The Jackson Laboratory
Dr. George Weinstock is the Evnin Family Chair, Professor and Director of Microbial Genomics at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine where he established a group devoted to genomic studies of infectious diseases and the human microbiome. The group collaborates extensively with clinicians to apply genomic analyses to a wide range of medical problems. The goal of the metagenomics projects is to determine the role of the microbiome in health and disease with the aim of providing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. His group played a leading role in the NIH Human Microbiome Project including both basic science and clinical studies and his current research follows on those projects. Dr. Weinstock was previously the co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he was one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project. He also directed a number of human and mammalian genetics projects aimed at determining genetic causes of conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Cleft Lip, susceptibility to infection, and the role of host genetics in control of the microbiome. He has also been an innovator in methods for microbial genetics, application of DNA sequencing in genomics, and software for genome analysis, as well as medical and agricultural applications of genomics. His research continues evolving with new issues in DNA sequencing technology.
University of California
The Hippo pathway
Kun-Liang Guan received his B.S. (1982) from Hangzhou University, China and his Ph.D. (1989) from Purdue University, USA. He did his postdoctoral training at Purdue University. From 1992-2007, Dr. Guan was a faculty in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan (from assistant professor to the Halvor Christensen Professor). Since 2007, Dr. Guan is a faculty in the Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Guan’s research focuses on signal transduction in cell growth regulation and tumorigenesis. Works from his laboratory have made major contributions to the establishment of the mTOR signaling network. Recent works from the Guan group have defined the molecular/biochemical regulation and upstream signals of the Hippo pathway. Guan received the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Fellowship (1998), the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Young Investigator Award (1999), Distinguished Alumni Award (2006) from Purdue University, Ray Wu Award from CBI Society (2011), and Fellow of AAAS (2011). Guan is one of the most highly cited researchers in molecular biology and genetics (H-index 134, Google Scholar) and has co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Weizmann Institute of Science
Herbicide resistance in plants
Molecular biology of weed control
Crop ferality and volunteerism
Jonathan Gressel is an Israeli agricultural scientist and Professor Emeritus at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Gressel is a "strong proponent of using modern genetic techniques to improve agriculture" especially in third world and developing countries such as Africa. In 2010, Gressel received Israel's highest civilian award, the Israel Prize, for his work in agriculture. Gressel joined the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, in 1962, working in the biochemistry department. In 1963 he moved to the Plant Genetics Department (later the Department of Plant and Environmental Science.) For a number of years, he held the Gilbert de Botton Chair of Plant Sciences. As of 2005, he became a professor emeritus at the Weizmann Institute. Gressel has edited several journals, including Plant Science and others in this field. He has taught classes on transgenic biosafety for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Gressel belongs to the American Society of Plant Biologists, the International Weed Science Society, and Sigma Xi. He is an Honorary member of the Weed Science Society of America. He served as president of the International Weed Science Society from 1997-1999. In 2008 Jonathan Gressel co-founded the compamy TransAlgae.
Tel Aviv University
Nerve Cell Protection
Professor Emerita Illana Gozes, BSc, Tel Aviv University, Direct PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science (Best PhD Student Landau Prize), Israel, postdoc. MIT (Weizmann Fellowship) and Salk Institute, USA, Senior Scientist/Associate Professor, Weizmann Institute, Fogarty-Scholar-in-Residence, NIH, USA, currently, Professor for Clinical Biochemistry at Tel Aviv University (mentoring numerous students). She published >300 papers in neuroscience (h-index 71, >20,000 citations, https://scholar.google.co.il/citations?user=B1sLPv8AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao). Prof. Gozes is the inventor of many patents including CP201 (NAP, davunetide), a clinical drug candidate targeted at the rare disease indication, the ADNP syndrome (founded Allon Therapeutics and currently Chief Scientific Officer at Coronis Neurosciences). Professor Gozes discovered ADNP, an essential protein for brain formation implicated in autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. CP201 is a snippet of ADNP, enhancing ADNP’s protective activity. Prof. Gozes won many awards of excellence (including Tel Aviv University’s Vice President Award, Olson Prize, Julodan Prize, Teva Prize, Neufeld Award, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) fellowship, Humboldt Award, Landau Prize for Life Achievements, 2013). Importantly, she is the Champion of Hope – Science International -2016, Global Genes. She is also the Ex-President of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, served on the Governing Committee and the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, currently serving on the Council of the European Society for Neurochemistry, the Israeli Ministry of Education, Council of Higher Education and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (Springer-Nature Press).
Shri Mohan Jain
University of Helsinki
Shri Mohan Jain, Plant biotechnologist, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. He received M. Phil, 1973 and Ph.D., 1978, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was postdoctoral fellow in Israel, and USA; visiting Professor in Japan and Ital; Technical Officer, Plant Breeding and Genetics, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, 1999-2005. He is a member on editorial Board member of Euphytica, In Vitro, Propagation of Ornamental Plants, Emirates J. Food and Agriculture,; reviewer in Plant Cell Reports, Mutation Research, and Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture. His publications are 130 in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and edited 41books; invited speaker and acted as a Chair person in several international conferences worldwide. He was awarded Nobel Peace Prize, 2005 in commemoration the awarding to IAEA of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005; also a consultant to IAEA, European Union, and the Egyptian Government.
Joseph Paul Robinson
J. Paul Robinson is the SVM Professor of Cytomics in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor of biomedical engineering in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in Immunopathology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is currently the director of the Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories at Purdue University.
He is a past President of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry, is the Editor- in-Chief of Current Protocols in Cytometry, and Associate Editor of Histochemica et Cytobiologica. He is an active researcher with over 170 peer reviewed publications, 36 book chapters, has 10 issued patents with 9 pending, has edited 10 books and has given over 170 international lectures and taught advanced courses in over a dozen countries including over 380 conference presentations. Robinson was an early adopter of web-based educational materials by publishing one of the first known published web-based-CDROM in April 1996 followed by 15 CD-ROMs or DVDs with a total distribution of around 100,000 copies all distributed free of charge. He was elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2004, received the Pfizer Award for Innovative Research in 2004 and the Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit Research in 2002 and the 2016 College of Veterinary Medicine Research Excellence Award. He has participated in numerous NIH, NSF and private foundation review boards. He has given a large number of talks and presentations to student groups and community service organizations. He is also a past chair of the Purdue University Senate.
His research area has been focused on reactive oxygen species primarily in neutrophils and cell lines such as HL-60 cells. His lab is currently funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and private industry. Over the past several years, his group has expanded their interest in bioengineering with hardware and software groups developing innovative technologies such as hyperspectral cytometry using multiarray PMTs (commercialized by Sony), optical tools for quantitative fluorescence measurement and advanced classification approaches for clinical diagnostics and bacterial classification and toxin identification, and high content, high throughput screening technologies. He has also been developing technologies to enhance multiplexed cytometry and technologies that may be valuable for microparticle analysis including developing new supersensitive and high speed single photon detectors, and associated electronics. One exciting recent development in his group is the transformation of Blu-ray disc technology for evaluating patient plasma for nanoparticles for future cancer diagnostics. Robinson started a not-for-profit charity, “Cytometry for Life” with the goal of focusing attention on the need for low cost CD4 technology to those nations most in need of these tools (http://www.cytometryforlife.org).
One effort toward bringing attention to the issue of low cost CD4 was his successful Mt. Everest summit on May 23, 2009, at 9:31am (http://www.cyto.purdue.edu/trackpaul/) in his bid to raise awareness of the major issues facing those who are HIV positive. The lack of low cost diagnostic tools has been an important focus of his laboratory activity over recent years.
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