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Dr Cullis

Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University, United States

Dr Cullis

Dr. Cullis is the Francis Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, where he also serves as Director of the Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Master’s Program. He is currently President of the Society for Bioentrepreneurship Education and Research(SIBER). His PhD research was on a mating type transformation in paramecium, followed by an initial postdoctoral appointment (then staff position) at the John Innes Institute, UK, where he spent 14 years. He work since his PhD has focused primarily on rapid genomic variation in plants, and in particular the responses observed in flax in response to the growth environment. Currently, the flax project is aimed at identifying the genes responsible for this apparent editing of the flax genome in response to environmental stress. He has a wide experience working on many plant different plant species and is currently working on a number of collaborative projects, primarily in association with scientists in the UK and Southern Africa. These projects include developing a wild legume (marama, Tylosema esculentum) into a crop for resource poor farmers in Southern Africa, and characterizing the role cysteine proteases and their inhibitors play in stress tolerance in plants, in particular drought tolerance. He has served as a program director at the National Science Foundation (for the Plant Genome Program), on national and international grant review panels, on advisory boards for international projects and on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals.

Dr Mukhtar

Professor of Biotechnology, Universiti Malaysia PAHANG, Malaysia

Dr Mukhtar

Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar PhD is serving in the Department of Biotechnology as Professor of Biotechnology. Prior to his arrival at AURAK he served as Vice Chancellor/Professor of three Universities in Pakistan concomitantly - a unique honor for any academic leader. Through his judicious academic leadership and innovative governance he converted a regional university in Pakistan into one of the top ranked in the country.  Dr. Mukhtar received his Master and MPhil in the field of Biochemistry from Pakistan and his PhD in biosciences from the Drexel University of Philadelphia, USA, and also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Management from Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia, USA. He served at various academic/administrative positions in the USA on an outstanding scientist (O-1) visa.

Professor Mukhtar is an avid researcher also. His laboratory developed an in-vitro model of human blood-brain barrier to study viral neuropathogenesis, and with Dr. Mukhtar as Principal or Co-Investigator, has received several awards from organizations including American Diabetes Association, American Society for Microbiology, Diabetes Trust Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Human blood brain barrier model developed in his laboratory is extensively used to understand ferrying of viruses into the brain and finding cures for neurological ailments.

Dr. Mukhtar holds specialized Certificates in Public Health, and Bioinformatics. Committed to the role of technology in biomedical research, he serves as managing editor of Frontiers in Bioscience and is on the editorial board of several research journals. He has several research publications, including peer-reviewed research, review articles, invited articles, book chapters, commissioned articles and critiques to his credit. A book describing accomplishments of Dr. Mukhtar’s academia leadership has been published in Urdu language entitled “Hayat Zauq e Safar Kay Siwa Kuch Aur Naheen” and it’s English Version "The Making of a Best National University” is in progress.

Editorial Board

Gjumrakch Aliev, Professor, School of Health Science and Healthcare Administration, University of Atlanta, GA, USA

Dongsheng Duan, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Medical Research Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA

Joseph Irudayaraj, Professor of Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

William R. Jeffery, Professor, Biology, and Affiliate Professor, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

Jonathan Jones, PhD, Director and Professor, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA

Zvi Kelman, Founding Editor, Director, Biomolecular Labeling Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology and Professor the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, Rockville, Maryland, USA

David J.W. Lane, Associate Professor, Environmental Consultant; Research Affiliate, National University of Singapore

Hoyun Lee, Professor of Medical Sciences, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Ontario, Canada

Anireddy S. N. Reddy, Professor Laureate, Department of Biology and Program in Molecular Plant Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Jae-Ho Shin, School of Applied Biosciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea

Sergei Y. Sokol, Professor, Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, USA

David R. Soll, Professor, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA

Kenneth B. Storey, Professor, Institute of Biochemistry, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Professor Baolin Zhang, Senior Investigator & Quality Reviewer, Office of Biotechnology Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD, USA.