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Jose MG Izarzugaza

Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). As a senior scientist in Prof. Søren Brunak's group at the Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS), I have a profound interest in different aspects of next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis. This covers a broad spectrum of scenarios and applications. Actively involved in the Genome Denmark initiative, with two main goals: to assemble and annotate the first draft of the Danish reference genome and to identify viruses driving cancer. Other current projects include the prediction of the pathogenicity of mutations in the protein kinase superfamily for the TCGA/ICGC Pancancer initiative.

Rodolfo Jaffé

I am a biologist interest in research-led sustainable development. I rely on inter-disciplinary approaches, comprising landscape and spatial ecology, population genomics and bio-statistics, to understand how the degradation of natural habitats influences biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services.

Pankaj Jaiswal

He is a Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU). Dr. Jaiswal is a co-founder and lead investigator of the Plant Ontology Consortium ( project and the common reference ontology for plant biology project ( He co-leads the development of one of world’s largest online portal on comparative plant genomics, the Gramene database with his principal responsibility of developing a Plant Gene Networks called Plant Reactome ( His research involves studying systems biology and plant gene networks associated with drought and salinity abiotic stress responses in agricultural and biofuel feedstock plants.

Jasmine K Janes

Broadly, research in my lab focuses on answering questions related to evolutionary processes such as speciation and co-evolution. We typically apply a multi-disciplinary approach (e.g. genomics, pollination biology) to several interacting taxa within a system (e.g. plant, insect, fungus).

Specific topics include: Vancouver Island dietary metagenomics, mountain pine beetle genomics, adaptive diversification in eucalypts and working toward a better understanding of the role that hybridization (and its barriers) play in chickweed and bog orchid species complexes.

Shalu Jhanwar

Dr. Jhanwar’s research interests lie at the interface of epigenomics, genomics, bioinformatics, and machine learning. She has extensive experience in plant and animal sciences, development biology, and cancer genomics and epigenomics. She has developed machine learning-based tools and bioinformatic analysis pipelines integrating genomic and epigenomic information. In the past, she has identified biomarkers differentiating wild and cultivated varieties of plants using comparative genomic approaches. Upon integrating transcriptomics and chromatin accessibility, presently she is studying the regulatory dynamics underlying structural diversity during organogenesis.

Charles D Johnson

Dr. Johnson received his BS and PhD from Texas A&M University; in between he received his MS from Clemson University. His postdoc was at University of Louisville, resulting in an appointment as associate director of bioinformatics for the Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine at University of Louisville. From there he founded the statistics and bioinformatics division at Ambion/Asuragen Inc. Following his time at Asuragen, Dr. Johnson founded BioMath Solutions LLC, a bioinformatics focused start-up, developing software for genomic technology companies. Currently he is Executive Director of the Center of Bioinformatics and Genomic System Engineering at Texas A&M University and is Director of Genomics and Bioinformatics at Texas A&M AgriLife

Sheri L Johnson

A behavioural ecologist with broad interests in sexual selection, mating system evolution, sperm biology, behavioural epigenetics, and the effects of environmental challenges (e.g., hypoxia, toxins, and microplastics) on the reproductive and behavioural ecology of animals. Study systems include marine invertebrates, marine and freshwater fishes (including zebrafish) and weta. Overall, Dr Johnson's research programme investigates both genetic and environmental effects on behaviour and reproductive fitness.

Christine Josenhans

Christine Josenhans is Professor for Microbiology and Medical Microbiology at Max von Pettenkofer Institute of Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and an infectious disease specialist. Until 2017, she was Associate Professor at Hannover Medical School, Germany, also in the field of infection research and molecular and cellular microbiology. Her research foci are on infectious disease agents in general, with specialization in microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, and host-pathogen interactions. She performed her Post-doctoral studies on Yersinia host-pathogen interactions, more specifically on their type III secretion system pore proteins. Current research foci are in persistent bacterial and viral infections, host-pathogen crosstalk and immune interference, as well as in the causal link between infections and cancer.
She is on the board of several undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.

Goo Jun

I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. I work on statistical genetics, computational biology, bioinformatics, and sequence data analysis. With backgrounds in machine learning and data mining, my research is focused on development of computational and statistical methods for analysis of massive data to understand genetics and biology of complex traits. I have been working on the analysis of large-scale next-generation sequencing data, for which I developed statistical models and software pipelines for detecting sample contamination, variant discovery, machine-learning based variant filtering, and genotyping of structural variations. I also work on genetics of diabetes, obesity, and related traits and study of metabolomic and microbiome compositions related to genetics of common and complex traits.

Ruslan Kalendar

Ruslan Kalendar has been working at the University of Helsinki since 1997.

Academy Editor of PLOS ONE; Editor of High-Throughput (ISSN 2571-5135); Guest Associate Editor, Review Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Genetics and Genomics).

Scientific results: he developed several DNA technologies for molecular genetic fingerprints, based on retrotransposons (IRAP, REMAP, iPBS). Identified new classes of retrotransposons: TRIM and LARD; discovered more than 500 sequences of retrotransposons. Author of 6 commercial computer software (FastPCR), including an online tool for companies PrimerDigital, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Oligomer Ltd, as well as programs for DOS: Trees (phylogenetic analysis) and Mapping (for genetic mapping).

Caroline M. Kane

Professor in Residence Emerita of Molecular and Cell Biology, long term work on transcript elongation regulation in eukaryotes, PI on The Cell, a searchable database of images and videos of cells for educators and researchers, several awards for helping women and underrepresented students in biomedical science, former Councilor and Education Committee Chair of the American Society for Cell Biology

Ravi Kant

Ravi Kant is working in Department of Virology & Department of Veterinary Biosciences, University of Helsinki with background in IT, NGS, genomics, bioinformatics and veterinary microbiology.