Prof. Yaroslav Blume is the Director of the Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics (from 2008), and Head of Department of Genomics and Molecular Biotechnology. Prof. Yaroslav Blume completed his M.S. (Biochemistry) from Kyiv State University in 1978, Ph.D. (1982), and Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab.) (1988). He is a Full Member of the Natl. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2006). His scientific career started from Kyiv University which continued in Natl. Academy of Sci., and worked for a long time in the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering (1989-2008). He was a visiting scientist at the University of Freiburg (1997), Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa (1998), John Innes Center, Norwich (1998-2003), and Antwerpen University (2005-2006). He was an invited professor at Schiller University, Jena (2001). His research activity is aimed at cell biology, genomics and biotechnology of plant cytoskeleton and cell signalling as well as a development of new tools for molecular biotechnology, creation of plants with novel traits, especially for biofuel production. Prof. Blume authored and co-authored more than 250 research publications, 11 patent inventions and 9 plant varieties. He received The State Prize of Ukraine in 2011, and the Prize of Natl. Academy of Sci. in Genetics in 2002.
) National Academy of Science of Ukraine Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics Kiev Ukraine
Dr. Francesco Paolocci is a Senior Researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR), Division of Perugia. Since his graduation in 1989, the vast majority of Francesco’s research activity has involved CNR. Dr. Paolocci’s interests and activities span from fungal genetics and genomics to plant genomics and biotechnology. His current main interests include the identification and functional characterization of structural and regulatory genes of secondary metabolites in legumes, with specific emphasis on forage legumes. He has published more than 60 papers in indexed international journals and books, and his research activity has been bestowed with national and international prizes.
) National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR) Perugia Italy
Dr. Youssef Rouphael completed his PhD in Horticulture from Tuscia University (Italy). He then continued as a Post-Doc fellow at the same University for 5 years. Later he got appointed as the Assistant Professor at Lebanese
University. He has been affiliated with University Federico II Naples since 2014, where he is currently working as an Associate Professor. Prof. Rouphael specializes in greenhouse crops with emphasis on improvement of fruit quality of vegetable crops through pre-harvest factors, plant nutrition, water and irrigation management,
soilless production of vegetables and ornamentals, role of grafting, beneficial micro-organisms, plants biostimulants in horticultural plants and novel specialty crops such as microgreens and edible flowers.
) Department of Agricultural Sciences University of Naples Federico II Portici Italy
Dr. K. Dmytruk is the Deputy Director for Science of Institute of Cell Biology, NAS of Ukraine (Lviv, Ukraine), and the Head of Laboratory of Metabolic Engineering. He graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. in (M.S. Genetics and Biotechnology) 1999, followed by Ph.D. (2006) and Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab.) (2016). He also serves as a visiting scientist at Danish Technological University, Ruhr-University, Institute for Microbial and Biochemical Technology, Forest products laboratory (USDA), University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Chalmers University of Technology. His research activities are focused on metabolic engineering of microorganisms, biotechnology, development of new tools for molecular biotechnology of yeast.
) Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Lviv Ukraine
Dr. José L. S. Pereira, is a Professor of Agricultural Science in the Agrarian School at Polytechnic Institute of Viseu and a Researcher in the Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environment and Biological Sciences at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. He received his Habilitation and Ph.D. in Agricultural Science from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. For the past 20 years, his research program investigates the mechanisms and mitigation techniques for reducing ammonia, nitric oxide, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane emissions from agriculture.
) Polytechnic Institute of Viseu Agrarian School of Viseu Viseu Portugal
Prof. Roman A. Volkov, Head of Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (from 2005); M.S. (Biochemistry) from Chernivtsi State
University (1983), Ph.D. (Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia, 1988), Dr. Sci. (Chernivtsi, Ukraine, 1996), Dr. Hab. (Tübingen, Germany, 2004). He was a visiting scientist at the
University of Vienna (1993), Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben (1995), University of Tübingen (1996-2005, including Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
fellowship) and invited professor at the University of Presov (2015). His research interests include molecular evolution and genomics (especially polyploidy, ribosomal RNA genes and
nucleolar dominance), molecular markers, biodiversity and phylogeography as well as molecular biology and biochemistry of abiotic stress and adaptation. Author and co-author of about 300 research publications and 4 patent inventions.
) Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Chernivtsi Ukraine
Head of Department of Cell Biology and Biotechnology at the Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics (Kiev, Ukraine). Graduated from Kiev State University (M.S., Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering), Ph.D. (Cell Biology), Dr. Sci. (Dr. Hab., Cell Biology), Professor (Biotechnology), Associated Member of the Natl. Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Plant Biotechnology). Visiting scientist at University of Freiburg; John Innes Center, Norwich; Antwerpen University; invited scientist at F. Schiller University, Jena; Syngenta International Research Centre, Jealott’s Hill. Focused on cell biology, plant cytoskeleton, plant genomics, biotechnology, creation of plants with novel traits.
) Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Kyiv Ukraine
Dr. Diacono Manangia is a permanent Researcher at CREA, Agriculture and Environment Research center. Dr. Diacono obtained degree in Agriculture Science with highest grade and further has been awarded a degree of PhD in “Mediterranean Agronomy”, University of Bari. Dr. Diacono’s expertise are in organic agriculture in mid/long-term field trials and assessing the effects of farming practices on soil fertility, nitrogen balances and crop yields. Dr. Diacono has been involved in Organic and agro-ecological techniques and conversation farming to allow sustainable soil management and resource use in cropping systems, leading to soil fertility improvement, C sequestration and greenhouse gases mitigation. Dr. Diacono’s research activities are being focused on the sustainable recycling of wastes from the agriculture and agro-industry via innovative techniques and organic matter improvement in the soil by using different fertilizers and amendments.
) Council for Agricultural Research and Economics Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA) Bari Italy
Dr Raal has graduated as a pharmacist at the University of Tartu (Estonia), and has completed his PhD at the Institute of Chemistry and Pharmacy of Leningrad (Soviet Union). He is the Head of the Institute of Pharmacy, University of Tartu,and the full-time Professor of Pharmacognosy. He has published 80 scientific papers in international scientific journals indexed by the Web of Science, Scopus and other databases, more than 130 conference abstracts, as well as 22 textbooks, monographs, handbooks and popular-scientific books such as ‘Pharmacognosy’ and ‘Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants of the World’ (in Estonian).
) Institute of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine University of Tartu Tartu Estonia
Dr. Weria Weisany obtained an M.S. in Agriculture Science from Agronomy University of Kurdistan,Erbil, Iraq, and a Ph.D. degree in Agronomy from Agroecology University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran. His skills and expertise mainly lie in Subsidiary agriculture, Crop ecology, Crop Physiology, Organic farming, plants ecology, Seed technology and Nanotechnology in Agriculture. Dr. Weisanyearned first rank among all students and graduates of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kurdistan University, in 2014.
) Department of Agriculture Islamic Azad University Tehran Science and Research Branch Tehran Iran
Dr. Schultz earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Genetics from the Pennsylvania State University, a masters (M.S.) in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in Horticulture from the Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Louisville where he is currently an associate professor, he worked as a post-doctoral associate in the lab of Dr. John Ohlrogge at Michigan State University. Dr. Schultz’ current research focus is the biochemistry of monoenoic fatty acids as potential biofuels and studying plant specialized metabolites with uses in agriculture, industrial or medical applications.
) Department of Biology University of Louisville Louisville, KY USA
D.N. Das is a Professor of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) since 2011. With strong expertise in Fish & fisheries sciences, Aquaculture, Aquatic ecology & integrated farming. Prof. D.N. Das has penned Research articles: 105 [Journal articles: (National: 70 & International: 35), Popular articles: 21; Bulletin: 03 and Book published: 05.
) Department of Zoology Rajiv Gandhi Central University Arunachal Pradesh India
Vittorio Farina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Palermo. PhD on ‘Crop systems and regulatory mechanisms of fruit quality’, his research activities primarily cover: tropical and subtropical horticulture; technology for assessment of chemical-physical, sensory and nutritional fruit attributes; process implications on quality of fresh and fresh-cut fruits. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and technical reports. The teaching activities are related to ‘Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture’, ‘Urban Arboriculture’ and ‘Fruit and plant-based foods’.
) Department of Agricultural Food and Forestry Sciences University of Palermo Palermo Italy