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Supreet Agarwal

I am a cancer biologist with 13+ years of experience and diverse background in clinical pharmaceutical sciences, cancer stem cells, cancer therapeutics, and data analytics. My research has focused on using innovative 3D organoid models for the understanding of cancer cell signaling pathways to facilitate cancer biomarker discovery and drug discovery for metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer. I have successfully completed multiple preclinical trials of which two drugs are currently in clinical trials. Some of the methodologies I have gained expertise in include high-throughput drug screening, preclinical trials, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, CRISPR screens, patient-derived xenografts, 3D organoid cultures, bioinformatics tools, and statistical analysis.

Irina U Agoulnik

Associate Professor at FIU College of Medicine. Director of Histopathology Core. Academic Editor of PLoS ONE.

Oluwaseun Adebayo Bamodu

Dr. Oluwaseun Adebayo Bamodu is a Medical Research Fellow in the Department of Urology at Tapein Medical University - Shuang Ho Hospital. His research interests include: Precision Medicine, Breast Cancer, Cancer Research, Cancer Stem Cells, Immuno-oncology, Cancer Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Prognosis, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Functional Urology, and Genitourinary Malignancies.

Daniela Brünnert

My current research is related to autoimmune diseases, where we develop and express and characterize specific AIM biologicals as tools against diseases like Type 1 diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, NMO, and Parkinson's disease. Apart from that, I am interested in the development of novel cancer therapies with a particular focus on Multiple Myeloma, but also investigating other solid tumors. And a last major interest is related to pregnancy and understanding more about the role of Thrombin in terms of cytokine regulation and its functional consequences for trophoblast cells.

Bruno Fionda

Dr. Fionda graduated in Medicine and Surgery and subsequently specialized in Radiotherapy at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. He started working in 2016 at Gemelli-ART (Advanced Radiation Therapy) in Rome dealing with special techniques, such as Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) which uses specific light sources to monitor the patient’s surface during therapy. Dr. Fionda worked with the first hybrid machine installed in Italy that combines modern linear accelerators (LINAC) with the acquisition of magnetic resonance images allowing to follow the movement of the internal organs in real time. He has also gained long experience in interventional radiotherapy (brachytherapy) with both high dose rate (HDR) and pulsed dose rate (PDR).

Dr Fionda is a member of the Italian Association of Radiotherapy and Clinical Oncology (AIRO) and of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). He is the author of over 100 publications including conference abstracts and research articles on national and international journals, and is adjunct Professor of Radiation Oncology at Saint Camilus International University of Healh Sciences.

Ferdinand Frauscher

Ferdinand Frauscher is Associate Professor of Radiology, appointed at the faculty of the Medical University Innsbruck in 1993. At Medical University Innsbruck, Austria, he was Head of the Division of Uroradiology and Head of Research. Currently he is Head of Prostate Imaging Centre in Igls. He is one of the leaders in the field of Uroradiology, especially focussing on prostate imaging. He has carried out extensive research on the role of ultrasound in prostate cancer detection.

Victor J. Hruby

Regents Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona. Professor of Neuroscience recently inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame and 2011 ACS Goodman Award for Scientific Excellence and Mentorship.

Yoshinori Marunaka

Prof. Marunaka is the Representative Director, Director of Clinical, and Director of Medical Research Institute, Kyoto Industrial Health Association; Professor, Research Center for Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Development, Ritsumeikan University; Jinshan Distinguished Professor, International Research Center for Food Nutrition and Safety, Jiangsu University; Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine; President, Physiological Society of Japan. MD (1979), PhD (1985), Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine; National License of Physician and Surgeon, Japan (1979). He was Professor and Chairperson, Departments of Molecular Cell Physiology and Bio-Ionomics, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan, and Director and Professor, Japan Institute for Food Education and Health, St. Agnes’ University. He was awarded “Vebleo Nanomedicine Scientist Award” (Sweden), “Marco Polo della Scienza Italiana” (Italy), The Premier's Research Excellence Award (Canada), Scholar Award
(Medical Research Council of Canada) and Research Award from National Kidney Foundation of USA. He has obtained more than 60 research grants, published more than 250 peer reviewed articles, and provided more than 30 invited plenary lectures at international congresses and research conferences. h-index 40, i10-index 161, Citation 5714

Albert Salas-Huetos

Dr. Salas-Huetos obtained his Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the Universitat de Girona (UdG) in 2009, his MSc in Cell Biology in 2010 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology (Cum-Laude and Extraordinary Doctorate Award) in 2016 at the same University (UAB). He joined the Genetics of Male Fertility group (UAB) as a PhD Student, and Human Nutrition Unit (Universitat Rovira i Virgili; URV) in 2016 as a Post-doctoral Fellowship. He spent a three-month Post-doctoral stay (September-December 2017) at Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. In 2018, he joined the University of Utah (USA) and in 2020 the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard University; USA) as a Post-doctoral Fellow. Nowadays he is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University for the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Universitat de Girona (JdlCI). Currently, he is working on different large international multicentric projects related to genetics and epigenetics of male (in)fertility, and nutrition. The main contributions of his scientific activity are reflected in a total of 63 original articles (Q1: 51/63; first or corresponding author: 23/63) in SCI/JCR-journals (+ 5 submitted), and 3 book chapter (+2 submitted). He has attended 9 national/international conferences as invited (plenary) speaker and he was the leading author of 10 contributions in international conferences (+15 as a collaborator author).

Ashish K Solanki

My Ph.D. (Structural Biology/Biochemistry) focused on studying the pathogenesis of the HIV-1 virus and finding ways to combat its infection. It included structural analysis of the interaction of HIV-1 gp120 with neutralizing and non-neutralizing mAbs, chimeric antibody-CD4 IgG2, and with the host cell surface glycoprotein CD4. Although in the past I have been working on structural, biophysical, and biochemical methods to answer some of the critical questions in biology, my interest in cell signaling and protein trafficking enabled me to join the Dept. of Nephrology, MUSC, South Carolina as a postdoctoral fellow. I have gained a large amount of experience in the field of protein biochemistry and substantial knowledge of podocyte biology during months spent as a postdoc. I explored the role of the exocyst complex in podocyte development and functions, critical aspects of cell signaling, studying pathophysiology and diseases progression caused by mutations in slit diaphragm proteins, which not only helped to get publications but increased my understanding in the field of podocyte biology. The understanding and development of animal model systems in the lab further helped me to strengthen my podocyte experience. I also worked on developing a novel cell-based assay to diagnose recurrent Focal and Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.

Maria S Tretiakova

Anatomic and Clinical pathologist/Assistant Professor; Former Director of the Human Pathology Research Center at the University of Chicago, Department of Pathology and Cancer Center.

Dr. Tretiakova’s clinical specialty is general surgical pathology with special emphasis on genitourinary pathology. Dr Tretiakova is a co-investigator in the Prostate Cancer Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Canary Foundation/Prostate Active Surveillance Study. Her main research interests are focused on prostate, kidney and bladder cancer biomarkers and novel therapeutic targets using tissue microarrays, immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology, and digital imaging. In addition to clinical and research activities, Dr. Tretiakova directs the Diagnostic Pathology clerkship and coordinates residents/fellows rotations at the Harborview Medical Center.