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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).

My Ahmed Said Azizi Samir

Dr. Azizi Samir is manager at “Nanocomposites & Bioconcepts”, a company focusing on new innovative projects in green chemistry, environment and biomaterial sciences. After earning his PhD at the University of Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1, he accepted a position as researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH Stockholm Sweden. Dr. Azizi Samir works on biopolymer nanocomposites and has published two patents and many scientific papers.

Davide Barreca

Davide Barreca is an Associate Professor of biochemistry at the University of Messina. He is specialized in enzyme modulation by natural compounds, inhibition of protein aggregation and activation of signal apoptotic cascade. Most of his research projects concentrate on separation and identification of unknown flavonoids, structural-activity elucidation, and biochemical analysis of their health promoting or cytotoxicity properties on cells culture. He is author of over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 35 chapters in books, and 70 conference proceedings and reviewer of over 40 international scientific journals.

Cristina Bilbao-Sainz

Dr. Cristina Bilbao-Sáinz is an agricultural engineer with an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. Following her M.S. degree, she was awarded a 6 month professional training grant to work in the microbiology unit at the Agrotechnological Research Institute ATO-DLO in Wageningen, Netherlands. In 2002, she received her Ph. D. degree, cum laude, in the field of Food Technology. Following her dissertation, Dr. Bilbao served for two years as a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellow at Unilever Food Company in England. She also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Washington State University where she conducted research on new technologies for food preservation. In 2008, she joined the Healthy Processed Foods Research Unit at the USDA-ARS in Albany, CA to perform research on new sustainable technologies for processing specialty crops and value-added processing of their co-products.

Giuseppina Claps

Giuseppina obtained her MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2009 at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. After spending two years in the laboratory of Prof. Susanna Dolci (Tor Vergata Faculty of Medicine, Rome), she moved to Milan in the laboratory of Prof. Pier Paolo Di Fiore (IFOM-IEO Institute ).

During this time she worked on the generation of a c-Kit transgenic mouse model and regulation of spermatogenesis, 3D cell cultivation and characterization of stem cells from murine breast and prostate tissue and breast biopsy.

She graduated in 2015 at the SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Science; La Jolla, CA, USA. under the supevision of Prof. Ze'ev Ronai. She extended her training in the Ronai's laboratory until December 2016, During this time she worked on prostate cancer and melanoma using cell lines and murine models. She gained experience in transcription regulation, splicing and mouse pathology.

Currently, under the mentorsip of Prof. Caroline Robert and Dr. Stéphan Vagner, she is working at the Gustave Roussy Institute. Her studies are focused on metabolism and translation regulation in melanoma biology.

Maria Carmen Collado

Maria Carmen Collado (PhD 2005) holds a Research Scientist position at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC) in Valencia (Spain). Her research work is multidisciplinary and includes microbiology, food science, nutrition and human health. Her interests are focused on probiotics, microbiota and health and nutrition during pregnancy and early life period.

Carlos Conte-Junior

Professor of Biochemistry from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bachelor's at Veterinarian Medicine from Fluminense Federal University, Master's at Food Science and Technology from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, doctorate at Veterinary Medicine from Fluminense Federal University, Ph.D. at Food Science and Technology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) with a stay in Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum Amsterdam (VUmc), post-doctorate in Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and post-doctorate in University of California (USA). Has more than 228 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, 2 Technical Articles, 13 Invited Book Chapters, 48 Full-Paper Conference Proceedings, and 153 Refereed Abstracts.

Krystyna Dąbrowska

Affiliation: Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland (Bacteriophage Laboratory).Position: professor.

Current field of interest: non-bactericidal effects of phages in mammals; i.e. phage molecular biology tools for studies of phage impact on immunological system and other physiological aspects in mammals.

Alberto Davalos

Group leader of the Epigenetics of Lipid Metabolism Group, IMDEA Food Institute, Dr. Alberto Dávalos holds a degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry by San Marcos University (Lima) and a PhD in Pharmacy by Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid).
He has conducted postdoctoral research at the Hospital Ramón y Cajal (Madrid), at Yale University School of Medicine, (New Haven), and at New York University School of Medicine (New York). Dr. Dávalos’s research program focuses in identifying and characterizing new noncoding RNAs (miRNAs, lncRNAs and other type of regulatory RNAs) that regulate lipid metabolism and the effects of minor dietary components (micronutrients) on their expression.

Mohamed Ali Ali Farag

Specializing in metabolomics, natural products chemistry, and plant biochemistry, Mohamed A. Farag completed his PhD at Texas Tech University, USA, in 2003.
Since 2009, Dr Farag has been working as a part time visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to participate in teaching plant metabolomics and chemomterics modelling for master students, and in 2009–2010 he held the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, Germany. Dr Farag now works full time as a professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where his research work focuses primarily around applying innovative biochemical technologies (metabolomics) to help answer complex biological questions in medicine, herbal drugs analysis and agriculture.

Dr. Farag has been recognized with several awards, including Abd el Hameed Shoman award (2016), Egypt Higher State Incentive Award (2012), TWAS award in science diplomacy (2014), and the Mass Spectroscopy Performance Award, TTU, USA (2004). For his highly cited publications of 100 scientific papers with close to 3500 citations and an H index of 26, Dr. Farag was selected as a top researcher in the field of plant biology in Africa by the American society of plant biology, USA.

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.

Marcin Maciej Grynberg

Assistant Professor in The Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Graduate from The University of Warsaw. Former post-doc at The Burnham Institute, La Jolla, CA. Co-founder of the social scientist movement Citizens of Academia.