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Arti Ahluwalia

Associate Prof. of Bioengineering, University of Pisa, Head of In-Vitro Models Group and NanoBioscopy Lab at the National Council of Research Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR-IFC). Also involved in capacity building in the field of Biomedical Engineering, in association with UNECA and FABLAB Pisa .Author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and of several patents on microfabrication and on bioreactors, co-founder of 2 high-tech companies.

Giuseppina Claps

Giuseppina obtained her MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2009 at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. After spending two years in the laboratory of Prof. Susanna Dolci (Tor Vergata Faculty of Medicine, Rome), she moved to Milan in the laboratory of Prof. Pier Paolo Di Fiore (IFOM-IEO Institute ).

During this time she worked on the generation of a c-Kit transgenic mouse model and regulation of spermatogenesis, 3D cell cultivation and characterization of stem cells from murine breast and prostate tissue and breast biopsy.

She graduated in 2015 at the SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Science; La Jolla, CA, USA. under the supevision of Prof. Ze'ev Ronai. She extended her training in the Ronai's laboratory until December 2016, During this time she worked on prostate cancer and melanoma using cell lines and murine models. She gained experience in transcription regulation, splicing and mouse pathology.

Currently, under the mentorsip of Prof. Caroline Robert and Dr. Stéphan Vagner, she is working at the Gustave Roussy Institute. Her studies are focused on metabolism and translation regulation in melanoma biology.

Christopher Cooper

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.

Joanna L Elson

My work considers mtDNA disease through the prism of evolution, applying a number of techniques to develop methods to identify pathogenic mtDNA mutations. I also work on the role of mtDNA population variation in common disease, inclusive of projects centred round a single disease and method development. Others papers centre on fundamentals of mitochondrial genetics including inheritance and the selective forces that have shaped mtDNA variation in modern human populations.

Daniela P Foti

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Catania, Italy, specialist in Endocrinology and in Internal Medicine, PhD in Endocrinological and Metabolic Sciences. Professor of Clinical Pathology, University "Magna Græcia" of Catanzaro, Italy.

Dr. Foti has conducted significant studies and research in the field of endocrine at the Clinical Endocrinology Branch of NIH, Bethesda, USA from 1986 to 1987 and at Thyroid Molecular Biology Laboratory at the University of California San Francisco from 1987 to 1989. For more than ten years, her primary scientific interest is studying the pathophysiology of insulin action. She is the author of more than 80 scientific publications. Dr. Foti is a member of the Italian Society of Laboratory Medicine (SIMeL) and the Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE).

Jason M.R. Gill

Professor of Cardio-metabolic Health in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Lead an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the effects of exercise and diet on the prevention and management of vascular and metabolic diseases from the molecular to the whole-body level. Major research interests include: why certain population groups appear to be particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of a ‘Westernised’ lifestyle, and how lifestyle interventions can modulate this excess risk; the interactions between physical activity, energy balance, body fatness and disease risk; and the mechanisms by which exercise regulates lipoprotein metabolism. Member of the NICE guidelines update committee for prevention of type 2 diabetes, and was member of development groups for the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and for prevention of cardiovascular disease. Past Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Division of Physical Activity for Health and Fellow of BASES. Director of the MSc programme in Sport and Exercise Science & Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Joseph J Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in organismal and molecular evolution. The major focus of his current research is deciphering the mechanisms by which obligate intracellular species of Rickettsiales (Alphaproteobacteria) invade, survive and replicate within eukaryotic cells.

In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gillespie utilizes phylogenetics, comparative genomics and bioinformatics to guide experimental research on various pathogenic species of Rickettsia and their associated arthropod vectors. His early research resulted in the reclassification of Rickettsia species and the identification of many lineage-specific pathogenicity factors. Through years of intense scrutinization of dozens of diverse rickettsial genomes, Dr. Gillespie and colleagues have described a large, dynamic mobilome for Rickettsia species, resulting in the identification of integrative conjugative elements as the vehicles for seeding Rickettsia genomes with many of the factors underlying obligate intracellular biology and pathogenesis. Via an iterative process of genome sequencing, phylogenomics, bioinformatics, and classical molecular biology and microbiology, Dr. Gillespie continues to lead and assist research projects on the characterization of rickettsial gene and protein function.

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.

Juan J. Loor

I received a bachelor in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis, then moved to Virginia Tech for MS and PhD degrees to study aspects of lipid metabolism in ruminants. Since joining the faculty of the University of Illinois in Fall 2005, my research program has focused on nutritional and physiological genomics during lactation and growth. We rely heavily on in vitro cell and tissue culture and live animals as models to uncover regulatory mechanisms associated with nutrient effects on tissue development and function. Transcriptomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics are some of the tools used in an effort to apply Systems Physiology.

2001 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Gamma Sigma Delta
2010 ACES Faculty Award for Excellence in Research
2012 Mead Johnson Award (American Society for Nutrition)
2012 NCSA/IACAT Fellowship (University of Illinois)
2014 Zoetis Animal Physiology Award (American Dairy Science Association)

Grant B McClelland

Professor of Biology at McMaster University, President of the Canadian Society of Zoologists (2019-2020).

My research focuses on the ontogeny, phenotypic plasticity and evolution of muscle metabolism - important for locomotion, thermogenesis, and whole-body metabolic homeostasis. I use mechanistic and evolutionary physiology approaches, and take advantage of "experiments in nature" by studying species that thrive in extreme environments such as high altitude. I do applied research on the impacts of changing temperature, low oxygen, and pollution on the physiology of fishes.

Biswapriya Biswavas Misra

Interested in metabolomics and genomics of diseases! My current work is focused on generating quality metabolomics datasets leveraging the high-resolution mass-spectrometry (GC-Orbitrap-MS and LC-Orbitrap-MS) and occasionally NMR datasets to combine with other -omics layers such as genomics (transcriptomics, epigenetics), proteomics, and clinical data sets to provide insights in metabolic changes that are associated with human and non-human primate wellness and disease conditions, specifically metabolic syndromes such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease.