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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.

Gonzalo Campillo-Alvarado

Gonzalo Campillo-Alvarado is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Reed College in Portland, OR, USA. His research focuses on designing functional and dynamic (i.e., stimuli-responsive) crystalline materials, with an emphasis on boron, for applications of chemical separations, pharmaceutics, petrochemistry, and electronics. His lab integrates knowledge of organic-, supramolecular-, reversible- and mechanochemistry.

Before joining Reed, he was an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Iowa (USA) as a CONACyT fellow, and his BSc in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico).

Jorge Gonzalez Garcia

I obtained my PhD from the University of Valencia (Spain) focused on Supramolecular & Bioinorganic Chemistry, in which I worked in metalloenzymes mimetics and anion receptors. Upon completing my PhD in 2013, I performed several postdoctoral research positions in the University of Kansas (USA) and Institute Curie (France), in which I specialized in the development of drugs for non-canonical nucleic acids such as G-quadruplexes, triplexes or i-motifs. Then, I joined the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London as Newton Fellow to develop new tools to target and visualize G-quadruplexes in cells. I continued my projects as IdEx Fellow in the European Institute of Chemistry and Biology in Bordeaux (France). Actually, I’ve started my team in the Institute of Molecular Science in the University of Valencia, where I’ve developed novel systems and methodologies to target non-canonical DNA structures and unravel their biological roles.

Christof M Jäger

I am a computational chemist and data scientist and group leader at AstraZeneca. My research activities all share the motivation to bring the power of computational chemistry to new chemical problems in pharmaceutical research and beyond, to fundamentally understand properties and functions of organic 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 and workflows.
Past and present research involved multi-disciplinary research in the areas of reactivity prediction, catalysis, biotechnology, 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 Assistant Professor in Biotechnology and Computational Chemistry. In September 2022 I joined AstraZeneca in Gothenburg / Sweden to work in predictive computational chemistry and data science within the Pharmaceutical Science department.

Mykola Kut

Dr. Mykola Kut is an Associate Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Uzhhorod National University, where he been employed since 2018, first as a researcher, then as an Assistant, before moving onto his current role.

Dr. Kut received his M.Sc in Organic Chemistry with honors from the Uzhhorod National University (formerly Uzhhorod State University) in 2014, followed by a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the same University in 2017.

His general research interests include, Organic & Organometalic Chemistry, Ecology and Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chemical Education.

More specifically, Dr. Kut's current research interests centre around the synthesis and reactivity of fused quinoline and pyrimidines, applied metalorganic chemistry, the development of new synthetic methods to application of halogens, inorganic chalcogenhalogenides and organochalcogenhalogenides substrates in the electrophilic cyclization reactions, and evolution of received compound as biological active compounds.

His research interests in the educational sphere includes generalization of the main aspects of Chemical education in different universities and countries; including the problem of implementation of scientometric principles in the university educational system.

Dilip K Maiti

Dilip K. Maiti was born September 09, 1970, in West Bengal, India. He received his BSc. in chemistry in 1991 and MSc. (organic chemistry major) in 1993, from the University of Calcutta, India. He achieved his Ph.D. on stereoselective synthesis, from Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in 1998. He carried out his postdoctoral research in the School of Medicine, Wayne State University, USA. In 2005, he joined as a Reader faculty at the University of Calcutta and became full Professor in 2011. His major research activity is focused on organic synthesis and fabrication of smart organic nanomaterials, sensors and devices.

Robert S Paton

After graduating top of his year in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Rob obtained his PhD in 2008 with Jonathan Goodman in Cambridge working on the automated parameterization of molecular mechanics methods to study stereoselective C-C bond formation. In 2008 he took up an independent Junior Research Fellowship at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and courtesy of an HPC-Europa award in 2009 spent time in the group of Feliu Maseras at ICIQ, Spain.

As recipient of the UK’s’ Fulbright-AstraZeneca Fellowship and a Science Fellowship from the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851, Rob conducted postdoctoral research with K. N. Houk at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2009-2010. In 2010 Rob was appointed to a University Lectureship and Tutorial Fellowship at Oxford, progressing to Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry in 2014. In 2018 he moved to Colorado State University as an Associate Professor. Rob has received the MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize, the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize and an ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

Lubna Rasheed

Dr. Lubna Rasheed studied Chemistry and earned a Ph.D degree in 2011 jointly from Rennes1 University, France and Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She has two years of Postdoctorate experience at the CSM Laboratory at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) South Korea. Presently she is serving as Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Education, Lahore (2017-till date) .

She has been invited speaker at many national and international Conferences. She is working as Editorial board member of prestigious international journals. Her publications has been included in Nature Index for the year 2019 and ranked among the World’s top publications for the year 2019. Her research interests include the development of fluorescent probes as sensors for biomolecular and ionic detection, Medicinal chemistry, Nano composites for HER, OER, Semiconduction, environmental, water treatment and energy-related applications.

Valentin O Rodionov

Prof. Valentin Rodionov began his undergraduate studies in 1997 at the Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2000, after moving to the United States, he was accepted to the University of Maryland and promoted directly into the graduate program without having to complete an undergraduate degree. He earned his M.S. in 2002 and enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.

At Scripps Dr. Rodionov worked under the guidance of Profs. M.G. Finn and K.B. Sharpless. His thesis project was focused on mechanistic investigation of copper (I) catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition and provided the first glimpse of the inner workings of this most widely used "click" reaction (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, p. 2210; and J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, p. 12696).

As a postdoctoral fellow with Professor J.M.J. Fréchet at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Rodionov applied the powerful “click” chemistry approach to the development of enzyme-inspired catalytic polymers (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, p. 2570).

Since late 2010, Dr. Rodionov has been an Assistant Professor of Chemical Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. IN 2018, The group transitioned to Case Western Reserve University.

Prof. Rodionov’s research interests are broadly focused on catalysis with soft materials and chemistry of nonbenzenoid allotropes of carbon (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, p. 17999).

Łukasz Szeleszczuk

Dr. Łukasz Szeleszczuk is a Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw. His main areas of interest are DFT calculations, especially for the solid state systems, and solid state NMR spectroscopy.

Fu-Ming Tao

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1991
Suzhou University, Suzhou, PRC, M.S., Chemistry, 1985
University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, PRC B.S., Chemistry, 1982

Professor, California State University, Fullerton, CA, 2005-present
Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton, CA, 2000-2005
Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton, CA, 1995-2000
Research Associate, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1992-1995
Research Associate, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1991-1992
Teaching Assistant, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 1986-1991
Lecturer, Suzhou University, Suzhou, China, 1985-1986