The Open Biotechnology Journal




ISSN: 1874-0707 ― Volume 13, 2019

Editor-in-Chief:

D.G. Mita (Biography
D.G. Mita

Graduated in Physics on December 1969, started his scientific career on 1970 as Researcher of CNR becoming successively Director of Research. Since 1991 Prof. Mita has become full professor of Biophysics at the Second University of Naples. His main research activity is focused on the application of the technology of immobilized enzymes in agro-food and pharmaceutical industry, and in the field of ecotoxicology, particularly on the effects of endocrine disruptors in living organisms. Prof. Mita authored 130 papers, several chapters and some patents. Actually Prof. Mita is Director of the National Laboratory on Endocrine Disruptors of the Interuniversity Consortium INBB.

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Institute of Genetics and Biophysics of CNR
National Laboratory on Endocrine Disruptor of Interuniversity Consortium INBB
Naples
Italy



Regional Editor:

W. Tang (Biography
W. Tang

Dr. W. Tang graduated with a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology from the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Tang is a Professor in the College of Horticulture and Gardening, Yangtze University. He has published 96 research papers and review articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 27 book chapters in the field of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. He is the editor and co-editor of 4 books in Genetics and Genomics.

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College of Horticulture and Gardening
Yangtze University
Jingzhou
China


Editorial Board Members:

A. Amrane (Biography
A. Amrane

1998: Thesis Director Enabling Degree (Univ. Rennes 1) / 1991: PhD in Chemistry (Univ. Rennes 1) / 1988: Master (DEA) in Chemistry (Univ. Rennes 1) / 1987: Chemical Engineering Degree (USTHB – Algeria). He has been involved in research projects as a manager or a participant in several projects, as well in international collaborations (Algeria, Belgium, Lebanon, Mexico, Romania, Spain, Tunisia). He has published more than 260 international papers including 17 papers in press. He has also published 12 chapter books and has about 110 international and 20 national oral communications.

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Rennais Laboratory of Chemistry and Engineering of Processes
National School of Chemistry
Rennes
France

R.M. Banik (Biography
R.M. Banik

Dr. Rathindra Mohan Banik is a Professor at the School of Biochemical Engineering, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India since 2006. He did his B.Tech (Honors) and M.Tech in Food Tech & Biochemistry Engineering in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Later, he did his PhD (Engineering) from Jadavpur University in 1991. His research interests are Fermentation Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Enzyme Engineering, Food Biotechnology, Biosensor, Plant-Microbes Interaction and Extractive Fermentation.

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School of Biochemical Engineering
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi
India

M. Biondi (Biography
M. Biondi

Dr. Biondi obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering and his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering. He is a permanent researcher at University of Naples Federico II and his research activities are mainly focused on the design, preparation and characterization of micro- and nanosystems for the controlled delivery of low- and high molecular weight molecules. His research output is testified by manifold peer-reviewed international publications and, also, he is reviewer of several journals with impact factor.

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Dipartimento di Farmacia
University of Naples Federico II
Napoli
Italy

A.P. Borole (Biography
A.P. Borole

Abhijeet Borole is a chemical engineer with expertise in biomass conversion, waste to energy and bioelectrochemical systems. He is currently a Science and Technology Advisor at Electro-Active Technologies and a Joint Faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Chemical Engineering and Energy Science and Engineering program at the Bredesen Center. He has published 60 peer-reviewed papers, 4 patents and 5 books/chapters interfacing with biology, electrochemistry and engineering. He uses biofilms to improve conversion efficiency in the biorefinery and oil industry and is interested in water-energy-food nexus, bioreactor development, and environmental biocatalysis.

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
USA

M. Butnariu (Biography
M. Butnariu

Graduated in Chemistry, Since 2014, is Full Professor at the Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Michael I of Romania” from Timisoara. The habilitation diploma was obtained at the University in Cluj Napoca, in 2013. She published 57 papers ranked in ISI journals, The Hirsch index Web of Science Core Collection (Clarivate Analytics) is 18. A number of 4 books and 4 chapters in books were also published (Springer). Has 5 patents, from Derwent Innovations Index (Clarivate Analytics). She was the director, partner team leader and Co-Principal Investigators project of more than 12 national and international research contracts.

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Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Timisoara
Romania

S.A. Ceasar (Biography
S.A. Ceasar

Dr. Ceasar received his Ph.D from University of Madras in 2011. He won the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship from European Union and undertook Postdoc research at University of Leeds, UK. He was also awarded BELSPO Non-European Postdoc Fellowship by Belgian Government to study the structure-function relationship of nutrient transporters at University of Liege, Belgium. Dr. Ceasar’s specialization include Plant Transformation, Genome Engineering, Functional Genomics and Plant Nutrient Transport Mechanism. so far he has published more than 35 research articles in high impact factor journals. Dr. Ceasar is currently holding a Scientist position at Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, India.

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University of Liege
Liege
Belgium

I. Delfino (Biography
I. Delfino

Ines Delfino is an associate professor of Applied Physics at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. She obtained her MS degree in Physics in 1996 from the University of Napoli “Federico II” and her PhD in Materials Engineering in 2001 from the same university. She has coauthored more than 60 journal papers and international volumes. Her current research interests include the study of systems of interest in the field of biomedicine and biotechnology by optical steady-state and time resolved spectroscopies and microscopies (with the aid of multivariate analysis methods), also with the aim at realizing optical biosensing approaches.

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Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences
University of Tuscia
Viterbo
Italy

T. Economou (Biography
T. Economou

Dr. Tassos Economou received his Ph.D. (Molecular Microbiology; 1990) from the John Innes Institute and the University of East Anglia, UK. He was a postdoc at the John Innes Institute, UCLA and Dartmouth Medical School (1990-1996). He was a Professor of Microbial Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the University of Crete, Greece (1996-2012). Since 2012 he is a Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology at the Rega Institute, Department of Microbiology and Immunology (KU Leuven, Belgium). His interests include protein secretion (Sec and Type III), novel antibiotics, systems and synthetic biology.

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)
Iraklio
Greece

N. Farrokhi (Biography
N. Farrokhi

My academic training at Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) based at University of Adelaide, post-doctoral experience at CSULB and UCLA, research collaboration with National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB) of Iran, strategic planning for the Committee of Biofertilizers and Biopesticides at Department of Biotechnology of Vice-Presidency for Science & Technology of Iran for the last 6 years, and thirteen years of teaching in different universities and departments have prepared me to be an effective researcher and instructor. I was the language and scientific editor to IJB and further I have reviewed more than 150 scientific manuscripts.

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Department of Cell & Molecular Biology
Shahid Beheshti University
Tehran
Iran

L.B. Flores-Cotera (Biography
L.B. Flores-Cotera

Dr. Flores-Cotera obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), México City. Dr. Flores-Cotera also holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, New York, USA. Currently he is a full Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at Cinvestav-IPN, México City. He has published more than 40 scientific publications and holds 3 issued U.S. patents. His main areas of interest include the study of: endophytes associated with higher plants from Mexico, the biological activity of secondary metabolites from endophytes, the biochemistry, genes and enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of bioactive secondary metabolites.

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Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering
CINVESTAV –IPN
Mexico City
Mexico

V. Georgiev (Biography
V. Georgiev

Dr. Vasil Georgiev obtained his PhD at The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2009 and performed postdoctoral specialization at Florida A&M University, USA (2012-2016). He is an expert on bioprocess engineering and secondary metabolites production by plant cells, tissue and organ cultures, functional genomics, metabolite profiling, development and improvement of plant in vitro production platforms. Currently Dr. Georgiev is Associate Professor at The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology – BAS and is also joined the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Food Technologies, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Hi has published over 70 original research papers.

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Laboratory of Applied Biotechnology
The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology
Plovdiv
Bulgaria

J. Gregan (Biography
J. Gregan

Dr. Gregan obtained PhD in genetics from the University of Vienna and worked as a postdoc at the University of Oxford and the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna. He started his first laboratory at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Vienna and since 2013 he works as an associate professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava.

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Department of Genetics
Comenius University
Bratislava
Slovakia

D. Gomez-Casati (Biography
D. Gomez-Casati

Dr. Gomez-Casati (Ph.D) Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Chascomus Institute of Technology, Argentine and was visiting Scientist at California State University Since 2002, he is a researcher from the National Research Council, Argentine (CONICET) and Director of the Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory at Center for Photosynthetic and Biochemical Studies (CEFOBI-CONICET), Professor at the National University of Rosario (since 2012) and the University of San Martin (since 2000). He is currently Chair of the Postgraduate Program at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Pharmacy, National University of Rosario.

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Institute for Photosynthetic and Biochemical Studies (CEFOBI-CONICET)
National University of Rosario
Rosario
Argentina

A. Hesham (Biography
A. Hesham

Dr. Abd El-Latif Hesham is Associate Professor of Microbial Genetics and Environmental Meta-Genome Biotechnology at Assiut University, Egypt. He graduated and got his M.Sc. from Genetics department, Faculty of Agriculture, Assiut University, Egypt and his PhD degree from Chinese academy of Sciences in Microbial Genetics and Environmental Meta-Genome Biotechnology. He awarded postdoctoral studies from CAS-TWAS. He expert in molecular biological techniques, including Clone library, RFLP and gene sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, florescent in situ hybridization (FISH), PCR-DGGE, MPN-PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR , and real time PCR (RT-PCR). He has authored more than 50 papers in reputed journals. He expert and one of organizing committee for several international conferences in biotechnology and serving as an Associate editor and Editorial Board member for international reputed journals with high impact factors.

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Genetics Department
Assiut University
Assiut
Egypt

E. Jacob-Lopes (Biography
E. Jacob-Lopes

Prof. Eduardo Jacob-Lopes is currently associate professor at the Department of Food Technology and Science, Federal University of Santa Maria. He graduated with a Masters in Food Engineering in Federal University of Rio Grande, doctorate in Chemical Engineering from State University of Campinas and post-doctoral at State University of Campinas. He has more than 15 years of teaching and research experience. He is a technical and scientific consultant of several companies, agencies and scientific journals. He has 400 publications/communications which include 5 books, 20 book chapters, 80 original research papers, 285 research communications in international and national conferences and has registered 11 patents. His research interest includes environmental biotechnology with emphasis on microalgal biotechnology.

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Food Science and Technology Department
Federal University of Santa Maria
Santa Maria
Brazil

H. Kim (Biography
H. Kim

Dr. Hoon Kim was received Ph.D from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 1988 and worked as a professor in Sunchon National University till now. He has been studying microbial molecular enzymology including metagenomics, relating to cell-wall degrading enzymes such as cellulases, xylanases, and β-glucosidases, and other chitinases, proteases, and esterases. Recently, he is working on the novel monoamine oxidase inhibitors from natural products and synthetic compounds for pharmaceutical area. He reported about 90 articles in international journals.

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Department of Pharmacy
Sunchon National University
Suncheon
Republic of Korea

A. Krastanov (Biography
A. Krastanov

Born June 30, 1960 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. In 2007 he was awarded the scientific degree "Doctor of Technical Sciences". Since the following year he has been a full professor at the Department of Biotechnology, and since 2012 he has been his head. Specialized in Italy, Japan, USA, and France. In 2001 he was a visiting professor at the University of Osaka, Japan. Invited lectures in Italy, USA, India and Japan. Prof. Krastanov is the author of over 185 scientific publications and 8 textbooks on biochemistry, biotechnology and enzymology. His scientific achievements are cited 2500 times by the international scientific community. He leads and participates in a number of scientific and international projects of the EU's Seventh Framework Program, in the US, Japan, Italy and Germany. Member of the Editorial Board of 8 international journals.

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Department of Biotechnology
University of Food Technologies
Plovdiv
Bulgaria

A. Koutinas (Biography
A. Koutinas

Prof. A. A. Koutinas obtained his diploma in Chemistry in 1969 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and his Ph.D. in 1979 from the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Patras (UP). He spent 4 years as production manager in an alcohol distillery. He was Guest Editor in the journal Food Technology & Biotechnology, is one of the Editors of the Book Current Topics on Bioprocesses in Food Industry, is member of the Editorial Board of the Open Biotechnology Journal, and is Honorary Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Wine Research. He is a co-author of about 130 research publications in international journals and 4 patents.

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Department of Chemistry
Universityof Patras
Patras
Greece

A. Lante (Biography
A. Lante

Dr. Anna Lante has a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Applied Biocatalysis and Industrial Fermentations from the University of Bologna (Italy). Since 2002, she is an Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology at Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animal and Environment of the University of Padova (Italy). Her research activity is mainly focused on food enzymology, food quality, extraction and characterization of antioxidants from agroindustrial waste and design of functional foods with antioxidant activity. Since 1988 she has participated, either as coordinator or partner, in numerous research projects financed with institutional, local, national, European and private funds.

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Department DAFNAE
University of Padova
Padova
Italy

K. Loganathan (Biography
K. Loganathan

Dr. L. Karthik is presently a Post Doctoral Scientist in ECUST, Shanghai, China under the guidance of eminent scientist Prof. Lixin Zhang. His interest, as a postdoctoral fellow at ECUST, is to develop the CRISPR/Cas12a assisted tools for metabolic engineering. He had published around 70 research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals He is Communication committee member of International chemical biology society. In 2016, he got Prestigious “Young Scientist Award” from Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists for his outstanding research work. and also he got Best Research scholar award-2012 from VIT University. He got 200 young scientist-2012 fellowship (DST) for to attend International conference.

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Drug Discovery Laboratory
University of Science and Technology
Shanghai
China

J.-M. Lin (Biography
J.-M. Lin

Professor Jin-Ming Lin graduated from Fuzhou University in 1984 and received a PhD at Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1997. He had studied and worked in Showa University and Tokyo Metropolitan University during 1992-2002. He was selected as “100 Talented Researcher Program” for Chinese Academy of Sciences at 2001 and worked in Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Science during 2002-2004. He is currently a professor of Tsinghua University since 2004, and was selected as Cheung Kung Scholars Professor of Ministry of Education, China at 2008. He is a General Secretary of the Committee of Mass Spectrometry, Chinese Chemical Society, and service as Editorial Boards for six international journals. He is the author and co-author of 388 original research papers, 4 books and 45 patents.

His current research is focused on microfluidic device for cell analysis, ultra weak chemiluminescence, and sample pretreatment for LC-MS and GC-MS.

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Department of Chemistry
Tsinghua University
Beijing
China

A. Marabotti (Biography
A. Marabotti

Dr. Anna Marabotti graduated in 1996 in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Parma (final mark: 110/110 cum laude), and obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2001 at the University of Turin. She worked as post-doc fellow in several Italian universities (Verona, Padua, Second University of Naples) and in public research institutions (CNR) as well as in private institutions (IRCCS "E. Medea"). Moreover, she worked in one of the biggest pharmaceutical industries in the regulatory field. Since october 2012 she is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology of the University of Salerno at Fisciano.Her main research interests are the studies of structure-dynamics-function relationships of proteins, protein-ligand interaction and allosteric regulations using a combination of experimental and bioinformatics techniques.

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Department of Chemistry and Biology "A. Zambelli"
University of Salerno
Fisciano (SA)
Italy

L. Mayol (Biography
L. Mayol

Dr. Mayol received a phD in Material, Chemical and Production Engineering on December 2004 and is currently a permanent researcher at the University of Naples, Federico II. She gained an acknowledged expertise in the field of rheology and transport properties of complex fluid and hydrogels, as evidenced by a significant number of publications that had high impact on international scientific community. Her scientific work deals with the design of biomaterials and of devices intended for local and systemic drug delivery. Drug delivery strategies are of special interest in the delivery of drugs presenting pharmacokinetics and/or bioavailability issues such as biotechnological drugs.

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Department of Pharmacy
University of Naples Federico II
Naples
Italy

D. Mihaylova (Biography
D. Mihaylova

Dr. Mihaylova has received her PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Food Technologies (Bulgaria) in 2011. Since 2015, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biotechnology at the same University. She has published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is an editor in Food Science and Applied Biotechnology Journal. Dr. Mihaylova current research is focused on food science, metabolites analyses, biologically active substances, agricultural plant science, and waste management.

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Department of Biotechnology
University of Food Technologies
Plovdiv
Bulgaria

A. Mouradov (Biography
A. Mouradov

Associate Professor Aidyn Mouradov obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. His research projects were reflected in over 80 peer-reviewed papers and in 27 patents and patent applications. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt and Max-Planck fellowships for research at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany. Currently, he is working at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University (Melbourne, Australia) and his research area are related to the application of algae and aquatic plants for conversion of wastewater into clean water, energy, and value-added products.

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College of Science, Engineering and Health
RMIT University
Melbourne
Australia

V. Naddeo (Biography
V. Naddeo

Vincenzo Naddeo joined the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Salerno in 2006, after earning his MSc degree with honors in Civil Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 2014 dr. Naddeo is associate professor in Sanitary Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Naddeo is an expert in advanced physical/chemical treatment processes in general, with research interests in the behaviour emerging contaminants and its removal from water and wastewater, and in the development of ultrasound-based processes for removal of organic pollutants, pathogens, and other contaminants from solutions.

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Department of Civil Engineering
University of Salerno - Via Giovanni Paolo II
Fisciano
Italy

K.G. Neoh (Biography
K.G. Neoh

KG Neoh is currently a Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She received her Bachelor's and ScD degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT. Her research focus is on surface/molecular engineering of materials to control biomolecular, microbial and cellular interactions, and the application of such technology to solve biomedical and environmental problems. She has published >580 international journal articles, and has been granted 26 patents. The honours/awards she has received include the Association of MIT Alumnae Scholastic Award (1976), Singapore National Science Award (1996), NUS Staff Achievement Award (1997) and AIChE-SLS Outstanding Researcher Award (2015).

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Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
National University of Singapore
Kent Ridge
Singapore

I.R. Pörtner (Biography
I.R. Pörtner

Ralf Pörtner, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil., is a senior research associate at the Institute for Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology, and honorary professor at TH Mittelhessen, Gießen, Germany. His research interests are focused on mammalian cell culture technology, Tissue Engineering, Modelling of biological reactions, and Bioreactor design and operation. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University Dortmund, Germany, and spent his Post-Doc time at the Institute of Applied Biochemistry, University of Tsukuba, Japan. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications, 8 books and 14 book chapters.

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Hamburg University of Technology
Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Hamburg
Denmark

B. Qian (Biography
B. Qian

Dr. Qian graduated from Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2007. Dr. Qian also holds a Master in Agriculture from Shanghai Ocean University (Shanghai, China). He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Oregon State University and was an assistant professor in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China). Currently, Dr. Qian is also an Associate Professor in Jiangsu Vocational College of Medicine, where he is focusing on molecular nutrition and chronic disease prevention. He has published more than 80 scientific publications and is a known inventor of 12 issued Chinese patents.

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School of Medical Technology
Jiangsu Vocational College of Medicine
Jiangsu
China

W.J. Quax (Biography
W.J. Quax

Prof. Dr. Wilhelmus Johannes Quax, Ph.D., M.Sc. Biol, B.Sc. Biol, currently holds the following key positions at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands: (1) Full Professor in Pharmaceutical Biology (1998-present); (2) Head of Department of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Biology (2016-present). Furthermore, since 2011, he is Chairman of the UCW (Groningen University Committee for Academic Practice). His skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas of Protein Engineering, Recombination, and Phage Display. Dr. Quax, as an author/co-author, has published more than 175 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. over 5,255.

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Department of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Biology
University of Groningen
Groningen
Netherlands

Y. Rouphael (Biography
Y. Rouphael

Youssef Rouphael was awarded a Diploma in Agriculture, a Master in Irrigation and PhD in Horticulture from Tuscia University (Italy). He was then a Post-Doc fellow at the same University for 5 years. Later Dr Rouphael was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine (Lebanese University). He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Naples. Prof. Rouphael specializes in greenhouse crops, plant nutrition, water and irrigation management, soilless production of vegetables and ornamentals, role of grafting, beneficial micro-organisms and biostimulants in horticultural plants under abiotic stress and role of deficit irrigation and PRD. Till May 2017 he has published seven book-chapters and 146 publications.

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Department of Agricultural Sciences
University of Naples Federico II
Portici
Italy

G. Spigno (Biography
G. Spigno

Dr. Giorgia Spigno obtained her Ph.D. degree (2003) in Chemical and Process Engineering from University of Genoa, Italy. From Nov 2000 to Feb 2016, she had been working as an Assistant Professor in Chemical Plants, in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy. Now, since Mar 2016, she is Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology at this same university. She is an expert in food processing and plant design, optimisation, innovation and modelling, such as on characterisation and optimisation of food functional profiles and shelf-life. Dr. Spigno has authored/co-authored more than 50 article publications in various journals, having over 1,275 total citations.

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Institute of Oenology and Food Engineering
Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore (UCSC)
Piacenza
Italy

T. Tamura (Biography
T. Tamura

Dr. Tamura obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medicine from the University of Tokushima, Japan. Currently, Dr. Tamura is director of Bioproduction Research Institute in Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Sapporo, Japan. He is also appointed as professor of Hokkaido University, Sapporo. Dr. Tamura has published more than 140 scientific publications.

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Bioproduction Research Institute
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Sapporo
Japan

D. Vergara (Biography
D. Vergara

Dr. Daniele Vergara, Ph.D., has a consolidated research activity in the field of proteomics with a focus on clinical proteomics. His proteomics expertise includes MALDI-MS, LC-MS/MS, MALDI Imaging, 2D-gel analysis, and bioinformatics. Expertise is also in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and nanotechnology. Since several years, Dr. Vergara is involved in a project aimed to study in vitro and in vivo the molecular basis of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) program. More in detail, dr. Vergara’ research focuses on understanding the crosstalk between metabolism and EMT, in physiological and pathological conditions.

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Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DiSTeBA)
University of Salento
Lecce
Italy

D. Wei (Biography
D. Wei

Dr. Dongzhi Wei is a Professor at State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, New World Institute of Biotechnology, East China University of Science and Technology, China. His research interest lies in Immobilization, Enzyme technology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Microbiology. Prof. Wei is the Editorial Board Member of many peer reviewed journals and area of expertise credits with many publications in national and international journals.

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New World Institute of Biotechnology
East China University of Science and Technology
Shanghai
China

M. Yamada (Biography
M. Yamada

Dr. Mamoru Yamada obtained his Master’s degree of agriculture as well as his Ph.D. degree from Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan. Dr. Yamada is currently Professor, in the Graduate School of Medicine (Agriculture), at Yamaguchi University. His research interests mainly lie in the areas of Genome biology, Medical genome science, Functional biochemistry, Molecular biology, Applied microbiology, and Applied biochemistry. Dr. Yamada, as an author/co-author, has published more than 105 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. over 2,375.

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Department of Biological Chemistry
Yamaguchi University
Yamaguchi
Japan

G. Zhang (Biography
G. Zhang

Dr. Zhang obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biochemical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 2015. He is now an associate professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shihezi University. He is also a member of the committee of young scholars of biochemical engineering committee. chemical society of China. He is the author and co-author of 42 research papers and 3 books. His current research is focused on microbial metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and cell factory for the synthesis of natural products.

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School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Shihezi University
Xinjing
China

S.M. Gupta
Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering Laboratory
Defence Institute of Bio-energy Research(DIBER)
Haldwani
India

H.I. Ali
Rangel College of Pharmacy
Texas A&M University-Health Science Center
Kingsville, TX
USA

H. Shim
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Macau (UM)
Taipa
Macau

U.C. Banerjee (Biography
U.C. Banerjee

Prof. U. C. Banerjee did B.Sc., in Chemistry (Hons), Viswa Bharati University, Shantineketan 1977. He did his M.Tech in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1982. Later he did Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 1991. Currently, he is Professor and Head (since 2003) of Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, NIPER, SAS Nagar. His areas of interest are Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Enzymatic Chiral Drug Synthesis, Fermentation, Nano biotechnology. Dr. Banerjee has around 32 years of research experience, 214 publications and 12 book chapters to his credit.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Technology (Biotechnology)
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research
Mohali
India

B. Berkhout (Biography
B. Berkhout

Ben Berkhout obtained his PhD in 1986 at Leiden University, performed postdoctoral research at the Harvard Medical School and at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (1989-1991). He initiated a molecular virology research line at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam in 1991, became Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Virology and was appointed Professor of Human Retrovirology in 2002. Ben Berkhout has published over 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts on various topics concerning HIV-1 replication, virus evolution, virus discovery, new antiviral therapeutic strategies (RNA interference, CRISPR-Cas) and HIV-1 vaccine design.

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Department of Medical Microbiology
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

G. Bitan (Biography
G. Bitan

Dr. Gal Bitan received his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1988, and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry in 1989 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He went on to pursue graduate studies in Organic Chemistry at the Hebrew University and received his Ph.D. in 1996. Dr. Bitan went on to pursue postdoctoral studies on the structural biology of ligand–receptor systems at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and there he became an Instructor of Neurology in 2003. Dr. Bitan has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, including over 60 original research articles, 30 reviews and book chapters.

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Department of Neurology
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
USA

R. Borriss (Biography
R. Borriss

Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss taught Bacterial Genetics at Humboldt-University Berlin (1993 – 2010). He was Deputy Director of the Institute of Biology at Humboldt University (2000 – 2001). Since 2010, after retirement from Humboldt University, he became Director for Research ABiTEP GmbH Berlin and adjunct professor at Chinese Agriculture University Beijing, China. Dr. Borriss research was funded by recent programs (7th. call) of the European Union. Dr. Borriss has obtained the national award (“Nationalpreis”) for his efforts to establish a process for production of industrial enzymes by GMOs. Dr. Borriss has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals and has filed 17 patent applications.

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Albrecht Daniel Thaer - Institute for Agri- and Horticulture
Humboldt University
Berlin
Germany

E. Calabrò (Biography
E. Calabrò

Prof. Emanuele Calabrò studied physics at the University of Messina where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Physics in 1990. Afterwards he obtained a Bachelor degree in Engineering , several post-graduate masters and a PhD in the field of applied physics. Now he is Full Professor of Physics at the Institute of Industrial Technology of Messina, Italy, and he is PhD-researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics Sciences, Physics Sciences and Earth Sciences of the University of Messina, Italy. He have published more than 70 refereed papers and is author of several monographs and book chapters. Also, he is reviewer of several ISI journals and editor of prestigious special issues.

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Department of Physics Sciences and Earth Sciences
University of Messina
Messina
Italy

J.-P. Chen (Biography
J.-P. Chen

Dr. Jyh-Ping Chen has been a professor in Chemical and Materials Engineering at Chang Gung University since 1997. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1981 and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1988. He joined Chang Gung University in 1994 and established the Graduate Institute of Biochemical and Biomedical Engineering in 2002. He and served as the first director of this institute until 2006. He was the head of the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department from 2006 to 2014. Professor Chen has published 132 papers in SCI journals with more than 2900 citations. His current research interests include biomaterial, tissue engineering and drug delivery.

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Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Chang Gung University
Taoyuan
Taiwan

W. Chen (Biography
W. Chen

Prof. WILFRED CHEN did B.Sc., in Chemical Engineering University of California, Los Angeles (1988). Later he did Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering California Institute of Technology (1993). Currently, he is Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware. Dr. Chen research efforts are focused on the development of synthetic biology tools that can be used for chemical synthesis, cancer diagnostic and therapy, and drug and gene delivery. Another area of interest is the application of these biological materials for biosensor development. Dr. Chen has received numerous honor/awards, and also has 239 publications to his credit.

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Delaware
Newark, NJ
USA

K.A. El-Tarabily (Biography
K.A. El-Tarabily

Dr. El-Tarabily is an Associate Professor at the Biology Department, College of Science; UAE University. He obtained his PhD from Murdoch University, Australia in 1997. He specializes in Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. He taught different undergraduate and graduate courses. His research activities have been diversified over a number of topics including the use of beneficial microorganisms as biological fertilizers and as biological control agents to reduce the dependence on agrochemicals in the field of agriculture. He has authored or coauthored over 50 scientific papers. He represented the UAE University in a total of 99 international and local conferences.

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Biology Department
United Arab Emirates University
Al-Ain
UAE

M. Escribano (Biography
M. Escribano

Dr. Jose Escribano is a world recognized leader in several animal viral infectious diseases and in the field of biologics production in non-fermentative systems, with more than 110 scientific contributions in international journals and numerous licensed patents. He is a graduate from Complutense University of Madrid in Veterinary Medicine and he completed his Ph.D at the same University, doing postdoctoral studies in different internationals research institutions. Dr. Escribano is Research Professor in the Biotechnology Department at the Agricultural Research Institute (INIA), Spain. He has over 30 years of experience in science management and company consultant. He co-founded in 2005 the biotechnology company ALGENEX (www.algenex.com), which develops disruptive baculovirus-based technologies and immunopotentiating molecules.

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Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Improvement
Research Center for Animal Health (CISA-INIA)
Madrid
Spain

V.K. Garlapati (Biography
V.K. Garlapati

Dr. Vijay Garlapati has received his PhD in Bioprocess Engineering / Industrial Biotechnology & Biofuels from IIT Kharagpur, India. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor (Senior Grade) in Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, HP,India. His research attributes has included for filing of 4 patents, in 32 International Journals, as seven book chapters and in eight confererence pesentations. Based on this research and fellowship training he has received several awards and honors, such as A4U Postdoctoral Fellowship (Spain), MHRD, UGC fellowships and SERB-ITS Travel Grant from Indian Government.

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Dept. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
Jaypee University of Information Technology
Waknaghat
India

A.M. Giudetti (Biography
A.M. Giudetti

Graduate in Biological Sciences received her Ph.D. (Cell biochemistry and Cellular pharmacology; 2000) at the University of Bari. Currently she is a researcher in Biochemistry at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, University of Salento. At this University he is a professor of food science. Dr. Anna M. Giudetti authored more than 60 research papers and review articles in peer-review scientific journal. She is a reviewer of several ISI journal and Editor of prestigious Special Issue.

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Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies
University of Salento
Lecce
Italy

B.R. Glick (Biography
B.R. Glick

Dr. Glick obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo in 1974. Following 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow a the University of Toronto and 1 year at the National Research Council of Canada, Dr. Glick worked for 3 years at Canada’s first biotechnology company. He has published 315 scientific manuscripts and 9 books, with his work being cited over 25,000 times. He has taught 11 overseas courses in 5 different countries, has been a visiting Professor at 18 different universities in 12 different countries, and has been a graduate supervisor to nearly 60 graduate students.

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Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
West Waterloo, ON
Canada

K.R. Hakeem (Biography
K.R. Hakeem

Currently, Dr. Khalid Rehman Hakeem is working as an Associate Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has worked at Universiti Putra Malaysia from (2012-2016) as Post-Doc fellow and Fellow Researcher (Ass. Prof. ) subsequently. he has more than nine (09) years of teaching/research experience in Biological sciences.

Presently, Dr. Hakeem is engaged in studying the plant processes at Eco-physiological, as well as Proteomic levels.

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Department of Biological Sciences
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah
Saudi Arabia

C.A. Jerez (Biography
C.A. Jerez

Dr. Carlos Antonio Jerez obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1973 for University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA. Dr. Jerez is currently Professor in the Biology Department, Faculty of Sciences, at Universidad De Chile, Santiago, Chile. His skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas of Microbial Molecular Biology, Applied Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Bioleaching, and Iron Oxidation. Dr. Jerez, as an author/co-author, has published more than 85 articles in various journals, having total number of citations of over 1,825.

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Department of Biology
University of Chile
Región Metropolitana
Chile

B.S. Kim (Biography
B.S. Kim

Beom Soo Kim is a professor of chemical engineering at Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea. He studied chemical engineering at Seoul National University (1988), obtained a PhD in biochemical engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (1993), completed postdoctoral work at MIT Prof. Robert Langer's lab (1998). Beom Soo Kim has published over 120 papers. He served as Editor-in-Chief, Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering Journal and also is an Editorial Board member of several journals such as Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering, and Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology.

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Department of Chemical Engineering
Chungbuk National University
Chungbuk
Republic of Korea

J.M. Kohler (Biography
J.M. Kohler

Prof. Dr. J. Michael Koehler is the head of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Microreaction Technology at the Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany) since 2001. He studied Chemistry in Halle an der Saale as well as in Jena (PhD 1986), where he also habilitated in General and Physical Chemistry in 1992. Between 1991 and 2001 he was the head of microsystem department and department of biotechnical microsystems at the IPHT Jena. He taught at the Universities of Wuppertal and Jena between 1991 and 2000. M. Koehler has published inter alia more than 100 journal articles and edited books on micro reaction technology, microlithography, microsystem technology, and nanotechnology.

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Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies
Ilmenau University of Technology
Ilmenau
Germany

S. Kumar (Biography
S. Kumar

Dr. Sandeep Kumar is Senior Research Scientist in Dow Agrosciences Indianapolis (USA), leading the innovative genome editing and gene expression program. He has 25 years of diverse industry and academic work experience in plant biotechnology. He is author of 37 scientific publications, editor of two books, and lead inventor for around 50 patents and applications overall. Dr. Sandeep Kumar is a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals. Also, he is registered to practice before the USPTO, and certified six sigma greenbelt project leader. He obtained his Ph.D. in Forestry (Biotechnology) from FRI Dehradun and worked as Research Scientist at NC State University.

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Dow AgroSciences LLC
Indianapolis, IN
United States

C. Lacroix (Biography
C. Lacroix

Prof. Christophe Lacroix, studied Food Technology at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires in Massy, France, where he received his food engineering degree in 1980. He then moved to Québec, Canada, where he completed M.Sc. and a Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor F. Castaigne at Université Laval. From 1984 to 2002, he was Professor of Dairy Biotechnology in the Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences in Université Laval. He has been Full Professor for Food Biotechnology at the Institute of Food Science and Nutrition at the ETH Zurich since August 1, 2002.

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Department of Health Sciences and Technology (HEST)
Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health
Zurich
Switzerland

W.-C. Lee (Biography
W.-C. Lee

Prof. Wen-Chien Lee did graduation and Masters in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan Institute of Technology, in 1984 and 1986 respectively. In 1989, he received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (IN, USA). Currently, he is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, since 1994. He became Director of Systems Biology and Tissue Engineering Research Center, National Chung Cheng University, in 2007. His research expertise includes Proteomics, stem cell culture, and bioethanol process. His publications include 90 journal papers, 6 patents, and 66 presentations in international conferences.

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Department of Chemical Engineering
National Chung Cheng University
Chiayi
Taiwan

J.M. Luengo (Biography
J.M. Luengo

José M. Luengo is a Spanish biochemist and microbiologist. He is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of León where he runs a research group. Throughout his career, Prof. Luengo has developed different lines of research related to biotechnology (industrial production of antibiotics, degradation of aromatic compounds, microbial biosynthesis of cholesterol and other steroids, development of new biomolecules -bioplastics- and study of their applications, and biochemical and genetic analysis of catabolic routes responsible for the bacterial degradation of biogenic amines). Prof. Luengo has published numerous articles in the most prestigious journals in his field, participated in numerous national and international scientific committees and belongs to the editorial boards of different journals.

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Department of Molecular Biology
University of León
Leon
Spain

S. Ma (Biography
S. Ma

Dr. Shengwu Ma is a senior research scientist at London Health Science Centre (LHSC), Ontario, Canada. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Biology and Department of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Ma also serves as co-founder of Plantigen Inc. based in London, Ontario. Dr. Ma completed his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1988. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's London Research Centre before joining LHSC in 1992. Dr. Ma’s research interest lies in the area of molecular biology and biotechnology.

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Department of Medicine and Biology
University of Western Ontario (UWO)
London, ON
Canada

L. Mariniello (Biography
L. Mariniello

Dr. Loredana Mariniello obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at University of Naples “Federico II”. Main Fields of interest: Transglutaminase-mediated reactions, Edible film production and characterization, Immobilized enzymes, In vitro digestion models. Author of 61 articles - widely cited in the literature - on international journals, and of 11 articles among book chapters and in “open access” journals. Editor of a book. Author of 2 patents. H-index Google Scholar 21; H-index SCOPUS 18; H-index Web of Science 19.

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Department of Chemical Sciences
University of Naples "Federico II"
Naples
Italy

P. Michaud (Biography
P. Michaud

Philippe Michaud is a Professor of biochemistry at the head of the Biological engineering department of Polytech Clermont Ferrand, a school of engineering of the Blaise Pascal University (France). He has published 105 research papers and reviews in international peer-reviewed journals. He is the inventor or co-inventor of 11 patents, 2 of them with industrial exploitation. He is the author or co-author of 4 book chapters. He is the general secretary of the International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses.

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Laboratory of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Blaise Pascal University
Aubière
France

A. Morana (Biography
A. Morana

Graduated in Medicinal Chemistry on 1988. Specialized in Food Science and Technology on 1995. Since 1998 she is researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). She started her career at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry, and presently she works at the Institute of Agro-environmental and Forest Biology. Her main scientific activity is focused on two topics: 1) valorization of agro-industrial residues in order to recover valuable biomolecules useful in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries; 2) cultivation of extremophilic microorganisms for the production of pigments, biopolymers (exopolysaccharides and polyhydroxyalkanoates), and enzymes of biotechnological interest. Dr. Morana authored 38 papers, 7 chapters, and 1 patent.

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Institute of Agro-environmental and Forest Biology
National Research Council of Italy
Naples
Italy

A.K. Mukherjee (Biography
A.K. Mukherjee

Dr. AK Mukherjee has worked on (i) Components of Slow Blasting Resistance in Rice for his PhD thesis, (ii) DNA Fingerprinting, Gene Tagging and Mapping of Economically Important Traits of Indian Mustard by Using Molecular Markers as DBT Post Doctoral Fellow, (iii) Molecular characterization of forestry and horticultural crops of Odisha as Scientist in Biotechnology at Regional Plant Resource Centre and (iv) “Common pathways to leaf senescence and defence response: proteomic approach” as a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Biology, Israel Institute of Technology. He has published 73 research papers, 7 book chapters, two books and numbers of popular articles. He has guided 7 Ph.D. students and 12 M.Sc. students and been awarded with numbers of awards and fellowships.

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Division of Crop Protection
ICAR-National Rice Research Institute
Cuttack
India

G. Narasimha (Biography
G. Narasimha

Dr. Narasimha Golla working as Senior Assistant Professor in Virology, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India He did his doctoral degree in Microbiology from Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur India in 2003. He has 18 years teaching and 21 years research experience in applied microbiology. He is author of good number of papers. He is pioneering in microbial enzymes, secondary metabolites, nanoparticles and their applications. He attended National and International conferences and presented papers and acted as an expert member/resource person for scientific programmes. He is handling good number of research projects and acting as Principal Investigator for Major Research projects. Dr. Narasimha is a reviewer and editorial board member for several journals. Dr.Narasimha looks forward to develop his eminence in the fields of modern science and technology.

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Department of Virology
Sri Venkateswara University
Andhra Pradesh
India

S.J. Parulekar (Biography
S.J. Parulekar

Dr. Satish J. Parulekar is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He obtained B.S. from the University of Bombay, India (Chemical Engineering, 1978), M.S. from the University of Pittsburgh (Chemical Engineering, 1979), and Ph.D. from Purdue University (Chemical Engineering, 1983). His research interests include biochemical engineering, chemical reaction engineering, modeling and optimization of biological and chemical processes, and reactions with separations. He is an author/co-author of more than 90 technical contributions including a research monograph and five book chapters and more than 140 presentations, which include more than 110 presentations at various professional society meetings. He has served as a manuscript referee for 54 archival journals. He has supervised thesis (M.S. and Ph.D.) work of 47 students. He currently serves on the editorial boards of six journals.

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
USA

R. Porta (Biography
R. Porta

Prof. Raffaele Porta is a full professor of Biochemistry at the University of Naples “Federico II”, where he is member of the Ph.D. Council on Biotechnology and carries out research activity at the Department of Chemical Sciences. The use of the enzyme transglutaminase both to modify protein structure and activity, as well as to produce hydrocolloidal edible films, is currently his major scientific interest. His research activity is documented by more than 150 articles published on journals and books having worldwide distribution, and by 4 patents of industrial invention. Since 2017, he is Vice-President of the Italian Society of Biochemistry and member of the Science & Society Committee of the Federation of the European Biochemical Societies (FEBS).

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Department of Chemical Sciences
University of Naples “Federico II”
Naples
Italy

J. Qin (Biography
J. Qin

Jun Qin received his B.S degree in Chemistry in 1984 from Nanjing Normal University and his Ph.D in Chemistry in 1992 from University of California Davis. He is currently a Professor in Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, United States. His research career focuses on studying mechanisms of protein-ligand interactions using a series of biophysical and cellular techniques. He is the expert in the Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy, protein-ligand interactions, and structure-based drug design. He has published more than 100 articles with more than 7500 citations by Google scholar and serves as board members for a number of journals.

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Department of Molecular Cardiology
Lerner Research Institute and Lerner College of Medicine
Cleveland, OH
USA

I. Romanowska (Biography
I. Romanowska

Dr. Irena Romanowska obtained her Master's degree (1984) in engineering (Faculty of Food Chemistry) from Politechnika Łódzka (Lodz University of Technology), Łódź, Poland. Then, she obtained her Ph.D. degree (1995) in technical sciences (Faculty of Food Chemistry) from the same university. Dr. Romanowska is currently Lecturer, in the Institute of Technical Biochemistry, at Politechnika Łódzka. Her scientific interests and realized research topics include biotechnology, cellulolytic enzymes, xylanolytic enzymes, the use of xylanases in bakery, and brown coal bioconversion. Furthermore, she is a member of the European Federation of Biotechnology.

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Institute of Technical Biochemistry
Lodz University of Technology
Lodz
Poland

H. Seliger (Biography
H. Seliger

Dr. Hartmut Seliger did his doctoral thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen and received his Ph.D. from the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany. After postdoctoral professional activity at Nothwestern University, Evanston, and the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry in Freiburg, he was appointed Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at Ulm University, Germany. He is also Founding Dean of Biotechnology at the German University in Cairo. Dr. Seliger has published more than 170 refereed articles and 280 communications, is the inventor of 38 patents, and is the recipient of 3 research awards. After retirement, he is scientific counselor for R&D projects on bio-based and bio-degradable materials.

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Division of Chemical Functions in Biosystems
University of Ulm
Elchingen
Germany

S. Srinivasan (Biography
S. Srinivasan

Dr. S. Srinivasan has completed Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from Annamalai University. He is working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Annamalai University. He has 19 years teaching experience and 14 years research experience. He has published more than 24 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as a reviewer and editorial board member of several reputed journals. Currently he is committed in exploring the naturally occurring phytochemicals for intervention (treatment) of diabetes mellitus. This involves conducting anti-diabetic studies with natural plant sources in animal models.

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Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Annamalai University
Annamalai Nagar
India

J.A. Teixeira (Biography
J.A. Teixeira

Prof. José A.C. Teixeira is a Professor of Biological Engineering at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, since 2000. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal, in 1988. He is affiliated with several prestigious societies, including the Portuguese Biotechnology Society (as its President), the Portuguese Institution of Engineers (as a member), and Institute of Food Technologists. His research interests are focused on Industrial Biotechnology and Food Biotechnology. Prof. Teixeira has authored/co-authored over 400 peer-reviewed papers and co-edited books that include Reactores Biológicos-Fundamentos e Aplicações” (in Portuguese), Engineering Aspects of Milk and Dairy Products and Engineering Aspects of Food Biotechnology.

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IBB-Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering
University of Minho
Braga
Portugal

D.C. Vodnar (Biography
D.C. Vodnar

Dan C. VODNAR is the Vice-rector for Research, Lecturer and PhD Coordinator on Food Biotechnology field at UASVM CN. He is involved within the fields of fermentation studying the metabolic capacity of strains to convert the substrates into valuable organic compounds, immobilization of strains and bioactive compounds on different matrices, exposure of food matrices to simulated gastrointestinal juices, food waste valorization into non-dairy probiotic beverages, carbohydrate metabolic conversions in sourdough fermentation, molecular gastronomy applications, functional innovative food products.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Cluj-Napoca
Romania

B. Xiao (Biography
B. Xiao

Dr. Xiao Graduated from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China) and obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Environmental Engineering in 2005. He also worked as a visiting scholar in Tohoku University in 2016-2017. Currently, Dr. Xiao is an associate professor in Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is focusing on new biotechnologies on treatment and resource recovery of wastewater, sewage sludge, and organic wastes. He has published more than 60 peer reviewed scientific publications.

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Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing
P.R. China

K. Ye (Biography
K. Ye

Dr. Kaiming Ye is Professor, holds Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering, and is Director of Center of Biomanufacturing for Regenerative Medicine at the Binghamton University (BU), State University of New York (SUNY), USA. He is one of the top most distinguished and accomplished leaders in the field of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is fellow of AIMBE and senior member of IEEE. Dr. Ye’s scholarly contributions to the field include the development of the concept of advanced biomanufacturing and his leadership role in promoting and growing the field of the advanced biomanufacturing. He is well known for his work in bioprinting and tissue biofabrication.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering
State University of New York
Binghamton, NY
USA

A.M. Abbasi
Departyment of Environmental Sciences
COMSATS University
Islamabad
Pakistan

R. Dastjerdi (Biography
R. Dastjerdi

Roya Dastjerdi, 37, PhD, Associate Professor, winner of national and international awards has comprehensively worked on medical textiles for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, green, smart, bioactive and antibacterial polymers, size and geometry controlled synthesizing of nanostructures, etc. She has successfully worked on the main fundamental challenges on different aspects of nano-bio- engineered textiles and polymers; her accomplishments offer a pathway for many advances with remarkable potentiality to scale-up. She has written one book in the field and recorded 20 national patents. She has been selected as a national elite and received more than 100 international invitations from high-ranked scientific events, institutes, publications.

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Textile Engineering Department
Yazd University
Yazd
Iran

M.S. Khan
Department of Biotechnology
Integral University
Lucknow
India

X. Wu
Ocean College
Qinzhou University
Qinzhou
China


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Y. Anwar (Biography
Y. Anwar

Dr. Yasir Anwar is currently working as Assistant professor in department of Biological sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah Saudi arabia. He did his MS degree in field of Food Biotechnology from Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea. His current Research interest include, Environmental Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Agricultural Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Plant biotechnology.

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Department of Biological sciences
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah
Saudi Arabia

M.C. Baloglu (Biography
M.C. Baloglu

Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Baloglu is Associate Professor of Department of Genetic and Bioengineering at Kastamonu University. He received his PhD in 2011 at Middle East Technical University (METU). His PhD thesis was awarded as the best thesis in METU. He has established molecular biology, transcriptomics and bioinformatics research laboratories at the Kastamonu University in 2013. Dr. Baloglu has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on various topics concerning with genome wide gene family identification in plants, transcriptome and miRNA analysis using next generation sequencing and abiotic stress in plants. He is conducting joint projects from different universities. He is serving as an Associate editor and Editorial Board member for international journals with high impact factors.

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Department of Genetic and Bioengineering
Kastamonu University
Kastamonu
Turkey

F. Deniz (Biography
F. Deniz

Dr. Fatih Deniz obtained his Ph.D. degree in the field of Environmental Biotechnology, Department of Biological Sciences from the University of Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam (Turkey). He is currently an associate professor and department chair at the Department of Environmental Protection Technologies at Harran University in Turkey. His research interest focuses mainly on the bioremediation technologies such as biosorption and bioaccumulation for the purification of water environments especially polluted with organic and inorganic substances like synthetic dyes and heavy metal ions. His publications includes numerous peer-reviewed articles in the international SCI/SCI-E indexed journals and many congress papers in his field of specialization.

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Department of Environmental Protection Technologies
Harran University
Sanlıurfa
Turkey

A.H. Hamidian (Biography
A.H. Hamidian

Amir Hossein Hamidian is an Associate Professor in Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of the University of Tehran. He is the Director of the International Research Center for Water and Environment (IRCWE) and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Natural Environment, University of Tehran. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Tehran, Iran followed by a Ph.D. (2009) from the University of Otago, New Zealand in environmental engineering. He has worked in several national and international projects, including CLIVAR, and awarded several awards including research fellowships in the USA and China. He is the member of the editorial board of several international journals, and has been the supervisor of more than 50 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. He has published more than 100 research papers and three books in the University of Tehran. His research expertise is water and soil pollution, control and remediation; and recently won the only available Silk Road Fund on water science in 2018.

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Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
University of Tehran
Karaj
Iran

A. Kumar (Biography
A. Kumar

Currently, Dr. Ashwani Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Department of Botany, School of Biological Sciences at Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, India. He obtained Ph.D. in Biomass and Bioenergy at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. He has been awarded several National and International Fellowship such as Commonwealth Fellowship at Functional Genomics Laboratory at University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Claude Leon Foundation & National Research Foundation Fellowship-South Africa, Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research interest are Metagenomics, Bioenergy, Biofertilizers and Plant abiotic stress Dr. Kumar has published more than 35 Peer reviewed articles, 14 Book chapters and 40 Conferences.

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Department of Botany
Dr. H.S. Gour Central University
Sagar
India

H. Boubakri
Laboratory of legumes
Centre of Biotechnology of Borj-Cedria
Hammam-Lif
Tunisia

E. Faghihloo
Department of Medical Microbiology
Shahid Behesti University of Medical Sciences
Tehran
Iran

J.S. Bak (Biography
J.S. Bak

Prof. Bak has a Ph.D. in Korea University, and a LittD/ScD in IBC (Cambridge, England). He was the Project-Leader in KAIST. In Korea University, he played a key role in teaching Physical Chemistry-lectures. He was appointed to the post of Secretary-General/Professor/Director-General/Adviser in IBC. He worked as a researcher/scholar especially in UC-Berkeley (conditionally), MIT (conditionally), and SNU. He is a member of many academies and organizations (especially Mensa). His area of investigation is Life/Natural/Applied Sciences (with many publications). Dr. Bak is a reviewer of over 34-journals, and a member of 21-boards. He has been cited in Marquis Who's Who and IBC.

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Division of Bio-convergence
College of Convergence and Integrated Science
Kyonggi University
Suwon
South Korea

R. Bastos (Biography
R. Bastos

Food Engineer and Master Bioengineering (Federal University of Rio Grande, 2000), and PhD in Chemical Engineering - Biotechnology Processes (School of Chemical Engineering, State University of Campinas, 2006). I am currently professor of graduate and postgraduate courses of Biotechnology at the Center of Agricultural Sciences of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in Araras, São Paulo, Brazil. I have experience in biotechnological processes, as main research lines the industrial enzymes and fermentation, oxygen transfer in bioreactors, microbial culture in solid supports (solid-state fermentation), heterotrophic cultivation of cyanobacteria and microalgae, biotechnological use of agro industrial by-products and biological wastewater treatment.

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Department of Agroindustrial Technology and Rural Socioeconomics
Federal University of São Carlos
Sau Paulo
Brazil

A. Ghasemiyan (Biography
A. Ghasemiyan

Dr. Abdollah Ghasemian obtained his Pharm D degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and his PhD from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He also worked in ICGEB, Trieste, Italy as a visiting scholar. He is now an associate professor in the Urmia University of Medical Sciences. His fields of expertise are in the enzyme biotechnology and phage therapy. He is author/ co-author of 20 published papers and 2 book chapters.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Urmia University of Medical Sciences
Urmia
Iran

S.J. Joshi (Biography
S.J. Joshi

Dr. Sanket Joshi has received his PhD in 'Biosurfactant production and its Applications in Microbial Enhanced oil Recovery', from M. S. University of Baroda, India. Currently he is working as an Application Specialist, Oil & Gas Sciences, in Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. Prior to academic research he also worked in R&D departments of biotechnology industries in India. His research interests are in Energy and environment, Fermentation technology, Bioproducts production and applications, Biofuels, and Petroleum Biotechnology. He guest edited two thematic issues, published over 60 papers in scientific journals and books and serves as a reviewer in several journals.

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College of Science
Sultan Qaboos University
Muscat
Sultanate of Oman

G-Q. Liu (Biography
G-Q. Liu

Gao-Qiang Liu is Professor and vice dean of College of Life Science and Technology at Central South University of Forestry and Technology. He graduated and got his PhD degree from School of Biotechnology, Jiangnan University in 2007. He awarded the first prize of Hunan Provincial Natural Science Award, China in 2017. He experts in fungal fermentation and biotechnology. He has authored more than 30 papers in reputed journals. He is currently lab head of Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Forestry Biotechnology, China.

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Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Forestry Biotechnology
Central South University of Forestry and Technology
Changsha
China

A.P. Gupte (Biography
A.P. Gupte

Dr. Akshaya Padmakar Gupte obtained B.Sc (Microbiology) from University of Bombay and M.Sc. (Microbiology) from S.P. University in 1989 and 1992 respectively. Later, he became a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1997. He has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions over the years. He has around 43 publications to his credit.

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N. V. Patel College of Pure and Applied Sciences
Gujarat
India

M. Stojanovic
Institute of Biology and Ecology
University of Kragujevac
Kragujevac
Serbia












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Daniel Pesut
(Indiana University School of Nursing, USA)

"It is important that students and researchers from all over the world can have easy access to relevant, high-standard and timely scientific information. This is exactly what Open Access Journals provide and this is the reason why I support this endeavor."


Jacques Descotes
(Centre Antipoison-Centre de Pharmacovigilance, France)

"Publishing research articles is the key for future scientific progress. Open Access publishing is therefore of utmost importance for wider dissemination of information, and will help serving the best interest of the scientific community."


Patrice Talaga
(UCB S.A., Belgium)

"Open access journals are a novel concept in the medical literature. They offer accessible information to a wide variety of individuals, including physicians, medical students, clinical investigators, and the general public. They are an outstanding source of medical and scientific information."


Jeffrey M. Weinberg
(St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, USA)

"Open access journals are extremely useful for graduate students, investigators and all other interested persons to read important scientific articles and subscribe scientific journals. Indeed, the research articles span a wide range of area and of high quality. This is specially a must for researchers belonging to institutions with limited library facility and funding to subscribe scientific journals."


Debomoy K. Lahiri
(Indiana University School of Medicine, USA)

"Open access journals represent a major break-through in publishing. They provide easy access to the latest research on a wide variety of issues. Relevant and timely articles are made available in a fraction of the time taken by more conventional publishers. Articles are of uniformly high quality and written by the world's leading authorities."


Robert Looney
(Naval Postgraduate School, USA)

"Open access journals have transformed the way scientific data is published and disseminated: particularly, whilst ensuring a high quality standard and transparency in the editorial process, they have increased the access to the scientific literature by those researchers that have limited library support or that are working on small budgets."


Richard Reithinger
(Westat, USA)

"Not only do open access journals greatly improve the access to high quality information for scientists in the developing world, it also provides extra exposure for our papers."


J. Ferwerda
(University of Oxford, UK)

"Open Access 'Chemistry' Journals allow the dissemination of knowledge at your finger tips without paying for the scientific content."


Sean L. Kitson
(Almac Sciences, Northern Ireland)

"In principle, all scientific journals should have open access, as should be science itself. Open access journals are very helpful for students, researchers and the general public including people from institutions which do not have library or cannot afford to subscribe scientific journals. The articles are high standard and cover a wide area."


Hubert Wolterbeek
(Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

"The widest possible diffusion of information is critical for the advancement of science. In this perspective, open access journals are instrumental in fostering researches and achievements."


Alessandro Laviano
(Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy)

"Open access journals are very useful for all scientists as they can have quick information in the different fields of science."


Philippe Hernigou
(Paris University, France)

"There are many scientists who can not afford the rather expensive subscriptions to scientific journals. Open access journals offer a good alternative for free access to good quality scientific information."


Fidel Toldrá
(Instituto de Agroquimica y Tecnologia de Alimentos, Spain)

"Open access journals have become a fundamental tool for students, researchers, patients and the general public. Many people from institutions which do not have library or cannot afford to subscribe scientific journals benefit of them on a daily basis. The articles are among the best and cover most scientific areas."


M. Bendandi
(University Clinic of Navarre, Spain)

"These journals provide researchers with a platform for rapid, open access scientific communication. The articles are of high quality and broad scope."


Peter Chiba
(University of Vienna, Austria)

"Open access journals are probably one of the most important contributions to promote and diffuse science worldwide."


Jaime Sampaio
(University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)

"Open access journals make up a new and rather revolutionary way to scientific publication. This option opens several quite interesting possibilities to disseminate openly and freely new knowledge and even to facilitate interpersonal communication among scientists."


Eduardo A. Castro
(INIFTA, Argentina)

"Open access journals are freely available online throughout the world, for you to read, download, copy, distribute, and use. The articles published in the open access journals are high quality and cover a wide range of fields."


Kenji Hashimoto
(Chiba University, Japan)

"Open Access journals offer an innovative and efficient way of publication for academics and professionals in a wide range of disciplines. The papers published are of high quality after rigorous peer review and they are Indexed in: major international databases. I read Open Access journals to keep abreast of the recent development in my field of study."


Daniel Shek
(Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

"It is a modern trend for publishers to establish open access journals. Researchers, faculty members, and students will be greatly benefited by the new journals of Bentham Science Publishers Ltd. in this category."


Jih Ru Hwu
(National Central University, Taiwan)


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