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Soha MN Hassoun

Soha Hassoun is currently Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and also in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts. Soha received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Soha was an integrated circuit designer with the Microprocessor Design Group, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hudson, MA, 1988-1991, and worked as a consultant to several EDA companies including Mentor Graphics and Carbon Design Automation. Her current research interests include developing algorithmic solutions to facilitate designing integrated circuits, and understanding the impact of new technologies such as double-gate devices, carbon nanotubes, and 3-D integration on design. Her other research includes computational methods for Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering, including pathway analysis, modularity, pathway synthesis, and predictive modeling of biochemical networks. Dr. Hassoun was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and several awards from ACM/SIGDA for her service, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and 2007, and the 2002 Technical Leadership Award. She held executive and technical leadership positions for several conferences and workshops. She is a a senior member of IEEE and ACM. See for a more detailed bio.

Karmella A Haynes

Karmella Haynes is an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and judge emeritus for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition. Her work with Davidson College students on bacterial computers was featured on NPR's Science Friday and was recognized as "Publication of the Year" in 2008 by the Journal of Biological Engineering. Her research aims to regulate therapeutic genes by engineering human chromosomes.

Henning Hermjakob

As co-founder of the HUPO Proteomics Standards Initiative (PSI), Henning Hermjakob contributed to the development of a broad range of community data representation standards for proteomics and interactomics. Based on the trust and collaborative spirit built up in the development of data representation standards, he coordinated the next step, the intensive collaboration of proteomics and interactomics data resources globally in the IMEx [3] and ProteomeXchange [4] consortia, providing infrastructure support for the move towards an open data culture in proteomics. Building on his experience in interactomics, he is now co-PI of the Reactome Pathways database [1] and the BioModels resource of systems biology models [2]. Current research interests comprise distributed data resources ( and complex data visualisation.

1. Fabregat A, et al. The Reactome pathway Knowledgebase. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jan 4;44(D1):D481-7.
2. Chelliah V, et al. BioModels: ten-year anniversary. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jan;43 (Database issue):D542-8.
3. Orchard S, et al. Protein interaction data curation: the International Molecular Exchange (IMEx) consortium. Nat Methods. 2012 Mar 27;9(4):345-350.
4. Vizcaíno JA, et al. ProteomeXchange provides globally coordinated proteomics data submission and dissemination. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Mar 10;32(3):223-6.
5. Lander ES, et al. Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome.
Nature. 2001 Feb 15;409(6822):860-921.

Ruslan Kalendar

Ruslan Kalendar has been working at the University of Helsinki since 1997.

Academy Editor of PLOS ONE; Editor of High-Throughput (ISSN 2571-5135); Guest Associate Editor, Review Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science (Plant Genetics and Genomics).

Scientific results: he developed several DNA technologies for molecular genetic fingerprints, based on retrotransposons (IRAP, REMAP, iPBS). Identified new classes of retrotransposons: TRIM and LARD; discovered more than 500 sequences of retrotransposons. Author of 6 commercial computer software (FastPCR), including an online tool for companies PrimerDigital, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. and Oligomer Ltd, as well as programs for DOS: Trees (phylogenetic analysis) and Mapping (for genetic mapping).

Yarden Katz

I'm a Departmental Fellow in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. My scientific interests are at the interface between artificial intelligence and biology.

Radu Marculescu

Radu Marculescu is a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1998.

Radu's current research focuses on developing methods and tools for modeling and optimization of embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, social networks, and biological systems. Radu Marculescu is a Fellow of IEEE cited for his contributions to the design and optimization of on-chip communication for embedded multicore systems.

Bernd Mueller-Roeber

Bernd Mueller-Roeber is Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Potsdam, Germany. He is member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of Germany´s National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). His research focuses on the functional characterization of plant transcription factors and their gene regulatory networks using molecular-biological and genomic approaches. He also runs synthetic biology projects on microbial systems.

Corey Nislow

Corey Nislow's laboratory develops and uses cutting edge tools to address this central question: how can we understand the biological commonalities in all of the life sciences; from embryonic development, to the spread of infectious diseases to better ways to treat cancer. Each of these disciplines can be explained in the context of competition, interaction and evolution. His lab studies the interface between genes and the environment using parallel genome-wide screens, high throughput cell-based assays and next generation sequencing. Most recently, he and his scientific partner, Dr. Guri Giaever, are exploring how laboratory experiments can co-opt evolutionary processes to understand drug action. He enjoys teaching all aspects of biotechnology, genomics and drug discovery. He got his PhD from the University of Colorado, worked at several Biotechnology companies and was at Stanford and University of Toronto before joining UBC in 2013. He has published 161 papers and run 19 marathons.

Luis G. C. Pacheco

Dr. Luis Pacheco is currently an Associate Professor of Biotechnology (Molecular Biology) at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), in Salvador-BA, Brazil. During 2019, he has also been working as a Visiting Researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston-MA, USA. He received his 2010 PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from a leading university in Brazil, the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), with an international split-site scholarship period (2008-2009) at the University of Warwick, in the United Kingdom. His research is focused on using functional genomics and synthetic biology approaches for development of novel genetic tools with broad applications in biotechnology, particularly in the fields of diagnostics of infectious diseases and therapeutics of inflammatory diseases.

Fabiana Perocchi

Fabiana Perocchi is an Emmy Noether Group Leader at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Munich University. She trained as a postdoc with Vamsi Mootha at MGH and Harvard Medical School. She has a PhD in Functional Genomics from EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) and Heidelberg University, with Prof. Lars Steinmetz. Her research seeks to understand the signaling cascades that regulate mitochondrial metabolism and calcium homeostasis and their dysfunctions in neurodegenerative diseases.

Kausar Begam Riaz Ahmed

Dr. Riaz Ahmed is a scientist at the US Food and Drug Administration. Her research focus includes toxicology, pharmacology, drug discovery and development. She has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Rob Russell

Co-director of Bioquant and Professor of Protein Evolution at Heidelberg University. Previously Group Leader at EMBL, Heidelberg, Academic Editor at FEBS Letters at PLoS Computational Biology.