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Yasmina M Abd-Elhakim

Dr. Yasmina Mohammed Abd-Elhakim is an Associate Professor in the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt. Her major area of expertise is the use of eco-friendly mitigation strategies to combat the hazards of environmental pollutants. Additionally, she has a special interest in the therapeutic uses of arthropods venoms, particularly in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. She has 60 papers in prestigious international journals and 2 book chapters, h-index 18, and more than 850 citations based on the Scopus database. She reviewed about 800 manuscripts for highly impacted journals in the field of toxicology and environmental pollution based on the Publon database. She has been included in the editorial board of several highly impacted international journals. She received various awards including The Egyptian State Encouragement Award in "Agricultural sciences" in 2019, the Publons peer reviewer award as a Top Reviewers for Pharmacology & Toxicology in 2018 and 2019, and the international publication's award from Zagazig University (2015-2019).

Kabindra Adhikari

Kabindra Adhikari is a soil scientist with expertise in pedometrics, soil-landscape modeling, environmental data science and precision agriculture applications. He holds a PhD in Agroecology with research focusing on pedometrics. His research interests include digital soil mapping, pedology, soil sensing, terrain analysis, soil spectroscopy, soil carbon, soil morphometrics, and ecosystem services. He is developing tools and guidelines to promote precision conservation for croplands by coordinating geospatial data streams for the assessment of sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Tika Adhikari

Dr. Adhikari is a senior research scientist and plant pathologist at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Research interests include population biology, plant disease resistance, genetic mapping, and plant-pathogen interactions; develop translational tools for pathogen detection; improve management practices for enhancing plant health, and mitigate bacterial and fungal disease problems with an emphasis on tomato and strawberry.

Faheem Ahmad

Dr. Faheem Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Nematology in the Department of Botany at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications, his research interests include plant-nematode interaction, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, nematode management and nematicidal bioagents.

Rubén Rellán Álvarez

I am an Assistant Professor at the National Laboratory of Genomics and Biodiversity in México since 2015. I did a postdoc in the Plant Biology Department of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford and a PhD in the Aula Dei Experimental Station in Zaragoza, Spain.

Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez

My research concerns the influence of nutritional and management strategies on livestock physiology and product (milk and meat) quality (sheep, cattle and swine).

Jose Amador

Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology in the Dept. of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island.

The research of our lab spans various aspects of the ecology and microbiology of soil, water, and wastewater. We are interested in understanding the interplay among microorganisms, flora and fauna, and the physical environment, and how this affects the biogeochemical processes they carry out, as well as their fate. This knowledge can be used to address a variety of contemporary environmental problems, from optimizing soil-based wastewater treatment, to identifying the sources of bacterial contamination in surface waters, to improving soil quality and sustainable food production. We are also interested in science education, including novel pedagogical approaches to teaching soil science, teacher training, and experiential education.

Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari

Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari, Tenured Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Group Leader, Plant Biotechnology Research Group at the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari's expertise covers a range of subjects including, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Genomics; more specifically his research covers the areas of plant biotechnology, biosafety and environmental biotechnology.

Carmen Arena

Carmen Arena is Associate Professor in Ecology at the Department of Biology of the University of Naples Federico II. She conducts researches in the ecological disciplines, dealing with studies concerning photosynthesis and morpho-functional adaptation strategies of higher plants in response to mono and multiple stresses in natural and controlled environments, with applications in ecological and agronomic field and space-oriented research.

The research activity holds three main issues:
1) Regulation of the photosynthetic process in response to abiotic ecological factors in the context of environmental change.
2) Study of plant growth in an extra-terrestrial environment.
3) Plant-soil interactions in natural and anthropized ecosystems.
These researches include a) the eco-physiological response of crop species to light quality; (b) the morpho-functional strategies of plant in phytoremediation studies (c)) the relationship between soil pollution, edaphic communities and photosynthesis in higher plants used in biomonitoring studies.
C. Arena is author of more than 120 publications, 80 of them peer-reviewed ISI-WoS/Scopus, and participated to more than 150 National and International congresses and workshops, most of them as speaker and invited speaker.

Rana Muhammad Atif

My research work broadly concentrates on the genetic improvement of grain legumes against abiotic stresses using genetic and genomic approaches. More specifically, my lab characterizes cool-season pulse legumes germplasm especially chickpea and lentil for the identification of best performing elite genotypes. For this purpose, we are employing genetics, genomics and conventional breeding approaches. At genome level, we are involved in identification and characterization of key transcriptional factor family members from the sequenced genomes of grain legumes implicated in the abiotic stress responses. We also employ comparative phylogenetic approaches to get insights in the evolution of these gene families in crop plants. Using the genotyping-by-sequencing approach, we are also identifying the key genomic regions controlling the important agronomic and physiological traits under abiotic stresses using genome-wide association studies in Chickpea. We are trying to identify the key alleles and their gene expression under drought-stress conditions in Chickpea using RNA-seq based transcriptional profiling.

Farrukh Azeem

Dr. Farrukh Azeem is Associate Professor at the Government College University, Faisalabad. He is interested in exploring the role of ion channels and transporters in plant nutrition and adaptation to environmental stresses. Dr. Azeem's current research focus is on the understanding of regulatory mechanisms involved in the modulation of nutrient transport proteins in plants.

Muhammad Tehseen Azhar

Dr Azhar is taking keen interest for the development of cotton germplasm having non-Bt and Bt genes alongwith tolerance to abiotic stresses i.e. heat and drought and enhancement of quality traits of fiber. Currently Dr Azhar is supervising two PhD students looking for tolerance against heat and drought. During the last nine years, 20 M.Sc. (Hons) Agri (as major advisor), 12 as supervisory committee member and two PhD student as major advisor and one as supervisory committee member had completed degree under his supervision.
He also worked with Dr Richard Percy, Dr Lori L. Hinze and Dr Jame Frelichowsk during Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship-2014 covering research area “To maintain, preserve, characterize (genotypically and phenotypically) and multiply cotton germplasm at Texas A&M University and USDA-ARS”. Dr Azhar completed Postdoctoral Research from Dr. Patrick Finnegan at School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia funded by Endeavour Fellowship. Due to his hard work and interest in research work, he has been appointed as Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Plant Biology, UWA. During 2015, he participated in Biosafety workshop entitled “Scientific and Technical Approaches in GMO Decision-making” organized by ICGEB, Trieste, Italy. Currently Dr Azhar has been nominated for the post of Chair of Germplam and Genetic Stock in International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI).