Executive Committee

Munis Dündar

PRESIDENT

He was born May 2, 1961. He took undergraduate degree at Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine in 1985. He made Ph.D. on Medical Genetics at Duncan Guthrie Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Glasgow/Scotland in 1994 and got Professor Title in 2003. He is founder and head of Medical Genetics Department at Erciyes University and he has been currently carrying out various administrative tasks since 1996.

He took part as Project Coordinator and Assistant Investigator in many research projects and many prepared articles out of them have been publishing in international journals since 1995.

He is a lecturer at European University Consortium, Job Creation Oriented Biotechnology for first level degree and master program students, since 2006. He is president of the Turkish Medical Genetic Society, representative of EPMA in Turkey and EBTNA President (European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association).

Kevan MA Gartland

VICE PRESIDENT

Professor Kevan MA Gartland is currently Special Advisor and Professor of Biological Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, President of the Heads of University Centres of BioMedical Sciences and Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Technology and Informatics, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After degrees in Genetics (BSc, Leeds) and PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Nottingham) he was British Technology Group Research Fellow (Nottingham University), before taking up a Lectureship in Biotechnology & Molecular Biology at De Montfort University. Senior Lectureship, Head of Division and Associate Head of School posts followed, as did a Personal Research Chair in Biological Sciences at the University of Abertay Dundee, where he established a thriving research group in applications of the biosciences to the environment. This culminated in his being Founding Director of the Abertay Centre for the Environment (ACE), receiving £2.4M EU funds and taking an entrepreneurial approach to the uses of the biosciences to meet the needs of businesses, whilst also working with the United Nations Environment Programme. He moved to Glasgow Caledonian University in 2005, serving as Dean of the School of Life Sciences until 2011. He has previously been a University of Abertay Court member, Heads of University Biological Sciences Executive Committee member, Education Committee Chair and a Director of the Biochemical Society, a Director of the Institute of Forest Biotechnology, based in North Carolina, USA, Chair of the Higher Education Academy Biosciences Subject Centre, and Director or Trustee of several companies and charities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and of the Institute of BioMedical Science.  He has contributed to a Hong Kong Poly University MOOC studied by 48,000 students from 177 countries. He is frequently in demand as a reviewer, editor and adviser on applications of the molecular biosciences, quality assurance, learning & teaching and new programme developments. He has recently been appointed as an Academic Assessor for the UK Teaching Excellence Framework, looking at the quality of teaching, learning resources and student outcomes in UK higher education.

Oscar Vicente

GENERAL SECRETARY

Oscar Vicente was born in 1956, in Madrid (Spain), where he graduated in Biochemistry in 1976 and obtained his PhD in 1983, before spending a three-year postdoctoral period at the Friedich-Miescher Institut, in Basel (Switzerland). In 1988, he moved to the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna (Austria), where he established and led a research group, to work on pollen development and its biotechnological applications, and on the molecular characterization of pollen allergens and plant MAP kinases.

As Assistant Professor, from 1991 to 1996, he was responsible for several courses of Experimental Genetics taught at the Faculty of Sciences. Oscar Vicente returned to Spain in 1996, to join the faculty of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is at present Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, teaching different subjects in this area to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Biotechnology and Agronomic Engineering. His research interest focuses on the study of plant responses to abiotic stress and stress tolerance mechanisms.

Tommaso Beccari

TREASURER

Professor Tommaso Beccari has a long experience on lysosomal enzymes that begun in 1985 at the King’s College of London ,UK in the laboratories of Prof. D. Robinson and Dr. JL Stirling, two pioneers in the field of lysosomes.

He has been Visiting Professor at the King’s College, London, UK; Universitè Renè Descartes, Paris, France; Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany; University of Tromso, Norway. His research has been focused on the biochemistry and molecular biology of lysosomal enzymes and to study the pathophisiology of the lysosomal storage disorders. More recently his laboratory has partecipate to the development of a therapy for the lysosomal storage disease, alpha-mannosidosis.

His laboratory is involved in the diagnosis of alpha-mannosidosis, beta-mannosidosis, mucolipidosis type II and III. Part of his research is oriented to analyses the relationship beteween lysosomal enzymes and Parkinson’s Disease. More recently two new ko mice for the chitobiase and cytoplasmic alpha-mannosidase have been generated in order to better understand the catabolism of oligosaccharides. Finally another topic of his research is on the genetic association of Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Professor Tommaso Beccari is the author of several papers published on leading International journals

Juraj Krajcovic

MEMBER

Dr. Juraj Krajčovič is a Professor of Molecular biology and Chairperson of the Institute of Cell Biology and Biotechnology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his Ph.D. from Comenius University in 1987. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology in Brussels, Belgium (1990-1993).

Current Research Interests: Molecular cell biology; gene expression; protein import into organelles, primarily chloroplasts; molecular diagnostics; molecular evolution and systematics, DNA identification of microorganisms, especially lactic acid bacteria and phototrophs; plastids as drug targets; the origin and evolution of the cell; antimutagenicity; extremophiles. Teaching activities: Molecular cell biology, Evolutionary biology; Selected chapters in microbiology; Selected chapters in biotechnology; Molecular methods in systematic biology.

Dana Tapaloaga

MEMBER

Dr. Dana Tapaloaga is Full Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest. She took her PhD in Veterinary Medicine in 2004 in the field of Animal Reproduction Biotechnology, and her MSc in 1999 (Reproduction Bio Techniques and Biotechnologies) and 1996 (Milk production, processing and trading).

Professional teaching experience area: Milk and meat obtaining technologies, Animal Production Systems, Animal Genetics, Animal breeding.

Current Research interests:  laboratory and economic efficiency researches on bull, buffalo and boar semen; computerized studies on bull and boar semen; laboratory technologies for reproduction biotechnology in breeds preserving; morphologic and hormonal modifications in cows with puerperal disorders; certification and preserving the genetic potential in Mangalitza breed by biotechnological methods.

She was a postdoctoral researcher in the field of animal biodiversity at Postdoctoral School for Animal Sciences Biodiversity and Food Sciences Biotechnologies based upon eco economy and bio economy required to eco san genesis at Romanian Academy, member of Romanian Animal Science Association, member of World Poultry Science Association, member of DAGENE (International Association for the Conservation of Animal Breeds in the Danube Region), member of the Academy of Romanian Scientists, the Committee of National Food Security.

Anita Slavica

MEMBER

Anita Slavica was born in 1970 in Šibenik, Croatia. After degrees in Biotechnology (BSc and MSc) at Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, she took PhD in Technical Chemistry at Graz University of Technology, Austria. She habilitated in 2006 in Physiology of Industrial Microorganisms at Department of Biochemical Engineering, the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. Since 2011 she is working as Associate Professor in Laboratory of Biochemical Engineering, Industrial Microbiology, Malting and Brewing Technology at the Department. She is lecturer at „Bioprocess Engineering“ and „Molecular Biotechnology“ MSc degree studies programme and „Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering“ PhD programme, researcher in several national/international research projects, supervisor of undergraduate and graduate students, and member of international conferences organizing and scientific comities. Scientific fields of her interest are: mass spectrometry; development and application of analytical methods related to monitoring of sustainable bioprocesses for production of biochemicals; protein expression, purification and characterization; enzyme kinetics; biochemical engineering and industrial microbiology; TT and IPR.

Mark Nuijten

MEMBER

Gary Henehan

MEMBER

Ivana Marova

MEMBER

Prof. Ivana Marova is a regular professor of biochemistry at Faculty of Chemistry, Brno University of Technology (FCH BUT). At this time she is a Head of Department of Food Chemistry and Biotechnology, FCH BUT. She has been profiled as a specialist in the field of microbial biochemistry and biotechnology, food biochemistry, bioanalysis and utilization/valorization of waste substrates to production of high value-added products.  She has worked as leader of research groups in frame of national and international projects from 2002 till present.  At this time she is a head of the Biotechnology and Biomaterials group of Materials Research Centre FCH BUT in Brno (established in 2010 as a regional centre of excellence); she is a leader of research group working on development of patented HYDAL biotechnology awarded by Frost and Sullivan Technology Innovation Award (2015). She was applicant and co-applicant of many scientific projects (ESF, GACR, TACR, OP VaVpI). She is author of about 100 original scientific papers, 4 books/chapters, 2 accepted and 4 applied patents, 2 industrial applications and co-author of about 300 contributions on international conferences. She is supervisor of doctoral students DSP (more than 20 successfully defensed PhD theses). She cooperates with many industrial subjects (Nafigate, a.s., Pharmaceutical Biotechnology) and international research groups.

Brno University of Technology (BUT), the second largest technical university in Czech Republic, was found in 1899 as the first Czech higher education institution in Moravia region. At the present time more than 24,000 students are enrolled at BUT at 8 faculties and 2 university institutes.