Prof. Hugo Scheer

Dr. Hugo Scheer is a retired Professor at the Department 1 - Botanik of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany. The focus of his work is structure and function of photosynthetic and photosensory pigments, and their applications in medicine and photonics.

This includes work with bacteriochlorophyll-protein complexes, biliproteins and model systems in order to understand the elementary processes of photosynthesis, and the transfer of knowledge for modifying these systems for use as photodynamic sensitizers in the treatment of certain diseases including cancer, or to generating photonic components for use in imaging or switching.

He provides service to national and international organizations and journals including the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Chemical Society, the Society of Photosynthetic Research, and the American Society of Photobiology. Currently he is serving at the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, the École National Supérieur, Paris, France, at Wuhan and HuazhongUnversities, Wuhan, China, and The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, and Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Prof. Scheer is an Adjunct Professor at Ma Chung University, Malang, Indonesia, and an Honorary Professor at the Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. His work resulted in over 250 scientific publications, reviews, and books.

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Prof. Stefan Hörtensteiner

Dr. Stefan Hörtensteiner is a Professor at Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. The focus of his work is the analysis of chlorophyll breakdown during plant senescence and fruit ripening.

This includes molecular, biochemical and analytical work in Arabidopsis thaliana, tomato, grasses and other plant species, including lower plants, to fully elucidate the biochemical pathway of chlorophyll breakdown, to identify and analyze final products of chlorophyll breakdown and to investigate regulatory and evolutionary aspects of this pathway. Techniques used in his group include liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, confocal fluorescence microscopy and classical protein biochemistry.

Dr. Hörtensteiner provides reviewing service to national and international organizations and journals including the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and many peer-reviewed journals. He is member of the American Society of Plant Biology and currently serves at the editorial board of Plant Cell Physiology. His work resulted in over 80 scientific publications, reviews, and book chapters.

Dr. Kustiariyah Tarman

Dr. Kustiariyah Tarman is faculty member at the Department of Aquatic Products Technology, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Her research interests are marine natural products and marine microbiology, especially marine fungi. Her work has been published in scientific publications and books.

Presently, she has on-going project on the application of metabolomics to observe the effect of stress on the production of bioactive metabolites in siphonous green algae and its endophytic fungi. This subject includes isolation and identification of the secondary metabolites, isolation of algal endophytic fungi, induction or activation of metabolites production in algae or its endophytic fungi to discover marine-based new drug candidates.

She provides service to several national associations including Indonesian Society for Mycology (MikoIna), and Indonesian Society for Fisheries Product Processing (MPHPI). She is a member of the editorial board for the Indonesian Journal of Fisheries Product Processing, as well as reviewer of national and international journals including Tropical Marine Sciences and Technology, and Marine Drugs.

Professor Sherry A. Tanumihardjo, PhD

Sherry Tanumihardjo manages a progressive research and outreach team at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She serves as the director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and is on the Advisory Board for the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. She teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate level including international field experiences. In her research, she has three decades of experience with vitamin A and carotenoids. Her multidisciplinary research approach is enhanced by her broad educational background in chemistry (BS), biochemistry (MS), and nutrition (PhD). She has two main research focus including vitamin A assessment methodology and carotenoid bioavailability. Often the two overlap when investigating provitamin A carotenoids. Tanumihardjo has authored and co-authored over 100 research publications, chapters, and technical documents.

Her research group works with a number of animal models (i.e., gerbils, rats, pigs, and monkeys) to answer various questions on issues related to vitamin A toxicity and deficiency and carotenoid bioavailability. Moreover, the research outcomes are often applied to the human model. In that regard, her research team has conducted studies in humans in the United States, Indonesia, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Zambia. She has acted as a consultant to many other studies throughout the world to assist with study design and appropriate standardization.

She is a strong advocate for the promotion of nutritionally enhanced staple foods, vegetables, and fruits to enhance overall health and general well-being. This has allowed her to be an invited speaker at approximately 200 domestic and international meetings. In addition to her on-going work with nutritionally enhanced staple crops, other research efforts include the interaction of anthocyanins in purple carrots with carotenoid uptake and clearance. Further, she has developed educational materials to enhance the intake of locally grown produce in the state of Wisconsin with special emphasis on vegetables and fruit. These research and outreach efforts have been recognized as an endowed chair at UW-Madison named the Friday Chair for Vegetable Processing Research awarded to Tanumihardjo in 2009.

She has chaired and co-chaired the Vitamin A and Carotenoid sessions at Experimental Biology over the years. She has served as chair of the Carotenoid Research Interaction Group (CARIG) Research Interest Section of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) and has been on CARIG's steering committee since 2002. Her memberships to the former societies predating ASN (2005) date back to 1991 for the American Society of Nutritional Sciences and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition and to 1994 for the Society for International Nutrition Research. She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research since 2002, the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutrition from 2005 to 2011, and for the Editorial Board for Advances in Nutrition since 2010. Other awards include membership on the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition since 2012, the G. Malcolm Trout visiting scholar award lectureship at Michigan State University in 2011, the Ruth Pike Lectureship Award at Pennsylvania State University in 2007, the Alex Malaspina ILSI Future Leader Award from 2004-2006, and the Dannon Leadership Institute Creative Leadership training in 2001.

Prof. Ocky Karna Radjasa

Dr. Ocky Radjasa obtained his Ph.D degree from Department of Aquatic Biosciences, University of Tokyo, Japan in 2001. He was a DAAD postdoctoral fellow in 2002 in Institute for Chemistry and Biology of Marine environment (ICBM), University of Oldenburg, Germany. Also, he spent one year in Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel, Germany as a Humboldt research fellow.

Dr. Radjasa is a faculty member at Department of Marine Science. He joined this department in 1990 as a Teaching Assistant. Also, he involved in the administration board of the Research Institute as head of Center for Tropical Coastal and Marine Studies since July 2005. He appointed in 2009 as the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Coastal Development, an official journal of Indonesian Society for Oceanologist (ISOI). Currently, Dr. Radjasa is the director of Research and Community Service at the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education.

Since 2002, his research has focused on several issues including marine molecular microbial diversity and marine microbial natural products with emphasis on marine microbial symbionts as sustainable sources of marine natural products. He also works on the roles of microbial symbionts of corals on degradation and biosorption of pesticides and heavy metals.

Dr. Radjasa was the recipient of 2006 Cipta Lestari KEHATI Award from Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (KEHATI) for his continuous work on Microbial symbionts of reef's invertebrates as sustainable sources of marine natural products.He teaches several courses namely marine microbiology, marine biotechnology, marine natural products, biochemistry, and basic biotechnology at the University and supervises a number of undergraduate and graduate students at the Diponegoro University and outside the university such as Gajah Mada University and Bogor Agricultural University.

Dr. Philippe Blanc

Dr. Philippe J. Blanc is a senior scientist in CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), working in the University of Toulouse, France. The focus of his research work was the production of pigments (Monascus red mainly), flavours and others secondary metabolites by fungi and yeasts. In the framework of European Bioenergy programme, he was in charge of the production of biofuels (ethanol, single cell oils) by yeasts from agricultural feedstocks (starch, cellulose)

Since 1999, he has been in charge of technology transfer at CNRS managing various research projects in collaboration with local, national, European and international laboratories and companies. His present duties are the management and the implement of projects in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. His work resulted in over 50 scientific publications.

Dr. Xing Jie, (BSc, MSc, Ph.D)

Eight years of management experience and more than ten years of research and teaching experience in the field of analytical chemistry, application support for analytical instruments, e.g. HPLC/UHPLC, LCMS (SQ, TQ and IT-TOF); As LC/LCMS group manager, the group job scope includes: Development and validation of HPLC and LCMS methods for all application areas, development of Application Notes and posters for international MS conference (e.g. ASMS) for promoting analytical instruments (UHPLC, LCMS SQ , TQ, IT-TOF and online SPE- LC/MS, online SFE-SFC-MS); Development of training courses for HPLC/UHPLC and LCMS applications in pharmaceutics, foods etc. Organizing workshops on food safety area. On-site troubleshooting and sample analysis for pre- and after-sales support. In charge of applications training for internal staff and distributors. Research Collaboration with regional universities and research institutes (Southeast Asia countries).