Dr. Berg studied biology and biotechnology at the universities in Rostock and Greifswald and obtained her Ph.D. in 1995 in Microbiology from Rostock University (Germany). In 2003, she got a Heisenberg grant from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), and in 2005 she became a full professor in environmental biotechnology at Graz University of Technology (Austria). Her interests are focused on microbiome research and translation of the results into new biotechnological concepts for our environment as well as for plant and human health. Results have published in more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and in several patents. For her results and developments, she received numerous awards, e.g. Science2Business Award Austria and “ÖGUT Umweltpreis” (2011) and Fast Forward Award Styria (2015)
Prof (Dr) Naveen Kumar Arora, PhD in Microbiology, Fellow of International Society of Environmental Botanists (FISEB), Professor and Head in Department of Environmental Science, Dean in School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is a renowned researcher in the field of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology. His specific area of research is plant-microbe interaction and sustainable agriculture and the environment. He has more than 100 research articles published in premium international journals. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal “Environmental Sustainability” published by Springer Nature.
Dr. Wen-Jun Li received his Ph. D in Microbiology from Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently working as Distinguished Professor in School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. His publications include three monographs, 15 authorized patents and more than 830 research articles. His research is mainly focused on microbial diversity of those terrestrial extremophilic environments, by using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods and on mechanisms of extremophilic actinobacteria to adapt those unusual environments. He was awarded as WFCC (The World Federation for Culture Collections) Skerman Award for Microbial Taxonomy in 2007. He authored and co-authored over 10 books and 830 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Dilfuza Egamberdieva is a Head of Joint Uzbek-China Key Laboratory “Ecosystem and Biomes” at the National University of Uzbekistan. She graduated in biology from the National University of Uzbekistan and received her PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at the Universities of Finland, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. She authored five books and co-authored over 150 publications related to soil and plant microbiomes. In 2013 she received The World Academy of Sciences Award in Agricultural Sciences. In 2018 she has been elected as a member of the committee at the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (CFS).
Dr. Hovik Panosyan graduated with a degree in Biology from YSU, Armenia. He received his PhD in microbiology from the IB NAS of Armenia. Currently, he is Associate Professor and Faculty Member at YSU. His main research areas are Microbial Ecology and the Biology of Extremophiles. He has received numerous research fellowships and awards provided by FEBS, FEMS, NFSAT, DAAD. He is currently the ISME ambassador of Armenia. He has work experience at the UB (Norway), LMU Munich (Germany), UNLV (USA), and IBC CNR (Italy). He has published more than 65 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 books, and 25 chapters.
Dr. Hongchen Jiang graduated from Miami University, Oxford, OH, the USA with PhD degree in Geomicrobiology. He works at the China University of Geosciences and is also an adjunct professor at Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China. His research interests are focused on microbial community composition and microbially mediated element ecycling in extreme environments such as salt lakes and hot springs.
Ekaterine Jaiani is a senior scientist at the New Vision University. She graduated in Biology from Tbilisi State University and received her PhD in microbiology from the G. Eliava Institute. In 2013-2014 she was a head of laboratory of Water Microbiology at the Agricultural University. She has been teaching microbiology since 2009 and was promoted to Professor in 2017 at the New Vision University. Her main research areas are Microbial Ecology and Bacteriophage research, specifically the diversity of microorganisms in the natural water environments, investigation of new bacteriophages against pathogens of medical and agricultural importance. She has been awarded numerous research fellowships and awards including DAAD fellowships (1995, 1996, 1997, and 2000/2001), NATO Linkage Grant (2004), and has participated in over 15 international research projects together with the USA, European and Asian partners in frames of INTAS, CRDF/DTRA, SRNSF, STCU, and Norwegian SIU grants. She had work experience at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), University of Wales (UK), University of Maryland (USA), Hellenic center of marine research (Greece), and Army biomedical research institute (France).
Dr. Miralimova was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1973. Graduated from the Pharmaceutical Institute in 1995 and continued education in Postgraduate school, then as a PostDoc at the Institute of Microbiology of the AS of Uzbekistan. In 2010 – 2011 had been worked as PostDoc researcher at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In 2018, has a Doctor degree in Biology. She elaborated Lactopropolis bio preparation for prevention and treatment of gastric ulcer and founded the small innovative enterprise "AllWellLab", there Lactopropolis and other probiotic preparations have been producing. Shakhlo published more than 60 scientific papers. She is a winner of the IsDB merit scholarship, IsDB Transform fund, DAAD, FEMS programs.
Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Prof. Elizaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaya has led the laboratory of hyperthermophilic microbial communities at the Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology in Moscow over the past 20 years. Her lab has organized numerous expeditions to the regions of hydrothermal and volcanic activity, as well as to rift zone regions, such as Kamchatka, Kuril Island, Baikal Lake, and has participated in several international cruises to deep-sea hydrothermal areas. Elizaveta’s lab has also studied deep-subsurface microbial communities of Siberia and South Africa. Their main interest has always focused on microorganisms with unusual types of catabolism: anaerobic CO- and formate-utilizing prokaryotes producing hydrogen from water, microorganisms reducing diverse inorganic electron acceptors, or disproportionating sulfur compounds. She is also a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the President of the Russian Miсrobiological Society.
Dr. Anukool Vaishnav is working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, he is working on AMF fungi and their association with Maize plant for disease management. He is also associated with the Department of Biotechnology, GLA University, Mathura, India as an Assistant Professor. He has operated SERB-National Postdoctoral Fellowship (NPDF) at the Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. During SERB-NPDF project, his research was mainly focused on microbial mediated pesticide degradation in the soil and plant protection against biotic and abiotic stress. As an active researcher, he has published more than 45 publications in reputed journals and 2 Springer books. He has filed 9 Indian patents in association with his research group. He is an editorial member of Current Genomics Journal published by Bentham Science. He has been awarded multiple fellowships and Young Scientist Awards from different agencies.
Dr. Laishram Shantikumar Singh holds a graduate and post-graduate degree in Microbiology from Bangalore University, Bengaluru, India. He received PhD degree in Applied Microbiology from Dibrugarh University, Assam, through research at CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, Assam, India. He has received several awards including the Group Technology Award 2009 by DRL, DRDO, Academic Excellence Award by PG Dept. of Microbiology, NFG College, Bangalore University. He has published more than 35 research papers in National and International peer-reviewed Journals and book chapters Dr. Laishram worked as Core member in the formulation of the product “Herbal Floor cleaner” developed by DRL, DRDO Tezpur, Assam, India.
Richard Ansong Omari is a native of Ghana and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin and a visiting scientist at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). He received his PhD in Agronomy at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan in 2017. His current research is focused on yield potential analysis of soybean cultivars and the assessment of the symbiotic performance of different Bradyrhizobium isolates under varying environmental conditions in the LegumeGap (SusCrop ERA-Net) project.
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed started his career in 2001 as Scientific Officer in the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad. He did his PhD degree in 2007 and JSPS Post-doc Fellowship (2013-2014) from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Presently he is working as Program Leader / Principal Scientist, National Microbial Culture Collection of Pakistan, Bioresources Conservation Institute (BCI), NARC, Islamabad. The most important scientific contribution to his credit is the identification of several novel species of bacteria from Pakistani ecology. He has published > 100 research papers, with more than 4450 citations of his research work. On his scientific achievements, he has been awarded PAS Gold Medal-2019, A.R. Shakoori Gold Medal-2018, Research Productivity Awards (Six Times), HEC Best Research Paper Award, PARSA Science Awards
Dr. Shuang Wang started her career in 2004 and she obtained her PhD degree with the major of Environmental Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2011. After that, she has been faculty member of the Heilongjiang black soil protection and Utilization Research group at the Institute of Soil Fertilizer and Environment Resources, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and was promoted as Senior Research Scientist (Full Professor) in 2019. Her research mainly focuses on soil microbial ecology, microbial resource mining, and application. She is now an editorial board member of the journal of soil and crops. She is also a member of the all China Youth Federation, a director of China young scientific and technological workers association, a vice president of the Heilongjiang young scientific and technological workers association, and a director of Heilongjiang soil and fertilizer society.
Dr. Singh, Distinguished Professor, Biotechnology, GLA University, Mathura, and also Director, Somvanshi Research Foundation, Lucknow, India. Prior to this assignment, he served as a Professor at Banaras Hindu University (2006-2019) and Head from Oct. 2014-Sept. 2017. Born in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh and studied at Gorakhpur University for M.Sc. and Banaras Hindu University for Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Research and Visiting Professor at Cornell University and the University of Illinois, USA, Spent 37 years of committed service in the field of Plant Pathology at different institutions. Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (New Delhi); Indian Phytopathological Society (New Delhi); Biotech Society of India (FBRS); and Society of Plant Reproductive Biologist. Published >300 research papers, 40 review articles, 81 book chapters, 32 edited books (published by CABI, UK, Springer Nature, Singapore, Elsevier, Netherlands).
Dr. Gaurav Saxena is an environmental microbiologist and currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the School of Biotechnology, Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Dr. Saxena has developed a novel bacterial consortium GS-TE1310 based-bioaugmentation process for the degradation and detoxification of tannery effluent. He has been honored with the dual “Young Scientist Award-2020, 2021”, “Young Environmentalist Award-2018”, and “Young Achiever Award-2019”. He has worked on the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Sponsored Indian government research projects.
Institute of Microbiology, The Academy Sciences of Uzbekistan
Dr. Makhsumkhanov graduated from Tashkent state agrarian university. He received his PhD in microbiology from the Institute of Microbiology AS of Uzbekistan. His main research areas are Microbial Enzymology and Biotechnology, and development of biocatalysts for application in different biotransformations. He has received research fellowships and awards provided by UNESCO, Mashav, DAAD. In 2002-2003, he conducted his Postdoctoral study at the ITB, University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has published more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.