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Christof M. Aegerter

Physics Institute and Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
Expertise: Physical Biology, Biological Physics, Disordered Systems, Multiple Scattering, Foams, Granular Matter, Non-equilibrium Physics, Anderson Localization

Irina U. Agoulnik

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU Baylor College of Medicine
Expertise: Steroid receptors, their coregulators, and cell signaling in endocrine malignancies

Aamir Ahmad

Oncologic Sciences, Mitchell Cancer Institute
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Expertise: Cancer Health Disparity, Metastasis, Drug Resistance, Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), miRNAs, Epigenetics, Cancer Stem Cells, Personalized Cancer Medicine

Sunil Ahuja

Professor of Medicine, Micro/Immunology, South Texas Veterans Health Care System and University Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Expertise: Genetics, genomics and epidemiology of human diseases, especially HIV and allergy

Irving C. Allen

Assistant Professor,  Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia Tech University
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Expertise: Immunology, Innate Immunity, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Cancer, and Animal Models

Juan Antonio Añel 

Universidade de Vigo and University of Oxford
Vigo, Spain and Oxford, UK
Expertise: Physics of climate and atmospheric sciences

Alessio Avenanti

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Bologna
Expertise: Cognitive neuroscience, Brain stimulation methods in humans

Vipul Bansal

Director, Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility, Leader, NanoBiotechnology Research Laboratory (NBRL), School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Expertise: Nanobiotechnology and materials chemistry for biosensing, drug-delivery, theranostic, imaging and catalysis

Jean-Claude Baron

INSERM U894, Centre de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences, Hôpital Sainte-Anne and Université Paris 5
Paris, France
Expertise: The pathophysiology of stroke and dementia using mainly imaging and behavioral measures in both patients and rodent models

Bernhard Baune

Professor of Psychiatry, Chair of Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia
Expertise: Psychiatric neuroscience, mood disorders, cognitive function, neuroimmunology

Jacob D. Biamonte

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
Expertise: Quantum computing, tensor networks, quantum machine learning, physics of information

Matthew Bogyo

Department of Pathology and Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University
Stanford, California, USA
Expertise: Design, synthesis and applications of small molecule probes of enzyme function

Ben Bond-Lamberty

Joint Global Change Research Institute
College Park, Maryland, USA
Expertise: Forest ecology, boreal forests, carbon cycling, disturbances, modeling

Amanda Schurle Bruce

Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Expertise: Clinical psychology, pediatrics, neuroimaging, decision neuroscience, obesity, motivation

Vladimir Brusic

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston University
Expertise: Bioinformatics, Health Informatics, Immunology, Vaccines, Computer Modeing, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Data Analytics

Emmanuel A. Burdmann

Division of Nephrology, University of São Paulo Medical School
São Paulo, Brazil
Expertise: Epidemiology, mechanisms, diagnostic and treatment of acute kidney injury



Patrick Callaerts

Laboratory of Developmental Genetics, VIB & Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Expertise: Developmental (neuro)genetics, behavioral genetics, Drosophila, evo-devo

Eric Cascales

Professor, Institute of Structural Biology and Microbiology, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Aix-Marseille Université
Marseille, France
Expertise: Macromolecular systems, Cell envelope biogenesis, Molecular Microbiology, Bacterial Secretion Systems, Protein Targeting and Transport

Han Y.H. Chen    

Professor, Department of Natural Resources Management, Lakehead University
Ontario, Canada
Expertise: Forest Ecology, Plant Diversity, Ecosystem Functions, Climate Change Impact on Forests

Mark Cookson

National Institutes of Health
Bethseda, Maryland, USA
Expertise: Molecular biology of proteins related to inherited Parkinsons' disease

Nils Cordes

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Radiobiology, Dresden University of Technology OncoRay - National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology
Dresden, Germany
Expertise: Radiation biology, cell-extracellular matrix interactions, integrins, growth factor receptors, signaling, invasion, chromatin

Ben Cowling

School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Expertise: Influenza virus epidemiology

Peter Csermely

Semmelweis University, Department of Medical Chemistry
Budapest, Hungary
Expertise: Network topology, network dynamics, protein-protein interaction networks, protein structure networks, signaling networks

Gemma Elizabeth Derrick

Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK
Expertise: Research evaluation, research and innovation policy, bibliometrics/scientometrics, evidence-based policymaking, societal and scientific impact, societal returns from research, evaluation frameworks, public health and medical research, research dynamics and science communication.

Andrew DeWan

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Public Health
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Expertise: Genome-wide association and sequencing studies of asthma, preeclampsia, sepsis

 David Dowdy

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Expertise: Tuberculosis, diagnostic epidemiology, mathematical modeling, implementation science, health economics

Oliver Eickelberg

Chairman, Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC), Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Helmholtz Zentrum München; Director, Institute of Lung Biology and Disease (iLBD), Helmholtz Zentrum München; Vice Chairman, German Center for Lung Research (DZL); Professor of Medicine, Division Experimental Pneumology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Expertise: Respiratory medicine, signal transduction, extracellular matrix dynamics

Hany A. El-Shemy

Biochemistry Department, Cairo University
Giza, Egypt
Expertise: In the fields of plant biotechnology and medicinal plants (Molecular Biology)

Alistair Evans

Senior Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University
Expertise: Evolutionary morphology, teeth, mammals, functional morphology, evo-devo, vertebrate paleontology, morphometrics

Tim Friede

Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Medical Statistics, University Medical Center Göttingen
Göttingen, Germany
Expertise: Clinical biostatistics including clinical trial design and systematic reviews / meta-analyses



Ferenc Gallyas Jr.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry, University of Pecs Medical School
Expertise: Mechanisms of cell death, mitochondrial events, intracellular signalling, PARP, HSP

Stephen D. Ginsberg

Associate Professor, Nathan Kline Institute and New York University School of Medicine
Orangeburg, New York, USA
Expertise: Degenerative mechanisms within vulnerable neurons in human brains and models

Lise Lotte Gluud 

Hvidovre Hospital

John P. Hart

Director, Research & Collections Division, New York State Museum
Albany, New York, USA
Expertise: Agricultural evolution, paleoethnobotany, late prehistoric archaeology, northeastern North America

Kenji Hashimoto

Professor of Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Chiba University Center for Forensic Mental Health
Chiba, Japan
Expertise: Neuroscience; Mental Health; Schizophrenia; Mood disorder; Substance abuse; Biomarker; Brain-derived neurotrophioc factor; Oxidative stress; D-Amino acids

Joshua L. Heazlewood

Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Expertise: The role of metabolic partitioning in plant growth and development using integrated systems approaches

Berthold Heinze

Austrian Federal Research Centre for Forests BFW
Vienna, Austria
Expertise: Tree molecular genetics, plant genomics, Chloroplast DNA, genetic conservation

Susanne Hempel

Behavioral Scientist, Evidence-based Practice Center, RAND Corporation
Santa Monica, California, USA
Expertise: Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, critical appraisal, healthcare quality improvement, individual differences

Jörg D. Hoheisel

Head of Division, Functional Genome Analysis, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
Heidelberg, Germany
Expertise: Functional genomics, proteomics, biotechnology, immunoassays, synthetic biology

K. David Hyrenbach

College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Hawai'i Pacific University
Kaneohe, Hawai'i, USA
Expertise: Oceanic conservation, marine mega-vertebrates, oceanography, pelagic biogeography, marine debris

Mark Isalan

Reader in Gene Network Engineering, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London
London, UK
Expertise: Systems and synthetic Biology; protein engineering; zinc fingers; genome editing.

Christopher James Johnson

Research Biologist, USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Expertise: Animal Research and Welfare; Prion Diseases; Environmental Persistence of Pathogens

Andrew H. Kemp

Associate Professor, Swansea University 
Swansea, United Kingdom
Expertise: Biological psychology - neuropsychiatry - affective neuroscience - public health - epidemiology

Kornelius Kupczik

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Leipzig, Germany
Expertise: Anatomy, Musculoskeletal System, Evolutionary Ecology, Paleontology, Paleoanthropology, Paleontology



Jerson Laks

Coordinator of the Alzheimer's Disease Center, Institute of Psychiatry, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Expertise: Geriatric psychiatry, dementia, depression, cognition, neuropsychology, Alzheimer's, caregiver, elderly, psychiatry.

Alfred S. Lewin

Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Expertise: Gene therapy of inherited and age-related retinal degeneration.

Alejandro Lucia

Professor in Exercise Physiology and Senior Researcher, Universidad Europea and Research Institute (i+12)
Madrid, Spain
Expertise: Physical activity and health/disease, exercise and genetics

Mercedes Susan Mandell

Professor with Tenure, Anesthesiology, University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado, USA
Expertise: Clinical studies in liver transplantation

David McCormick

Senior Vice-President and Director, Life Sciences, IIT Research Institute
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Expertise: Cancer prevention, toxicology, preclinical drug discovery and development, non-ionizing radiation

James Meador

Environmental Toxicologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
Seattle, Washington, USA
Expertise: Toxicology, dose metrics, bioaccumulation, environmental chemistry, metabolic disruptors, fisheries, invertebrate biology

Adina Merenlender

Department of Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley
Expertise: Conservation biologist: landscape field studies, spatially explicit modeling, environmental stewardship

Alex Mesoudi

Associate Professor of Cultural Evolution, University of Exeter
Cornwall, UK
Expertise: Cultural evolution, social learning / cultural transmission, gene-culture coevolution, evolutionary psychology

Claudia Mettke-Hoffmann

Reader in Animal Behaviour, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University
Expertise: Cognitive ecology animal personality research birds

Lyle Moldawer

University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Expertise: Acute renal failure, Antigen processing and recognition, Antigen-presenting cells, Autoimmune diseases, Bacterial diseases, Clinical immunology, Dermatology, Diagnostic medicine, Genetics, Genomics, Immunology, Inflammation, Microbiology, Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, Proteomics, Pseudomonas infections, Renal critical care, Sepsis, Staphylococcal infection, Transplantation, Veterinary medicine

Partha Mukhopadhyay

National Institutes of Health
Rockville, Maryland, USA
Expertise: Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Nephrology, Cardiovascular system, Oncology, Molecular Biology, miRNA



Olivier Neyrolles

Institute of Pharmacology & Structural Biology, CNRS-University of Toulouse
Expertise: Tuberculosis and host-pathogen interactions

Douglas Nixon

Chairman of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Tropical Medicine,The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC, USA
Expertise: HIV-1 infection, T cell immunity, common variable immunodeficiency disorders

Joseph P.R.O. Orgel

Associate Professor of Biology, Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
Expertise: Extracellular Matrix, collagen structure, fibrous proteins, X-ray diffraction, brain imaging

Madhukar Pai

Professor of Epidemiology & Director of Global Health Programs, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Expertise: Improving the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in high-burden countries

Alexander Panfilov

Universiteit Gent
Gent, Belgium
Expertise: Computational biology, Musculoskeletal system, Cardiovascular anatomy, Biomechanics, Biophysics, Computer modeling, Medical physics, Cardiology, Myocardial infarction, Arrhythmia

Wayne A. Phillips

Professor, Division of Cancer Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Expertise: Cancer biology, PI3K pathway, Barrett's oesophagus, oesophageal cancer, preclinical models


Adam Ratner

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Columbia University
New York, New York, USA
Expertise: Infectious diseases, pediatrics, congenital and perinatal infections, pore-forming toxins

Marty Roop

Professor, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine
Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Expertise: Bacterial pathogenesis, prokaryotic biology and gene regulation, bacterial metal homeostasis

Cheryl S. Rosenfeld

Expertise: Epigenetics, animal models, DOHaD, and behavior.

Luis Schang

Professor, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada
Expertise: Chemical virology to study viral entry, gene expression and chromatin dynamics

Harald H.H.W. Schmidt

Head of Department, Maastricht University, Pharmacology
Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
Expertise: Cardiovascular pharmacology and drug discovery

Christian Schönbach

Immunoinformatics Research Team, Advanced Genome Information Technology Research, RIKEN Yokohama Institute, RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center (GSC)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Expertise: Genomics, transcriptomes, biological data management, molecular genetics, mouse, subcellular organelles, gene expression, immunology, major histocompatibility complex

Guy J-P. Schumann

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Water and Carbon Cycle Group
Expertise: Remote Sensing, Microwave, Radar, Flood Hydrology, Hydrodynamics, Digital Elevation Model

Neil R. Smalheiser

Expertise: Neuroscience, psychiatry, genomics, small RNAs, informatics, text mining, scientific discovery

Peter Sommer

Head of Scientific Affairs, French-German Advanced Translational Drug Discovery Center
Alsace, France
Expertise: Viral host factors, viral pathogenesis, viral restriction factors, retroviruses

Cordula M Stover

Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester
Leicester, United Kingdom
Expertise: Mouse models of sepsis and tumour, knockout genetics, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, clinical studies (endocrine, autoimmune)



Christian Taube

Department of Pulmonology, Leiden University Medical Center
The Netherlands
Expertise: Pulmonary medicine, asthma, COPD, airway inflammation, obstructive lung disease

Thomas Thatcher

Research Assistant, Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, USA
Expertise: Lung inflammation and disease focusing on fibrosis and cigarette smoking

Brett D. Thombs

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Expertise: Psychosocial issues in chronic illness, RCTs, diagnostic tests, evidence synthesis

Praveen Thumbikat

Department of Urology, Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Expertise: Inflammation, immunity, pain and host-pathogen mechanisms in urologic diseases.

Rochelle Tractenberg

Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, D.C., USA
Expertise: Research methodology; measurement/outcomes; for higher education and biomedical sciences

Derya Unutmaz

Professor of Microbiology, Pathology and Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Langone Medical Center
New York, New York, USA
Expertise: Dissecting the mechanisms of human immune response and regulation

Sten H. Vermund

Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Expertise: Infectious disease epidemiology, especially HIV, HPV, STI, parasites, child health

Per Westermark

Department of Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden
Expertise: Neurodegenerative diseases, Amyloid research

Gayle E. Woloschak

Departments of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology, Robert E. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Expertise: Nanotechnology interfaces with biology, radiation biology, molecular biology, imaging

Gavin Woodhall

Professor of Neuropharmacology, Aston University
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Expertise: Neuronal networks, epilepsy, animal models, human tissue, ethics

Shin Yamazaki

Research Associate Professor, Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas, USA
Expertise: Chronobiology and Circadian Rhythms