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Editorial Board

Suren A Tatulian

Editor-in-Chief
Suren A Tatulian
Department of Physics
University of Central Florida
USA
Tel: 40-78-23-69-41
Fax: 40-78-23-51-12

Biography :

Dr. Suren A. Tatulian completed his doctorate in biophysics at the Institute of Cell Biology in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1979. He studied interactions of ions with lipid bilayer membranes, effects of lipid thermal phase transitions on ion-lipid interactions, and intermembrane interactions using particle electrophoresis, light scattering, neutron diffraction and other biophysical techniques. In 1992 he moved to the University of Virginia, USA, where he worked on interactions of peptides and proteins with membranes using infrared spectroscopy, circular dichroism, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Dr. Tatulian worked at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, from 1999 to 2001 and then moved to the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL, as an associate professor. Currently Dr. Tatulian is at the Department of Physics of UCF, where he is teaching courses of physics and biophysics and is conducting research on protein-membrane interactions and structural aspects of interfacial enzymology.

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Research Interest :

Membrane biophysics; Structure and function of proteins studied by protein engineering, spectroscopy, and computational techniques; Interfacial enzymology; Protein-membrane interactions; Membrane electrostatics; Membrane adhesion and fusion

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Salvatore Magazu

Editor-in-Chief
Salvatore Magazu 
Professor of Experimental Physics
Department of Physics and Earth Sciences
University of Messina Viale Ferdinando
Italy

Biography :

S. Magazù became full professor in Experimental Physics in 2002 at the Facoltà di Scienze MM.FF.NN. of Messina University.

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Research Interest :

The research topics addressed are manifold, and also different in some respects, emerges as a common leitmotif: the integrated use of experimental techniques of investigation, such as laser light scattering, infrared absorption, neutron scattering, etc ... for the characterization of the space-time correlations of physical systems disordered.

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Yoichiro Yoshida

Editor-in-Chief
Yoichiro Yoshida
Fukuoka University 
School of Medicine
Japan
Tel: 81-92-80-11-011
Fax: 81-92-86-39-759  

Biography :

Dr.Yoichiro Yoshida was born 1970 in Japan.I graduated from University of Occupational & Environmental Health, School of Medicine (1990-1996). In 2000, I matriculated at Department of Molecular Biology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational & Environmental Health and did research for drug resistance of anti-cancer agents under the supervision of Kimitoshi Kohno and awarded the PhD in 2004.I am now an Assistant Professor in Department of Gastroenterological Surgery at Fukuoka University School of Medicine.

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Research Interest :

Cancer biology, Cancer chemotherapy, Drug resistance, mitochondrial transcription, DNA damage
 

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Jonathan E Kenny

Jonathan E Kenny
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Tufts University
USA
Tel: 61-76-27-33-97
Fax: 61-76-27-34-43

Biography :

Dr. Kenny’s research program applies his training and experience in fundamental physical chemistry (vibrational structure of polyatomic molecules and photophysics of aromatic systems) to the solution of real-world problems.  He co-authored the paper in Analytical Chemistry in 1983 that demonstrated the feasibility of in-situ UV fluorescence spectroscopy using fiber optics, and developed field-portable instrumentation to do multidimensional fluorescence screening of hazardous waste sites.  He also demonstrated the potential of multidimensional fluorescence combined with chemometrics to fingerprint ships’ ballast water, providing a potential enforcement tool for current US regulations regarding ballast water exchange for protection against foreign aquatic nuisance species.  Professor Kenny has been involved in many environmental education initiatives, including developing a course in Environmental Chemistry for non-scientists. In this course, he developed the use of journals and a program in critical thinking. Professor Kenny has taught interdisciplinary courses spanning the natural and social sciences and the humanities in the American Studies and freshman seminar programs at Tufts.

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Research Interest :

Fluorescence, Multidimensional fluorescence, Chemometrics, UV-Vis absorption, Raman and IR, Dissolved Organic Matter, PAH detection, Spectroscopic Methods, Laser techniques, Supersonic jet spectroscopy, Inner Filter effects, Instrumentation calibration and standardization, Fluorescence quenching, Molecular complexes, Natural waters characterization, Fluorescence fingerprinting of ballast water, Fluorescence fingerpringing of organisms, Photophysics, Fluorescence lifetimes.

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John R Sabin

John R Sabin
Institute for Physics  and Chemistry
University of Southern Denmark 
Denmark
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Biography :

Dr. John Sabin is Professor of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Florida, and Adjungeret Professor at the Institute for Physics and Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark.Degrees are from Williams College (AB) and the University of New Hampshire (PhD), and he was a postdoctoral student at Uppsala University and Northwestern University. He is Editor of Advances in Quantum Chemistry and the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, and a member of several editorial boards. He publishes on various aspects of the theory of the interaction of fast ions with molecular targets.
 

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Principal research interest is the study energy deposition, or stopping power, for swift ions in biomolecules. The attack is two pronged. In the first case, we use a fully quantum mechanical dynamics to study ion/(bio)molecule collisions and calculate collision, fragmentation, charge exchange, and other cross sections.  In a similar vein, we study the mean excitation energy of molecules and clusters, as the mean excitation energy is the quantity that best describes the ability of a molecule to absorb energy from a projectile ion.  The molecular mean excitation energies are obtained by direct calculation and integration of the appropriate generalized oscillator strengths (GOS\'s) using the polarization propagator formalism. In principle, the scheme provides an accurate method to calculate stopping for individual molecules, which can be extended to clusters by application of a Bragg-like combination rule.

 

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Arsalan Mirjafari

Arsalan Mirjafari
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Florida Gulf Coast University
USA

Biography :

Dr. Arsalan Mirjafari earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Isfahan in 2009. He then joined Prof. Jim Davis’s group at University of South Alabama as a Postdoctoral fellow in 2010 to work on the synthesis of bio-based ionic liquids and their application in CO2 capture. He became an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2012. His research focuses on the synthesis and applications of functionalized ionic liquids via click chemistry and their applications in gas absorption, catalysis and drug/gene delivery.

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Research Interest :

Synthesis and applications of ionic liquids

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Kwang Hun Lim

Kwang Hun Lim
Associate Professor
East Carolina University
USA
Tel: 252-328-9805

Biography :

Kwang Hun Lim is an Asssociate Professor at East Carolina University in USA. He received his PhD from State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. He completed his post doctoral fellowship from University of California at Berkeley. He was given many awards and grants during his studies. He has given 10 oral presentations and 15 publications.

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His research interests include NMR spectroscopy, molecular dynamics and molecular simulations.

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Daekyu Sun

Daekyu Sun
Assistant Professor
University of Arizona
USA
Tel: 520-626-0323
Fax: 520-626-4824

Biography :

Dr. Daekyu Sun completed his Ph.D. and postdoctoral training at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sun was employed with the Cancer Therapy Research Center (CTRC) at San Antonio, Texas from 1995 to 2002 as a Research Scientist and Assistant Member. Dr. Sun has been employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona at Tucson, Arizona since 2008.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Sun is currently exploring a new therapeutic strategy to repress the transcriptional activation of human oncogenes with small molecules capable of binding selectively to non-canonical DNA structures formed within the promoter region of this gene. Another aspect of his work focuses on understanding the chemical and biological mechanisms of the antineoplastic, DNA-damaging natural products to relate their chemical and biochemical properties to its unique biological activity. Other aspects of our research focus on understanding the molecular basis and the biological significance of induction of DNA repair genes in human cancer cells in response to major chemotherapeutics in order to identify potential targets appropriate for new anticancer agents that will enhance the lethal activity of many cancer chemotherapeutics.

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Peter James Winn

Peter James Winn
Professor
Department of biosciences
University of Brimigham
UK

Biography :

Dr. Peter Winn has a BSc.Chemical Physics (University of Bristol, 1989). He studied for a PhD with Chris Reynolds (University of Essex, 1996), working on the parameterization process for molecular mechanics force-fields. In his thesis he pointed out the need to correct for intramolecular polarisation in the underlying molecular mechanics charges when developing polarisable forcefields. With Graham Richards (University of Oxford) he focused on methods for the development of chloride channel inhibitors. With Rebecca Wade at the EMBL, Heidelberg and later at EML (Heidelberg), PW and co-workers produced highly cited works on the function and structure of the cytochromes P450, and also on the function and structure of the E2 enzymes of the ubiquitination pathway. Since 2007 Peter has been an RCUK Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham (UK), with a focus on modelling the structure function and interactions of biomolecules.

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Research Interest :

Protein simulations. Bio-molecular modelling. Peptide simulations to interpret mass spectrometry. Evolution of protein structure and function. Drug discovery. Molecular electrostatic potentials

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Luisa Di Paola

Luisa Di Paola
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemical Engineering
University of Campus Biomedico
Italy
Tel: 39-06-225419634
Fax: 39-06-225419609

Biography :

Dr Luisa Di Paola has received her PhD in University of Rome. Currently, she is working as an Assistant Professor in the University of Campus Biomedico. She is serving as an Associate editor for Advances in Systems Biology. She has authored 16 research articles so far.

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Research Interest :

Research interests include molecular thermodynamics of complex systems, industrial production of hydrogen, artificial organs, protein systems biology and kinetic models for tumor growth.

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Andreas Ebner

Andreas Ebner
Assistant Professor
Institute of Biophysics
Department of Applied Experimental Biophysics
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Austria

Biography :

Dr. Andreas Ebner studied Technical Chemistry and Economics and received his PhD at the Institute of Biophysics at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU). He worked as a scientist for Molecular Imaging (support in development of Topography and Recognition Imaging (TREC)), the Upper Austrian Research (single molecule arrays), and Amersham Biosciences (fluorophore characterisation). In 2013 he received the Houska Award for one of the top 3 innovative projects in Austria. Currently he is group leader at the Institute of Biophysics, Johannes Kepler University, he published > 70 peer reviewed scientific articles, and > 10 scientific book chapters. His key competences are biosensing atomic force microscopy techniques like single molecule force spectroscopy and recognition imaging including surface functionalization techniques.

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Research Interest :

Atomic Force Microscopy, Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy, Molecular Recognition, Tip Chemistry, Bioconjugate Chemistry, Single Molecules, Topography and Recognition Imaging, Active Cantilever, Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Biosensing, Erythrocytes, Thrombocytes, Aptamers, Nanomedicine.

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Doh-Kwon Lee

Doh-Kwon Lee
Solar Cell Center
Korea Institute of Science and Technology
Korea
Tel: 82-29-58-67-10                          
Fax: 82-29-58-66-49

Biography :

Dr. Doh-Kwon Lee received his Bachelor’s degree in inorganic materials science and engineering from Seoul National University in Seoul in 1997. He continued his studies in materials science and engineering at Seoul National University, where he obtained his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in 1999 and 2005 (Advisor: Prof. Han-Ill Yoo). His Ph.D. thesis was devoted to understanding the interference effect between the ionic and electronic flow, which had long been believed negligible without experimental verification, in the mixed ionic and electronic conductors, and to elucidating the validity of Onsager’s reciprocity theorem in the phenomenon of mixed ionic and electronic conduction. With his Ph.D. completed, he moved onto the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany, where he joined Prof. Janek’s research group as a senior scientist. During his period at JLU Giessen (2005-2009), he expanded his interest to the interfacial problems in functional materials, e.g., the enhanced mass and charge transport in nano-sized oxide films and the morphological instability developed at the surfaces of electroceramics, and the photoelectrochemical applications of oxide semiconductors. Since 2009, Dr. Lee has worked as a senior research scientist at Solar Cell Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Korea. The current focus of his recent research is to develop dye-sensitized solar cells, CIGS solar cells with high efficiency and photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen production.

 

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Research Interest :

Solid state ionics, Thin film solar cells (dye-sensitized solar cell and CuIn1-xGaxSe2 solar cell), Solid state electrochemical devices (solid oxide fuel cell, secondary battery, oxygen separation membrane)
 

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Solhe F Alshahateet

Solhe F Alshahateet
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Mutah University
Jordan
Tel: 962795260360
Fax: 96232375540

Biography :

Dr. Solhe F. Alshahateet is assistant professor of crystal engineering and organic supramolecular chemistry graduated in 2002 from the University of New South Wales / Australia. He works at Mutah University since 2007. He received many awards such as Australian Research Council and Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education scholarships. He was engaged in many projects from local and international funding agencies. Dr. Alshahateet attended many conferences worldwide. He published more than 53 articles mostly in international journals dealing with crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry involving industrial applications. In addition, he is working as a referee for many international specialized journals. Highlights of his research have been in the area of synthesis and characterisation of semiconducting materials, organic materials for industrial applications (functional materials) such as pharmaceutical industry. After completing his PhD (2002) at the UNSW, he undertook research in new synthesis chemistry as a Research Fellow at UNSW for about one year. Since then he had undertaken research into synthesis of new organic materials at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences ICES, Singapore. He had a research visitor appointments at the University of New South Wales (Australia) and at the University of South Florida (USA). He has considerable teaching and research experience, recently in his supervision and co-supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate students in many countries worldwide.

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Research Interest :

Experience in the area of physical organic chemistry (adsorption of organic functionalities on silicon surfaces), synthesis and characterization of semiconducting materials, Drugs reformulation, Chemical X-ray Crystallography, Synthesis and structure of new organic inclusion compounds (host-guest chemistry).

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Ambarish Nag

Ambarish Nag
Computational Sciences Group
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
USA
Tel: 30-32-75-37-54
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Biography :

Dr Ambarish Nag is a Research Associate in the Computational Sciences Group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado He has expertise in modeling biochemical kinetics He is also interested in modeling regulatory networks using mining analysis and correlation of different types of omics data He has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry from Jadavpur University and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Chicago He held a postdoctoral position in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group of Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Research Interest :

Development and simulation of models of metabolic networks in green algae, cyanobacteria and plants. Computational biochemistry and enzyme kinetics. Reconstruction of metabolic networks from annotated genome. Modeling regulatory networks using mining, analysis and correlation of multiple types of high-throughput omics data. Theoretical Immunology. Mathematical biology.

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Lennart Treuel

Lennart Treuel
Physical Chemistry
University of Duisburg-Essen
Germany

Biography :

Until 2005 Lennart Treuel studied chemistry and physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). Thereafter he started his PhD research on the phase behavior of complex organic/inorganic aerosols and the crystal structures resulting from their efflorescence in the workgroup of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard Zellner. During this period he received a stipend from the Max-Buchner-Science Foundation, several travel grants and an European Science Foundation (ESF) research grant. He also made prolonged research visits to Ilmenau, Heidelberg (Th. Leisner) and Bristol (J.P. Reid / ESF Grant). His thesis was awarded with the University’s PhD price and with the PhD price of the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) in Essen after completion in 2008. Following his PhD thesis, he took up a position as post doctoral research fellow/group leader continuing his aerosol work and establishing a new group working o the interactions of nanoparticles with phase boundaries, membranes and biomolecules. This work is embedded in the priority programme SPP1313 (Bio-Nano-Responses) of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). His work is also partially funded by the UDE Young Researchers Grant.

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Research Interest :

• Interactions of NPs with biological environment
• Nanoparticle Characterisation
• Optical Tweezing
• Aerosol Chemistry and Physics

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Kerensa Broersen

Kerensa Broersen
Department of Nanobiophysics
University of Twente
Netherlands

Biography :

Kerensa Broersen (1975) completed her PhD degree in protein folding and aggregation at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge (UK) for two years on fatty-acid induced α-synuclein aggregation in relation to Parkinson’s disease. During a second postdoc position at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in Belgium she investigated the role of Aβ peptide length on oligomer toxicity in Alzheimer’s disease. Upon receiving an FWO Odysseus award she was contracted by the VUB as assistant professor and, together with her group she focused on risk factors related to Alzheimer’s disease progress. To tackle life science questions using advanced technological applications she joined a tenure track scheme at the University of Twente (The Netherlands). Here, she works together with her current team to answer questions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease since March 2011.

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My current research interest involve the study of protein aggregation processes as disease triggering factor in neurodegenerative diseases using a high-end technology. Techniques I am interested in include fluorescence, single molecule techniques, microscopy, cell biology, and biochemical techniques. I am particularly interested in crossing disciplinary boundaries from clinical, chemical, physical to biological, to improve my understanding of disease processes. Obtaining mechanistic insight into the specific contribution of clinically identified risk factors in neurodegenerative disease progress have my keen attention, such as neuroinflammatory pathways, oxidative stress and the role of genetic variation.

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Clive J Roberts

Clive J Roberts
Professor
Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
School of Pharmacy
The University of Nottingham
UK
Tel: 01-15-95-15-048

Biography :

Dr. Clive J Roberts graduated in Physics from Imperial College, in 1987, receiving a PhD in surface analysis, also from Imperial College in 1991. His research is focussed on fundamental and applied aspects of pharmaceutical formulation, drug delivery and biomolecular function. This work encompasses complementary areas such as food and has led to over 260 research publications. As Director of the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre he has a key role in the coordination of nanoscience at Nottingham. He is actively involved in major public understanding of science events focussed on Nanotechnology. He is co-founder of Molecular Profiles Limited a spin-out in the Pharmaceutical sector which has won a number of awards including two Queens Award for Industry 2007/2011. He is also one of the founders of eminate Ltd which develops solutions for Drug Delivery and Food Technology.
 

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His research is focussed on fundamental and applied aspects of pharmaceutical formulation, drug delivery and biomolecular function. This work encompasses complementary areas such as food and has led to over 260 research publications.

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Aladin M Boriek

Aladin M Boriek
Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
USA
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Biography :

Dr. Aladin M. Boriek, PhD is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Boriek received a master degree from University of Michigan in 1984 and a PhD degree from Rice University in 1990. He completed his postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in respiratory mechanics under the mentorship of Dr. Rodarte. Dr. Boriek has been a regular member of the Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research Study Section (2005-2009).  Dr. Boriek has served on other NIH study sections including The Respiratory and Applied Physiology, and The Skeletal Muscle Biology and Exercise Physiology, and The Bioengineering and Physiology. He has also served as an external reviewer for the Surgery Review Board of the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Lung Association /Canadian Thoracic Society, the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. He has also served on numerous review panels for the National Science Foundation. He served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Physiology (2000-2008). Dr. Boriek has published nearly sixty papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Boriek’s research interests include respiratory muscle mechanics, mechanical signal transduction, and muscular dystrophy.

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Research Interest :

Modeling and assessing diaphragm mechanics
Investigation of the determinants of diaphragm muscle mechanics and kinematics, including the unique mechanical properties of the diaphragm and structural issues such as the geodesic properties of diaphragm muscle fibers. Current work describes numerous approaches of  dealing with these determinants, including measuring diaphragm curvature, displacement and muscle shortening, as well as computational modeling of the effect of muscle anisotropic properties on diaphragm shape. This work is established in collaboration with Dr. Rolf Hubmayr at Mayo Clinic.
Assessment of respiratory muscle function in mouse models of muscular dystrophy. 
A complex rearrangement mutation in the mouse titin gene leads to an in-frame 83-amino acid deletion in the N2A region of titin. Autosomal recessive inheritance of the titin muscular dystrophy with myositis (Ttn(mdm/mdm)) mutation leads to a severe early-onset muscular dystrophy and premature death. We have tested the hypothesis that the titin N2A deletion in the mdm mouse diaphragm would have a deleterious impact on the force-generating capacity and altered passive mechanical properties, independent of major histopathology. Our data show significant structural and functional aberrations of the respiratory pump in the mdm mouse that may be attributable to a critical function of titin&primel\'s N2A region. This work was part of the PhD thesis of Dr. Michael Lopez who has been a member of our research group.
Mechanical signal transduction:
We have been interested in the anisotropic regulation of the mechanosensitive genes, the Ankrd2. We found that axial stretch activated Akt, which up-regulated Ankrd2 expression through NF-kappaB. However, stretch in the orthogonal direction to the muscle fibers activated Ras-GTP, Raf-1, and Erk1/2 proteins, which up-regulated Ankrd2 expression through AP-1. Our data show the anisotropic regulation of Ankrd2 gene expression in the diaphragm muscles occurs via two distinct mechanosensitive signaling pathways. This work was conducted in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Junaith Mohamed, a Research Associate in the Department of Medicine, and a member of their research group.
  they have been interested in the physiologic role of Sirt1 in skeletal muscles. they  have recently unraveled a mechanism of transcription regulation of the Sirt1 gene by the EGR1 (early growth response factor 1), which occurs in response to mechanical stretch. This stretch-responsive gene activation program is required to eliminate ROS generated during stretch. This work was conducted in collaboration with my colleague Dr. Patricia Pardo, a Research Associate in the Department of Medicine, and a member of our research group.

 

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Yitshak Zohar

Yitshak Zohar
Professor
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Arizona
USA

 

Biography :

Dr. Yitshak Zohar received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1981 and 1984, respectively, where he worked on high-incidence aerodynamics. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1990 studying fine-scale mixing in turbulent shear flows. As a Research Associate at USC and UCLA (1990-1992) he gradually shifted his research interest into microsystem technology in general and microfluidics in particular. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a faculty member in 1992, where he participated in setting up the University Micro Fabrication Center and established the Department Micromachines Laboratory. At the end of 2003, he took up a Professor position in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Arizona to develop a similar microsystem technology program establishing the UA Micro/Nano Fabrication Center. He served as the Co-Chair of the MEMS’2008 international conference,currently he is serving as an Editor for the Journal of MEMS and a member of the Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Editorial Board.
 

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Microfluidic device science and technology, primarily for bio/chemical/medical applications, examples include: micro capillary electrophoresis of DNA, selectively-functionalized surfaces with bio-active layers; selective capture of bio species such as cancer cells; dissociation of brain tissues into single cells; interaction between pollen tubes and ovules; orthokinetics of micro/nano particles in microchannels.

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Rajiv RP Singh

Rajiv RP Singh
Professor
Department of Physics
University of California
USA
Tel: 53-07-52-47-10

Biography :

Dr. Rajiv R. P. Singh is a Professor of Physics at the University of California at Davis. He received a B. Sc. in Physics from IIT Kharagpur, M. Sc. in Physics from Delhi University, and a Ph.D in Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986. He was awarded the Institute Silver Medal at IIT Kharagpur (1980), the K.S. Krishnan Gold Medal at Delhi University (1982) and the T.A. Pond Prize at Stony Brook (1983). He was then a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University (1986-1987), at the University of Maryland (1987-1988) and at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey (1988-1989). He joined the Physics faculty at the University of California at Davis in 1989, where he is currently a Full Professor. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and Gordon Godfrey and at  University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2006.

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Dr. Singh′s research has been in the area of Condensed Matter Physics and Statistical Mechanics. He has developed various computational approaches to study Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena in Idealized Statistical Models and Real Materials. These include studies of spin-glasses and random-magnets, quantum antiferromagnets, doped Mott insulators and high temperature superconductors. More recently he has also been interested in studies of Biological Physics, where his research is  focussed on protein folding and aggregation and on the electronic properties of DNA and its potential applications.

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Piotr J Cywinski

Piotr J Cywinski
Professor       
Department of Physical Chemistry                   
University of Potsdam
Germany

 

Biography :

Piotr Cywinski was born 1975 in Lodz, Poland. In 1996 he started to study physics at the Technical University of Lodz in the Faculty of Technical Physics, Computer Sciences and Applied Mathematics, where he received Master of Science for his work devoted to crystal engineering. Subsequently, he pursued PhD studies in the Department of Molecular Physics in the Faculty of Chemistry also Technical University of Lodz under the supervision of Prof. Barbara Wandelt. During his PhD, he investigated the properties of fluorescent molecularly imprinted polymers to detect cyclic guanosine 3,5 monophosphate cGMP. In this period Piotr was twice a Marie Curie fellow within two Marie Curie Training Sites 1: in the group of Prof. Wybren Jan Buma, at Van Hoff Institute For Molecular Sciences University of Amsterdam The Netherlands; 2: in the group of Prof. Dimitra Markovitsi at DSM or DRECAM or SPAM at Laboratoire Francis Perrin CEA Saclay, France. After finishing PhD he was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Gerhard J. Mohr in Institute of Physical Chemistry at the FriedrichSchiller University in Jena Germany. During this postdoctoral research he was working on the preparation of polymeric nanoparticles for the detection of chloride, oxygen and pH changes in living cells. Dr. Cywinski research resulted in numerous peer reviewed publications in scientific journals eg. Biosensors Bioelectronics, Chemical Communications and Journal of Fluorescence, book chapter in Topics in Current Chemistry as well as public presentations on a significant number of international conferences. Based at University of Potsdam he is currently a leader of an optical biosensing group in the Department of Physical Chemistry led by Prof. HansGerd Löhmannsröben. His research is focused on studying photophysical properties of semiconductor quantum dots and their application in high sensitive biosensing.

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Research Interest :

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers, Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, Surface functionalisation of nanobeads, metal nanoparticles and quantum dots, Intra- and intermolecular fluorescence resonance energy transfer, High sensitivity FRET systems for protein recognition.

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Philip Michael Williams

Philip Michael Williams
Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of Nottingham
UK
Tel: 01-15-95-15-025
Fax: 01-15-95-15-110

Biography :

Dr. Phil Williams obtained his degree in pharmacy from the University of Nottingham in 1988.  Having qualified as a pharmacist, he returned to Nottingham and undertook research into the biological applications of scanning probe microscopy.  He obtained his PhD - “Computational Studies in Scanning Probe Microscopy” from Nottingham in 1995.  In 2000, he was awarded a five-year Advanced Research Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom and during this time established a number of research collaborations including those with Professor Evan Evans (Vancouver) and Professor Jane Clarke (Cambridge).  In 2003, he was promoted to Associate Professor and Reader in Theoretical Biophysics, and in 2008, he gained a personal chair as Professor of Biophysics within the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, U.K.  He has received many awards and prizes, including being made Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2004.  He has published over 150 research articles covering areas of molecular interaction, protein folding and single molecule mechanics, bionanotechnology, molecular simulation, and instrument development.  Professor Williams is a member of the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis at Nottingham, the University of Nottingham’s High-Performance Computer management team, and coordinates the University’s doctoral training activities in Interdisciplinary High Performance Computing (iHPC).

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Research Interest :

Biophysics in health and disease, protein folding, molecular interactions, single molecule studies, scanning probe microscopy, molecular simulation, computational chemistry, high-performance computing.

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Anatoly L Buchachenko

Anatoly L Buchachenko
Professor                     
Department of Chemical Kinetics                             
Moscow University
Russia
Tel: 49-59-39-71-28
Fax: 49-59-38-24-84

Biography :

Dr. Anatoly Buchachenko currently is the Professor of Chemistry and the head of Dynamics Department in the Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Professor of Chemistry and the head of the Department of Chemical Kinetics at the Faculty of Chemistry of Moscow State University. He received his MS degree from Gorky Nizhny Novgorod University 1958 and his PhD from the N.N.Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics in Moscow. He was a postgraduate student, Assistant Professor, Full Professor and Director of ICP 1994-1996. Anatoly Buchachenko is a Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was awarded by the State Prize of the FSU for science 1977, the Lenin Prize, the highest award for science in the FSU 1986, the Voevodsky Award 1997, National Prize for Education Activity 2002, National Prize Triumph for the highest achievements in science 2008. His scientific family includes more than 50 postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students and visiting associates. He is a member of the Advisory Board in Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Russian Chemical Reviews, Russian Chemical Bulletin, Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry, Mendeleev Communications. Editor-in-Chief of Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry.Focus on Physics. Anatoly Buchachenko was born in Plesetsk now well known Russian Space Center, September 7, 1935. He is married to Maya Buchachenko, technical editor of Science Publishers,their son Alexei is the Research Fellow in Moscow University, the daughter is a book art designer. Hobby modeling of the ancient wooden churches, wooden architecture.

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Chemistry and physics of stable radicals and high spin molecules, ESR spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy of paramagnetics, spin chemistry, organic (molecular) ferromagnets. Buchachenko is one of the founders and leaders in spin chemistry. He discovered magnetic isotope effect, a new remarkable phenomenon of fundamental importance for chemistry, geochemistry, physics and biology. He observed microwave emission generated by chemical reaction (chemical maser, 1978) and formulated principles of chemical radiophysics. He is also the author of the radio induced magnetic isotope effect and spin catalysis. He has contributed new ideas in design and synthesis of molecular ferromagnets.

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Thomas H Mareci

Thomas H Mareci
Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
McKnight Brain Institute
University of Florida
Gainesville
 

Biography :

Dr. Thomas H. Mareci received a B.S. degree in physics in 1972, a M.S. degree in physics in 1979, both from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Oxford in 1982.  Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Florida, with affiliate faculty status in the Department of Physics and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He was the founding director of the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Florida, helped create the NSF-Funded National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and was the founding director of the Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Facility of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida.  Dr. Mareci is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and the Society for Neuroscience.

 

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Research Interest :

1) The study of central nervous system structure and function with magnetic resonance; In particular, mapping brain structural connectivity using diffusion-based magnetic resonance imaging methods and mapping of functional connectivity with functional magnetic resonance imaging.
 2) The study of the magnetic properties of materials, such as relaxation rates and susceptibility, in strong magnetic fields. 
3) The development of high sensitivity magnetic resonance detection systems, such as inductively-coupled implanted coils for monitoring deep tissues.
 

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R Holland Cheng

R Holland Cheng
Professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California
USA

Biography :

Dr. R Holland Cheng, Ph D is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of California. Dr. Rhcrev received a master degree  in 1989 and a Ph D degree in 1992 from Purdue University. Dr. Rhcrev has served as a Panel Reviewer for NIH programmed project grant, NIH Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Research Committee ,NIH National Center for Research Resources, Wellcome Trust, UK and Earth & Life Sciences Council, Netherlands (2002). Dr. Cheng has actively served on the advisory board of the International Microscopy Congress plus regional microscopy societies, American Biographical Institute, and International Virus Assembly Symposium.He is also a regular member of the American Chemical Society,American Society for Microbiology and American Biophysical Society . Dr. Rhcrev has published nearly fifty papers in peer reviewed journals and his research mainly focuses on Proteome imaging of macromolecular systems.

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Professor R. Holland Cheng′s area of expertise is in proteome imaging of model/macromolecular systems. Dr. Cheng′s lab  focuses mainly on conformational analysis of receptor or antibody-bound protein complexes that can be effectively interpreted based on the
density of 3D reconstructions.

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Mikhail Ya Melnikov

Mikhail Ya Melnikov
Professor   
Laboratory of Chemical Kinetics
Moscow State University
Russia
Tel: 74-95-93-91-814
Fax: 74-95-93-28-846

Biography :

Mikhail Melnikov, born on 16.03.1946 in Moscow, USSR graduated from high school in 1964, got accepted to the Chemistry Department of the Moscow State University. While at high school he worked under professor I. M. Barkalov and academician V. I. Goldansky at the Institute of Chemical Physics, Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1962-1963). He has been working at the Chair of Chemical Kinetics since receiving the specialist degree in 1969. Head of the laboratory and D. Sci. since 1984, professor since 1991.He was tutored and mentored by brilliant scientists, such as assistant professor N. V. Fok, Nobel laureate N. N. Semyonov, academician N. M. Emanuel. He has received state and professional honours for his work in science. Counts 3 Doctors of Science, 11 PhD’s and more than 40 graduates among his pupils.he Is listed on the editorial advisory boards of several Russian and international journals.He is married to Olga Melnikova, PhD, who works at the Chemistry Department of the MSU. Son Sergey, 40, graduated from the Chemistry Department of the MSU, received his PhD at the University of Nagoya and MSU, and currently works in the Netherlands. Grandson, Denis, 15, born in Japan, and granddaughter Anna, 9, born in the Netherlands, are currently students at school.
 

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Research Interest :

Photochemistry and chemistry of active intermediates (radicals, radical cations, radical anions, carbenes, silylenes etc.), photochemistry and photophysics of co-ordination compounds in chemical and biological systems, chemical and biochemical kinetics, photochemical and thermal reactions on activated surfaces, catalysis, radiation chemistry, medical chemistry and pharmocology, nanochemistry, nonspecific biosensors.
 

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Liping Wei

Liping Wei
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science
New Jersey Institute of Technology
USA
Tel: 97-35-96-53-89
Fax: 97-35-96-35-86

Biography :

Liping Wei PhD is an Assistant Professor in Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University Ithaca NY 1999-2004. She also received  her MS in 1998 and BS in 1995 in Environmental Chemistry from Nanjing University China.She has published 8 peer reviewed journal papers and has been serving as a reviewer for several journals including Environmental Engineering Science and Environmental Science and Technology.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Aquatic toxicology (nanoparticles, heavy metals, agrochemicals, emerging contaminants), Water chemistry. Harmful algal bloom initiation and control. Algal biotechnology and application in environmental research.

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Athi Narayanan Naganathan

Athi Narayanan Naganathan
Professor
Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Spain                                  
Tel: 34-63-81-99-085

Biography :

Athi N. Naganathan received his Bachelors in Industrial Bio-technology from Anna University, Chennai, India. He did his Ph.D. under the guidance of Victor Muñoz at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA working on several experimental and computational techniques that interrogate the folding of a protein including spectroscopy and statistical mechanical models. The main focus of the graduate study was on identifying and understanding signature features of downhill (barrierless) folding and the corresponding speed-limit. Completing his Ph.D. in 2007, he moved to Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (CIB) in Madrid, Spain and did a two-year post-doctorate with Victor Muñoz that extended his area of work to include the effect of mutations on two-state folding proteins’ stability/kinetics and in mean-field statistical models. He is now a senior postdoctoral fellow in the group of Modesto Orozco, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain. He is currently working on coarse-grained and molecular dynamics simulations of proteins to characterize their folding and dynamic properties at the atomic-level and to bridge the gap between experiments and simulations. He was the recipient of Paul Mazzochi and Herman Kraybill fellowships during his graduate studies and now holds a Juan de la Cierva fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
 

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Research Interest :

Protein folding, mis-folding, aggregation and function, folding and binding,intrinsically disordered proteins,protein engineering studies,statistical-mechanical models,coarse-grained and molecular dynamics simulations of proteins, spectroscopic techniques characterizing the structure, shape, folding and dynamics of proteins in solution.
 

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Pu-Chun Ke

Pu-Chun Ke
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Clemson University
USA
Tel: 86-46-56-05-58

Biography :

Dr. Pu-Chun Ke obtained his PhD in 2000 in near-field optics and laser trapping from Victoria University, Australia. His postdoctoral research was conducted at Indiana University-Purdue University (2000-2001) and the University of California, San Diego (2001-2003) on single-molecule membrane diffusion, chromatin assembly, and biopolymer reptation. In 2008 he won an NSF CAREER award for his research at the interfaces of biophysics, nanoscience, and environmental science. He is currently an associate professor of biophysics at Clemson University and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Open Nanoscience Journal since 2008. His major research interests are the phenomena at the interface of nanoparticles and the cell, DNA damage, polymer physics, and fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Experimental  Biophysics,  Soft Matter,  and Nanoscience/Nanotechnology.  Nanoparticle-cell interaction (current), Environmental implications of discharged nanoparticles (current),  Supramolecular  assembly (current), Single‐molecule DNA damage,  biopolymer reptation, and membrane diffusion (current and postdocs at IU‐PU and UCSD), Laser tweezers (postdoc at UCSD), Laser trapping and near‐field microscopy (PhD).

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Lydia Lee Sohn

Lydia Lee Sohn
Deptartment of Mechanical Engineering
University of California
USA   
Tel: 15-10-61-22-236
Fax: 15-10-64-35-599
 

Biography :

Dr. Lydia Lee Sohn, PhD. is a Faculty Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research at University of California. Dr. L. L. Sohn received a master degree from Harvard University in 1990 and a PhD degree from Harvard University in Physics under the mentorship of M. Tinkham. He had patents for Particle Analyzer and Methods for Use Thereof (US Patent No. 7,279,883) and “Compact Portable Single Cell Sorter and Diagnostic Device”. He served as a member of Biophysical Society Minority Affairs Committee and Scientific Advisory Board, NSF ScienCentral “Public Understanding of Research.Dr. Sohn LL has published nearly twenty papers in peer reviewed journals and his research interests include Developing label-free techniques to isolate and screen the minute stem-cell population and Comparing adult blastema cells with embryonic cells in order to determine the specific cellular and molecular determinants that lead to the dramatic postnatal decline in regenerative capacity

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Research Interest :

Dr. Lydia Lee Sohn research interests include Developing label-free techniques to isolate and screen the minute stem-cell population and Comparing adult blastema cells with embryonic cells in order to determine the specific cellular and molecular determinants that lead to the dramatic postnatal decline in regenerative capacity

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Arash Kianianmomeni

Arash Kianianmomeni
Experimental Biophysics
Institute of Biology
Humboldt-University of Berlin
Berlin

Biography :

Dr. Arash Kianianmomeni received his B.S. in plant breeding at Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran in 2002. In addition, he received the M.S in biotechnological plant breeding at Technical University of Munich in 2005, Germany. In 2005, he moved to the group of Prof. Armin Hallmann at the University of Bielefeld and worked there as Ph.D student and later as research fellow in the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology of Plants. His research focus was the characterization of cell type specific genes and analysis of light receptors function, especially light gated ion channels, in green algae.  In 2010 he joined the group of Prof. Peter Hegemann at the Humboldt-University of Berlin to continue the work with algal light receptors.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Gene targeting using zinc finger nucleases and looking for new light gated channels from green algae.

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Kun Huang

Kun Huang
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
The Ohio State University
USA
Tel: 61-42-92-56-07
Fax: 61-46-88-66-00

Biography :

Dr. Kun Huang received two B.S. degrees in biology and computer science from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996. In addition, he received the M.S. degree in physiology in 1998, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2000, the M.S. degree in mathematics in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2004, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, Ohio, USA and the Co-Director of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center Biomedical Informatics Shared Resources. His research interests include computational and systems biology, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics, high throughput data analysis, computer vision, and machine learning.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Computational biology
Biomedical imaging
High throughput data analysis
Computer vision and machine learning
 

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Danith H Ly

Danith H Ly
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
USA
Tel: 41-22-68-40-10
Fax: 41-22-68-55-79

Biography :

Dr. Ly was born and raised in Cambodia. He received his Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering and Minor in Philosophy from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994. He received his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry in 1998, also from Georgia Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Gary B. Schuster. He did his postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and at Scripps Research Institute under the supervision of Prof. Peter G. Schultz, 1998–2001. He joined the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in 2001 as an Assistant Professor.
 

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Research Interest :

Our research program lies at the interface of chemistry and biology, with emphasis on the development of molecular tools and reagents to regulate gene expression in mammalian systems. On-going work in the group includes chemical synthesis, DNA recognition, gene regulation and correction, cellular delivery, peptide therapeutics, infectious diseases, unstable repeat disorders, and molecular self-assembly.

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Rafael Mejia Alvarez

Rafael Mejia Alvarez
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
Midwestern University
USA
Tel: 630-515-7426
Fax: 630-515-7245

Biography :
 Biography
Research Interest :

Human Physiology, Ion Channels, Ion Channel Gating, Electrophysiology, Patch Clamp, Voltage Clamp, Patch Clamp Recording, Patch-Clamp Techniques, Patch Clamping

 

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Piercarlo Mustarelli

Piercarlo Mustarelli
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Chemistry
University of Pavia
Italy

Biography :

Piercarlo Mustarelli got his Master in Physics in 1983, and his PhD in Chemistry in 1992 at the University of Pavia, investigating the transport-structure relationships in disordered solids by means of MAS NMR. He worked for five years as a Researcher of Italian CNR. Then he joined University of Pavia as an Assistant Professor (1998-2001), and then as an Associate Professor (2001-now). He was visiting scientist at ONRI (Osaka, Japan) and at Warsaw Polytechnical School (Warsaw, Poland). He is the Director of the Thin Films and Biomaterials Laboratory of the University of Pavia. He authored or co-authored more than 150 papers on international per-reviewed journals, and gave more than 250 contributions to national and international conferences.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Solid-state NMR. Glasses. Polymer electrolytes for lithium batteries and fuel cells. Cathode materials. Biomaterials for tissue engineering. Nanomaterials for drug delivery and biosensing. Instrumentation development.

 

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Sivakumar Sekharan

Sivakumar Sekharan
Cherry Logan Emerson Center for Scientific Computation
Emory University
USA
Tel: 14-04-86-12-622                           

Biography :

Dr. Sivakumar Sekharan was born in Chennai, INDIA in 1979.  He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the Madras Christian College (1997-2000), followed by M.S degree in Applied Chemistry from the Regional Engineering College, Trichy (2000-2002).  During the completion of his Masters course, he was awarded a summer intern fellowship in Dr. Sowdhamini’s Bioinformatics laboratory at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore where he got introduced to the many interesting facets of Biochemistry.  He spent three and a half years as graduate student (2003-2006) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany and obtained Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Volker Buss.  His graduate study was aimed at understanding the structure and spectral tuning mechanisms of mammalian rhodopsin using ab initio quantum chemistry methods.  He then joined the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz in 2007 and performed quantum chemical computer simulations in an emerging area of molecular electronics under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Sebastiani and Prof. Dr. Hans Wolfgang Spiess.  He moved to the United States in 2008 and currently holds the position of Research Associate with Prof. Keiji Morokuma and Prof. Shozo Yokoyama at the Emory University.  He works on the topic of adaptive evolution of vertebrate and invertebrate black/white and color vision at the DNA, protein and organismal levels.  He was also a visiting Research Fellow at the Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry in Kyoto, Japan, in 2010.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Computational studies of ligand-protein interaction in membrane proteins,
Structure function relationship of G-Protein Coupled Receptors, Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Studies of Visual and Archaeal Rhodopsins, Evolutionary Elasticity of Visual Pigments, Role of Internal Water Molecules in Membrane Proteins, Exploitation of structural information in the areas of protein flexibility and/or complex electronic effects of ligands interacting in receptor binding sites
 

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Gang Ren

Gang Ren
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
USA
Tel: 51-04-95-23-75
Fax: 51-04-86-72-68
 

Biography :

Dr. Gang (Gary) Ren currently is the Staff Scientist at Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in theoretical physics at Lanzhou University, China, BS 1990, MS 1993, followed by additional graduate work in Material Science (Electron Microscopy) at the University of Science and Technology Beijing PhD 1997. He worked for six years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, followed by additional research work for two years in the National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He joined the faculty of the Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 2006. He worked in UCSF for 4 years as an Assistant Research Biochemist before his research group was moved to the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2010.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Protein structure; Cryo-electron microscopy; Cryo-electron tomography; Cryo-electron crystallography; Protein-protein interaction; Lipoprotein structure; Computational techniques; Protein-lipid interactions; Molecular dynamic simulation; Single-particle reconstruction; 2D crystals; Membrane protein Structure.

 

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Qiaobing Xu

Qiaobing Xu
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tufts University
USA
Tel: 61-76-27-43-22
Fax: 61-76-27-32-31

Biography :

Dr. Qiaobing Xu is currently an assistant professor in department of biomedical engineering and adjunction assistant professor in department of chemical and biological engineering at Tufts University. He obtained his PhD in chemistry under the guidance of Prof. George Whitesides from Harvard University where he invented “Nanoskiving”, a novel technology to fabricate functional nanomaterials. Before joining Tufts, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT, where he worked on developing novel nanomaterials for drug delivery applications.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Xu’s research interests lie at the intersection of material science engineering, specifically nanoscience, and biomedical application. . His work involves using combinatorial method to develop novel materials for the delivery of therapeutics for the applications in vaccines and cancers. Xu is also developing the micro/nanotechnology tools for tissue engineering applications.

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Paolo Samori

Paolo Samori
University of Strasbourg
France
Tel: 33-03-68-85-51-60
Fax: 33-03-68-85-51-61

Biography :

Dr. Paolo Samorì (Imola, Italy, 1971) is full professor (PR1) and senior member as well as deputy director of the Institut de Science et dIngénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) of the Université de Strasbourg (UdS) where he is also Director of the Nanochemistry Laboratory. He is also a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) from 2010 til 2015. He obtained a Laurea (master’s degree) in Industrial Chemistry at University of Bologna in 1995. In 2000 he received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the Humboldt University Berlin (Prof. J.P. Rabe). He was permanent research scientist at Istituto per la Sintesi Organica e la Fotoreattività of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Bologna from 2001 til 2008, and Visiting Professor at ISIS from 2003 til 2008. He has published >140 papers on applications of scanning probe microscopies beyond imaging, hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid architectures at surfaces, supramolecular electronics, and the fabrication of molecular-scale nanodevices. His work has been awarded various prizes, including the young scientist awards at EMRS (1998) and MRS (2000) as well as the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists 2001, the Vincenzo Caglioti award 2006 granted by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei ,the “Nicolò Copernico” award 2009 (Italy) for his discoveries in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, the prix "Guy Ourisson" 2010 du Cercle Gutenberg and the ERC starting grant 2010. He is member of the advisory board of Advanced Materials and ChemPhysChem (Wiley-VCH), Journal of Materials Chemistry as well as Nanoscale (RSC).Bibliometric: publications in peer review journals> 150, citations >3500, h-index=33

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Research Interest :

Architecture vs. function relationship in complex and multicomponent supramolecular materials
- Nanochemistry
- Scanning Probe Microscopies (AFM, STM/S, KPFM, C-AFM) beyond imaging
- Supramolecular Chemistry at surfaces and interfaces
-  Organic electronics (fabrication of FETs and nanowires)
- Materials Chemistry
-  Hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid systems
-  Nanoscale multifunctional structures
-  Characterization of hybrid nanostructures with Atomic Force / Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
-  Scale dependent physico-chemical properties
-  Nanofabrication and nanopatterning
-  Physical-chemistry phenomena of (macro)- and (supra)-molecules at surfaces

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Zhihong Nie

Zhihong Nie
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Maryland
USA
Tel: 30-14-05-18-74
 

Biography :

Dr. Zhihong Nie received his M.Sc. degree in Polymer Physics and Chemistry from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China). He did his Ph.D. research in Polymer Materials and Chemistry Winnik in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto (Canada). In 2008-2010, Zhihong Nie was a NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University. His research was focused on soft materials and medical diagnostics. In 2011, Zhihong Nie joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park as an Assistant Professor. 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Microfluidics and microreactors; molecular and colloidal self-assembly; soft nanotechnology; nanoscience and nanochemistry; plasmonics and metamaterials; biomedicine and medical diagnostics; biomineralization and bioinspired materials.

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Yijen Anthony Huang

Yijen Anthony Huang
Physiology & Biophysics
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
USA

Biography :

Dr. Yijen Anthony Huang received a complete anatomical training in Taiwan. As an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Kaohsiung Medical University, he carried out morphological studies on taste neurotransmitters using histochemistry and immuno-electron microscopy. He realized he needed advanced training in cellular physiology if he wanted to pursue his ideas in chemosensory research.  He came to the USA to work in Prof. Roper’s laboratory on sabbatical leave.  Because his training was so successful and he was making such rapid progress, especially with the new approach of biosensor technology, the University of Miami awarded him the position of Assistant Professor of Physiology & Biophysics, Research Track in recognition of his accomplishments and his growing independence. As mentioned in his research interests, he has gathered critical data with the biosensor cells indicating that neurotransmitters secreted from taste buds during gustatory stimulation. He is confident that he is capable of making a sustained and important contribution to biomedical research and to the university community as an independent investigator.

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Research Interest :

His lab studies neurotransmitters and signal transduction in peripheral gustatory sensory organs—taste buds, using sophisticated anatomical and physiological methods.  They apply functional Ca2+ imaging and biosensor cell techniques to examine signal processing in taste buds.  His lab has identified several neurotransmitters—including serotonin (5-HT), ATP, norepinephrine, and γ- amino butyric acid (GABA)--that are secreted from taste bud cells and they have uncovered novel mechanisms for transmitter secretion.  They are learning that cell-to-cell communication between neighboring taste cells is a key event before signals are sent to the brain via primary sensory fibers. In addition, they are exploring signal processing during sweet, bitter, umami and sour taste stimulation. His lab plays a pioneering role in the exploration of taste reception and provides important information for sensory processing in human health and disease.
 

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Rongchao Jin

Rongchao Jin
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
USA
Tel: 41-22-68-94-48
Fax: 41-22-68-10-61

Biography :

Dr. Rongchao Jin is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his B.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, China) in 1995, M.S. in Physical Chemistry/Catalysis from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (Dalian, China) in 1998, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University (Illinois, USA) in 2003. After three years’ of postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA), he joined the chemistry faculty of Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania, USA) in 2006.

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Research Interest :

Atomically precise noble metal nanoparticles and their applications in catalysis, optics, and sensing.

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Michael Bendikov

Michael Bendikov
Department of Organic Chemistry
Weizmann Institute of Science
Israel                                         
Tel: 97-28-93-46-028
Fax: 97-28-93-44-142

Biography :

Michael Bendikov was born in 1971 in the Ukraine He came to Israel in 1991 and received a BA MSc and PhD in Chemistry from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Y Apeloig studying organosilicon compounds using both experimental and computational tools During his PhD studies he received The Israel Chemical Society Prize and Wolf Foundation Prize for PhD students In 2001 he joined the group of Professor F Wudl at UCLA as a postdoctoral researcher working with conducting polymers Since June 2004 he has been a Faculty Member of the Department of Organic Chemistry at The Weizmann Institute of Science Israel He is a recipient of the 2007 DuPont Young Professor Award 2009 The France Israel Foundation Award for Academic Excellence 2009 Israel Chemical Society Outstanding Young Scientist Prize 2010 The Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry Award for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry 2010 Weizmann Institute Scientific Council Prize for Chemistry member of the Lise MeitnerMinerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry located at Hebrew University and Technion and an Incumbent of the Recanati Career Development Chair His current research interests include the Design of Novel Organic Electronic Materials and Physical Organic Chemistry

 Biography
Research Interest :

Organic Electronic Materials. Design and synthesis of novel materials, their characterization and theory. Physical Organic Chemistry. Study of structure-property-reactivity relations and reaction mechanisms using experimental physical organic chemistry tools. Computational Quantum Chemistry. Application of computational tools to investigate the structure, reactivity, and physical properties of organic and inorganic compounds as well as advanced materials and conductive polymers. Reaction mechanisms. His current research interests include the Design of Novel Organic Electronic Materials and Physical Organic Chemistry.

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Paul J. Pfaffinger

Paul J. Pfaffinger
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
One Baylor Plaza, S.740
Houston, USA

Biography :

Dr. Paul J. Pfaffinger is a preofessor of neuroscience & Department of Molecular Physiology and Program in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics in Baylor College of Medicine.

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Research Interest :

The regulation of ion channels assembly and function is a central focus of our research. Our studies are identifying the combination of pore forming and auxiliary subunits that are required to form specific native ion channels to generate different neuronal electrophysiological phenotypes. In addition to identifying and characterizing the composition of native ion channels, we are also interested in structure function studies aimed at determining how these proteins interact during assembly, how interactions change channel trafficking and function, and how alternative splicing of channels and auxiliary subunits leads to distinct functional effects. Finally, our work is ultimately tied to our interest in developing a better understanding of how the nervous system functions and the roles that ion channels and ion channel auxiliary subunits play in normal and abnormal function of the nervous system. Our research has important implications for understanding the fundamental processes involved in learning and memory as well as the disease processes associated with aberrant neuronal function such as epilepsy and other movement and thought disorders.

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Haddad Boumediene

Haddad Boumediene
Department of Chemistry
Moulay Taher University
Algeria

Biography :
 Biography
Research Interest :

Synthetic Organic Chemistry , ionic liquids, Physical Chemistry, dielectric relaxation and their applications. Also in field of Chemical and Electrochemistry research.

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Partha Sarathi Mukherjee

Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
Associate Professor
Department of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Indian Institute of Science
India

Biography :

Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukherjee working as an Associate Professor, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry Dept., Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

 Biography
Research Interest :

Supramolecular Materials, Organic nanocages, Magnetic polyclusters

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