Ardeshir B. Damania was born in India in September 1945. He attended the Don Bosco High School in Bombay till 1963 when he passed the matriculation exams. He enrolled at the University of Bombay and received his education leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Botany and Zoology in 1968 (R. Ruia College) and a Master's Degree in Plant Ecology in 1972 (Institute of Science), and a Masters and Ph.D. in Plant Genetic Resources from the University of Birmingham, England (1975 and 1982). His Ph.D. research was done at the Germplasm Institute in Bari.
Silvius Stanciu Director of Technology Transfer Center
Silvius Stanciu currently works as a university professor, coordinator of the Doctoral School, Head of the Department of Technology Transfer and Training and Director of the CTT UGAL (Technology Transfer Center) at Dunarea de Jos University in Galati, Romania. He has a double PhD degree: First in the field of Industrial Engineering - Food Industry, received in 2006 at "Dunarea de Jos" University in Galati, and the second received in 2015 in Economics - Business Administration at University of Economic Studies of Bucharest. He graduated from the "Dunarea de Jos" University of Economics in Galati. He works at Dunarea de Jos University in Galati, a professor.He has authorized several publications in various magazines and books. His publications reflect his research interests in the food economy, food engineering and business administration.
Manish Roorkiwal is a Scientist - Genomics and Molecular Breeding at International Crops Reserach Institute for the SemiArid Tropics (ICRISAT), India. He has a basic background in molecular genetics and applied genomics with more than 12 years of research experience. His research focuses on improving the crop productivity of legumes in marginal environments in Africa and Asia using modern genetics and breeding approaches including genomic selection and GWAS. He started his research career with PhD in Biotechnology with a focus on identification of candidate genes for abiotic stress tolerance for undertaking the GWAS studies using candidate gene based GWAS approach in chickpea
Prasanta Kalita is a professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Director of the ADM Institute for Prevention of Postharvest Loss, and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
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Nayudamma Centre for Development Alternatives, India
Anumakonda Jagadeesh holds a Ph.D from the most prestigious University of Roorkee, India(Now IITR). He published over 150 Research Papers in International/National Journals besides presenting Research papers, Keynote addresses and acted as Chairman at International Conferences in over 40 countries. He is reciopient of several International/National Awards including the prestigious Margaret Noble Foundation Seattle Award in Energy Technology.
Julia Bello-Bravo is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University and a co-founder and co-director of Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO).
Dr. Bello-Bravo's research interests lie at the intersection of effective communication and education, specializing in informal education and communication strategies to reach low or non-literate learners in developing and developed countries. Areas of research include identifying, developing, and deploying scalable strategies for effective educational knowledge transfer and solution uptake to the approximately 800 million low and non-literate learners globally. Much of her research involves rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa-over a dozen countries to date-investigating the appeal and learning gains delivered by animated educational videos viewed on mobile phones.
Dr. Baohong Zhang is currently working as a distinguished professor at East Carolina University (ECU, US). Dr. Zhang graduated from China Agricultural University. After received his bachelor degree, he worked on cotton biotechnology at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Then he received his PhD from Texas Tech University in 2006. Dr. Zhang has authored more than 200 publications with more than 12,000 citations, many of them are listed as highly cited papers by the Web of Sciences, his h-index is 49. Dr. Zhang frequently reviewed manuscripts for many international journals, including Nature and Nature Biotechnology. He also served as an Associate Editor or Guest Editor for 7 journals, including Scientific Reports and Plant Biotechnology Journal. He has reviewed proposals for more than 40 funding agents, including NSF, US DoE, US USDA, and NSFC. Dr. Zhang is elected to the Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018. He won the Researcher of the Year 2018 award by the ICAC. In 2018, Dr. Zhang won the THCAS Distinguished Professorship and the Highly Cited Scholar awards. Recently, he also won the Lifetime Research Achievement Award, the top honor for ECU faculty.
Dr. Zhang is working on agricultural biotechnology, including identifying specific coding and non-coding genes during plant growth and development as well as plant response to environmental stresses. Then, he employs transgenic and genome editing technology to study gene function and improvement crops.