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James F Curtin

BSc, PhD. Head of School of Food Science and Environmental Health at Dublin Institute of Technology. Worked in translational research developing an immunotherapy for brain cancer for five years. Main focus: cancer; new therapeutic technologies; nanoscience; cold atmospheric plasma; gene therapy; immunotherapy - resulting in Phase I clinical trials and publications. James leads a multidisciplinary research team applying novel technologies for the treatment of brain cancer.

Yuming Guo

Dr Yuming Guo is professor of Global Environmental Health and Biostatistics & Head of the Monash Climate, Air Quality Research (CARE) Unit. He is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 1 & 2). Prof Guo was awarded Master of Medicine (2009), and PhD (2012) from Peking University and Queensland University of Technology, respectively. Before moving to to Monash University in March 2017, Dr Guo held appointments at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Peking University.

His research group focuses on environmental epidemiology, biostatistics, global environmental change, air pollution, climate change, urban design, residential environment, remote sensing modelling, and infectious disease modelling.

Prof Guo is appointed an adjunct professor by The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, The University of Oulu (Finland), Jinan University (Guangzhou), and Chongqing Medical University. He was awarded a visiting fellow of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Prof Guo has published extensively (over 260 high quality papers) in prestigious international journals including the highest-ranked journals (NEJM, Lancet, BMJ, Nature, Nature Medicine, PLoS Medicine, Nature Communications, Thorax, The Lancet Planetary Health, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environment International, etc). His works are highly cited, with >20,000 citations and H-index of 54.

David Kennedy

Our lab studies how interrelated organ systems such as heart, kidney and liver regulate cellular damage (particularly inflammation and fibrosis) and repair during the course of chronic ailments such as heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and chronic kidney disease. We are particularly interested in developing new preventative and therapeutic strategies to help people suffering from these diseases through establishing novel biomarkers and molecular diagnostics to assist risk stratification as well as identifying new drugs and drug targets and enhancing endogenous counter-regulatory mechanisms. Given our community’s ties to and dependence on the Great Lakes as a source of clean water for drinking, recreation, fishing and agriculture, our laboratory also places a special emphasis on discovering new diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic strategies targeting cellular damage caused by environmental stressors that impair our land-water-food nexus.

Annette Kopp-Schneider

Diploma in Mathematics/Informatics (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Dr. rer. nat. in Mathematics (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Visiting Scientist (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NC, USA)
Biostatistician, Division of Biostatistics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany
Head of Division of Biostatistics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany since 2012

Susanne Krauss-Etschmann

Main research Interests:
A) Asthma is a major cause of morbidity in the Western world but curative therapies do not exist. Hence, we aim to understand how early life environmental exposures modify lung development development and the risk of developing asthma throughout life. We use animal models of prenatal exposure to tobacco/nicotine products and human samples.
B) The importance of a steady-state balance of resident and non-resident bacterial communities for human health is increasingly appreciated. Yet, factors driving the composition of such microbial communities remain poorly understood. Therefore, we currently investigate the influence of smoke on the structure and functionality of the lung microbiome and its interaction with the lung health.
Currently Funded Projects
2012 – 2016 Chair of COST Action BM1201 “Developmental origins of Chronic Lung Disease”
2013 – 2016 Understanding the role of the lung microbiome for human health and diseases”, HMGU Environmental Health Projects, Co-PI until move to University of Kiel; Project currently continued on a collaborative basis.
Since 2013 – 2018 PI within German Center for Lung Research
2016 - 2018 Chair of “The lung Microbiota at the Interface between airway epithelium and the environment” funded by the Leibniz Association

Jie Liu

Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Zunyi Medical University, China. Editorial Board position on several journals including Toxicological Sciences, Environmental Health Perspective and PeerJ. Recognized by Elsevier journals and EHP as "top reviewer" in 2012 and Elsevier Journals as "top reviewer" in 2012 in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Feng Liu

Feng Liu received his Ph.D. degree from the School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and went on to work in the Department of Radiology and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Functional Imaging, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, China. Now he is an associate professor and his current research interests include Brain and Cognition, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Imaging Genetic and Multivariate Pattern Analysis.

Current research focuses on investigating the impact of the environmental factors (e.g., green space, PM 2.5, etc) on human brain measured by magnetic resonance imaging

Xin Liu

Currently, Dr. Xin Liu is Deputy Director of Central Laboratory of the Affiliated Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital of Qingdao University. He is also Head and Associate Professor of the Male Reproductive Medicine Research Group, and Director of the Life Omics Research Group at Central Laboratory of the Affiliated Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital of Qingdao University. He is standing committee member of Shandong Medical Association, committee member of China Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Association, and Director of Shandong society of Biochemistry and molecular biology (China).
Dr. Xin Liu obtained his Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from Yantai University (China) in 2001, his MSc in Zoology in 2004 at Shanxi University (China), and his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical analysis in 2007 at National Center for Protein Sciences (China). From October 2009 to June 2012, he studied with Trevor Cooper and chinghei Yeung (Institute of reproductive medicine, University of Minster, Germany) and completed the scientific research training of Andrology. His team is mainly engaged in Andrology, Human Reproduction, Proteomics and Bioinformatics, and aims to provide new targets and ideas for the analysis of the pathogenesis of infertility and the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive diseases. Dr. Xin Liu has been involved in 10+ national projects and 50+ publications on proteomics, male infertility, sperm maturation and sperm quality assessment.

Madhava Meegaskumbura

PROFESSOR & PI - An evolutionary biologist interested in understanding the processes of diversification from ecological, evolutionary and developmental contexts. Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University USA, on the diversification of a newly discovered radiation of nearly 100 species of frogs from Sri Lanka. Was a Ziff Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) and Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), studying correlates of extinctions in amphibians. Next, worked at the Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology at University of Peradeniya, serving as a Professor. Currently works as a Professor at Guangxi University in China. Has published over 100 papers, including several in Science. Works on amphibian and freshwater fish (also cavefish) systems including their microbiomes and diseases. Has described more than 50 species of frogs, freshwater fishes and a mammal, often using integrative taxonomic methods, together with contributions to higher order classification. Notable awards are: Frank A. Belamarich Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (Boston University), Top 10 Species Award, and Presidential Awards for Research. Serves as a Co-Chair for Amphibian Specialist Group Sri Lanka (ASG/IUCN/SSC). A freshwater fish (Schistura madhavai) and a fairy orchid (Oberonia meegaskumburae), are named after him. Serves as an Academic Editor/Editorial Board member for PeerJ, BMC Ecology & Evolution and PlosOne.

Ilaria Negri

PhD in Animal Biology, University of Bologna, Italy
Master Degree in Food Safety and Environmental Health, University of Piacenza, Italy. I have a background in molecular and evolutionary biology, applying different techniques (TEM, ISH, FISH, RNAseq, qPCR) for the study of insect/symbiont associations. My interests also include the use of bioindicators and bioaccumulators for monitoring environmental pollutants, including airborne PM.

Davor Plavec

Davor Plavec, MD, MSc, PhD, is Professor of Occupational Health and Sports Medicine. Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1962, Prof. Plavec graduated in 1987, and received his master's degree in 1991, and his doctorate in 1999 at the Medical Faculty, University of Zagreb. In 2004 he specialized in occupational medicine, and in 2009 he became the Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Osijek. In 2013 he specialized in sports medicine, and in 2019 became Full Professor within the Faculty of Medicine in Osijek. Prof. Plavec is Lecturer at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zagreb (study in English) and at the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Health in Osijek. Since 2005 he has been working at the Srebrnjak Children's Hospital as an Assistant Director for the quality of health care, and Head of the Research department where his field of work is improving the quality of health care, clinical research, sports medicine, allergy, pulmonology and cardiopulmonary function diagnostics. He is a member of a number of professional societies of the Croatian Medical Association in which he has held or is holding responsible positions for several terms, as well as the European Respiratory Society and the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. During his scientific and professional work, he has published more than 300 publications, of which more than 110 articles are in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2000 citations.

Adam W Potter

Research Physiologist, Deputy Chief, Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division (BBMD), US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM).

Part-time faculty, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM), American Public University System (APUS).

Research portfolio spans across the applied sciences, from thermal manikin testing, to the cutting-edge of product development (computer-based decision aids, wireless communications, and wearable sensors). Current scientific work areas include: 1) individualized mathematical modeling of thermoregulatory responses to clothing, environment, activities, with the inclusion of components for rest and recovery, 2) studies of metabolic costs over complex terrain, 3) real-time assessments of ground reaction forces and energy demands during locomotion and load carriage, and 4) innovative approaches to data management and the application of mathematics in integrative physiology.