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Featured Speakers

Peter K. Jackson, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology - Baxter Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Yinling Hu, Ph.D.

Head, Inflammation and Tumorigenesis, Section Laboratory of Cancer ImmunoMetabolism, Center for Cancer Research, NCI, NIH, MD

Alexandros Makriyannis, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Drug Discovery, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Pei-Yong Shi, Ph.D.

John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Innovations in Molecular Biology, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX

Marco Brotto, Ph.D.

George & Mary Hazel Jay Endowed Professor, Director, Bone-Muscle Research Center, University of Texas at Arlington, TX

Angus Cameron, Ph.D.

Kinase Biology Laboratory, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary, University of London, John Vane Science Centre, UK

Xiang-Dong Fu, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Jurgen Wess, Ph.D.

Chief, Molecular Signaling Section, Lab. of Bioorganic Chemistry, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Yali Dou, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Co-leader, Genomics and Epigenomics Regulation Program, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Yong Zhou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Jorge Genovese, M.D., Ph.D.

Leonhardt's Launchpads Irvine Inc., CA

Mingyao Ying, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology, Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger, JHU School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Constantinos Mikelis, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, TX

Danny Reinberg, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone School of Medicine at Smilow Research Center, NY

Peter Carmeliet, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Angiogenesis & Vascular Metabolism, Department of Oncology, KU Leuven Campus Gasthuisberg, Belgium

Eugenia Gurevich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Lan Guan, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Center for Membrane Protein Research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX

Ricardo M. Tapia, Ph.D.

Department of Physiology, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

Linheng Li, Ph.D.

Investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, and Adjunct Professor, Kansas University Medical Center, KS

Jay Desgrosellier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego, CA

Ramon C. Sun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Patrick Ganzer, Ph.D.

Principal Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH

S. Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.

Department of Pathology, Member, Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Slavica Tudzarova, Ph.D.

Hillblom Islet Research Center, University of California Los Angeles, CA

Jesper Nylandsted, Ph.D.

Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Membrane Integrity, Cell Death and Metabolism Unit, Denmark

Tuyen Dang, Ph.D.

Department of Neurosurgery and Stephenson Cancer, Center at OU Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Sanjib Guha, Ph.D.

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Zubair Ahmed, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Birmingham, UK

Sang W. Park, Ph.D.

Division of Endocrinology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Yong Teng, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, MCG, Georgia Cancer Center, Augusta University, GA

Irina Matei, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Immunology Research in Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY

Alexis Parente, Ph.D.

University of Limoges, INRA - PEIRENE Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Technology, France

Jochen Dobner, Ph.D.

Institut für Physikalische Biologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Karin Ardon-Dryer, Ph.D.

Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Parisa Kalantari, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Kathryn Hally, Ph.D.

Department of Surgery and Anaesthesia, The University of Otago, New Zealand

Ilaria Dando, Ph.D.

Biochemistry Section Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona- Strada le Grazie, Italy

Julio C. Morales, Ph.D.

Department of Neurosurgery, Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Karthickeyan C. Krishnan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Systems Physiology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Channa Bao, Ph.D.

Biogen, Cambridge, MA

Ivana Kurelac, Ph.D.

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Jianping Jin, Ph.D.

Professor, Life Science Institute, Zhejiang University, China

Jess G. Thoene, M.D.

Active Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism & Genomic Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Zhen Lu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, The University of Taxes MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Lin Wu, Ph.D.

Dan Littman Lab, Skirball Institute, New York University School of Medicine, NY

Debanjan Dhar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/GI, University of California, San Diego,
La Jolla, CA

Karl Fernandes, Ph.D.

Research Centre on Aging, and Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada

Jie Zheng, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology, Key Laboratory of Basic Pharmacology of Chinese Ministry of Education, Zunyi Medical University, China

Dayoung Oh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Touchstone Diabetes Center, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Yoshiaki Tanaka, Ph.D.

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Research Center (CRHMR), Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada

Carl White, Ph.D.

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Praveen Sethupathy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Director, Center for Vertebrate Genomics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Sebastian Mathea, Ph.D.

Structural Genomics Consortium, Goethe University, Germany

Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke, Ph.D., FMedSci

Deputy Director of Barts Cancer Institute & CRUK Barts Centre, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Dagan Jenkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Genetics, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK

Juan Fuxman Bass, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology, Associate Director of the MCBB Program, Biology Department, Boston University, MA

Huaizong Shen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Westlake University, China

Tianmin Fu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Olivier Cuvier, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator/ (DR-Inserm), Group leader Lab of Chromatin Dynamics, Center for Integrative Biology (CBI), CNRS - University of Toulouse, France

Suresh C. Tyagi, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Physiology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

Alakananda Basu, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics, UNT Health Science Center,
Fort Worth, TX

Seena K. Ajit, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Bokai Zhu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Aging Institute of UPMC, Pittsburgh Liver Research Center,
Div. Endocrinology and Metabolism, Dept. of Medicine, UPMC, PA

Luigi Donato, Ph.D.

Dept. of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, Div. of Medical Biotechnology and Preventive Medicine, University of Messina, Italy

Nicoletta Plotegher, Ph.D.

Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy

Concetta Scimone, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Italy

Vanesa Fernandez-Saiz, Ph.D.

Technical University of Munich-Klinikum rechts der Isar, III Med, Germany

Charlie Arber, Ph.D.

Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Institute of Neurology, UK

Darya Alizadeh, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, Duarte, CA

Rene Quevedo, Ph.D.

University Health Network, Canada

Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Human and Molecular Genetics, Assoc. Director of Training and Education, Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Yan Chun Li, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Magdalena Cal, Ph.D.

Department of Mycology and Genetics, Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Anthony Uren, Ph.D.

TBA

Ben Afzali, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Immunoregulation Section, Kidney Diseases Branch, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Fulai Jin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

John M. Pawelek, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist (Ret), Department of Dermatology and the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Vivianne Morrison, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University Department of Biochemistry and Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Nashville, TN

Kate Beishline, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

Yasir Alsiraj, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Caroline Leijonhufvud, M.D.

Center for Hematology and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Chantal Coles, Ph.D.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute,
The Royal Children's Hospital, Australia

Amitava Sengupta, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, Stem Cell & Leukemia Lab, Cancer Biology Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, India

Sebastian Oltean, M.D., Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor in Experimental Medicine and Therapeutics, Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences, University of Exeter Medical School, UK

Mike R Wilson, Ph.D.

Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Ursula Fearon, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Rheumatology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland

Chuan-Hsiang (Bear) Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Michal Izrael, Ph.D.

VP of R&D, Neurodegenerative Diseases Department at Kadimastem Ltd, Israel

Pinghui Feng, Ph.D.

Section of Infection and Immunity, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Southern California,
Los Angeles, CA

Sam Keating, Ph.D.

Section for Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Albertus Viljoen, Ph.D.

Louvain Institute of Biomolecular Science and Technology, UCLouvain, Belgium

Tobias Bald, Ph.D.

Institute of Experimental Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, Germany

Charles Spruck, Ph.D.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA

Marielle Afanassieff, Ph.D.

Stem cell and Brain Research Institute, University of Lyon, INSERM U1208, France

Yi Zhang, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus,
Aurora, CO

J. Arjuna Ratnayaka, Ph.D.

Lecturer (Vision Sciences), Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK

Wei Ying, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA

Zhao Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Tobias Ulmer, Ph.D.

Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Alexander E. Davies, Ph.D.

Department of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Fengquan Zhou, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Cherng-Wen Darren Tan, Ph.D.

Institute for Synthetic Bioarchitectures, Department of Nanobiotechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Pin-Chao Liao, Ph.D.

Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University,
New York, NY

Partha Roy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Alicia Roque, Ph.D.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Barcelona Autonomous University, Spain

Jeffrey Henderson, Ph.D.

Division of Biomolecular Science, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada

Thomas Look, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Mohamed M. Kamal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, The British University in Egypt (BUE), Cairo, Egypt

Yi Shi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology, Program for Integrative Systems Biology, Carnegie Mellon University- Pitt Program in Comp. Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA

Marie-Dominique Filippi, Ph.D.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, University and Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Jaan Mannik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Greg Baker, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Jing Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Houston Methodist Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, TX

Francesca Storici, Ph.D.

GRA Distinguished Cancer Scientist, Professor,
School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Ionel Sandovici, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Associate, Metabolic Research Laboratories, MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, UK

Richard Cooley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Senior Research), Dept. of Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University, 2011 ALS Building, Corvallis, OR

Jan Hendrik Niess, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel and Clarunis - University Center for Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, Switzerland

Joerg Waldhaus, Ph.D.

Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Masakazu Kamata, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL

Johanna Laakkonen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Wenyi Feng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Yuliang Xie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, IA

Steven Zheng, Ph.D.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Tae Yeon Yoo, Ph.D.

Department of Systems Biology, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Zhuoyi Song, Ph.D.

Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence, Fudan University, China

Jianming Xu, Ph.D.

Gordon Cain Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

David Jackson, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Immunology, MRC Human Immunology Unit, MRC Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

Nicholas Guydosh, Ph.D.

Stadtman Investigator, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Genetics, NIDDK/NIH, Bethesda, MD

Wanli Smith, MD., Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor, Director of Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory, Neurobiology Division, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Linglin Xie, Ph.D.

Department of Nutrition, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Bartosz Szczesny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX

Yaron Shav-Tal, Ph.D.

Vice Dean, The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences & Nano-medicine Research Center, Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials,
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Nissim Hay, Ph.D.

Distinguished UIC Professor, Assoc. Director, Basic Science, University of Illinois Cancer Center, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Maura McGrail, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Lousineh Arakelian, Ph.D.

Unite de Therapie Cellulaire, Hopital Saint-Louis, Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris; Universite de Paris, Inserm U976 et CIC de Biotherapies CBT501, France

Marta Truffi, Ph.D.

Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri IRCCS, Pavia, Italy

Arshi Khanam, Ph.D.

Division of Clinical Care and Research, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Saptarshi Roy, Ph.D.

Department of Basic and Translational Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Zyanya Espinosa-Riquer, Ph.D.

Center for Research and Advanced Studies, Mexico

Xiaowen Bai, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Milwaukee, WI



Young Researchers

Ellen Busschers

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Deena Damschroder

Department of Physiology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Atieh Moradimotlagh

Department of Microbiology, School of Biology, College of Science, University of Tehran, Iran

Aditya Ganju, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Signal Transduction, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Ioanna Sigala, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotelian University, Greece

Lin Liu

Department of Nutrition, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Roy Rabinowitz, Ph.D.

Department of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine
Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Jonathan Stahl-Meyer

The Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Cell Death and Metabolism, Denmark