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Mohd Adnan

Dr. Mohd Adnan is an Associate Professor, Principal Investigator and Head of Academic Committee at Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia. He did his PhD from University of Central Lancashire, UK; Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University, India; Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics from SJAIT, India. He has more than 10 years of research, teaching and administrative experience. In his professional capacity, he has received various travel, observership and research grants as a Principal Investigator from various prestigious organizations.
He has successfully published 75+ publications in internationally recognized peer reviewed reputed journals, several book chapters for internationally renowned publishers and presented many papers and posters in various conferences/workshops globally. He has published widely in the field of phytomedicine, biofilms, drug discovery, natural products, nutraceuticals and functional foods with specialization in plant-based antibiofilm and anticancer agents, microbial biosurfactants, biofilms in food industry and medical settings, probiotics and cancer biology, novel biomolecules for/as health and antimicrobial agents.
He has reviewed 100+ manuscripts for 40+ internationally recognized peer-reviewed JCR journals and grant reviewer for many prestigious universities and organisations. In addition, he is a member of SFAM, UK and ESCMID, Switzerland and an Elected Member of Royal Society of Biology, UK. He also currently holds different editorial positions (Associate, Academic, Guest and Review Editor) in various esteemed journals and has edited 100+ manuscripts.

Giuseppe Agapito

Giuseppe Agapito is an Assistant Professor and a senior research scientist in the field of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Machine Learning and Graph Theory at the University Magna Græcia, Catanzaro. His research interests focus on the study of machine learning methods that can be used to take advantage of the vast amount of data that are produced nowadays. In particular, the research focuses on the development, implementation, and application of computational intelligence techniques for addressing complex real-world problems in different domains, especially in the field of biology and omics sciences.

Giuseppe Agapito has published his research in various top-quality academic outlets, with more than 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and a chair and program committee member of several national and international conferences.

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.

Ludmil B Alexandrov

I am an enthusiastic early career scientist with an interdisciplinary training and a strong computational background. My interests lie in leveraging the information hidden in large-scale omics data for better understanding of the mutational processes causing human cancer, for identifying potential cancer prevention strategies, and for developing novel approaches for targeted cancer treatment.

Sophia Ananiadou

Sophia Ananiadou (PhD) is Professor in Computer Science at the School of Computer Science, the University of Manchester. She is also Director of the UK National Centre for Text Mining, Turing Fellow and a founding member of the SIG in BioNLP, ACL.

Maria Anisimova

Since 2014, senior research fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Applied Simulations of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Editor of BMC Evol Biol and PLoS ONE. In 2012 edited a book in 2 volumes "Evolutionary Genomics: Statistical and computational methods".

Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari

Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari, Tenured Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Group Leader, Plant Biotechnology Research Group at the Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Dr. Mahmood-ur-Rahman Ansari's expertise covers a range of subjects including, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Genomics; more specifically his research covers the areas of plant biotechnology, biosafety and environmental biotechnology.

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

Gunjan Arora

I am currently working as Asscociate research scientist at Yale University. Previously I worked as Postdoctoral fellow at National Institutes of Health, USA. My current work is on infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, Lyme, Anthrax. In my project, I study immune correlates of protection to malaria. I have about 10 years of post-PhD experience in Global health, Immunology and Microbiology. I did my PhD from CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, India working on bacterial pathogens M. tuberculosis and other gram-positive bacterial pathogens. I worked as Vaccine Research Innovation awardee at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute in India.

I have 26 publications in International peer-reviewed journals and have published 4 Book chapters. My current h-index is 18. In the recent past, I have served as reviewer for Frontiers Journal, MDPI journals, Nature press journals, Medicine, Pathogen and vectors, BMC Microbiology, Archives of Microbiology, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Indian Journal of Microbiology.

Muhammad Asif

Dr. Muhammad Asif is currently working as Tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at National Textile University, Faisalabad till November 04, 2020. Before this, he was a research scholar in the Computer Science and Information Management Department at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and received his MS and Ph.D. from AIT in 2009 and 2012, respectively on HEC foreign Scholarship. During the course of time, he was a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Information Tokyo, Japan, where he worked on the design and development of a data collection system for infectious diseases through modern technologies. He has also worked on a very important project of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) related to the Air Traffic Control System of Pakistan where mainly he was involved in the architectural design of the systems software engineer. He also worked and deployed the faculty vitae system for the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has also configured and deployed the open-source Moodle as a learning management system at National Textile University, Faisalabad for two years. Asif is actively involved in teaching research and administration activities at the national textile University Faisalabad. He has One Ph.D. student who graduated in his credit along with fifty-five plus MS and BS level students. He has won funded projects of more than Two Twenty Three (223) millions from National and International funding agencies. He enjoys more than 150 impact factors from his research publications in top-class journals of computer science and allied domains. He is also serving as Associate Editor of IEEE Access, the prestigious journal of IEEE. He is serving as a reviewer of a number of reputed journals and also authored a number of research papers in reputed journals and conferences. He is also a permanent member of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) as an advisor and program evaluator at the National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC) Islamabad.

Rana Muhammad Atif

My research work broadly concentrates on the genetic improvement of grain legumes against abiotic stresses using genetic and genomic approaches. More specifically, my lab characterizes cool-season pulse legumes germplasm especially chickpea and lentil for the identification of best performing elite genotypes. For this purpose, we are employing genetics, genomics and conventional breeding approaches. At genome level, we are involved in identification and characterization of key transcriptional factor family members from the sequenced genomes of grain legumes implicated in the abiotic stress responses. We also employ comparative phylogenetic approaches to get insights in the evolution of these gene families in crop plants. Using the genotyping-by-sequencing approach, we are also identifying the key genomic regions controlling the important agronomic and physiological traits under abiotic stresses using genome-wide association studies in Chickpea. We are trying to identify the key alleles and their gene expression under drought-stress conditions in Chickpea using RNA-seq based transcriptional profiling.

Farrukh Azeem

Dr. Farrukh Azeem is Associate Professor at the Government College University, Faisalabad. He is interested in exploring the role of ion channels and transporters in plant nutrition and adaptation to environmental stresses. Dr. Azeem's current research focus is on the understanding of regulatory mechanisms involved in the modulation of nutrient transport proteins in plants.