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Mohd Adnan

Dr. Mohd Adnan is an Associate Professor, Principal Investigator and Head of Academic Committee at Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia. He did his PhD from University of Central Lancashire, UK; Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University, India; Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics from SJAIT, India. He has more than 10 years of research, teaching and administrative experience. In his professional capacity, he has received various travel, observership and research grants as a Principal Investigator from various prestigious organizations.
He has successfully published 100+ publications in internationally recognized peer reviewed reputed journals, several book chapters for internationally renowned publishers and presented many papers and posters in various conferences/workshops globally. He has published widely in the field of phytomedicine, biofilms, drug discovery, natural products, nutraceuticals and functional foods with specialization in plant-based antibiofilm and anticancer agents, microbial biosurfactants, biofilms in food industry and medical settings, probiotics and cancer biology, novel biomolecules for/as health and antimicrobial agents.
He has reviewed 150+ manuscripts for 50+ internationally recognized peer-reviewed JCR journals and grant reviewer for many prestigious universities and organisations. In addition, he is a member of SFAM, UK and ESCMID, Switzerland and an Elected Member of Royal Society of Biology, UK. He also currently holds different editorial positions (Associate, Academic, Guest and Review Editor) in various esteemed journals and has edited 150+ manuscripts.

Carsten Baldauf

I have studied Biochemistry at Universität Leipzig. In my Diploma thesis I started to use computer simulations (quantum chemistry) to study structure formation in non-natural peptides. I continued along these lines in my PhD studies, also in Leipzig. During a PostDoc stay at BIOTEC of TU Dresden, I started using empirical models (a.k.a. force fields) and dedicated myself to the development of structure search techniques with a focus on molecular docking. My next stop then was in Shanghai. With a Lynen Postdoc fellowship by Humboldt Foundation, I had the chance to investigate regulatory mechanisms and function of the blood protein von Willebrand factor, a key molecule in primary hemostasis. Since 2010, I am a scientist at Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society, since 2013 I am a a group leader. Our work here deals with biomolecules in thin air (i.e. theoretical gas-phase spectroscopy of peptides and carbohydrates), large-scale overview studies on amino acid-cation structures, and organic reactions. Recently, I got interested in data science, data infrastructures and ontologies. I am teaching at Freie Universtität Berlin and was a visiting professor at Universität Leipzig replacing the Chair for Theoretical Chemistry. Since January 2020 I am Representative of the Board at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.

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.

Anna K. Croft

Associate Professor at University of Nottingham, specialising in biological chemistry, reaction mechanisms, and ionic liquids.
Senior Lecturer in Bio-Organic Chemistry at Bangor University until 2013.

Walter F. de Azevedo Jr.

Prof. Azevedo is frontiers section editor (Bioinformatics and Biophysics) for the Current Drug Targets, section editor (Bioinformatics in Drug Design and Discovery) for the Current Medicinal Chemistry, member of the editorial board of Current Bioinformatics, academic editor for PeerJ, and editor of Docking Screens for Drug Discovery (Methods of Molecular Biology)(Springer Nature). He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of São Paulo (USP)(1997). During his Ph.D., he worked under the supervision of Prof. Sung-Hou Kim (University of California, Berkeley), on a split Ph.D. program with a fellowship from the Brazilian Research Council (1993-1996). His Ph.D. was about the structure of CDK2 (de Azevedo Jr. et al., 1996)( He is the coordinator of the Structural Biochemistry Laboratory at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. His research interests are interdisciplinary with two major emphases: molecular simulations and protein-ligand interactions. He published over 180 scientific papers about protein structures and computer models to assess intermolecular interactions involving proteins and potential ligands. These publications have over 4900 citations in the Web of Science (Publons h-index: 37)(, +5500 citations (Scopus h-index: 41)(, and +7100 citations(Google Scholar h-index: 44).

Mohamed A. El-Esawi

Dr. Mohamed A. El-Esawi is an Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics at Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt. Dr. El-Esawi received his BSc and MSc from Tanta University, and his Ph.D. degree in Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology from Dublin Institute of Technology, Technological University Dublin, Ireland. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. El-Esawi joined the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, University of Sorbonne in France, University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium and University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as a visiting research fellow. His research focuses on plant genetics, genomics, molecular biology, biotechnology, plant-abiotic interaction, molecular physiology, developmental biology, plant-microbe interaction, and bioinformatics. He has authored more than 150 international peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, books, and patents, and has participated in more than 70 conferences and workshops worldwide. Dr. El-Esawi has received several grants and international awards and recognition, including the Plants 2021 Young Investigator Award (MDPI, Switzerland). He has been ranked among the world's top 2% Scientists by Stanford University in USA, and is currently involved in several biological science research projects.

Carlos Fernández Marcos

Carlos F. Marcos holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Santiago of Compostela, where he specialized in chemistry of heterocycles and total synthesis of natural products. He completed his training on the chemistry of the organometallic compounds at the University of Milan and at the Imperial College London, where he was awarded with a grant of the Human Capital and Mobility programme of the European Community.
In 1996 he joined the University of Extremadura, where he started a line of research on new sulfur heterocyclic materials, in collaboration with professors Charles Rees (Imperial College) and Tomás Torroba (UEx). From 2002, he leads a research group involved in the development of new synthetic methodologies. Throughout his career, he has supervised many research studies and has more than 50 publications indexed in frontline scientific journals. He has also made several stays as visiting professor in prestigious American and European research centres. From 2016, it holds a position as Full Professor at the University of Extremadura.
In recent years his research has focused in the chemistry of isocyanides, and especially their use to develop new tandem and multi-component processes. These synthetic strategies have proved to be a very advantageous approach to obtain organic materials with new properties, as well as compounds with biomedical interest.

Bernardo Franco

Dr. Franco has 17 years experience in academic research in microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Skills acquired during academic research include mainly nucleic acid manipulation, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, PCR, RT-PCR and qPCR, protein purification and characterization, light and confocal microscopy, flow cytometry and cell sorting, microbiological techniques (microorganism and cell culture, and collection management), good laboratory practices among others. He has eight years teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate programs (Signal transduction in bacteria and Molecular biology techniques, respectively).

Christof M Jäger

I am a computational chemist and Assistant Professor in the Department for Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham. My research activities all share the motivation to bring the power of computational chemistry to new chemical problems, to fundamentally understand properties and functions of organic (macro)molecules, to reveal hidden chemical questions and to promote solutions for chemical challenges and focus on the development and application of efficient and transferable computational techniques.
Past and present research involved multi-disciplinary research in the areas of biotechnology, catalysis, bio-organic, colloid, and radical chemistry, molecular self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry, ion effects, and molecular electronics in organic electronic devices.

Following my undergraduate studies of Molecular Science I received my PhD in Computational Chemistry from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany in 2010. I then worked as a Postdoc for the Cluster of Excellence Engineering Advanced Materials (EAM) until 2014, when I joined the Sustainable Process Technology (SPT) Research Group in in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Nottingham, first as an EU and UoN funded fellow, then as faculty member.

Sanket J. Joshi

Sanket Joshi is a Deputy Director, Oil & Gas Research Center, and Laboratory Application Specialist, Central Analytical and Applied Research Unit, at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He holds BSc and MSc degrees from Sardar Patel University, India, and a PhD degree from M. S. University of Baroda, India – all in Microbiology. Dr. Joshi has 16 years of academic teaching and research experience, and 4 years of industrial R&D experience, in India and Oman. While working in Indian pharma companies, he undertook several turnkey projects (both upstream and downstream) on antibiotics (β-lactams, macrolides, glycopeptides), antidiabetic drug (for type II diabetes), and Co-enzyme Q10. His current research interests encompass: Energy (In-situ/ex-situ microbial enhanced light/heavy oil recovery; chemical enhanced oil Recovery; biofuels); Microbial products (biosurfactants, biopolymers, R&D and scale-up); and Environmental bioremediation (crude oil pollution; analysis, mitigation and control of souring by Sulfate reducing bacteria; HPAM contaminated sites). Those research projects are multidisciplinary, involving both biotechnology and engineering disciplines. Since he joined SQU, his research team has received over 5.4 million USD in research grants and service contracts, and established bioproducts for petroleum and environmental applications. He has 166 scientific publications as papers in international journals (76), book chapters (17), conference proceedings (66), international books (6), and one Australian Innovation Patent to his credit. He serves as an Academic/Associate Editor for some of the highly reputed journals: Frontiers in Microbiology, PeerJ, Ecotoxicology (Springer), Petroleum Science and Technology (Taylor & Francis, UK), Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Springer), BMC Biotechnology, and Open Biotechnology Journal. He is book series editor of ‘Advances in Biotechnology and Bioengineering', Elsevier INC.; Guest editor for Energies, Frontiers in Microbiology, Sustainability, Scientifica, Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and Open Biotechnology Journal; and a recognized reviewer for more than 50 international journals (Elsevier, Springer Nature, T&F, Wiley/AOCS, RSC, ACS, Hindawi, DE Gruyter, MDPI and others).

Mohammed Kuddus

Dr. Mohammed Kuddus is working as a Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry Department at University of Hail, Saudi Arabia. His main research area includes Molecular biology, Industrial enzymes, Extremophiles and Extremozymes, Microbial biotechnology, Food biotechnology, Waste utilization, Value added products, Bioremediation, Biopolymers and Bioplastics. He has published more than 75 research articles in reputed international journals along with 8 books and 22 book chapters; and presented more than 40 abstracts in national/international conferences/symposia. He has been serving as an Editor / Editorial Board Member and Reviewer of various international reputed journals. He has been awarded Young Scientist Projects from the Department of Science and Technology, India and International Foundation for Science, Sweden.