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Hani Nasser Abdelhamid

2013-2017: PhD from Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden. Title ʺLanthanide Metal-Organic Frameworks and Hierarchical Porous Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks: Synthesis, Properties, and Applicationsʺ
2011-2013: M.Sc in Nanobiomedicine, National Sun-Yat Sen University, China (ROC)
2009-2010: Pre-Master–Physical Organic Chemistry-Assuit University, Egypt, Grade: 3.4 (87.71%).
2003-2007: B.Sc Chemistry Department–Assuit University- Egypt, Grade: 3.32 (84.059%)
Research Experience & interest
The research interest of Hani Abdelhamid is focused broadly on science and technology at the nanoscale and for material science to push scientific boundaries in diverse areas of biochemistry, biology, biomedicine biotechnology, nanocatalysis and laser based analytical. The main thrusts are concentrated on the topics as below:
1) Nanotechnology: synthesis, characterization, and applications.
2) Material Chemistry, synthesis, characterization, and applications.
3) Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), synthesis, characterization, and applications.
4) Inorganic and structural chemistry.
5) Analytical Chemistry.
6) Solar cells and Nanocatalysis.
7) Nano-Biomedicine and Nano-Biotechnology.
8) Biochemistry and Biochemical research methods.
9) Metallodrug-protein interactions using Nanomaterials based- laser analytical tools.
10) Biosensor based on nanomaterials for pathogenic bacteria and biomolecules.

Raeid Abed

Dr. Raeid M.M. Abed is Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman, since September 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPIMM) in Bremen-Germany in 2001 on bioremediation of pollutants using cyanobacterial mats. After his Ph.D, he worked for 8 years at the Max-Planck Institute as a research scientist leading different international projects. He obtained several honors such as the Fellowship of Hanse Institute for Advanced studies in Germany, the Best Researcher and Best Teacher Awards at SQU, Oman and an award to establish his own “Research Study Group” in Germany. He was elected as an associate faculty member at the International Max-Planck Research School since 2015. Dr. Abed published more than 80 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 12 book chapters and edited a two-volumes book. He supervised 9 PhD and 30 MSc students. He serves as a reviewer for more than 40 international scientific journals.

Spiros N Agathos

Spiros N. Agathos, Ph.D. is Professor of Bioengineering at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium since 1993 and, since 2015, he is Inaugural Dean of Biological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, the first research-intensive university in Ecuador and a hub of innovation in South America.

He is an expert in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, with interests in biocatalyst development, bioprocess optimisation, bioreactor design and scale-up, ecogenomics, and biotechnology for sustainability. He has a PhD in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served on the faculties of the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) and as a visiting professor in Europe and the Americas.

He has published over 200 articles, 4 books and 4 patents. He has been Editor or Editorial Board member of many journals and serves on numerous committees for science and technology policy. He is a consultant to governments and industry, while his former students and postdocs have significant academic and industrial positions across the globe. Among his many awards, he is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE), of the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB) and of the International Water Association (IWA).

Arti Ahluwalia

Associate Prof. of Bioengineering, University of Pisa, Head of In-Vitro Models Group and NanoBioscopy Lab at the National Council of Research Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR-IFC). Also involved in capacity building in the field of Biomedical Engineering, in association with UNECA and FABLAB Pisa .Author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and of several patents on microfabrication and on bioreactors, co-founder of 2 high-tech companies.

Maria Almuedo-Castillo

I obtained the Biology degree from the University of Sevilla in June 2008. For my PhD, I then joined Drs. Saló and Adell lab at the Genetics Department of the UB. Using the planarian S. mediterranea due to its amazing regenerative abilities, I demonstrated the role of specific signaling pathways in processes that allow regeneration of a proportioned body plan. I graduated with honors in Genetics in July 2014 and for my postdoctorate I decided to join Dr. Müller laboratory at the Max Planck Institute of Tübingen (Germany) in October 2014, to get an interdisciplinary training in Systems Biology and learn about Biophysics and computer modeling. In June 2015 I was awarded with an EMBO long-term postdoctoral fellowship. I studied how tissue patterns scale with embryo size using a quantitative biophysical in vivo approach. We described how embryos adjust tissue proportions to the changing size of their bodies. In June 2018 I decided to come back home and develop my independent research career in Sevilla (Spain), where I am currently working as an associate researcher at CABD (CSIC/UPO/JA). In February 2019 I obtained a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship and in June 2019, a Junior Leader grant from Fundación Social La Caixa. Here I want to implement all my interdisciplinary acquired knowledge to study the complex formation of organs from a mechanical and patterning comprehensive perspective, using as an experimental paradigm the formation of the vertebrate eye.

Zekiye Sultan Altun

The Zekiye Altun Professor of Biochemistry and Basic Oncology, Dokuz Eylul University. Member of the Cell Death Research Society of Turkey and Basic Oncology Society.

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.

Praveen Arany

Training: Dentistry, Biomedical Research, Bioengineering, Pathology
Postdoctoral: TGF-beta, wound healing, regeneration, radiation biology, light biology, stem cells, biomaterial, Lasers.
Current: Clinical translational research and molecular mechanism.
Positions: Past-President, NAALT; President-Elect WALT, Co-Chair SPIE, Chair, ASLMS
Interests: Signal Transduction, Lasers, Biological regulation, Photobiomodulation.

Vasco Azevedo

Professor of Genetics and Deputy Head of the Department of Genetics, Ecology and Evolution. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and is a Knight of the National Order of Scientific Merit of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Researcher 1A of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) which is the highest position.

Sabine Bahn

Director of the Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research at Cambridge University. Practising clinician (with an Honorary Consultant position in General Adult Psychiatry at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge). Co-founder of Psynova Neurotech Ltd. Professor for Tranlational Neuroscience at Erasmus University Medical Centre, Department of Neuroscience, Rotterdam.

Obul Reddy Bandapalli

PD. Dr.rer.nat. Obul R Bandapalli is a functional genomics researcher with special focus on transnational research. He is currently working at DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany. He finished his habilitation in Molecular Medicine from the Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit of EMBL-University of Heidelberg and continues to teach at the University of Heidelberg. He has PhD in Molecular Biology from Humboldt University. Before moving to Germany he has worked at the Central Food Technological Research Institute Mysore, Dabur Research Foundation and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He obtained his Master´s in Biotechnology from Guru Ghasidas University and Bachelor’s in Sericulture from Sri Venkateswara University. Apart from research, he enjoys watching birds and nature trails.

Paula Baptista

Paula Baptista is currently Auxiliary Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), coordinator of the topic "Sustainable Agriculture and Innovative Agro-food Chains" of the “Mountain Research Center” and the convenor of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC), working group ‘Integrated protection of olive crops”. Her main interests are focused on plant-microbe-insect interactions, biological control, plant microbiome and microbial biocontrol agents.