Prof. Frances Separovic

Professor, University of Melbourne professor of Chemistry, Deputy Director of the Bio21 Institute and former Head of School at the University of Melbourne.

Frances was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck College UCL, and a Senior Member of St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Frances has a BA (Hons) in Math & Physics from Macquarie University and a Ph.D. (Physics) from University of NSW. Her tertiary training in biology, mathematics, and physics, provides a strong foundation with which to carry out research in biophysical chemistry and NMR spectroscopy.Her published work includes studies employing a range of biophysical techniques but her primary research interest is the determination of the structure and dynamics of membrane components in situ using solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Frances played a key role in the determination of the molecular structure of the ionophore gramicidin A and the bee toxin melittin within phospholipid membranes. Using novel solid-state NMR methods Frances has been able to determine the structure and dynamics of membrane polypeptides, both as dehydrated powders and when reconstituted into lipid membranes for biomolecular engineering applications.Frances is very active in the area of membrane biophysics and structural biology and is Secretary of the Biophysical Society, former President of Australian & New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG), past-President of the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB), and a former member of IUPAB Council. Frances is on the editorial board of Chemical Reviews and editor of BiochimicaetBiophysicaActa and European Biophysics Journal, a member of International Society for Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR), Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), ASB and ANZMAG, former treasurer of the Lorne Protein Conference and chair of the Biophysical Society membrane subgroup. Frances has organized 40 national and international conferences and published over 230 papers in national and international journals and 230 conference proceedings.Her background is strongly interdisciplinary, and she has worked on collaborative research projects with CSIRO, Australian Universities, and international laboratories. Frances’s contributions to biophysics and NMR have been recognized by the award of 2009 ASB Robertson Medal and 2011 ANZMAG Medal. In 2012 Frances was elected a Fellow of the Biophysical Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an ISMAR Fellow; and in 2017 named an IUPAC Distinguished Woman of Chemistry/Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Anthony Scimè

Associate Professor, York University, Canada

His research focusses is to understand how the Rb family of transcriptional repressors, p107 Rb and p130, intervenes in myogenic and adipogenic stem cell lineage commitment and differentiation. Studying this will lead to a greater insight into a wide range of health problems that will have an impact on almost everybody. For example; obesity develops with a negative energy balance that happens when energy intake outweighs energy expenditure. Adipose tissue plays a crucial role in the control of energy balance, with white adipose tissue that stores energy in the form of lipid and brown adipose tissue that metabolizes fatty acid to generate heat. In this regard, the RB family of transcriptional repressors acts as switches to adipogenic stem cells determining white versus brown adipocyte formation. Another example is the gradual decrease in skeletal muscle mass, strength, and endurance coupled with an ineffective response to tissue damage that occurs in aging. Muscle fiber loss is counteracted by satellite cells, the adult myogenic stem cells that are capable of lifelong maintenance and repair. Satellite cells from aged individuals have a marked decrease in their proliferative and self-renewal capacities that are influenced by the Rb family. Thus, understanding the function of the Rb family in stem cell fate will lead to a greater insight on ameliorating a wide range of health problems that will impact most of society from obesity that is linked to type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer to skeletal muscle weakness that occurs in aging and many neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Sanjay Swarup

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science, National University of Singapore

Professor Swarup’s research combines multidisciplinary approaches to understand the biological roles of metabolites in cellular networks and in signaling between environmental microbes and their hosts. Prof. Swarup has contributed towards bringing multi-‘omics approaches, especially developing metabolomics tools, to better understand microbial processes in two environmental contexts; in tropical urban freshwater systems and in carbon emissions from tropical peat microbes. He holds Ph.D. degrees in Genetics and in Plant Pathology from India and USA, respectively. Prof. Swarup is currently Deputy Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI) at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Dulal Senapati

Associate Professor, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata

Dulal Senapati did his B.Sc. from Vidyasagar University, Midnapur and pursued his M.Sc. from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He earned his Ph.D. from IPC Department, IISc, Bangalore under the supervision of Prof. P. K. Das. Followed by, he joined as a Research Associate @ DICKSON Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, the USA in 2005 and then in 2008 he moved to RAY Lab, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, the USA as Senior Research Associate. In 2009 he spent a short time as visiting scientist @ HAWKER group, Material Research Laboratory, UCSB, CA, USA. Since 2013 he is working as an Associate Professor in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata.

Dr. Debasish Das

Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati

His  research group focuses on the  development for various value added products using microbes as a cell factory. The areas on which researches going on: biodiesel production from freshwater microalgal isolates Chlorella sp. and diatoms; bioethanol from agricultural wastes, process development for hyaluronic acids from new Streptococcus isolates and butanol production from Clostridium sp. The  lab aims at improving overall performance of the technology via combined modifications at the process (Biochemical engineering approach) and strain level (genetic engineering approach). His research group have expertise to create solutions for process development by combining biochemical and biological knowledge with engineering principles.

Prof. Uday Bandopadhyay

Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR – Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Govt. of India

Dr. Uday Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences (Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Govt. of India), Kolkata
Dr. Bandyopadhyay’s research focused in the area of cell biology with particular reference to mitochondrial oxidative stress in relation to initiation of gastric ulcer/gastropathy by commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs). His studies were aimed to define the molecular basis as well as players of developing mitochondrial oxidative stress and gastric mucosal cell apoptosis as result of electron transport chain defect induced by NSAIDs. He proved that correction of mitochondrial pathology and subsequent inhibition of gastric mucosal cell apoptosis is a novel rationale for antiulcer therapy. Besides outstanding contribution in the field of gastric pathophysiology, he also made a remarkable contribution in the field of malaria and established that the development of oxidative stress in malaria parasite is a novel way to develop new antimalarial by designing new redox active molecule. He characterized an Alba-family protein from human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and reported its binding to the telomeric and subtelomeric regions as well as to var gene promoter to control gene expression. Dr. Bandyopadhyay was awarded Fellowship by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), INSERM fellowship (France), J.C. Bose National Fellowship (India), A. N Bhaduri Award from the Society of Biological Chemist (India) and Prof. R. C. Shah Memorial award by the Indian Science Congress. Prof. Bandyopadhyay is an elected Fellow of Indian National Sciences Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences India and West Bengal Academy of Sciences and Technology.

Prof. Ramakrishna Sen

Professor, Biotechnology,  Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur

Dr. Sen’s research interest focuses on Green Process & Product Development for Healthcare Energy & Environment by Microalgal  Microbial Biorefinery for Biofuels &Biorenewables, Algal Biofuels with Waste valorization & Bio-CCS Bioprocess Integration Intensification, Optimization Biochemical & Bioprocess Engineering Enzymes and Biofuels Technology, Biomass & Bioenergy Environmental & Marine Biotechnology Probiotics and Nutraceuticals Biosensor development.

Dr. Sen received Distinguished Alumnus – Jadavpur University, Kolkata (2017). He was Fulbright Visiting Faculty (2013-2014) at the Columbia University in the City of New York, Manhattan, NY 10027, USA. (2014).He was Runner up (2nd Prize) of the 3rd National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals & Downstream Plastic Processing Industries. (2012) and also received UKIERI (British Council) Award for Exchange Visits (UK – RHUL & University of London, London and University of Ulster, Northern Ireland) (2007).

Prof. Rita Kundu

Professor, Department of Botany, University of Calcutta

Dr. Kundu is in the field of Research and teaching for more than three decades. She works on cell  biology of cancer cells, phytoremediation and abiotic stress biology. Her current research interest is on Evaluating the the Cytotoxic properties of some major algae from Sundarban mangrove ecosystem on selected cell line.