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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 75+ 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 100+ manuscripts for 40+ 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 100+ manuscripts.

Faheem Ahmad

Dr. Faheem Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Nematology in the Department of Botany at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications, his research interests include plant-nematode interaction, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, nematode management and nematicidal bioagents.

Sonja-Verena Albers

Researching the assembly of cell surface appendages in archaea and their role in adhesion and biofilm formation. The model organism we study is the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. We use genetic approaches to identify systems in Sulfolobus that are involved in the assembly of cell surface appendages and biochemically characterize the subunits and their interplay in the assembly process.

Rodolfo Aramayo

My laboratory is centered on understanding the function(s) of RNAs, especially non-coding RNAs in all aspects of Biology. The long term objective of our work is to understand meiotic silencing in Neurospora and to map its connections with the meiotic silencing observed in other organisms.

B.S. in Molecular Biology, University of Brasilia, 1982
M.S. in Molecular Biology, University of Brasilia, 1986
Ph.D. in Genetics, University of Georgia (Athens), 1992
Postdoctoral Training, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1993
Postdoctoral Training, Stanford University, 1997

Gunjan Arora

I am currently working as Asscociate research scientist at Yale University. Previously I worked as Postdoctoral fellow at National Institutes of Health, USA. My current work is on infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, Lyme, Anthrax. In my project, I study immune correlates of protection to malaria. I have about 10 years of post-PhD experience in Global health, Immunology and Microbiology. I did my PhD from CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, India working on bacterial pathogens M. tuberculosis and other gram-positive bacterial pathogens. I worked as Vaccine Research Innovation awardee at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute in India.

I have 26 publications in International peer-reviewed journals and have published 4 Book chapters. My current h-index is 18. In the recent past, I have served as reviewer for Frontiers Journal, MDPI journals, Nature press journals, Medicine, Pathogen and vectors, BMC Microbiology, Archives of Microbiology, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Indian Journal of Microbiology.

Vasco Azevedo

Professor of Genetics and Deputy Head of the Department of Genetics, Ecology and Evolution. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and is a Knight of the National Order of Scientific Merit of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Researcher 1A of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) which is the highest position.

Ramy K Aziz

I am a Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt. I am interested in microbiome research, pharmacomicrobiomics, evolution and emergence microbial pathogenesis and resistance, microbial and phage genomics, antibiotic resistance surveillance, adaptive laboratory evolution, metabolic reconstruction and pathway gap filling, and virulence gene discovery.

Jürg Bähler

Jürg Bähler is a Professor of Systems Biology at University College London. His laboratory studies genome regulation during cellular proliferation, quiescence, and ageing using fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe) as a model system. They apply multiple genetic, computational and genome-wide approaches for systems-level understanding of regulatory processes and complex relationships between genotype, phenotype, and environment, including roles of genome variation and evolution, transcriptome regulation, and non-coding RNAs.

Jürg Bähler is an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and he received a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

MK Balasubramanian

Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. Member of the editorial boards of Cytoskeleton, eLife, and Faculty of 1000. Winner of the National Science Medal Singapore.

David A Baltrus

Assistant Professor interested in evolutionary microbiology and genomics

Paula Baptista

Paula Baptista is currently Auxiliary Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), coordinator of the topic "Sustainable Agriculture and Innovative Agro-food Chains" of the “Mountain Research Center” and the convenor of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC), working group ‘Integrated protection of olive crops”. Her main interests are focused on plant-microbe-insect interactions, biological control, plant microbiome and microbial biocontrol agents.

Matthew PG Barnett

I'm currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Food Nutrition & Health Team, AgResearch Limited, one of New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). I'm based at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute, being involved in several projects investigating the importance of nutrition for health throughout life. The primary focus of these projects is intestinal health, but I'm also interested other aspects of human health, including cognition and mobility.
I graduated from The University of Auckland in May 2005 with a PhD in Biological Sciences. My thesis research focused on the importance of a mother’s diet during gestation and lactation on the risk of type-2 diabetes in her offspring. Since 2001 I've worked for AgResearch in a range of roles (including Research Associate, FRST Postdoctoral Fellow, and Research Scientist) and on a variety of topics. I was part of the Nutrigenomics New Zealand collaboration from 2004-2014, working on understanding how our diet and genome interact to influence health with a particular focus on intestinal function.
I was the Section Editor (Nutrigenomics) for the European Journal of Nutrition from 2014 to 2019.