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Sai-Wen TangPhD


Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Sai-Wen Tang received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from College of Medicine of National Taiwan University in 2009. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Tang investigated the role of autophagy in human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) in National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in National Institutes of Health (NIH). He demonstrated that HTLV-1 infection increases the accumulation of autophagosomes and that this accumulation increases HTLV-1 production due to increased stability of HTLV-1 Tax protein. The Retroviruses Meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2012) invited Dr. Tang as a speaker to present his efforts on HTLV-1 field. Now Dr. Tang is working on the role of a novel host restriction factor for HIV-1 in immune response in National Cancer Institute (NCI). 

Research Interests

Host restriction factor of HIV-1 

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Guillermo CorróPhD


Immunology Lab, Hospital Distrital Lago Argentino

Address:Argentina
Biography

Born in Avellaneda (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in 1980, Dr Corró graduated at ENSPA National Highschool in 1997. He began the University in 1999 at Pharmacy and Biochemistry School (Buenos Aires University) and graduated as Biochemist, with specialization in Microbiology and Immunology in 2005. As undergraduate student (2002-2005) received a scholarship at “Leloir Institute Foundation” (Molecular Immunology Lab) under the guide of Dr. Fernando Goldbaum (today Head of the Nacional Agency for Science, ANPCyT) who introduced him into the science world. After his grade as Biochemist, he applied for a fellowship from ANPCyT that received in 2007, working as Doctorate student at Retroviruses and Cellular Biology Lab of National Pediatric Hospital “Prof. Dr. Juan P Garrahan” under the direction of Dr. Luisa Sen, pioneer in HIV research in Argentina. Dr. Corró finished the Ph.D in 2011 as fellowship holder of CONICET (National Research Council). Since 2003, Dr. Corró also works as Immunology teacher in the Immunology Chair of Pharmacy and Biochemistry School (UBA) participating in numerous under and post-graduate courses, and since 2014 also works as teacher of Research Methodology for Genetic Masters at SDM Montrer University, in Mexico.

He also studied Egyptology at CEEMO (Egypt and West Mediterranean Studies Center) from 2005 to 2009, where he also organized several conferences about ancient rest molecular studies.

Actually, Dr. Corró is the Head of the Immunology Lab Area at the Hospital Distrital Lago Argentino “José Formenti” in El Calafate, Provincia de Santa Cruz, Argentina.  

Research Interests

General Virology
HIV, pathogenesis, replication and virus-host relationships.
General Immunology
Molecular Immunology

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Anna Rosa GarbugliaPhD

Advisory Member
Molecular Virologist
INMI L Spallanzani Rome
Address:Italy
Biography

She obtained her degrees in Biology from the University of Florence in1987, Pharmacology (1994), Bioethics (2007) and PhD in Virology (1998). Dr Anna Rosa Garbuglia has worked as a biologist in permanent staff in the hospital S. Camillo, and she joined in 1996 the INMI L. Spallanzani, where she is still working. She is also teaching Molecular Biology at the Medical School of the Universit� La Sapienza (Roma), in particular about respiratory diseases. She has participated in the diagnostic activities on H1N1 during pandemic period 2009-2010, since she was trained to Biosafety and Biosecurity. Her current researches are part of National studies about HCV primary acute infections and DAA drug resistances, HPV prevalence in HIV patients and more generally HIV-1 virus (molecular analysis of viral genomes in Long term survivors and studies about the correlation between virological and immunological parameters during antiviral theraphy suspension).

Dr Garbuglia has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and she is also the author of a book �Principio di Precauzione, Salute e Vaccini� (Precautionary Principle, Health and Vaccines), L�Harmattan Italia, published in 2010.

Research Interests

HIV, HPV, hepatitis viruses

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Michael B. BlankPhD

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Resea


Address:3535 Market St., room 3020 Philadelphia USA
Biography

Michael B. Blank, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry. Dr. Blank received his BA with distinction in psychology from the University of Rochester and his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Blank�s research and writing focus on integration of health and mental health services delivery systems including treatment for co-morbid illness such as HIV/AIDS. Other areas of interest include informal care and it's impact on consumers and families, rural mental health, ethics in prevention, and applications of technology and computer-assisted care in mental health service delivery. Dr. Blank�s primary affiliation is with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research in the Psychiatry Department, and he also holds appointments as a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, and the Schools of Nursing at Penn and the University of Virginia. He also serves as co-director of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Core of the Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and has been a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the Philadelphia Health Department since 2002. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Community Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of Psychological Services, Community Mental Health Journal, Retrovirology Research and Treatment, and Journal of Rural Community Psychology. Dr. Blank served as a Governing Councilor from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association from 2006-2008. At Penn, Dr. Blank has taught in the Master�s in Public Health Program, in the Department of Bioethics, and in the Department of Psychology. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN), which is intended to foster multi-site collaboration among the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) in the behavioral and social sciences. He has served on a number NIH and CDC study sections, and was a standing member of the NIH. study section for Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to the Prevention of HIV/AIDS from 2005-2010. Dr. Blank is the author of over 100 papers, book chapters and reports, and editor of a book with Marlene Eisenberg, entitled �HIV: Issues with Mental Health and Illness�, published in 2007.

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS Treatment and mpact on consumers and families, rural mental health, ethics in prevention, and applications of technology and computer-assisted care in mental health service delivery.

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Dr. Mark Stephen KindyPhD


Department of Neurosciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Address:114 Doughty Street Charleston, USA
Biography

Dr. Mark S. Kindy is a biochemist/neuroscientist and is Professor in the Department of Neurosciences, Biochemistry and Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. Dr. Kindy received his BS from the University of Massachusetts in Zoology and a Ph.D. from Boston University School of Medicine in Biochemistry in 1980 and 1987, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute working with Dr. Inder Verma. He started his faculty career at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry and the Center on Aging. His area of expertise is aging and neurodegenerative disorders including stroke, Alzheimer�s disease, Parksinson�s disease, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. His recent work has focused on the mechanisms of aging, disease and the development of therapeutic approaches to treat diseases. These include the role of environmental toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, PCBs, and other toxins) in the pathogenesis of the diseases. In addition, his recent collaborations have focused on regenerative medicine and bioengineering in the brain. Dr. Kindy has taught numerous courses in biochemistry, neuroscience, physiology, toxicology, biotechnology and chemistry. He is a member of the Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program at MUSC and has adjunct appointments in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University, Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston and the Greenwood Genetics Center. Dr. Kindy is currently funded by the NIH, NSF and the VA and has over 140 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Research Interests

Neurological,neurodegenerative disorders

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Dr. Leigh A. WillisPhD

Scientist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of HIV/AIDS
Address:114 Doughty Street USA
Biography

Dr. Leigh A. Willis is a Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Division of HIV/AIDS, Epidemiology Branch in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Willis has been engaged in research since he first wrote a Bachelors Thesis in 1996. His broad research interests include Sexual Risk, Mental Health, Violence Prevention, Health Disparities, Intervention Development, Health Communication and Evaluation.His research experiences in the African-American community include a broad range of research methods and studies. Dr. Willis has presented his work at numerous conferences and his work has appeared in a several journals ranging from Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Black Studies, Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior and Social Theory and Health.

Prior to joining CDC Dr. Willis was a faculty member at The University of Georgia (UGA), where he was jointly appointed in the Department of Sociology and The Institute for African-American Studies. At UGA he taught courses in Medial Sociology and Race and Ethnicity.

Dr. Willis earned a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology and an M.P.H. in Health Behavior from the University ofAlabama, Birmingham and a B.A. with Department Honors in Sociology and Human Services from AlbionCollege.

Dr. Leigh A. Willis was born in Des Moines, IA and raised in Oberlin, OH. In his spare time Dr. Willis is an avid �techie�, �blogger� and restaurant connoisseur. He also collects comics and is an avid reader of science-fiction and history. His personal motto is �Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.�

Research Interests

The application of theory, and research relevant to understanding the health of various populations, decreasing health disparities and intervention development and evaluation. Topical areas of interest include use of technology and innovative approaches for prevention, health communication, new and social media, violence, sexually transmitted infections (HIV/STD), substance abuse, adolescents, mental health in minorities and adolescents, designing health related interventions to aid adolescent and minority populations.

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Dr. Robin J. JacobsPhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Director of International Medicine
Nova Southeastern University
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Jacobs is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Biomedical Informatics and Public Health and the Director of International Medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Virtually all her research and scholarship has involved interdisciplinary teams, integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, and developing and testing HIV interventions. Her scholarship has been concerned primarily with health disparities and HIV in ethnic minorityand aging populations and she has published extensively in these areas. Dr. Jacobs has a broad background in community health with specific training in HIV/AIDS, behavioral health research, and statistical analysis. She has served as principal investigator, co-investigator and statistical analyst on supported research studiesinvolving HIV prevention and treatment. She has served as a scientific grant reviewer for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She teaches graduate courses in biomedical informatics research methods, program evaluation and grant writing.

Research Interests

ART medication adherence
Health interventions
Biomedical informatics
Health literacy
Ethnic minorities and HIV
Older adults and HIV
Health disparities
Global health

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Khanh v.q. LuongPhD

President
Vietnamese American Medical Research Foundation

Address:114 Doughty Street California, USA
Biography

He has Doctor of Medicine from University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas. Post-graduated training in Internal Medicine at Tulane University-School of Medicine in New Orleans and Fellowship in Nephrology & Hypertension at UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles) � School of Medicine at Los Angeles in California.

He has been elected as a Scientific Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.

He is American Board Certified both in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
He has published numerous papers and abstracts in leading peer-reviewed American journals.
Dr. Khanh had an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. He was a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, and currently the President of the Vietnamese American Medical Research Foundation, Westminster, California.

Research Interests

HIV

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Dr. Madhavan NairPhD

Professor and Chair of Immunology
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Associate Dean of Bio- Medical Research
Address:USA
Biography

Madhavan Nair, PhD received his PhD from Tata Memorial Cancer Center, Bombay University, India in Cancer Immunology and trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and subsequently worked at the Department of Medicine and Microbiology at SUNY, Buffalo, NY as a Tenured Professor and Director of Research in Allergy and Immunology. He is a certified Clinical Nutrition Specialist (CNS), Fellow of American College of Nutrition (FACN) and Fellow of American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (FAAAI).

Nair and his colleagues discovered the suppressor factor in cancer serum (1978) and first reported that intravenous drug users manifest low natural killer cell activity (1986) and morphine induces apoptosis of normal lymphocytes (1997). In 1988, Dr Nair reported for the first time (PNAS) that HIV recombinant purified gene products possess significant biological activities. His original discovery that cocaine increases the sensitivity to HIV infection by increasing the HIV co-receptors and methamphetamine exacerbates the HIV replication in dendritic cells had a profound effect on the role of these drugs on HIV disease progression. His recent research mainly involves the role of different drugs of abuses such as alcohol, morphine, cocaine and methamphetamine on neuro-AIDS and therapeutic approach to control Neuro-AIDS by specific drug targeting to brain using nanotechnology.

Nair has published more than 100 papers as first and/or senior author, mentored more than 50 undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, high school and minority students, served in various committees, organized various national and international conferences, chaired number of scientific sessions and served in various NIH study sections committees as chair/ member since 1980. His research is currently supported with four major NIH grants.

Research Interests

� Neuro-AIDS by specific drug targeting
� HIV disease progression
� neuro-AIDS and therapeutic approach

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Dr. MO Kit Han PhoenixPhD

Research Assistant Professor
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
508 School of Public Health and Primary Care
Address:Hong Kong
Biography

Dr. Mo obtained her Bachelor degree in Social Sciences (majoring in Psychology) from the University of Hong Kong, and Master degree in Health Psychology and Ph.D from the University of Nottingham, U.K. Before joining the CUHK Dr. Mo worked on a UK National Institute of Health Research - funded project examining the role of online patient experience as a resource for choice and decision making in health care at the Northumbria University, UK. She joined the University in August 2011 as a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health and Primary Care. She is also a visiting Professor of the Shantou University Medical College

Dr. Mo�s Ph.D thesis examined the processes which online support group participation might promote patient empowerment for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She has an active interest in Health Psychology and her research interests are in the area of online support, health and illness behaviours, and stigma among social minorities

Research Interests

� Internet in healthcare
� HIV prevention
� Stigma in social minorities
� Health promoting behaviours
� Quality of Life
� Patient empowerment

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Dr. Basavraj nagodaPhD

Assistant Dean (R & D) &Professor of Microbiology
Department of Medical Education
MIMSR Medical College
Address:India
Biography

He is the faculty in Department of Microbiology, MIMSR Medical College, Latur since 1991. He is the honourable Faculty in the Dept. of Medical Education, MIMSR Medical College, Latur since 2000 and Zonal Training Center of Medical Education, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik since 2004, Nanded. He is recognized Ph. D. guide, MUHS, Nashik, and 5 more universities from various states of India. h-index -09. He has developed a newer approach for the treatment of chronic wound infections/ burns infections / diabetic foot ulcers/ non- healing ulcers in leprosy patients / post operative wound infections / nosocomial wound infections caused by nosocomial pathogens. He has 120 publications to his credit.

Research Interests

� Chronic wound infections/ HIV/AIDS/ Opportunistic infections/ pseudomonal infections/

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Dr. Raman GangakhedkarPhD

Scientist & Head
National AIDS Research Institute

Address:India
Biography

Member, Advisory Group, Implementation Research, ICMR, Member, Project Review Committee on proposals received from Human Reproduction Research Centres. 2012- to date. Member, Project Review Committee on "Strengthening linkages between SRH and HIV" 2010- to date.Member, Project Review Committee on �HIV/AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)� from 2008- to date. Member of Project Review Committee on Female Genital Tuberculosis from 2011 to date. Member of the Project Review Group on Pediatric HIV. 2010 to date. Member, Project Review Committee on Indo-US proposals on HIV/AIDS & STIs from 2008- to date

Research Interests

� HIV clinical trials

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Dr. Mohamed G. Elfaki PhD

Scientist, Department of Infection and Immunity
Professor of Microbiology
Alfaisal University College of Medicine
Address:Arabia
Biography

Dr. Elfaki received his Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA. He has a combined academic and research experience at several universities and research institutions. Previously he was a Scientist & Head, Section of Zoonotic Dis., King Faisal Specialist Hospital, 2001-2010; Asst. & Assoc. Professor, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, 1996-2001; Consultant Microbiologist, Michigan Health Specialists, Flint, MI, U.S.A., 2009-present; Research Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, U.S.A., 1994-1995; Research Associate Immunologist, Wayne State University, U.S.A., 1992-1994; Postdoctoral Research fellow, University of Georgia, U.S.A., 1989-1992; Graduate Research Assistant, University of Georgia, U.S.A., 1983-1989; Pathology Teaching Assistant, University of Khartoum, Sudan, 1981-1983;Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Animal Resources, Sudan, 1980-1981.

Dr. Elfaki has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented more than 50 papers in scientific conferences, served in various scientific committees, mentored more than 20 undergraduate and 5 graduate students, and holds one patent on Mycoplasma vaccine.

Research Interests

Clinical Microbiology; Molecular Diagnosis of Infectious Disease; Microbial Immunology; & Vaccinology.

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Christophe MarchandPhD

Staff Scientist
Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology
National Cancer Institute, NIH
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Marchand obtained his PhD in Molecular Pharmacology in 1997 from the University of Paris, Pierre & Marie Curie, France in the area of gene therapy via DNA triple helix formation. In 1998, he joined the Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, CCR, NCI as a Visiting Fellow where he was appointed Staff Scientist in 2006. Dr. Marchand serves as a steering committee member for the Center of Excellence in HIV and Cancer Virology at NCI. Dr. Marchand received two NCI Director�s Intramural Innovation Awards (2007 & 2011) for the development of novel high-throughput screening assays. He is also the recipient of 10 Federal Technology Transfer Awards for his work on HIV-1 integrase and TDP1 inhibitors.

Research Interests

HIV integrase inhibitors

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Geoffrey James BarrowPhD

Faculty of Medicine

University of the West Indies
Address:West Indies
Biography

Dr. Geoffrey Barrow is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a medical degree in 2005 and a masters degree in public health in 2011. He is also accredited by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV specialist. He currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Centre for HIV/AIDS Research Education and Services (CHARES) at the University Hospital of the West Indies and Assistant lecturer for the Department of Medicine at the University of the West Indies. He has a Dr. Barrow has been extensively involved in HIV research publishing over 15 peer-reviewed articles and several policy documents including the Jamaican HIV Treatment Guidelines. Dr. Barrow also served as the local consultant for UNAIDS during the �modes of transmission� study conducted in 2012 and is the current UNICEF consultant for the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis initiative. He is a representative to the Jamaican Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fundto Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria and has provided his expertise to PANCAP and the Civil Society Forum of Jamaica

Research Interests

HIV

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Rupali J. LimayePhD

Director of HIV/AIDS Global Program
Center for Communication Programs
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Limaye currently serves as the director of the Global Program for HIV/AIDS at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, where she provides technical and management expertise to the Center�s HIV/AIDS portfolio from both the programmatic and research perspectives. As associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she teaches graduate classes and advises graduate students in behavior change theory, social marketing, and health communication. Prior to working in public health, Dr. Limaye spent time working in the advertising and marketing industry, where she developed and managed national campaigns for retail and service clients. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in social and behavioral science. She also holds an MA in international affairs and an MPH in global health.

Research Interests

HIV/AIDS prevention, HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, behavior change, health communication, social and behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS

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Gavin GeorgePhD


Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (H
Universityof KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Address:South Africa
Biography

Gavin George is a Senior Research Fellow at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which he joined in 2000. Recent research includes an evaluation of the Tavern Intervention Programme (TIP) implemented by SAB and a study to determine whether the protective effects of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) on HIV acquisition are offset by an adverse behavioural impact.Further to these projects,Gavin has managed HEARD�s technical assistance programme aimed at assisting the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in developing a HIV Strategy for Schools in South Africa. Gavin has completed numerous studies in the field of HIV/AIDS and Health Economics. These have been undertaken on behalf of UN agencies (UNAIDS, UNICEF, ILO, World Bank); Governments (South African, European Union, Swaziland, Botswana and the U.S), funders (Swedish SIDA, IrishAID, RNE, DfID, GFATM) as well as big business (SABCOHA, De Beers, AngloAmerican, SAB, Goldfields, Eskom).

Research Interests

AIDS

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Echezona Edozie EzeanoluePhD

Pediatric Research
Department of Pediatrics
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Address:USA
Biography

Dr Ezeanolue is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Pediatric Research, University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He was selected by the Institute of Medicine and served as 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the office of the United States Secretary for Health and Human Services. He currently serves on the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparity. His research focuses on the use of implementation science and research to enhance the quality of maternal-child health services and reduce health outcome disparity. He has been recognized as Nevada Public Health Leader of the Year (2007), Nevada Health Care Hero for innovation (2008), Nevada Immunization Champion (2009) and AAP Local Hero (2010) for his contributions to public health.

Research Interests

HIV

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Ramendra K. SinghPhD

Associate Professor
Nucleic Acids Research Laboratory

Address:India
Biography

Dr. Ramendra K. Singh after successfully completing his Ph. D. Degree in 1986 from a premier institution of India, the University of Allahabad and pursuing his Post- Doc in Japan for several years, joined the Department of Chemistry, University of Allahabad as Lecturer and is presently serving as an Associate Professor and Director of Nucleic Acids and Antiviral Research laboratory. He has been a winner of national/international awards/fellowships, like Young Scientist�s Award (India), UNESCO Fellowship (UNESCO & Govt of Japan), Post-Doc Fellowship (Govt of Japan), JawaharLal Nehru Fellowship (India), INSA Visiting Fellowship (India), INSA International Exchange Fellowship (India & Poland) and Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship (USA), etc. He is member of Editorial Board of several international journals and reviewer to more than a dozen journals. He has written several review articles and book chapters and published research papers in journals of international repute. He also writes articles for popularization of science.

Research Interests

Dr. Singh�s research interest lies in developing inhibitors of HIV replication, like NRTIs, NtRTIs, NNRTIs and protease inhibitors. His other interest is developing novel fluorophores and fluorescent oligonucleotides as probes.

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Barry ZackPhD

CEO
Corrections & Health
The Bridging Group
Address:
Biography

Since 1986, Barry Zack has worked in the field of correctional and community health. He started out doing jail outreach work and has since directed programs, research trials and technical assistance efforts all focused on prison and jail health and reentry populations with an emphasis on infectious diseases (HIV/STDs/TB and hepatitis), substance use and mental illness. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of multiple national research studies. Barry has collaborated with many DHHS agencies in the United States and has consulted in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East and throughout the U.S. He speaks the many languages of prison, jail, direct client service, research/evaluation (including the ethics of research and evaluation with incarcerated populations). His most recent focus is on �continuity of care� and criminogenicity. Most recently, Barry was the Co-Principal Investigator of Project START, an evidenced based program for both HIV risk reduction and, for people with HIV being released from prison or jail. Project START is a continuity of care model (jail and prison) for post release access, linkage for medication use, adherence and recidivism reduction.

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Eusebius SmallPhD

Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Arlington
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Small received his graduate degree in Social Work at Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. at the University of Houston. Additionally, Dr. Small was a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) post-doctoral fellow at both the Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work and School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. As a NIDA post-doctoral fellow he conducted and analyzed randomized control trials to quantify the impact of utilizing peer partner interventions for drug treatment. During his pre-doctoral Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) fellowship, Dr. Small's scholarly publications documented adolescents problem behaviors in addiction. Dr. Small's recent work has focused on addressing the intersection of gender, violenceand HIV. He has worked on immigrant and refugee issues, particularly issues related to the mental health of newly arrived refugees who often experience serious mental health symptoms due to past trauma.

In addition to his academic scholarship, Dr. Small is also the founder and Executive Director of the Collective for Orphan Care Education (COCE). COCE leverages local resources to improve the health, education and well-being of vulnerable youth living in rural western Kenya. Dr. Small�s vision through COCE is to envision a world where rural Kenyan youth possess the knowledge, power and tools necessary to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. Thus, COCE embraces data driven, change strategy that utilizes community-driven, strength-based approaches to bring about needed change.

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Dr.Daniele FocosiM.D

Laboratory of Immunogenetics
Division of Transfusion Medicine and Transplant Bi
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana
Address:Italy
Biography

Hematologist, transplant immunologist at Pisa University Hospital

Research Interests

progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, opportunistic infections of stem cell and solid organ transplantation

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Walter L. EllisPhD

Professor
Social Work Program
Livingstone College
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Ellis did his PhD from Ohio State University.In 1994-1999, he worked as an Assistant Professor University of New Hampshire. Now he is the of Director Health Education and Risk-Reduction: Evidence-Based Intervention Services and Professor of Social Work in Livingstone College. He is also a member of different Groups like NC Department of Health and Human Services, Rowan Care Alliance. He has a number of publications as well as presented number of papers in the Field of HIV/ AIDs.He is the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS

Research Interests

HIV AIDS

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Sujit R. JangamPhD

Research & Development
Abbott Laboratories, Alameda, CA

Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Jangam is a Research & Development Engineer at Abbott Laboratories. His main interests lie in development of inexpensive and innovative point-of-care diagnostics. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering. After completing graduate study at IIT, Dr. Jangam earned a PhD at Northwestern University while working on novel point-of-care technologies that would address the problem of AIDS related child mortality in Sub-saharan Africa by enabling HIV testing to be performed at the point-of-care. He developed a low-cost, fully integrated sample-to-answer, quantitative PCR (qPCR) platform using microfluidic approaches that can be used for HIV-1 testing in infants at the point-of-care in resource-limited settings.Subsequent to graduate school, Dr. Jangam has held positions at Life Technologies and Abbott Laboratories in various Research and Development roles.His work has been published in many peer reviewed journals. He also serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Research Interests

Low cost point-of-care diagnostics

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Fausto TittiPhD

Director of Research and head
Division Experimental Retrovirology and Non-Human
Istituto Superiore Sanitï
Address:Italy
Biography

Education and Brief Chronology of Employment
� 1977: Degree in Biological Science taken �summa cum laude� at the University of Camerino, Italy
� 1978-1980: Post-doc at the Laboratory of �Bacteriological and Viral Disease�, ISS, Rome (Italy)
� 1980-1981: Visiting fellow, �Center for Experimental Cell Biology� of Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York, USA) directed by Dr. C. Friend
� 1981-1984: Post doc �Group of Viral Oncological study� directed by Prof. G.B. Rossi, ISS, Rome (Italy)
� 1984-1985 Researcher, �Serono Research Center�, Pomezia, Italy
� 1985-1994: Researcher, Laboratory of Virology ISS, Rome (Italy)
� 1994-2007: Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Virology, Division of �Retrovirus� ISS, Rome (Italy)
� 2007-2008: Director of Research, Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicines Evaluation, ISS, Rome (Italy)
� 2008 to date: Director of Research, Head Division Experimental Retrovirology and Non-Human Primate Models� at the National AIDS Center, Istituto Superiore Sanit� (ISS), Viale Regina Elena,299 � 00161 Rome, ITALY

Research Interests

His research focuses on non-human primate (NHP) models of animal and human viral infections including SIV, HIV, SHIV, EBV Simian Type D retroviruses. He is particularly interested in host-pathogen interactions and the prevention of viral transmission and vaccines, in particular. Scientific activities covered different areas of the research: i) seroprevalence and the incidence of the HIV-1 infection and co-infections in Italy and in Africa, ii) pathogenesis of the viral and lenti- retro-viral infections (SIV, HIV, simian EBV, Type D retrovirus) in preclinical models (mice, rabbits, non human primate), iii) establishment and development of the macaca fascicularis as animal model for HIV/AIDS, iv) standardization of protocols to quantitate virus in biological samples from monkeys, and to evaluate immune responses v) pathogenesis and evaluation of immunogenicity and efficacy of vaccine approaches (whole inactivated virus, live attenuated virus, genetic vectors) in non human primates (pregnancy, newbors, adult, male, female), vi) pathogenesis of simian EBV associated lymphomas in preclinical models, vii) development of recombinant antibodies for therapy.

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Zipeto, DonatoPhD

Associate professor
Molecular Biology
University of Verona
Address:Italy
Biography
Research Interests

VIROLOGY: HCMV, HIV, HTLV, HPV, Rotaviruses, Influenza
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, CELLULAR BIOLOGY, IMMUNOLOGY

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Bin SUPhD


Faculty of Medicine
University of Strasbourg
Address:FRANCE
Biography

Dr. Bin Su is a Virologist Researcher, working with Dr. Christiane Moog, in the INSERM U1109, Faculty of Medicine, and University of Strasbourg, France, to work on HIV vaccine research. Dr. Bin Su received a Ph.D. from University of Paris 7 Denis Diderot in 2010, supervised by Pr. François Clavel, working in the field of influenza vaccine on Hemagglutinin (HA) and Neuraminidase (NA) of viral envelop proteins.
His primary area of interests in HIV/AIDS basic and clinical research:
1). To investigate the mechanisms of HIV cell-to-cell transmission and the mechanism by which HIV-specific antibodies inhibit HIV infection and transfer from antigen-presenting cells (APCs) at the mucosal site in vitro and in vivo, and therefore to define which type of antibodies should be induced by vaccination to prevent HIV sexual transmission.
2). To study the host restriction factors in the context of crosstalk between APCs and autologous lymphocytes during HIV infection, and to investigate SAMHD1-mediated restriction in the cellular reservoirs of HIV.
3). To investigate novel aspects of HIV-specific IgG antibodies and control of HIV disease progression involving HIV clinical research.

Research Interests

1). To investigate the mechanisms of HIV cell-to-cell transmission and the mechanism by which HIV-specific antibodies inhibit HIV infection and transfer from antigen-presenting cells (APCs) at the mucosal site in vitro and in vivo, and therefore to define which type of antibodies should be induced by vaccination to prevent HIV sexual transmission.
2). To study the host restriction factors in the context of crosstalk between APCs and autologous lymphocytes during HIV infection, and to investigate SAMHD1-mediated restriction in the cellular reservoirs of HIV.
3). To investigate novel aspects of HIV-specific IgG antibodies and control of HIV disease progression involving HIV clinical research.

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Ciccozzi MPhD

Associate professor

Epidemiology and Statistic University of Biomedica
Address:Rome
Biography
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Chengxiang WuPhD


Department of Physiology
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Address:USA
Biography

Dr. Chengxiang Wu received his PhD in Microbiology in 2013 from the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa, Hawai‘i, USA. He received his Bachelor degree in 1997 and Mater degree in 2000 in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research interests focus on construction and application of the viral vectors with superior efficiency, specificity, and biosafety for the development of novel preventive and therapeutic gene transfer-based strategies against HIV/AIDS, as well as use of viral vectors for development of novel gene therapy strategies for other acquired and inherited diseases and disorders. His current research include development of non-invasive gene delivery method into the central nervous system using lentiviral vector-mediated genetically modified monocyte/macrophage cells as delivery vehicles, and study of molecular and cellular mechanisms, as well as development of immunotherapy strategies, for hypertension and related cardiovascular and renal diseases. 

Research Interests

His research interests focus on construction and application of the viral vectors with superior efficiency, specificity, and biosafety for the development of novel preventive and therapeutic gene transfer-based strategies against HIV/AIDS, as well as use of viral vectors for development of novel gene therapy strategies for other acquired and inherited diseases and disorders.

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Mohamed A DawPhD

Professor
Department of Microbiology
Sassri University
Address:Libya
Biography

Daw MA, is dually qualified person with both degree of Medicine & Surgery and Pharmaceutical Sciences , with an outstanding international experience both in clinical and basic Medical sciences associated with Microbial diseases and Medical education. Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Acting Physician of Internal Medicine, Leading Expert in Microbial Epidemiology & Nosocomial Infection. A highly reputable international figure in Medical education and Editing; , founder of pubmed and Medline indexed Libyan Medical Journal, Vice President at Large-EMAME-WHO. Immense experience in teaching at highly reputable universities , Trinity College-Dublin, Gallmorgan-Wales and Salford-UK. With over 300 Scientific contributions worldwide -KOL in hepatitis & HIV, Particularly hepatitis C virus with immense publications in this subject in highly reputable journals like BMC infectious Disease and PLOS one

Research Interests

Microbial Epidemiology Nosocomial Infection Hepatitis & HIV

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Sonia DiasPhD

Director and Associate Professor
International Public Health Unit , Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Address:Portugal
Biography

Sónia Dias is Associate Professor and Director of the International Public Health Unit of the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She has a PhD in International Health and a Degree in Psychology. She is Director of the Master in Health and Development. She teaches postgraduate courses and supervises PhD and masters students. She has been involved in international and national research and intervention projects concerning sexual health promotion, health of vulnerable groups, migrants’ health, HIV/other STI prevention, access to health services and community intervention. She has published in books and in international and national peer-reviewed journals.

Research Interests

Sexual health promotion, Health of vulnerable groups, Migrants’ health, HIV/other STI prevention, Access to health services and Community intervention

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Zodwa DlaminiPhD

Board Vice Chairperson

University of South Africa
Address:South Africa
Biography

Prof Zodwa Dlamini is a Professor and the Deputy Executive Dean, at University of Soth Africa’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Science Campus, Florida, Johannesburg. She obtained her BSc and BSc.Hons in Biochemistry from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), MSc–Plant Biotechnology from the University of Natal and PhD-Human Molecular Genetics from the University of Natal Medical School, Postdoctoral fellow-Human Molecular Genetics, UWC. She then worked as a lecturer and promoted to a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (Schools of Molecular and Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences) and then briefly appointed by the University of Limpopo as an Associate Professor in Biochemistry. She then joined UNISA as a Deputy Executive Dean and a full professor in November 2010. Prof Dlamini holds other important external research related appointments as the Vice Chairperson of the South African Medical Research Council Board, the largest medical research organisation in Africa. She also attended MRC Annual Report presentation to the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Health in 2011 and 2012 in her capacity as the MRC Board Vice Chairperson. She also is an Executive Committee Member of the Research and Development subcommittee and sits in HR & REN Committe Board. She also represents the Department of Health in the DST Scientific Advisory Committee on Preclinical Drug Development Platform. Prof Dlamini also holds an appointment as an honorary research fellow for one of the top UK universities, the University of Bristol, School of Medical Sciences and was a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor in July and August. She is currently a Professor of Functional Genomics and Molecular Medicine. Her research interest is in medical functional genomics which include the “omics” technologies (transcriptomics, genomics and proteomics) including the use of bioinformatics to provide unprecedented possibilities to identify the underlying molecular basis of many common diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS and diseases of lifestyle.. She is also involved in the screening of medicinal plants for anti-cancer activity by regulation of splicing and MicroRNA expression through her collaboration with the University of Bristol UK and the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy. In addition, her collaborative project with Freie Universitat Berlin, investigates anticancer angiostatic effects of medicinal plants and is funded by the NRF/DFG (Germany). The latter work was profiled in a top German national newspaper in 2010, “DER TAGESPIEGEL” with the heading “Von Heilern und Heilpflanzen”. The overall aim of her research is the identification and translation of novel and existing biomarkers into clinical practice for the early detection and treatment of cancer.

Prof Dlamini is the reviewer of journals of high international standing i.e. GUT, Cancer Detection and Prevention, Biological Chemistry, Medical Science Monitor, American Journal of Case Reports, Histology and Histopathology,Trends in Parasitology. She also reviews grant applications for NRF, MRC and Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and also has sat on the NRF-IRDP Health Science Advisory panel. She has also successfully mentored Masters and PhD postgraduate students. In addition, she is currently mentoring 3 Post doctoral fellows of which two are South African black women. In addition to her supervisory roles, she is a post graduate external examiner for the University of the Werstern Cape, University of Limpopo, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Institute of Technology. Her work is published in international peer reviewed journals of high standing demonstrating expertise in her field of specialization. She is listed in the AACR-WICR (American Association for Cancer Research- Women in Cancer Research) Database of Distinguished Women Scientists. To confirm her international standing, she was awarded an American Association for Cancer Research-National Cancer Institute (AACR-NCI) International Investigator Opportunity Award in 2007, which was awarded to only 10 international applicants from all over the world. She is registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Medical Scientist in the category of Molecular Biology as an independent practioner.

Nationally and internationally, Prof Dlamini, is a valuable member of the scientific community and this in evident by her continuous invitation to participate in parliament and public forums which are aimed to strengthen scientific discourse. Prof Dlamini has presented guest lectures and has been an invited speaker at the Center of Excellence, The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cancer Research, December, 2012, Vienna, Austria; World Cancer Congress- May 2012, Beijing, China; Conference on “Advancing Women in Science and Technology”-Enhancing the participation of African women in science and technology, September 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa ; The International Cell Death Society Symposium on “Cell Death in Infectious Diseases and Cancer” Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2009; Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Veterinär-Anatomie, November 2011.

Prof Dlamini’s current leadership position as the Deputy Executive Dean includes chairing the faculty Quality Assurance Committee, Employment Equity Committee and has chaired the Innovation Research and Postgraduate Committee. She is also a member of many senate committees, such as Senate Tuition, Senate Research and Innovation, Senate Executive, Senate,Senate Library Committee, ICT Steering Committee and Institutional Employment Equity

Research Interests

Transcriptomics
Genomics and Proteomics
Molecular basis of many common diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS
Human genome sequence and growing information on the most frequent DNA variations combined with the molecular analysis on the RNA

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DURAIRAJ SEKARPhD

Research Scientist

Pondicherry Centre for Biological sciences
Address:India
Biography

Dr.Durairaj sekar Ph.D was born in india 1980, and grew up in Puducherry, India. He earned degrees from Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Madurai Kamaraj University and doctorate from University of Camerino, Italy. He was worked as a post doctoral Researcher from International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnolgy (ICGEB), Cape Town, South Africa since 2011. At various times in his adult life he has lived in Italy and South Africa. Now currently working as a research scientist in Biopharma Company, Puducherry, india.

Research Interests

1.Methylation Dependant expression status of miR-663b and miR-7 in various types of HIV related Cancer
2.Role of microRNA-21 from FFPE samples from lymphomas from HIV patients
3.Role of Anticancer Drugs on Tyrosine kinase receptors (AXL)

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Alessia ZamborliniPhD

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam)
Address:Paris, France
Biography

Alessia Zamborlini, obtained a PhD in Virology at the University of Padua Medical School (Italy) in 2006. During her PhD program she worked as visiting student in H. Gottlinger’s laboratory in DFCI-Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) where she characterized the molecular mechanisms underlying the control of the activity of CHMP proteins, which are key players in the budding of HIV and other enveloped viruses, the biogenesis of multivescicular bodies and cytokinesis. She is currently associated professor at the Department of Biology at Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) in Paris. Her current research projects focus on the characterization of the interplay between retroviruses and the host cell machinery of SUMOylation, an Ubiquitin-like post translational modification. 

Research Interests

Molecular virology

Interplay between retroviruses and the SUMOylation machinery

Understand the mechanisms underlying the restriction of retroviral replication by SUMO proteins

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Bamlaku Enawgaw WaliePhD

College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Hematology & Immunohematology
University of Gondar
Address:Ethiopia
Biography

Mr. Bamlaku Enawgaw is lecturer in Hematology at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He received his MSc. from University of Gondar in 2012. He Joined University of Gondar after completion of his BSc in Medical Laboratory Science from Hawassa University, Ethiopia in 2008. Starting from November 2008, he teaches both theoretical and practical courses of Hematology, Immunohematology, Immunology, Professional ethics for Medical laboratory Science students and clinical lab methods for different category of health sciences and medical students in the University of Gondar, participates in different research activities and community service. Additionally he teaches different courses for Hematology MSC students and advising during their research projects. Currently he is head of Department of Hematology & Immunohematology at School of Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Research Interests

Hematology
Immunohematology
Immunology

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Makobetsa KhatiPhD


Head of the Emerging Health Technologies Departmen
University of Oxford
Address:Tennessee, US
Biography

Makobetsa Khati is currently Head of the Emerging Health Technologies Department at CSIR Biosciences. He is also an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town.

Makobetsa Khati holds several degrees including a Masters in Molecular Medicine from the Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital (formerly Royal Postgraduate Medical School); a Masters in Public Health from the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town; and a Doctorate in Molecular Pathology from the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford.

Following completion of his Doctorate,Makobetsa Khati held a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford for 2 years. He was also a Visiting Scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in California, USA in 2002 and he spent 2004-2005 at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) at the University of Cape Town as a Wellcome Trust and MRC Research Fellow. In 2006, Makobetsa Khati joined the CSIR as the Research Group Leader. He established and led the Aptamer Technology Research Platformde novo. In 2011, he was appointed Competency Area Manager and Head of the Emerging Health Technologies Department at the CSIR.

Makobetsa Khati is a recipient of numerous awards including the Wellcome Trust International Research Fellowship; the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and the Established Researcher Excellence Awards from Biosciences. In 2012, he won a CSIR-wide Mentors Excellence award and in 2013/14wasa finalist for the BHP Billiton National Science and Technology (NSTF) award for Human Capacity Development.

His research interests include HIV-host pathogen interaction with a view to developnovel ways to prevent HIV infection and also to develop point-of-care diagnostics. He has published extensively in the field of HIV entry and aptamer technology. Makobetsa Khati also serves as a consultant and specialist lecturer on the natural history of HIV/AIDS and treatment. He also has a special interest in Public Health and the Socio-Economic aspects of HIV/AIDS. Makobetsa serves on several national and international panels and committees. He gets invited regularly as a guest and/or keynote speaker at international conferences as well as on Radio and TV to provide expert advice and comment on topical public health issues.

Research Interests

HIV-host pathogen interaction with a view to developnovel ways to prevent HIV infection and also to develop point-of-care diagnostics
Special interest in Public Health and the Socio-Economic aspects of HIV/AIDS
Consultant and specialist lecturer on the natural history of HIV/AIDS and treatment

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Vance DE

Associate Professor

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Address:Birmingham, AL
Biography

Dr. David Vance holds a Master’s in Gerontological Studies, a Master’s in Applied Developmental Psychology, a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, and completed 3 years of an NIA postdoctoral fellowship studying cognitive aging and cognitive remediation therapy. He has numerous skills working in variety of settings (e.g., children’s residential settings, mental retardation programs, Alzheimer’s daycare centers, nursing homes, caregiver’s homes). He also teaches statistics and research methods and has particular expertise in structural equation modeling. He is actively pursuing research in cognitive aging, cognitive remediation, and aging with HIV. Dr. Vance has over +210 publications including +160 peer-reviewed publications, numerous book chapters, and editorials, and has presented his research prolifically in local, national, and international venues.

Research Interests

Statistics, especially Structural Equation Modeling
Successful Aging
Cognitive Training and Cognitive Aging
Driving, Falling, and Mobility
Aging with HIV
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care
Spirituality and Religiosity

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Assimakopoulos SFPhD

Consultant Internist
Dept. of Internal Medicine
University Hospital of Patras
Address:Greece
Biography

Stelios Assimakopoulos holds the M.D. and the Ph.D. degrees. He has been a Consultant Internist at the Department of Internal Medicine, Patras University Hospital, Rio, Greece, since 2008. He is an Active Internist with a special focus on infectious diseases and hepatology with concurrent teaching assignments in undergraduate and residency courses at the Department of Medicine, Patras University, Patras, Greece. His research background and interests are mainly focused on the pathophysiology of intestinal barrier dysfunction and intestinal hyperpermeability in clinical and animal models of liver diseases (liver cirrhosis, obstructive jaundice, and liver regeneration). Dr. Assimakopoulos has been awarded for his research contributions with the “Walter Brendel” Award from the European Society for Surgical Research together with five national awards from the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology, the Hellenic Surgical Society, the Hellenic Society of Digestive Surgery, and the Medical Society of Western Greece and Peloponnese. He has published60 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and his contributions have received more than 800 citations in Google Scholar (h-index=18) and more than 440 citations in Scopus (h-index=12). Dr. Assimakopoulos is, in addition, a Referee for over 50 prestigious international journals and an Editorial Board Member of 10 international scientific journals

Research Interests

Intestinal barrier dysfunction and bacterial translocation-endotoxemia in liver diseases (cholestasis and cirrhosis): pathophysiological alterations with focus on the role of the tight junctions, oxidative stress, epithelial cell proliferation and apoptosis (experimental and clinical studies).
Effect of neuropeptides on intestinal barrier integrity (obstructive jaundice, cirrhosis, hepatectomy) and on liver regeneration focusing on the effect on hepatic oval cells and hepatocytes’ apoptosis (experimental studies).
The role of oxidative stress in obstructive jaundice and cirrhosis and their related complications (experimental and clinical studies).

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Mortlock SPhD

Professional Microbiologist
Global Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Liaiso
Quest Diagnostics
Address:UK
Biography

Stephen Mortlock has worked for Quest Diagnostics for fifteen years and is currently the Global Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Liaison at theirlaboratory in Heston UK. Prior to joining Quest Diagnostics, Stephen was the Chief Microbiologist at the ShaukatKhanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan with responsiblity for setting up and running the Microbiology Laboratory. During this time he alsoset up a food and water monitoring programme as a service to the hotels and restaurants in Lahore. Stephen was awarded a DSc for his work instigating an antenatal screening programme for the indigent population. Stephen was also responsible for setting up the first HIV screening programme for Devon in the mid 1980’s. Stephen has also worked for the Health Protection Agency in the UK and spent time in both Africa and the Middle East. Just recently, Stephen was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Research Interests

HIV resistance
Globalisation of Infectious Diseases
Opportunist pathogens
Use of saliva as a diagnostic fluid
Mycobacteria avium paratuberculosis
Crohn’s Disease

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Zhang DPhD

Assistant professor
Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry
Nanyang Technological University
Address:Singapore
Biography

Dr. Zhang received his PhD in theoretical and computational chemistry at New York University in 2005. After three years in NYU Langone Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow and an assistant research scientist, he joined Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2008 as an assistant professor. His research experience is broad and encompasses various areas that fall under the heading of Chemistry. His postdoctoral research focused on the discovery of natural anti-HIV agents. His role is to identify the key components in plant extract using molecular docking simulation and examine their biological activities experimentally to confirm modeling predictions. This work represents a novel field that merges computational chemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, metabolic pathogenesis for rational development and targeted design of smart drugs. His recent studies indicate that oleuropein (Ole) from olive leaf extracts is a unique inhibitor capable of multi-stage actions against HIV-1 virus, inhibiting both viral entry and integration. This new mechanism of acting both outside and inside of cellular environments suggests new opportunities to discover and design multifunctional HIV-1 inhibitors and a new strategy to overcome HIV drug resistance.

Research Interests

Computational chemistry
Structural biology
Bioinformatics
Metabolic pathogenesis for rational development and targeted design of smart drugs

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Atmaram H BandivdekarPhD

Deputy Director
Head, Department of Biochemistry
National Institute for Research in Reproductive He
Address:Mumbai
Biography
Research Interests

Reproductive Biology
Endocrinology
Biochemistry
Virology
Immunology

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Daniel IvanusicPhD



Robert Koch Institute
Address:Germany
Biography

He works on the interface between protein-protein interactions (PPIs) and their biological context, on the development of new tools and techniques for molecular biology. Daniel Ivanusic graduated at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart and joined the group of Prof. ReinhardKurth at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin where he start during his Diploma and PhD thesisto investigate PPIs of the transmembrane protein gp41 (HIV-1). He identified CD63 as an interaction component at the virological synapse and now try to find out why CD63 has to bind with gp41. He is also working the field of highly efficient epitope delivery to the plasma membrane.

Research Interests

HIV
Retroviruses

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Desalegn WoldeyohannesPhD

Assistant Professor

Addis Ababa Science and Technology University
Address:ETHIOPIA
Biography

Dr. Desalegn Woldeyohannes, now is an Assistant Professor of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Worked at the position of Research Director for one and half year in Addis Ababa Science and Technology University. I have been a regular reviewer in a number of internationally renowned health journals. Got my first degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and MSc. in Tropical and Infectious Diseases, from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology; respectively, of Addis Ababa University. I was granted the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) Research Award in 2011 and International Trainings in South Africa, Kenya and Brazil in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. I have published several research articles (more than 22) in the areas of health on internationally reputable journals and presented them in several workshops and conferences. Under my capacity I have advised more than 6 students for their MSc. Research Theses. In addition serve as mentor for research undertaking on the national TB/HIV prevention and control research initiative. Furthermore, I have been internationally certified for grants writing and management training from Kenya. I am also certified on health research ethics.

Research Interests

Immune modulation and HIV drug resistance in HIV infection
Evaluation of diagnostic tools for better understanding and monitoring of HIV progression and treatment failure.
Identifying inhibitor of HIV-1 Vpr function as a novel HIV-1 therapy

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Ehab kotb Abd Elghany Elmahallawy PhD

Assistant lecturer
Department of Zoonoses
Sohag University
Address:Egypt
Biography

Hello, my name is Ehab Kotb Elmahallawy. I am currently an Assistant lecturer of zoonotic diseases at Sohag University, Egypt. I plan to earn my PhD degree in clinical medicine and public health from University of Granada, Spain, by the end of this year or at the beginning of the next year. Tennis is my passion and favorite past time. It is more than a game and has taught me life skills such as being punctual, dedicated, hardworking, disciplined, and most of all being a leader and team player. Throughout my life my goals and aspirations have been ever changing and I have learned through life’s experiences that circumstances can detour or even change ones goals and aspirations. With my degree I would like to further my research in diagnosis and control of zoonotic diseases and become more of an expert in this particular area.

Research Interests

Epidemiology and surveillance of zoonotic pathogens
Host-parasite interactions
Protective immunity
Vaccine development against zoonotic diseases,
molecular and serological approaches to inform control in reservoir populations and limit zoonotic cross-species transmission to humans and livestock
Dynamics of pathogen persistence in multi host communities
Epidemiology of diseases of all animal species and of humans

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Eric W Pefura Yone PhD

Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Yaounde Jamot Hospital
University of Yaounde 1
Address:Cameroon
Biography

Hello, my name is Ehab Kotb Elmahallawy. I am currently an Assistant lecturer of zoonotic diseases at Sohag University, Egypt. I plan to earn my PhD degree in clinical medicine and public health from University of Granada, Spain, by the end of this year or at the beginning of the next year. Tennis is my passion and favorite past time. It is more than a game and has taught me life skills such as being punctual, dedicated, hardworking, disciplined, and most of all being a leader and team player. Throughout my life my goals and aspirations have been ever changing and I have learned through life’s experiences that circumstances can detour or even change ones goals and aspirations. With my degree I would like to further my research in diagnosis and control of zoonotic diseases and become more of an expert in this particular area.

Research Interests

HIV treatment and adherence
Non-infectious lung comorbidities and HIV
Tuberculosis and HIV

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Janet Michel PhD

Clinical Research Manager
Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies

Address:South Africa
Biography

Janet Michel joined Africa Centre in 2011 and has a particular interest in identifying challenges that impede positive patient outcomes. Her interest lies in Health Systems Strengthening especially Leadership and Management with particular focus on interventions that have positive impact on patient and managerial outcomes in a Primary Health Care System in rural KZN, South Africa.

Research Interests

Health Services Management
Nursing Education
Health Systems Research and Policy

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Jean-Pierre Routy PhD

Professor

McGill University
Address:Canada
Biography

Jean-Pierre Routy has dedicated the last two decades bringing science and treatment innovation to help combat the health challenges of HIV/ AIDS care. His fight in health and AIDS related malignancies has led him to obtain the McGill University Louis Lowenstein Chair in Hematology & Oncology. He is an attending physician in the Division of Hematology and Chronic Viral Illness Service at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Professor in the department of Medicine and Experimental Medicine at McGill University, Montreal Canada. After completing his training in Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at University Aix-Marseille in 1986, he obtained a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Award from the Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) and became Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Montreal. In 1994, Dr. Routy joined McGill University and was promoted Associate Professor and co-director of the Flow Cytometry Laboratory at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In addition to his clinical research he was awarded Chair of the Royal Victoria Hospital Ethics Committee. As an FRSQ Clinician-Scientist, he was able to implement the Montreal Primary HIV-Infection cohort, which generated important findings in HIV pathogenesis and drug resistance His achievements have led Dr. Routy to become the National Co-Director of the Immunotherapy and Vaccine Core at the Canadian Health Research Institutes for HIV Trials Network. Since 2011, he co-chairs the Eradication Clinical Working Group for the International AIDS Society. Dr. Routy was co-chair of the 2012 Canadian Association for HIV/AIDS Research Conference.

Research Interests

Hematology
Oncology
HIV pathogenesis
Drug resistance
Immunotherapy

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José M Marcelino PhD

Assistant Researcher
Unit of Medical Microbiology
Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Address:Portugal
Biography

José M. Marcelinois Assistant Researcher inMedical Microbiology Unit, at Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), Universidade NOVA of Lisbon, Portugal.He is an invited Professor in the Doctoral Program, “Human Genetic and Infectious Diseases” at the IHMT (www.ihmt.unl.pt). He has a biologist degree from University of Azores and obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2011fromthe University of Lisbon, Portugal, with the theme “Humoral response in HIV-2 infection: Impact on diagnosis prevention and viral evolution”. Over the past 17 years his research has beenfocused in vaccines and humoral response (neutralizing antibodies and B cells) in HIV-2 and HIV-1 infection; expression, production and purification of recombinant HIV envelope proteins; production of murine and human monoclonal antibodies and development of diagnostic tests.He is researcher in European and Portuguese projects in HIV field and supervisesundergraduate, MScand Ph.D. students. He received two Janssen Virology 2ndAwards for the best Portuguese poster in the field of HIV (2013 and 2014).In 2012, he was awarded with the Pfizer prize in Clinical Research (Pfizer Portugal and Society for Medical Sciences of Lisbon, Portugal). In 2011, he received Janssen Virology 1staward for the best Portuguese poster in the field of HIV (2011). Marcelino, JM is author/co-author of 12 peer reviewed publications and 25 poster.

Research Interests

Neutralizing antibodies response in HIV-1 & HIV-2 infection
HIV vaccines
Human and mice monoclonal antibodies.

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Kambiz Kamyab Hesari PhD

Associated Professor
Department of Pathology
Tehran University
Address:Iran
Biography

Kambiz Kamyab, MD, a dermatopathologist at Tehran Medical University, was born in 1967 in Mashhad, a city in the eastern part of Iran. His professional training began at the age of eighteen with medical school at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Kamyab started his pathology residency at Mashhad University in 1997. He was married a year later and now has a fourteen year old daughter. He completed his fellowship in dermatopathology at Beheshti University in Tehran and LMU in Munich. In 2006, he successfully took part in the European Board of Dermatopathology in Germany. Since 2006, Dr. Kamyab has been practicing at Tehran Medical University specializing in skin tumors. In addition, he has also been teaching there as an associate professor since 2008. Besides his passion about human health science, Dr. Kamyab enjoys spending his free time reading books and taking part in classes, which are mainly about the liberal arts, in order to improve different aspects of his soul. He is also interested in taking trips, mountain climbing, as well as film.

Research Interests

Adnexal skin tumor
Melanocytic lesion
Molecular dermopathology
Kaposi sarcoma

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Ritu Kumar Mishra PhD

Ministry of Finance

Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Address:Afghanistan
Biography

Ritu Kumar Mishra is a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist with 8 years of experience in India, Nepal, Thailand and Afghanistan. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. degree in Population Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He also has a Master Degree in Geography from Delhi University. He has presented papers in national as well as international seminars and published papers in peer reviewed international journals. He is specialized is Planning, designing, and implementation of M&E plan. He is well versed in designing and handling both qualitative and quantitative studies

Research Interests

HIV prevention among Female Sex Worker
Man Having Sex with Man
Injecting Drug Users Harm Reduction Programme for Injecting Drug User
Monitoring and Evaluation of health programme

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Payel GhoshPhD

Faculty
Department of Biotechnology,
Savitribai Phule Pune University,Pune
Address:india
Biography

Dr. Payel Ghosh has received her PhD in computational chemistry and bioinformatics from Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR), Kolkata, 2011. After this, she joined at Centre for DNA Fingerprinting & Diagnostics (CDFD, DBT organization) as a Scientist. During this tenure, she gained expertise in various theoretical and experimental high-throughput techniques. Presently, she is a faculty member at Department of Biotechnology, University of Pune. Her area of research covers computational study on structural aspects on protein-protein or protein-ligand interactions, comparative genomics and analysis and interpretation of data from high-throughput biological experiments, such as next-generation sequencing.

Research Interests

Molecular docking and virtual screening
Comparative genomics & genome variation
Next-Generation sequencing and assembly
Analysis and interpretation of data from high-throughput biological experiments.

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Samoel Ashimosi KhamadiPhD

Research Director
The Walter Reed Program/Henry Jackson Foundation M
Research International
Address:Tanzania
Biography

A PhD in Molecular Medicine with more than 12 years experience as a Laboratory and Public Health Scientist. Qualifications include: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Manitoba/University of Nairobi, PhD in Molecular Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; Master of Science In Zoology, University Of Nairobi, specializing in Parasitology & Immunology. Ongoing Master of Public Health, University of Liverpool. I am currently working as a Research Director in a HIV/AIDS Program in Tanzania. I direct and support clinical and program research activities within the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). I have more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals. I am affiliated to the Kenya Medical Research Institute where I have been actively involved in HIV/AIDS Research.

Research Interests

HIV viral evolution and development of drug resistance and molecular medicine
Basic Program Evaluations in Public Health and Developing easy to use tools for prevention
Diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases of Public Health Importance.

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Sandra López-VergèsPhD

Researcher
Department of Research in Virology and Biotechnolo
Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies (ICGES
Address:North America
Biography

I have worked and published on HIV envelope incorporation into new virions and has studied viral and cellular cofactors required for viral morphogenesis. This allowed me to described during my Ph.D. the first cellular cofactor, TIP-47, required for HIV envelope glycoprotein incorporation, using biochemical and genetic studies. This work generated an international patent and several publications in reputed journals. This cellular cofactor may be targeted by novel therapeutic interventions against HIV. Thus I have a high interest on research on HIV-host interactions that could leed to the discovery of new therapeutic or vaccine targets. I have also contributed to the understanding of the immune response to viral infection. I have worked specifically on how human Natural Killer cells (NK cells) recognize and respond to viral infections, mainly HIV and CMV. I am now focusing on NK cells and Dengue. In Panama, I am developing and collaborating in many areas of virology and immunology. I am working on Dengue and Alphavirus that caused equine encephalitis outbreaks in Panama, and more recently I have been helping my Institution to prepare to respond to the imminent Chikungunya epidemic. I am also participating in a recent project on HIV and HTLV in Panama. I am working on increasing the capacity of the Virology and Biotechnology Department at The Gorgas Institute and I have been participating extensively in lectures to the medical community in Panama about potential and present viral epidemics.

Research Interests

Viral-Host interactions
Virology
Immunology (with a focus on NK cells)
Cell biology
Molecular Biology
Viral Genetics.

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Sanjeev KumarPhD

Senior Research Fellow

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Address:India
Biography

A proactive planner with proficiency in Medical and Biotech attributes of pharmacology and microbiology. I have completed my Ph.D. in Medicine entitled “Study of Efficacy and Safety of concomitant use of Nevirapine and Rifampicin in antiretroviral naïve patients co-infected with HIV and Tuberculosis” under the guidance of Dr. Sanjeev Sinha, Additional Professor, Department of Medicine All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

Research Interests

Medical writing
Clinical Trials and Clinical research
Research and development
Infectious Diseases
Regulatory Affairs
Pharmacokinetics of ATT and ART Drugs

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Bechan SharmaPhD

Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Allahabad University
Address:India
Biography

Dr. Bechan Sharma is presently working as a Professor and Ex-Head, Department of Biochemistry Allahabad University, Allahabad. Prof. Sharma’s earlier services include as an Assistant Professor at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural sciences and Technology-J&K, Kashmir and as Associate Professor at Dr. RML Avadh University Faizabad. He has completed his higher educations such as B.Sc -1980; M.Sc. (Biochemistry)-1982 and Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1988) from BHU-Varanasi. He qualified GATE in 1983 and CSIR(JRF-NET) in 1984 and then joined Central Drug Research Institute-Lucknow for completing his doctoral research. The areas of his research interest include Molecular Biology of HIV/AIDS, Tropical Diseases (Filariasis/Malaria) and Biochemical Toxicology. He has received number of Awards/ Honors and successfully completed numerous important Academic/ Administrative Assignments. He has twenty six years of teaching / research experience. He has carried out several research projects and published over 100 research papers including book chapters, molecular methods in peer reviewed International and National Journals/ Books/Methods of repute with high impact factors. He has one US patent on HIV-1 genome structure based antiHIV-1 drugs design to his credit. He has supervised 9 PhD students and 4 are continuing research under his supervision. He is Chief-Editor/Associate Editor/Executive Editor and Member Editorial Board of 63 peer reviewed International and National Journals. He has been acting as honorary reviewer for about 113 International/National scientific journals. He has worked as a visiting scientist in USA for over three years and visited different labs at Italy, France, Iran, Thailand, Germany and Brazil for three to four months in similar capacity to conduct different collaborative research projects related to HIV-1 molecular biology, molecular epidemiology, bioinformatics and HIV-1 genome structure based antiHIV-1drug design etc.

Research Interests

Biochemistry
Molecular biology
Toxicology

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Shivaji K JadhavPhD

Scientist - C
National Institute of Malaria Research, Field Unit
Directorate of Health Services Building
Address:India
Biography

Dr Shivaji K Jadhav has completed his PhD in Biochemistry (Molecular Virology) from National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health [NIRRH] Indian Council of Medical Research, (ICMR) Parel, Mumbai. He has been Awarded with Prestigious Fogarty International HIV/AIDS Training and Research Fellowship programme from National Institute of Health , USA , He carried out his research at Boston School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA under the guidance of Dr Deborah Anderson and Dr Manish Sagar.

Research Interests

Molecular Biology of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) virus
Immunology
Virology
Infectious diseases

Publications

Shivaji K Jadhav, Shilpa M Velhal, Alaka Deshpande, Atmaram H Bandivdekar. Association of Human Mannose receptor in sexual transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus in serodiscordant couples. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2013 Jan; 29(1):156-63. (Impact Factor 2.246) PMID: 23148569

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23148569                             

Alaka K Deshpande, Shivaji K Jadhav, Atmaram H Bandivdekar.  Possible Transmission of  HIV infection due to Human bite. AIDS Research and Therapy. March 31; 8(1):16. 2011 [Highly Accessed]   [Cited 3] (Impact Factor - 2.52)

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21453452

 

Shivaji K Jadhav, Shilpa M Velhal, Alaka Deshpande, Anurupa Maitra, Chinnaraj Saravanan, Atmaram H Bandivdekar.(2011) Characterization of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV1 C) Variants in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) and Spermatozoa. Journal of Medical Virology, 2011:83: 760–767.                             (Impact factor -2.89) [Cited 4]                                              

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21412785

 

Uday Kumar GJ, Shivaji Kashinath J, Manohar Gangappa P (2013) Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (IRIS) Affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS) In Patient with HIV and Tuberculosis on Antiretroviral Therapy. 2:653 doi:10.4172/scientificreports.653

Articles /Abstracts in Journal volume with supplement

 

S K Jadhav, S M Velhal, A Deshpande and AH Bandivdekar “Analysis of HIV Variants in blood and semen in serodiscordants by Heteroduplex mobility assay” Abstract from Ninth International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection. Glasgow, UK. 9–13 November 2008, Published: 10 November 2008. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2008, 11 (Suppl 1):P211,  

http://www.jiasociety.org/content/11/S1/P211 

             

Shivaji K Jadhav, S M Velhal, Alaka Deshpande, A H Bandivdekar. Molecular Characterization of HIV Variants in Urogenital secretions of HIV positive individuals  and its Association with Sexual  Transmission of HIV,  AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, October 2010, 26(10): A-1-A-184.       

http://www.liebertonline.com/aid

 

Shivaji K Jadhav, Alaka Deshpande and Atmaram H Bandivdekar. A7, Possible Transmission of HIV Infection Due to Human Bite. JAIDS, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 59():71, April 2012.doi: 10.1097/01.qai.0000413786.74706.57                                                                                                         

 

http://journals.lww.com/jaids/Abstract/2012/04001/A7_Possible_Transmission_of_HIV Infection_Due_to.77.aspx.

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