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Journal of Infectious Diseases & Therapy
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Editorial Board

Steven Fiering

Editor-in-Chief
Steven Fiering
Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
Geisel School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Dr. Fiering received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in 1975, and his Doctorate from Stanford in 1990. After postdoctoral work as an NIH research fellow and research associate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Fiering joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology at Dartmouth Medical School in 1997.

 Biography
Research Interest :

My lab investigates the function of various cis-regulatory DNA elements in controlling transcription during mammalian development. Our present focus is on the beta-globin locus and in particular, how expression of one gene at the locus suppresses expression of other nearby genes. We are also interested in mouse models of cancer and are developing novel mouse models. The influence of tobacco smoke exposure on the innate immune system is another area of research in the lab.

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Keiji Ueda

Keiji Ueda
Professor
Division of Virology
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Japan
Tel: 81-6-879-3780

Biography :

I have been studying virological matters for many years since I started to study hepatitis B virus research in Graduate School at Osaka University School of Medicine.  I have learned a lot from Dr. Ken-ichi Matsubara and Dr. Toshiki Tsurimoto who were mentors at Graduate School, Dr. Koichi Yamanishi who had been Professor, Department of Microbiology at Osaka University School of Medicine, Dr. Norio Hayashi who had been Professor, Gastroenterology at Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine and Dr. Don Ganem who was a mentor when I was a postdoctoral fellow in his Lab at UCSF, through studying hepatitis B virus and Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus and still have been searching for how viruses regulate and/or modulate host cellular functions to maintain themselves.

 Biography
Research Interest :

I would like to clarify total processes how viruses enter into cells, express their genes, amplify the genomes, assemble virus particles and egress out of cells.

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David J Bzik

David J Bzik
Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
USA

Biography :

Dr. David J Bzik completed PhD in biophysics from Pennsylvania State university and has done his postdoctoral trainings at Dartmouth Medical School, Pennsylvania State university and MRC virology unit Scotland.He has published more than 60 research articles in peer reviewed journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

By understanding the pathways of host manipulation we aim to develop new approaches to reverse tumor tolerance, alter disease cell states, and generate more effective vaccines for infectious diseases and cancer.  Our immediate goals are focused on development of effective cancer vaccines and new tumor therapy based on an attenuated pathogen.

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Pia Forsberg

Pia Forsberg
Professor
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Linköping University
Sweden

Biography :

Dr Pia Forsberg is currently working as a Professor in Infectious Medicine at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University and a Consultant in Infectious Diseases,Linköping University and University Hospital of Linköping.

 Biography
Research Interest :

 Tick-borne diseases with special focus on the clinical manifestations , diagnostic aspects, epidemiology and immune-response. 

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Michael Linden R

Michael Linden R
Professor
Department of Infectious Diseases
King’s College London School of Medicine
UK

Biography :

After receiving his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland, Prof. Linden trained in Molecular Virology at Cornell University Medical College, N.Y. He then joined the faculty at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he used a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the molecular mechanisms and the potential applicability of site-specific genome integration by adeno-associated virus (AAV). In 2007, he moved on to set up a new research group at King’s College London. His contributions to the field include the biochemical and structural determination of the AAV Rep proteins, which orchestrate all aspects of the AAV life cycle, and the proposal of a mechanism of site-specific integration. During these studies Prof. Linden’s laboratory has demonstrated the potential of using embryonic stem cells for gaining insights into complex viral mechanisms.More recently, Prof. Linden has engaged in the field of AAV-mediated gene therapy and, in his role as the Director of the UCL Gene Therapy Consortium is responsible for clinical grade vector production and the support for further developments in UK based gene therapy efforts. In this context Prof. Linden is actively engaged in translational projects aimed at the development of therapies for a variety of diseases using AAV-based vectors.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Molecular Virology; Gene Therapy; parvoviruses; AAV; site-specific genome integration; viral DNA replication; embryonic stem cells as a model for viral mechanisms.

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Joan Elizabeth Nichols

Joan Elizabeth Nichols
Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Texas Medical Branch
USA
Tel: (409) 392-0774

Biography :

Joan E. Nichols Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology and the Associate Director of Research for the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Nichols is a course director for both the Graduate School Microbiology and Immunology General Virology Course and the School of Medicine Pathobiology and Host Defense course for first year medical students and has been listed in Who’s Who in Medical Education.   Dr. Nichols publications include original research in cell biology, virology, immunology, tissue engineering and nanobiology. 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Nichols has been involved in research projects looking at the alterations in immune response of the lung after exposure to pollutants and/or respiratory and has expertise in the areas of general immunology, inflammation, disease pathogenesis, stem cell characterization/differentiation, wound healing, lung defense and respiratory pathogens.  Dr. Nichols has been using adult and embryonic stem cells as well as tissue engineering techniques to produce human ex-vivo organoids/tissue constructs to use as human model systems to study disease pathogenesis and the human response to respiratory pathogens such as avian-influenza and other biosafety level 2 and 3 and 4 pathogens.

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Vincent C. Marconi

Vincent C. Marconi
Associate Medical Director
Division of Infectious Diseases
Emory University School of Medicine
USA

 

Biography :

Dr. Marconi joined the faculty in 2009 as the Associate Medical Director of the Grady Health Systems Infectious Disease Program at the Ponce de Leon Center and has a joint appointment in the Emory School of Public Health. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He completed his clinical and research training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Marconi was then called to active duty service with the United States Air Force from 2005 to 2009 where he served as the Director of the HIV Medical Evaluation Unit and Research Program in San Antonio, TX. After separating from the USAF, he moved to Emory University to serve as the Associate Medical Director of the Grady Health System Infectious Disease Program. He also works in the Infectious Disease Clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. In addition to his work at Emory, he maintains an ongoing collaboration that began in 2004 with colleagues at McCord Hospital in Durban, South Africa.

 Biography
Research Interest :

The main focus of Dr. Marconi's research is to identify the biological, social and behavioral conditions which lead to disparities in HIV treatment response for domestic and international populations. Results from these studies inform the design of interventional trials which attempt to mitigate these conditions in an experimental setting. The ultimate goals of this work are to improve patient care and further characterize the pathogenesis of HIV.His domestic research activities have two primary components: (1) HIV immunopathogenesis as it relates to treatment response and (2) improving retention in care for patients receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS. The immunopathogenesis work includes an effort to discover the biological mechanisms associated with spontaneous HIV suppression and immunologic stability for Elite Controllers.

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Dennis O Adeegbe

Dennis O Adeegbe
Lab of Experimental Immunology
Immunology Frontier Research Center
Osaka University
Japan

Biography :

 Dr. Adeegbe received his bachelors degree at Florida A&M University. He completed his graduate education in the department of Microbiology & Immunology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, where he obtained his PhD. In continuation of his research interests in autoimmunity and transplantation tolerance, he joined the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, an affiliate research center within the medical school as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on cellular mechanisms to promote tolerance to allografts. He continued his postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of world-renowned immunologist, Shimon Sakaguchi (Japan) where he is currently finishing his fellowship in preparation for a scientific career in the field of autoimmunity, transplantation tolerance, and tumor immunobiology. His current research revolves around elucidating the mechanisms of Treg cell-mediated tolerance both in the context of self and tumor-associated antigens, the latter being important for designing effective therapeutic modalities to augment anti-tumor immunity.

 
 Biography
Research Interest :

 Autoimmunity, transplantation, cancer immunity.

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Kamran Kadkhoda

Kamran Kadkhoda
Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
University of Manitoba
Canada

Biography :

Dr. Kamran Kadkhoda is an assistant professor in the department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba, Canada. He is a clinical microbiologist at Cadham Provincial Public Health Laboratory.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His research interests are serological diagnosis of infectious diseases, sero-epidemiological investigations and molecular laboratory diagnosis of blood-borne pathogens.

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Susana Noemi Asin

Susana Noemi Asin
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Geisel School of Medicine
USA

Biography :

 Dr Susana Naomi Asin started her research career at her home country Argentina as a doctoral student.She has published many manuscripts in international peer reviewed journals and is a reciepient of many honors and awards.Now she is working as an reasearch assistant professor at Giesel School of Medicine ,USA. She has active and growing collaborations with bothclinicians and basic scientists in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology and Immunology at DHMC. 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Inflammation, sexually transmitted pathogens such as HSV-2 and HIV,  and HIV-1 microbicides

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Poonia Bhawna

Poonia Bhawna
Assistant Professor
Division of Basic Science and Vaccine Research
IHV, University of Maryland
Baltimore
USA

Biography :

After obtaining DVM and PhD degrees,she worked as research scientist with a focus on viral infectious diseases and therapy. At Cornell University, she designed tools for identification and molecular characterization of new viral pathogens of poultry and identified a new strain of virus circulating in poultry in USA. Her research identified mechanisms of tumor induction by Marek’s Disease Virus, immune responses relevant against tumors and potential vaccine targets. Afterwards, led projects on AIDS pathogenesis and my research identified potential HIV target cells in vagina using immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy and flow cytometry, and identified immune factors affecting HIV transmission. Currently, her research explores effective vaccine development strategies against HIV and cancers using immunology, molecular biology and bioinformatics methods. A major focus is on examining ways to enhance natural and antibody mediated effector function of immune cells including natural killer cells and gamma delta T cells for improving therapy against diseases including HIV.

 Biography
Research Interest :

My research aims to identify means for improving vaccine-induced immune responses in HIV infection based on mechanisms of viral immunopathology. I have expertise in studying HIV pathogenesis including mucosal SIV infection in rhesus macaques, SIV vaccine immune responses, FcR-antibody interactions and their significance in HIV disease. I am currently investigating the cytotoxic CD8 T cell subsets relevant for controlling HIV infection using cohorts of HIV infected individuals who progress to disease in absence of therapy or those who control the infection spontaneously. Another area of research focus is immune activation caused by FcgR signaling and it’s consequence on the balance between HIV replication and anti-HIV effector function. We found that functional polymorphisms in FCgR genes are associated with HIV transmission and progression and there is potential for exploiting FcGR expressing gamma/delta T cells as effectors for antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity in HIV+ patients.

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Blake Wiedenheft

Blake Wiedenheft
Assistant Professor
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Montana State University
USA
Tel: 406 570-6576

Biography :

Dr. Wiedenheft received his Ph.D in the joint laboratories of professors Mark Young and Trevor Douglas at the Thermal Biology Institute, where his work focused on the viruses that infect microorganisms that thrive in boiling-acid (~80C, ~pH 3) environments. After completing his Ph.D in 2007, Dr. Wiedenheft joined professor Jennifer Doudna’s lab at UC-Berkeley as a Life Sciences Fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Wiedenheft recently joined the faculty at Montana State University, where his research team is currently focused on understanding the mechanisms of CRISPR RNA-guided adaptive immunity and how these immune systems can be leveraged for new applications in medicine and biotechnology.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Work in my lab focuses on adaptive immune systems in bacteria. Viruses that infect bacteria (i.e. bacteriophages) are the most abundant and diverse biological agents on the planet. The selective pressures imposed by these viral predators have a profound impact on the composition and the behavior of microbial communities in every ecological setting and microbial hosts have evolved various mechanisms to evade infection. Historically, our appreciation for microbial immune systems has been restricted to innate defense mechanisms (e.g. restriction modification and receptor switching), however a sophisticated nucleic acid-based adaptive immune system has recently been discovered.  Bacteria and archaea acquire resistance to viral and plasmid challengers by integrating short fragments of foreign nucleic acids into the host chromosome at one end of a repetitive element known as a CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat). The CRISPR locus is transcribed processed into a library of short CRISPR-derived RNAs (crRNAs) that each contain a unique sequence that is complementary to a previously encountered foreign nucleic acid challenger. Each crRNA is packaged into a large, multi-subunit surveillance complex that patrols the intracellular environment and ‘silences’ foreign nucleic acid targets.  While the general steps required for adaptive immunity in bacteria and archaea have been identified, the mechanisms of foreign nucleic acid recognition, new sequence acquisition and RNA-guided interference are not understood.  My laboratory uses molecular biology to engineer model microbes for functional and structural interrogation of the molecular machines that coordinate an effective immune response.

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Koichi S Kobayashi

Koichi S Kobayashi
Professor
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Department of Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis
USA

Biography :

 Koichi S Kobayashi is working as a professor at Texas A & M Health Science center,USA. He conducted research on molecular and cellular mechanisms of the innate immune system within the department of cancer immunology at DANA-FARBER Cancer Institute, Harvard medical school. He have a number of publications in the peer reviewed journals.

 
 Biography
Research Interest :

 Current areas of investigation include: The functions and molecular mechanisms of cytoplasmic NLR family proteins, The role of TLR and NLR proteins in host-pathogen interaction, The pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases caused by dysregulated innate immune responses usingmolecular and cell biology, as well as gene-targeting approaches.

 
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Daniela Leto

Daniela Leto
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
McMaster University
Canada  

Biography :

Dr. Leto obtained her Medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton , Ontario.  She proceeded to pursue her post-graduate specialties at McMaster University with residency training in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine.  Her clinical roles at McMaster include consulting services within the Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases division, dealing mostly with immunocompromised individuals. She also provides consulting services in the sexual health program delivered through Hamilton Public Health, and is involved in teaching within both the undergraduate and postgraduate medical training programs at McMaster University. In April 2012, Dr. Leto joined LifeLabs as a consultant in Medical Microbiology.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Infections in the Immunocompromised host especially bone marrow transplant patients and patients with hematological malignancies.

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Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Manitoba
Canada

Biography :

 Dr Anand Kumar is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases), Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology/Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba and an attending physician at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In addition, he is appointed as an Associate Professor of Medicine (Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases) at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, New Jersey. He earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Toronto Hospital—University of Toronto. Dr Kumar subsequently completed Fellowships in Critical Care Medicine and Cardiovascular Research at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and Infectious Diseases at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Kumar is trained in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Infectious Diseases with translational research interests in sepsis and life-threatening infections.  He has published over 350 original research manuscripts, reviews/chapters and abstracts.

 Biography
Research Interest :

 

Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Sepsis and septic shock, Nosocomial infections

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Maria Salvato

Maria Salvato
Professor
Institute of Human Virology
University of Maryland Medical School
USA

Biography :

Maria S. Salvato received her BA at UCLA and a doctorate in Virology at UCBerkeley in 1979.  She did post-doctoral studies at UCSF on RNA Processing with Dr. Christine Guthrie. 1980 she became a Sr Scientist at the MRC- Cambridge UK, under the direction of Sydney Brenner. In 1985 she joined Michael Oldstones group at the Scripps Research Foundation where she completed the first arenavirus sequence and discovered the zinc-binding gene product of the arenaviruses.  From 1990-2000 she was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she developed a primate model for viral hemorrhagic fever. Dr. Salvato is currently a Professor at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland Medical School. She has been active on NIH study sections, has chaired the ICTV-Arenavirus Group from 2000-2011, and has served on an Institute of Medicine panel on Smallpox.

 Biography
Research Interest :

The Salvato laboratory investigates virus-host interactions using animal models, genomic profiling, and basic molecular virology. Recent studies explored arenavirus pathogenesis using non-human primate models for Lassa fever. Lassa fever vaccine research, has resulted in two live-attenuated candidates: one (ML29) is a reassortant between Lassa virus and Mopeia virus, and the other (YF/LAS) is a recombinant between the Yellow Fever vaccine (YF17D) and the Lassa glycoprotein. The ML29 candidate is broadly cross-reactive and protects primates from Lassa fever. The YF/LAS is effective in protecting guinea pigs but not primates. Current studies explore adjuvants to DNA vaccination that require Treg suppression.

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Ahmed Moussa

Ahmed Moussa   
Research Professor
Pharmacognosy and  Api-Phytotherapy Research Laboratory
Mostaganem University
Algeria
Tel: 21365234059

Biography :

Dr Ahmed Moussa is a Research Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (2007-2011) at the Institute of Veterinary Sciences University, Ibn- khaldoun Tiaret, Algeria.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Phytotherapy, Aromatherapy, Pharmacognosy, Apitherapy.

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Cuong Q Nguyen

Cuong Q Nguyen
Assistant Professor
Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology
University of Florida
USA

Biography :

Dr.Nguyen is currently working as Assistant professor at the department of infectious diseases and pathology at University of Florida. He completed his PhD in Immunology from University of Florida.He has got more than 25 peer reviewed publications. He is areciepient of many honors and awards both national and international.He serves as editorial board member and reviewer of number of journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Development of Animal Models for Sjögren’s Syndrome,Identify Genetic Susceptibility Region(s) using Animal Models of Sjögren’s Syndrome , TH17 cells and its Signal Transduction in the Immune System Regulation & Function,Application of Microarray Analysis for Pathogenesis and Biomarkers for Autoimmunity, Application of microengraving to identify novel autoantibodies in autoimmune diseases, Potential Therapeutic Approach i.e. Gene Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases.

 

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Ayalew Mergia

Ayalew Mergia
Professor
Department of Infectious Disease and Pathology
University of Florida
USA

Biography :

Dr. Mergia is working as a professor in the department of  Infectious Diseases and Pathology at University of Florida, USA. Dr. Mergia completed her PhD in Microbiology from University of California in 1990. Dr. Mergia has received many honours and awards like C. E. Corrnelius Young Investigator Award and University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award etc.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Molecular Biology of Retroviruses; Gene Therapy

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Paul M Southern Jr

Paul M Southern Jr
Professor
Pathology and Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern
USA

Biography :


Dr Southern completed his medical school from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is now working as a professor in the department of pathology and internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Chagas Disease, Tropical Infectious Diseases

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Juan Carlos Zapata

Juan  Carlos Zapata
Institute of Human Virology
University of Maryland
USA

Biography :

Juan Zapata received his bachelor degree 1995 as Microbiologist and Clinic Laboratorist from the University of Antioquia (Colombia). Then in 1999 he earned his master degree in Virology, from the same university, conducting a serological and virological survey of Bovine Herpesvirus in Colombian cattle. At the same time he worked as a virology teacher in the School of Medicine. In 2001 Juan Zapata joined the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland as assistant researcher. Since then has contributed in the development of animal models for Lassa hemorrhagic fever, Lassa vaccines development, and biomarkers research for respiratory and hemorrhagic fever infections. Currently, Juan Zapata is a research specialist and in June of 2013 he will receive his PhD degree for his work in the characterization of a reassortant vaccine candidate that protects against Lassa hemorrhagic fever.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Juan Zapata main interest is to study the virus-host interactions using animal models, genomic profiling, and basic molecular virology. Focused not only in the host responses but also in the changes that occur in the viral population in order to describe virus-host coevolution. Those changes can result not only in the development of new viral therapues but also will explain the viral pathogenesis and the induction of protective immune responses. Our laboratory has developed two Lassa vaccine platforms.One is reassorten virues called ML29 that conffer complete immunity to the vaccinated animals and the second one is the Yellow Fever vaccine (YF17D) expressing Lassa antigens. Since YF17D is already FDA approved the security profile of this vaccine candidate is very high. Additionaly, he is interested in the interaction between hemorrhagic viruses and platelets and their role in the pathogenesis the coagultion disorders.


 

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Eknath Gurudas Naik

Eknath Gurudas Naik
Associate Professor
Global Health and Medicine
University of South Florida
USA

Biography :

Dr. Naik earned his MD in Internal Medicine and PhD and MSPH in Epidemiology, and is board certified by American Board Medical Specialties in Internal Medicine. He has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases for the last 20 years. He is the founder and director of the USF-India Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Training Center, and an Associate Professor in Global Health, Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at USF. He has several research publications, presentations at international meetings, and served on the editorial boards.


 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Infectious diseases, Epidemiology, Research methodology

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Theodore A Parasidis

Theodore A Parasidis
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Laboratory of Medical Microbiology
Democritus University of Thrace
Greece

Biography :

Theodore A. Parasidis studied biology at the University of Patras in Greece. He
completed his PhD in Public Health from Laboratory of Hygiene and Environmental Protection in Medical School of Democritus University of Thrace.His current position is PhD Biologist at Regional Public Health Laboratory of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace Region of Hellenic Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention. He has also a research collaborator position in laboratory of Hygiene in Medical School at Democritus University of Thrace.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His research areas of interest are environmental and clinical virology and molecular techniques such as real time PCR and sequencing analysis.

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Thomas Caceci

Thomas Caceci
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
USA
Telephone: 540-231-7666

Biography :

Dr Thomas Caceci completed his Ph.D from Georgetown University in 1980. He is now serving as Associate Professor of Basic Sciences, VTCSOM;Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology, VMRCVM and Research Associate Professor of Pathology, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has very good international experiance in teaching different universities of India, Egypt etc. He has lots of publications in his credits including book chapters and Abstracts. In the past decade he has re-oriented his professional activities to reflect a greater emphasis on teaching and the development of instructional resources.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Pathology, Histology, Embryology

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Tanya LeRoith

Tanya LeRoith
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
USA

Biography :

Dr LeRoith completed her PhD from Washington State University in 2005. She was honored with many grant supports for her researches. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.She also provide clinical necropsy and biopsy support for the teaching hospital.  In addition to diagnostic duties, She provides gross and histopathology services for investigators using animal models of human disease. She has large number of publications to her credits.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. LeRoith's research focuses on the immunopathogenesis of viral diseases, and how viruses modulate the immune system to cause disease using animal models.  She currently uses pigs as an animal model system to study how single strand RNA and circular DNA viruses stimulate regulatory T cells to cause local immune suppression and clinical disease.

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Aloka Abey Bandara

Aloka Abey Bandara
Assistant Professor of Research
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
USA

Biography :

Dr Bandara completed PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1998. He is currently serving as an Assistant professor of research at Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has some patents to his credits. He has published many articles in peer reviewed Journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases, Characterization of pathogenicity of organisms and development of live vaccines

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Vijay Kumar Prajapati

Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Postdoctoral Fellow
Mitchell Cancer Institute
University of South Alabama
USA
Tel: 1-(251)-259-5272

Biography :

Dr Vijay Kumar Prajapati received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Science in Biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He completed his PhD in 2011 from Department of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, India. His PhD research work was focused on the development of nanotherapy for the fatal disease visceral leishmaniasis. He has been awarded for one of the prestigious award Ranbaxy Science Scholar-2011 for young scientist in the field of pharmaceutical sciences from Ranbaxy Science Foundation, Gurgaon, India. His research expertise includes parasitology, immunology and molecular biology. He has published several research articles on infectious disease problem in international journals of high repute and presented his research work at international meetings.    
 

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Research Interest :

Dr Prajapati research focuses on Infectious diseases, Nanomedicine, Drug development and drug resistance.

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Naveen Patil

Naveen Patil
Medical Director
HIV/STD/TB/Hepatitis Sections
Arkansas Department of Health
USA
Tel: 501-772-3297
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Biography :

Dr. Naveen Patil serves the Arkansas Department of Health as the Medical Director for HIV/STD/TB/Hepatitis sections. He is also the Project Director of the Hansen’s Program grant. Dr. Patil serves as the Chairman of the Arkansas AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Formulary Advisory Committee. In his capacity, Dr. Patil works in coordination with the Infectious Diseases Branch and Center of Health Protection at ADH to set policy direction for the department and assure that programmatic responsibilities are met.  He also directs patient care activities for the TB program and also guides clinical personnel at the Local Health Units and other facilities in HIV/STD care.

Dr. Patil is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and holds a voluntary faculty position in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UAMS College of Medicine.  He has Master’s degrees in Health Services Administration and Gerontology. He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, HIV Medical Association, International AIDS Society, International Society of Infectious Diseases and several other professional organizations.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Infectious Diseases, HIV Infection/STD care

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Girish M. Bhopale

Girish M. Bhopale
Associate Professor
D.Y. Patil Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Institute
India

Biography :

G. M. Bhopale is presently Associate Professor at Dr D.Y. Patil Institute of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Pune. He passed his M. Sc degree in Zoology. He was a recipient of junior research fellowship from Indian Council of Medical Research New Delhi and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Life Sciences from Vikram Univ. Ujjain [1982]. Soon after, he joined as a Research Officer in Dept. of Biochemistry, Mahatma Gandhi Inst. of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha. Thereafter he joined Research and Development Dept. of Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd., Pimpri. [1983-2013]. Dr. Bhopale has 30 years industrial research experience in the field of Chemotherapy for Parasitic and Microbial infections, Immunodiagnosis and biotechnology.

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Research Interest :

His research interests mainly focuses on Chemotherapy and Immunodiagnosis of parasitic infections.

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Vjeran Cajic

Vjeran Cajic
University Hospital for Infectious Diseases
Croatia
Tel: +38598861762

Biography :

Vjeran Cajic is working as a Teaching assistant at University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Department of Infectious diseases, croatia. He also serced as an Infectious diseases specialist University hospital for infectious diseases, croatia. His Clinical skills are Comprehensive physical examination of paediatric and adult patients; design of diagnostic and therapeutic plan for patients with suspected or proven infectious disease; prevention of hospital infections; management of other internal and emergency medicine conditions; working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

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Research Interest :

Vjeran Cajic's research interest mainly focuses on Usual diagnoses of sepsis, pneumonia, other respiratory infections, endovascular infections, CNS infections, acute and chronic viral hepatitis, skin and soft tissue infections, spinal and joint infections, gastrointestinal and abdominal infections, hospital infections, fever of unknown origin, fever in travelers, infections in immunocompromised and HIV patients. Most of the patients require multi-disciplinary approach and knowledge of Gastroenterology, Respiratory Medicine, Cardiology, ENT, Urology, and Surgery.

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Elvis Enowbeyang Tarkang

Elvis Enowbeyang Tarkang
Cameroon Christian University
Republic of Cameroon
Tel: 237-33354369


 

Biography :

Elvis Enowbeyang Tarkang is an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Environmental Heavy Metal Toxicity Research Foundation (EHMETORF), an NGO on environmental LEAD Toxicity,Kumba, the South West Region of Cameroon. He is also a member of Nigerian Association of Clinical Chemists (NACC).

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Research Interest :

His Research interest mainly focuses on HIV and AIDS.

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Sharifi Mood

Sharifi Mood
Zahedan University of Medical Sciences (ZAUMS)
Zahedan, Iran
Tel: 98-541-3212975

Biography :

Sharifi Mood is the head of  Infectious Diseases Department , Zahedan University of Medical Sciences (ZDMU), Zahedan, Iran.

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Her research interest is focused primarily on Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Meningococcal infection, Malaria,Viral hepatitis, Brucellosis and Tuberculosis. This includes both field and management studies.

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Samina Noorali Assanie-Shivji

Samina Noorali Assanie-Shivji
Associate Professor
Claflin University
Orangeburg, USA
Tel: 803-535-5079

Biography :

Dr. Assanie-Shivji received her Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from University of Karachi, Pakistan. Her Ph.D. research work was carried out in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.After submitting her Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Assanie-Shivji worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Cancer Endocrinology at BC Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. After completing her post-doctoral work, she joined the Department of Biology at Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA, as a Research Assistant Professor. As a Research Assistant Professor, she established and started the functioning of Molecular Virology Laboratory.

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Her research interest mainly focuses on Microbiology, Virology, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, and MicroRNA (miRNA) expression in viral infected cell lines.

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Nenad Pandak

Nenad Pandak
University of Osijek
Croatia
Tel: 38535265937

Biography :

Dr. Nenad Pandak finished my primary and secondary education in Slavonski Brod after what, in 1980, he graduated at the Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade, Serbia. After the graduation he worked as a general pactitioner at the Medical Practice Donji Andrijevci. In 1984. He started his residency in infectious diseases at the General Hospital «Dr. Josip Benčević» in Slavonski Brod and at the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb. He is the member of Croatian Medical Association (CMA), Croatian Society for Infectious Diseases (CSID), Croatian Society for Biosecurity and Biosafety (CSBB), European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID).

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His research interest mainly focuses on respiratory infections and zoonoses, particularly vector-borne diseases.

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Haider Abdul-Lateef Mousa

Haider Abdul-Lateef Mousa
University of Basrah
Iraq

Biography :

Dr. Haider is a Specialist physician of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Ministry of Health, and at an industrial company, Tripoli, Libya, for 17 years. Twenty-three scientific medical publications which were published in Iraq, United Kingdom, USA, Germany, World Health Organization (Switzerland), Belgium, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar. He has been assigned as Editor, Guest Editor, Member of Editorial Board, and Reviewer at several international medical journals.

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His research interest mainly focuses on Microbial Physiology, Virology, Protozoology, Helminthology, Biostatistics, Immunology, and Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Virology, Clinical Bacteriology, Diagnostic Bacteriology, Mycology, and Epidemiology.

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Aslihan Turhan

Aslihan Turhan
Harvard Medical School/MEEI
University in Boston
Massachusetts

Biography :

Aslihan Turhan is an immunologist. she is having 15+ years of research experience in the area of translational research in Immunology. Her responsibilities included designing and conducting cell-based assays for the evaluation of targets in the areas of orphan diseases, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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Her areas of expertise include cell trafficking, inflammation and target identification for drug development. Knowledge of cellular immunology and/or epithelial cell biology in the context of sickle cell disease, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases (IBD), immune cell-epithelial cell interactions.

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Ana Priscila Perini

Ana Priscila Perini
Universidade de São Paulo
Brazil

Biography :

Dr. Ana Priscila Perini is specialized in Human Virology by University of São Paulo - Brazil, she worked with respiratory viruses in childhood with emphasis in virus related with bronchiolitis like HRSV and HPIVs. In master degree she worked with a new clone of Hela cells and NCI-H292 cells, for improve de production of viral particles of HRSV. At PhD, she tried to map the circulation and genetic diversity of Parainfluenza virus in Brazil along 10 years. In private sector, she worked mainly with infectious diseases diagnostics, developing new commercial tests, troubleshooting, and she could develop other expertise’s like team leader and management of a large clinical diagnosis routine.

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Her research interest mainly focuses on respiratory Viruses, Herpes Virus, Dengue.

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Bharti Mittu

Bharti Mittu
Department of Biotechnology
Punjabi University
Punjab

Biography :

Doctor of Philosophy from department of biotechnology, Punjabi university Patiala, under the supervision of Dr. Baljinder kaur, Associate Professor Department of Biotechnology Punjabi university Patiala and Dr. Parveen p balgir , Professor Department of Biotechnology Punjabi university Patiala. She have strong background of instrumentation analysis. She has been imparting theoretical and practical training on advanced analytical techniques on modern and sophisticated instruments planned the training programs and successfully conducted. That has developed a skill in me to face any challange related to instruments whether that is a interpretation part or analysis part, I am aware of all types of applications part of the instruments. Independently conducted hands on practical trainings on instruments like HPLC, GC and AAS. Covered theoretical and practical aspects of the instruments, in National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali as Laboratory Supervisor under Capacity Building Project funded by World Bank sponsored by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Also worked as project scientist as project scientist in SMPIC. She has numerous international publications of research and review articles in high impact Journals. She has contributed a number of research articles for International and National Conferences, Editorial Articles for the esteemed Journals. She is associated as an active member in scientific associations. she is member of Advisory Board, Editorial Board and Acknowledged reviewer of many International Scientific Journals. Worked on a novel protein and its characterization. Isolation of Bacteriocin producing strains of lactic acid bacteria from vaginal swabs of healthy and fecund females and evaluated for their antimicrobial activity against pathogens causing important human diseases such as bacterial vaginosis, gastrointestinal infections, nosocomial and skin diseases. Therapeutic application of this probiotic strain to protect against gastrointestinal infections may be of great importance for future medicinal use. Selected strain is being suggested here as a candidate strain for formulating topical personal care therapeutics aimed at prevention and treatment of many human diseases especially bacterial vaginosis.

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Biomedical applications of various bacteriocins and characterization of bacteriocins. Strong background in Analytical chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Pharmaceutical microbiology. Efficient in the designing, preparation, analysis and evaluation of microbes there isolation, biochemical characterization, identification. Expertise in techniques of Molecular Biology and Analytical chemistry Handled most sophisticated instruments. Work done on Protein Purification, Amino acid sequencing.

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Abdul Ghafur

Abdul Ghafur
Royal free hospital
London

Biography :

Dr. Abdul Ghafur is Consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India. Dr. Ghafur is actively involved in mobilizing political and academic will to tackle antimicrobial resistance in his home country. In August 2012, he coordinated the first joint meeting of medical societies in India, entitled “A road map to tackle the challenge of Antimicrobial resistance”. Dr. Ghafur is the primary author of the “The Chennai Declaration”, a position paper of medical societies in India on the tackling resistance issue.

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His research interest mainly focuses on infectious diseases and clinical microbiology.

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Mamie T Coats

Mamie T. Coats
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Ph.D Program in Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences
Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL 36104

Biography :

Dr. Mamie T. Coats obtained her B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana. She obtained a Ph.D. in Microbiology for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. She remained at UAB for her post-doctoral studies. In the fall of 2010 she accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Alabama State University, Montgomery Alabama.

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Microbial pathogenesis, Microbial genetics.

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