Dr. Kant completed his undergraduate degree BSc in Biotechnology from Ranchi University in India. He did his MSc in Biotechnology from HNB Garhwal University in India and then in 2011 he completed his PhD degrees in Botany from the University of Delhi in India. Then Dr. Kant moved to United States and since 2012 he is continuing his Post-Doctoral work in the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH. In his post-doctoral work, the major emphasis of his work is to understand the molecular basis of gram-positive bacterial pathogenesis especially related to Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus (including multidrug-resistant) and anaerobic bacterium Clostridium difficile. He has characterized a protein tyrosine phosphatase in S. pyogenes and provides the first definitive evidence for the presence and importance of Tyr-phosphorylation in S. pyogenes and the relevance of Protein tyrosine phosphatase as an important therapeutic target.
Infection Biology, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Gene Regulation, RNA Biology, Drug Discovery.
Zufeng Ding, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA
Dr. Zufeng Ding is an Assistant Professor of Department of Cardiology at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (USA). He is also an Distinguished Associated Professor of School of Biological Science and Medical Engineering at Beihang University (China). Dr. Zufeng Ding’s research concentrates on the molecular, cellular and physiological factors that are involved in lectin-like ox-LDL scavenger receptor-1 (LOX-1) mediated cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension and myocardial ischemia. Current work focuses on the interaction between LOX-1 and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). He was the first to identify that PCSK9 is expressed much lower in LOX-1 knockout mice compared with wild type mice, and both PCSK9 and LOX-1 are expressed to a greater extent in vascular smooth muscle cells than in endothelial cells. In the past 5 years, more than 50 peer-reviewed papers were published in Dr. Zufeng Ding’s Lab.
Am an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. My laboratory conducts research pertaining to multiscale mechanical modeling and experimental analysis of heterogeneous structures, such as blood clots, for understanding disease emanation and progression (i.e. diabetes and sickle cell disease). My expertise in the area of fiber mechanics, molecular modeling, mechanical modeling, and nanocomposite materials is being used to solve complex multiscale problems pertaining to aberrations in clot structure due to disease or excessive injury. The goal of my research program is to use a hybrid computational and experimental approach in the area of fibrin mechanics and nanocomposite materials for the development of applications that advance engineering, biomedical, and clinical research.
Dr. Fan received his doctorate in Biology in early 2013 at School of Medicine, Tsinghua University. While earning his Ph.D., he was supported by Tsinghua University to study at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital) from Nov. 2010 to Dec. 2011. Dr. Fan completed his postdoctoral trainings at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of Houston. Dr. Fan is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Houston. Dr. Fan’s research interests are in three-dimensional (3D) nano/microtechnologies, cutting-edge point of care methods, and translational research. He also has a strong background in engineering technologies, which began while earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Dr Fan’s work was involved in neural tissue engineering, brain cancers, and neurological disorders. Currently, Dr. Fan focuses his research efforts on treating brain cancers using bioengineering methods, concentrating on the diagnosis and treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), which is the most common and deadly cancer among all human primary brain tumors
Hydrogel Microwell and 3D Brain Cancer (GBM) Model, Hydrogel Microfluidics and Drug Screening for Personalized Medicine, Engineered brain tissue and Neural Tissue Engineering, Single Neuron Manipulation and Axonal Development Research, Microelectrode Array (MEA) and neuronal recording
Liguo Zhao, Loughborough University, UK
Dr Zhao is currently a Reader in Solid Mechanics at Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering of Loughborough University (UK, 2012~present). Prior to this, he had
been working as a senior lecturer at University of Portsmouth (UK, 2005~2012) and postdoctoral research associate/fellow in some of the top UK universities (Cambridge, Imperial College and Nottingham, 1997~2005). He holds a PhD in Solid Mechanics (1996) and a BEng in applied mechanics (1992), awarded by Xi’an Jiaotong University, one of the top and prestigious universities of China. Since 1999, Dr Zhao has been continuously working on Structural Integrity of gas turbine engines, focusing on deformation, facture, fatigue, creep, crack initiation and growth for nickel-based superalloys. In this high impact area, he has secured, as lead/principal investigators, three large
multi-institutional ESPRC grants (EP/E062180/1, £196k, 2007~2010; EP/K026844/1, EP/K027271/1, EP/K027344/1, £750k in total, 2013~2016; EP/M000710/1, EP/M000737/1, EP/M000966/1, £1.1million in total, 2014~2018), totaling 2.2 million pounds. He received the award of prestigious Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2008. Dr Zhao has established highly-specialised networks with both leading academic partners (Cranfield,
Southampton, Manchester, Imperial College, Swansea and Warwick) and major industrial players in the aerospace and power generation sectors (Rolls-Royce, Alstom, E.On, dstl and NASA). His research in Solid and Computational Mechanics is also supported by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd of China and Abbott Vascular of USA. He has a strong connection with highly-regarded overseas academic organisations in Ireland, Germany, Australia, France, USA and Russia.
He has an outstanding and sustained record of high-quality peer-refereed journal publications, including International Journal of Plasticity (impact factor 5.971), Journal of the Mechanics and
Physics of Solids (impact factor 4.289), Materials Science and Engineering A (impact factor 2.409) and Engineering Fracture Mechanics (impact factor 1.662). Dr Zhao has established himself as a
leader in Solid and Computational Mechanics, with original fundamental contributions to crystal plasticity and visco-plasticity constitutive modelling, fatigue and creep through many years of
persistent research at Cambridge, Imperial College, Nottingham, Portsmouth and Loughborough. He has been invited for organizing mini-symposiums, key note speeches and also guest lectures by
a series of international conferences. In particular, Dr. Zhao has been successful in developing new research in the area of Biomechanics,
out of a PhD research program in 2012 and with recent publications in Materials Science and Engineering C (impact factor 3.088) and Journal of Biomechanics (impact factor 2.751). The development opened up an opportunity for him to collaborate with Abbott, a world-leading stentmanufacturing company in USA, via research projects funded by the company. Also recently, he has been awarded a three-year new grant in this area by the British Heart Foundation (a charity organization), in collaboration with both Abbott USA and Lucidoen UK. This is indicative of his capabilities in developing a strong and diverse research funding portfolio, both nationally and internationally. Dr Zhao has been teaching in the broad area of Mechanics and Dynamics across all levels (from foundation to MSc) since 2002. He has always been promoting a strong connection of theories, mathematics and laboratory activities, with highly positive feedbacks. He is currently supervising a large number of PhD students and RAs, who are producing research outcomes at a very high standard. For instance, one of his PhDs (Dr A Karabela) won a Young Author's prize from the Russian Scientific Committee at the European Corrosion Congress (Moscow, Russia, 13~17 September 2010). All of them are able to find a career in academia or industries after the period of research under his supervision. In addition, he has been actively involved in a number of
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Mechanical performance of polymeric bioresorbable vascular scaffolds
1. Computational modelling of stent biomechanics and its design.
2. Fracture, fatigue and creep of advanced materials.
3. Dislocation, crystal plasticity and cyclic viscoplasticity models for metallic materials.
4. Oxidation-assisted fatigue and creep crack initiation and propagation.
5. Multi-scale material model (discrete dislocation, crystal plasticity and continuum plasticity).
6. Mechanical behaviour of biodegradable polymers for stent application.
7. Residual stress and its effect on failure in polymer composites.
8. Thermal shock stress and fracture.
Bob Hui Wang, Unversity of Waterloo, Canada
Dr. Hui Wang received his doctorate in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently a Research Fellow in Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. His work has appeared in around 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, two pending patents with Bayer, three book chapters with Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley respectively, and numerous conference proceedings. Dr. Hui Wang's efforts have been recognized by several awards from Canada government and University of Waterloo.
Research Interests: Semi-batch reactor technology for gradient copolymers; Polymer synthesis and characterization; Surfactant technology; Kinetics, catalysis, and reaction engineering of hydrogenation of polymer; Advanced targeted drug delivery; Supercritical technology for catalytic reaction and catalyst recovery; Enhanced oil recovery techniques; Environmental chemistry and engineering.
Constantinos M. Paleos, National Center for Scientific Research, Greece
Supramolecular liquid crystals - Biomimetic liquid crystals - Liquid crystals based on functional dendrimers.
• Molecular recognition between complementary liposomes and also between liposomes and simple monomeric or polymeric molecules.
• Preparation and characterization of liposomes and application as drug delivery systems.
• Functionalization of dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers for prospected applications as drug delivery systems and gene transfection vectors.
• Preparation of dendritic molecular transporters and mechanism of action.
• Application of functional and cross-linked dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers as "Nanosponge" materials for water purification.
• Adhesion, Fusion and Multicompartment Systems formation in interacting vesicles - Modelling cell processes.
Daniel Milej, Western University, Canada
Croce Anna Cleta, University of Pavia, Italy
Fluorescence (induced, dyes, fluorochromes) and natural fluorescence or autofluorescence in animal cells and tissues. UV-Visible spectroscopy and imaging. Light guide/delivery though fiber optic probes, spectral fitting procedures for in situ quantitative analysis of fluorophores. Optical biopsy: autofluorescence analysis for in situ, real time, minimally invasive diagnostic procedures in experimental biology and biomedicine. Photosensitizers. Cytology, histology.
Author/coauthor of more then 90 papers (articles in peer reviewed Journals, book chapters),and about 300 contributions to national and international scientific meetings.
Roberta Granese, University of Messina, Italy
Ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology; endoscopic surgery (laparoscopic and hysteroscopic); uro-gynecology and vaginal surgery; endometriosis, infertility.
Oveis Pourmehran, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Oveis Pourmehran received his B.Sc. degree from Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University in 2013 and was graduated from Babol University of Technology in 2015 in major of Mechanical Engineering with a curriculum of Energy Conversion & Biomechanics. He is a Mechanical Engineer with specializing in experimental and computational mechanics. He has a strong knowledge of fluid mechanics to apply computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation in a wide range of mechanical and biomedical engineering projects. His major research area and interest is application of magnetic field on human respiratory drug delivery. Besides, he is also working on applications of nonlinear science in mechanical engineering. He published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Also He serves as reviewer of more than 5 scientific high qualities ISI-indexed Journals. Moreover, he is working as a university lecturer in Golestan Institute of Higher Education, and Islamic Azad University, Iran. Furthermore, he is working as a young researcher in “Young Researchers and Elite Clubs.”
Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD); Numerical Simulation, Magnetic Drug targeting (MDT); Targeted Respiratory Drug Delivery, Aerosol Deposition in Human Respiratory System, Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics; Energy Management; Efficiency, Fluid Mechanics; Nano-fluids; Biomedical Engineering.
Anita Cybulska-Klosowicz, Nencki Intitute, Poland
Learning and memory, functional brain plasticity, attention and attention deficits (ADHD), brain activity mapping.
Pei Feng, Central South University, China
Dr. Feng is a lecturer of Central South University. He works as chief editor or editorial board member of many international journals, such as Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, Nanoscience and Nanometrology, etc. He also works as invited reviewer for more than 10 international journals. He has published more than 50 papers and obtained 15 patent declaration and authorization. Among these papers, more than 40 papers are indexed by SCI and more than 45 papers are indexed by EI. He also published 2 monographs written in English. He won 1 First Prize of Achievements in Medical Science and Technology issued by Hunan Province, 1 Second Prize at the provincial or ministerial level.
Peifu Tang, Chinese People’s Liberation Army, China
Jin Yu Liu, Jilin University, China
Toxicology of heavy metals Stem cells biology and regenerative medicine.
Kuo-Lin Huang, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
1. Electrochemical Technology (recycling technology, electrode fabrication, electrochemical degradation of (emerging) organic pollutants, and sensors).
2. Mediated Electrochemical Oxidation Technology (degradation of (emerging) organic pollutants).
3. Environmental Technology.
4. Emission of Air Toxicants.
5. Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.
6. Membrane Technology.
Myriam Ben Salah Bel Hadj Messaoud, Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques, Tunisia
P. S. Pandian, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India
Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomedical Signal Processing, Biomedical Image Processing, Telemedicine, Smart Sensors, MEMS and Nano Sensors for Physiological Monitoring, Wearable Systems and Wearable Physiological Monitoring System and Optical Imaging for Biological Tissues.
Renata Falchete do Prado, Institute of Science and Technology of São José dos Campos, Univ Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Brazil
Renata Falchete do Prado was born in 1981, march 21th in Ilha Solteira, São Paulo, Brazil. Graduated at the Faculty of Dentistry of Araçatuba FOA-UNESP (2002), obtained the Master degree in Dentistry and specialization in Oral Pathology at School of Dentistry of Bauru FOB-SP (2005). PhD in Oral Pathology at the Institute of Science and Technology of São José dos Campos, Univ Estadual Paulista - São José dos Campos ICT-UNESP (2008). Postdoctoral FAPESP completed in the Division of Materials Institute of Aeronautics and Space São José dos Campos (2013). She works in the field of oral pathology, on the following topics: Salivary gland neoplasms, dynamic bone remodeling and repair and biomaterials for implants. Now is professor of inflamation and repair in Faculty of Dentistry of São José dos Campos ICT-UNESP.
biomaterials, oral pathology, systemic diseases and mouth, adrenergic signalling and bone metabolism
Li Li, Australian Institute of Bioengineering & Nanotechnology, Australia
Dr Li has broad experience in the design and development of functional nanoparticles and porous materials such as layered double hydroxide, nanoemulsion, ordered mesoporous silicas and carbon materials, and nanostructured metal oxides for targeted drug delivery and vaccination. She has published over 40 peer reviewed papers in high-ranking journals (of which she is first authors on 14) with 16 of publications in ERA A*/A journals. According to Web of Science (Jan 2016), the total citations of my work is over 850 and the H-index is 15. Her work has also been presented at 13 National and International conferences through oral presentations and posters.
Shu-Feng Zhou, Huaqiao University, China
• Drug Discovery, Pharmacokinetics, Drug Metabolism and Drug Transport: focused on development of novel small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (NKI library) and vaccines for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
• Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics: I have a strong interest in the study of how genetic polymorphisms affect drug clearance and drug response, with a focus on CYP2B6, CYP3A4, MDR1/P-gp, ApoE, PXR/NR1I2 (pregnane X receptor), GSTM1, GSTT1, GSTP1 and TPMT and the relationships of their genotypes with phenotypes.
• Nanomedicine & Nanoformulation: I am pretty interested in the design of new drug delivery systems for anticancer drugs and other therapeutics using nanobiotechnology. We are using different targeting strategies and carriers for biosensoring and drug delivery.
• Systems Biology/Systems Pharmacology: I am using genomics, epigenetics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabonomics/metabolomics and bioinformatics to study how cells respond to drugs and to identify new biomarkers for drug response, resistance and side effects.
• Chinese Medicine & Natural Products: I am interested in Chinese acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines. My group is exploring the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and herbal medicines in the treatment of pains, hypertension, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Zhaohui Xiong, North Carolina Central University, China
1. Molecular mechanisms and treatment of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
2. Mechanisms and chemoprevention of alcohol and tobacco-associated oral cancer
3. Molecular mechanism of key pathogen and host interaction
4. Genomics and functional genomics of microbial pathogen
5. Etiology and epidemiology of infectious diseases
Jinxiang Xi, Central Michigan Universit, China
* Multi-scale modeling of respiratory flows and aerosol dynamics
* Inhalation medical device design, testing, and optimization
* Aerosol-based tumor diagnosis and targeted inhalation drug delivery
* Fluid-structure interactions, multi-phase flows, vortex dominated flows
* Turbomachinery, sprays, and combustion
* Large eddy simulation, perturbation methods