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Editorial Board

Yujing Li

Editor-In-Chief
Yujing Li
Department of Human Genetics
Emory University School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Dr. Yujing Li received his PhD in Institute of Genetics Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing China in 1996. Currently, he is working as a senior scientist at Department of Human Genetics, Emory University. His research interest is molecular genetics human, mouse, fly and neuroscience particularly in the roles of noncoding RNAs in neural development and neurodegeneration as well as chemical approaches towards dissection of RNAi pathway. He has been authorized for more than 30 research articles and several book chapters. He is a member of American Society of Human Genetics. He has been honored as an honorary professor at the Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering and Breeding of Shaanxi Province PR China 1997-2000.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Yujing Li research interests include Non-coding RNAs and neurodegeneration, Epigenetics, neuron development, chemical biology approach towards the dissection of RNAi pathway.

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Yue Zhang

Executive Editor
Yue Zhang
Research center, CHUM
Univerity of Montreal
Canada

Biography :

Yue Zhang is now an instructor in Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) /Harvard Medical School. He completed his PhD program in Cellular and Developmental biology in 2006 at University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and identified the differentially expressed downstream targets of human nucleosome remodelling Mi-2 orthologue LET-418 and explored the influence of TOR kinase on lifespan in C. elegans using genetics. Then he carried out his postdoctoral training at Institute of Ageing and Pittsburgh Institute of neurodegenerative diseases, University of Pittsburgh. In 2008, he moved to Dept of Radiation Oncology/BIDMC first as research fellow and was promoted to current position in August, 2010. He have authored and coauthored 15 publications in journals, such as Nature, Developmental biology, BMC developmental biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS one, J. Vis Exp, Cancer informatics, Gene regulation and Systems biology. He served as a reviewer in some journals, including Cellular and Molecular Life Science, Transgenic Research, Knowledge-based Systems, and the La-Press journals.

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Research Interest :

Yue Zhang research interests include Genetics and Epigenetics, Systems biology, SLAC ( Stem cell biology,longevity, Ageing  and cancer biology) with a focus on chromatin remodelers w/o the stressors, particularly  radiation, heat shock, and nutrient deprivation by using  both C.elegans model organisms and mammalian systems.

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In-Hyun Park

Executive Editor
In-Hyun Park
Department of Genetics
Yale School of  Medicine, USA

Biography :

Dr. Park received his BS and MS from Seoul National University at Korea and PhD from University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in the field of Cell and Structural Biology. During his PhD training he studied mTOR pathways regulating cell growth and myogenic differentiation. He continued his research as a Postdoc fellow in Dr. George Daley’s lab in Harvard Medical School where he isolated one of the first human induced pluripotent stem iPS cells and investigated the epigenetic change during reprogramming process. He is now an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Yale Stem Cell Center at Yale University.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Park have shown that the overexpression of genes important for pluripotent stem cells convert somatic cells to become induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that have similar features of embryonic stem cells. The iPS cells provide unprecedented resources for cell replacement therapy and for developing platforms for drug discovery. Dr. Park’s lab investigates the molecular and epigenetic mechanism of reprogramming and the utility of iPS cells for human diseases.

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Ritsuko Kimata

Ritsuko Kimata
Professor
Clinical Research Institute of Fetal Medicine PMC
Osaka
Japan

Biography :

Dr. Ritsuko K. Pooh graduated from Law Department of Keio University, Tokyo, and Medical School of Tokushima University with social, legal and ethical viewpoints. After her graduation from Medical school in 1990, she has dedicated her most of time to clinical research and investigation in fetal medicine and perinatology. Especially, she has introduced the most sophisticated fetal neuroimaging from 1996 by using transvaginal sonography, three dimensional ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. Her sonogram of fetal brain morphology and vascularity is really scientific as well as artistic. Especially her recent study of relations between medullary vein development and postnatal neurological deficit is worthy of note, and in 2011 she received the Alfred Alfred Kratochwil Award in ISUOG congress. Her remarkable activities on fetal brain have been internationally approved by perinatologists as well as neurologists and neurosurgeons. She published the book on Fetal Central Nervous System, Diagnosis and Management in 2003 and also the book on Fetal Neurology in 2009 with Prof. Asim Kurjak.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Ritsuko K. Pooh research interest lies in the field of Sonogenetics, combining detailed sonogram with cytogenetics and molecular genetics from 2009 and performing quite a number of invasive genetic procedures including more than 1,400s CVS and 300 amniocenteses per year. In the era of prenatal diagnoses with advanced molecular genetics, she emphasizes ‘The fetuses first’ as a sonogenetical motto. She established the clinical genetic laboratory in Osaka with the aim of ultimate sonogenetics. She has been truly one of the international young executives in publishing and lecturing in a field of perinatology.

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Takanobu Kaido

Takanobu Kaido
Chief Editor
Department of Neurosurgery
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
Tokyo, Japan

Biography :

Dr. Kaido graduated Nara Medical University in 1995, completed the postgraduate course of neurosurgery under Prof. Toshisuke Sakaki in Nara Medical University, and received PhD about experimental brain ischemia. I researched gene expression and change of complements after experimental brain ischemia under Prof. Oliver Kempski at the institute of neurosurgical pathophysiology, Mainz University in Germany from 1999-2000. I have worked for the Department of Neurosurgery, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry in Tokyo under Prof. Taisuke Otsuki since 2005, specializing functional neurosurgery such as deep brain stimulation and epilepsy surgery.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Kaido research interests include Functional Neurosurgery and Experimental brain ischemia

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Kazuhiko Sawada

Kazuhiko Sawada
Professor
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Tsukuba International University
Japan

Biography :

Dr. Sawada has done doctoral course in Biological and Environmental Science, Graduated School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University (Apr, 1991 to Mar, 1994). He received a Ph.D. (“Hakushi (Rigaku)”, literal translation is Doctor of Science) Mar, 1994 from Saitama University.

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Dr. Sawada research interests include Phylogeny and evolution of the brain morphogenesis.

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Dominique Bremond-Gignac

Dominique Bremond-Gignac
Professor
Ophthalmology Department
University Hospital Necker  Enfants-malades
France

Biography :

Dominique BREMOND-GIGNAC, MD, PhD, is Head of Department of Ophthalmology pediatric ophthalmology subspecialty at University Hospital Necker Enfants-malades and Paris V René Descartes University. Graduated, in pharmacology and statistics (master) and PhD thesis in Anatomy, her activity is distributed in clinical practice teaching, and research. Also she is in charge of Orthoptic Department at Paris V University. Her research interest ranges from development of oculo-orbital structures and ocular surface morphology. She has participated as principal investigator in more than ten clinical research studies, and has contributed in international congresses and scientific meetings. At medicine faculty, she used to teach general anatomy and ophthalmology for pregraduate (medical school) and postgraduate (residency, fellowship, master degrees, doctorate and CME courses). Involved in management of the pediatric department, her practice includes oculo-plastic surgery as she is also graduated in maxillo-facial surgery.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dominique Bremond-Gignac research interests include development of
oculo-orbital structures and ocular surface morphology.

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Shengping Hu

Shengping Hu
Professor
Molecular biology and forensic genetics
Tongji Medical University
China

Biography :

Dr. Shengping Hu earned her MD from Tongji Medical University, China and PhD from Sydney University, Australia, and completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard and Boston University Medical Schools. She joined Shantou University Medical College of China in 1999 and is currently a faculty member and professor in molecular biology and forensic genetics. The interest of her laboratory is to investigate human DNA polymorphism in genetic susceptibility to cancers, particularly polymorphisms of HLA and nasopharyngeal and esophageal carcinomas, two cancers with high prevalence in certain areas in south China. She is state-certified for DNA parentage testing and her laboratory also embarks on research related to the forensic molecular genetics. She has served as a grant reviewer for the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and several other grant provider bodies, and a referee for several prestigious journals, including Human Immunology, Tissue Antigens, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, and for the Bentham Science Publishers.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Shengping Hu research interests include Human DNA polymorphisms (HLA, STRs, mtDNA) in genetic susceptibility to cancers, and its applications in forensic and population genetics.

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Gang Qian

Gang Qian
Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Genetics
Zunyi medical college
China

Biography :

Gang Qian is a Professor of Department of Cell Biology & Genetics, Zunyi Medical College, China

 Biography
Research Interest :

Gang Qian research interests include cell biology & plant molecular genetics.

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Wei Hsu

Wei Hsu
Associate Professor
Biomedical Genetics & Oncology
University of Rochester Medical Center
USA

Biography :

Wei Hsu earned his PhD from Mount Sinai Medical Center and completed a postdoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center. He has joined the faculty of the University of Rochester since 2002. The interest of his laboratory is to investigate the Morphogenetic Signaling Network in Development and Disease. His work has led to important contributions to our understanding of Wnt signaling and its interplay with other signaling pathways in various developmental processes in health and disease. He has received distinctions including the NKF fellowship award, the DOD IDEA award and the PHS awards from the NIH. He has served as a grant reviewer for NIH, DOD, NSF and private foundations and a referee for the prestigious journals including Science Signaling Development, Developmental Biology, PLoS Genetics and American Journal of Pathology and on the editorial board for Cancer Management and Research Breast CancerTargets and Therapy and International Journal of Women’s Health.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Wei Hsu research interests include Wnt signaling and its interplay with other signaling pathways in various developmental processes in health and disease.

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Koh Ono

Koh Ono
Associate Professor
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Kyoto University
Japan

Biography :

Koh Ono is an Associate Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan

 Biography
Research Interest :

Koh Ono research interests include non-coding RNA, MicroRNA, cardiovascular diseases, stem cells of the heart.

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Hussam Al-Kateb

Hussam Al-Kateb
Associate Director
Department of Immunology and Pathology
Washington University School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Hussam Al-Kateb is an Associate Director, Department of Immunology and Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, USA. He did his PhD at The University of Heidelberg, Germany and a fellowship in complex disorders at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada as well as fellowships in clinical cytogenetics and clinical molecular genetics at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.

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Research Interest :

Hussam Al-Kateb research interests include discovery of disease genes for both monogenic and complex disorders and in developing of genomic tests for a variety of diseases. Dr. Al-Kateb is also interested in discovering markers for differential diagnosis, prognosis and management of hematological malignancies.

 

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Nady Celine Golestaneh

Nady Celine Golestaneh
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Georgetown University School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Dr. Nady Golestaneh is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cellular Biology She received her PhD and MS degrees in Biology and Pharmacology of Aging from University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris France and her BS in Cellular Biology and Biochemistry from University of Paris VII Jussieu in Paris France She performed postdoctoral training at NIH NEI and Johns Hopkins University before joining Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2005 Recently she has shown that male germline stem cells can become pluripotent capable of differentiating into the three primordial germ layers offering the possibility of autologous cellbased therapy in degenerative diseases In parallel Golestaneh’s lab has demonstrated that the iPS cells can be differentiated into functional retinal pigment epithelium that could be prominent candidates for regeneration therapies in agerelated macular degeneration AMD Dr Golestaneh’s innovative work in the area of stem cells research has earned her several prestigious national and international awards and her research is supported by NIH grant.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Golestaneh′s lab is committed to researching how aging mechanisms affect the cells and induce diseases such as aged-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among people over 55 years of age in the western world. Recent generation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from somatic cells has the potential to accelerate the implementation of stem cells for clinical treatment of degeneration diseases by bypassing immune rejection and ethical problems using patient-specific iPS cells. Using patient-specific iPS cells Dr. Golestaneh is investigating the mechanisms that induce the AMD and is developing ways to stop this disease from occurring. One of the essential reasons for the lack of understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of human AMD is the absence of reliable experimental models that recapitulate all features of the disease. Generation of AMD patient-specific hiPS cells and subsequent differentiation into retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) would provide in vitro models that are otherwise experimentally unattainable. Golestaneh’s lab has shown that the iPS cells can be differentiated into functional RPE that could be prominent candidates for regeneration therapies inAMD. In addition, the patient-specific iPS cells are used in her lab as an in vitro model to study the genetics of AMD disease and to eventually develop targeted drugs for treatment of AMD. In addition, Golestaneh’s lab is interested in using the human iPS (hiPS) cells as an in vitro model of human aging and has created hiPS cells from young and aged donors to subsequently differentiate them into somatic cells in order to study human aging mechanisms. The iPS cells would be of great interest to elucidate the genetics of human aging mechanisms, since recent studies have shown that telomeres are elongated in iPS cells compared to the parental differentiated cells, and the somatic mitochondria within hiPS cells revert to animmature ESC-like state and hiPS and hES cells, although not identical, share similar mitochondrial properties. In addition she investigates the influence of human KL gene in normal and pathological aging to understand the mechanisms of KL-induced human aging.

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Vesper Ramos

Vesper Ramos
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Creighton University
USA

Biography :

Vesper Fe Marie Llaneza Ramos, MD is a neurologistintraining at Omaha, NE. She finished her medical school on full academic scholarship at the University of the Philippines Manila graduating Class Valedictorian and awarded as the most outstanding medical graduate of 2006. She is very much interested in the interface of ethics neurology and psychiatry. She believes that genetics research on this interface will explode in the coming years. She enjoys poetry and has had several poems published in both scientific and literary circles. She plans on subspecializing in movement disorders and dementia. Her special interest in genetics is on presymptomatic testing for neurodegenerative diseases as well as the hope for neuropharmacogenomics to provide specific treatments for these disabling diseases.

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Research Interest :

Vesper Fe Marie Llaneza Ramos reserach interests include ethical basis of presymptomatic testing for neurodegenerative diseases, nonmotor manifestations of Parkinson’s Disease, addressing the concerns of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, cognitive and Psychiatric applications of Deep Brain Stimulation.

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Iraida Sharina

Iraida Sharina
University of Texas Medical School
UT Health Science Center
USA

Biography :

Iraida G. Sharina, PhD is an Assistant Professor at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology Division. After obtaining her PhD in Molecular Biology from the Russian Academy of Science, she had a postdoctoral training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York under the supervision of Dr. David I. Goldman, a leading investigator in the area of methotrexate MTX resistance in leukemia. She did an extensive study on structure function relationship of Reduced Folate Carrier, a major determinant of the cancer resistance to MTX. Following her interest in Nitric Oxide NO biology she moved to UT-Health Science Center in Houston, to join the laboratory of Dr. Ferid Murad, a Nobel Prize winner and major leader in NO field of research.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Sharina research program is focusing on the studies of diverse genetic processes that regulate the expression and function of major Nitric Oxide (NO) receptor soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC). NO is a crucially important signaling molecule in physiology of diverse organisms. NO initiate a number of signaling cascades, of which arguably the most significant is the activation of sGC which generates the ubiquitous secondary messenger cGMP. sGC is the only known NO-inducible guanylyl cyclase and provides a unique link transducing increases in NO concentrations to activation of various downstream effector enzymes such as cGMP-binding protein kinases, phosphodiesterases and cyclic nucleotide gated ion channels.

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Zhihua Hua

Zhihua Hua
Department of Genetics
University of Wisconsin
USA

Biography :

Dr.Zhihua Hua obtained his PhD in Plant Physiology from Pennsylvania State University in 2008. He is the recipient of the Penn State Alumni Associate Dissertation Award and the Travel Grant Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists. Currently, he is working as a research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been serving as a manuscript reviewer for more than 10 of the world’s leading journals like Developmental Cell, Cell Research, PLoS ONE, Plant Physiology, and BMC Evolutionary Biology. He has authored 14 peer-reviewed articles published in top ranked journals worldwide including Nature, Science, PNAS, Plant Cell, and Annual Review of Plant Biology. 

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Research Interest :

Dr.Zhihua Hua research interests lie in the systematic study of the role of Ubiquitin-26S proteasome system in eukaryotic organisms, mainly in plants, using the interdisciplinary approaches of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and molecular evolutionary biology.

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Uttiya Basu

Uttiya Basu
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
USA

Biography :

Dr. Uttiya Basu did his doctoral training in molecular biology with Dr. Umadas Maitra at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Thereafter he did his post-doctoral training in Immunology as aIrvington Institute Fellow with Dr. Frederick Alt at Harvard School of Medicine, Boston. At present he is a assistant professor in immunology at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Columbia University, New York. He is a fellow of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Irma Hirschl Foundation and Leukemia Research Foundation.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Uttiya Basu research interests include antibodies are polypeptide complexes produced by B-lymphocytes of the immune system that identify and neutralize pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses. Antibodies are comprised of immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy (IgH) and light (IgL) chain polypeptides. Each polypeptide has an N-terminal variable region that facilitates its binding to antigen, whereas the C-terminal constant region of the IgH chain is necessary for downstream effector functions. There are three DNA alteration events that allow mammalian B lymphocytes to achieve enormous antibody diversification: V(D)J recombination, class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation. Developing B cells, in the bone marrow, undergo V(D)J recombination to assemble exons encoding the IgH and IgL variable (V) regions upstream of the corresponding constant region exons. Thereafter, the newly generated B cells migrate to secondary lymphoid organs where they encounter antigens, and are stimulated to further undergo two additional Ig gene alterations, class switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM). CSR is a B cell-specific DNA rearrangement reaction that replaces the initial Ig heavy chain constant region gene exon Cmu with other downstream constant region exons so that secondary isotypes (IgG, IgA etc) with different effector functions are generated. SHM, on the other hand, introduces point mutations into V genes at a very high rate, ultimately leading to increased antibody affinity. Although CSR and SHM are distinct processes, they both require transcription through the relevant Ig loci, and activity of the enzyme activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID). Human patients with inactivating mutations in the AID gene suffer from severe immunodeficiency leading to Hyper-IgM syndrome (HIGM2), whereas hyperactivity of AID leads to various B and T cell malignancies.

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Katrin Karl

Katrin Karl
Ludwig Maximilians University
Center of Prenatal Diagnosis
Germany

Biography :

Dr. med. Katrin Karl has received her MD at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, where she studied from 1996-2003. Currently, she is working at the Center of Prenatal Diagnosis at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich/Germany. She was working with the San Franciso Perinatals in California in 2008. She has authored several research articles and book chapters. She is a member of several national and international societies of fetal medicine and ultrasound in Ob/Gyn.

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Research Interest :

Katrin Karl research interests include influence of maternal age, gestational age and fetal gender on expression of immune mediators in amniotic fluid

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Jorn Bullerdiek

Jorn Bullerdiek
Center for Human Genetics
University of Bremen
Germany
 

Biography :

Jörn Bullerdiek is the head of the Center for Human Genetics of the University of Bremen. This center harbors 40 people working in science, diagnostics and teaching of students. Due to his expertise in science he is reviewer of a number of international journals as well as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Portuguese Cancer Center in Lisbon. He has gained managerial experience in a number of DFG- and BMBF-supported projects as well as in co-operations with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Research Interest :

Jörn Bullerdiek research interest include human genetics and cancer

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Karen Heath

Karen Heath
Institute of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Hospital Universitario La Paz
Spain

Biography :

Karen E Heath is Senior researcher in the Institute of Medical and Molecular Genetics, INGEMM Hospital, Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain. Previously her group was in the University Autonoma de Madrid. She carried out her postdoctoral research in the Centre for Biological Investigations, CSIC, Madrid and in the Dept of Human Genetics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. She received a PhD in Genetics from University College, London, UK in 1999. Her MSc in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow 1993 and her BSc Hons in Genetics from the University of Leeds. She is serving as an editorial board member for the World Journal of Medical Genetics and reviewer of 7 journals American Journal of Human Genetics, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics, Journal of Medical Genetics, Human Mutation, Journal of Human Genetics, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism.

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Research Interest :

Karen E Heath research interests include molecular genetics of skeletal dysplasias with a particular interest in the characterization of the role of SHOX in human skeletal growth., molecular genetics of craniosynostosis, molecular genetics of endocrine disorders.

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Yi-Han Chen

Yi-Han Chen
Key Laboratory of Arrhythmias
Ministry of Education

China

Biography :

Prof. YiHan Chen an outstanding cardiologist in China has become a pioneer in exploring the genetic bases of cardiac arrhythmias. In 2003, he identified a KCNQ1 mutation responsible for familial atrial fibrillation. In 2010, he confirmed that Kir34 was associated with congenital long QT syndrome. His original contributions have been published in the journals such as Science. Now, he also extends his research interest into the molecular mechanisms and novel intervention strategies of cardiovascular diseases including cardiac arrhythmias heart failures and congenital heart diseases.

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Research Interest :

Prof. YiHan Chen research interests include genetic bases of cardiac arrhythmias, molecular mechanisms, novel intervention strategies of cardiovascular diseases.

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Babykumari P Chitramuthu

Babykumari P Chitramuthu
Endocrine Research Laboratory
Royal Victoria Hospital
Canada

Biography :

Babykumari P Chitramuthu is a research assistant at Endocrine Research Laboratory, Royal Victoria Hospital, Canada

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Research Interest :

Babykumari P Chitramuthu research interests include molecular cloning and sequencing, southern, northern and western blotting, PCR techniques.

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Andrzej Kowalski

Andrzej Kowalski
Department of Biochemistry and Genetics
Jan Kochanowski University
Poland

Biography :

Andrzej Kowalski graduated from the Educational University of Kielce (Poland) in 1986. Andrzej Kowalski has completed his Post-graduated studies at the University of Lodz (Poland), getting Ph.D. degree in 1997. My Ph.D thesis have been presented in the paper "Allelic polymorphism of histone H1.a in duck erythrocytes”, Biochemical Genetics in 1998.

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Research Interest :

Andrzej Kowalski research interests focus on the heterogeneity of birds and mammals linker (H1) histones. So far there are no unequivocal evidence on how such a most abundant chromatin components influenced on specific gene repression and/or activation, especially by its polymorphic and/or modified forms. To fill this gap, Andrzej Kowalski\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s current studies dealing the elucidation the histone H1-dependent genetic and epigenetic processes are concerned with population characteristic of polymorphic and modified histone H1 variants in certain special circumstances such as breeding and selection.

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Yanhong Ji

Yanhong Ji
School of Medicine
Xian Jiaotong University
China

Biography :

Dr. Yanhong Ji is a Director of Department of Immunobiology, School of Medicine, Xian Jiaotong University, China and also Professor of School of Medicine, Xian Jiaotong University. She has finished her postdoctoral training with Dr. David Schatz at Yale University mNew Haven CT from 2004-2010. She has received a PhD in Philosophy from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel in 1998-2003. She has completed her MD in Medicine in Xian Medical University, China in 1989. She received Outstanding Service Award from Chinese Society for Immunobiology. She has 7 publications in Nat Rev Immunol Cell, JEM Nat Immunol and PNAS.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Yanhong Ji research interests include epigenetic regulation of Immunoglobulin genes, RAG Recruitments during the Initiation of V(D)J Recombination.

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Monika Bugno-Poniewierska

Monika Bugno-Poniewierska
National Research Institute of Animal Production
Independent Laboratory of Genomics
Poland

Biography :

Prof. Monika Bugno Poniewierska has received his PhD in National Research Institute of Animal Production during the period of 3 years 2000 – 2003. Currently she is working as a professor Head of Independent Laboratory of Genomics in National Research Institute of Animal Production. She is a member of The Polish Society of Genetics and member of The Local Ethics Commission for Research on Animals. She has authored 57 research articles. The area of her expertise is cytogenetics.

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Research Interest :

Prof. Monika Bugno Poniewierska scientific interests concern animals cytogenetics, in particular the evaluation of the karyotype regularity of animals which are assigned for breeding. The research was focused on early detecting of karyotype anomalies, which enabled the elimination of their carriers from breeding and as a result avoiding economic losses related to ineffective mating or hormonal treatment, which is very often applied in such cases. Along with the development of molecular cytogenetics, my scientific interests had been directed to issues connected with elaboration and application of molecular techniques in the evaluation of domestic animals genomes, which enabled considerable increasing the precision of chromosomal abnormalities identification, not only in mitotic but also in meiotic cells, as well as it enabled broadening research on genes mapping or evolutionary issues. Currently, my interests are embracing the latest issues of chromonomics that is genomics where the organization of a genome in chromosomes is taken into account. These issues are helpful in creating genetic linkage groups, as well as in transferring results on other animals (comparative chromonomics).

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Shanker Bhattacharya

Shanker Bhattacharya
Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology
Cabimar Regenerative Medicine
Spain

Biography :

Dr.Shom Shanker Bhattacharya completed his PhD in 1977 at University of Newcastle upon Tyne,UK. He awarded a training grant from the Wellcome Foundation for the PhD studies. Thesis submitted ‘Na-exchanges in skeletal and heart muscle membrane of the frog’.

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Research Interest :

Dr.Shom Shanker Bhattacharya research interests include identifications of the diseases genes, ophthalmic genetics, linkage map of the human X-chromosome.

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Byron Asimakopoulos

Byron Asimakopoulos
School of Medicine
Democritus University of Thrace
Greece

Biography :

Dr.Byron Asimakopoulos completed his PhD at Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently working as Assistant Professor of Physiology,Democritus University of Thrace.

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Research Interest :

Dr.Byron Asimakopoulos research interests include the role of GnRH and its receptor in the ovary, the role of cytokines in IVF outcome GnRH-antagonists in ovarian stimulation with emphasis on embryo quality and pregnancy outcome.

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Ana Paula de Souza Pardo

Ana Paula de Souza Pardo
Department of Morphology
University of Campinas
Brasil

Biography :

Ana Paula de Souza Pardo is associate professor in Department of Morphology, University of Campinas, Brasil


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Ana Paula de Souza Pardo research interest include medical genetics.

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Veysel Sabri Hancer

Veysel Sabri Hancer
Department of Medical Biology and Genetics
Istanbul Bilim University
Turkey

Biography :

Asst.Prof.Dr. Veysel Sabri Hancer has received his PhD in Istanbul University. During his PhD training he studied ADAMTS13 gene expression in Antiphospholipid syndrome. He is now an assistant professor of Medical Biology and Genetics at Istanbul Bilim University. He is a member of Turkish Society of Medical Biology and Turkish Society of Hematology . The area of his expertise is Molecular Genetics.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Veysel Sabri Hancer research interests include ADAMTS13 molecule and its interplay with other molecules, Genetic bases and molecular mechanisms of cancer, Epigenetics.

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Staal Wouter Gerard

Staal Wouter Gerard
Department of Psychiatry
Utrecht University
Netherlands

Biography :

Staal Wouter Gerard is  Adolescent Psychiatrist and researcher working at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Cognitive Neuroscience) and Karakter University centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Netherlands. His research experience is in the field of neuroimaging and neurogenetics, where he conducted a large number of experiments and studies. During my Ph.D. He worked in the prestigious centre for schizophrenia research of Prof. N.C. Andreasen (University of Iowa). As resident in child- and adolescent psychiatrist I developed an additional interest in the genetics of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Staal Wouter Gerard developed an additional interest in the genetics of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Orit Reish

Orit Reish
Head, Medical Genetics Institute
Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
School of Medicine
Tel-Aviv University
Israel

Biography :

Orit Reish Graduated from Medical School, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 1983. Completed specialization in Pediatric Medicine at Hasharon Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Israel in 1991. Staff Physician in the ICU, Schneider Childrens Medical Center, Petach Tikva, until 1992. Training in Genetics and Metabolism, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA from 1992-1995. Certification by the Israeli Board of Medical Genetics in 1995 and the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) in 1996. Staff Physician - Clinical Geneticist, and Director of Genetics Unit, Meir Medical Center, Israel until 1999. From 1999-present, Head, Medical Genetics Institute, and Head of cytogenetic and molecular biology laboratories, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. Senior Lecturer at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University.
 

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Research Interest :

Orit Reish research interests include Genotype-Phenotype correlation of single gene defects in families and large scale populations
Mapping and detection of new genes and mutations
Cytogenetic studies assessing mechanisms leading to sporadic aneuploidy in patients and single cells

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Elif Yosunkaya

Elif Yosunkaya
Department of Medical Genetics
Istanbul University
Turkey
 

Biography :

Dr.Yosunkaya, MD, PhD is the chief of Clinical Genetics section at the Department of Medical Genetics, Cerrahpasa Medical School (CMS), Istanbul University. She completed her residency and PhD training in Istanbul University, and continued her career in Boston University, Center for Human Genetics as a research associate. After joining the faculty in CMS, she established the molecular genetics laboratory in the medical genetics department. She is the co-author of two medical book chapters. Her research studies has been published in 16 SCI journals and cited 92 times. She also contributed to many genetics meetings with 48 presentations. She was the assistant editor and is among the reviewers of three journals. She devotes most of her professional time to diagnosis/therapy of patients with genetic syndromes, counselling to pregnant women, who were exposed and/or at risk for teratogenic agents, to conducting clinical molecular genetics research projects and training of medical genetics residents.

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Dr.Elif Yosunkaya’s scientific interests mainly focused on the genetic basis for multifactorial diseases, and decided to specialize in the field of medical genetics upon graduating from medical school. During her residency training, she devoted most of her time in practicing clinical genetics, dysmorphology, syndromology and teratology. She earned the title of “Medical Geneticist” after completing the thesis “Evaluation of pregnancies at risk for teratogenicty and their outcomes”, in which 250 pregnancies at risk for teratogenicity were prospectively followed up and the outcomes evaluated in detail. The results of this research study highly expanded the scientific information of clinical teratology and promoted the counselling services for teratogenic exposures during pregnancy, fulfilling the significant requirement for this service not only in the country but also in neighbouring countries. Her extensive study on Familial Mediterranean Fever led to the discovery of a novel mutation of MEFV gene, and also over 20 significant genotype phenotype correlations for this disease. In Boston University, Center for Human Genetics, where she worked as a research associate in molecular genetics laboratory, she participated and directed various research projects, directed preclinical validation studies for genetic tests and evaluated feasibility studies of various molecular techniques. She was awarded a fellowship from Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association for her project titled “Fetal gene therapy for CMT1A”, and the results of this project formed the basis for a larger study project. Her former research subjects consisted of development of molecular techniques for DNA isolation from decayed materials, optimization of molecular techniques in which radioactive isotops are used, and development of algorithms to detect in vivo gene transfer via immunohistochemical assays using GFP. She is highly interested in and conducting research in the genetic basis of autoinflammatory disorders, the interface between cancer and inflammation, developmental genetics and teratology, syndromes with atypical inheritance patterns, pleiotropy and incomplete penentrance mechanisms in genetic syndromes, and searching for modifier gene effects on clinical entities with distinctly established mutations.

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Asude Durmaz

Asude Durmaz
Department of Medical Genetics
Ege University
Turkey

Biography :

Dr. Asude Durmaz has received her MD at Ege University Medical Faculty and her PhD in Medical Genetics at the same hospital. She completed her thesis about childhood drug resistant epilepsy. She has worked in neurogenetics department at Karolinska Hospital for 6 months. She is still working as a medical geneticist in Medical Genetics Department. She routinely works on cytogenetics, molecular genetics and clinical genetics besides different ongoing projects.

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Dr. Asude Durmaz research interests include neurogenetics especially neurodegenerative diseases.

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Wonkam Ambroise

Wonkam Ambroise
Division of Human Genetics
University of Cape Town
South Africa
 

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Dr. Ambroise Wonkam is senior lecturer/senior specialist in the Division of Human Genetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa. After a MBChB/MD from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I (Cameroon), Dr. Wonkam complete a thesis in Cell Biology in the department of Morphology, University of Geneva (Switzerland) following by a specialization in medical geneticist. His interests are reflected in his peer-reviewed publications, which are in laboratory, clinical and educational aspects of medical genetics. His major ongoing research project is on phenotypic correlation of sickle cell anemia to genotypic variations. His has recently established the medical genetics practice in Cameroon. Dr. Wonkam is board member of the African Society of Human Genetics and member of the Scientific Program Committee of the 2011 International Conference of Human Genetics.
 

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Dr. Ambroise Wonkam research interests include human genetics and medical genetics

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Angel Garcia Martin

Angel Garcia Martin
Professor
StemTek Therapeutics
Spain

Biography :

Dr. Angel Garcia Martin obtained his Ph.D. in 1999 at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) and the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Fresno Escudero. His work focused on transcriptional regulation of T cell activation by citokines. In 2000 he moved to the National Cancer Institute at Frederick (NIH; USA) for postdoctoral training in oncogene induced apoptosis in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Fearnhead. In this period Dr. Garcia Martin was interested in biochemistry of caspase activation and genomic analisis of apoptosis resistance to genotoxic stress. Dr. Garcia Martin returned to Spain in 2005 as investigator for the genomic regulation of cancer group at Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Valencia. In 2006 he moved to the Bilbao area to work as a senior researcher at Proteomika SL developing reasearch dedicated to cancer biomarker discovery using proteomic analysis of cancer patient derived body fluids. In March 2007 he joined Inbiomed to start the Regulation of Cell Growth Laboratory. His main research interest is to understand the role of stem cells in cancer through characterization of cancer initiating cells in order to find novel therapeutic and diagnostic/prognostic targets. Later that year he also became Director of Inbiobank, the biorepository of Fundacion Inbiomed dedicated to adult stem cell banking. In July 2013 he co-founded StemTek Therapeutics, a start-up biotech company dedicated to finding new drugs for cancer treatment based on understanding the biology of cancer stem cells. Sine Septemebre that year he is exclusively dedicated to StemTek Therapeutics serving as CSO and member of the Board.

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To understand the role of stem cells in cancer through characterization of cancer initiating cells in order to find novel therapeutic and diagnostic/prognostic targets.

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Shuhua Xu

Shuhua Xu
ShanghaiTech University
china

Biography :

Dr. Shuhua Xu is professor of human population genetics and Principal Investigator of Population Genomics Group at the CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology. He is currently holding the position of Max-Planck Independent Research Group Leader, and he is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at ShanghaiTech University. He received his PhD at Fudan University, China. His scientific research has focused on population genomics research of human admixture history and biological adaptation to the local environment.

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The ultimate goal of his research is to understand microevolution mechanisms in human, while genetic admixture was taken as a cut-in point to pursue this ambition. The Population Genomics Group led by Dr. Xu is using computational approaches and developing new methods to dissect genetic architecture of human populations, quantitatively characterize their admixture features, and reveal their migration history and adaptive divergence. Dr. Xu has authored many scientific papers published in Science, PNAS, The American Journal of Human Genetics, Genome Research, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Human Molecular Genetics, European Journal of Human Genetics, the PLoS and the BMC series.

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Ivan P Gorlov

Ivan P Gorlov
Department of Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH USA

 

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The overarching goal of my research is to address challenges resulting from common use of technologies generating high throughput data. Next generation sequencing platforms routinely produce millions of data reads. As a result, multiple statistical tests are required making it difficult to sort signal from noise. We can however turn those and other challenges into advantages. In many cases multiple data types are available for the same phenotype. Integrating data across various platforms may enhance and consolidate true signal allowing its easier discrimination from noise. As an example, we have combined data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) with whole-genome profiling of gene expression to identify and validate novel cancer genes (Gorlov et. al, 2009).

 

One of the most effective ways to integrate diverse data is meta-analysis. I have used meta-analysis of the whole-genome expression data to identify novel prostate cancer genes. We have used a modified approach based on the analysis of individual P-values. The advantage of the approach is that it can be applied to any type of data and therefore can be used to integrate different types of the data

 

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My recent research interest was in molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer. We have conducted a meta-analysis of gene expression data from multiple studies (Int J Cancer, 2009; BMC Cancer, 2010). We also performed in silico functional profiling of individual tumors. We found that functional profiles (differentially expressed biological functions) correlate with clinical traits stronger than gene expression profiles do. I am also working on prioritizing of sequence variants identified through next generation sequencing. It is important to have paired sequence data on germline mutations (host genotype) and tumor samples from the same patient. Genotype of the host provides information on initial genetic makeup of the tumor. We can deduce evolutionary history of the tumor including the rate of accumulation of somatic mutations, clonal heterogeneity, and clonal selection by comparing host and tumor genotypes. We are also developing approaches for in-depth analysis and interpretation of the gene expression data. An important problem here is tumor heterogeneity. Tumor heterogeneity has two aspects: clonal or cellular heterogeneity within an individual tumor and heterogeneity between different tumors: different tumors may use different genes to acquire the same phenotype, e. g., drug resistance. In a recent study we found that an analysis of interindividual variation in expression levels helps to identify genes underlying tumor heterogeneity. I see my role in bridging a gap between clinical researchers and the vast publicly available data on gene expression, somatic mutations, genotyping, methylation and sequencing as well as bioinformatics and statistical tools to deal with them. Those resource help put the results of an individual study in the context of what is already known in the area. The combination of in-house and publically available data may help with prioritizing of the findings, facilitates the development of a working hypothesis and guides future experiments.

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Jianzhong Ma

Jianzhong Ma
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Housten
USA

Biography :

Dr. Jianzhong Ma is statistician at the Human Genetics Center, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ma has been focused on developing, implementing and applying novel statistical and computational methodologies for genetic and genomics data analysis. Dr. Ma’s research interests include segregation and linkage analysis using Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo approach, detecting and correcting population stratifications using principal components analysis, detecting and genotyping chromosomal inversions using SNP microarray data and sequence and approaches to conducting genome-wide association tests for inversions. He is also interested in developing novel approaches to detecting gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. Dr. Ma’s collaborative research in applied genetic epidemiology has been focused on genetic and environmental factors, as well as their interplay, underlying various chronic diseases, such as lung cancer, melanoma, cardiovascular disease, psoriasis, and autism spectrum disorder

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Dr. Jianzhong Ma has reserch interest in Genome-wide association study of inversions,  Principal components analysis of population structure and admixture.

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JoakIim Dillner

JoakIim Dillner
Professor
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Karolinska Institute
Sweden

Biography :

Joakim Dillner is professor in infectious disease epidemiology at KarolinskaInstitutet. His research is focused on cancer screening and tumor virology, especially human papillomavirus (HPV). He supervises several very large trials of HPV screening and Nordic follow-up studies of HPV vaccination and has experience in running international networking efforts for large-scale molecular epidemiological studies for evaluation of the role of infections in cancer. He is well-known as PI of Swedescreen, the first started randomised trial of HPV-screening (since 1997) and as PI of the WHO HPV LabNet Global Reference Laboratory (since 2006). Since 2012 he has also taken over the International Papillomavirus Reference Center. Professor Dillner has published more than 300 original research papers.

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Professor Joakim Dillner began research in tumor virology in 1982, working with George Klein on Epstein-Barr virus. Since 1989 he is conducting Human Papillomavirus (HPV) research in the areas of molecular biology, immunology and vaccinology, clinical virology and epidemiology. He is well-known as PI of Swedescreen, the first started randomised trial of HPV-screening (since 1997) and as PI of the WHO HPV LabNet Global Reference Laboratory (since 2006). Since 2012 he has also taken over the International Papillomavirus Reference Center. The center was founded by Dr. E.M. deVilliers of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and has during 1985-2012 received and resequenced new isolates of HPV and assigned the unique HPV types numbers for new HPV types, an activity that since 2012 is now performed by Dr. Dillner. He has led several large EU consortia on infections and cancer, notably ERICBSB (Evaluation of Risk of Infections in Cancer using Biological Specimen Banks) and VIRASKIN (Viruses and skin cancer risk) in the Fifth Framework program and CCPRB (Cancer Control using Population-based Registries and Biobanks) in the Sixth Framework program. He has led the Swedish National Biobanking program at the start in 2002, and upon re-organization as the BioBanking& Molecular Resource Infrastructure of Sweden (BBMRI.se) in 2009

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Yan Guo

Yan Guo
Professor
Department of Cancer Biology
Vanderbilt University
USA

Biography :

Yan Guo received his PhD in computer science from University of South Carolina in 2009. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences, Department of Cancer Biology department. He is also serving as the Technical Director of Bioinformatics for Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics Analysis and Research Design (VANGARD). His research is focused on sequencing data analysis in cancer and development of bioinformatics methodology and analysis approaches for high dimensional genomic data.

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High throughput sequencing analysis methodology development, quality control design and platform evaluation.
High dimensional meta analysis methodology (RNASeq, Exome Sequencing, GWAS, Copy Number, Microarray ).
Cancer bioinformatics research, mitochondria biomarkers for predicting cancer and recurrent cancer cases.

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