KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Muhammad Dimyati

(General Director of Research and Development Strengthening, Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia).

His place and date of birth is in Solo on December 17th 1959. His educational background :

  • Undergraduate – 1982 Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Master – 1990 Kyoto University, Japan
  • Doctoral – 1997 Kyoto University, Japan

Dr Mohammad Asif Khan is an Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine (PUGSOM), with an adjunct Assistant Professor appointment at the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), USA. He obtained his PhD in Bioinformatics from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and did his postdoctoral fellowships at both NUS and JHUSOM. He also held a visiting scientist position at the Immunology Frontier Research Center (iFReC), Osaka University, Japan, under their Young Researchers Program.

Dr. Khan’s research interests are in the areas of biological data warehousing and applications of bioinformatics to the study of immune responses, vaccines, venom toxins, drug design, and disease biomarkers. He has authored/co-authored a total of 25 research and review articles (as of August 2011) in various international journals and conferences, and has presented his work at numerous international conferences. He was involved in the development of several novel bioinformatics methodologies, tools, and specialized databases, and currently has three patents filed.

CHRISTINE EDWARDS is a Reader in Applied Microbiology, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She has over 30 years’ experience in biotoxin research with >10 years’ industrial experience, with the rest of her career in Universities (UCL, Dundee and RGU). As Co-Director of CyanoSol at RGU, she has pioneered the study, production and curation of the World’s largest portfolio of cyanotoxins made available to the global scientific community through industrial collaboration with Enzo Life Sciences. This expertise, along with bespoke provision for algal culturing (>1200 L), downstream processing, purification (mass guided prep chromatography) and characterisation of biotoxins (LC-MS) at RGU underpin the delivery of this project and has led to RCUK funding (EP/P029280/1), KTP, BBSRC and IBioIC funding. CE has extensive experience in method development for trace analysis of biotoxins in complex sample matrices (water, animal/fish tissues and cells) and) pioneered the benchmark method for microcystin analysis (>700 citations).

Meagan Lizarazo is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the iGEM Foundation. She leads iGEM’s expansion and strategic global initiatives as well as directs the new After iGEM program. The iGEM Foundation is an independent nonprofit dedicated to education, competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration. iGEM fosters scientific research and education through organizing and operating the iGEM Competition, the largest synthetic biology event in the world.

Rieza Arief Putrantp, PhD

Research scientist expertising in plant physiology using bioinformatics and molecular biology approaches. Actual research interest aims (1) to understand cellular and molecular mechanism during latex harvesting and in the occurrence of Tapping Panel Dryness in rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), (2) to develop plant herbal products using in silico dan synthetitc biology research and (3) to develop CRISPR-Cas9 technology for oil palm breeding. Acknowledging specific expertises such as genomic and transcriptomic analysis (differential gene expression by Real-Time PCR, sequence polymorphisms by GBS) using bioinformatics tools (Geneious, Galaxy, SnapGene, PyMol, DnaSP6, IGV, MEGA7, BLAST2GO).

Prof. Dr. Nurul Taufiqu Rochman

Nurul Taufiqu Rochman or known as Nurul, was born in Malang on August 5, 1970 from a very simple family. After graduating, SMA Nurul had to move to Bandung because he was accepted into the Department of Industrial Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). At that time, being able to study at ITB was an extraordinary achievement because ITB was one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Thanks to tenacity and dilution of his brain Nurul can easily penetrate it. But he only studied for ITB for three months because Nurul was fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in the BJ Habibie program called STMDP II (Science and Technology Man Power Development Program) for schools in Japan. After studying Japanese for 6 months in Jakarta, in 1990 Nurul left for Sakura. Nurul has published 19 Patents and Copyright (including 1 Japanese Patent that has been granted and applied in the Kyushu Tabuchi Company since 2003) and more than 100 international publications and speakers and 140 national publications and speakers.

Kayode K. Ojo, PhD

Dr. Ojo’s research focuses on studies to better understand the molecular biology of antimicrobial resistance and on the development of novel, robust, safe and affordable antimicrobial agents that can treat debilitating parasitic diseases.

Ongoing studies of calcium-dependent protein kinases of Toxoplasma gondii and Cryptosporidium parvum may facilitate the development of a very safe and effective drug therapy. We have identified a uniquely large pocket in the ATP-binding region of Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum and Cryptosporidium parvum calcium-dependent protein kinase-1 (CDPK-1) that allows the development of inhibitors that have negligible to no effects on human kinases. Our work demonstrates that inhibition of some members of Phylum Apicomplexa’s CDPKs prevents invasion of host cells and stops parasite replication.

Prof. Dr. Diana E. Waturangi

Research focuses on foodborne pathogenic bacteria related to molecular detection of virulence genes, genes encoding resistance to antibiotics, integrons and analysis of genetic diversity of these bacteria. In addition, it is also research for the exploration of antibiofilm agents, anti-quorum sensing from other microorganisms to overcome various pathogenic bacteria, especially foodborne pathogens.

Assoc. Prof. Davin H. E. Setiamarga, PhD