Dr. Usman Ali Ashfaq, Professor of Molecular Biology and Group Leader, Health Biotechnology Group at the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr. Usman Ali Ashfaq's expertise covers a range of subjects including, Molecular Biology, Virology, Molecular medicine, infectious diseases, integrated bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Genomics; more specifically his research covers the areas of diagnosis and treatment of infectious and metabolic diseases .
Pawel received his DVM from Lublin University of Life Sciences, Poland in 2008. He also holds a Wellcome Trust PhD from the University of Glasgow. His research has focused on virus evolution in the progression of natural feline immunodeficiency virus infection. Pawel also is a practitioner and an EBVS European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine.
Dr Beczkowski has a broad interest in small animal internal medicine, companion animal virology, virus discovery, and cross-species transmission. His particular interest lies in the evolution of virus-host interactions with a view to pair it with clinical applications for the diagnosis, preventive strategies and treatment of viral diseases.
Deputy Head of Genomics Department at Naval Medical Research Center, Biological Defense Research Directorate; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Professor for Biochemistry with Focus on electron Cryo Microscopy at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg
Dr. Dawn Elizabeth Bowles, PhD is Assistant Professor in Surgery within the Division of Surgical Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University.
Professor at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science studying viral and microbial ecology
Sarah Butcher did her PhD in EMBL Heidelberg, mentored by Stephen Fuller and Helen Saibil, she carried out postdoctoral training in the MRC Virology Unit in Glasgow, before moving to Helsinki University where she is currently Programme Director of the Structural Biology and Biophysics Programme, Institute of Biotechnology, Head of Instruct-FI National Affiliate Center, Finland & Head of National cryoEM facility. She works on macromolecular structure and assembly, especially of viruses.
Ramón y Cajal Group Leader from CSIC working at Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology.
Research has focused on the study of different areas of RNA biology in plants and viruses: from the basic understanding on how RNAs regulate gene expression and control or induce diseases to a more applied and biotechnological research aiming to engineer artificial RNAs for the efficient and selective control of plant gene expression or to repress pathogenic RNAs and generate disease resistance.
Current research seeks to develop both new basic knowledge and biotechnological tools for crop improvement while addressing major gaps in the plant AGO (ARGONAUTES) field.
Dr. Anne Conan is a veterinary epidemiologist. Her main research topic is the epidemiology of infectious diseases in low-income farming systems, including the consequences of the intensification of chicken farming in Asia, the epidemiology of African swine fever , the epidemiology of Coxiella burnetii in humans and livestock, and the control of rabies in humans and dogs. She has worked in Cambodia, South Africa, St. Kitts (West Indies) and Hong Kong SAR.
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.
Yingjun Cui is an Associate Research Scientist in Yale University School of Medicine. His research focuses on understanding the interactions between vector borne diseases (including Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya fever, malaria, Lime disease) and vectors (mosquito and tick) and host to develop new strategy to control these infectious diseases. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Zhejiang University in China. He completed postdoctoral studies at University of Kentucky, University of Oklahoma and University of Missouri.
Affiliation: Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław, Poland (Bacteriophage Laboratory).Position: professor.
Current field of interest: non-bactericidal effects of phages in mammals; i.e. phage molecular biology tools for studies of phage impact on immunological system and other physiological aspects in mammals.