Prof. Takeo Sasaki
Professor, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Born in 1965, Takeo Sasaki is a graduate of the Tokyo University of Science. In 1994, he received his doctorate from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He then joined Tohoku University as a Research Associate in Professor Minoru Matsuda’s laboratory. In 1996, he joined Oita University as an Associate Professor and began research on photorefractive materials. Since 2000, he has been at the Tokyo University of Science as a Professor. He received the SPSJ Wiley Award (2004) from the Society of Polymer Science, Japan. His current research interests include the photorefractive effects of organic materials and the synthesis of novel liquid crystalline materials.
Dr. Eric Yap
Associate Professor of Human and Microbial Genetics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Associate Prof Eric Yap Peng Huat, a medical geneticist and a former Rhodes Scholar, spent his earlier career as a defence scientist. He was one of the pioneers in the Defence Medical & Environmental Research Institute, now part of DSO National Labs. As one of the few local researchers with dual backgrounds in medicine and science, his professional interest is in molecular genetics and genomics and its application to medicine, biotechnology and security.
Dr. Hemanta K. Majumder
Scientist, CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
Dr. Hemanta Majumder has done his PhD from Calcutta University in 1975. He is Rajaramanna Fellow, Sir J.C.Bose National Fellow (DST). His current research interests are:
- Biochemistry of DNA Topoisomerases of Leishmania donovani
- Cloning and characterization of the genes of Type I and Type II DNA Topoisomerases of L. donovani.
- Functional domain organization of the genes of DNA Topoisomerases.
- Programmed cell death in unicellular parasite L. donovani
- Development of therapeutic agents targeted against DNA Topoisomerases.
- Molecular Biology of Kinetoplast DNA.
Prof. Utpal Raychaudhuri
CO-ORDINATOR, Centre for Medicinal Food & Applied Nutrition, EX-HEAD Department of Food Technology & Biochemical Engineering, Jadavpur University,India
Professor Utpal Raychaudhuri has 32 Years of Teaching and Research experience in the fields of Food Technology , Food Safety , Process Automation & Quality Control ; Food Biotechnology ; Nutraceuticals & Herbal Food Processing , Bio- Energy Technology ; Entrepreneurship & Project Management. He has been involved for more than 7 years in the field of process engineering operations and product development in an Indo-German Multinational Group and Calcutta based private company.
Prof. Nirupama Mallick
Professor, Indian Intitute of Technology – Kharagpur, India
Dr. Nirupama Mallick did her PhD from Benaras Hindu University. She joined IIT, Kharagpur in 2000. She is fellow of Indian National Science Academy. In 1997 she received Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship and in 2005 she received Women Scientist medal from Biotech Research Society of India. Her area of research includes algal biotechnology, micro-algal biofuel and biodegradable polymer. She is in the editorial bard of the journal, Biotechnology for Biofuel. Her research interests include:
Biodegradable Polymers (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) from Cyanobacteria
Bioremediation with Microalgae
Bioactives from Microalgae
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 rational 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. Ruma Pal
Professor, Head of the Dept., Botany, University of Calcutta, India
Prof Ruma Pal did her graduation from Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata and Master’s and Doctoral from Calcutta University. Presently she is Head, Department of Botany, Calcutta University. Her research interest is in Algal Diversity Study and Ecological Modeling, Phycoremediation and Nanotechnology and Algal Biotechnology. She was the principal investigator of as many as twelve research projects. She has around hundred journal publications. She has authored five books. She is member of many societies which includes, Member of Scientific Advisory Committee for DBT – Pan IIT centre for Bioenergy. Dr. Pal was invited for sessions in different places of India and abroad. She has three patents among which one is in collaboration with CSIR. She is the receiver of Prof S. N. Dixit award by Indian Botanical Society.
Prof. Raja Banerjee, an organic chemist by training, has been working for ~22 years in the area of structural biology towards understanding the sequence-structure-function relationship of proteins and their relevance. With the combined expertise of experimentation (using complementary spectroscopic tools) and computation directed towards answering specific biological questions of interest, his work includes design and characterization of peptides for assessing the ‘protein engineering’ concepts, and the ‘protein folding’ principles. The concepts and observations acquired in his lab have been extended through development of new ideas for structure, function and interaction study with an effort to understand how local motifs (especially ‘anion binding’) contribute to the global function of protein utilizing non-covalent interactions. The central theme of his research expertise is designing therapeutic leads for diseases usually caused by protein folding/misfolding using the structure-based drug design strategy utilizing peptide based motifs.
Prof. Banerjee acted as Visiting Professor in several reputed Institutes within and outside the country (viz. University of Padova, Italy; University of Pune; IBSD, Manipur) and Visiting Scientists in several Premier Research Institutes (viz. Visiting Fellow of JNCASR, Bangalore, IISc, Bangalore, TIFR, Mumbai). He chaired the academic sessions in several International conference and delivered invited lectures in several international, national Conference/Seminar/Workshops within and outside the country. He has published number of research articles in reputed international journals with high impact factor. He is the Coordinator Bioinformatics infrastructural facility, WBUT recognized by DBT since 2008; executive committee member Indian Peptide Society since 2011 and acted as a Member, Coordination Apex Committee: Bioinformatics National Certificate Examination (BINC) (conducted by Department of BioTechnology, Govt. of India) 2009-2012.