Organizing Committee Members - Vaccine Design 2017
Dr. Zurich Burak Karacaoren(Biography)
Burak Karacaoren received his B.Sc. degree in Animal Science (Faculty of Agriculture) and M.Sc. in Biometry and Genetics (Institute of Natural Sciences) from Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey in 1999 and 2001 respectively. He spent 6 months in As, Agricultural University of Norway, Norway about animal production and statistics. He received his Dr.Sc.degree in Statistical Animal Genetics Group (Institute of Animal Sciences) from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland at 2006. As a part of his doctorate studies he spent 2 months in INRA Paris, France. He was a post doctoral researcher at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK in Genetics and Genomics department and at the Laurentian Forestry Institute, University of Laval, Quebec, Canada in forestry genomics in 2008-2010 and 2010-2011 respectively. Currently he is an associate professor in Biometry and Genetics Section, Department of Animal Science at Akdeniz University, Turkey.
Dr. Zurich Burak Karacaoren(Research Area)
statistical methods applied to genetics, genomics and animal breeding.
Banats University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary
Dr. Monica Butnariu (Biography)
Monica Butnariu graduated the Faculty of Chemistryâ€“Biologyâ€“Geography of the West University in Timisoara, profile Chemistry (B.Sc. diploma obtained in 1997), then the M.Sc. in Technologies of Non-Pollutant Processes of the Polytechnic University, Timisoara, Industrial Chemistry and Environmental Engineering Faculty (1999), Postgraduate specialization in Environmental Studies, with the specialty â€œMitigation of pollution, protection and management of environmentâ€ of the University â€œTransylvaniaâ€ in Brasov (2011) and Postdoctoral studies of the â€œVictor Babesâ€ University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara (2012). Since 2014, the team coordinator is Full Professor at the Banatâ€™s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine â€œKing Michael I of Romaniaâ€ from Timisoara. The habilitation diploma was obtained at the University in Cluj Napoca, in 2013. The work experience consists in teaching the chemistry/biochemistry of vegetal systems. She published 57 papers ranked in ISI Thomson Reuters journals, The Hirsch index from Web of Science Core Collection (Clarivate Analytics) is 18, (Results found: 57, Citing Articles:157, Citing Articles without self-citations:135, Average Citations per Item:10.04, h-index:18) and the Hirsch Scopus index is 10.). A number of 4 books and 4 chapters in books were also published (Springer). The team coordinator has 5 patents: Number: RO122893â€“B; RO122836â€“B1; RO122834â€“B1; RO122952â€“ B1; RO125201â€“A2; and RO125201â€“B1, from Derwent Innovations Index (Clarivate Analytics). She is member of ten professional organizations, i.e.: Romanian Society of Chemistry, Society Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, International Society of Environmental Bio-indicators, American Nano Society, Biochemical Society of London, International Carotenoid Society, European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Italoâ€“Latin American Society of Ethnomedicine, American Chemical Society and Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. The team coordinator was invited at trainings and post-academic courses: 2006 National Institute of Research, Centre de RecherchÃ© Toulouse, France; 2007 Institute of Coastal Research Centre; Luneburg, Germany; 2007 RECETOX, Brno, Czech Republic; 2008, REPâ€“LECOTOX, Novi Sad, Serbia. She was the director, partner team leader and Co-Principal Investigators project of more than 10 national and international research contracts.
Dr. Monica Butnariu (Research Area)
The research interests are directed toward the chemistry and analytical biochemistry, the research on natural compounds/active principles of plants environment protection, the development of approaches for chemical characterization of plants/plant mixtures using different methods.
Faculty of Science
Department of Biology, Anadolu University
Dr. Mehmet Varol(Biography)
He holds a PhD degree from Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Anadolu University, Turkey. He works at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Science, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Turkey. On the other hand, he studies to attain a second PhD from Department of Polymer Science and Technology, Faculty of Science, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey. His research interests include but not limited to controlled drug delivery systems, drug design and discovery, natural drug sources, photodynamic therapy and in vitro photo-biological experiments, conductive polymers and medical applications, reactive oxygen species and related cellular mechanisms. His current projects have been focused on metallophtalocyanines-mediated photodynamic therapy and related intracellular mechanisms of their action on adenocarcinoma and keratinocyte cell lines to detect their possible utilization on cancer and hypertrophic scarring diseases, and natural compounds to discover and develop their potentials as anti-angiogenic, anti-cancer, anti-oxidative drug ingredients.
Dr. Mehmet Varol(Research Area)
His research interests include drug delivery systems, drug design and discovery, natural drug sources, photodynamic therapy and in vitro photo-biological experiments, conductive polymers and medical applications, reactive oxygen species and related cellular mechanisms
Head: Laboratory of Vector Borne Diseases-Vaccine Center
The Wistar Institute
Dr. Kar Muthumani(Biography)
Kar Muthumani is Assistant Professor at the Wistar Institute. He received his BS, MS with honors and his PhD from the Madurai Kamaraj University, India. He completed his postdoctoral training and Research Assistant Professorship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA, USA.He has made several important contributions in these areas including isolating a new strain of chikungunya virus, identifying host cellular targets and host interactions of HIV accessory genes, immunotherapeutic approach for tumor-associated antigens and developing novel synthetic DNA vaccine approaches for pathogens including HIV, CHIKV, RSV, Dengue, MERS and ZIKV among others. A large percentage of his work can be characterized as translational research due to its immediate clinical relevance. Dr. Muthumani has served as lead scientist or as a collaborator on a number of basic science/translational and preclinical research projects that have been or are currently being evaluated in clinical trials. Dr. Muthumani has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers abstracts and book chapters. Furthermore, his work has been awarded/filed a total of 20 patents. Despite the time demands of his research, he remains an active collaborator with many members of the Wistar, PENN community as well as other collaborators including researchers from National Institute of Health (NIH), Public Health Agency of Canada, University of South Florida, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc., Gene One Life Sciences and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). He also devotes significant time to and derives great pleasure from teaching and training students and postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Kar Muthumani(Research Area)
His research interests include developing vaccine approaches to combat emerging infectious diseases and immune therapy approaches for cancer.