November 11-12, 2020
12:00 - 19:00 GMT

Plant Biology Virtual 2020

Theme: A drive to thrive plant sciences
Speakers / 1st Edition Speakers
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - Samir C Debnath
Samir C Debnath

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada

Biography
Title:
Strategic approaches of plant tissue culture and molecular techniques for propagation and improvement of horticultural crops
Biography
Dr. Samir C. Debnath, P.Ag. is a Research Scientist at the St. John’s Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Newfoundland and Labrador and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has authored and co-authored around 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals including review papers and book chapters. He has been a keynote speaker and an invited speaker at a number of international and national conferences and meetings, was the President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Institute of Agrologists (P.Ag.) and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science; the Editor-in-Chief of the journal: Scientia Horticulturae, and a Special Issue Editor of Agronomy (MDPI). He was the Country Representative for Canada and the Council Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science. His research concerns biotechnology along with conventional method-based value-added small fruit and medicinal plant production, propagation and genetic enhancement. Much of his current work focuses on wild germplasm, antioxidant activity, biodiversity and micropropagation for berry crop improvement using in vitro and molecular techniques combined with conventional methods.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - Claude Billeaud
Claude Billeaud

Medical University of Bordeaux

Biography
Title:
A new High Hydrostatic Pressure destroyed all pathogens including spores while preserving the Bioactive proteins of Donated Human Milk
Biography
Claude Billeaud received his MD degree from the Medical University of Bordeaux ( France) in 1979 after a graduation in human cytogenetics (1976). He then studied pediatrics and has been the Clinical Assistant Director of Bordeaux University in the departments of Pediatrics, Neonatology and Intensive Care since 1983.He currently serves as a pediatrician in the neonatal unit at the Children’s Hospital of Bordeaux, as a scientific manager of Bordeaux-Marmande human milk bank, as a lecturer and head of research (HDR : Habilitation to direct research) in neonatal nutrition at the Medical University of Bordeaux. His particular interest in research led him to graduate in Biology and Health (1988, Bordeaux), be awarded a master in statistics applied to clinical research ( 1991, Montreal) and complete a PhD in nutrition and food science (2000, Bordeaux).Along his career he has often been invited as a guest professor specialised in nutrition and neonatology in various universities abroad ( Montreal, Corrientes in Argentina).Over the last 35 years, he has been an active member of different scientific organisations, either French, European or American, specialised in perinatal medicine (neonatology, pediatrics and nutrition). In this instance, he has served as the President of the Association for Pediatric Education in Europe (A.P.E.E) since 2008 and behalf APEE he is Member of European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP). He has also been very involved in the French human milk banking association (ADLF) for more than 10 years, sharing his academic knowledge focused in nutrition and his long clinical experience in neonatology. He is currently carrying out several researches on the composition of human milk.As an expert in nutrition and perinatal medicine, he is also the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications. 
Speaker at Plant Webinar 2020 - Valasia Iakovoglou
Valasia Iakovoglou

Academic Director of Mediterranean College, Greece

Biography
Title:
Seedling transplanting responses under Irrigation treatments to successfully transplant semi-arid Mediterranean ecosystems under the challenges of climate change
Biography
Dr. Valasia Iakovoglou is a graduate of Iowa State University, USA. She has more than 20-yrs of national/international research and teaching experience and has received numerous scholarships, awards and recognitions. She is an editor at five international journals and a reviewer in more than ten with one of them being the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She has numerous publications with more than ten books/book chapters and 30 peer-reviewed papers. She is active in many scientific societies such as the Mediterranean Experts of Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) and associations such as the “Association of Inter-Balkan Woman’s Cooperation Societies (AIWCS)” of UNESCO Center, where she serves as Board Member.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Tianying Wu
Tianying Wu

San Diego State University, USA

Biography
Title:
Increased Acid-Producing Diet and Past Smoking Intensity Are Associated with Worse Prognoses Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Prospective Cohort Study
Biography
Dr. Wu is a molecular and nutritional epidemiologist with training in medicine, epidemiology, and nutritional biochemistry. She received her M.D. from China, PhD in nutrition from the University of North Carolina and Master of Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.  She finished her postdoctoral training at Harvard School of Public Health focusing on nutritional and molecular epidemiology.  She has received several grants and published many papers focusing on dietary and biochemical predictors of aging related chronic diseases in the past 15 years.  Dr. Wu was awarded several prestigious awards for her contribution on identifying fluorescent oxidation products as a strong predictor for heart disease and hip fractures. Examples of her awards are Jeremiah & Rose Stamler Research award and Elizabeth Barrett-Connor Research Award nomination from American Heart Association.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at School of Public Health, San Diego State University.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinars 2020 - Tamas Janos Szigeti
Tamas Janos Szigeti

WESSLING Hungary Ltd, Hungary

Biography
Title:
Acrylamide forming in heat treated foods containing proteins and different type of sugars
Biography
My name is Tamás János SZIGETI from Hungary. My worklplace is the WESSLING Hungary Ltd., which is a member company of WESSLING Germany GmbH in Europe. Our laboratory is situated at Budapest Hungary. We work with 320 employees in 7,000 m2 laboratory territory. Our activities are covering the pharmaceutical, environmental and food/feed investigation topics. The main activities include “classical”, instrumental, molecular biological, microbiological and sensorial analyses.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Tamas Janos Szigeti
Juan J. Narvaez Reinaldo

SEMILLAS FITO, Spain

Biography
Title:
Seeds technologies for nitrogen fixation
Biography
Juan J. Narvaez Reinaldo background focuses on the promotion of seedlings under optimum and suboptimum conditions. Since 2014, He is in charge of the seed technology department at Fitó Seeds with the aim to develop seed treatments (priming, seed coating, seed disinfection & seed sorting) with agronomical value. His team work with cucurbitaceae, solanaceae, leguminous, corn, sunflower, grasses, turf and forage crops. His team have developed different seed treatment brands such as FitóCare, FitóOptima & FitóPower. Before he got his PhD at the University of Granada. His thesis was focused on the development of biological film coatings (based on the use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria) with the aim to protect seedlings against abiotic stressful conditions (waterlogging, desiccation and contaminated soils).
Speaker for Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Ezendu Ariwa
Ezendu Ariwa

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

Biography
Title:
Green Technology and Agriculture-Food Science  Mechanization Sustainability:  The Global CSR Perspectives
Biography
Professor Ezendu Ariwa holds the position of Professor in Computer Science at University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Department of Computer Science & Technology, with speciality in Practice in Computing. He is also a Visiting Professor at Gulf University, Bahrain, Visiting Professor in Engineering Sustainability and ICT, Anadolu University, Turkey, Visiting Professor, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Visiting Professor and Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cloud Computing, IAMTECH University, Sierra Leone and Visiting Professor, Kano State Polytechnics, Nigeria as well as Visiting Affiliate of the Green IT Observatory, RIMT University, Australia and Visiting Affiliate of ICT University, USA. He also holds the position of Director - Technical and Non-Executive Director and Research Professor for Enterprise Projects at Sun Bio IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India. He is also the Chair for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Chapter, United Kingdom & Ireland (UK&I), Chair for the IEEE Broadcast Technology Chapter
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell
Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell

The University of the West Indies, West Indies

Biography
Title:
Tropical Plant Ontogeny – the case of the two shoot types of Smilaceae and Dioscoreaceae
Biography
Dr. Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell studied Botany / Geography (BSc) and Biotechnology (PhD) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) graduating in 2000. After 7 years at the Scientific Research Council and 3 years at the Sugar Industry Research Institute, Jamaica she was given the opportunity in 1999 to initiate the Medicinal Plant Biotechnology research group, at the Biotechnology Centre, UWI. After two years running the MPBRG, she obtained the position of Assistant Lecturer, and in 2014 of Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology. Her publications include 27 research articles in refereed journals, one ebook, 3 book chapters and six international technical reports.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinars 2020 - C. Bharadwaj
C. Bharadwaj

ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, India

Biography
Title:
Abiotic Stress Breeding in Chickpea using Genomic tools
Biography
Bharadwaj  has 22 years of scientific experience in breeding legumes and pulses and developed eight chickpea varietie. He is the Principal investigator for the ICAR-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project on “Application of next generation breeding, genotyping and digitalization approaches for improving the genetic gain in Indian staple crops” . He leads several other projects in collaboration with ICRISAT, ICARDA, UWA Perth, and GCP, CIMMYT. He is the ICRISAT Steering Team Member for GOBII program, Elelected Fellow of Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, Kanpur, India and Fellow of Indian Society Genetics and Plant Breeding, New Delhi India. He has published more than 120 papers . He guided/guiding eight Doctoral students and three MSc students as Chairman.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Raj Kumar Joshi
Raj Kumar Joshi

Rama Devi Women’s University, India

Biography
Title:
Delineating the long non-coding network in the interaction between plant and fungal phytopathogen
Biography
Raj Kumar Joshi is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Biotechnology, Rama Devi Women’s University, India where he teaches graduate level courses on Plant Genomics and Genetic Engineering. He also serves as the Group Leader of the Plant Functional Genomics Group, and in that capacity he supervises the overall research activities on the functional aspects of molecular plant-microbe interactions. He has been awarded with the prestigious SERB early career grant and SERB extramural grant from the Dept. of Science and technology, Govt. of India and CREST award from Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. In collaboration with Prof. Nat Kav from University of Alberta, Canada, he is running a successful programme on the delineation of molecular networks in the interaction between plants and fungal phytopathogens. His recent forays into genome editing and precise base editing towards improvement of these crops has been highly productive.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar - Sylvia Adjoa Mitchell
Sylvia A Mitchell

The University of the West Indies, West Indies

Biography
Title:
Caribbean Traditional Medicine (CTM) compared to Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine (TIM) and Chinese medicine (TCM) highlighting developmental and sustainable issues
Biography
Dr. Mitchell studied Botany / Geography (BSc) and Biotechnology (PhD) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) graduating in 2000. After 7 years at the Scientific Research Council and 3 years at the Sugar Industry Research Institute, Jamaica she was given the opportunity in 1999 to initiate the Medicinal Plant Biotechnology research group, at the Biotechnology Centre, UWI. After two years running the MPBRG, she obtained the position of Assistant Lecturer, and in 2014 as Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology. Her publications include 27 research articles in refereed journals, one book, 3 book chapters and six international technical reports.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar - V. Vishnuprasad
V. Vishnuprasad

SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, India

Biography
Title:
Wood Anatomy of hardwood tree species
Biography
Dr. V. Vishnuprasad studied Botany at the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion (West) affiliated to University of Mumbai and graduated in 2007 followed by post-graduation in Environmental Botany in 2009. He then went on to pursue Ph.D. in Forest Botany at the Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, Scientist - G, Wood Anatomy. His research work has been published in the esteemed journal Trees – Structure and Function in 2017. He later joined Botany department of SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce (Autonomous), Mumbai as an Assistant Professor and has been engaged in academics and research.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - B N Hazarika
B N Hazarika

Central Agricultural University, India

Biography
Title:
Underutilized wonder plants of North East India and their ethno-medicinal uses
Biography
Prof. B N Hazarika, PhD  presently working as Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry, CAU, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. Prof. B N Hazarika guided a number of PG & Ph D students, handled   several   externally funded research projects and organized 90 trainings. He has published 80 research papers, published 20 books, 25 conference papers and book chapter, 11 practical manual, 25 Bulletins, edited 13 souvenir and 245 popular articles. He contributed significantly in collection, morphological and molecular characterization of diverse genotype of various fruit crops, standardized  good agricultural practices  for some major fruit crops; introduced new fruit crops in the region.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Sunita Chandel
Sunita Chandel

University of Horticulture and Forestry, India

Biography
Title:
Systemic acquired chemicals (SAR) in managing foliar plant diseases of onion and roses
Biography
Dr. Sunita Chandel studied her BSc Agriculture from Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvidhalaya, Palampur, India and obtained her post graduate degrees in MSc and Ph.D in Mycology & Plant Pathology in years 1987 & 1991from Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (H.P).She joined as Assistant Professor in 1992 in Department of Plant Pathology of the same University, and presently working as Professor. She was awarded University Merit Fellowship in B.Sc Agriculture, ICAR Junior Fellowship for Master’s Research, Research fellowship for Ph.D and worked as Research Associate. Selected for Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (2005-06) programme at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K. and worked under supervision of Steve Woodward. Received SERC Fast track research proposal of DST for Young Scientists in Life Sciences and published 105 research articles in SCI journals of National and International repute.
Speaker at Plant Webinars 2020 - Abdulrazzak A. Jasim
Abdulrazzak A. Jasim

University of Baghdad, Iraq

Biography
Title:
Sunflower yield and weed control affected by mechanical and chemical cultivation and spraying fertilizer using combine equipment
Biography
Prof. PhD. Abdulrazzak Abdullatif Jasim has completed his master degree at the age of 28 years from the University of Nebraska, USA, and his PhD at the age of 49 years from the University of Baghdad. He is the head of farm machinery experts and scientists; he has published more than 184 researches at different scientific journals and conferences, and published 23 patents, and published 4 books as fist author, and has been serving as an editorial board member of several scientific journals as well as a reviewer in also several scientific journals. He is a member in inventers’ society and forum, and several scientific organizations.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Bahadir Torun
Bahadir Torun

Aydin Adnan Menderes University, Turkey

Biography
Title:
Transposon frequency of Botrytis cinerea and their relation to fungicide resistance on strawberries
Biography
Dr. Bahadır Törün studied Biology at the Ege University, Turkey and graduated in 2010. He then completed his masters degree in 2013 at Anadolu University, Eskişehir. He received his PhD degree in 2018 at Aydın Adnan Menderes University. He studied in University of Science and Technology in Poland for six months. After two years of experience in private sector he returned back to reserch, He has published 17 research articles in SCI(E) and other indexed  journals.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinars 2020 - Zafar Iqbal
Zafar Iqbal

University of Sargodha, Pakistan

Biography
Title:
Ecofriendly strategies for the management of postharvest disease incursions in Citrus
Biography
Dr. Zafar Iqbal cherishes good memories of early life enjoying studentship and education in the most memorable institutions of the country. Later he completed Ph.D. from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan and Post Doctorate from Curtin University, Australia. He earned respect, dignity and honour among the students and colleagues alike. He owns many attributes including rich experience of 32 years which is a blended mix of teaching, research, leadership and good governance. He has scooped different prizes and awards from national and international organization. He has 189 publications at his credit. He has delivered keynote lectures in many national and international scientific events.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - O P Shukla
O P Shukla

J K PAPER LTD, India

Biography
Title:
Genetic improvement in Eucalyptus clones through mutation breeding
Biography
Mr. Om Prakash Shukla studied Master of Science (Genetics) from School of Biological sciences, Bhopal- India in 1982 and completed his State Forest Rangers Course (SFRC) from Forest Rangers College, Jabalpur in 1985. He has started his career with Nepa Limited, Nepanagar under taken of Govt. of India as Officer trainee in 1983 and with vast knowledge and increasing experience he has served various paper companies like Sirpur Paper Mills Ltd, JK Paper Ltd, Rayagada, Ballarpur Industries Ltd, in India and as on date he is designated as Chief General Manager (Raw Material) at JK Paper Ltd, Unit CPM in India. He has attended, presented papers national and international conferences and published various research papers in National and International Journals/books.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Dipankar Chakraborti
Dipankar Chakraborti

University of Calcutta, India

Biography
Title:
Plumular meristem transformation methods to develop insect resistant transgenic pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan L.)
Biography
Dr. Dipankar Chakraborti studied Botany at the University of North Bengal, West Bengal, India and graduated as Master of Science in 2000. He then joined the research group of Prof. Sampa Das at the Bose Institute, Kolkata, India. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2008 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He joined as postdoctoral fellow in a Carl Trygger Foundation project under the supervision of Prof. Catherine Bellini at the Umea Plant Science Centre, Umea, Sweden. He also worked as a visiting researcher at the INRA, Versailles, France under the supervision of Dr. Sylvie Dinant. After two years postdoctoral fellowship, he obtained the position of an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology at the St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India, during 2009. He joined as an Associate Professor of Genetics at University of Calcutta, India during October, 2019. He published 25 research articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and articles and has an Indian Patent on mannose binding lectin from Allium sativum leaves.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Francesco Cacciola
Francesco Cacciola

University of Messina, Italy

Biography
Title:
Comprehensive Two-dimensional Liquid Chromatography under Reversed-phase Conditions for Polyphenol analysis in Complex Food and Food-related Products
Biography
Prof. Dr. Francesco Cacciola is Associate Professor of Food Chemistry at the University Messina, Italy. His research interests include the characterization of food bioactive molecules by conventional and innovative liquid chromatography techniques and hyphenation to mass spectrometry. In 2018 he was short-listed in the “Top 40 under 40” The Analytical Scientist “Power list”. He is member of the editorial board of Journal of Essential Oil Research (Taylor&Francis) and Molecules (MDPI). He has published more than 70 research articles in SCI(E) journals.
Speaker for Plant Science Virtual - Maider Zugazua Ganado
Maider Zugazua Ganado

BCCInnovation. Basque Culinary Center, Spain

Biography
Title:
Morphological characterization of Vigna unguiculate (L.) Walp
Biography
Maider Zugazua Ganado has a BS in Food Science and Technology and MS in Food Quality and Security from the University of Basque Country (Spain). After the MS (2018), she started working as quality technician in a beverage factory. At the moment, she is lab technician intern at BCC Innovation, a Technological Center in Gastronomy, focusing her work mainly in the innovation and investigation projects that require physicochemical analysis.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinars - Yechiam Shapira
Yechiam Shapira

Phibro Israel – Aquaculture, Israel

Biography
Title:
The effect of PAQ-TivateTM (organic acids and their salts) as a preservative agent against bacteria and fungi/molds in commercial tilapia feed
Biography
Yechiam Shapira has a master degree (M.Sc.) in fish health and fish genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has more than 30 years of experience in fish culture in ponds and in cages in Israel and abroad. Between the years 2006-2010 he was the CEO of Subflex, offshore cages company. At the years 2011-2013 he was the health manager in an offshore cages farm in Campeche, Mexico. Since 2014, Yechiam is working in Phibro, in the aquaculture department. First as the R&D manager, and later as a senior researcher and professional manager for the aquaculture sector in Israel.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Shuyana Deba Rementeria
Shuyana Deba Rementeria

BCC Innovation Basque Culinary Center, Spain

Biography
Title:
Effect of sodium bicarbonate and soaked time on the texture properties of cowpea beans
Biography
Shuyana Deba Rementeria is student researcher at BCCInnovation, and PhD candidate in the Gastronomy program at Basque Culinary Center Hezkuntza. She has a B.S. degree in Biotechnology from University of Basque Country and a M.S. in Food Quality and Security. She has been recently hired by BCCInnovation to increase knowledge in the sustainability area, because of her expertise during several months working on different I+D departments in different companies. Thanks to a training grant from the Basque Government, in the scientific-technological and business environment of the Basque agricultural and food sector, her PhD studies focus on researching how fermentation and enzymes can be used in the development of high value food products. In addition to her PhD research, she works in different research and innovation activities of the BCCInnovation center.
Speaker for Plant Science Webinar - Eva Kusnyarik
Eva Kusnyarik

National Food Chain Safety Office, Hungary

Biography
Title:
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons analysis in food
Biography
Ms. Kusnyarik studied Bioengineering and later Chromatography at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary and graduated as MS in 2005 (Bioengineering) and in 2009 (Chromatography). She joined National Food Chain Safety Office in 2005, Hungary, where she has gained experience in several food analytics fields starting with classical analytical tests, various residues, and environmental contaminants through food contact materials examination.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinars 2020 - Elisaveta Mladenova
Elisaveta Mladenova

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Biography
Title:
Identification of lime and rape honeys by using Self-Organizing Maps
Biography
Dr. Mladenova studied Chemistry at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria and graduated as MS in 2008. She had joined the research group of Prof. Karadjova in the Laboratory of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry in Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Sofia University. She received her PhD degree in 2013 at the same institution. In the same year she obtained the position of an Associate Professor in Department of Analytical chemistry in Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Sofia University. She has published 5 articles in International scientific journals with IF with more than 140 citations.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinars - Thando Matutu
Thando Matutu

University of South Africa, South Africa

Biography
Title:
Food value-chain development
Biography
Thando Matutu studied Audiovisual Production Management at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and graduated in 2011. He joined CNBCA Africa and Forbes Africa as a media specialist in 2014. The agricultural journey started in 2014 following a trip to Uganda where he learned about the importance and power of food value-chains. Upon his return to South Africa he took greater interest in the local development of entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. This focus was important for him as he believed that the agricultural value-chain need both farmers and entrepreneurs to grow the sector. He started his Agripreneur journey with Made with Rural where he managed their public relations, media, marketing and communication. He later ventured into poultry farming in a partnership under the company Unplowed Ground Food Processing. His biggest impact and influence in promoting entrepreneurship in agriculture came through his management and leadership role in Agripreneur SA since 2018. Besides being a media expert and a BA (Audio-visual Production and Management) graduate from the University of Johannesburg, Thando has obtained qualification in Agribusiness Management from UNISA and is currently furthering his studies in Export and Import.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Challa Suresh
Challa Suresh

Senior Deputy Director,National Institute of Nutrition, India

Biography
Title:
Cowpea Isoflavones and Vitamin D role in OPG-RANKL pathway: An Estrogen Dependent in vitro study in MG-63 osteoblasts
Biography
Dr. Suresh Challa obtained his Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and received Gold Medal for being the first rank holder in the university. He has obtained his Ph.D in Biochemistry from the same university. His research interests include Nutritional Biochemistry and Biochemical Toxicology both in vitro and in vivo models. He is presently serving as a Scientist at National Institute of Nutrition and his research involves in addressing the pathologies associated with Osteoporosis and different therapeutic approaches in combating the disease and studying the intracellular effects of Cowpea isoflavones using both in vitro and in vivo models. Another area of research interest is studying the synergistic toxic effects of environmental heavy metal Lead and amyloid peptides on brain using human brain cells and its protection by different neuroprotective compounds. He has been recognized as PhD research supervisor in several universities in the subjects of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Nutrition. He is serving as faculty at NIN for different courses and also as Board of studies member at various universities. To his credit he has published more than 50 both national and international journals and participated in more than 25 national and international conferences and delivered research presentations. He is an active member of several professional bodies and societies.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Arya Suresh Kumar
Arya Suresh Kumar

Vellore Institute of Technology, India

Biography
Title:
Effect of papain on dough rheology and its potential to reduce sodium metabisulfite usage in food industries
Biography
A B.Tech biotechnologist who is keen on making an impact in the food sector. Interened in one of the top confectionary industry’s in India, Britannia R&D. Worked closely with one of the top economic professors in India at IIM, Kozhikode. Was awarded the Chancellor Acheiver Award for academic excellence and for taking part in National competitions. Was selected among the top 20 teams in India to present a product idea for a competition conducted by Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India.
Speaker for Plant Webinars 2020 - Nitin Trivedi
Nitin Trivedi

DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, India

Biography
Title:
Marine Macroalgae: a sustainable bioresource for food and value-added products
Biography
Dr. Trivedi has completed Postgraduation in Microbiology from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India in 2008.  He then joined CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India as Project Fellow in 2009 and completed his Ph.D. degree in Biological Science from AcSIR, New Delhi under the guidance of Dr. CRK Reddy in 2015. Dr. Trivedi received several national and international postdoctoral fellowships like DSKPDF (UGC, India), ARO PDF (Israel), PDF at Dalhousie University (Canada). In 2017, Dr. Trivedi received India’s prestigious DST INSPIRE Faculty award by the DST, New Delhi, India and currently working at DBT-ICT CEB, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. He is working in the area of Seaweed biotechnology and Microbial biotechnology. Dr. Trivedi published 18 research articles in SCI journals, 4 book chapter/review articles, and 2 patents as lead and co-author.
Speaker for Plant Webinars - Shaikh Tanveer Hossain
Shaikh Tanveer Hossain

Asian Productivity Organization, Japan

Biography
Title:
Consumers' Preferences for Safe and Organic Food during and Post-COVID-19
Biography
Dr. Tanveer is a Program Officer of the Asian Productivity Organization, an intergovernmental organization based in Tokyo. Formerly, he was a Sustainable Agriculture Advisor of Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) and Senior Scientist of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI). Dr. Tanveer holds a PhD in Agriculture from Ehime University, Japan (2008). He was awarded the grand prize of the Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in 2011. Currently, he serves as an Ambassador for IFOAM and Asian Local Government for Organic Agriculture (ALGOA) and was previously Vice-President of IFOAM-Asia. He has published around 50 scientific articles.
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Ijaz Rasool Noorka

University of Sargodha, Pakistan

Biography
Title:
Conservation And Exploitation Of Plant Genetic Diversity For Sustainable Food And Agriculture
Biography
Dr. Ijaz Rasool Noorka graduated, post graduated in Plant breeding and Genetics at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, while Post Doctorate in Molecular Biology and Cyto-genetics from University of Leicester, UK. Dr Noorka was honored, to be Coordinator in National and International conferences, and to present Pakistan throughout the World, particularly in FAO (United Nation), Japan, China, Morocco, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, India, Abu Dhabi, Scotland, Saudia, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Italy, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Sudan, Dubai (Thrice), Bangkok, United Kingdom. Dr Noorka has published more than 11 chapters, 150 research articles in leading journals and books and 200 popular articles.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar - Ningning Zhao
Ningning Zhao

The University of Arizona, USA

Biography
Title:
The identification of a novel mechanism underlying the control of Manganese homeostasis
Biography
Ningning Zhao received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Science from the University of Florida. His postdoctoral training at Oregon Health & Science University was focused on molecular cell biology of metal metabolism. The research in his lab has been focused on examining the basic cell biology of membrane proteins involved in metal metabolism and investigating the role of these proteins in human diseases including hereditary hemochromatosis, cancer, and metal-related neurodegeneration.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Dalia El Khoury
Dalia El Khoury

University of Guelph, Canada

Biography
Title:
Can blood levels of apolipoproteins AI and AII serve as early biomarkers for the metabolic syndrome in adults?
Biography
Dr. Dalia El Khoury received a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (2002) and an MSc in Nutrition (2005) at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Afterward, she completed her PhD in Physiology and Physiopathology at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, France (2008). Dr. El Khoury then served as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut (2009-2010), and as a postdoctoral fellow and sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto, Canada (2010-2014). Later, she joined an international leading company in infant and child nutrition, Mead Johnson Nutrition, as senior scientist in Global Regulatory and Nutrition Science for approximately two years (2014-2016). Currently, Dr. El Khoury is an assistant professor in the department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Canada. One of her lines of research aims at identifying novel biomarkers for the metabolic syndrome both in children and adults.  
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual 2020 - Emanuele Calabro
Emanuele Calabro

University of Messina, Italy

Biography
Title:
Correlation between power level of microwave oven heating and proteins aggregation in bovine meat
Biography
Emanuele Calabrò is Full Professor of Physics at the Technological Technical Institute of Messina (Italy). He received the National Qualifications as University Professor in Applied Physics and in Experimental Physics of Matter. He received the International Prize for Excellence in Research by the Academic Brand Awards-2018. He has published more than 100 refereed papers in ISI journals and monographs.
Speaker at Plant Science Webinar 2020 - Cemil Koyunoglu
Cemil Koyunoğlu

Yalova University, Turkey

Biography
Title:
A Case Study for Verification of "E = mc2": Calculation of Food Shortage
Biography
Cemil Koyunoğlu was one of the main people who established Inonu-Pal accredited fuel-oil laboratory with his willingness after his bachelor's degree graduation. Then, he graduated from his Master's degree position in the same department during his proficiency testing connection between SGS Netherland and Inonu-Pal. After the fuel-oil first accepted as an accredited laboratory. He received as a research assistant in Yalova University Energy System Engineering Department. When he started his doctor of philosophy position in Energy Institute, Istanbul Technical University, in 2011, he was moved his staff position to Istanbul Technical University, Energy Institute, in 2013.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Raffaele Pilla
Raffaele Pilla

G.d’Annunzio University, Italy

Biography
Title:
Therapeutic ketosis and the broad field of applications for the ketogenic diet: Ketone ester applications & clinical updates
Biography
Raffaele Pilla, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Doctor Europaeus, received his Master’s degree in Pharmacy at G.d’Annunzio University in Chieti-Pescara, Italy in 2005, where he also served internships at the CellPhysiology Laboratory and Molecular Biology Laboratory. Prior, he was an Erasmus Student atFaculté de Pharmacie de Reims in Reims, France. He received his Doctor Europaeus in 2010 fromPitié-Salpétrière Institute in Paris, France. Also in 2010, he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry,Physiology, and Pathology of Muscle at G. d’Annunzio University in Chieti-Pescara, Italy. He washired as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the Universityof South Florida in Tampa, on two research grants funded by the Office of Naval Research (US Navy)and Divers’ Alert Network. He has written and lectured widely worldwide. He has been involved inongoing research at the University of South Florida with the use of ketone esters.
Speaker at Plant Science Virtual - Lia Correia
Lia Correia

Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz, Portugal

Biography
Title:
Highlighting the need for community nutrition research and intervention: healthy schools for a healthier future
Biography
Dr. Lia Correia, is a Nutritionist, and yield her degree in Nutrition Sciences at Egas Moniz Higher Education School. She had the great opportunity to do her under graduation internship in Maternidade Alfredo da Costa, Lisbon, Portugal, devoted to Paediatric Nutrition. She was integrated in Neonatal Critical Care Unit and in Paediatric Nutrition Consultation. She is Post Graduated in StartUp Research by NOVA University, Lisbon. At this time, she is a junior researcher in Applied Nutrition Studies Group (G.E.N.A.- IUEM) at Egas Moniz Higher Education School and is devoted to Community Nutrition research and Health Promotion.
Speaker for Plant Biology Webinar 2020 - Aydin Kilic
Aydin Kilic

University of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey

Biography
Title:
The cooking sensitivity of ω-3 fatty acids in fish
Biography
Aydin Kilic is an Assistant Professor at the University of RTE, Faculty of Engineering and Department of Food Engineering in Turkey. He received his Bachelor of Science (1992) in Marine Science from the Karadeniz Technical University in Turkey, Master of Science (1995) in Food Engineering from the Selcuk University in Turkey and PhD (2004) in Food Engineering from the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He has been an active Researcher and Supervisor in University of RTE, Faculty of Tourism and Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in Rize- Turkey. His research areas include food process, food quality, safety and food sustainability. He has authored/co-authored papers and book chapters, many journal and conference papers and numerous technical reports. He has chaired many conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings.  He is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies.
Speaker for Botany Webinars 2020 - Gilbert Owiah Sampson
Gilbert Owiah Sampson

University Of Education, Ghana

Biography
Title:
Pasting properties of starch-okra pectin system
Biography
Dr. Gilbert Owiah Sampson studied Food Science and Technology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and graduated in 2013. He then joined the University of Education, Winneba as a Lecturer in August 2014. He is currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Vocational Education
Speaker for Plant Webinar - Mamta Baunthiyal
Mamta Baunthiyal

GB Pant Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ghurdauri, India

Biography
Title:
Exploring Therapeutic potential of Millets in Post-Covid 19
Biography
Dr. Mamta Baunthiyal completed her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Kurukshetra University, India and PhD in Biotechnology from Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India. She has 25 years of experience of teaching undergraduate and post-graduate classes in Biotechnology. Her research is focused on the environmental biotechnology, food and herbal biotechnology. She has about 50 research articles published in reputed international journals and has authored three books. Besides she has written popular articles for various magazines. Presently she is working as Head and Associate Professor in the department of Biotechnology, GB Pant Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pauri, Uttarakhand, India.
Speaker for Botany Webinar 2020 - S. M. Rezaul Karim
S. M. Rezaul Karim

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia

Biography
Title:
Year-round vegetable production by hydroponic farming to ensure nutrition food security during covid-19 pandemic
Biography
S. M. Rezaul Karim is a Professor of Agronomy, has teaching and research experience for 35 years at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). He is a Weed Scientist, has innovated the killer weed, Parthenium hysterophorus in Malaysia in 2013. He has secured the 2015ITEX Silver Award in 2015, and the Best Research Award at UMK in 2017 for his research achievements. Prof. Karim did his M.Sc. Ag. (Agronomy) in 1981 from BAU, M.Phil in 1991 from University of Reading, UK and PhD from University of Aberdeen, UK in 2000. He has published 100 scientific articles, three book chapters and five books in Weed Science.
Speaker for Botany Webinar - Mubarakat Iyabode Alabede
Mubarakat Iyabode Alabede

Kwara State University, Nigeria

Biography
Title:
Assessment of Impact of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme on The Academic Performance Of Pupils In Selected Primary Schools, Orire Local Government, Oyo State, Nigeria
Biography
Mrs. Mubarakat studied Microbiology at Al-hikma University Ilorin Kwara State, Nigeria and graduated with a second class upper division in 2013.She had her M.sc in Environmental health science with a specialization of food hygiene safety and quality assurance at Kwara State University in 2017 and graduated with distinction.  During her M.sc she joined the Environmental Health Association of Nigeria (EHOAN) and Project Management Professional Institute (PMPI). She is currently working at Kwara State University as a lecturer in the department of  Environmental health science. She is also rounding up her PhD in Environmental Health Science with food hygiene safety and quality assurance as her specialization at the same University. She has published some research articles in various journals.)
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