Masaki Otagiri is currently a Professor and Dean of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sojo University. He graduated from Nagoya City University with a PhD Degree in 1975. In 1980, he joined the Pharmaceutics Department of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kumamoto University as an Associate Professor and then promoted to Professor of Biopharmaceutics Department, Kumamoto University in 1983. After his retirement from Kumamoto University in 2009, he was appointed as Professor of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sojo University, Kumamoto, Japan.
I have made seminal contributions to generating knowledge in the area of biomechanics. Since joining the University in 2009, and have contributed to several research programmes and have led a number of research projects funded under FP7, Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK. Through these projects I has developed a network of International collaborators and currently supervise several early career researchers. I have an inspiring international research and innovation profile. Combined with my work in conjunction with the industry and the number of IPs that I holds, I have played a crucial role in establishing the Centre for Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Technology at the University. I lead the Professional Doctorate in Healthcare Sciences, an award within the School of Life Sciences and Education. As a Chartered Engineer, I am involved with the relevant professional societies, serve in the editorial panel of international research journals and act as an expert reviewer for national and international funding bodies.
Dr F I D Konotey-Ahulu MD (Lond) FRCP (Lond) FRCP (Glasg) FWACP DTMH(L’pool) FGA, was
born in the Manya Krobo tribe in Ghana. He was educated in Basel/Presbyterian Mission Schools,
and Achimota School where he took the Cambridge School Certificate (Grade I) and the London
Matriculation (1st Division). He went to the University College, Gold Coast, then to London University
where he read Medicine (University College London & Westminster Hospital School of Medicine)
graduating MB BS, MRCS LRCP in April/May 1959.
After full registration in the UK he joined the Ghanaian Civil Service as a Medical Officer.
Post-graduate studies took him to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Westminster
Hospital, The Royal Postgraduate Medical School Hammersmith, and Professor (later Dame) Sheila
Sherlock's Department of Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital London where he was Research
He then went back to Ghana to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and University of Ghana
Medical School where he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer. He researched into Clinical
Haemoglobinopathy and, together with Professor Bela Ringelhann (Hungary), Professor Hermann
Lehmann (Cambridge), and others, he made several discoveries including Haemoglobin Korle-Bu and
Haemoglobin Osu-Christiansborg. He was Physician Specialist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
and Ridge Hospital Accra, and Director of the erstwhile Ghana Institute of Clinical Genetics. In 1972
he was National Foundation/March of Dimes Visiting Lecturer to 11 American Medical Schools
including Yale, George Washington, Howard, Cornell, Rockefeller, Indianapolis, Chicago, Tennessee,
and Johns Hopkins.
In the UK he was Schofield Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge (1970-71) and in 1976 he gave
the MacArthur Postgraduate Lecture at the University of Edinburgh. He has given lectures in Turkey,
Brazil, Greece, Singapore, Australia, India, Hungary, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden
(Stockholm), and on the African continent he has lectured in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast,
Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Egypt. He has done Grand Rounds at
the NIH (Bethesda), George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, Howard University, Illinois and
Chicago Universities, and in Cook County Hospital, Chicago. He was once Editor of the Ghana
Medical Journal, Chairman of a Ghanaian Government Committee to investigate Hospital Fees,
Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Human Genetics, and a temporary Consultant to the
Commonwealth Secretariat's Medical Department in London.
In March 1980, he was the University of Ghana Alumni Lecturer on the subject "Genes and
Society, and Society and Genes". He was Annual Visiting Professor to Howard University College
of Medicine, and Honorary Consultant Physician to Howard University's Centre for Sickle Cell
Disease, Washington DC.
He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the University of Trieste in 1985 , then graduated in physics at the University of Bologna in 1988 . From 1986 to 1991 he carried out research in the United States of America at the Bell Laboratories and since 1992 he has been at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa . Associate Professor of Structure of Matter in 1992, since 2000 he is full professor of Physics of Matter. He is deputy director of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa from 2005 to 2010 , when he became its Director. In September 2016 he was appointed by the Renzi government on the Board of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research and left the direction of the Scuola Normale Superiore. In October 2016 he was appointed President of the Pisan Foundation for Science  . From 2006 to 2013 he was vice president of the Toscana Life Sciences Foundation  . From February 2012 to July 2016 he was Extraordinary Commissioner of the Domus Galilaeana and from September 2012 to October 2017 of the Domus Mazziniana. In 2001 he founded the NEST Laboratory  , an interdisciplinary research and training center on nanoscience that today involves the National Research Council , the Italian Institute of Technology and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in addition to the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa
Valery A. Petrenko, Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at Auburn University; graduated from Moscow PetrenkoState University, U.S.S.R (1972); received PhD and D.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the Zelinski Institute of Organic Chemistry (1976) and Moscow State University, U.S.S.R (1988), Honor Ranks of Senior Scientist in Bioorganic Chemistry (1984) and Professor in Molecular Biology (1992) from the Supreme Attestation Committee of the U.S.S.R. His Ph.D. research focused on the synthesis of O-specific antigens of Salmonella, and D.Sc. – on directed engineering of DNA and proteins. In 1977 he moved to Novosibirsk and worked as Junior and Senior Scientist (1977-1982), Laboratory Head (1982-1985), Associate Director for Research (1985-1989), Director of Institute, Vice President for Research and Professor (1989-1993) in Scientific Association Vector (Novosibirsk, Russia). In 1993 he joined the faculty of University of Missouri-Columbia as Visiting Professor and Research Professor, and in 2000 – Auburn University as Professor and Graduate Faculty (2001). In Auburn Dr. Petrenko established a research program focused on development of diagnostic and therapeutic probes using phage display and phage nanobiotechnology. Dr. Petrenko is recipient (PI) of grants from the Army Research Office, the National Institute of Health, Calvert Research LLC, and Auburn University, and CoPI in several collaborative grants. He is recipient of the Pfizer Animal Health Awards for Research Excellence (2006, 2011), Auburn University’s Scholarship Incentive Award (2014), Auburn President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award in Pharmaceutical Engineering (2014). He is member of National Academy of Inventors Chapter (2013), Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC), National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer (2009) and Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, included in “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare”, “Who’s Who in America” 2011 (65th Edition), “Who is Who in the World” (15th Edition) and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” 2011-2012 (11th Edition).
Dr. Elias Sakellis received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Physics, University of Athens. Since then he works as associate researcher at the Department of Physics of the University of Athens and at the National Center for Scientific Research DEMOKRITOS, Athens, Greece. His current research interests include the synthesis of nano-structured materials with E-beam PVD, chemical and electrochemical methods as well as the study of their structural, electrical and optical properties. He is the author of more than 45 research papers with more than 340 citations. He has extended experience in electrical measurements of various materials, as well as, an expertise in structural, crystallographical and electronic configuration characterization of nanostructures -including nanoparticles- with scanning electron transmission microscopy (SEM) electron microscopy (TEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).
Dr. Osman Adiguzel graduated from Department of Physics, Ankara University, Turkey in 1974 and received PhD- degree from Dicle University, Diyarbakir-Turkey. He studied at Surrey University, Guildford, UK, as a post doctoral research scientist in 1986-1987, and his studies focused on shape memory alloys. He worked as research assistant, 1975-80, at Dicle University and shifted to Firat University in 1980. He became professor in 1996, and he has already been working as professor. He published over 50 papers in international and national journals; He joined over 100 conferences and symposia in international and national level as participant, invited speaker or keynote speaker with contributions. He served the program chair or conference chair/co-chair in some of these activities. In particular, he joined in last four years (2014 - 2018) over 50 conferences as Speaker, Keynote Speaker and Conference Co-Chair organized by South Asian Institute of Science and Engineering (SAISE), web: http://saise.org/, Science and Engineering Institute (SCIEI), web: http://www.sciei.org, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology, web: http://www.iacsit.org/, The Academic World Education and Research Center (AWER-Center), web: http://www.awer-center.org/, and other institutes and companies. Dr. Adiguzel served his directorate of Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Firat University in 1999-2004. He supervised 5 PhD- theses and 3 M.Sc theses. He is also Technical committee member of many conferences. He received a certificate which is being awarded to him and his experimental group in recognition of significant contribution of 2 patterns to the Powder Diffraction File – Release 2000. The ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) also appreciates cooperation of his group and interest in Powder Diffraction File. Scientific fields of Dr. Adiguzel are as follow: Shape memory effect and displacive phase transformations in shape memory alloys and other alloys, molecular dynamics simulations, alloy modeling, electron microscopy, electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction and crystallography.
Majid Ghassemi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at the K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. He has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience and served as the President of the K. N. Toosi University of Technology from 2010 through 2013. Professor Ghassemi has also served in several public and private boards and panels and supervised several undergraduate, masters and PhD students, published several books and many journal and conference papers. Professor Ghassemi was recently endorsed by The Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom as an Exceptional Talent. He is currently an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Prevention and Treatment and Managing Editor of the American Journal of Mechanical Engineering (AJME) as well as Editorial Board member for many international journals. He also serves as member in several international conferences. Professor Ghassemi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1993.