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Hani Nasser Abdelhamid

2013-2017: PhD from Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden. Title ʺLanthanide Metal-Organic Frameworks and Hierarchical Porous Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks: Synthesis, Properties, and Applicationsʺ
2011-2013: M.Sc in Nanobiomedicine, National Sun-Yat Sen University, China (ROC)
2009-2010: Pre-Master–Physical Organic Chemistry-Assuit University, Egypt, Grade: 3.4 (87.71%).
2003-2007: B.Sc Chemistry Department–Assuit University- Egypt, Grade: 3.32 (84.059%)
Research Experience & interest
The research interest of Hani Abdelhamid is focused broadly on science and technology at the nanoscale and for material science to push scientific boundaries in diverse areas of biochemistry, biology, biomedicine biotechnology, nanocatalysis and laser based analytical. The main thrusts are concentrated on the topics as below:
1) Nanotechnology: synthesis, characterization, and applications.
2) Material Chemistry, synthesis, characterization, and applications.
3) Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), synthesis, characterization, and applications.
4) Inorganic and structural chemistry.
5) Analytical Chemistry.
6) Solar cells and Nanocatalysis.
7) Nano-Biomedicine and Nano-Biotechnology.
8) Biochemistry and Biochemical research methods.
9) Metallodrug-protein interactions using Nanomaterials based- laser analytical tools.
10) Biosensor based on nanomaterials for pathogenic bacteria and biomolecules.

Kerstin G Blank

Kerstin Blank studied Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Jena and obtained her diploma in 2000. After 3 years as a project manager in Industry, she returned to Academia. Under supervision of Prof Hermann Gaub at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich she earned her PhD in Biophysics in 2006. After two short postdoctoral stays with Prof Andrew Griffiths (Université de Strasbourg) and Prof Johan Hofkens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), she became assistant professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2009. In 2014, she moved to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces where she holds the position of a Max Planck Research Group Leader. Her research interests combine her background in biochemistry and single molecule biophysics with the goal of developing molecular force sensors for biological and materials science applications. In addition to PeerJ, she is an academic editor at PLOSone and Biophysical Reviews and Letters and serves on the advisory board of Polymer Chemistry.

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).

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.

Debabrata Goswami

Dr. Debabrata Goswami is the Prof. S. Sampath Endowed Chair Professor of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor of Center for Lasers and Photonics, Center for Cognitive Science and the Design Program of IIT Kanpur. He is the elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society (OSA) and the SPIE. He is the winner of the 2018 Galileo Galilei Prize of the International Commission of Optics, the Thatachary Award, the Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and the Swarnajayanti Fellow. He is the Vice President of the IEEE Photonics Society India, Past Chairman, Photonics-2016. He has written over 200 papers and was in the Editorial Board of the Rev of Scientific Reports (AIP).

Jan H Jensen

Jan H. Jensen obtained his PhD in theoretical chemistry in 1995 from Iowa State University working with Mark Gordon, where he continued as a postdoc until he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1997. In 2006 he moved to the University of Copenhagen, where he is now professor of bio-computational chemistry.

Thomas Kodger

Thomas completed his PhD from Harvard University in 2015 under Prof. David Weitz and postdoctoral studies from University of Amsterdam with Prof. Peter Schall. He is currently an assistant professor in the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter laboratory at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands having joined in 2017.

Ho Leung Ng

Associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Kansas State University. Research in protein crystallography, computational and structure-based drug design, biophotonics, machine learning for chemistry and drug discovery.

Elena Papaleo

Elena Papaleo completed her PhD in 2006 and Post-doctoral from 2007-2009 at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) in the group of Prof. Luca De Gioia and Prof. Piercarlo Fantucci. She was then appointed as Adjunct Professor in Computational Biology at the University of Milano-Bicocca from 2010-2012. Afterwards, she was Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. Lindorff-Larsen at the Department of Biology of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) from 2011-2015. She has been Visiting Researcher at many international institutes including the group of Prof. Salvador Ventura at the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB, Barcelona, Spain) and the group of Prof. Francesco Luigi Gervasio at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO, Madrid, Spain). In August 2015, she joined as Group Leader of the Computational Biology (CBL) Laboratory at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center (Copenhagen, Denmark). In 2018, she also become Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen (Center for Protein Research). She has authored more than 90 publications, of which 50 scientific papers as main or senior author and she is Academic Editor of PLOS One, Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, PeerJ, and Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling.

Frances Separovic

Professor and past Head of Chemistry, University of Melbourne. Biophysical Society Council (2007-10), Secretary (2015-2019); IUPAB Council (2002-05); Australian Society for Biophysics, ASB President (1999-2001); Australian New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance, ANZMAG President (2011-13); Editorial board of Accounts in Chemical Research; ASB Robertson Medal (2009); ANZMAG Medal (2011); Fellow of Biophysical Society, Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, ISMAR Fellow (2012); IUPAC Distinguished Women of Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (2017).

Pedro J. Silva

I was originally raised as en experimental Biochemist. My PhD research centered on the biochemical characterization of the soluble hydrogenase of the hyperthermophile Pyrococcus furiosus. Eventually, the research focus broadened to include other metalloproteins from P. furiosus, which were characterized by biochemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods (electron paramagnetic resonance, UV-Vis spectroscopy, cofactor analysis, bioinformatics, enzymology, etc.).

After completing my PhD, I became an Assistant Professor at Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal), where I am now an Associate Professor. My research focus then moved to the computational study of enzymatic and organic reaction mechanisms using quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics methods.

I have been an Academic Editor for PeerJ since September 2015, and Section Editor for its "Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology" section since its creation in February 2018.