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Brant C Faircloth

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University and Research Associate as the LSU Museum of Natural Sciences. Research interests include population and evolutionary genomics of non-model organisms; community genomics; genotype-phenotype interactions; (immuno-)genetic basis of mate choice; mating behavior; social behavior; and natural history.

Karoline Faust

Karoline Faust is a biologist turned bioinformatician who graduated at the Humboldt University in Berlin and earned her PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under the supervision of Prof. van Helden. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven and VIB in the group of Prof. Raes. Recently, she started as an Assistant Professor at KU Leuven. Being interested in the analysis of microbial sequencing data and modelling of microbial communities, her work is situated at the intersection of bioinformatics, systems biology and microbial ecology.

Joseph Felsenstein

Joe Felsenstein is Professor of the Department of Genome Sciences and in the Department of Biology, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Past President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Recipient of the Weldon Memorial Prize, the Darwin-Wallace Medal of the Linnean Society of London, the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science from the National Academy of Sciences and of the 2013 International Prize for Biology of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. On the Editorial Board of five journals.

He describes himself as "world-renowned for my outstanding modesty".

Pedro G Ferreira

Pedro G. Ferreira has PhD in Artificial Intelligence from University of Minho (2007). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Genomic Regulation (2008-2012) and at University of Genebra (2012-2014). Since 2015 he is an Assistant Researcher at Ipatimup/i3s. He main research focus is on cancer and population genomics. . In particular, he is interested in unraveling the role of genomics on the human health and disease. He has been involved in several international consortia including Geuvadis, ICGC and GTEx.

Lasse Folkersen

PhD in cardiovascular genetics from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Research according to an overarching theme of my research is the use of high-throughput omics to bridge the gap between research and medicine. My initial interest was in expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), and their possibilities for translating genetics to medical use. This followed a further step into actual industrial drug and pharmacogenetics development from the technique, performed at Novo Nordisk, Denmark. Current interests focus on further translation of main genetics results into actual use both in the clinical context of response stratification and in the industrial context of drug development.

Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca

Interested in Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo) particularly of neglected arthropods. In the hope of performing Integrative biology including classical aspects of embryogenesis, genomics, transcriptomics, ecology.. Interested in evolution of gene regulatory networks and signaling pathways.

Oct 2014 – present Director (
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Nucleo em Ecologia e Desenvolvimento Socio Ambiental de Macaé, Macaé, Brazil

Sep 2009 – Oct 2014 Assistant Professor/Associate Professor
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,
Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Awards & Grants

2017 - Elected -Affiliated member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences -
2017 – Brazilian Project Leader of the Brazilian/Norwegian Partnership UFRJ/University of Stavanger– “Nor-Bra 2020 towards a sustainable development”. Norwegian Research Council – Student Mobility Programme. Funding $ 500.000,00.
2016-2017 Elected - Latin American Liaison Officer of the Pan American Society of Evolutionary Developmental Biology -
2015 - CNPq Researcher Level 2 – CAPES - Genetics Committee (2015-2017)
2013-2020 - Young Scientist of Rio de Janeiro State Prize– FAPERJ (2013-2016 and 2017-2020)

Alistair Forrest

Professor of Systems Biology and Genomics at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Studies transcriptional regulatory networks, cell-to-cell communication networks. Was scientific coordinator of the FANTOM5 project while based at RIKEN. Uses next generation sequencing protocols RNA-seq, Cap Analysis of Gene Expression, ChIP-seq etc and bioinformatic approaches to study transcriptional regulation.

Simon DW Frost

Reader in Pathogen Dynamics at the University of Cambridge; formerly Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology, University of California San Diego (UCSD). Graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences (1st class), Trinity College, Cambridge (1992), DPhil in Mathematical Biology, Merton College, Oxford (1996). Postdoctoral positions at Princeton University, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh and UCSD. Awards include: NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996), MRC Nonclinical Training Fellowship (1997-2000), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013), and Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researcher awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Terry Furey

Associate Professor in the Departments of Genetics and Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Carolina Center for Genome Sciences at UNC-CH. Research focus includes computational analyses and interpretation of high-throughput sequence data from regulatory genomics assays in the context of complex traits and disease.

Mohammed Gagaoua

The research of Dr. Mohammed GAGAOUA is focused on the use of proteomics in the field of muscle to meat conversion and the development of fast and efficient aqueous techniques for protein purification. His research interests are at the interface of chemistry and biology with a focus on the use of protein biomarkers quantified by western-blotting, Dot-Blot and reverse phase protein arrays (RPPA) to manage meat quality and also to understand the mechanisms behind meat tenderizing. As a career achiever, Dr. Gagaoua has received the International Meat Science Award in 2015, the ICoMST2018 award by Robin Shorthouse for outstanding contribution to advancing Meat Science and the ICoMST2018 Meat Science award for best presentation. He has published more than 60 publications among them 43 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 6 book chapters and has more than 40 communications in national and international congresses.

Mikhail S. Gelfand

Vice-Director for Science at the Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems. Professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and Higher School of Economics. Member of Academia Europaea. Recipient of the 2007 Baev Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Member of Editorial Boards of PeerJ and Biology Direct.

Joshy George

Associate Director fo Computational Sciences, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, CT, USA. Previously worked at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne Australia and at the Genome Institute of Singapore.