Scientific Advisory Board
SELECTBIO have assembled a distinguished advisory board including some of the world’s leading life science research experts. Their job is to review the abstracts we receive and make recommendations on the merit and suitability of the material submitted to our team of conference producers who then produce the final agenda.
SELECTBIO would like to thank the members of our Scientific Advisory Board who generously give their time to ensure that our conferences include the latest and most relevant scientific presentations possible.
|Dr Andrew DeMello|
Expertise: Microfluidics, LOC, POC Diagnostics
Andrew DeMello is currently Professor of Chemical Nanosciences at Imperial College London. Having obtained his PhD in Molecular Photophysics in 1995, he subsequently held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley before returning to Imperial. Dr DeMello has spoken at over 100 events in the USA, Europe and Asia and has published 90 research papers. He sits on the Editorial Boards of Lab on a Chip, Chemistry World and Imperial College Press. In 2002 he was awarded the SAC Silver Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his contributions to the Analytical Sciences and in 2004 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
|Dr Anil Madan|
University of Health Sciences
Expertise: Pharmaceutical Technology, Chemical Graph Theory, QSAR
Prof. A. K. Madan is one of the rare professionals possessing Bachelor’s degrees in both Pharmacy and Chemical Engineering, Master’s degree in Pharmaceutics and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has 12 patents, 8 monographs and >115 research publications. His diverse research areas include [Q]SAR, pharmaceutical process development, chemical graph theory, pharmaceutical technology and biotechnology. He has developed over 50 molecular descriptors. Some of these molecular descriptors have already been incorporated in numerous leading software employed for drug design. These include Dragon, Schrödinger, ADAPT, Sarchitect TM, Pre-ADMET, MOLGEN-QSPR, ADME Model Builder and MoDeL. He has 39 years experience in teaching & research. He had been Dean of Faculty for 12 years at M.D. University, Rohtak, India. Presently, he is working as Professor at University of Health Sciences, Rohtak.
|Prof Anthony Davies|
High Content Research Facility, Trinity College Dublin
Expertise: Gene Silencing, RNAi Screening, Cell Based Assays
Dr Anthony Mitchell Davies has worked in cell based assay development for over a decade and is the Director of the High Content Facility at Trinity College Dublin. Where he has been responsible for the set up and running, of one of the earliest dedicated academic High Content Screening Units in Europe.
Dr Davies’s personal research interests are focused on cardiac biology and the use of primary cardiomyocytes in drug discovery applications. His research is also strongly focused on miniaturization of high content assays and development of improved environmental control for these cell based systems.
|Prof Bhupinder Singh Bhoop|
University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University
Expertise: Formulation by Design (FbD), Nanomedicine, IVIVC, Pharmacokinetic Modeling & Simulation
Globally acclaimed for his scientific research work on “optimized” drug delivery using QbD-based FbD, pharmacokinetic modeling, and IVIVC. Dr Bhupinder Singh Bhoop is serving as Professor in Panjab University, and as Coordinator of UGC Centre of Advanced Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has earned to his credit over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 3 books, 10 book chapters, 11 research projects, 200 Conference presentation abstracts, and over 160 invited talks delivered in India, US and other nations. His work has fetched several National & International awards & accolades. Innovative Scientist Award by CIIPP 2012, QbD and Product Performance Award by AAPS, and Pharma QbD Excellence Award 2012 by CPhI, are the most recent ones. Besides guiding 19 Ph.D.’s, one post-doctorate and 45 M. Pharm scholars, Dr Bhoop has 4 Indian patents, two tech. transfers of two nano-based drug delivery products, and several consultancy assignments, training hundreds of scientists representing key pharma industrial houses thereby. Since 2011, he has the additional charge as the Coordinator of UGC Centre for Excellence in Nanoparticles’ Applications too.
|Prof Christopher Hewitt|
Expertise: Stem Cells, Bioprocessing, Cell Culture
Chris graduated with a first class honours degree in Microbiology from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1990. He then went to the University of Birmingham to study for his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering where he worked on the synthesis of alpha-amylase by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens under the supervision of Professor Gerald Solomons.
Chris stayed at Birmingham for a further 13 years first as Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, developing his research work at the Life Science/Engineering interface. In October 2006, Chris came to Loughborough University to take up a new chair in Biological Engineering and is now busy establishing Loughborough's Centre for Biological Engineering (CBE), of which he is co-founder.
|Prof Fred Kramer|
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Expertise: PCR, Genomics, Molecular Diagnostics
Fred Russell Kramer is Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey Medical School and co-directs the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the Public Health Research Institute. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964 and received his doctorate from the Rockefeller University in 1969. He was on the faculty of the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for 17 years and has been a Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine for the past 22 years.
|Dr Gyorgy Keseru|
Expertise: Discovery Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery
György M. Keseru obtained his Ph.D. at Budapest, Hungary and joined Sanofi-Aventis CHINOIN heading a chemistry research lab. He moved to Gedeon Richter in 1999 as the Head of Computer-aided Drug Discovery. He earned D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2003 and he was invited for a research professorship at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Since 2003 has been responsible for lead discovery activity and in 2007 he was appointed as the Head of Discovery Chemistry at Gedeon Richter. He contributed to the discovery of the antipsychotic cariprazine that is progressing to NDA filing in 2012. His research interests include medicinal chemistry, drug design, and in silico ADME. He has published over 150 papers and more than 10 books and book chapters.
|Dr Hakim Djaballah|
HTS Core Facility, Memorial Sloan Cancer Centre
Expertise: Biomolecular Screening, Drug Discovery
Dr. Djaballah has several years of industrial experience in early drug discovery gained over the years in pharma and biotech companies. He has extensive experiences in the areas of fluorescence technology, assay development, automation/robotics, HTS, compound & screening data management, software development & novel technologies. Dr Djaballah has been involved in developing and screening several targets in various therapeutic areas, including antibacterials, antivirals, antifungals, diabetes, CNS, cardiovascular, oncology & inflammation. He is currently the director of the high throughput drug screening core facility at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. He obtained his BSc (Hons.) in biochemistry and biotechnology from the University of Birmingham, and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Leicester, both in England.
|Dr John Langley|
University of Southampton
Expertise: Mass Spectrometry, Separation
John’s interest in mass spectrometry was sparked during his final year project at Swansea University and pursued through his PhD at the London School of Pharmacy, under the supervision of Mike Baldwin. Since 1988 Dr Langley has led Southampton University’s MS Facility which has since grown to include 10 spectrometers. His current interests lie around MS fragmentation, including the use of computational methods, hyphenated approaches (GC-MS, HPLC-MS & SFC-MS) and the analysis of petrochemicals. As a competent Chartered Chemist Dr Langely was formerly Chair of the British MS Society (2008-2010) and is currently Chair of the RSC Separation Science Group, as well as a prominent member in numerous other well-renowned societies.
|Dr Julian Griffin|
University of Cambridge
Expertise: Metabolic Profiling, Metabolomics
Jules Griffin is a programme leader at the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research unit and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He is also a member of the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and MRC Centre for Obesity and Related Disorders (MRC CORD) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He is developing NMR and mass spectrometry based metabolomic tools for identifying metabolic biomarkers associated with genetic modification, drug toxicity and understanding the control of metabolic pathways. Although primarily focused on mammalian metabolism, he has also worked with a range of fundamental model organisms including fruit flies, C. elegans, zebra fish, and yeast..
|Dr Kattesh V. Katti|
Medical School, University of Missouri
Expertise: Molecular Diagnostics, Cancer Therapy, Nanotechnology, Green Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
Kattesh V. Katti is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in biomedical sciences, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. He is the first immigrant American to receive the Sate of Missouri’s highest civilian honor of ‘Outstanding Missourian’ award from the Governor of Missouri State in recognition of his contributions in Green Nanotechnology and its implications in Medicine. Dr. Katti’s ground breaking inventions in chemical, green nanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative difference in cancer diagnostics and therapy. Dr. Katti has received a number of international awards which include: one of ‘25 Most Influential Scientists In Molecular Imaging in the World’ award by RT Image, the ‘Father of Green Nanotechnology’ citation by the Nobel Prize Winner Norman Borlaug, Gauss Professorship from the Gottingen Academy of Sciences, ‘Outstanding Scientists Fellows’ award and his induction as a Fellow of the Academy of Science, St Louis, and many more. In 2013, Dr. Katti was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His green nanotechnology discoveries for the production of tumor specific gold nanoparticles have been cited as the Editor’s choice in Future Medicine, Science (AAAS), by the Discovery Channel and have been highlighted in scientific/medical programs of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, London). Dr. Katti has published over 250 peer reviewed publications, reviews and book chapters. He is the principal inventor in over 50 patents. He has delivered over 300 Plenary/Inaugural and invited lectures in national/international meeting in over 25 countries.
|Prof Mark Bradley|
University of Edinburgh and DestiNA Genomics Ltd
Expertise: Chemistry, Structural & Computational, Chemical Biology, Microarrays
Professor Mark Bradley was awarded a first class degree in chemistry, from Oxford University in 1986, and performed his D.Phil under the supervision of Sir Professor Baldwin. This was followed by a period of post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School with Professor Walsh in the area of molecular biology. He worked at the University of Southampton from 1992-2004 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow, during which time he was awarded a personal chair in Combinatorial Chemistry. He then took up his current position as Professor of High Throughput Chemical Biology in Edinburgh. Prof Bradley is the winner of numerous awards including the 2006/7 Novartis lectureship and was recently elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has also published over 180 articles.
|Dr Martin Dufva|
Technical University of Denmark
Expertise: Microfluidics, LOC, Cell Culture, Microarrays
Martin Dufva received his M.Sc. in 1998 and his PhD in 2001 both from the Göteborg
University (Sweden). Martin Dufva currently holds an associate professor position at the
Department of Micro and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark. Leading
the Fluidic Array System and Technology (FAST) group, his research is orientated towards
molecular biology on chip, with the microarray of various forms as core technology. Martin
Dufva has published about 30 scientific papers in various fields of microarray technology and
cell culture chip technology.
|Dr Nicole Pamme|
University of Hull
Expertise: Microfluidics, LOC, Analytical Chemistry
Dr Nicole Pamme is a lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Hull (UK). Her research is focused on bioanalysis in microfluidic devices, in particular applications of magnetism. She obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of Marburg (Germany) in 1999. This was followed by a PhD in Microfluidic Chemistry at Imperial College London (UK) with Prof. A. Manz. In 2004, she moved to Tsukuba (Japan) as an independent research fellow in the International Centre for Young Scientists (ICYS) based at the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science. She was appointed as a lecturer in Hull in 2005.
|Prof Oliver Kappe|
University of Graz
Oliver is the Professor of Organic Chemistry and Director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Microwave Chemistry at the University of Graz, Austria. Preceding this, he worked at the Universities of Queensland, Atlanta, Tokyo, Sassari and Orlando but decided to pursue his independent career back in Graz where he originally studied for his diploma and doctoral degrees, under the supervision of Professor Gert Kollenz. Since 2011 he has held the position of Professor of Technology of Organic Synthesis and has a broad array of research interests. As an author of around 250 articles and numerous books Prof Kappe is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Flow Chemistry and has received multiple awards, notably the 2004 Prous Science Award from the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry.
|Dr Paul Watts|
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Expertise: Flow Chemistry
Prof. Paul Watts graduated from the University of Bristol in 1995 with a first class B.Sc. in chemistry. He continued his studies at Bristol, obtaining a Ph.D. in bio-organic natural product chemistry in 1999. His Ph.D. focussed on the synthesis of isotopically labelled compounds, for use in determination of biosynthetic pathways to polyketide-derived natural products.
Paul subsequently worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Hull, where he pioneered organic synthesis in micro reactors. In February 2002, he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Hull, being promoted to full professor in August 2011. At the University of Hull he led the micro reactor and flow technology group, where the research resulted in the publication of over 90 highly cited papers in peer reviewed journals on the topic of continuous flow organic synthesis.
In February 2013, Prof. Watts moved to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) to hold the distinguished position of ‘Research Chair in Microfluidic Bio/Chemical Processing’.
|Dr Paul Hurd|
Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Hurd is a Principal Investigator at Queen Mary University, London, and has long-standing interests in the mechanistic aspects of epigenetic systems. During his Ph.D. studies with Professor David Hornby at the University of Sheffield, he characterized the mechanism of inhibition of DNA methyltransferases by a novel nucleotide analogue. He then transferred to the University of Cambridge, to work with Professor Tony Kouzarides, where it became increasingly evident that the post-translational modification of histones plays a central role in establishing, regulating and orchestrating DNA based processes. The sheer variety and complexity of histone modifications, in addition to their dynamic nature, persuaded him to begin characterising novel histone modifications. Subsequently, Paul began to apply the next-generation DNA sequencing to analyze various epigenomes.
|Dr Rathnam Chaguturu|
Expertise: Biomolecular Screening, Chemical Biology
Dr Chaguturu was formerly the Director of the High Throughput Screening Laboratories at the University of Kansas, and is currently a Senior Director at the SRI International Center for Advanced Drug Research. He has more than 30 years of experience in new lead discovery and development, executing high throughput screens, and managing hit to lead projects. He joined Rutgers University in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, and later moved to Dow Chemical Company-Central Research Laboratories as a Project Leader. Here he instituted the first principles of chemical library screening for new lead discovery, and developed tools for mining in-house chemical archives. After a 22-year outstanding career at FMC Corporation, Rathnam joined Sierra Sciences as Director of Drug Discovery and is one of the founding members of the Society for Biomolecular Sciences. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Combinatorial Chemistry and High Throughput Screening and holds 11 US patents.
|Prof Sabeth Verpoorte|
University of Groningen
E. Verpoorte has more than 20 years of research experience in the lab-on-a-chip field, and has been head of the Pharmaceutical Analysis Group in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Groningen since 2003. Her present research has taken on a strong cell biological / pharmacological focus, and includes innovative joint projects with colleagues in pharmacokinetics and medical biology on integrated cell and tissue culture and analysis. Ongoing projects involve the development of advanced tools for cell analysis in conjunction with drug screening (chip-based human endothelial cell culture and analysis; development of an intestine–liver chip for ADME-Tox screening). Efforts have also focused on new particle separation strategies exploiting a unique recirculating flow pattern accessible only at the micrometer scale, as well as new approaches for two-phase flow control and continuous glucose monitoring. Verpoorte has published papers in top analytical chemistry journals. She is or has been involved in several international conference organizations and journal editorial boards.
|Prof Stephen Bustin|
Queen Mary University of London
Expertise: Quantitative PCR, Molecular Science
Stephen Bustin obtained his PhD from Trinity College, University of Dublin in molecular genetics. Since 1989 he has worked at the Royal London Hospital and was awarded a personal chair by the University of London in 2004. He was appointed as a visiting Professor of Molecular Biology by the University of Middlesex in 2006. He has a special interest in molecular technologies and his laboratory operates at the forefront of technological development in nucleic acid quantification. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and reviews and is the editor of the “A-Z of quantitative PCR”, the leading textbook for this technology. He is on the editorial boards of several journals and has given numerous presentations at scientific conferences around the world. He has organised and co-organised many qPCR meetings in the UK, Europe and the US.
|Dr Till Bachmann|
University of Edinburgh
Expertise: Diagnostics, Biodetection, Theranostics
PD Dr Till Bachmann is Head of Biochip Research and Chief Operating Officer of the Division
of Pathway Medicine, Medical School, University of Edinburgh. He graduated from University of Stuttgart in 1994 and has a PhD (summa cum laude) in biosensors obtained from research conducted at University of Stuttgart and the University of Tokyo. Till has more than ten years experience in research and scientific management including a German Habilitation in Analytical Biotechnology. He has published over 30 publications and filed over 10 patent applications in the field of biosensors and biochips. His research locates at the interface of medicine and biochip research with a key focus on molecular diagnostics of bacterial infectious diseases using multiparametric detection technologies such as DNA and protein microarrays. Till is active member of various scientific societies, editorial boards has strong links into the diagnostics industry with high interest into biotech venture business.