Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sanjay Swarup

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences | National University of Singapore | 14 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543

Deputy Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI) | National University of Singapore | T-Lab Building (TL) |5A Engineering Drive 1 #05-01, L5-R-04 | Singapore 117411

Director, Graduate Program & Deputy Research Director, Engineering Systems | Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) | Nanyang Technological University

Prof Swarup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Deputy Director of the NUS Environmental Research Institute and Deputy Research Director at the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Science Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and a founding co-PI of NUS strategic initiative in Synthetic Biology. Prof Swarup’s group has been working on understanding the biological role of metabolites in plant and microbial set-up using integrative omics and hypothesis-driven approaches. His team has a special interest in metabolomics approaches to understand microbial functioning in the environment and on plant surfaces. Assoc Prof Swarup’s team has developed a research framework to integrate effects of environmental stressors with functional responses of environmental microbiomes of urban freshwater systems and of tropical peatlands. This has led to science-based environmental solutions for improving management of these freshwater and peatland systems.

Dr.Shyalini Dhyani

CSIR - National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), India

Dr. Shalini Dhyani is Scientist with Critical Zone Group of Water Technology and Management Division in CSIR-NEERI, India. She is South Asia Regional Chair for IUCN CEM (Commission on Ecosystems Management) (2017-2020). She is IPBES Lead Author Global thematic assessment on Sustainable Use of Wild Species (2018-2021) and was lead author for IPBES Asia Pacific regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Asia Pacific (2015-2018). Dr. Shalini is trained ecologist with work experience in temperate forest ecosystems in Western, and Eastern Himalayas; forests of Central India, Mangroves of Odisha, arid areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat and Western Ghats in Kerala and Karnataka. She is gold medalist from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and did her doctoral work on Natural and Manmade pressures on Forests of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. Presently, she is involved in a multidisciplinary long term Critical Zone research for understanding the working and impact of ground water dependent ecosystems and APN-IGES, Japan project on developing plausive alternate scenarios for Bhitarkanika. Dr. Shalini has worked on Biodiversity Inclusive impact assessment of important developmental projects across India and has also contributed to many NGT and Judiciary projects. Her work in Upper Ganga catchment focuses on understanding the role of riparian buffers for ensuring river health. She is developing Nature based Solutions (NbS) approach for planning SMART and resilient cities. She has worked in Indo-EU projects on decontamination of soil and water using techno ecological solutions. She has contributed to bio-monitoring projects as well as reclamation of mining sites using zero soil interventions. She was jury member for innovation prize program on climate change adaptation (CCA) at scale (A@S) 2019 by IMC, UK for Nepal and Jury member for IUCN CEM Chair young professional award, IUCN World Conservation Congress, 2016 at Hawaii. Dr. Shalini was awarded “ IUCN - CEM Chair Young Professional Award ” at World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney, Australia for her excellent research and publications on forests of Himalayan region. She has been selected among 100 women for their exceptional work in Asia by Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC), Malaysia for her work on Fodder Bank to reduce pressure from forests of Himalayas in 2010. Her work on Fodder Bank has also been selected as innovative approach to tackle forest degradation by various forums and was among 10 best case studies of SAARC countries for sustainable forest management in mountains in 2014. She developed interactive Urban Biodiversity Portal on the lines of Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in 2015 that was selected Urban Champion by Wild Cities International program of Coalition Wild, USA in 2015. She is member of UNEP-Partnerships for Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), Knowledge and Learning Mechanism on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (EKLIPSE) and UNDP BES-Net (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network). Dr. Shalini is recipient of various national as well as international financial grants viz. UNEP, UNESCO, GIZ, FAO, IUCN, UNU, European Union-LEANES, Rufford SGP, DST, APN etc . She is editor of IUCN CEM S. Asia Newsletter, and reviewer to many peer reviewed prestigious high impact journals. She has her more than 60 national, international publications with many popular articles especially on lesser known underutilized wild edibles to her credit. Shalini is passionate about science outreach and is a frequent blogger, popular article writer and has also delivered many lectures and talks to children, youth, researchers and practitioners to popularize importance of ecosystems, nature based solutions and biodiversity across India.

Dr. Sandipan Ganguly

Scientist F
Kolkata, India

Dr. Sandipan Ganguly is the Senior Research Officer in Division of Parasitology. Previously he was a Post Doctoral Faculty in Saint Louis University School of Medicine for two years. He is a Chemistry Major (1996) and Biochemistry post graduate (1998) from University of Calcutta. Dr. Ganguly has acquired his PhD degree also from University of Calcutta and has joined NICED in 2005.

His publications include many scientific papers in renowned International journals, one cover page photograph and one book chapter. He has attended more than 17 National and 15 International symposiums and workshops and presented papers on various infectious diseases issues.

Dr. Ganguly has been working on various aspects of enteric parasitology with special emphasis on molecular and cellular aspects of pathogenicity in these parasites. His major present focus is on the molecular analyses of r-RNA biogenesis, mechanism of its formation and its use as a drug target in Giardiasis. Study the effects of oxidative stress on microaerophilic Giardia at its cellular, genome, proteome and metabolomic level, molecular diagnosis of enteric parasites, molecular epidemiology of Cocci sides and other enteric parasites in immuno-compromised patients. He has visited Gunma University, Keio University, Tokai University and Okayama University, Japan under JICA training program in 2007 and National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA in 2008.

He is an invited lecturer and paper setter and examiner in several Universities like Departments of Microbiology, Zoology, Environmental sciences, Calcutta University. West Bengal University of Technology. Guide for PhD students from University of Calcutta, Utkal University, Jadavpur University. He is a member of The Indian Science Congress Association, Society for Biological Chemists, India, Indian Society for Parasitology, India and Immunology study group, West Bengal, India.

He has achieved several prestigious awards of National and International repute including the Young Scientist Award (2003) from International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and presented his work during 2nd Human Proteomics and 19th International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Ganguly has been awarded by DST Fast track Young Scientist Award (2005-2006) from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Sir Sriram Award (2007-2008) from National Academy of Medical Sciences, India. He has also been awarded by the Best Poster Award in 15th National Congress of Parasitology, in 2001 at Jodhpur, India and Best Poster Award in Frontiers in Molecular Biology in 2003 at Kolkata.

Dr. Ganguly is an invited expert to deliver radio talks in All India Radio on topics of public interest in infectious gastrointestinal diseases. He has conducted several training programs and workshops including CDC International workshop on diarrheal parasites (2008) for doctors and researchers. He has attended several training courses in molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, biotechnology and bioinformatics and participated in several investigations on infectious diseases and parasitic diarrhea. He is an invited reviewer of National and International journals like Parasitology International.

Prof. Abhijit Chakrabarti

SINP Kolkata, India

Professor Abhijit Chakrabarti obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in the year 1990 working on spectroscopic studies on protein interactions of carbohydrate and lipids of cell surface modeling cell-cell adhesion. He joined Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata in 1994 as a Lecturer after a postdoc in the Department of Biology of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore during 1990-1994. Currently he is the Head of the Crystallography & Molecular Biology Division and Dean (Chemical & Life Sciences, HBNI). His current research interest is in spectrin-based network of red blood cell, membrane asymmetry, assisted folding of proteins and aggregation, hemoglobin variants and spectroscopic studies on protein-protein and lipid-protein interactions. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed Journals with an h-index of 21.

Dr. Debashis Mukhopadhyay

Biophysics and Structural Genomics Division
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India

Dr. Mukhopadhyay is Professor at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata. Prof. Mukhopadhyay works in the field of Proteomics, Protein Interactomics Molecular Basis of Neurodegenerative disorders Structural Biology Molecular Phylogenetics.


Dr. Sanket Joshi

Deputy Director | Oil & gas research Center

Application Specialist | Oil & Gas Science at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

Sanket Joshi is a Deputy Director, Oil & gas research Center, and an application specialist, Oil & Gas Science at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He holds BSc and MSc degrees from Sardar Patel University, India, and a PhD degree from M. S. University of Baroda, India – all in Microbiology. Dr. Joshi has academic teaching and research experience of about 16 years, and industrial R&D experience of about 4 years, in India and Oman. While working in Indian pharma companies, he undertook several turnkey projects (both upstream and downstream) on antibiotics (β-lactams, macrolides, glyco-peptides), antidiabetic drug (for type II diabetes), and Co-enzyme Q10. His current research interests encompass energy (In-situ/ex-situ microbial enhanced light/heavy oil recovery; chemical enhanced oil Recovery; biofuels), microbial products (bio-surfactants, biopolymers, R&D and scale-up), and environmental bioremediation (crude oil pollution; analysis, mitigation and control of souring by Sulfate-reducing bacteria; HPAM contaminated sites). Those research projects are multidisciplinary, involving both biotechnology and engineering disciplines. Since he joined SQU, his research team has received over 3.87 million USD in research grants and contracts, which were used mainly to establish/develop a number of research and service laboratories at SQU. He has about 119 scientific publications in international journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and one book to his credit. He is an Academic/Associate Editor for: Frontiers in Microbiology, Peer J, Ecotoxicology (Springer), Petroleum Science and Technology (Springer), 3 Biotech (Springer), and Open Biotechnology Journal; guest editor for Frontiers in Microbiology, Sustainability, Scientifica, and Open Biotechnology Journal; and a recognized reviewer for about 51 international journals (Elsevier, Springer Nature, T&F, Wiley/AOCS, RSC, ACS, Hindawi, DE Gruyter, MDPI and others). He served as an intermediate guide for 30 undergrad/grad students and 3 PhD students, in India and in Oman. He is also an active member of MEOR research team at SQU since year 2009 and established a state of art research and service laboratory at SQU. Dr. Joshi was 34th in SQU among top 500 authors (based on the number of citations 2009-2018, as per SciVal-SCOPUS/Elsevier), with 2093 citations, h-index of 24, and i10 index of 34 Google Scholar).


A Special Lecture Session: 21st November 8 PM to 9 PM(IST)


Dr. Ehrlich Garth

Microbiology and Immunology, and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM)
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dr. Ehrlich is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Dr. Ehrlich is also the founder and director of three Research Centers of Excellence in the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease: the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS); the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing (CAMP); and the Center for Surgical Infections and Biofilms. He also directs Drexel University’s Core Genomics Facility and the Meta-Omics Shared Resource for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – an NCI-designated Cancer Center. Dr. Ehrlich began his career as one of the founders of the field of clinical molecular diagnostics (MDX), having been involved in the original application of PCR for the detection of human retroviruses in 1985.  His vision and expertise came together in 1989 when he was hired to launch what became the MDX Division at UPMC.  From these experiences he then authored the first text book for infectious disease MDX, and together with a team of like-minded pioneers he was one of the founders of the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) for which he served as one of the first co-chairs of the AMP ID section.  At the CGS, his signature center, he and his teammates pioneered many of the genomic and MDX  technologies that have revolutionized these fields over the past quarter century including microsatellite mapping, microarrays, GWAS, PCR-ESI-TOF-MS, next generation sequencing and now third generation sequencing technologies. CGS scientists utilize a broad array of comparative genomic techniques and bioinformatic tools, many developed in-house, to identify and characterize both virulence genes within pathogens, and susceptibility genes to pathogens within their hosts. Dr. Ehrlich counts among his major contributions to science the re-writing of much of our understanding of chronic bacterial pathogenesis.  This began with his promulgation of the biofilm paradigm to explain many facets of chronic mucosal microbial infections. This work originated with his explorations into chronic middle-ear disease in children which he has since repeatedly been generalized such that it is now widely accepted that the vast majority of all chronic microbial infections are biofilm-associated. He also advanced the Distributed Genome Hypothesis to align bacterial genomics and evolution with the enormous phenotypic and clinical variability among strains within a bacterial species, which together with the biofilm paradigm form the bases for his rubric of Bacterial Plurality. More recently he has developed the concept of bacterial population-level virulence factors and has used statistical genetics for the first time within the field of bacterial genomics to identify distributed genes that are associated with virulence. This computational methodology provides a non-biased, top-down approach to prioritize the annotation of hypothetical genes. Coincident with the relocation of his research enterprise to DUCOM he founded CAMP which functions as a collaborative multi-discipline facility for exploitation of a suite of technological advances, many developed within the CGS, which permit the identification, cloning, heterologous expression, and biochemical verification of commercially important biosynthetic and biodegradative pathways from what he refers to as the “Genomic Dark Matter”. Recently, based on his experience with CAMP he was asked to create and direct the Meta-Omics Core Facility of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Consortium Cancer Center between Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University.  Dr. Ehrlich’s latest work is on characterizing the in situ evolution of virulence among bacterial pathogens during the chronic infectious process and the development of high resolution microbiome analyses. Dr. Ehrlich was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science based on his work in modelling bacterial pathogenesis.


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