Advisory Board and Editors Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Minjun Chen

Minjun Chen is a principal investigator working at the Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatics of the US FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research and serve as the adjunct faculty and mentor for the bioinformatics program joint by Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Currently, he co-chairs the FDA Liver Toxicity Working Group since 2014 and is the editor of the Springer book titled “Drug-induced Liver Toxicity”. His primary research interests encompass drug-induced liver injury, drug safety, bioinformatics, and personalized medicine. He has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific publications and book chapters.

Willem M. De Vos

Willem M. de Vos is Professor of Microbiology at Wageningen University & Finland Academy Professor at Helsinki University. He supervised over 90 PhD students & published over 500 peer-reviewed publications. His research aims to understand & exploit microbes using molecular, (meta)genomics & systems approaches. His current interest is focused on the human intestinal tract. He received various prizes, including the Rhone Poulenc Dairy Science Award, the NWO Spinoza Award & an ERC Advanced Grant.

Gian Maria Fimia

Principal Investigator at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases L. Spallanzani IRCCS (Rome, Italy). Teaching Professor of Proteomics at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Academic Editor of PLoS ONE.

Joan K Heath

Associate Professor Joan Heath received her undergraduate and PhD degrees in Cambridge, England, where she studied the role of osteoblast-osteoclast interactions and matrix metalloproteinase activity in the breakdown of bone. After post-doctoral positions in bone biology and osteoporosis research at the Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories in Philadelphia, USA and St. Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, Joan joined the Melbourne-Parkville Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and switched her focus to colon cancer, becoming joint-head of the Colon Molecular and Cell Biology laboratory in 1998. Shortly after this time she adopted the zebrafish as a vertebrate model in which to discover genes with functions in intestinal development that may also be critical for the development and progression of colon cancer. In October 2012 she moved her laboratory to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.

Cheorl-Ho Kim

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Glycobiology, Department of Biological Science, College of Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea,
Co-positional Professor of Department of Medical Device Management and Research,
Samsung Advanced Institute of Health Science and Technology (SAIHST), Former Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, COM, DGU. Former Senior Researcher of KRIBB. University of Tokyo MS, PhD. 324 peer reviewed publications. Intl Advisory Bord and Chairs, Intl Symposium on Glycosyltransferases GlycoT2008 and GlycoT2012, Chair of Molecular Eng-2013 TX, USA. Editor, Journal of Glycobiology; eCAM, Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and others.

Sushil Kumar

Dr. Sushil Kumar is a Research Assistant professor at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland Oregon. He obtained his PhD from Max Planck Institute for biochemistry, Munich Germany where he worked in supervision of prof. Axel Ullrich for studying cancer cell signaling. He did his postdoctoral work in prof. Reto Schwendener’s laboratory at University of Zurich where he developed liposomal drugs for targeted delivery of payloads to macrophages as novel cancer therapy approach. He joined OHSU in 2012 in Prof. Lisa Coussens laboratory where he has continued his research for studying cancer inflammation and developing immunotherapeutic approaches for cancer. He is employing ex vivo as well as mouse models for understanding immune cell phenotype for analyzing their role in cancer progression and developing novel therapeutics as well as biomarkers for cancer.

Yeong Yeh Lee

Yeong Yeh Lee, MD, PhD, FACP, FRCP, FACG. He is Professor of Medicine and Consultant of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Internal Medicine with the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dr. Lee is particularly interested in neurogastroenterology & functional gastrointestinal diseases. He is also the editor of BMC Gastroenterology, Journal of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (JRCPE) and Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences (MJMS).

Jie Jerry Liu

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

Veronika Lukacs-Kornek

Veronika Lukacs-Kornek, is a Junior professor for molecular immunology and gastroenterology at the University of Saarland, Germany and the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award winner in 2012 (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation).
Research field includes dendritic cell biology, antigen presentation, immunoregulatory circuits operating in secondary lymphoid organs and the study of stromal cell-immune cell interactions.

Yoshinori Marunaka

Professor and Chairperson, Departments of Molecular Cell Physiology and Bio-Ionomics, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan. President of The Physiological Society of Japan. Chief Editor, Journal of Physiological Sciences; Editor, Springer Plus; Editor of Frontiers in Physiology

Stefano Menini

Assistant professor of Human Nutrition, School of Medicine and Psychology, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, "La Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy. PhD in Biology and Pathology of Ageing and member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). Research areas: Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Nitin A R Rao

Professor in Surgical Gastroenterology. Fellowship in Transplantation surgery from Sydney, Australia. Training in Hepatopancreatobiliary surgery from Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong. National talent scholar awardee from University Grants Commission fro basic sciences. Publications in Transplantation, Gastroand gastro surgery and bioartificial liver.