed Eldeeb Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery McGill University Montreal, QC Canada Biography
Biography of Mohamed Eldeeb
Dr. Eldeeb received his B.Sc in Chemistry (with the highest honor) from Cairo University in 2009. He moved to Canada in 2011 to study for his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. He studied the molecular mechanisms by which the N-end rule degradation pathways regulate cell death in cancer-derived cell lines. In December 2017, he become a lecturer and investigator of Biochemistry at Cairo University. In June 2018, he joined the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which mitochondrial quality control are deregulated in Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Eldeeb has authored more than 14 peer-reviewed articles and has been an ad hoc reviewer for many scientific journals in the biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology field.
Kalyan S. Ghosh NIT Hamirpur
Hamirpur India Biography
Biography of Kalyan S. Ghosh
Dr. Kalyan Sundar Ghosh is presently working as an Assistant Professor (Grade-I) in the
Department of Chemistry, NIT Hamirpur, India. He completed his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur,
India and then worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Maryland, College Park,
USA and State University of New York, Albany, USA. His current research interests broadly
include protein aggregation and its inhibition using synthetic and natural molecules. He has
published 38 research articles in international journals with repute and some of his
publications had crossed more than hundred citations each. Recently his group has also
started working on bionanomaterials and their applications.
Subrota Hati Department of Dairy Microbiology Anand Agricultural University Gujarat India Biography
Biography of Subrota Hati
Dr. Subrota Hati was born on May 2 nd , 1984 in Boro Poshla village of Bardhaman in West Bengal State. He obtained his B. Tech in Dairy Technology from West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata (2002-2006). Dr. Hati post graduated (M.Sc.) from National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal in the field of Dairy Microbiology (2006-2008) and was also awarded Doctorate Degree from National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal in Dairy Microbiology (2008-2012). Dr. Hati recently completed his post-doctoral study at The University of Queensland, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Australia under the Indo-Australia career Boosting Gold Fellowship sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi (2018). At present he is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy Microbiology, SMC College of Dairy Science, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, India. Dr. Hati has purified and characterized novel ACE inhibitory peptides enriched with IPP and VPP amino acids from different species of fermented milks of cow, goat, camel and soy milks and submitted the peptide sequences to the NCBI as a reference databases. Dr. Hati is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards which include Prof. Sukumer De Gold Medal from WBUAFS, Kolkata as University Topper (2006), Urmilabala Gold Medal from Indian Dairy Asso., New Delhi, Early Career Research Award by DST, New Delhi, IACBGF-2018 by DBT, New Delhi, INSA Visiting Scientist Award-2018 by INSA, New Delhi, Best Teacher Award-2018 by ICAR and AAU, Anand and also visited the University of Copenhagen, Denmark for presenting the research work under
Indo-Danish Collaborative workshop-2018
Theam S. Lim Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang Malaysia Biography
Biography of Theam S. Lim
Dr. Theam Soon Lim received his doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin
(Germany) in 2009. He spent time at Max Planck Institute for Molecular
Genetics working on recombinant human moncolonal antibody generation. He
is currently an associate professor at the Institute for Research in Molecular
Medicine in Universiti Sains Malaysia. His work includes academic and
industrial based research. His research interests lie in the field of antibody
engineering with a focus on recombinant antibody technologies for diagnostic
and therapeutic applications.
Veda P. Pandey University of Lucknow Lucknow India Biography
Biography of Veda P. Pandey
Dr. Pandey has received Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from Department of
Biochemistry University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India under the supervision of Prof. U. N.
Dwivedi. After Ph.D. he has worked in CSIR-CIMAP as DST SERB Young Scientist from
2015-2018. Currently, he has joined Department of Biochemistry, University of Lucknow
as CSIR Senior Research Associate (under CSIR Pool Scientist’s Scheme). His
research area of interest is Enzymology, Genetic engineering, Bioinformatics etc. He has
contributed 40 research papers / reviews and two book chapters.
Surajit Rakshit Banaras Hindu University Varanasi India Biography
Biography of Surajit Rakshit
Dr Surajit Rakshit received his PhD in Chemistry from the Jadavpur University (S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Science), India in 2014 and did postdoctoral work at the Institute of Basic Science (Center for Soft and Living Matter, UNIST and Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions, KAIST), South Korea from 2014-17. He joined the Department of Chemistry, Vijaygarh Jyotish Ray College, Calcutta University in June 2017 as an assistant professor and in October 2017, he moved to the Department of Chemistry, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, India. His current research interests lie in the field of biophysical chemistry with a focus on ultrafast spectroscopic studies of disordered proteins to study the fundamental nature of therapeutically relevant protein structure, function and dynamics
Muhammad Tahir Chonbuk National University Jeonju-Si South Korea Biography
Biography of Muhammad Tahir
Dr. Muhammad Tahir received his Ph.D Degree in Computer Science from Abdul Wali
Khan University, Pakistan in 2017. Currently, he is working as postdoctoral fellow in the
Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Chonbuk National University,
South Korea. His research focuses on machine learning, deep learning and
bioinformatics. Dr. Tahir is also lecturer of the Department of computer science
AWKUM, KP, Pakistan.
Haixia Yang Harvard Medical School Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Haixia Yang
Dr. Haixia Yang received her Ph.D. in Food Science College from China Agricultural
University in 2011. She had been an associate professor in Nutrition Department in
Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2016. After that, she studied as a postdoc research
fellow in University of Massachusetts Amherst for 2 years and now she is working in
Pathology Department from Harvard Medical School. She has published more than
50 papers related to the food science field, such as protein purification and function,
phytochemicals and inflammation-associated diseases and cancer.
Ebru Çetin Department of Physiology University of Erciyes Kayseri Turkey Biography
Biography of Ebru Çetin
Ebru Çetin is currently an Associate Professor in the Physiology Department at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Erciyes University. From 2000 to 2005, she worked as a Research Assistant of Physiology at The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Ankara in 2005. She is a member of The Turkish Society of Physiological Science. From 2006 to 2013, she worked as an Assistant Professor of the Physiology Department at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Erciyes University. Her research interests include oxidative stress, antioxidant, ghrelin, cardiovascular dysfunction, hepatic dysfunction, hematology, immunity, nutritional physiology, and food additives.
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Cahyo Budiman University Malaysia Sabah Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Biography
Biography of Cahyo Budiman
Dr Cahyo Budiman is currently a senior lecturer at Biotechnology Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. He obtained his MSc and PhD in Molecular Biotechnology with the research area of structure and function of the proteins. Following his graduate training, he completed a two-year postdoctoral training in the field of Structural Biology at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. His research interests lie primarily in the area of structural and functional relationship of disease-causing proteins, industrial and microbial proteins/enzymes and their applications in food, agriculture and pharmaceutical fields. He had published numerous papers in ISI-Scopus journals with current H-index of 9 (Scopus).
Giuseppe Grande Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli” IRCCS Rome Italy Biography
Biography of Giuseppe Grande
Dr Giuseppe Grande is MD, Endocrinologist and Ph.D. in “Sciences of nutrition, metabolism, aging and gender disease”. He has attended the 2nd level master in “Andrology and Reproductive Medicine” and the post-graduate courses in "Reproductive andrology", "Andrology and Reproductive Medicine" and in "New technologies in molecular medicine”. Dr. Grande works at the Fondazione Policlinico “A. Gemelli” IRCCS, Rome at the International Scientific Institute (ISI) for the study of human fertility and infertility. He is author of 27 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals. His research activity is focused in studying the translational applications of clinical proteomics in endocrinology and in reproduction.
Lucas M. Kangussu Department of Morphology Federal University of Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte Brazil Biography
Biography of Lucas M. Kangussu
Dr. Kangussu obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the Federal
University of Minas Gerais (2014) and then undertook postdoctoral fellowships at the
department of Physiology and Biophysics (2017) and Morphology (2019). Currently, he
is a full Professor at the department of Morphology of Federal University of Minas
Gerais. He has experience in Physiology, Pharmacology and Morphology. More
specifically, his research focuses on the following subjects: vasoactive peptides, renin-
angiotensin peptides, hypertension, cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disease.
Muhammad Sarwar Khan Centre of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology(CABB)- University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan Biography
Biography of Muhammad Sarwar Khan
Dr. Muhammad Sarwar Khan has a vibrant career in agriculture, education, and biotechnology and has earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. The Rockefeller Foundation awarded him a prestigious fellowship under the Rice Biotechnology Program for Developing Countries to research at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research of first-of-its-kind was published in Nature Biotechnology. Dr Khan served as the founding group leader of Chloroplast Transformation and Biopharming, and head of Biotech Interdisciplinary Division at NIBGE, and is currently serving as the director of the Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr Khan has supervised more than 100 PhD candidates, MPhil students, and researchers. He has published more than 100 articles in high impact journals, including Nature, and is the author of several book chapters and books.
Qinlu Lin Center South University of Forestry and Technology Changsha China Biography
Biography of Qinlu Lin
Dr. Qinlu Lin obtained his Ph.D. degree (in 2002) in Food Science from Hunan Agricultural University and then undertook postdoctoral fellowships at South China University of Technology (2003-2005). He also studied at Lund University in Sweden as a visiting scholar (1999-2000). Currently, he is a full Professor and Dean of the School of Food Science and Engineering of Center South University of Forestry and Technology. He is also the Director of National Engineering Laboratory for Rice and By-product Process. He is experienced in Food Science, Protein Chemistry and Molecular Nutrition. Notably, Dr. Lin has authored more than 300 articles, having over 1000 total citations. In addition, he holds more than 30 patents and has published five academic monographs.
Zengshan Liu Institute of Zoonosis Jilin University Changchun China Biography
Biography of Zengshan Liu
Dr. Zengshan Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Currently,
He is a full Professor of the College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine of Jilin
University and the associate director of Institute of Zoonosis of Jilin University. Prof.
Liu’s research is in the general field of target drugs of tumor and safety of animal
derived food with more than 70 journal papers and 8 academic monographs. He
holds 18 patents and has made some ground breaking research.
Kai Tao Zhejiang University Hangzhou China Biography
Biography of Kai Tao
Dr. Kai Tao is an Associate Professor at Biomimetic Integrating & Engineering, Zhejiang University, China. He completed his PhD in Bionanotechnology from China University of Petroleum, China. Dr. Tao’s research interests include design, synthesis of amyloid-like short peptides, and investigation of their self-assembly, investigation of the mechanism underlying peptide biomimetic synthesis and stabilization of Pt nanocrystals, investigation of peptide non-template-based assembly of Pt nanocrystals and their selective wetting behaviours at interfaces, investigation of peptides template-based 1-D assembly of Pt nanocrystals and their electrocatalysis properties. He has published 33 peer-reviewed papers in various journal out of which he was the first author or co-first author of 18 papers.
Dongqing Wei Shanghai Jiaotong University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Dongqing 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.