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Tika Adhikari

Dr. Adhikari is a senior research scientist and plant pathologist at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Research interests include population biology, plant disease resistance, genetic mapping, and plant-pathogen interactions; develop translational tools for pathogen detection; improve management practices for enhancing plant health, and mitigate bacterial and fungal disease problems with an emphasis on tomato and strawberry.

Anthony S Amend

Assistant Professor in the department of Botany, and faculty in the Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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

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.

Rishi Burlakoti

Dr. Rishi Burlakoti is a Research Scientist- Plant Pathology at Agassiz Research and Development Center, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC). His research programs focuses on diseases of high value horticultural crops including berry crops, field and greenhouse vegetables crops of British Columbia. Dr. Burlakoti is also an Adjunct Professor in Faculty of Land and Food System, University of British Columbia (UBC) and in Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph. Dr. Burlakoti is serving in editorial boards of ‘Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology’, ‘Canadian Journal of Plant Science’, and ‘Plants’. Dr. Burlakoti is a member of Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) and International Society for Horticultural Sciences. He is also a life member of Society of Agricultural Scientist Nepal and Nepalese Society of Horticultural Science, Nepalese Professional of Americas.

Dr. Burlakoti earned PhD in Plant Pathology from North Dakota State University, USA. Before Joining AAFC, Dr. Burlakoti worked as a Plant Pathologist in World Vegetable Center and led the Mycology and Bacteriology units at Center’s headquarters in Taiwan. He also worked as a Research Lead an Agricultural Consulting Company, Weather Innovations Consulting LP, in Canada. Dr. Burlakoti lead several applied research projects on diversified crops including vegetables, field crops and fruits to improve disease/pest management capacity and to increase crop productivity.

Dee A. Carter

Professor in Microbiology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia. Member of the Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney. Professional Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Christopher Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, since 2015. Previously Junior Research Fellow, College Lecturer In Biochemistry and various postdocs at the University of Oxford (2013-15). Working on DNA replication, genome integrity and transcription factors in human cancers (and also in prokaryotes). Additional interests in phylogenomics and novel protein expression systems.

Alex T Ford

Alex completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (1996) at the University of Plymouth (England, UK) before embarking on a masters in Environmental Biology at Swansea University (Wales, 1997). After spending several years working as a marine benthic ecologist and taxonomist he undertook a PhD in Invertebrate Physiology and Ecotoxicology at Napier University Edinburgh (Scotland, 2001-2004). Between 2004 and 2008 he continued to be based in Scotland working as a Lecturer in Marine Biology and Ecotoxicology before moving south to the University of Portsmouth (England) where he is now a Professor of Biology. His expertise lies mainly in invertebrate biology, ecology and ecotoxicology.

He is currently course leader for an MSc entitled Applied Aquatic Biology and unit leader for courses on: Ecotoxicology and Pollution; Science and the Media; Marine Ecophysiology and Marine & Terrestrial Ecology.

Mark O. Gessner

Mark O. Gessner is an aquatic ecosystem ecologist with a particular interest in the functioning and biodiversity of lakes, streams and wetlands and how global environmental change affects these ecosystems. He has published widely in this field. Currently Mark Gessner holds a professorship in Applied Aquatic Science at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) and serves as department head at Germany’s Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). IGB is devoted to providing the fundamental knowledge needed to meet the challenges faced by inland waters and human societies in a rapidly changing world. Previous legs on his career path include the University of Kiel in Germany; Eawag/ETH Zurich in Switzerland; a research lab of the CNRS in France, where he completed his doctoral studies; Trent University in Ontario, Canada, as exchange student; and Stanford University in California, USA, as a sabbatical visitor.

Paolo Giordani

Associate Professor of Botany in the Department of Pharmacy, University of Genoa.

My current research interests focus on the study of lichen ecology and biology. Research topics include the effects on sensitive organisms of anthropogenic disturbances, e.g. air pollution, forest management, fires, pastures, and climate change. I was in charge of developing European standard protocols on lichen biomonitoring of air quality.

Aristóteles Góes-Neto

Aristóteles Góes-Neto is B.Sc. in Biology, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil (1994), Ph.D. in Botany, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil (2001) and PostDoc in FIOCRUZ, Brazil (2012). Currently, he is Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Microbiology of the Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. He is a professor of the Postgraduate Programs of Microbiology (UFMG) and Bioinformatics (UFMG) and collaborator professor of the Postgraduate Programs of Botany (since 2003) and Biotechnology (since 2005) of UEFS and leader of Research Group (CNPq): Molecular and Computational Biology of Fungi. He is CNPq Researcher (level 2) and member of the Evaluation Committee of the Area of Biotechnology (CAPES). His research lines include Fungal Biology, Biotechnology and (Meta)Omics.