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Prof Joachim Wink
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany

Prof Joachim Wink has received his PhD from Frankfurt University, Germany in 1985. He then went into the pharmaceutical industry and started his career at the Hoechst AG, where he was responsible for the strain collection and specialized in the cultivation and taxonomic characterization of Actinobacteria and Myxobacteria. Over the years he became responsible for the strain library within the pharmaceutical research and a number of screening projects with Hoechst Marion Russel, Aventis and Sanofi. In 2005 he completed his postdoctoral degree at the Carolo Wilhelma University of Braunschweig, and in 2012 he transferred to the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, where he founded the strain-collection working group and is currently working on the isolation and taxonomic characterization of Myxobacteria and Actinobacteria, as well as the analysis of their secondary metabolites.

Prof. Michael Steinert
Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

Prof. Michael Steinert is Managing Director of the Institute for Microbiology at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. He did his Graduation and PhD with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. J. Hacker at the Institute of Molecular Infektion Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany. His Post-Doctoral research at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, US and worked on topics mainly on Legionella, Mycobacteria and protozoa. He is member of Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibnitz-Institute DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Culturesand Member of the Executive Board of the Graduate School of HZI-Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig.

Prof Saisamorn Lumyong
Department of Biology, Chiang Mai University

Dr. Saisamorn Lumyong’s research interests have been focused in the areas of microbial diversity and microbial ecology. Dr. Lumyong earned a B.Sc degree from Chiang Mai University (majoring in agriculture with an emphasis on plant protection), a M.Sc. from Kasetsart University and she obtained her Ph.D. from Hokkaido University, Japan. In 1975, she accepted the position of lecturer at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at Chiang Mai University (CMU). In 1979 she was promoted to Assistant Professor and she became Associate Professor in 1982. In 2006, she was promoted to a Full Professor and has been very active in her research until present. She has been a recipient of many International outstanding awards in mycological research. Additionally, she has published extensively, since 1981, she has 255 peer-reviewed publications under her names.

Prof. Tohru Dairi
Hokkaido University, Japan

Tohru Dairi received his B.Sc. (1983) and M.Sc. (1985) degrees from Nagoya University, Japan. From 1985 to 1994, he joined Kyowa Hakko Kogyo, Co. Ltd. After receiving his Ph. D from The University of Tokyo (1992), he got the position of Assistant Professor at Toyama Prefectural University (1994), and was promoted to Associate Professor at the same university in 1995. In 2010, he got the position of Professor in the Division of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University. Tohru Dairi received his B.Sc. (1983) and M.Sc. (1985) degrees from Nagoya University, Japan. From 1985 to 1994, he joined Kyowa Hakko Kogyo, Co. Ltd. After receiving his Ph. D from The University of Tokyo (1992), he got the position of Assistant Professor at Toyama Prefectural University (1994), and was promoted to Associate Professor at the same university in 1995. In 2010, he got the position of Professor in the Division of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University. He has been awarded Hamada Award (1998) & Society Award (2010) from The Society for Actinomycetes Japan; Encouragement of Young Scientists (2000) from Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry; Sumiki-Umezawa Memorial Award (2004).

Prof. Chenghang Sun
Institute of Medicinal Biotechnology (IMB) Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China

Dr. Chenghang Sun received his Master and Ph.D degree majored in Microbiology and Biochemical Pharmacology in Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College in 1994 and 1999, respectively. After joined the faculty of Institute of Medicinal Biotechnology in 1994, he was further trained in Omura’s group, Kitasato Institute, Japan and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University as Postdoc in the fungicide and anti-TB drug research areas. Back to IMB in 2004, he actively engaged in new strategies to discover new antibiotics, such as discovery of new species of pharmaceutical actinobacteria from special environment, directly bioprospecting new antibiotic producing strains and highly efficient discovery of new antibiotics by modern analytic methods etc.

Dr. Wasu Pathom-aree
Chiang Mai Univ.

Wasu Pathom-aree, Chiang Mai Univ. (B.Sc., 1994), Kasetsart Univ. (M.Sc., 1999), Newcastle Univ. (Ph.D., 2005, Michael Goodfellow), Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology, Haikou (OHEC fellowship, 2009), Wuhan Univ., Wuhan (MOST-TICA 2011-2012 and NSFC-NRCT 2011-2012, 2013-2014), Kitasato Univ., Tokyo (UMAP and Hitachi Fellowship, 2010 & 2013, Yoko Takahashi), Chung-Ang Univ., Korea (Brain Korea 21, 2014-2015), Erasmus Mundus Mobility 2014-2018 (Univ. of Granada, Univ. of Lyon2, Warsaw Univ. of Life Sciences, Univ. of Crete), Shizuoka Univ., Shizuoka (JSPS Fellowship, 2015-2018), Erasmus+ 2018-2019 (Univ. Of Granada); Asst. Prof., Chiang Mai Univ. (2013-present). Research fields: Actinobacterial diversity and their biotechnological applications with focus on extreme/under explored habitats such as cave and marine/mangrove sediments

Prof. Satya Prakash Singh
Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Prof. Satya Prakash Singh, Ph.D. Currently working as Professor & Head Department of Biosciences, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat, India and coordinator of the UGC- CAS programme of the Department. Masters in Microbiology from G. B. Pant Univ of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India and PhD from Griffith Univ, Australia. Worked at National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan as visiting scientist with Dr. Kiyoshi Hayashi and visited Yangoon University, Myanmar as visiting professor. Have 25 years of research experience on the diversity, phylogeny and enzymatic characteristics of the halophilic/haloalkaliphilic microorganisms.

Prof. A.K. Dubey
Netaji Subhas University of Technology, New Delhi

Dr. Ashok Dubey joined Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology during May 2001 as Professor of Biotechnology and has since been its founding Head of Department.Professor Dubey was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi during 1991 while he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Dr. R. J. Roberts at Cold Spring Harbour, New York, USA. Subsequently, he moved from IIT-Delhi to the Bimolecular Research Institute at the Division of Health Sciences of CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia in 1998 and continued there until his move to NSIT. He has worked extensively on restriction enzymes and 5-methyl Cytosine DNA methyltransferase, MspI while working at Cold Spring Harbor and IIT Delhi, which led to several publications. His main research interests at NSIT include the discovery of anti-microbial agents, novel therapeutics for inflammation, diabetes and cancer; along with further exploring the diversity of actinobacteria.

Prof. K. Kannabiran
VIT University, Vellore, India

K. Kannabiran is currently serving as Professor & Head at Divisionof Biomolecules and Genetics, School of Biosciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore, India. He has published many research articles in reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of repute. Many proteases from the Haloalakliphilic bacteria and actinomycetes have been purified in his lab and characterized during the last several years for the enzyme catalysis, stability and structure and function relationship. Many unique features have been identified and are being further explored. Cloning and over-expression of the protease genes are being carried out. This work was sponsored by a multiinstitutional project from DBT, Government of India (2007-2012) and is being further pursued under the umbrella of a multifaceted project from the University Grant Commission, New Delhi, India.

Dr. Nandkumar Mukund Kamat
Goa University

Dr NandKumar is the Assistant Professor in the department of Botany (Goa University).He has an experience of more than 15 years. He has done his M.Sc.(Biochemistry) from Bombay University and Ph.D.(Microbiology) again from Bombay University. More than 10 students has completed Ph.D. under his able guidance. Goa legislative assembly last year unanimously passed a congratulatory motion commending scientist DR. Nandkumar of the Goa University for his contribution in the fields of ecology, anthrolology, history, socio-economic life of the people and other segments.

Dr. C. Subathra Devi
VIT University, Vellore, India

Dr. C. Subathra Devi is currently an Assistant Professor Senior at Vellore Institute of Technology in Vellore,Tamil Nadu,India. Her main research focus is on actinobacteria. Her lab is currently working on clot buster enzymes, actinokinases, nattokinase & recombinant streptokinase. Dr.Subathra”s lab focuses on a diverse array of actinobacteria related to anti-cancer, anti-bacterial & other bioactive metabolites. From her research lab two marine actinobacterial strains were deposited in National collection of industrial microorganisms (NCIM). She has published over 130 research papers, 3 books & 5 book chapters in the past 10 years in the field of microbial biotechnology.

Dr. Syed G Dastager
National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

Dr. Syed G Dastager did his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Gulbarga University Gulbarga. Karnataka, India during 2006. Later he joined as Post Doctoral Research Associate at Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Korea. After returning to India, he served CSIR at various capacities like, Fellow Scientist- NIIST Trivandrum. Scientist at NIO, Goa and presently he is a Senior Scientist at CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. He works on Bacterial systematics/Environmental-Microbiology/Plant-Microbe Interaction/Secondary metabolites. He has reported about 65 new microbial species from different habitats of India. He has visited China, Brazil, Germany and Mexico under various vising fellowships. He has published about 105 papers in international journals of high repute. He serving Associate editor and Editorial board member to International Microbiology and Microbiological Research journals respectively.

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