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Raeid Abed

Dr. Raeid M.M. Abed is Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman, since September 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPIMM) in Bremen-Germany in 2001 on bioremediation of pollutants using cyanobacterial mats. After his Ph.D, he worked for 8 years at the Max-Planck Institute as a research scientist leading different international projects. He obtained several honors such as the Fellowship of Hanse Institute for Advanced studies in Germany, the Best Researcher and Best Teacher Awards at SQU, Oman and an award to establish his own “Research Study Group” in Germany. He was elected as an associate faculty member at the International Max-Planck Research School since 2015. Dr. Abed published more than 80 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 12 book chapters and edited a two-volumes book. He supervised 9 PhD and 30 MSc students. He serves as a reviewer for more than 40 international scientific journals.

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

Vasco A 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.

Vladimir B Bajic

I am Director of the Computational Bioscience Research Center and Professor in the CEMSE Division at KAUST. I joined KAUST in May 2009. Before that time I was a Professor of Bioinformatics, as well as Acting and Deputy Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at the University of the Western Cape in South Arica. I worked in industry and several academic and research institutions in several countries, including Vinca Nuclear Science Institute in Serbia and the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore, where I was head of the Knowledge Extraction Laboratory. I extensively published across several fields and designed many bioinformatics tools and resources. My work in modeling and artificial intelligence has resulted in several promoter recognition tools and a knowledge discovery platform that found commercial applications. More than 60 master and doctoral students have graduated under my supervision. I am an elected member of the Academy of Nonlinear Sciences in Russia, and while in South Africa I was a registered professional engineer. For my bioinformatics work, I was awarded the first South African National Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioinformatics and Human Health. My graduate degree in electrical engineering and master’s degree in electrical engineering sciences I earned from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, followed by a doctorate of engineering sciences in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

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

Padmapriya P Banada

Faculty of Infectious Diseases in Department of Medicine at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark NJ.

Obul Reddy Bandapalli

PD. Dr.rer.nat. Obul R Bandapalli is a functional genomics researcher with special focus on transnational research. He is currently working at DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany. He finished his habilitation in Molecular Medicine from the Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit of EMBL-University of Heidelberg and continues to teach at the University of Heidelberg. He has PhD in Molecular Biology from Humboldt University. Before moving to Germany he has worked at the Central Food Technological Research Institute Mysore, Dabur Research Foundation and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He obtained his Master´s in Biotechnology from Guru Ghasidas University and Bachelor’s in Sericulture from Sri Venkateswara University. Apart from research, he enjoys watching birds and nature trails.

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.