“The Diverse Functions Of Metallohydrolases: From Antibiotic Resistance To Osteoporosis”
Enzymologist with special interest in the catalytic mechanisms of enzymatic reactions with a view to develop specific inhibitors as drug leads. Prof. Gary Schenk is an enzymologist with an interest in investigating the catalytic mechanisms of enzymatic reactions with a view to develop specific inhibitors as drug leads. After receiving a Diploma in Chemistry in 1992 from the University of Berne in Switzerland, he joined the University of Queensland (UQ), where he was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry in 1997. After postdoctoral research at UQ, the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (England) and Stanford University (USA) he joined the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at UQ as a lecturer in 2003. Between 2011 and 2013 he held a joint professorship at UQ and the National University of Ireland – Maynooth, and since 2013 he holds a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Prof. Schenk has published over 100 publications to date and for his research achievements he was awarded a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award in 2007 and a prestigious Future Fellowship in 2013.
The main focus of Prof. Schenk’s Research is on a group of enzymes that require metal ions for their function and carry out hydrolytic types of reactions. These enzymes are classified as binuclear metallohydrolases, and members include the metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs), the organophosphate-degrading phosphotriesterases (PTEs), the purple acid phosphatases (PAPs) and ureases. The spectrum of biological functions covered by these enzymes is very diverse. MBLs degrade and thus inactivate most commonly used β-lactam-based antibiotics (e.g. penicillin) and hence have become a major threat to global health care. PTEs have evolved very recently in response to a sharply increasing application of organophosphate pesticides. These enzymes are very effective in detoxifying pesticides (including nerve agents such as sarin and VX) and are thus of immense interest in bioremedial applications. PAPs and ureases are associated with osteoporosis and gastric ulcers, respectively, and consequently these enzymes have emerged as attractive targets to develop new drugs to combat those disorders. In Prof. Schenk group the structure and mechanism of MBLs, PTEs and PAPs are investigated. For MBLs and PAPs his group has been developing potent inhibitors as potential drug leads, whereas for PTEs in vitro evolution techniques were applied to generate mutants with desired catalytic properties. In summary, the work in Prof. Schenk’s group is largely associated with protein chemistry and medicinal chemistry, but he has close collaborations with colleagues in Clinical Research Centres to test the effect of compounds they develop.
Maria L. Ghirardi
“Algal Hydrogen Photoproduction: Current Status Of Thetechnology”
Dr. Maria L. Ghirardi is an NREL and a RASEI (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute) Research Fellow, as well as a Research Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. She has a B.S., an M.S. and a Ph.D degree in Comparative Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and extensive experience working with photosynthetic organisms. Her research at NREL involves photobiological H2 production and basic photosynthesis. Her group’s expertise covers metabolic, biochemical and genetic aspects of algal H2 metabolism, as well as the development of an applied system for continuous algal H2 production aimed at commercial applications. Maria has over 106 publications to date and has been featured as an invited speaker in many national and international conferences. She was the recipient of NREL’s 2003 Outstanding Performance Staff Award, DOE’s 2003 Office of Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award in 2005 and the Kavli Frontiers Fellowship in 2006. She is the recipient of 3 U.S. patents. Maria organized the Western Photosynthesis Conference in 2002, the International Hydrogenase Conference in 2007, and chaired the Hydrogen Production session at the Photosynthesis Gordon Conference, 2012. She has reviewed manuscripts for many publications, such as Science, Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Plant Cell, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, among others, and reviewed grants for U.S., French, Sweden, Israeli and Belgium governmental agencies.
Murray Moo-Young is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he conducts research on bioremediation of environmental pollutants, and biomanufacturing of biopharmaceuticals and biofuels. A Jamaican-born Chinese-Canadian, Murray received his PhD from the University of London and MASc from Toronto followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Edinburgh. He has been an executive director of productive research organizations including the Biotechnology Research Institute at Waterloo. He has been a visiting professor at several prestigious universities including MIT, UC Berkeley, Imperial College and Oxford. To date, Murray has produced 13 books, 10 patents and over 365 papers. He has been a consultant worldwide to industry and government, including DuPont, Pfizer, ICI; NASA, UN. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Biotechnology Advances (IF 9.599) and the 2011 edition of the six-volume reference work Comprehensive Biotechnology. His honors include the premier awards of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the American Chemical Society, Biochemical Technology Division. He is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest accolade for a Canadian scholar.
“Biotechnology for Sustainability – An interdisciplinary synthesis”
Biodiesel Director of Petrobras Biocombustíveis; Researcher of the Petrobras Research Center, Alberto Oliveira Fontes Junior – has graduated in Mechanical Engineering by the Federal University of Paraiba in 1983. Achieved the Master degree in Energy and Thermal Mechanisms in 1984, by Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, where he started his professional Career as Professor in the Technical School. President – Director of the Company, Transportadora Nordeste Sudeste de Gás – TNS (2005 –2007). In 1985, he was admitted at Petrobras Research Center – CENPES, where he occupied several management posts such as: Manager of Engineering Installation and Automation at E&P Corporative at Rio de Janeiro; Coordinator of the Program on Renewable Energies / PROGER–CENPES and Engineering Manager of the Company Petrobras Biocombustiveis (2008-2009) when he was named to the position of Director of Biodiesel of this Company, since May of 2009, until now.
Current (2010 till date)
Agricultural Officer (Plant Genetic Resources Use), Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO, Rome, Italy.
Dr. Mba leverages FAO’s strategic combination of normative and operational activities to lead interventions aimed at assisting member countries translate the potentials of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) into improved productivities on farmers’ fields.
PhD (1992) in Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
Professor of the University of Stuttgart; Director of DLR-German Aerospace Center. Expert on Biofuels and new materials; Prof. Dr. H. E. Friedrich studied engineering at the Technical University of Munich. After working in the engineering and consultancy sectors, he took up a senior management position in the aeronautical industry in 1986. He was responsible for new methods of construction and new materials, aircraft engines and optimising product development times. In 1996, Prof. Friedrich joined Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg as head of vehicle research, where at least he was head of Group research for materials technology and vehicle concepts. He specialised in innovative mate-rials and construction methods, and concept vehicles for future vehicle specifications. Here he worked on the projects of vehicle with electric drive: high performance batteries and fuel cells, new lightweight structures with magnesium and carbon fiber construction and the first “1-litre car”.
Since 2004 Prof. Dr. Friedrich is director of the Institute of Vehicle Concepts at the German Aer-ospace Center in Stuttgart and professor at the University of Stuttgart. He is Director of the Board of the International Magnesium Association (IMA) and has a lectureship at the Technical University of Berlin for materials and design in the transportation industry.
Pós-doutor em Direito pela mesma Universidade de Frankfurt/M., sob orientação de trabalho da Profa. Dra. Ingeborg Maus.
Atualmente é procurador geral do Município de Fortaleza e professor titular da Universidade de Fortaleza.
Foi vicepresidente da Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil – Secção do Ceará.
Tem experiência na área de Direito, com ênfase em Direito Constitucional, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: Supremo Tribunal Federal, jurisdição constitucional, Poder Judiciário, democracia brasileira e direito constitucional e história do pensamento constitucional brasileiro.
Publicou sua tese de doutorado em 1999 (Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt/M): Staat und Justiz in Brasilien – zur historischen Entwicklung der Justizfunktion in Brasilien: Kolonialgerichtsbarkeit in Bahia, Richterschaft im Kaiserreich und
Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit in der Republik.
Autor de diversos ensaios, pareceres e traduções publicados, é também organizador de obras.
Linhas de pesquisa
- Teoria da Democracia (pesquisas e estudos na área de Teoria Geral do Direito, Hermenêutica Constitucional, Epistemologia Jurídica e Teoria do Poder)
- Direitos Humanos (pesquisa e estudos sobre fundamentação filosófica, legitimidade sócio-política dos direitos humanos e sua proteção institucional)
- Estado Democrático de Direito no Brasil (pesquisa e estudos sobre Teoria da Democracia, Teoria do Poder e Sociologia Jurídica)
Senior Specialist at INPI (National Institute for Industrial Property). Involved in the Master’s course in IP and Innovation at INPI, Senior Specialist at INPI (National Institute for Industrial Property). Involved in the Master’s course in IP and Innovation at INPI, professor emeritus at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and tenured professor for the Graduate Program in Chemical and Biochemical Process Technologies at UFRJ. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ (1976), Master’s (1979) and Doctoral (1987) degrees in Chemical Engineering from PEQ-COPPE/UFRJ, a Post-Doctorate from the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP), France (1988), and and an Executive MBA from COPPEAD/UFRJ (1991). Currently sits on the IP Committee of ANPEI, the Chemicals Industry Executive Committee for the Brazilian government’s industry, technology and foreign trade policy, the 3rd Regional Chemical Sector Board, the Technology Committee of the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM), and the boards of LABCOM (fuel and oil products laboratory) and SIQUIM (chemicals industry information system). Member of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Drugs and Medications (INCT–INOFAR). Areas of interest: chemicals industry, fine chemicals, petroleum, fuels, petrochemicals, alternative energy sources, patents, technology foresight and future studies. Supervises masters and doctoral theses in the area of management and technological innovation (total of over 85 dissertations and theses). Author of several books.
Full professor of environmental biotechnology at the Institute of Ecology, México. President of the International Society of Environmental Biotechnology (ISEB). She was the founding President of the Latin American Society of Environmental and Algal Biotechnology, SOLABIAA. She is Editor in Chief of the Latin American Journal for Environmental and Algal Biotechnology (RELBAA). She serves in the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Advances (Elsevier) and the International Journal of Phytoremediation (Taylor & Francis). She is Member of the Experts group of the Section on Environmental Biotechnology of the European Federation of Biotechnology and has been invited for Research stays by prestigious Universities in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Denmark, Canada and for delivering plenary lectures at International Conferences held in Austria, Australia, Brasil, China, Check Republic, Spain, México, Panamá, Portugal, U.S.A. She is member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and has been distinguished as member of the National Research System since 1988; currently is awarded at the maximum level (III). Prof. Olguín received the National Award “María Lavalle Urbina” in the area of Environment and Sustainable Development in 1999. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. and has been working for more than 30 years in the development and evaluation of bioprocesses for the sustainable use of water, recycling of waste and in the last 5 years in the production of biofuels in Biorefineries. Her main research lines are: biofuels production with emphasis in production of biodiesel from microalgae; phycoremediation and phytoremediation for nutrient and heavy metal removal.
Dr. Fengwu Bai received his BSc and MSc at the Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China, and PhD at the University of Waterloo, Canada. All degrees in chemical engineering. He worked as a full professor at DUT from 1999 to 2012, and moved to Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2013, working as a distinguished professor in the School of Life Science and Biotechnology with research interest in the cost-effective production of biofuels and bioenergy from biomass resources. He systematically developed the concept for self-immobilized cells through their spontaneous flocculation without consumption of any supporting materials, and established methodologies for strain development, bioreactor configuration and process optimization, taking ethanol fermentation with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as an example. To date, he has co-authored more than 150 research and review articles and 4 invited book chapters, and co-edited 2 volumes for the Springer book series: Advances in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. He is presently the member of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Biotechnology, executive board member of Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB), and editor of Biotechnology Advances (Elsevier). He also serves on the editorial boards for other scientific journals including Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Journal of Biotechnology, Biotechnology for Biofuels, and so on.
Francesco Nicotra is full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He is member of the Government Board of the University (2013- ) and has been Dean of the Faculty of Science (2009-2012) and Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences (2002-2008). Prof. Nicotra has relevant international appointments, he chairs the Subcommittee of Biotechnology of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and is Titular Member of the IUPAC Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. He is also the Italian representative in the International Carbohydrate Organization, and scientific evaluator for many international agencies including the European Community.
The scientific interests concern the design, synthesis and characterisation of organic compounds of biological and pharmaceutical relevance; the functionalysation of nanodevices and biomaterials, the study of molecular interactions and their applications in biomedicine. In 2011 he received the Award for innovation in research of the Italian Chemical Society and in 2012 the Berti Medal for the research in Carbohydrate chemistry. The research interests are documented by 177 publications on international scientific journals, 17 chapter of books, 12 patents.
INSTITUTION: President of the Council of Science and Technology – Fundação Butantan
Director of Instituto Butantan – 1991-1997
President of Butantan Foundation – 1998-2009
MD University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 1950
PhD Biochemistry. School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 1954
Privat-docent Biochemistry. School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, 1957
Assistant professor of biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo – 1953-69
Full Professor of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo – 1964-69
Academic Professor Biochemistry-Nutrition, City College CUNY, 1974-79
Visiting Professor, Nutrition and Health Education, Harvard School Pub. Health, 1973-4
Visiting Professor of Biochemistry and Nutrition Education Res. Center, MIT, 1971-1973
Visiting Professor and UNESCO expert, Center of Science Education,Hebrew University,(1970-1) Dean Experimental Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, 196-69
Visiting Associate Professor of Biochemistry, University of Indiana, 1957
Education Founder and President of Carlos Chagas Foundation, creating the central selection for Medical students,1963-69
Founder of the University Press of the University of Sao Paulo (1960-1) and University of Brasilia (1962-3)
Founder and President of the Brazilian Foundation of Science Education Development (1952-59), a pioneer of science education development that produced over 2,5 million take home science kits, new textbooks , contributed to preparation of BSCS, and other NSF science education projects, produce science education equipment, provided teachers training.
Supported by Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, US NSF, UNESCO, OAS.
Director of the What People Eat, a MIT project for science education in US Community Colleges, supported by Carnegie Corp. Ford Foundation, Exxon Foundation and US NSF
Member of the Committee of Science Education, ICSU (1971-79)
Member of the study group of revision of the Program of Education Technol, WHO, 1975
Consultant for science education of the Pan-American Health Organization, US Conference of
College Education, Medical Education of OPAS, Ford Foundation, World Bank
Research grants, Scientific Societies Rockefeller Foundation (1952-1959), US NIH (1961), City College CUNY (1975-78), Braz. National Science Council, FAPESP, FINEP
Founder and President of Sardi Foundation, the National Central Supply of reagents for research (1955-1967)
Founder, Vice-President and President of DCVMN (2002-2006)
Member of the Amer. Soc. Biolgical Chemist, Biochemical Soc. of London, Braz Soc. for Advance of Science., Braz. Society of Biochem and Mol Biology.
James Clark is a graduate of Kings College. Following appointments in Canada and the UK he was made Professor of Chemistry at York in 1994. In the late 90s Clark became one of the leaders of the green chemistry movement and started the Green Chemistry journal and the Green Chemistry Network of which he is now President. He is now Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE, www.greenchemistry.net) and the Bio-renewables Development Centre (www.biorenewables.org) at the University of York where he runs a team of close to 100 people researching bio-renewables, waste valorization and sustainable chemistry. His current research income is about €10M and projects in the GCCE include collaborations with companies and research organisations worldwide. He has many distinctions and awards from regional, national and international organisations including the Royal Society of Chemistry Environment prize and John Jeyes medal, the Society of Chemical Industry Chemistry for Industry and Environment prizes, an American Chemical Society award for sustainability in chemistry education, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Gent. He has given plenary lectures in many countries and published about 400 research articles, edited over 25 books and filed over 20 patent applications.
Joan Garcia is Full Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the Department of Hydraulic, Maritime and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Joan obtained his degree in Biology in 1990 and presented his doctoral dissertation on wastewater treatment engineering in 1996. For his contributions to water resources research and wastewater engineering received in 2008 an award of the Spanish Ministry of Science for the Intensification of Research Activity. He has written over 150 articles in scientific journals.
J. García carries out interdisciplinary research on ecoinnovative treatment systems – a new generation of sustainable environmental technologies that mimicking nature and maximizing eco-efficiency allow treatment of wastewaters and other kinds of wastes. He has worked in the development of ecotechnologies for wastewater treatment and at the same time materials and energy recovery, like constructed wetlands and high rate algal ponds.
Pesquisador Sênior do CNPq. Possui graduação em Medicina Veterinária pela Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (1963) e doutorado em Ciências Biológicas (Biologia Molecular) pela Escola Paulista de Medicina-UNIFESP (1972). Percorreu toda a carreira universitária atuando como professor na UFRRJ, UNIFESP, Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto-SP, na UNICAMP, UFF e UFRJ. Recebeu o Título de Professor Emérito da UFRJ em 1999. Atualmente é professor titular da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul e presidente da Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). Exerceu por dois períodos a Presidência da Sociedade Brasileira de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular. Tem experiência na área de Bioquímica, com ênfase em Química de Proteínas e Enzimologia, atuando principalmente nas áreas de hemostasia e trombose, nos seguintes temas: enzimas proteolíticas, peptídeos biologicamente ativos, proteínas tóxicas, sistema calicreína-cininas, princípios anti-hemostáticos e anti-trombóticos de origem natural: venenos de serpentes, de insetos e outros animais e de plantas.
Juan A. Asenjo is a chemical engineer from the University of Chile and he obtained his PhD from University College London in 1978. He obtained the National Science Prize in 2004 and is President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. His research work in the Biotechnology field is shown by 201 international scientific publications, 6 international patents and 4 books edited. He has supervised a large number of PhD students (51) in the USA, England and Chile and has had 15 postdoctoral fellows. He was Associate Professor and Director of the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory at Columbia University (New York, 1980-1987) and created such a laboratory in the University of Reading (Reader) in England (1986-1995). He is a member of the Editorial Committee of 7 international scientific journals in biotechnology and bioengineering. He has been Chairman of several international Congresses (France, England) and of the 12th International Biotechnology Symposium (2004) which is the leading event in the field and it is the only time it has been held in Latinamerica. His former students are Professors and Researchers in Universities and Research Centres all around the world (Cornell, Iowa State, Rice, University College London, Campinas and IPT, Guanxi Univ., Porto, Foster Wheeler, Smith, Kline Beecham, Amgen, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Wyeth, Procter and Gamble, Novo Nordisk, Antofagasta Univ., La Frontera and U. of Chile). He is presently Co-Chair of IANAS (InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science) and member of the CSPR (Comm. for Scientific Planning) of ICSU (Int. Council for Science) based in Paris and also Member of the Executive Committee of IAP (InterAcademy Panel, with more than 100 National Science Academies worldwide).
Rainer Jonas has a degree in Chemistry (Diploma) and Biochemistry (Dr. rer.nat.) from the University of Göttingen. Adjunct professor at the Dept. of Biochemistry, Federal University of Pernambuco, afterwards postdoc at the Dept. of Biotechnology 1, Research Centre Jülich. Since 1989 senior researcher / scientist at the German Centre for Biotech Research (GBF), since 2006 renamed as Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI). From 1992 until 1998 scientific director at the Center for Biotechnological Development, Joinville, Brazil within a collaboration programme with the GBF. Actually, head of the Dept. for Scientific Information and Internationalization at the HZI.
Full Professor (qualified) of Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Florence, Italy, Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences. Associate Researcher at the Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds, Italian National Research Council (ICCOM-CNR), Florence.
President of the International Society for Applied Phycology.
Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Phycology.
Italian Delegate at the IEA-HIA (International Energy Agency- Hydrogen Implementing Agreement) New Annex 21 “Bio-inspired and Biological Hydrogen”
Member of the Experts group of the Section on Environmental Biotechnology of the European Federation of Biotechnology.
He was hosted several Scientific Institutions in China, India, Israel, Mexico, Portugal, USA
His research activity is mainly concerned with the physiology and the possible biotechnological exploitation of phototrophic microorganisms.
He has published more than 80 scientific papers, mainly on international peer reviewed journals, ten chapters in books and participated in more than 90 international and national Congresses.
Business Development Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and Research Associate, Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo, Shirley Fenton has over 25 years of experience in information technology focused on innovative Internet applications, community information portals, and web-based tools and technology deployment across various sectors. She is active in building research and technology transfer relationships with industry, organizations, and government. Her research interests are Health Informatics, eHealth, BioHealth, Innovative Intelligent Communities, Communities of Practice and Community Information Utilities. She was a key member of the team when Waterloo was named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in 2006 and then the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007. In 2011, she received the Zonta International Women of Achievement Award for being a “Trailblazer”. She is also the Vice President of the National Institutes of Health Informatics. Shirley is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where she obtained her BES and MA degrees.