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Editorial Board

Ram I Mahato

Editor-in-Chief
Ram I Mahato

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Nebraska
USA

Biography :

Ram I. Mahato is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, United States. He was Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, Senior Scientist at GeneMedicine, Inc., and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Washington University in St. Louis, and Kyoto University, Japan. He received PhD in Drug Delivery from the University of Strathclyde, UK and BS from China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing. He has published 115 papers, book chapters and review articles, holds 2 US patents, and has edited/written eight books and nine journal issues. He was a Feature Editor of the Pharmaceutical Research (2006-2013) and Editorial Board Member of eight journals. He is a CRS Fellow, AAPS Fellow, Permanent Member of BTSS/NIH Study section (2009-2013), and ASGCT Scientific Advisor (nonviral vectors, 2006-2009).

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Research Interest :

Research is focused on Micelle and Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery; Oligonucleotides, siRNA, miRNA, shRNA and Gene Delivery; Synthesis of Novel Polymers, Lipopeptides, Lipopolymers and Cationic Lipids; Construction of Plasmid and Adenovirus-based Gene and shRNA Expression Systems.

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Sivakumar Gowder

Executive Editor
Sivakumar Gowder

College of Applied Medical Sciences 
Qassim University
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Biography :

Dr Sivakumar Gowder got his academic training and carried out his research in institutions of high academic ranking in India and US. He earned his PhD from the University of Madras, India and continued his research at AIIMS, India. He then moved to US to continue his research at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, LSU Medical Center, and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Currently, he is working as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Qassim University, KSA. Sivakumar received several prizes/awards during his academic career. He has developed his own methods/techniques relevant to his research projects. As a primary author, he has published several research and review articles in many international journals. He has also edited basic/health sciences books (Cholera, Cell Interaction and Toxicity & Drug Testing/European publications). Currently, he serves as an author/editor for books; an editor in chief for an international journal; an editorial member; and a reviewer for many journals and is a fellow and advisory board member of various international organizations. He has been nominated as an external examiner of doctoral (PhD) thesis work for international universities. Sivakumar has served as an invited speaker and a chairperson for international conferences.

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Research Interest :

Gene expression and signal transduction; Alcohol/drug metabolism; Phosphate metabolism/transport; Vitamin transport; Molecular evaluation of toxicity and diseases; Xenobiotic biotransformation; Nutritional biochemistry; Food toxicology; Free radical biology-oxidative stress and cellular injury; Cellular transport and pharmacological binding; Cell culture studies and cellular assays; Surgery-uninephrectomy; cellular growth and hypertrophy; Pathological/clinical diagnosis; General toxicological/carcinogenic evaluation; Anti cancer drugs-activity/toxicity; Development of methods and techniques

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Gang Zhang

Associate Executive Editor
Gang Zhang
Department of Nephrology
Harvard Medical School
USA

Biography :

Dr. Gang Zhang got his Ph. D. from Shandong Normal University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, majoring on the study of mouse pronuclear exchange and nuclear transfer in 2005. Then, he worked as a Postdoc Fellow at the Department of Cell and Systems Biology (2005-2007), and then moved to the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases as a Research Technician II (2008-2012), University of Toronto, Canada. During this period, his research mainly focused on Parkinson disease, which included the differentiation of neural stem cells into dopamine neurons, and the molecular mechanism of Parkinson disease. Particularly, he developed a new method, designated as “Combinatorial Strategy” to clone different plasmid vectors with various clone sites, and also optimized the protocols of lentiviral transduction to establish stable transgene cell lines efficiently. Now, he is a Research Associate at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Gene Engineering, Transgene & Pathology: Lentiviral vector construction, production, titration, transduction, protein function analysis, various molecular cloning and PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, Western blotting, mechanism of Parkinson Disease, etc.

 
Cellular & Developmental Biology: Neural stem cell isolation, proliferation, differentiation, various tissue culture, immunostaining, brain tumor stem cell renewal and differentiation, establishment of transgene cell lines, etc.
 
Reproduction Biology and Embryology: Mouse cloning, in vitro fertilization, in vivo and in vitro development of embryos, oocytes maturation, etc.
 
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Shiladitya DasSarma

Shiladitya DasSarma
Microbiology and Immunology
University of Maryland
USA

Biography :

Dr. DasSarma received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in 1984 and conducted postdoctoral training from 1984-86 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst from 1986 until 2001. During this time, Dr. DasSarma was a pioneered in genetic research on extremely halophilic microorganisms and his group led the first genome project on a halophilic Archaea, Halobacterium sp. NRC-1. In 2001, his group moved to the University of Maryland, where he has continued post-genomic, bioinformatic, and biotechnological investigations of halophilic Archaea. In Maryland, he also founded the PhD Track in Molecular Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics in the Graduate Program in Life Science at the School of Medicine. Dr. DasSarma has published more than 100 papers, edited the Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory Manual, Halophiles, and is currently Co-Editor-In-Chief of the BioMed Central journal, Aquatic Biosystems.

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Research Interest :

Shiladitya DasSarma research interests include broadly the fields of microbiology, genomics, and biotechnology of Archaea. He utilizes model systems to study fundamental processes, such as DNA replication, transcription, and gene regulation, in order to understand the remarkable ability of Archaea to survive in a wide range of environments, from the human micro biome to novel extreme environments. He also developed bioinformatics tools and databases for genome annotation, comparative genomics, and global gene regulation studies.

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Lixin Dai

Lixin Dai
Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Baltimore
USA

Biography :

Dr. Lixin Dai obtained his bachelor and master degrees in Biochemistry from Nankai University, China and Ph.D. degree from University of Calgary, Canada. During Ph.D. study, he studied the distribution and three-dimensional structure of a catalytic RNA – group II intron. Currently Dr. Dai is a research associate in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the most abundant human transposon – LINE-1. He developed novel high-throughput genetic and proteomic approaches to study the interaction between transposon and human host and identified UPF1, PCNA and SRP genes are host functions important to LINE-1 retrotransposition process.

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Research Interest :

Nucleic acid biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genome biology, Genetics, Transposable elements and High throughout methods

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E Shyam P Reddy

E Shyam P Reddy
Department of OB/GYN
Morehouse School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

 Dr Shyam Reddy carriedout his Ph.D. work at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India.Dr Reddy received First Margaret Memorial award, UK to carryout research at NIH. He obtained postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Yale University.Dr Reddy joined Drexel university/ Hahnemann University (1996) as Professor and Director, Division of Cancer Genetics.  He received GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar award from the Governor of Georgia to carryout this cancer research work.

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Research Interest :

Function Based Therapeutic Strategies to Human cancers,Study of the Functional Role of ETS-fusion genes in Prostate cancer, Ewing Sarcoma, Breast cancer, Melanoma and leukemias.

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Pankaj Kumar Singh

Pankaj Kumar Singh
Experimental Radiation Oncology
University of Texas
USA
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Biography :

Dr. Pankaj Kumar is a Radiation Oncology Researcher and currently employed at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston as a post-doctoral research associate. He has more than 12 years of extensive experiences in the field of radiation biology, radiation countermeasures development, and radiation oncology.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Radiation Biology, Radiation protection, Radiation Countermeasure, Radiation oncology, Radiation and DNA damage response, Radio sensitization, Apoptosis, Cell cycle regulation, Identification of novel molecular targets and pathways for therapeutics

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Joseph C Glorioso III

Joseph C Glorioso III
Department of Human Genetics
University of Pittsburgh
USA

Biography :

 Joseph C. Glorioso began his career at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MA, USA (1976–1989), where he became Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. He subsequently moved to the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsvurgh, USA, where he served as Chair and the McElroy Professor of Biochemistry until 2009. He is a former president of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and serves as the American Editor of Gene Therapy. Dr Glorioso’s research focuses on molecular genetic aspects of herpes simplex virus (HSV) pathogenesis and the development of HSV gene vectors for treatment of chronic pain, neuropathy and cancer. 

 
 Biography
Research Interest :

 Dr. Glorioso has spent his career studying the molecular biology of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and the last 20 years developing HSV gene vectors. For example, Dr. Glorioso is a leader in the development of gene vectors for treatment of in vitro and in vivo models of cancer (e.g. glioblastoma multiforme, GBM) and for treatment of peripheral nervous system diseases such as chronic pain. Throughout his career, Dr. Glorioso has many times entered new fields of study successfully moving from HSV immunology into gene therapy and then into cancer and neurobiology becoming expert, for example in pain biology and most recently studies of Huntington disease. 

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Dawen Gao

Dawen Gao
School of Forestry
Northeast Forestry University
China
 

Biography :

Dr. Dawen Gao is an associate professor at the Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China. January 2006-2007, he spent a year at Stanford as a visiting scholar in Professor Criddle’s research group. He received his M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and Ph.D. in Municipal Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on the fouling of membrane bioreactors (MBRs), including anaerobic and aerobic membrane bioreactors, investigating the relationship between the production of foulants and microbial community structure in MBRs, and the effects of changing bioreactor operational conditions to select against microbial populations that generate membrane foulants.

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Research Interest :

Wastewater treatment by environmental biotechnology.
Molecular biologic techniques for characterizing environmental microbial community.
Bioprocesses and bioremediation of soils and sediments with POPs.

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Noritaka ADACHI

Noritaka ADACHI
Yokohama City University
Yokohama, Japan

Biography :

Dr. Adachi graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1994. Since then, he has worked for Yokohama City University, and is now a professor at Yokohama City University. He has published more than 60 papers in reputed journals

 Biography
Research Interest :

Development of high-efficiency gene modification systems in human cells - Analysis of DNA repair and recombination using genetically modified human cell lines

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Aijie Wang

Aijie Wang
State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment
Harbin Institute of Technology
China
 

Biography :

Aijie Wang, a Professor in State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, is the Director of Joint Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. She also has an Adjunct Professor position in Oklahoma University, USA. She had received her PhD in Harbin Institute of Technology, China and Post-doc in Michigan State University, USA. By far, she had received 3 National Science & Technology Awards and 6 provincial Science & Technology Awards in the field of wastewater treatment and bioenergy. She is serving as an editorial board member of reputed journals (e.g. Applied & Environmental Microbiology and J. of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology), Guest Editor of International Journal of Environment and Pollution, and reviewer of 7 journals (Environmental Science & Technology, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Bioresource Technology, Journal of Hazardous Marterial, et al.).

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Research Interest :

Waste water/waste cascade bioconversion and waste-to-bioenergy, novel technologies and principles for swage/waste water biotreatment, and on-line/ off-line activated sludge reduction and sludge-to-biochar technologies

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Mohammad Al Haggar

Mohammad Al-Haggar
pediatrics & Neurogenetics
Faculty of Medicine
Mansoura University
Egypt

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Biography :

Mohammad Al-Haggar is working as a professor of pediatrics and Neurogenetics at Mansoura University, Egypt.He has mastered the diagnosis and management of congenital syndromes, chromosomal aberrations (numerical and structural) and child dysmorphology with multiple discipline management since 1989 in the outpatient clinics of Mansoura University Childrens Hospital and Italian genetic research centers. He is serving as reviewer and editor for many reputed national and international journals. He is holding memberships in many of the reputed international research institutions and has received many awards and honors for research activities. 

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Research Interest :

Special interest is in the domain of molecular genetics, mutation analysis and biostatistics. 

 
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Shunyuan Xiao

Shunyuan Xiao
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research
University of Maryland
USA

Biography :

Shunyuan Xiao is an associate professor of the Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, and the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland College Park. He received his bachelor (1984), master (1987) and doctor degree (1992) in plant genetics from Huazhong (Central China) Agricultural University. After  postdoctoral research at University of Florida and University of East Anglia, UK, he joined the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute as an assistant professor in 2003. 

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Research Interest :

The long-term goal of Dr. Xiao′s research is to understand the molecular basis of plant innate immunity and engineer broad-spectrum and durable disease resistance in crop plants.  Current research in his lab is focused on understanding how the broad-spectrum resistance protein RPW8 directs defence to the host-pathogen interface and on engineering interface-focused resistance by using RPW8 as a delivery vehicle. 

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Tayebeh Pourmotabbed

Tayebeh Pourmotabbed
Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Biochemistry 
University of Tennessee
USA
 

Biography :

Tayebeh Pourmotabbed have done her Post Graduation from University of Maryland Baltimore County,(1981-June 1986) and received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in the year of 1986.She have done the Postgraduate Training from University of Maryland College Park in (1986-1988). She worked as a Associate Professor for Department of Molecular Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and currently working as a Professor for same  department since July 2006.

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Research Interest :

Our laboratory is interested in (1) Cancer Gene therapy, (2) understanding the role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) in pathogenesis of cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, and Alzheimer disease and (3) identifying risk factors in Alzheimer, arthritis, and coronary artery disease. Our approach involves a combination of post-transcriptional gene-silencing drug design, cell biology, molecular biology, and whole animal techniques. It is known that growth factors and cancer-causing oncogenes induce the expression of genes for extracellular matrix-degrading metalloproteinases (MMPs). These enzymes are capable of degrading basement membrane and connective tissue proteins, and are associated with wound healing, tumor cell invasion and metastasis, cartilage degradation in rheumatoid arthritis, dislodging atherosclerotic plaques and stroke. More recently, it has become clear that MMPs’ substrates are much broader than matrix components alone, and include growth factors and their receptors, chemokines, pro-angiogenic factors, and adhesion molecules. We are using in vitro and in vivo model systems, including site directed mutagenesis techniques and DNAzyme post-transcriptional gene-silencing technology to alter the expression of MMP in tumor and stroma cells in rat and examine the role of these enzymes in specific diseases.

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Luca Galluzzi

Luca Galluzzi
Department of Biotechnology
University of Urbino
Italy
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Biography :

Luca Galluzzi received his PhD at the University of Urbino (Italy) in 2001 after research experiences at INSERM U409 (Paris, France) and Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN). Since then, he conducted postdoctoral activities at Research Institute for Genetic and Human Therapy (RIGHT), Pavia (Italy) and at the section of Biotechnology, University of Urbino. Since 2009 he is a researcher at the section of Biotechnology of University of Urbino. From 2004 to 2011, he was a contract professor of Molecular and Recombinant Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, University of Urbino, and since 2011 he is a professor of Advanced Biological Technologies at the same Faculty. Dr. Galluzzi has published more than 30 refereed papers, including two book chapters, and he has been a reviewer for several scientific journals, such as Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Harmful Algae, Journal of Applied Phycology, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, etc.

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Research Interest :

Current research interests include: 
The development of new molecular methods for the detection and quantification of microalgae (Haptophyceae, Dinophyceae) in environmental samples, and the study of diatoms for biofuel production.
Characterization of cellular/molecular mechanisms of cytotoxicity elicited by new drug molecules or nanomaterials in mammalian cell cultures.

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Parag A Vaishampayan

Parag A Vaishampayan
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
USA
 

Biography :

As a staff scientist, he has support to a multifunctional, multidisciplinary, biotechnology–based laboratory. His major emphasis is on characterizing the microbial diversity of communities associated with spacecraft outbound from Earth and the clean-room facilities in which they are assembled. He have applied my scientific expertise and bioinformatics knowledge to decipher the microbial ecology of diverse and extreme environmental niches encompassing spacecraft assembly clean rooms, stratospheric air samples, high altitude caves, hydrothermal vents and human gut to name few. He is the main bioinformatician for group at JPL for the generation and curation of a comprehensive sequence database. A significant advantage of this database is its application to industries and disciplines outside of astrobiology in particular, and NASA in general. Instrumental in designing and managing, he is developing a computational model for Predictive risk assessment of spacecraft contamination based on this database.

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Research Interest :

PMA-Microarray to measure viable bacterial population, Resistance of Spacecraft Isolates to Outer Space for Planetary Protection Purposes, Predictive Risk Assessment of Spacecraft Contamination with Computational Modeling, Genomic inventory of spacecraft associated components of Mars missions: Mars Planetary Protection-JPL.

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Kameshwar P. Singh

Kameshwar P. Singh
Department of Environmental Medicine
University of Rochester

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Biography :

Dr. Singh received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Ranchi College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Ranchi, India in 1968-74. He also received specialized Master of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Bacteriology (including Virology, Mycology and Immunology) degree in 1974-76 from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Ruhelkhand University), Bareilly, India. He began his carrier at the Industrial Toxicology Research Center (CSIR, Govt. of India), Lucknow, India (1977-1992), where became the head of Preventive Toxicology Division and Environmental Microbiology Division. He was selected Raman Research Fellow from CSIR and received postdoctoral training at Department of Surgical Oncology, UCLA Center for Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles in 1989. He subsequently moved to the Institute of Chemical Toxicology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where served as Senior Research Associate and later worked as Research Scientist in Immunology and Microbiology Division, School of Medicine, Wayne State University (1993-2004). He moved to Environmental Medicine Division, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester in 2004 and joined as Faculty. Dr. Singh has published more than 75 papers and two books. Currently, he is member of Editorial Board of several research journals including Stem Cell Biology and Research, and Veterinary World.

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Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) belongs to the basic helix-loop helix family of DNA- binding proteins. AhR sense molecules and stimuli from cellular environment and initiate signaling cascades to elicit appropriate cellular responses. Though it binds to a diverse group of environmental chemicals, food and food products, the most potent AhR ligand known is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). TCDD exposure produces a wide range of biological effects in animals. Increased incidences of leukemia and lymphoma have been reported in human populations exposed to TCDD and other related environmental chemicals. TCDD is classified as human carcinogen by IARC. Although AhR activation by TCDD has been known for its effects on the various physiological functions, studies on the role of AhR in hematopoietic stem cells functions are lacking. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are responsible for maintaining homeostasis of blood cells by differentiating to hematopoietic progenitor cells and ultimately to mature immune system lineage cells. They also self-renew to keep a constant pool of HSCs. Premitive HSCs are highly sensitive to environmental chemical insults that produce aberrant changes in differentiation and proliferation leading to development of hematopoietic diseases. Current research aims are as follows:
1. Does Aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation induce changes in hematopoietic stem cell functions?
2. Does Aryl hydrocarbon receptor deficiency produce alteration in primitive hematopoietic stem cells function?
3. Does Aryl hydrocarbon deficiency promote early aging and hematopoietic diseases?

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Syed A Aziz

Syed A Aziz
Health Canada
Department of Pathology
University of Ottawa
Canada
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Biography :

• PhD, Genetics, (Breast Cancer, Immunohistochemistry) from a recognized University, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan (Mar. 2003) obtained the equivalence statues of my degree from USA. My Ph.D. encompasses the specialization in the category of health and medical science. • M.Sc., Genetics, University of Karachi (Mar. 1989). • B.Sc. , Biology, University of Karachi (April. 1985) • Completed three courses on Bio-Statistics in M.Sc.

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Research Interest :

Breast Cancer, Oncogenes, Angiogenesis, Apoptosis, Cancer stem cells, Food toxicology and Carcinogenesis

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Hiroyuki Tomiyama

Hiroyuki Tomiyama
Department of Neurology
Juntendo University
Japan

Biography :

Hiroyuki Tomiyama holds both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He serves as an Associate Professor and the Head of Molecular Genetics Team, Department of Neurology and Department of Neuroscience for Neurodegenerative Disorders, Juntendo University School of Medicine, Bunkyo, Tokyo. Tomiyama has previously served at the First Department of Internal Medicine, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan.  He serves as editorial board of two international journals.

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Research Interest :

 His areas of expertise include neurodegenerative disorders, Parkinson\\\'s disease, genetics, clinical genetics, and genetic counseling.

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Subhash J Bhore

Subhash J Bhore
Department of Biotechnology
AIMST University
Malaysia

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Biography :

Subhash Bhore, PhD: Studied Botany at University of Pune (Pune, India) and Genetics at UKM, Malaysia. In 2009, he was nominated for the AASIO Young Scientist Award. He currently serves as Associate Professor (of Plant Biotechnology) at AIMST University, Malaysia. He has published more than 30 (indexed) papers, and submitted about 11,000 DNA sequences in GenBank, and got more than 8 awards/fellowships. He is actively involved in research as well as teaching and advising of students.

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Research Interest :

His research interest includes:
•    Plant gene expression and its regulation
•    Genetic engineering of plants
•    Gene annotation and gene bioinformatics
•    Generation of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) to understand gene expression
•    DNA markers and their applications
•    16S rRNA gene based identification of bacteria
•    Plant tissue culture and mass production of plantlets, and
•    Bacterial endophytes and their applications.
 

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Celestial T Yap

Celestial T Yap
Cytoskeleton and Tumour Biology Laboratory
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Singapore

Biography :

 Dr Celestial Yap is an Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Cytoskeleton and tumour biology at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore. She has lots of publications in peer reviewed journals. She is a recipient of awards like UK-Singapore Partners in Science Collaboration Award, NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship etc.

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Research Interest :

Cancer progression, with a focus on mechanisms of tumour cell dissemination and survival 

Signaling pathways in cancer and inflammatory diseases
 
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Magdi Ali Ahmed Mousa

Magdi Ali Ahmed Mousa
Arid land Agric
Environ & Arid Land Agric
King Abdulazize University
Saudi Arabia
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Biography :

Magdi Ali Ahmed Mousa received B.Sc degree in 1993 on Agriculture Science (Major Horticulture/Vegetables), M.Sc in 1998 on Vegetable Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut Univ, Egypt. Got a joint PhD Awarded in 2004 on Molecular genetics from Horticulture department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut Univ and the Federal Center for Breeding Research in Cultivated Plants (now JKI), Germany.

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Research Interest :

Plant resistance/Tolerance to abiotic stress, Plant genome/climate change interaction, Utilizing Molecular biology and Tissue culture techniques in plant breeding programs.

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Abd El Nasser

Abd El Nasser
Division of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
National Research Centre
Egypt
 

Biography :

Genetic improvement of the productivity and activity of the products from microorganisms are the main goals. To achieve such goals, the induction of mutation with physical and chemical mutagens is carried. From different genetic variabilities induced by mutagens, the highly producer isolates more than the originally strain will be selected. Moreover, protoplast fusion is one of the efficient method by which the chromosomal DNA fragment from one cell is transferred to suitable host cell. This technique involves two steps; 1- Successful conversion of the cells into protoplasts by digesting away the cell wall by carbohydrase enzymes. 2- Transferring genetic material to host strain either by PEG/CaCl2 or electroporation. Since protoplast fusion technology has been used in several of biotechnology, this technique will be adopted in order to construct new recombinants contain the genetic constitutions responsible for increasing the product productivity and activity. Finally, genetic engineering protocols are the efficient way to produce genetically manipulated microorganisms when the molecular information about the gene(s) under study is available.

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Research Interest :

Applied microbial genetics.
Isolation & identification of microorganisms by genetic methods.
Genetic improvement of microorganisms.
Genetic engineering of microorganisms.
Genetic basis of biotransformation by microorganisms.
Genetic basis of biosorption by microorganisms.
Genetic basis of biodegradation by microorganisms.

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Abd El Latif Hesham

Abd El Latif Hesham
Department of Genetics
Assiut University
Egypt

Biography :

Dr. Hesham, graduated from Genetics department, Assiut University, He got his M.Sc in microbial genetics from Assiut University, and his PhD degree from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS in Microbial Genetics and Environmental Meta-Genome Biotechnology. He is Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board member and reviewer of some international journals with high impact factors. He is interested in Molecular Biology, Environmental Meta-Genome Biotechnology, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Genetics (Isolation, identification and sequencing), wastewater treatment, Biodegradation and bioremediation. He is expert in Molecular Genetics and biotechnological techniques (Clone library, RFLP, RAPD, sequencing, phylogenetic, florescent in situ hybridization (FISH), PCR-DGGE, MPN-PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR, real time PCR (RT-PCR) & Monitoring functional catabolic genes and the approaches to link diversity with function in the environment). He has published from 2006-2012 about 25 papers on Biodegradation and Environment Meta-Genomics.

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Research Interest :

Industrial Microbiology and biofuel.
Soil microbiology and enzyme activity.
Microbial Genetics and molecular biology.
Meta-Genomics and environmental biotechnology.
Biodegradation and catabolic genes.
Wastewater treatment and sludge bulking.

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Alan Prem Kumar

Alan Prem Kumar
Cancer Science Institute of Singapore
National University of Singapore
Singapore

Biography :

 Dr. Alan Prem Kumar earned his Ph.D. from University of North Texas, USA. From his Ph.D. work, he discovered a novel regulatory protein, PyrR for the pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway in Pseudomonas. Because pyrimidine biosynthesis is an essential step in the progression of secondary Pseudomonas infections, PyrR presents an attractive anti-pseudomonal drug target. Dr. Kumar then pursued Postdoctoral training in Cancer Research at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, California, USA. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship for his work on the role of nuclear receptors in the transcriptional regulation of human myeloperoxidase, a leukocyte enzyme implicated as causative agent in atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kumar relocated back to Singapore to join the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore as an independent Principal Investigator to continue on his expertise on nuclear receptor and cancer biology. His current research interest includes the role of nuclear receptors involved in the regulation of target genes and to elucidate mechanism and associated signal pathways. Another area of interest is to have a greater understanding of these nuclear receptors –aimed at developing newer selective PPAR gamma modulators, drugs with more potent activity and less toxicity. Towards this end, Dr. Kumar identified a series of 21 structurally new PPAR gamma activators by computer-aided drug design using a combination of ligand-based and structure-based approaches. In collaboration with GenoMed, Inc, USA, he has recently identified a new tyrosine kinase involved in the progression of ovarian, breast, and prostate cancers. Inhibitors were developed against this kinase using computer-aided drug design. In-silico filters were used to eliminate drug compounds with undesirable absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicological (ADMET) properties. His goal is to use these drugs to demonstrate its effectiveness in a variety of cancer cell lines, mouse xenograft, with intent to a pilot clinical trial here in Singapore. Over the years, Dr. Kumar and his laboratory have forged relationships with scientists in cancer research and with cancer advocacy groups in Singapore.

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Research Interest :

 My primary research focuses in the areas of signaling by nuclear receptors and oncogenes as well as the development of molecular therapeutics and biomarkers of drug action in human breast cancer. We recently identified a novel oncogene that regulates a key pathway controlling cell proliferation, migration and drug resistance in breast, prostate, gastric, and colon cancers. Current research also focuses on developing therapeutic strategies to target this marker with the ultimate aim of conducting translational studies in patients.

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Spyridon Ntougias

Spyridon Ntougias
Department of Environmental Engineering
University of Thrace
Greece
 

Biography :

Spyridon Ntougias received his BSc Degree Dissertation, Laboratory of Food Chemistry-Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens and Ph.D. Degree, University of London, Wye College, Department of Biological Sciences (Supervisor: Professor N. J. Russell, Imperial College).

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Research Interest :

Dr. Ntougias research interests include the microbial systematics, the molecular identification of microbial communities, the wastewater treatment and the biodegradation of toxic compounds.

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Xuwei HOU

Xuwei HOU
Nanjing Medical University
China

Biography :

Dr. Xuwei HOU obtained his phd. degree from the Chinese academy of medical sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China in 2006. He works as associate professor at Hanghou People Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University since 2011. Currently he work as visiting scholar at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Tulane University, US. My research interest includes: epidemiological study of the cardiovascular disease; the molecular mechanism of heart failure and ventricle hypertrophy and signal transduction and autophagy in cardiovascular diseases.

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Research Interest :

Epidemiological study of the cardiovascular disease
The molecular mechanism of heart failure and ventricle hypertrophy
Signal transduction and autophagy in cardiovascular diseases
Melocular diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases

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Chia Yuan Chang

Chia Yuan Chang
Department of Environmental Engineering and Science
Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science
Taiwan
 

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Chia-Yuan Chang, an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering and Science, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan. He also has an Adjunct Professor position in Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China. He received his PhD from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 1995. His research interests mainly include wastewater treatment, water reuse resource recovery and bio-energy production using membrane and biological technologies, especially membrane bioreactor (MBR). His design and operating protocols of MBR have been applied to full-scale installations for the treatment of industrial wastewaters and water reuse by local and oversea companies. Dr. Chang has published more than 100 articles.

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His research interests mainly include wastewater treatment, water reuse resource recovery and bio-energy production using membrane and biological technologies, especially membrane bioreactor (MBR).

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Luz O Moreno

Luz O Moreno
Associate professor
Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics

Visayas State University


Philippines

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Luz O Moreno is an Associate Professor in Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics of Visayas State University, Philippines.

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Her Research interests are Plant Breeding and Genetics

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Kamel Ahmed Abd Elsalam

Kamel Ahmed Abd Elsalam
Agricultural Resaerch Center
Suez Canal University
Giza, Egypt
 

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Dr. Kamel Ahmed Abd-Elsalam  has received his PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology, Suez Canal University during the period of 2004. Currently, he is working as Researcher in Biotechnology Lab, Plant Pathology Research Institute (PPathRI) Agricultural Research Center (A.R.C). He has successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities as Assistant Researcher (Pathological and Biochemical studies on Flax Rust in Egypt). He is a member of Egyptian Phytopathological Society, Egypt.

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His primary research interest is in understanding the genetic diversity of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum. Use of molecular methods for analysis of genetic variation and population dynamics of fungal pathogen populations, phylogenetic studies and development of molecular diagnostic tools for detection and diagnosis of fungal pathogens. Techniques such as AFLP, PCR-RFLP, RAPD, UP-PCR, DNA-sequencing. Currently, we are developing fluorescent diagnostic primers and probes with the utilization of Real-Time PCR techniques.

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Wei An

Wei An
Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Nebraska Medical Center
USA

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Dr. Wei An is a research associate in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. He received his bachelor degree from Beijing Normal University (China) and his Ph.D. degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center (U.S.). He is serving as a reviewer for 5 reputed journals and he has nearly ten years of extensive experience in the field of cell biology.

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The major focus of Dr. An’s research is to investigate the regulatory elements of stem cells. The overall goal of Dr. An’s studies is to translate knowledge from normal stem cell biology into an understanding of human disease, to develop targeted therapeutics and biomarkers in the areas of cancer and stem cell therapies.

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