Liang Cheng College of Bioinformatics Science and Technology Harbin Medical University Harbin, Heilongjiang China Biography
Biography of Liang Cheng
Dr. Cheng obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Bioinformatics from Harbin
Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. Currently Dr. Cheng
is a Professor and PI of Biological Software Engineering in Harbin Medical
University. He has published more than 70 scientific publications since
2013. Dr. Cheng develops novel algorithms and tools for gene therapy of
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and complex diseases.
Ignacio Anegon INSERM Center for Research in Transplantation and Immunology Nantes France Biography
Biography of Ignacio Anegon
Dr. Ignacio Anegon did his postdoctoral work in the Immunology Department of the University Hospital of Barcelona between 1982 and 1985. His research was on the generation and characterization of monoclonal antibodies against human leukocytes as well as application of cytofluorimetry and monoclonal antibodies for typing human leukemias and lymphomas. He is now Director of Research at the INSERM, Director of the INSERM unit 1064 and scientific director of the Nantes Rat Transgenesis ImmunoPhenomic platform. He has published more than 222 papers, edited 3 books and is Editor-in-chief of the journal Current Gene Therapy.
Yongqun "Oliver" He Department of Microbiology and Immunology Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI USA Biography
Biography of Yongqun "Oliver" He
Dr. He is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He obtained his B.S. in veterinary medical science, two M.S. degrees (one in infectious diseases and preventive medicine, and another in computer science), and Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology. His laboratory currently focuses on computational medicine and bioinformatics research, with primary research interests in the areas of microbiology, vaccinology, nephrology, ontology, literature mining, and machine learning. See more information here: http://hegroup.org/.
Alfred S. Lewin University of Florida Gainesville, FL USA Biography
Biography of Alfred S. Lewin
Dr. Lewin received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and received postdoctoral training at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Since 1994, he has worked on gene therapy for treatment for retinitis pigmentosa. He is also developing gene and drug therapies for age-related macular degeneration. Currently, Dr. Lewin is Shaler-Richardson Professor of Ophthalmic Sciences and is Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida. He was awarded the Board of Directors Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness and received the Elisabeth Anderson Macular Degeneration Research Award from the BrightFocus Foundation.
Hao Lin Center for Informational Biology University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) Chengdu, Sichuan China Biography
Biography of Hao Lin
Dr. Hao Lin is a Professor of the Center for Informational Biology at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his PhD from Inner Mongolia University, P.R. China in 2007. His research focused on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers in SCI-indexed journals.
Quan Zou Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Quan Zou
Dr. Quan Zou received the BSc, MSc and the PhD degrees in computer science from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He is currently a professor in the Institute of Fundamental and Frontier Sciences, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. His research is in the areas of bioinformatics, machine learning and parallel computing. Several related works have been published by Science, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, etc. He is the editor-in-chief of Current Bioinformatics and associate editor of several reputed journals. He was selected as one of the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers in 2018 and 2019.
M. Chuah Free University of Brussels Brussels Belgium
Jean-Paul Concordet Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Paris France
Richard J. Festenstein Imperial College London London UK
Cristina Fillat The August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) Barcelona Spain Biography
Biography of Cristina Fillat
Cristina Fillat obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and did a postdoctoral stage at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in N.Y. USA. Currently Dr. Fillat leads a research group in Gene Therapy and Cancer at IDIBAPS, Barcelona. She has contributed with scientific papers with more than 90 publications. She was among the team members that promote the constitution of the Spanish Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and served as Scientific Secretary.
Antonia Follenzi University of Eastern Piedmont Novara Italy Biography
Biography of Antonia Follenzi
Antonia Follenzi: She is an Associate professor of Histology at the University of Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”, Novara (Italy). She has extensive expertise in lentiviral vector technology, liver research, bone marrow (BM) cell transplantation and gene transfer. She has applied her expertise to the functional characterization and the role of liver sinusoidal endothelial cells and BM cells to correct the bleeding phenotype in a mouse model of hemophilia A. She is an expert on transcriptional regulation of transgenes in lentiviral vectors using cell specific promoters.
Carine Giovannangeli Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Paris France Biography
Biography of Carine Giovannangeli
Carine Giovannangeli graduated in Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon) and got her PhD in Biophysics (University Paris VI, Paris) in 1992 on biophysical and biological characterization of unusual nucleic acid structures under the supervision of Claude Hélène. Afterwards she was hired by CNRS in 1992 and spent some years at the Institut Pasteur working on HIV and inhibitory strategies based on nucleic acids targeting the viral genome. During the last few years at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris) she focused on optimizing genome editing methods using TALE proteins and CRISPR/Cas9 system by characterizing the DNA repair mechanisms associated with nuclease driven genome modifications and providing resources in the field (TACGENE Facility).
Hidde J. Haisma University of Groningen Groningen The Netherlands Biography
Biography of Hidde J. Haisma
Prof. Haisma earned his Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He worked as scientist for the biotech company Centocor Inc. Malvern PA, USA (1985-1986), Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston MA, USA (1986-1987), and as instructor at Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA (1986-1987). From 1987-1997. He is a professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Haisma is member of the board of the Dutch Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and a former member of the board of the European Society for Gene- and Cell Therapy. In addition, he is member of the Gene and Cell Doping Expert Group of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Yu-Chen Hu National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu Taiwan Biography
Biography of Yu-Chen Hu
Dr. Yu-Chen Hu received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University (1992) and earned his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland (USA) in 1999. Dr. Hu’s main research interests include vaccine development, gene therapy, tissue engineering, cancer therapy and synthetic biology. Dr. Hu has won the Asia Research Award, Outstanding Research Award, BEST Biochemical Engineering Achievement Award, Wu Ta-You Memorial Award (NSC), Outstanding Academia-Industry Research Award and Outstanding Young Investigator Award in Taiwan. He is inducted as a fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and is elected the Member of the Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society-Asia Pacific (TERMIS-AP) Council and the Vice President of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan.
Qinghua Jiang School of Life Science and Technology Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin China Biography
Biography of Qinghua Jiang
Professor Jiang is currently a PI and a professor in the School of Life Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Bioinformatics from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Professor Jiang’ research interest includes tumor immunodiagnostics and immunotherapy.
Dr Pitard received his Ph.D from Paris University for his work on membrane protein reconstitution into liposomes in CEA Saclay and Institut Curie. He started his career in 1995 at Rhône-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi) on the Gene Therapy program. Then, he worked at Sanofi-Pasteur on the DNA vaccine program.
He is Scientific Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS)/Univerity of Nantes (France).
He has invented new concepts for the intracellular delivery of complex drugs including nucleic acids and proteins. He has contributed to more than 80 publications and 17 patents on nucleic acids and protein formulations and is Associate Editor of the journal “Current Gene Therapy” published by Bentham science Publishers. He has been a member of the scientific advisory board of the French cystic fibrosis foundation “Vaincre La Mucoviscidose” (Paris, France), He created and launched with a Nobel Laureate the Biopharmaceutical company InCellArt.
Liang Qiao The University of Sydney Sydney Australia Biography
Biography of Liang Qiao
Dr. Liang Qiao is currently a principal research fellow and an Associate Professor in the Storr Liver Centre at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research, the University of Sydney. Dr. Qiao also serves as an editor for other international journals (Cancer Letters, World J Gastroenterol, Abdomen, Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, Anal Cell Pathol, etc.). He regularly reviews manuscripts for several international journals (Oncotarget, Int J Nanomed, J Hepatol, Stem Cell Dev, J Gastroenterol Hepatol, Liver International, etc). He is a member of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), a member of the Australian Society for Stem Cell Research (ASSCR).
Marie-Pierre Rols IPBS-CNRS Toulouse France Biography
Biography of Marie-Pierre Rols
Dr. Rols obtained a Ph.D. in Cellular Biophysics in 1989 from the University of Toulouse, France.
Her research interests lie in the fields of molecules electrotransfer in cells and tissues. She is involved in different aspects including the mechanisms of membrane electropermeabilization, DNA electrotransfer, as well as biomedical applications for cancer treatment and gene therapy. She has published more than 120 scientific publications.
She is currently Director of Research at the CNRS and Group leader at the Institute for Biophysics and Structural Biology, Toulouse, France.
Dr. Rols is the secretary of the French Society for Nanomedicine and Board Member of the International Society for Electroporation-Based Technologies and Treatments (ISEBTT).
Mark Tangney Cork Cancer Research Centre Cork Ireland Biography
Biography of Mark Tangney
Mark is a Principal Investigator at the Cork Cancer Research Centre at University College Cork, Ireland His interests include the development of tumour-specific delivery technology utilising bacteria and the study of the relationships between bacteria and cancer. He is a council member of several gene therapy and cancer-related international and national societies, and a member of the editorial board of several international journals.
Mark is an associate editor of Current Gene Therapy.
Joost Verhaagen Netherlands Inst. for Brain Res Amsterdam The Netherlands
Feng Yao Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA USA Biography
Biography of Feng Yao
Dr. Yao is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. He did his post.doc training at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. He is the sole inventor of 6 issued Patent Applications, including the tetracycline gene switch technology, trademarked as T-REx by Invitrogen/Life Technologies, which has has been used and cited in more than 4,000 publications and hundreds of patent applications. Using this gene switch technology, Dr. Yao has established several unique approaches for genetic engineering novel recombinant viruses for clinical applications in the fields of infectious diseases, cancers, and neural regeneration.
Cibele Peroni IPENCNEN Cidade Universitària São Paulo Brazil
Toshiyoshi Fujiwara Okayama University Okayama Japan Biography
Biography of Toshiyoshi Fujiwara
Dr. Fujiwara graduated from Okayama University Medical School (M. D.) and obtained a doctorate (Ph. D.) in Gastroenterological Surgery from Okayama University. Dr. Fujiwara is currently a Professor and Chairman of Department of Gastroenterological Surgery in Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is also a Vice Director in Okayama University Hospital. He is a leading proponent of minimally invasive surgical approaches to upper gastrointestinal cancer. He has completed the first p53 gene therapy trial for cancer in Japan. He is currently developing telomerase-specific oncolytic adenoviruses for the diagnostic and therapeutic application.
Ryuichi Morishita Department of Clinical Gene Therapy Center of Medical Innovation and Translational Research School of Medicine, Osaka University Osaka Japan
Liang Qiao The University of Sydney Sydney Australia
Yong Teng Augusta University Augusta, GA USA Biography
Biography of Yong Teng
I have a wide variety of expertise ranging from cellular and molecular biology to translational research,
aiming to bridge tumor microenvironment, metabolism and metastasis with an emphasis on several
molecular determinants and develop novel promising diagnostic and therapeutic strategies by targeting
them. I serve on multiple grant review panels, national and international committees and journal editorial
boards, and authored over 100 articles and chapters in reputed journals and books till 2020. My research
projects are supported by DOD, NIH and other fund resources, providing a balanced mix of basic and
Section: Gene Expression Analysis
Andrea Ballini Department of Biosciences, Biothecnologies and Biopharmaceutics University of Bari ALDO MORO Bari Italy Biography
Biography of Andrea Ballini
Dr. Ballini is an Investigator, Adjunct professor in “Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology” and in
“Technical Applied Sciences” and invited Professor in International post-Graduate courses at School of
Medicine, University of Bari ALDO MORO, Italy. He serves as a Visiting Professor at "City Unity College - Greece" (and
affiliated Institutions) and at University of Medicine, Tirana, Faculty of Dentistry (Fakulteti i Mjekësisë
Dentare-FMD), Tirana, Albania. Visiting Scientist at "Tecnologica Research Institute" in Crotone, Italy.
Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer for the MClinDent programme in Oral Surgery and Translational
Medicine at "BPP University", Faculty of Dentistry, Birmingham-United Kingdom. Member of the " World
Academy of Growth Factors & Stem Cells in Dentistry- WAGroFSCD". Also served as an Invited speaker in National and
International courses and conferences. He has been a winner of "Research Award" from Medical and Dental Council of
Bari (Italy) in 2016. He is an Author of scientific papers and book chapters on National and International
Journals (and Books) with Impact factor. Top Italian Scientist (Biomedical Sciences). His research interests are in
Biomedical and Translational Research.
Section: Adult Disease and Epigenetics (Vitamin D)
Spyridon N. Karras Unit of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, First Department of Internal Medicine, AHEPA University Hospital Thessaloniki Greece Biography
Biography of Spyridon N. Karras
Dr. Karras was born in Thessaloniki. He graduated from the Medical School of Aristotle, University of Thessaloniki. He acquired his specialization in Endocrinology in 2010.His Phd thesis completed in 2015. He has published more than 120 full papers in peer-reviewed
international journals, with the vast majority relating to extraskeletal vitamin D actions in
reproductive physiology. He is regular reviewer in more than 90 international journals and lecturer in national and
international meetings on the field. He is also a member of the Editorial board of scientific peer-
reviewed journals. His current position is as a Senior Researcher and Postdoctoral collaborator
in the Unit of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, First Department of Internal Medicine,
AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki, with teaching , educational and clinical activities.
Section: Microbiome and Drug Discovery
L.-H. Lee Monash University Malaysia Bandar Sunway Malaysia Biography
Biography of L.-H. Lee
My core research focuses on the study of “bad” microbes (e.g. Salmonella, Vibrios) and how they make people
sick, while suggesting better detection and management options. For example, I am focusing on food safety by
studying foodborne pathogens such as Vibrionaceae diversity, multidrug resistant and its management.
Also, I discover novel “good” microbes (e.g. Actinobacteria) for drug discovery purpose. I am interested in the
identification of novel bacteria from various sources using polyphasic approach. Through the discovery of new
taxa, I hope to expand the diversity of resources available for drug discovery purpose, such as anticancer,
neuroprotection, antioxidant and antimicrobial screening programs.
Recently I am also interested in how microbiome affect human health. Such as the investigation into
roles of microbiome in cancer, mental health and autoimmune diseases.
Frontiers Section Editor
Section: Gene Therapy and Targeted Therapy
Zhi-Yao He Sichuan University Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Zhi-Yao He
Dr. Zhi-Yao obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from Sichuan University and did his postdoctoral training on cancer gene therapy using non-viral vectors at Sichuan University. Meanwhile, he was also a visiting scholar at University of Pennsylvania for AAV gene therapy of genetic diseases during his postdoctoral. Dr. Zhi-Yao research interest is in the area of gene therapy (using different technologies and gene delivery using viral or non-viral vectors). Dr. Zhi-Yao has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles so far.
Editorial Board Members
Andrea Amalfitano Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC USA Biography
Biography of Andrea Amalfitano
My expertise is in translational research, as well basic science development of gene transfer technologies. I have spent my career critically evaluating the latter, and their potential for use in multiple genetic diseases, as well infectious diseases and cancers. I have served as PI on multiple projects (funded by NIH, private foundations, and corporate entities) ranging from basic investigations, preclinical studies, as well I have co-led human clinical trials that eventuated in FDA approved biologic therapies.
Viral vector based gene transfer technologies developed in our laboratories are currently in multiple clinical trials. My expertise as both a scientist and as a fully licensed physician, assists in my role as a reviewer for CGT.
Josep M. Aran Molecular Genetics Center-IR Barcelona Spain
Giuseppina Carbone University of Italian Switzerland Bellinzona Switzerland Biography
Biography of Giuseppina Carbone
Giuseppina Carbone obtained MD degree and completed her clinical residency at the University of Naples Medical School. In 1988 she moved to the USA and trained in basic research at Wake Forest University Medical Center (Winston-Salem, NC) in the Department of Physiology Pharmacology. From 1994 she was senior fellow at the Hollings Cancer Center in the Department of Experimental Oncology of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In 2001 she was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In July 2003 she joined the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) in Bellinzona as Group Leader for the Prostate Cancer Biology unit.
Chieh Chang University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL USA Biography
Biography of Chieh Chang
Dr. Chieh Chang received Ph.D. in Biology from California Institute of Technology. Chang was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow and performed his postdoctoral work at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco & Rockefeller University. During 2006 to 2014, he held faculty positions at McGill University, and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. Dr. Chang is the recipient of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Leaders Opportunity Award, the Whitehall Foundation Research Award, and the March of Dimes Foundation Research Program Award. His lab is currently supported by a NIH RO1 grant and a NSF grant, and a Whitehall Foundation grant.
Xing Chen China University of Mining and Technology Xuzhou, Jiangsu China Biography
Biography of Xing Chen
Dr. Xing Chen is a Professor of China University of Mining and Technology and Founding Director of the Institute of Bioinformatics, China University of Mining and Technology. He is named Highly Cited Researcher for 2019. He serves as an Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member for academic journals such as Briefings in Functional Genomics, International Journal of Biological Sciences, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Systems Biology, and International Journal of Biological Sciences. In recent years, he has published 116 SCI journal papers in well-reputed journals.
Wei Chen North China University of Science and Technology Tangshan China Biography
Biography of Wei Chen
Prof. Wei Chen received his PhD degree in Theoretical Biophysics from Inner Mongolia University in 2010. Currently, he is a full-time Professor at Center for Genomics and Computational Biology in North China University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on Computational Genomics and Computational Epigenetics. So far, he has published more than 110 academic peer review papers. Prof. Chen was awarded the “Highly Cited Researcher” in the field of Biology & Biochemistry by Clarivate Analytics in 2018. At present, he serves as the Deputy Editor of Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids, an Editorial Board Member of Current Bioinformatics, the Guest Editor of Current Genomics, and Reviewer for Nature Communications, Nucleic Acids Research, Bioinformatics, Briefings in Bioinformatics, etc.
Lei Chen Shanghai Maritime University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Lei Chen
Dr. Lei Chen is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Shanghai Maritime University. He obtained his PhD from East China Normal University, China, in 2010. His research interest includes bioinformatics, computational biology, proteomics, and genomics. Up till now, he has published over 150 refereed papers. Currently, he serves as anEditorial Board Member for Current Gene Therapy journal and Current Bioinformatics whereas he is the Section Editor for Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening and Current Proteomics.
Seng H. Cheng Genzyme Corporation Framingham, MA USA
John A. Chiorini National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD USA
Chang-Yi Cui National Institute on Aging/NIH Baltimore, MD USA Biography
Biography of Chang-Yi Cui
Dr. Cui obtained an M.D. degree from Harbin Medical University in China and a Ph.D. degree from Kindai University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. Dr. Cui is currently a Research Scientist at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Cui received training in both clinical medicine and basic research, and has intensely studied skin and skeletal muscle for many years.
Lei Deng Central South University Changsha China Biography
Biography of Lei Deng
Lei Deng received the BS degree and the MS degree in Computer Science from School of Information Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, China, in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and the PhD degree from Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, in 2012. From 2013 to 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist with the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Columbia University, New York, USA. He is currently a professor in School of Computer Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, China. His research interests include bioinformatics, systems biology and computational drug discovery.
Xiaoyong Deng Shanghai University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Xiaoyong Deng
Dr. Deng earned his B.S. degree in 2003 and M.S. degree in 2006 from Peking University and then
became a member of Shanghai University. In 2010, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Shanghai
University. After completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Houston Methodist
Research Institute, Texas, USA. He returned to Shanghai University in 2012. Dr. Deng is currently a
Professor at Institute of Nanochemistry and Nanobiology, School of Environmental and Chemical
Engineering, Shanghai University. Deng’s lab research is interdisciplinary and covers a variety of
topics, from nanochemistry, nanomedicine to nanotoxicology. The main research interests from
our lab include: 1) Synthesis of functional nanomaterials based on carbon nanomaterials; 2)
Toxicololgy study of carbon nanomaterials or other inorganic nanomaterials on cellular and animal levels; 3) Biomedical applications of nanomaterials. In particular, the team places great emphasis
on nanotechnology for use in building general platforms for the treatment of different cancers. Dr.
Deng have published more than 50 SCI papers in the journals such as Nature Biotechnology, PNAS,
Advanced Science and so on, and the total citations are more than 2000.
Hui Ding University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Hui Ding
Dr. Hui Ding is an Associate Professor of Center for Informational Biology at University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. She received her PhD from Inner Mongolia University, P.R. China in 2009. Her research is in the areas of Systems Biology and theoretical biology. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in SCI-indexed journals.
Shiwu Dong Third Military Medical University Chongqing China Biography
Biography of Shiwu Dong
Dr. Dong obtained M.D. and Ph.D. from Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China. Currently Dr. Dong is the dean of college of biomedical engineering, and the director of department of biomedical materials science, Third Military Medical University. He has published more than 50 articles in the field of bone biology and tissue engineering bone. His research interests included the pathogenesis and gene regulation mechanism of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and bone metastasis of tumors.
Qiongzhu Dong Fudan University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Qiongzhu Dong
Dr. Qiongzhu Dong is a Professor of Institutes of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University. She obtained her PhD from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University in 2009. After that, she joined Institutes of Biomedical Sciences, Fudan University as a faculty member. She had gotten further training for targeted therapy of liver cancer in MD Anderson Cancer Center from April 2015 to July 2016 as a visiting scientist. Over the past ten years, she has focused on basic studying on cancer, especially the mechanism of cancer progression and its clinical implications.
Pu-Feng Du Tianjin University Tianjin China Biography
Biography of Pu-Feng Du
Dr. Pu-Feng Du is an associate professor of College of Intelligence and Computing, Tianjin University. He receives his Ph. D. from Bioinformatics Division of Tsinghua National Laboratory of Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University. He began to work as an assistant professor in Tianjin University since 2010. He was promoted to associate professor in 2014. In 2013, he worked as a visiting postdoc fellow in the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, under the Hong Kong Scholar Programs. His research interest includes computational analysis of biological sequences, computational prediction of functional attributes genes, analysis of heterogeneous biological networks and developing efficient algorithms and software implementations for computational biology. He has published over 40 academic papers in the area of bioinformatics, computational biology and pattern recognition.
Anja Ehrhardt Universität Witten/Herdecke Witten Germany Biography
Biography of Anja Ehrhardt
Anja Ehrhardt studied biology at the Universities Göttingen and Hamburg in Germany and received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Hannover in Germany. From 1999 to 2005 she was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Stanford University where she started to work on gene therapeutic approaches for genetic diseases. She established her own research group at the LMU Munich in Germany in 2005 and became a full professor in 2011 at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Her current research focus is on adenovirus based gene therapeutic approaches to combat genetic and infectious diseases.
Abeer Elnahas Alexandria University Alexandria Egypt Biography
Biography of Abeer Elnahas
Abeer F. El Nahas is currently a professor of Genetics and Genetic Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2001 from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt
after a fellowship at Hokkaido University, Japan. Her research has mainly focused on the
animal genetics, gene expression, immunogenetics, and genotoxicity. She has published many
peer-reviewed articles and has contributed to several national and international. She is the
Editor in Chief of Alexandria Journal of Veterinary Sciences. A reviewer at Fish & Shellfish
Immunology, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Journal of Thermal biology,
Poultry Science, Andrologia, Journal of Fish physiology and biochemistry, Environmental
toxicology and pharmacology, Environmental Pollution, Indian Journal of pharmaceutical
Sciences and others.
David L. Ennist DLE Consulting Bethesda, MD USA
Alberto L. Epstein Université Claude Bernard Lyon France Biography
Biography of Alberto L. Epstein
Alberto L. Epstein, born in Buenos Aires in 1947, is director of research emeritus of CNRS. ALE is a molecular virologist with wide expertise in genetics of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and development of HSV-1-based vectors for gene transfer and gene therapy. He is currently working at University of Versailles Saint Quentin in Yvelines, France, where he is a holder of the HandiMedEx chair of excellence, whose mission is to generate and evaluate neurotropic vectors for gene therapy of peripheral neuron-associated disorders.
Pengmian Feng Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Pengmian Feng
Dr. Pengmian Feng is an Associate Professor at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her current researches focus on Computational Genomics, Computational Epigenetics, and Network Pharmacology. So far, she has published more than 50 academic peer reviewed papers, and 15 of them have been selected as ESI Highly Cited Papers. She also served as the Reviewers in different international journals.
Yao Feng Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA USA
Terence R. Flotte University of Florida Gainesville, FL USA
Zhaohui Gong Medical School of Ningbo University Zhejiang China Biography
Biography of Zhaohui Gong
Dr. Zhaohui Gong has completed his Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2006. His research interest focuses on developing the DNA/RNA vaccine for cancer gene therapy and the RNA therapeutics in lung cancer. He has received many awards/honors and published more than 50 academic papers in peer-reviewed journals. Currently he is working as a Professor of Molecular Oncology and Vice Dean of Medical School of Ningbo University.
Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, NE USA Biography
Biography of Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy
CB Gurumurthy is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental
Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He is also the
Director of the UNMC’s Mouse Genome Engineering Core Facility. He is a co-
developer of popular mouse genome engineering technologies such as Easi
(Efficient additions with ssDNA-inserts)-CRISPR, CRISPR-first: PITT-next and
GONAD (Genome Editing via Oviductal Nucleic Acids Delivery). Some of these
technologies have been adapted in hundreds of laboratories worldwide. He is one
of the six outstanding investigators of the National Human Genome Research
Institute’s inaugural Genomic Innovator award.
Roland W. Herzog University of Florida Gainesville, FL USA Biography
Biography of Roland W. Herzog
Roland W. Herzog, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida (UF). He received a PhD in Microbiology from Auburn University in 1996, followed by postdoctoral training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Herzog joined the UF gene therapy program in 2005. He has been appointed treasurer of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, editor-in-chief of Molecular Therapy Methods & Clinical Development, and UF Research Foundation Professor. Dr. Herzog’s research focuses on gene therapy for hemophilia, AAV vectors, and immune tolerance.
Jinming Hu University of Science and Technology of China Hefei China Biography
Biography of Jinming Hu
Jinming Hu obtained his BS degree from Hefei University of Technology in 2007. He earned his PhD degree from University of Science and Technology of China under the supervision of Prof. Shiyong Liu in 2012. Since 2013, he has conducted postdoctoral training with Prof. Thomas P Davis in the University of New South Wales and Monash University, respectively. He was appointed as a research staff at University of Science and Technology of China in 2016 and was promoted to professor in 2017. He has published over 90 SCI papers and has an H-index of 38. His research focuses on the synthesis, self-assembly, and biomedical applications of gasotransmitter-responsive materials.
Tao Huang Chinese Academy of Sciences Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Tao Huang
Dr. Tao Huang is an Associate Professor at Shanghai Institute of Nutrition and Health, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed his Post-doctoral research at Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA. His research interests include bioinformatics, computational biology, systems genetics and big data research. He has published over 150 articles in well-reputed journals.
Yue-Wern Huang Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO USA Biography
Biography of Yue-Wern Huang
Yue-Wern Huang studied biology at National Taiwan Normal University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Michigan State Universityfor two years. He established his own research at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2000 and became a full professor in 2012. His current research focuses on investigation of toxicity of pharmaceuticals and environmental chemicals and development of nanocarrier platforms to deliver biologically active molecules in vitro and in vivo.
Zoltan Ivics Paul Ehrlich Institute Langen Germany Biography
Biography of Zoltan Ivics
Zoltán Ivics received his PhD in molecular biology from University of Minnesota in the USA and the Netherlands Cancer Institute.He was appointed as Head of Division at the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Langen, Germany, in 2011. He received recognition of the “Molecule of the Year” in 2009 for developing a hyperactive Sleeping Beauty transposase that opened the door for clinical applications. He has been serving as Member of the Board of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and as a faculty member of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy of the LOEWE (Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz) program in Hessen, Germany.
Dr. Jia obtained his Ph.D. from School & Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan
University, China in 2004. After Ph. D. study, he went to Center for Cancer
Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA, as a visiting scientist from 2005 to
2010. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2012 at Wuhan University. Dr. Jia’s
research interests mainly focus on the development of anti-cancer therapy and
the regulation of pre-mRNA alternative splicing.
Cizhong Jiang Tongji University Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Cizhong Jiang
Sustained and significant research contributions to the epigenetic regulatory roles of chromatin remodeling, histone modifications, DNA methylation and key factors in the early embryonic development, the differentiation of stem cells, somatic cell reprogramming, and the initiation, progress and metastasis of cancer. The expertise includes conventional and (ultra)-low-input ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, DNase I-seq, RNA-seq, etc., and high-throughput data analysis.
Guangfu Jin Nanjing Medical University Nanjing China Biography
Biography of Guangfu Jin
Guangfu Jin, PhD, a professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health,
Nanjing Medical University. The main research interests of Dr. Jin are focused on
molecular and genetic epidemiology, especially identifying biomarkers for cancer risk
prediction and prevention, clarifying biological roles of cancer risk related genetic
variants in carcinogenesis, understanding inherited and somatic genetic changes in
cancer with an integrated approach, assessing utility and effectiveness of biomarkers
in guiding cancer personalized prevention or therapy. To date, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, including those on Nature Genetics, Gastroenterology,
Gut and Am J Hum Genet, which have been cited by more than 4000 papers.
Alexis Kalergis The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago Chile Biography
Biography of Alexis Kalergis
Dr. Alexis M. Kalergis. He is a Professor at the Schools of Biological Sciences and Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He obtained the Julius Marmur Award for his MSc and PhD work on Microbiology and Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He performed post-doctoral training at the Albert Einstein and The Rockefeller University, supported by the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation. He is the Director of the Millennium Institute on Immunology and Immunotherapy. His research focuses on the molecular interactions regulating the T cell-DC synapse and their contribution to pathogen immunity and self-tolerance during autoimmunity.
Imre Kovesdi KILA Consultants Rockville, MD USA Biography
Biography of Imre Kovesdi
Dr. Kovesdi is an accomplished scientist as well as biotechnology entrepreneur and serves as CSO of DNAtrix and President of KILA Consultants. Prior to DNAtrix, Imre served as the CEO of Vectorlogics, a biotechnology company developing virus based cancer therapies. Previously, he served as CSO with GenVec where he directing research and development. Before joining GenVec, he led projects in the development of gene expression systems at the New York-based American Cyanamid Company. Imre was a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University, holds a PhD in molecular biology from SFU and a degree in electrical engineering from UBC. He is the holder of over 100 US and foreign patents and has authored over 130 scientific articles in the areas of virology, gene delivery and molecular biology.
Dan Li Chinese Academy of Sciences Changchun China Biography
Biography of Dan Li
Dr. Dan Li, the associate professor from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS,
China. She has published one book chapter and 56 articles with the h-index of 25. Her
research interests are mainly in the fields of applications of nanomaterials in gene delivery,
multiple testing of cytokines or bacteria, and diagnosis and therapy of cancer. She has
obtained four authorized patents and hosted or participated in eight projects.
Shinn-Zong (John) Lin Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation Taipei Taiwan Biography
Biography of Shinn-Zong (John) Lin
Professor Shinn-Zong (John) Lin, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Superintendent of China Medical University Beigang Hospital and Tainan Municipal An-Nan Hospital-China Medical University, and Vice Superintendent of the Center for Neuropsychiatry at China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan. Now, he is also the president of Taiwan Neurosurgical Society and Coeditor-in-chief of Cell Transplantation - The Regenerative Medicine Journal.
Gong-Ping Liu Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan China Biography
Biography of Gong-Ping Liu
Gong-Ping Liu received his PhD in Labor and environmental health from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He then received postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof. Jian-Zhi Wang during which he focused on the molecular mechanisms and gene therapy for neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Liu joined the Pathophysiology faculty at Huazhong University of Science and Technology as a lecturer in 2008. In 2013, he was hired as a professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology of the Pathophysiology faculty.
Guiyou Liu Capital Medical University Beijing China Biography
Biography of Guiyou Liu
I am interested in Bioinformatics, statistical genetics, and genomics about the human complex diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis), cancers, and autoimmune disease. We investigated the potential mechanisms of human complex diseases by integrating genome-wide association study with expression data, pathway analysis, and protein-protein interaction network. Until now, I have published 90 papers in international academic journals, such as Lancet Neurology, PNAS, Annals of Neurology, JAMA Neurology, Acta Neuropathol, Brain, Neurobiology of Aging, Molecular Neurobiology, and Journal of Neurochemistory. Google Citations: 1773; H-index: 26; I10-index: 49;
Alexander V. Ljubimov Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA USA Biography
Biography of Alexander V. Ljubimov
Dr. Ljubimov is Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Neurosurgery, Director of Eye Program of Regenerative Medicine Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and UCLA Professor of Medicine. He authored over 120 papers and is on editorial boards of 13 journals. He is an Overseas Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine (London), and Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is working on diabetic eye disease and cancer nanotechnology. He pioneered gene therapy for diabetic corneal stem cells, and discovered angiogenic role of protein kinase CK2. He contributed to the development of Polycefins, targeted nanodelivery systems for cancer treatment.
Lixia Lu Tongji University School of Medicine Shanghai China Biography
Biography of Lixia Lu
Prof. Lixia Lu graduated from Phillipe-Marburg University for her MD degree. Her research interest focused on the mechanistic study on retinal neurodegeneration and its relevant gene therapy and cell therapy. As first, co-corresponding and corresponding authors, she has more than 20 publications in Neurol dis, Exp Neurol, Ann Transl Med, IOVS, Stem Cell Res Ther and EER journals.
Fredric P. Manfredsson Michigan State University Grand Rapids, MI USA Biography
Biography of Fredric P. Manfredsson
Fredric Manfredsson received his undergraduate training in microbiology and virology at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences-Neuroscience from the University of Florida. He then received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Dr. Ronald Mandel and Dr. Alfred S. Lewin during which he focused on viral vector design and gene therapy for neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Manfredsson joined the neuroscience faculty at the University of Florida as a research Assistant Professor in 2010. In the end of 2010 he was hired as an Assistant Professor at the new Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Gianvito Martino San Raffaele Hospital Milan Italy Biography
Biography of Gianvito Martino
Dr. Martino received his Medical Degree in 1987 from the Univ. of Pavia where he completed his residency in Neurology in 1991. In 1990, He held the position of Research Associate at the Dept. of Neurology of the Univ. of Chicago. From 1992 to 2008, he worked first as Senior Scientist and then as Director of the Neuroimmunology Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan, where, from 2008, he acts as Director of the Dept. of Neuroscience. He is full professor of experimental biology at the Univ. Vita-Salute San Raffaele and honorary professor at Queen Mary Univ. of London.
Shigeo Masuda Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine Osaka Japan Biography
Biography of Shigeo Masuda
Dr. Shigeo Masuda received his MD from the University of Tokyo in 1996, and PhD in Hematology/Oncology from the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan. He was an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor at Jichi Medical University, Japan, from 2007 to 2012, and joined RIKEN CDB in 2011. He studied at the Belmonte Lab in the Salk Institute from 2012 to 2014. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery in Osaka University, Japan. His interest is regenerative medicine using iPS-derived cells, including molecular targeted therapy for iPS-derived undiﬀerenated cells to improve safety.
J.M. Mathis Louisiana State University California, LA USA Biography
Biography of J.M. Mathis
Dr. Mathis received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Currently, he is Professor and Department Head of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Having published over 100 scientific manuscripts, he has worked in the field of translational cancer research to develop multiple methods of gene and cell therapy, particularly in using adenovirus-based delivery vehicles. In particular, his laboratory has modified capsid proteins on adenovirus vectors for cancer retargeting and molecular imaging, as well as developed adenovirus-based cancer vaccines and conditionally replicating vectors for cancer therapy.
Guillermo D. Mazzolini Austral University Buenos Aires Argentina Biography
Biography of Guillermo D. Mazzolini
Guillermo D. Mazzolini obtained MD degree at the University of Rosario, Argentina. In 2000 obtained a PhD in gene therapy of cancer at the University of Navarra, Spain. Currently, he is the Director of Gene Therapy laboratory at Instituto de Investigaciones en Medicina Traslacional (IIMT), Universidad Austral-CONICET . In addition, he holds a position as Principal Investigator of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET), Deputy Director of the IIMT Universidad Austral-CONICET, and Director of the PhD Programe. The major research interests of Prof. Mazzolini includes molecular and cellular therapies in liver diseases, with an special focus on liver cancer. In addition, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in the field.
Paolo Muratori University of Bologna Bologna Italy Biography
Biography of Paolo Muratori
Born in Rimini, 51 years old, he graduated in Bologna in 1994, a specialist in Internal Medicine; he has always dealt with autoimmune liver disease, both from a clinical and research point of view. Author of more than 100 publications with an average impact factor> 7.
Qinghua Nie South China Agricultural University Guangzhou China Biography
Biography of Qinghua Nie
Qinghua NIE is a Professor of Animal Genetics & Genomics at South China Agricultural University. Recently he focus on the genetic and genomic mechanisms of muscle atrophy & development by using animal models.
Lalit S. Pukhrambam Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, MI USA Biography
Biography of Lalit S. Pukhrambam
Dr. Lalit Singh Pukhrambam obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Department Ophthalmology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit. His research interest involves cellular and molecular mechanisms of diabetes and its complications including diabetic retinopathy, oxidative stress, inflammasomes and innate immune responses, autophagy/mitophagy, mitochondrial dysfunction and retrograde nuclear signaling, epigenetics and gene and tissue engineering and therapies. He teaches Cell Biology and Histology for first year medical students and the renal system for graduate Ph.D. program.
Frédéric Relaix Paris Est-Creteil University Créteil France Biography
Biography of Frédéric Relaix
Dr. Frédéric Relaix, Ph.D., is currently employed as Professor of medicine at Université
Paris Est Créteil (UPEC), Créteil, France. Additionally, he is Director of the
ESPRY research department as well as the IMRB research center, and Director of
the team Biology of the neuromuscular system, at UPEC. His research interests
mainly lie in the subject areas/fields of Skeletal Muscle, Muscle Damage, Muscle
Function, Neuromuscular Disorders, Stem Cell Biology, Gene Expression, and Stem
Cell Culture. Dr. Relaix, as an author/co-author, has published more than 90
articles in various journals, having considerable number of total citations,
i.e. over 6,245.
Tizhong Shan Zhejiang University Hangzhou China Biography
Biography of Tizhong Shan
Dr. Tizhong Shan received Ph.D. in Animal Molecular Nutrition from Zhejiang University. HE
performed his postdoctoral work at University of Cincinnati and Purdue University. Currently, he is
a Professor at Zhejiang University. His research focuses on Molecular Nutrition, Adult Stem Cell and
Regulation of Glucose/Lipid Metabolism. So far, he has published more than 80 academic peer
review papers in different journals including Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, and Stem
Cells. At present, he serves as Editorial Board Member or Reviewer for several journals including
Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids, FASEB Journal, Obesity, Journal of Animal Science and
Watshara Shoombuatong Mahidol University Bangkok Thailand Biography
Biography of Watshara Shoombuatong
Watshara is an Assistant Professor in the Center of Data Mining and Biomedical Informatics, Faculty of Medical Technology, Mahidol University, Thailand. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Chiang Mai University. He has a very strong specialty in Machine Learning, Data Mining, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Structural Bioinformatics and Structural Biology, and Protein and Peptide Sequence Analysis. Watshara is motivated to develop an interpretable bioinformatics tools to provide a more in-depth understanding of the basis and important factor in enhancing a biological activity of protein and peptide.
Ulrich Siler University Childrens Hospital Zurich Zurich Switzerland Biography
Biography of Ulrich Siler
Dr. Ulrich Wolfgang Siler obtained his Habilitation of Venia Legendi for Pediatric
Immunology, Experimental Immunology and Gene Therapy in 2016 from the Medical
Faculty of University of Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Siler is currently employed as
Scientific Research Laboratory Head, in the Division of Immunology, at
University Children’s Hospital Zurich. His research interests mainly lie in the
subject areas/fields of Gene Therapy, Hematopoietic Stem Cells, Retroviral
Vectors, etc. Dr. Siler, as an author/co-author, has published more than 30
articles in various journals of international repute, having over 2,315 total
M. Simonato University of Ferrara Ferrara Italy Biography
Biography of M. Simonato
Michele Simonato is Professor of Pharmacology at the Medical Schools of the University of Ferrara and of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. He is Chair of a joint task force of the International League against Epilepsy and of the American Epilepsy Society, aimed at optimizing the development of new anti-epilepsy therapies. He received his MD at the University of Ferrara, and carried out his training at the University of Florence, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Duke University Medical Center. His research focuses on the development of new therapeutic approaches (in particular, gene therapy) for epilepsy.
S.K. Singh Banaras Hindu University Varanasi India
Richard O. Snyder University of Florida Gainesville, FL USA
Tao Song China University of Petroleum Qingdao China Biography
Biography of Tao Song
Prof. Tao Song is a full prefessor in China University of Petroleum,
China and Juan de la Cierva supported shcolar in Polytechnical
University de Madrid, Spain. His research interest includes molecular
computing, DNA and membrane computing, drug design, artificial
Guanbin Song Chongqing University Chongqing China Biography
Biography of Guanbin Song
Dr. Song is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Chongqing University, China. He received PhD degree from Chongqing University, China, and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and took the postdoctoral training at Tohoku University and Nagoya University, Japan. Dr. Song’s research interests focus on exploring the mechanisms of stem cell behaviors regulated by various physical or/and chemical factors. Dr. Song holds several patents and has published more than 100 international peer-reviewed papers, as well as two chapters in books.
Zhiyin Song Wuhan University Wuhan China
Guangchao Sui Northeast Forestry University Harbin China Biography
Biography of Guangchao Sui
Dr. Guangchao Sui is a professor and deputy dean in College of Life Sciences, Northeastern Forestry University. He received his Bachelor degree and Ph.D. degree of Biochemistry in Peking University, and his Ph.D. degree of Medicine in Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He had postdoctoral training in Harvard Medical School. He was an Assistant/Associate Professor in Department of Cancer Biology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and then recruited by Northeastern Forestry University. He served for many scientific review panels. His research interest is epigenetic regulation in cancers. He invented the DNA vector-based RNAi vector (shRNA, pSilencer) that is a common technique worldwide.
Zhenqiang Sun The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University Zhengzhou China Biography
Biography of Zhenqiang Sun
Sun Zhenqiang, graduated from Xiangya Medical College of Central South University. Doctor of Medicine, Postdoctor in Surgery. Doctor Sun has published about 30 papers in SCI journals such as Adv Sci, Mol Cancer, Oncogene, J Hematol Oncol, Cancer Lett, etc. Among them, there are 6 SCI articles with a score of more than 10 points and a maximum of 15.804 points (Adv Sci). Patents: 10 national patents are authorized, including 2 national invention patents.
Jie Sun Harbin Medical University Harbin China Biography
Biography of Jie Sun
Dr. Jie Sun received her Ph.D. in biophysics from Harbin Medical University, China. She has been engaged in the study of bioinformatics since 2004. Currently, she is a full associated professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Wenzhou Medical University, China. Her research interests include cancer bioinformatics, non-coding RNA bioinformatics and clinical bioinformatics. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited over 1800 times with the H-index of 24 and i10-index of 36 as indicated in Google Scholar (update in 2020.03). Dr. Sun contributed significantly to the computational identification of novel biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment response based on multi-omics data. She also conceptualized, designed developed, and co-developed computational methods/tools to analyze and interpret human genes, diseases and gene-disease association from system biology perspective.
Hua Tang Southwest Medical University Luzhou P.R. China Biography
Biography of Hua Tang
Dr. Hua Tang is a Professor of the Department of Pathophysiology at Southwest Medical University, China. She received her MD from Southwest Medical University, P.R. China in 2007. Her researches are focused on Bioinformatics and Cancer Biology. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in SCI-indexed journals. Dr. Tang's 3 papers were selected as highly cited papers from ESI. Her publications have been cited 1376 times with H-index of 20 in Clarivate Analytics.
Angus W. Thomson University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA USA
Marcio J. Tiera UNESP-Institute of Biosciences, Letters and Exact Sciences São Paulo Brazil Biography
Biography of Marcio J. Tiera
Marcio J. Tiera received his MSc and PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil), working under supervision of Miguel G. Neumann. From 1995 to 1997 he was a postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Biosciences, Humanities and Exact Sciences-UNESP (1995-1996). In 2005 he was postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Montreal University in the Françoise Winnik`s research group. In 2010 he conducted postdoctoral research at the Hôpital du Sacré Coeur de Montreal at the Orthopedic Research Group, led by Prof. Julio Cesar Fernandes. M. Tiera holds an Associate Professor position at the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at UNESP, the São Paulo State University. His current scientific interests are related to polymers and colloids, focusing the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles for non-viral gene therapy, antimicrobial activity of amphiphilics and self-assembly of nanosized aggregates.
Ya-yun Wang Air Force Military Medical University Xi'an China Biography
Biography of Ya-yun Wang
Dr Ya-Yun Wang received a PhD degree in Studies on the mechanism of nociception and antinociception from the Department of Anatomy & K. K. Leung Brain Research Centre, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China. Currently, she is a Professor and Director of the National Demonstration Center for Experimental Preclinical Medicine Education the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China. Also, she is a Principle investigator of Specific Lab for Mitochondrial Plasticity Underlying Nervous System Diseases. Besides, due to her outstanding contributions, she has won several awards in her research field. She has also published several articles, book chapters and abstracts in several distinguished journals.
Andrew Wilber Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Springfield, IL USA Biography
Biography of Andrew Wilber
Dr. Andy Wilber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology and Director of the Public Health Laboratory Sciences program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He obtained a PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Minnesota in Dr. R. Scott McIvor's laboratory, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Experimental Hematology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Dr. Arthur Nienhuis's laboratory. He is a member of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy for which he serves on the Viral Gene Transfer Vectors Committee and Hematologic and Immunologic Gene and Cell Therapy Committee. His laboratory uses state-of-the-art techniques to study primary human red blood cell differentiation and globin gene regulation. This information is used to develop novel strategies to increase fetal hemoglobin production in children or adults with sickle cell disease or severe β-thalassemia following lentiviral vector-mediated gene transfer into the patient’s own hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells.
Xudong Wu Tianjin Medical University Tianjin China
Florian M. Wurm Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Switzerland Biography
Biography of Florian M. Wurm
Florian M. Wurm received his academic training as a Biologist and Molecular Geneticist at
the University of Giessen.In 1995 he was appointed Chair and Professor for Biotechnology at the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Wurm has published more than 200 scientific
papers, many of them highly referenced, and holds more than 20 patents/patent-applications.
In 2008 Dr. Wurm was appointed Visiting Professor for Biotechnology at Jinan University in
Guangzhou. He was named to be among the 50 most influential people in the field of
antibodies in 2012 (rank 22 in an international survey). Dr. Wurm is a frequently invited
lecturer on international conferences in this field. He is recipient of the Honorary Member
Medal of the European Society of Animal Cell Technology.
Chuanle Xiao Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou P.R. China Biography
Biography of Chuanle Xiao
Dr. Chuan-Le Xiao obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Bioinformatics from Hunan Agricultural University, China. Currently he is a principal investigator at State Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology of Zhongshan Ophthalmology Center of Sun Yat-sen University. He is dedicated to studying the computational algorithms and application in the field of high-throughput sequencing and has developed a series of widely used software to solve the computational problems in the three-generation sequencing studies. He authored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including several high impact journals, such as Nature Methods, Molecular Cell, Nature Communications.
Nian Xiong Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan China Biography
Biography of Nian Xiong
Associate professor, Associate chief physician in Deparment of Neurology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China; President of Wuhan Red Cross Hospital, 392 Hongkong Road, Wuhan, Hubei, China. My research utilizes molecular and cell biology technologies to understand the etiology and pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease and dystonia, and develop potential treatment alternatives for PD and dytonia in cellular, Caenorhabditis elegans, mice and rats models, and translate them in to clinical patients.
Jialiang Yang Geneis Beijing Co., Ltd Beijing China Biography
Biography of Jialiang Yang
Jialiang Yang, Ph.D., is Vice President of Geneis Beijing Co., Ltd., and an adjunct professor in
College of Computer Science, Hunan University of Technology. Dr. Yang was train in both
mathematics and biomedical science. His main research interests include cancer early diagnosis,
gene testing and gene therapy, as well as methodology development for analyzing single cell
RNA sequencing data and integrating diverse data (e.g. genetic, genomic, transcriptomic and
proteomic data). Dr. Yang has published more than100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
Shaohua Yao Sichuan University Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Shaohua Yao
Shaohua Yao obtained a PhD in Biosciences at the Sichuan University. Dr. Yao is as Professor at the State Key Lab of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University. Currently, Dr. Yao mainly focused on expanding gene-editing tools based on CRISPR system and exploring novel none-viral gene delivery systems. With these tools and delivery systems, he aimed at modifying the genomes of targeted cells for therapeutic purpose.
Seppo Ylä-Herttuala University of Eastern Finland Kuopio Finland Biography
Biography of Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, MD, PhD, is a pioneer and leader in cardiovascular gene therapy. He was the first in the world to apply catheter-mediated adenoviral gene transfer to human arteries in 1995. Since then he has developed a highly successful research team focusing on angiogenesis, new members of the VEGF family and their clinical applications. He is also the originator of the concept of “epigenetherapy”. He has conducted nine phase I-III clinical trials with vectors produced in his laboratory and has served as President of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (2010-2012).
Ying Yuan Zhejiang University School of Medicine Hangzhou China Biography
Biography of Ying Yuan
Dr. Ying Yuan obtained MD and Ph.D. in Oncology from Zhejiang University School of Medicine and performed her postdoctoral work at University of Luebeck. Currently, she is working as a Professor at the Department of Oncology as well as Chief Oncologist of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine. Her main research interests include individualized treatment of malignant tumors and genetic studies of hereditary colorectal cancer. She has contributed to more than 80 scientific papers so far and was awarded the Southern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award.
Hu Zhang Sichuan University Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Hu Zhang
Dr. Hu Zhang obtained his PhD from Girton College & Department of Medicine, Cambridge University in 2012. Currently, he is working at the Department of Gastroenterology and Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, China. Dr. Hu has authored many scientific articles in internationally renowned international journals.
Xinmei Zhang Zhejiang University School of Medicine Hangzhou China Biography
Biography of Xinmei Zhang
Dr. Zhang is now a chief physician and director of general gynecology.in
Women’s Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine. Dr. Zhang has been
involved in translational and clinical research to develop novel treatments for
endometriosis and adenomyosis. His basic research mainly focused on the
mechanisms of endometriosis-associated pain, and was supported by the grants of the
National Key R&D Program of China, etc. He is a regular contributor to peer
reviewed scientific journals including Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility,
Obstetrics & Gynecology, etc. He has published over 100 scientific articles, and
authored a book of Adenomyosis.
Wen Zhang Huazhong Agricultural University Wuhan China Biography
Biography of Wen Zhang
Dr. Wen Zhang obtained the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree in Computational Mathematics from Wuhan University in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Following these, he received the Doctoral degree in Computer Science from Wuhan University in 2009. He worked at Wuhan University from 2009 to 2018. Currently, he is working as a Professor in the College of Informatics, Huazhong Agricultural University, People’s Republic of China. His research interests include machine learning, data mining and bioinformatics. He has published more than 60 papers in well-reputed journals or conferences, such as Nucleic acids research, Bioinformatics, PLoS Computational Biology, IEEE/ACM transactions on computational biology and bioinformatics, Information Science, etc.
Shidou Zhao Shandong University Jinan China Biography
Biography of Shidou Zhao
Dr. Zhao obtained a Ph.D. in Shandong University, Jinan, China. Currently Dr. Zhao is an Associate Professor in Center for Reproductive Medicine, Shandong University. Since 2011, he has worked on the pathogenesis and stem cell therapy of disorders in reproductive endocrinology, especially premature ovarian insufficiency. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, leaded three projects funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China and involved in two National Key Research & Development Programs of China.
Fang Zheng, PhD
Professor, Center for Gene Diagnosis, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Wuhan University Zhongnan Hospital, Wuhan, China; Committeeman of Education Group of Chinese Society of Laboratory Medicine; Standing Committee of Laboratory Medicine Branch of Chinese society of Geriatrics; Vice Secretary-General for Chinese Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Lipid and Lipoprotein Branch; Committeeman of Prenatal Diagnosis Association in Hubei Province.
Fuling Zhou Wuhan University Wuhan China Biography
Biography of Fuling Zhou
Dr. Fuling Zhou is currently working as a Professor and Chief Physician at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. She has completed her PhD in Hematology, Jiaotong University, Xi’an, P. R. China in 2006. Her research interests include the fields of haematology, oncology and biomedical sciences. She has had articles published in many well-renowned journals such as Microfluidics and Nanofluidics and European Journal of haematology etc.
Meng Zhou Wenzhou Medical University Wenzhou China Biography
Biography of Meng Zhou
Dr. Meng Zhou received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Jilin University in 2016, China. He has been engaged in the study of bioinformatics since 2004. Currently, he is a full associated professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Wenzhou Medical University, China. His research interests include computational system biology, bioinformatics and application for human complex disease. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers which have been cited over 2000 times with the H-index of 25 and i10-index of 36 as indicated in Google Scholar (update in 2020/5). There were 10 papers and 1 paper on the list of the ESI ‘Highly Cited Papers’ and ‘Hot Paper’, respectively. He is also the Associated Editor of the journal <Frontiers in Oncology> and <Frontiers in Genetics> and the editor of the journal <Current Bioinformatics>. Dr. Zhou contributed significantly to the computational identification of novel biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment response based on multi-omics data. He also conceptualized, designed developed, and co-developed computational methods/tools to analyze and interpret human genes, diseases and gene-disease associations from system biology perspective.
Peng Zhou University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Peng Zhou
Dr. Peng Zhou is an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). He received his PhD degree from Zhejiang University, P.R. China in 2011. From 2012 to 2013, he worked as a Post-doctor in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in SCI-indexed journals.
Feng Zhu Zhejiang University Hangzhou China Biography
Biography of Feng Zhu
Dr. Feng ZHU is a professor of the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Zhejiang University,
China. He is the vice-president of the Youth Analytical Pharmacology Committee of Chinese
Pharmacological Society, the committee member of the Computational Chemistry Committee of
Chinese Chemical Society, and the committee member of the Bioinformatics Committee of
China Computer Federation. As the corresponding/first author, he has published >100 papers in
reputable journals such as Nucleic Acids Res, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, Brief Bioinform,
Trends Pharmacol Sci, J Mol Biol, and Mol Cell Proteomics. His Google Scholar H-index is 31.
Prof. ZHU received Ph.D. degree from the Department of Pharmacy in National University of
Singapore, and his current research interests focused on (1) systematic analysis and discovery of
druggability and system profile of therapeutic drug target, (2) construction of methods and tools
facilitating novel drug & target discovery, (3) exploration of the mechanism underlying the
interaction between drugs and targets. For more information, please visit the official website of
his research lab at https://idrblab.org/
Yongchun Zuo Inner Mongolia University Hohhot China Biography
Biography of Yongchun Zuo
Dr. Yongchun Zuo, Ph.D. Professor of Bioinformatics center in College of Life Sciences, Inner Mongolia University. Professor Zuo researches focus on bioinformatics research of phenomics on mammalian early embryonic development, stem cell, and cell reprogramming, including identification of multi-scale key molecular markers, predictive webserver establishment, and information databases. He also interests on clinical significance and immunogenomic landscape analyses of the human immune cell, and computational biology of the DNA/protein function. So far he has published more than 70 academic peer review papers. As indicated by Google scholar, his papers have been cited more than 1200 times, with the H-index.
Marcelo B. de Jesus University of Campinas (UNICAMP) Campinas Brazil Biography
Biography of Marcelo B. de Jesus
Dr. Marcelo Bispo de Jesus is Group Leader of Nano-cell Interactions Lab. at University of Campinas, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in cell biology at the University of Groningen. Dr de Jesus was granted the Young Investigators Awards FAPESP, before taking up a position at the University of Campinas. In his current position, Dr de Jesus leads a multidisciplinary team working in the field of gene delivery and nanotoxicology.
Associate Editorial Board Members
Junwei Han Harbin medical university Harbin P.R. China Biography
Biography of Junwei Han
Dr. Junwei Han is an Associate Professor of College of Bioinformatics and Technology, Harbin Medical University. He received the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China, in 2015. He has been engaged in the study of Bioinformatics and Computational Systems Biology since 2005. Her research interests include biological software development, bionetwork analysis, identifying tumor markers. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in well-reputed journals, such as Bioinformatics, Nucleic acids research, Molecular Oncology, etc.
Fuyi Li Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Melbourne Australia Biography
Biography of Fuyi Li
Dr Fuyi Li received his PhD in bioinformatics from Monash University, Australia. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia. He has published >30 papers in reputable journals such as Nature Communications, Bioinformatics, Brief Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics and Molecular microbiology. His Google Scholar citation is >1000 and h-index is 15. , and his current research interests focused on protein post-translational modifications prediction, DNA/RNA sequence analysis, protein structural analysis, DNA/RNA post-transcriptional modification prediction, and antimicrobial resistance phenotype prediction of human bacterial pathogens using whole-genome sequence data.
Rosalba Parenti University of Catania Catania Italy Biography
Biography of Rosalba Parenti
Prof. Rosalba Parenti is Associate Professor of Physiology at University of Catania, Italy. She is Head of
Laboratory of Molecular & Cellular Physiology of BIOMETEC, and Delegate of the Rector of the University of
Catania as “Titolare dello Stabilimento Utilizzatore Unico and Preclinical Area of the Center for Advanced
Preclinical in vivo Research (CAPiR). She received her Ph.D in “Neurosciences” from University of L’Aquila,
Italy in 1995. The scientific career of Prof. Parenti is focused on understanding the cellular pathways and
molecular modifications that can shift omeostatic cellular balance to pathological conditions.
Francesco Porta University of Torino Turin Italy Biography
Biography of Francesco Porta
Francesco Porta obtained MD degree, residency in Pediatrics, and PhD in experimental Pediatrics at the University of Torino. His clinical and research activity is mostly focused in the field of inborn errors of metabolism, including disorders of neurotransmission. Currently, he is licensed associate professor of Pediatrics and metabolic pediatrician at the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Torino. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in the field of Pediatrics.
Subbroto K. Saha Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD USA Biography
Biography of Subbroto K. Saha
Dr. Saha is a postdoctoral fellow at the Dept. of Gynecology
& Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Medicine. He completed his PhD from
Konkuk University, South Korea. His area of interest is Molecular
Cancer Biology, Targeted Therapy, Drug delivery, Signal Transduction,
Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics. He has published more than
35 research articles.
Dr. Prof. Tao Sun is currently an associate professor at School of Pharmacy, Fudan University (China). His research mainly includes functional drug formulation, targeting drug delivery and theranostics prodrug design. He published more than 50 papers on ACS Nano, Nano Lett., Biomaterials, et. al, with a H-index 21.
Rong Xu Monash University Melbourne Australia Biography
Biography of Rong Xu
Dr Rong Xu received his PhD in the field of Biochemistry from La Trobe University in 2017 and work as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Genetics at La Trobe University. His research interest has mainly focused on extracellular vesicle isolation and characterisation, profile protein and RNA of extracellular vesicle, and function characterization, and diagnostic and therapeutic application of cancer-derived extracellular vesicles. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters in the field of extracellular vesicle, proteomics, and cancer which has been cited over 1,800 times with the H-index of 15 and i10-index of 16. There were 3 papers on the list of the WOS as “highly cited papers”. He serves as an associated Editorial Member for Current Gene Therapy journal.
Xiao Yang Sichuan University Chengdu China Biography
Biography of Xiao Yang
Dr. Xiao Yang received her Ph.D degree in biomedical engineering department, National
University of Singapore. She is currently an associate professor at National Engineering
Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University. Her research mainly includes cell-
substrate interaction, bone disease treatment (osteoporosis/osteosarcoma), and
biomaterials design. She published more than 30 papers on Science Advances, Biomaterials,
ACS appl mater & int, Nano Research, et. al.
Jiajia Zhou Yat-sen University Guangzhou China Biography
Biography of Jiajia Zhou
Dr Jiajia Zhou received his MD degree in the field of Clinical Medicine (Surgery) from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. He is currently working in the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. His research interest mainly focused on the molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis in liver cancer and hepatology cancer metabolism and Role of non-coding RNA in cancer. His current research objective is to investigate the mechanisms underlying the long non-coding RNA dysregulation and glucose metabolism dysfunction in the development of hepatoma.
Liang Zong Nanjing Medical University Nanjing China Biography
Biography of Liang Zong
Prof. Liang Zong, as a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:
MEXT) Scholarship winner, graduated from the University of Tokyo
and got his Ph.D. Degree in 2017. In 2014, he won the Grand Prize of
Research Award from the University of Tokyo. In 2015, he won a First
Prize in the thesis defense of the University of Tokyo. In 2019, he won
the third Prize of Future Scientist in 2019 Chinese Gastric Cancer
Congress. Till now he published over 60 SCI papers, e.g. Lancet,
Journal of Clinical Oncology, Oncogene, and Gastric Cancer. These
papers were cited over 450 times.
Betül Çelebi-Saltık Hacettepe University Ankara Turkey Biography
Biography of Betül Çelebi-Saltık
Dr. Betül Çelebi-Saltik is Associate Professor at Hacettepe University, Department of Stem Cell Sciences. Dr. Çelebi-Saltik graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Ankara, Turkey. She received her master’s degree from Ankara University, Biotechnology Institute in 2007. She then earned her PhD degree in biochemistry at Laval University, Canada in 2012. She was awarded with Ministry of Education of Turkey and The Science Academy of Turkey. She joined to Hacettepe University in 2013. Her group has concentrated working on human bone marrow, umbilical cord/cord blood and cancer stem cells biology and biochemistry.