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Journal of Medical Microbiology & Diagnosis


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ISSN: 2161-0703
 
 
 
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Editorial Board

 
Joel Kenneth Weltman

Editor-in-Chief
Joel Kenneth Weltman
Professor
School of Medicine
Brown University
USA
Read Interview session with Joel Kenneth Weltman

Brown University
 Biography :

Joel K Weltman attended the Bronx HS of Science 1946 1950 New York Univerrsity, BA 1954 State University of NY Downstate Medical Center MD 1958 and the University of Colorado PhD Microbiology/Immunology, 1963 with Post Doctoral Fellowhips at the Weizmann Institute of Science and at Rockefeller University. He served a Rotating Internship at Indiana University Medical Center and is certified by American Board of Allergy and Immunology with a Special Qualification in Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology. He practiced clinical allergy/immunology from 1979 to 2004 and is Past President both of the New England and of the Rhode Island Societies of Allergy Since 1966. He has been at Brown University where he is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the Alpert/Brown University School of Medicine. He has published 55 peer reviewed scientific articles and holds six patents from the USPTO and one foreign patent Belgium. Dr. Weltman current research interest is the molecular bioinformatics of the influenza virus.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His current research interest is the molecular bioinformatics of the influenza virus.

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Pascal M. Dohmen

Executive Editor
Pascal M. Dohmen
Professor
Leipzig University
Germany
Tel: 49-341-865-1421

Leipzig University
 Biography :

Pascal M. Dohmen is staff surgeon at the Heart Centre Leipzig and university Professor at the University of Leipzig since 2010. He achieved his M.D. degree from the Catholic University Louvain in 1997. He was co-worker at the CEHA as well as EHB. In 1994 he performed some additional training at the Texas Heart Institute. In 2006 received “Venia legendi“for cardiac surgery and head of SSI prevention and treatment. He received in 2004 the C. Walton Lillehei Young Investigator’s Award 2004 and contributed to develop several experimental research departments in the world (Brasil, China, Germany, and Italy). He was associated director at the department of cardiovascular surgery and director of the TE research at the Charite hospital, Medical University Berlin. Pascal M. Dohmen is author of over 160 international publications and reviewer of several national and international journals as well as active member of national and international societies.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Pascal M. Dohmen research interest are Adult Cardiac Surgery, Tissue Engineering, Valve surgery, Stentless Bioprostheses or Homografts and Ross-Operation.

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Florian Szabados

Executive Editor
Florian Szabados

Ruhr-University Bochum
Bochum, Germany

Ruhr University Bochum
 Biography :

Florian A Szabados attended the Medical School at the University of Hamburg Germany 1991-1998 followed by fellowships at the Institute for Laboratory and Transfusion Medicine Universityhospital Bad Oeynhausen Germany 2000-2006 and Institute for Medical Microbiology at the University of Bochum; He served a rotating Internship at the Universityhospital of Essen Clinic of Haematology and Infectious Diseases 1999-2000. He is a member of the German boards of Clinical Pathology DGKL and BDL and German board of Hygiene and Microbiology DGHM and is a certified consultant for Clinical Pathology and Microbiology Virology and Infection Epidemiology and has additional Special Qualifications for Transfusion Medicine and Environmental Medicine. Since 2006 he has been at the Ruhr-University of Bochum where he is a lecturer equivalent to Associate Professor at the Dept for Medical Microbiology.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Szabados current research interest is the pathogenicity of staphylococci (especially S. aureus S.lugdunenis and S. saprophyticus), resistance mechanisms in gram negative organisms (ESBLs and carbapenemases) and the use of novel techniques and methods for diagnostic laboratory medicine.

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Kevin Coombs

Executive Editor
Kevin Coombs

Professor
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
Interview session with Kevin Coombs

University of Manitoba
 Biography :

Dr. Kevin Coombs obtained his BA in Biology and English from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1986. After post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, he joined the faculty at the University of Manitoba in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Medical Microbiology, is a Research Scientist with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, and is Assistant Dean of Research in the Faculty of Medicine.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interest mainly lies in Protein and nucleic acid interactions in nucleoprotein complexes, using a variety of model RNA viruses. His lab studies how these interactions change as a result of, and are modulated by, conformational transitions that occur during macromolecular assembly and disassembly, how these processes can be attenuated by anti-viral compounds, and how these processes contribute to pathogenesis in the host.

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Karim Essani

Executive Editor
Karim Essani

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
USA
Tel: 269-387-2661
Interview session with Karim Essani

Western Michigan University
 Biography :

Professor Essani is currently working as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. He is a molecular virologist. He is interested in the molecular and immunological aspects of viral infections, and uses tanapox virus as a model. Apart from molecular biology and immunology of tanapoxvirus, current projects also include molecular characterization of integral membrane proteins of breast carcinoma cells.
 

Biography
 Research Interest :

His major interests include molecular and immunological aspects of viral infections, oncolytic viruses, and colorectal cancer. Tanapoxvirus and frog virus 3 are employed as experimental models in his laboratory.

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William A Thompson

William A Thompson
Assistant Professor
Applied Mathematics (Research)Member
Center for Computational Molecular Biology
Brown University
USA

Brown University
 Biography :

Dr. William Thompson received a Ph.D. in Physics from RPI, but spent a large part of my career in software development in a variety of fields, including AI and program language design. For the last fifteen years, I have been involved in computational biology, first at the Wadsworth Labs of the NY State Dept. of Health and now at Brown University. My research has focused on algorithms and software for computational biology.

Biography
 Research Interest :

The research interest is to turn the genetic blueprint into a functional organism, genes must be expressed in a specific temporal and spatial pattern. Finding the signals that control this expression and understanding their interactions is a key to learning the language of the genes. One of the first steps in this process is locating the regulatory mechanisms directly encoded in biological sequences. The focus of my research is to develop computational methods to locate these mechanisms.

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Xiao-Jian Yao

Xiao-Jian Yao
Associate Professor
Department of Medical Microbiology
University of Manitoba
USA
Tel: 204-9775677
Interview session with Xiao-Jian Yao

University of Manitoba
 Biography :

Xiaojian Yao is Associate Professor and the MMSF Professor Director Laboratory of Molecular Human Retrovirology Department of Medical Microbiology University of Manitoba. Dr. Yao’s area of interest are: investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying the early stage of HIV replication especially on HIV1 integrase/cellular protein interactions required for HIV1 DNA nuclear import chromatin targeting and integration; stufy on the mechanism involved in the combat between HIV1 Vif abd host defenders during HIV1 infection and development of new antiviral strategies by using host antiHIV molecules; development of new preventative and therapeutic strategies against HIV1 infection and transmission; and development of a safe and sensitive avian influenza virus entry system for studying of the impact of H5N1 HA mutations on virus entry in human cells and for screening antiviral agents.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying the early stage of HIV replication, especially on HIV-1. Integrase/cellular cofactor interactions required for HIV-1 DNA nuclear import, chromatin targeting and integration.Study on the mechanism involved in the combat between HIV-1 Vif and host defenders during HIV-1 infection, and development of new antiviral strategies restricting HIV dissemination and inducing broad immune response. Study on the impact of HIV regulatory gene products on HIV replication/pathogenesis and its mother to child transmission. Development of a safe and sensitive avian influenza virus entry system for studying of the impact of H5N1 HA mutations on virus entry in human cells and for screening antiviral agents.

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Brian L Wickes

Brian L Wickes
Associate Professor
UT Health Science Center Texas,
USA
Tel: 21-567-3938

 Biography :

Brian Wickes received his BS in 1980 and PhD in 1992 from Catholic University. After post-doctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, he briefly spent time in the private sector working for a biotechnology company in the San Francisco bay area. He joined the Department of Microbiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1997 as an Assistant Professor. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Directs the UTHSCSA Advanced Nucleic Acids Core Facility.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interest includes Molecular biology of mating and differentiation in Cryptococcus neoformans, the development of animal models of invasive aspergillosis, biofilms formation in Candida sp., development of molecular methods for fungal identification, and the application of novel PCR methods for the identification of bacterial ESBLs.

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Qing-Sheng Mi

Qing-Sheng Mi
Associate Professor
Wayne State University
USA

Wayne State University
 Biography :

Qing-Sheng Mi is a senior staff in Department of Dermatology and Department of Internal Medicine, Director of Henry Ford Immunology Program and Director of Dermatology Research, Henry Ford Health System. He is an Associate Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and a scientific member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program in Karmanos Cancer Institute. Dr. Mi received his M.D. from Taishan Medical College in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Immunodermatology from China Medical University in 1992. He was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor, Dept of Dermatology, Taishan Medical College (1990-1996); a visiting Associate Scientist, Laboratory of Immunology at the National Aging Institute/NIH under NIH Fogarty International Scholarship (1996-2000); Senior Research Associate at Robert Research Institute (2000-2003); Assistant Professor and Associate professor in Dept of Pathology and Dept of Dermatology at Medical College of Georgia (2003-2008). He joined in Henry Ford Health System in 2008 and Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2009.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Qing-Sheng Mi research interest are Immunoregulation in Autoimmune diseases and cancer, especially in NKT cells and skin langerhans cells; miRNA regulation; miRNAs as biomarkers for disease prediction, diagnosis and prognosis.

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Gokul C Das

Gokul C Das
Co- Director
Eugene B Casey Hepatitis Research Center
Baylor University
USA
Tel: 713-798-3010

Baylor University
 Biography :

Dr. Gokul C Das had his Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from the University of Calcutta, India, in 1975. After his postdoctoral work at the Institute de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire du CNRS, Strasbourg, France and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. He was a visiting scientist at NIH and trained in Molecular Virology of DNA tumor viruses. He continued his interest as a Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and became the Co-director of EB Casey Hepatitis Research Center, later in his career to develop a basic research program in a clinical setting. His Current interest is to study Hepatitis C virus pathogenesis using a cellular and humanized animal model and to develop antiviral strategies. Dr. Das has served as a reviewer for a number of international journals and participated in national and international meetings either as session chairperson or as a speaker.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interest includes Hepatitis C virus infection and pathogenesis; cellular model of virus induced metabolic diseases and mechanisms; development of humanized mice models and miRNA-based therapeutic strategies against HCV infection and pathogenesis.

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Robert J Poppiti

Robert J Poppiti
Florida International University
USA
Tel: 305-674-2277

Florida International University
 Biography :

Dr. Poppiti received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami and completed residency training in pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. His primary interest and specialization is breast disease and medical microbiology and he has published extensively in these fields. He is the chair of the A.M. Rywlin M.D. Department of Pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a voluntary professor of pathology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and now provides the pathology curriculum for the Florida International University College of Medicine. He has been rewarded for excellence in teaching in the undergraduate curriculum at UM. He was named Teacher of the Year and was nominated to the A.O.A. alumni by students. He has received awards of merit from several national professional organizations and Top Doctor recognition in Miami.
Dr. Poppiti contributes leadership services for numerous national professional organizations in roles such as ambassador-at-large for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, division of commissioner for southern Florida for the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program and delegate to the House of Delegates of The College of American Pathologists.
 

Biography
 Research Interest :

His primary interest and specialization is breast disease and medical microbiology and he has published extensively in these fields.

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Alistair McGregor

Alistair McGregor
Associate Professor
Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis & Immunology
Texas A & M University

Texas A & M University
 Biography :

Dr. McGregor has a broad training in Virology and has worked on RNA and DNA viruses. His Ph.D. studies were on Bunyaviruses and his post-doctoral research was on herpes simplex (HSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). He has developed infectious bacterial chromosomes (BACs) of herpesviruses to enable easy manipulation of various viruses (including HSV, HCMV and GPCMV) to study gene function and viral pathogenicity factors. He currently has a funded research program into antiviral and vaccine strategies against CMV. Congenital infection by CMV can result in deafness and mental retardation in newborns. He is using the guinea pig model, which is the only small animal model for congenital CMV, to investigate intervention strategies against CMV. He is also employing novel non-invasive bioluminescence imaging strategies to detect virus dissemination in real time in the animal model to define viral pathogenicity factors and antiviral therapies. As part of on going studies the innate immune system of the guinea pig is being characterized to enable studies of emerging pathogens.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Novel vaccine strategies against viral infection; Application of real time bioluminescence  imaging of microbial infection in animal models; Antiviral strategies against cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses; Infectious viral bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) technology; Adaptive and innate immunity; Animal disease models; Development of the guinea pig animal model for the study of emerging pathogens/ development of more relevant animal disease models to human infection; Real time PCR applications in viral pathogenicity/ antiviral studies.

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Yongqun Oliver

Yongqun Oliver
University of Michigan
Medical School
USA

University of Michigan
 Biography :

Dr. Yongqun Oliver He has received his PhD in Virginia Tech during the period  of 1996-2000. Currently he is working as an Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan Medical School. He is serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals like Frontier in Cellular and Infection Microbiology Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology and Network Biology. He has authored over 40 research articles/book chapters. He is a member of American Society for Microbiology International Society for Vaccines and International Society for Computational Biology.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Yongqun Oliver research interest are Brucella pathogenesis, vaccine research and development and Bioinformatics.

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B. Y. Chin

B. Y. Chin
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Life Sciences
Boston, USA
Interview session with B. Y. Chin

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
 Biography :

B. Y. Chin attended the United World College of South East Asia Singapore and Lawrence Academy in Groton Massachusetts high school Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley MA, BA Biological Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University ScM – Physiology and PhD Toxicological Sciences. She spent her postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Toxicology at US Department of Energy at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland WA. Currently she is at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard School of Medicine in Boston MA in the Department of Surgery B. Y. Chin is also a member of the Teaching Faculty of the 1st year medical curriculum Anatomy Histology and Physiology at Harvard Medical School. She has published over 30 peer review articles and serves on the Editorial Board of World Journal of Pharmacology and as a guest editor in Current Chemical Biology.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interests lie in environmental pollutants, airborne particulate matter, ozone and carbon monoxide. However, since arriving at Beth Israel, he is active in propelling and challenging the paradoxical use of low dose carbon monoxide (CO). CO, once viewed and stigmatized as a toxic molecule, has now emerged in the last 10 years with potential therapeutic applications; its pleiotropic effects encompass roles ranging from that of an immunosuppressive agent to that of a host defense molecule. His current research is focused on elucidating the mechanism whereby exogenous administration of CO protects against a murine model of sepsis; most notably that induced by Enterococci faecalis.

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Michael S Firstenberg

Michael S Firstenberg
Division of Cardiac Surgery
The Ohio State University
USA
Tel: 1-888-366-8907

The Ohio State University
 Biography :

Dr. Michael S Firstenberg received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago His Medical Degree is from Case Western Reserve University where he was elected as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha He received his training in General Surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland and his Cardiothoracic Surgery training at The Ohio State University From 19992001 he was a Special Imaging Fellow in the Department of Cardiology at The Cleveland Clinic where he studied the quantitative and qualitative assessment of systolic and diastolic ventricular function He returned to the Cleveland Clinic in 2006 for advanced surgical training in Heart Failure Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support He is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center where he is also the co Director of the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation ECMO Support Program He has contributed to over 50 peer reviewed papers over 80 abstracts and has reviewed manuscripts and assisted in editing for numerous Journals including serving as he current Editor in Chief of the online journal Mechanical Circulatory Support.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His primary interest includes Short and long-term mechanical circulatory support, Surgical management of congestive heart failure, Surgical management of complex endocarditis, Cardiothoracic critical care and peri-operative management, High-risk adult cardiac surgery, Methods for optimization of outcomes and reduction of complications following cardiac surgery and Cardiothoracic surgical education.

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Sumathi Sankaran

Sumathi Sankaran
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of California
USA

University of California
 Biography :

Dr. Sumathi Sankaran Walters has received her MBBS at Madras University India and PhD in Microbiology at the University of California Davis UCD during the period of 1999-2006 She completed 2 years of postdoctoral work at UCD Currently she is working as an Assistant Research Microbiologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology at UCD. She is successfully completing her requirements in the Assistant Research Series She has coauthored a chapter in the book: Immunity against Mucosal Pathogens. She has been a two time recipient of the Young Investigators Award at the Conference for Retrovirus and Opportunistic Infections and is currently a BIRCWH scholar.

Biography
 Research Interest :

 Her research interests are HIV Pathogenesis in GALT, Effects of Aging on HIV Pathogenesis, Effects of Aging on Mucosal Integrity, Role of EBV in IBD Exacerbation and Response to Therapy.

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Wilmore C. Webley

Wilmore C. Webley
University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, USA
Tel: 413-577-3139

University of Massachusetts
 Biography :

Wilmore Webley earned his PhD in microbiology with expertise in immunology, pathogenic bacteriology, and host-pathogen interactions at the University of Massachusetts in 2003. He is currently a tenure track Assistant Professor of microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research has focused on Chlamydia vaccine development and the role of pathogenic microbes in asthma initiation and exacerbation. His laboratory was the first to culture Chlamydia from bronchoalveolar lavage samples taken from pediatric patients with chronic, severe asthma and has since shown that early life chlamydial infection increases the risk for asthma onset. His recent work has demonstrated the efficacy of antibiotics in treating a subset of asthmatics. His work has been published in reputable international journals and has made significant contributions to the field of microbiology, allergy and immunology. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Sigma XI - The Scientific Research Society.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interests include Microbiology, Chlamydia pathobiology, Host-pathogen interaction, development of novel, human compatible vaccine display and delivery systems.

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Xuexian O. Yang

Xuexian O. Yang
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
University of New Mexico
USA

University of New Mexico
 Biography :

Dr. Yang is currently an assistant professor of immunology and inflammation at Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of New Mexico. Dr. Yang’s laboratory employs molecular techniques and animal models to dissect molecular basis of T cell-mediated immunity, autoimmune disease and inflammation. Dr. Yang received his PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Peking Union Medical College in1999 and his BS from Peking University in 1992.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Yang interests lies in T helper cell differentiation; TH cell immunity; TH17 cells and their cytokines in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

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Yanfeng Zhang

Yanfeng Zhang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland Washinton,
USA

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
 Biography :

Dr. Yanfeng Zhang has received his PhD in Genetics from Michigan State University during the period of 2004 to 2009. Currently, he is working as a Research Associate in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has authored more than 10 research articles and presented several times on international scientific conferences. He is a member of American Association of the Advancement of Science.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Zhang research interests are Analytical Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology and Toxicology and Protein Chemistry.

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David Kadosh

David Kadosh
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Texas
USA
Tel: 210-567-3976

University of Texas
 Biography :

David Kadosh obtained his B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 1991 and completed his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard University in 1998. His thesis work provided one of the first demonstrations that targeted histone deacetylation could result in eukaryotic transcriptional repression. Dr. Kadosh then went on to complete a Damon Runyan postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2006 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Kadosh has published numerous manuscripts in high-impact journals including Cell, Nature and PNAS and in 2009 he was the recipient of a Voelcker Young Investigator Award. His research focuses primarily on molecular mechanisms that determine morphology and virulence in the major human fungal pathogen Candida albicans.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. David kadosh research interests are Control of morphology and virulence in the major fungal pathogen Candida albicans, identification and characterization of novel C. albicans virulence factors, transcriptional regulation and C. albicans genomics.

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Subhash C. Verma

Subhash C. Verma
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
University of Nevada
USA

University of Nevada
 Biography :

Dr. Verma is working as an assistant professor of the Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He received his graduate degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He did his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine studying molecular virology of gammaherpesviruses, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV).

Biography
 Research Interest :

His Research Interests include Molecular virology of herpesviral DNA replication, Roles of viral proteins in manipulation of cellular pathways.

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Zhongjie Shi

Zhongjie Shi
Thomas Jefferson University
Bluemle Life Science Building
Philadelphia,USA
Interview session with Zhongjie Shi

Thomas Jefferson University
 Biography :

Dr. Zhongjie Shi has received his MD at Harbin Medical University (China) in 2001, and PhD at Temple University (USA) in 2011. He finished his resident training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sun Yat-sen University in 2005. Currently, he is working as research associate in the Department of Cancer Biology, Thomas Jefferson University. He also has been serving as an experienced reviewer of a dozen of reputed journals in the field, with hundreds of manuscripts reviewed. He has authored over 50 peer reviewed research articles, books, and conference abstracts in the field of Virology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and hepatology, which have been cited hundreds of times worldwide. His research work has been reported multiple times by Reuter Health, Faculty 1000, The Doctors Channel, Medscape, etc.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Shi interests are RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) / Ribonuclease III pathway, Cancer research, HBV combinatorial therapy, Infectious disease/ STD, Hepatology, Laparoscopy, Meta-analysis of topics in infectious disease and medicine.

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Elisa Borghi

Elisa Borghi
Biological Sciences
University of Milan
Italy

University of Milan
 Biography :

Elisa Borghi, born in Varese in 1974, is an Assistant Professor in Microbiology at the University of Milan. She reveiced her degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Pavia, and her PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Milan. During PhD study, she has been research assistant for few months at the Center for Neurovirology and Cancer Biology of the Temple University of Philadelphia. Her scienctific activity has involved several fields of interest. At first she concentrated on the involvement of neurotropic viruses in aetiology of neurodegenerative disorders, especially studying Polymaviruses infection in HIV positive patients. Moreover, recently, she collaborated with Prof. Morace in the study of molecular aspects of bacterial and fungal infections, focused on rapid diagnosis and molecula typing of clinical isolates. In the last two years she focused her studies on microbial biofilm, especially in terms of antimicrobial drug resistance.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Borghi interest lies in Study of molecular mechanisms involved in pathogensis and antifungal resistance of bacterial and fungal strains organized in mono and poly microbial biofilm.

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Morabito Stefano

Morabito Stefano
National Institute of Health
Rome,Italy
Tel: 39-06-49902727/3081
Interview session with Morabito Stefano

 Biography :

Morabito Stefano has done Degree in Biology at the University of Rome  (M.Sc. Molecular Biology) in 1992. In 1993 he has been selected for a fellowship in cytogenetic and molecular biology at the Ultrastructures Department of the Institute os superior health(ISS), Rome. In 1996 he moved to the Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety Department, at ISS, for a post doctoral fellowship in molecular microbiology. Since then he has been working on E. coli O157 and other Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli.Following a stage at the Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology university, Wurzburg. He focused on the molecular epidemiology of STEC infections in humans and animals. Since 2006 is senior scientist at the EU RL for E. coli with responsibilities in coordinating the research activities. The most recent works concern the identification of the full gene set conferring virulence to STEC causing severe disease in humans and the emergence of new E. coli pathogroups.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Stefano research interests are Evolution of the pathogenicity in the different E. coli pathogroups. Emergence of new pathogenic E. coli groups/clones,Characterization of the mobile genetic elements vehiculating the virulence determinants, Dissemination and regulation of virulence genes.
 

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Idress Hamad Attitalla

Idress Hamad Attitalla
Associate Professor
Faculty of Science
Botany Department
Omar Al-Mukhtar University
Al- Bayda, Libya

Omar Al-Mukhtar University
 Biography :

Idress Hamad Attitalla is an Associate Professor in Botany Deaprtment of Omar Al-Mukhtar Universit, Al- Bayda, Libya

Biography
 Research Interest :

Plant Pathology, Plant Microbiology, Molecular Evolution

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Hilmar Wisplinghoff

Hilmar Wisplinghoff
Institute for Medical Microbiology Immunology and Hygiene
University of Cologne
Germany
Tel: 49 -178-844-5627

University of Cologne
 Biography :

Dr. Hilmar Wisplinghoff is currently working in Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology  and Hygiene, University of Cologne as Medical Assistant. He underwent his clinical training in Internal Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, VA, USA. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interest is innate and acquired antimicrobial resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii and Staphylococcus aureus.

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Jan Schmid

Jan Schmid
Institute of Molecular BioSciences
Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand

 Biography :

Jan Schmid did PhD in Microbiology at the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1985, he has worked as a DFG postdoctoral fellow in the group of F. M. Harold (NJCIRM, Denver) on hyphal tip growth of Neurospora from 1985 to1987, followed by a postdoc in D.R. Soll’s lab (University of Iowa; 1987-1992) where he has developed computer-assisted DNA typing methods (Ca3 fingerprinting) for Candida albicans and began to use these to investigate its epidemiology. In 1992, he joined the faculty of Massey University, New Zealand, where he currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the Institute of Molecular BioSciences.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Jan Schimdt research interests are Evolution and molecular and cellular biology of microbe-host interactions in pathogenesis (mainly Candida albicans) and mutualistic symbioses (fungal ryegrass endophytes).
 
 

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Zhiheng Liu

Zhiheng Liu
Professor
Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
Tel: 0086-10-62570097
Interview session with Zhiheng Liu

 Biography :

Professor Zhiheng Liu has a distinguished record of research on Microbial Diversity and Natural product sources of Actinomycetes and Astrobiology. There are Research grants from NSFC, CNASC, and some governmental international joint projects with Prof. M. Goodfellow, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom.  Prof. J. Swing, Gent University, Microbiology Lab., Gent, Belgium;  Prof. M.Mordarski and Dr.Andrzej Gamian, Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. Dr. Miroslav Petricek, Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. There are ten books and over 150 papers have been published. He is a charter member of BISMiS in 2010. At the BISMiS 2011 in Beijing, both professor Zhiheng Liu and Professor Jisheng Ruan won the Bergey Medal of Honorary in honour of a lifetime of excellence awarded by Bergey Fund Committee. Now professor Zhiheng liu is the member of National committee member of Space Sciences, China.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His Research is on Microbial Diversity and Natural Product Sources of Actinomycetes and Astrobiology.

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Margaret IP

Margaret IP
Professor
Department of Microbiology Faculty of Medicine
University of Hong Kong
China
Tel: 852-263-1265

University of Hong Kong
 Biography :

Dr. Margaret IP received her medical training at the University of Southampton and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. She is a clinical microbiologist with research interests in the epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance of Gram positive cocci incl. Streptococcus pneumoniae, MRSA and Group B streptococcus. She also has an interest in surveillance, laboratory diagnoses of infections, antibiotic stewardship and infection control.

Biography
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Her research interests are Surveillance and study of antibiotic resistance determinants in Streptococcus pneumoniae and other streptococci and multidrug resistant gram negative bacteria, and their resistant mechanisms. Molecular epidemiology of Gram positive cocci incl. typing, and characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Hong Kong, Group B streptococcus (Streptococcus agalactiae) and in other streptococci. Animal infection model to study pathogenesis. Clinical epidemiology of such infections, incl. pneumococcal bacteraemia and meningitis studies, colonisation of Group B streptococcus in pregnancy, respiratory infections in children, adults and in chronic airway diseases. Assessment and development of the laboratory methods for diagnosis. This includes molecular methods of diagnosis, evaluations and applications of new methods in the clinical setting. Microbial Genomics: Whole bacterial genome sequencing in pathogenic bacteria of importance in Hong Kong and their related disease pathogenesis and antimicrobial resistance. Screening of natural and chinese herbs with antimicrobial activities and mechanisms of actions.

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Honorio Adenilda Cristina Franca

Honorio Adenilda Cristina Franca
Professor
University of Mato Grosso
Brazil
Tel: 66-34021121

 Biography :

Dr. Franca is a graduate at Biomedicine from Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (1992), Masters at science (Immunology) from University of Sao Paulo (1995) Brazil, and  PhD at  Immunology from Universidade de Sao Paulo (1998) Brazil, with Sandwich Doctorate in Hospital Necker Infants Malades, France.

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Dr. Franca primary interests are Phagocytes, microbicidal activity, diabetes, colostrum colostro and pregnancy.

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Nora Beatriz Molina

Nora Beatriz Molina
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology
Faculty of Medical Sciences
National University of La Plata
Argentina

National University of La Plata
 Biography :

Nora Molina obtained her MSc degree in Biological Sciences at National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina in 2009. She completed her Residence in Biochemistry and was Chief Resident. Since 2003, she serves as Technical Director of a Clinical Laboratory. She has participated in the Program of Intestinal Parasites Control and Nutrition, (UNLP) between 2009-2011. Actually, she is a tenure-track Assistant Professor and is a Research Scientist at Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, UNLP. She participates in several research projects and her topic of interest is molecular epidemiology of Giardia and other intestinal parasites. She has published peer reviewed articles, book chapters and has presented works in scientific congress.

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Parasitology & Microbiology

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V. Anil Kumar

V. Anil Kumar
Associate Professor
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Certer
Kerala, India

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
 Biography :

Dr. Anil Kumar received his medical degree (MBBS) and his post graduate degree (MD) in Microbiology from Surashtra University, Gujarat to pursue his interest in infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. He joined the department of Medicine and Infectious diseases at Christian Medical College, Vellore as a Scientist. He has co-ordinated the Indian leg of the global SENTRY antimicrobial surveillance programme for three years. He has published articles on antimicrobial resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, pseudomonas, acinetobacter, S. aureus, emergence of bacteria inherently resistant to vancomycin and ESBL fecal carriage in antibiotic naïve healthy tribal population and has got extensive experience in molecular characterization of metallo betalactamase, ESBL, AmpC producing Gram negative pathogens, SCC mec & PVL typing of MRSA isolates and vancomycin resistant enterococci. He is also well versed with clonal typing using pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to identify outbreaks. He is the reviewer of 4 international journals. Presently he is Clinical Associate Professor in Microbiology at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kerala, India.

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His research interests include Molecular characterization of antimicrobial resistance mechanism like ESBL,VRE,MRSA, Metallo beta lactamase & AmpC. Fecal carriage of ESBL in hospitalized patients and healthy human volunteers. Ciprofloxacin resistance in Salmonella spp. identifying rare pathogens of clinical importance, carbapenem resistance in Enterobacteriaceae, vancomycin MIC creep in MRSA, antibiotic stewardship and Infection control in hospital environment.

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KM. Mythreyee

KM. Mythreyee
Professor
Faculty of Medicine
MGR Medical University
Theni, India

 Biography :

Dr. KM. Mythreyee did her M.D. Microbiology from Madurai Medical College, Tamilnadu. She has 12 years of teaching and research experience in the field of Medical Microbiology. She has published 4 research papers in National & International peer reviewed journals. She is a life member of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) and holding an honorary President position for IAMM Tamilnadu & Pondicherry chapter. Currently she is Vice Principal of Government Theni Medical College and Head of the Department of Microbiology.

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Dr. Mythreyee research interests include Arboviruses, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Drug resistance and Infectious Diseases.

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K.V. Ramana

K.V. Ramana
Department of Microbiology
Prathima Institute of medical sciences
Andhra Pradesh, India
Tel: 9440704234

 Biography :

Venkat Ramana has done his Masters in Medical Microbiology from Manipal University in India, PhD from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, India. He is a member of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists(LM 1919). He has presented and published papers in National and International conferences and journals.

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His research interest is Medical microbiology with special interest towards HIV research.

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Yung-Feng Huang

Yung-Feng Huang
Associate Professor
Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital
Taiwan
Tel: 886-7-3468203

Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital
 Biography :

Yung-Feng Huan received his MD degree (1987) in Medicine from National Defense medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his MSc degree in Infectious Diseases, Royal Postgraduate Medical School (Hammersmith campus, Imperial College), London university, London, UK in 1996. From 2003 to 2004 he received his M.Sc. degree in Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College London, London University, and London, UK. He was a clinical research fellow in neonatal medicine, Mater Hospital, Queensland University (1996). He was a Research Scientist in Airway Disease Section, National Heart Lung Institute, UK in 2004. He has been promoted to consultant Physician, Department of Paediatrics Infectious Diseases since 1993. He has a continuing appointment as an clinical adjunct associated professor, Department of Paediatrics, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan.

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His research interests are Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine.

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Po-Ren Hsueh

Po-Ren Hsueh
Professor
Department of Medicine
National Taiwan University
Taiwan

 Biography :

Po-Ren Hsueh, Divisions of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine. He is a journal reviewer for about 55 journals and presently an editorial board member for 11 journals. Po-Ren Hsueh is a committe member for about 11 International Congresses. He has won 6 Research awards and total of 576 Publications.

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His research interests include Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Antimicrobial Drug Resistance, Molecular Epidemiology, Tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases.

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Mona Zaki Zaghloul

Mona Zaki Zaghloul
Department of Clinical Pathology
Ain Shams University Hospitals
Cairo
Egypt
Tel: 02-24023494
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 Biography :

Dr. Mona is graduated in Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (1983). Specialist in the Microbiology Unit, Clinical Pathology Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (1986). Received a MD degree in Clinical and Chemical Pathology from the University of Ain Shams (1999), Cairo, Egypt (1999). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Microbiology Unit, Clinical Pathology Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (2000). She is an Assistant Consultant in the Microbiology Unit, Clinical Pathology Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (2005).

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Her researches have been directed towards diagnosis of air and water borne diseases caused by viral and bacterial agents by molecular techniques as qualitative polymerase chain reaction, enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and tissue culture.

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Faruquzzaman

Faruquzzaman
Khulna Medical College Hospital
Bangladesh
Tel: 8801742456376

Khulna Medical College Hospital
 Biography :

Dr. Faruquzzaman is currently a MS (General Surgery) course student of Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He had done MBBS (May 2007) qualification from Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh. He passed MRCS part 1 (September 2010), MRCS part 2 (April 2011) from The Royal College of Surgeons of England and FCPS part 1 (July 2010) from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons. His practice is registered from Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (2008) and He is a member of Bangladesh Medical Association. He had the course certificate of dissertation training from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (2010), one year internship training in Chittagong Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh and two and half years surgical training in Khulna Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh. He have a total number of 9 research articles published in different international journals. In 2005, he wrote a book on a hypothesis named as Antrix and the theory of relative constancy with some relations.
 

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His primary interest is Applied basic surgery.

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Pranjal Chandra

Pranjal Chandra
Assistant Professor
Amity Institute of Biotechnology
Amity University
U.P, INDIA
Tel: +91-120-4392644

Amity University
 Biography :

Dr. Pranjal Chandra has done M.Sc in Microbiology, M.Tech in Biotechnology, and Ph.D on the thesis “Development of Electrochemical Biosensors for Cancer Diagnosis Based on Conducting Polymers and Nanomaterials”, under the guidance of Prof. Yoon Bo Shim from the Institute of Bio-Physio Sensors Technology, Department of Chemistry, Pusan National University Busan, South Korea. Dr. Chandra is interested to merge the applied aspects of biotechnology, nanotechnology, electroanalytical chemistry, and molecular biology to address the problems of biomedical significance and diagnostics. His specific research is in the development of novel diagnostics methods for cancer cells, DNA, RNA, and bio-markers detection using nanobiosensors microchips. Dr. Chandra has published over 25 research article in reputed scientific journals. He is recipient of prestigious Brain Korea -21 fellowship and National Research Foundation fellowship of South Korea. Dr. Chandra is also an editorial board member of various international journals such as; World Journal of Methodology, Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques, Journal of Bioanalysis & Biomedicine, Journal of Molecular Biomarkers & Diagnosis, Journal of Biotechnology Letters, Advances in Computational Research, Journal of Research in Microbes. Dr. Chandra research work has been highlighted in the “News Rx” News Letter, USA; Blog of Royal Society of Chemistry, London; Royal Society of Chemistry "Chemistry World news", London; High Beam Research Magazine, Europe; Biotech Week Magazine (USA and Canada); Renewable Energy Global Innovations, Canada; Global Medical Discovery, Canada. Currently he is Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India.

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He is interested to combine microbiology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, electroanalytical chemistry, and molecular biology approaches to address problems of biomedical significance and diagnostics. Medical / Clinical Diagnostics (Cancer cells, DNA, RNA, and bio-markers). Biosensors and Nanosensors based on biological phenomenon. Microchips and Microfluidic / Integrated devices. Medical Microbiology and Biotechnology.

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