Here are Organising Committee Members
The University of Tokyo
Dr. Yoshikazu Nakamura has served as RIBOMIC's President and CEO since 2012 when he retired from The University of Tokyo (currently Professor Emeritus). He founded the Company in 2003 when he was the UTokyo Professor at Institute of Medical Science. He has served the scientific community as the Vice President of A-IMBN since 2003, and the President of the RNA Society of Japan during 2006-2010. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Nakamura has been engaged in RNA science, and discovered a novel biological concept "molecular mimicry between protein and RNA" in 2000, which provided the basis of RIBOMIC's R&D for aptamer therapeutics.
University for Business and Technology-American
GazmendTemaj, born on September, 30th 1974 in Prizren/Kosovo. He has finished study in general Biology at University of Prishtina, Kosovo. 2008 he has finished study at University of Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina, branch Genetics. From 2006-2013 he has teach medical student at Medical Faculty, University of Prishtina. PhD study he has made at Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg from 2014-2017. Afterwards, Dr. Temaj joined the University of Salzburg intheAustria, University of Jena in Germany as a Visiting Research Fellow.His research focuses on genetics, genomics, molecular biology, and molecular pharmacology. From 2019 Dr. Temaj is full professor of Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics at UBT -Kosovo (University for Business and Technology-Kosovo), department of Pharmacy.
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Henry Daniell - is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2004 and 14th American member of the National Academy of Sciences, Italy in 240 years (inducted in 2007). He is one among the Founding Editors of the Plant Biotechnology Journal and the second Editor in Chief since 2011. He is the Technology Founder of PhylloZyme that launched the first leaf-based enzymes for textile, detergent, food/feed applications and the recipient of several awards including the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Bayer Hemophilia global award and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award for outstanding contributions to lower the cost of biopharmaceuticals. He pioneered chloroplast genetic engineering concept to produce and orally deliver biopharmaceuticals to treat major metabolic or genetic disorders, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, hypertension, hemophilia and retinopathy. Booster vaccines are developed in chloroplasts to prevent global infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, polio and biological threats, such as anthrax and plague. Studies with FDA and CDC funded by the Gates Foundation, NIH SMARTT program or major pharmaceutical companies (Bayer, Novo Nordisk, Shire, Takeda, Johnson & Johnson) help to advance these inventions to the clinic.
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University of California
Dr. Khue Vu Nguyen (born in Ha Noi, Viet Nam) is currently Full Project Scientist in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, California, U.S.A. He has studied at University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France: B.S. in Biochemistry, M.S. in Molecular Biology, Ph.D. in Macromolecular Physical Chemistry, Ph.D. in Physical Sciences (Doctorat d'Etat es Sciences Physiques). He has worked as Scientist in different French and U.S. Research Institutions and Companies. He is author and co-author of numerous publications and holder of many patents. He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, etc. He is member of different academic organizations such as American Society for Microbiology, American Chemical Society. He is invited reviewer of different scientific journals such as Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, AGE: Journal of the American Aging Association. He is also editorial board member of different scientific journals such as International Journal of Medicine and Molecular Medicine, Open Journal of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases. He is Scientist Reviewer for grant proposals of the Metabolic Disease Two (MB-2) of the Peer Review Medical Research Program (PRMRP) for the U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Current research includes genetic diseases, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer.
The City University of New York
Professor Virinder Parmardid B.Sc. Honors, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Delhi, and has worked for nearly 10 years as a Postdoctoral/Visiting Scientist at Cornell University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, NYU-Poly, MIT, University of Basel, and Imperial College. He is currently a faculty in the Nanoscience Department of the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Chemistry &Environmental ScienceDepartment at Medgar Evers College, earlier he had served the University of Delhi for 44 years as Professor &Head of the Department of Chemistry and as Chairman of the Board of Research Studies and Provost of Gwyer Hall. He was appointed Full Tenured Professor of Chemistry & First Head of the Department of Nanoscience at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He has been an awardee of Medals for Excellence in Research from the Chemical Research Society of India and of the Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists, and a recipient of the Academic Staff Award from the Experts II Consortium of the European Union (EU). He was awarded the Dean's Research Excellence Award of the School of Science, Health and Technology, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn, New York, USA for the years 2019 & 2020 Professor Parmar's research interests include Biotechnology, Green/Sustainable Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Organic Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, and the Chemistry of Natural Products. He has mentored 85 Ph. D. &Postdoctoral Scientists and has published 508 research papers and obtained 11Patents; Google Scholar ratings: h-index: 52; i10-index: 278; Citation Index: 47.58; Citations: 12,482. He has handled 32 research projects involving grants of nearly US Dollars 11.60 million in international collaboration with 26 research groups in 15 Countries. He has organized 26 conferences and has delivered over 600 Invited / Plenary Lectures in over 400 Institutions in 32 Countries. He is the Executive Editor of the Journal 'Biocatalysis and Biotransformation', and has been on the Editorial Boards of the Journals: ChemSusChem, Mendeleev Communications, Indian Journal of Chemistry, Natural Product Communications, etc. He is a member of the IUPAC's Subcommittee on Biomolecular Chemistry and the Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).
University College London
PROFESSOR NIGEL TITCHENER-HOOKER, CENG, FICHEME, FRENG is Dean of UCL Engineering and was for 7 years head of the Department of Biochemical Engineering. He directs the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub for Targeted Healthcare and was previously the Director for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Emerging Macromolecular Therapies. The Hub involves collaboration with an international consortium of over 40 companies and is valued at over 45M Euros. As the first director of the Engineering Doctorate Centre for Bioprocess Leadership he managed a portfolio of over 60 doctorate programmes with companies spanning the whole breadth of the biotech industry. His particular research interests are centred on the delivery of whole bioprocess solutions and in particular the interface between unit operations. He pioneered studies in the area of process-business decision making and as Director of the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) in Bioprocessing was closely involved with the creation of ultra scale-down tools for the evolution of process flowsheets for the efficient recovery and purification of high value protein therapeutics Nigel has held consultancies with a broad range of international companies and serves on the editorial board of key journals. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2008 in recognition of his pioneering work on biopharmaceuticals manufacturing he is also a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He was the first non-USA Chair of the Board of the prestigious Recovery of Biological Products conference series. He was selected to the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network reporting direct to Council. In 2013 he was awarded the Donald Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in recognition of his contributions to the discipline and led the Department to win a Queens Anniversary Trust Award for its pioneering studies underpinning the bioprocessing industry in 2014. He was awarded the prestigious Danckwerts Medal by the AIChE and the IChemE also in 2014. In 2016 the BIA honoured him with the Peter Dunnill Award in recognition of his life-time contributions to the sector.
University of Sydney
Dr Urmil Bansal leads development of markers closely linked with rust resistance in wheat in the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program (ACRCP). She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India and worked on genetics of host-pathogen interaction in maize, rice and wheat at PAU. She joined the University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute in 2006 as Postdoctoral Fellow under the Australian Winter Cereal Molecular Program and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2014 in the ACRCP. She has developed a global network of collaborators for implementation of rust resistance-linked markers to achieve durable control of these diseases. Her research leadership/mentorship was recognised internationally through 'Mentor of the year 2018' award by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her students are working across several nations to achieve food security.
University of Stuttgart
Erich Sackmann obtained his MSc (1961) and PhD (1964) degrees from the University of Stuttgart in the group of Theodor Forster. He then spent two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and six years at Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany. Between 1974 and 1980 he was professor of physics and head of the biophysics department at the University Ulm, and from 1980 until his retirement in 2003 he held the same positions at the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich. Erich Sackmann is considered as one of the fathers of biophysics. He published more than 250 publications and several books. His scientific publicationwere cited 29700 times In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2006, he was awarded the Stern-Gerlach-Medal by the German Physical Societyand in 2019 the prize of TheCamurus Lipid Research Foundation for his pioneering work on liposomes as drug delivery systems.
National Research Council
Riccardo Velasco obtained a Degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florence in 1990 and a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Cologne (D) in 1995. After a long experience in Germany (9 years) RV is for 12 years he was the Director of the Department of Genomics and Plant Biology at the E Mach Foundation in San Michele all'Adige where he worked as Senior Scientist for 18 years, since 1999. Since 1 September 2017 he has been the Director of the Viticulture Research Center and Oenology of the Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics (6 offices in total: administrative headquarters Conegliano, Arezzo, Asti, Gorizia, Turi and Velletri), an entity controlled by MiPAAFT. RV has published over 150 papers in international journals and book chapters in genetics, genomics, assisted breeding and plant biology on different cultivated species. As Head of Department in San Michele he led several genome projects of fruit species, while previously he worked mainly on cereals. Major genomic projects on grapevine , apple and other fruit plants have produced numerous genomes used to support assisted genetic improvement . Applied genomics programs have been the most profitable novelty in the field of genetic improvement in the vine and apple tree. More recently he has engaged in new generation breeding by producing several works in which genes of resistance to major pathogens and protocols dedicated to genome editing have been identified
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Magda Tsolaki was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and studied Medicine and Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). Afterwards, she initiated her collaboration with AUTh in 1982 as scientific collaborator and a year later received her specialty as a Neuropsychiatrist and her PhD. She has been a Professor of Neurology since 2010, and currently she was the Head of the 1st University Department of Neurology (2017-2020) She has founded the Greek Alzheimer Association in 1995 and the Greek Federation of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in 2007, in which she is up to today the Chair, while also being the scientific director of two Public Dementia Units (founded by her in 2007 and 2009) for outpatients with Neurodegenerative diseases and their caregivers. The last five years she was invited to join as a member the Greek National Observatory for Dementia. She has given more than 656 lectures throughout Greece. She has participated in more than 60 funded research programmes and 31 funded clinical trials. In total, she has received 73 awards. Dr. Magda Tsolaki has been the main author of many Books (60), many abstracts in Greek (531) and International (489) Conferences, she is the first author or co-author in many Papers in Greek (285) and International Journals (526 - 439 in PubMed), (h-index=89, IF=2573,395 and more than 36235 Citations in Google Scholar). She has participated as invited speaker in more than 115 meetings-conferences in English and 256 in Greek Language. Furthermore, she has been a reviewer for Conferences and Journals (430) and has organised 27 national and 5 international conferences on AD. Finally, she was one of the three or seven advisory members for 35 doctoral theses-completed and 36 postgraduate theses. Pr. Tsolaki is married with four children and ten grandchildren.
University of Algarve
Luisa Barreira is an Associate Professor of the Chemistry and Pharmacy Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Algarve. She has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Technologies and is currently a senior researcher in the Mar Biotech group of the Marine Sciences Centre (CCMAR) for I+D+I of Biotechnological Applications of Marine Organisms from the production of biodiesel and other bioproducts (e.g. phospholipids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, pigments) from microalgae to the search of natural products with biological activities (antioxidant, anti-tumoural, anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, and anti-inflammatory) in marine organisms (e.g. microalgae, seaweeds, seagrasses, halophyte plants and invertebrates) and finally, the use of microalgae to treat different types of wastewater. She has participated in more 15 projects involving microalgae and is currently the Principal Investigator of the GREENTREAT project (An Integrated, Sustainable Process for the Tertiary Treatment of Urban Wastewater using Microalgae in the Algarve region; ALG-01-0145-FEDER-031567, 2018-2021) and the institutional coordinator of the projects GreenDune (10ID00148 - EEA.BG.CALL1.027.2019) and Algae4IBD (H2020: GA nÂº 101000501).
Tbilisi State Medical University
Vakhtang Barbakadze has his expertise in isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active plant polysaccharides and polyethers which are endowed with pharmacological properties as anti-cancer agents. Besides, he interested for the production of synthetic analogues of natural polyethers. In 1978 and 1999 he has completed his Ph.D and D.Sci., respectively. He is the Head of Department of Plant Biopolymers at the Tbilisi State Medical University Institute of Pharmacochemistry. In 1996 and 2002 he has been a visiting scientist at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) by University Scholarship and The Netherlands organization for scientific research (NWO) Scholarship Scientific Program, respectively. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals. In 2004 he was Georgian State Prize Winner in Science and Technology.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Prof. Qian is David von Hansemann Professor of Science and Chair Professor in Division of Life Science. He received his Ph.D. In Zoology from University of Alberta in 1991 and was a Killiam Postdoctoral Fellow in University of British Columbia before he joined the Department of Biology as an assistant professor in January of 1993. He received a State Natural Science Award of the State Council of China in 2016 for his work on interaction between settling larvae of marine invertebrates and marine biofilm under changing environment.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Dr. Mihail Lucian Birsa is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the same university in 1995. He joined the master program at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi in 1995, and in 2000 was awarded a Ph. D. degree in Organic Chemistry. From 2000 to 2002, he was a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Professor Samuel Braverman at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. In 2003 he was selected as a member of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, working with Professor Henning Hopf in TU Braunschweig - Germany. Since then numerous return fellowships were granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Dr. Laura Gabriela SARBU is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the same university in 2007. She joined the master program at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi in 2007, and in 2015 she was awarded with a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry. During the Ph.D. program she joined several times the Prof. dr. Henning Hopf research team in TU Braunschweig-Germany.
State University of Maringa Origem Biotechnology
Adriano Meniqueti - State University of Maringa / Origem Biotechnology, Brazil Adriano Meniqueti is graduated from the Department of Industrial Chemistry (2012), Paranaense University, Brazil and obtained his master's degree in Biotechnology Applied to Agriculture (2016) in the same University. He has held visiting scientist at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Abel Salazar (2019-2020), Porto University, Portugal and received his PhD in Chemistry of Natural Products from State University of Maringa (2021), Brazil, which was carried out a technical-scientific cooperation project between UEM and the multinational BASF Chemical Company, with the aim of developing bioherbicides. He is currently a researcher on Origem Biotechnology and his works focuses on Microbial Biotechnology and Chemistry of Natural Products: Optimization, Isolation and characterization of bioactive compounds with insecticidal, nematicidal, antifungal, bioremediation and allelopathic activity, originating from bacteria, endophytic fungi, basidiomycetes and cover crops.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Dr. Mohamed Ahmed El-Esawiworks as Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology at Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt. Dr.El-Esawireceived his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Tanta University, and his PhD degree in Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology from Technological University Dublin in Ireland. Afterwards, Dr. El-Esawi joined the University of Warwick inthe United Kingdom, University of Sorbonne (Paris VI) in France and University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium, and University of Cambridge in the UK as a Visiting Research Fellow. His research focuses on plant genetics, genomics, molecular biology, molecular physiology, developmental biology, plant-microbe interaction, and bioinformatics. He has authored more than 100 international journal articles and book chapters, and participated at more than 60 conferences and workshops worldwide.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Dr. Raveendran Muthurajan is a molecular geneticist involved in genetic improvement of abiotic stress resistance in rice through genomics. His research focus is on developing drought, salinity and submergence tolerant rice cultivars through genomics based approaches.Improved versions of popular rice varieties exhibiting tolerance against various abiotic stresses developed by him are being tested under national level trials. He is also involved in characterization of rice germplasm/mutant lines for nutritive properties, high temperature tolerance related traits etc., He has isolated rice mutants for various agronomical traits viz., yield, photosynthesis, herbicide tolerance and abiotic stress tolerance.He has obtained >15research projects supported by reputed national and international funding agencies. He has published more than 100 research papers in journals of international repute. He has obtained several awards and honors from recognized scientific and professional bodies.