- Dr. Jang R. Liu / Congress Chair, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Korea
"CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Plant Chromosome And Tissue Engineering"
- Dr. Holger Puchta / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Holger Puchta is director of the Botanical Institute and holds since 2002 the Chair of Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. After his study of biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Munich he joined the laboratory of Barbara Hohn at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel, Switzerland before he became in 1995 group leader at the Leibnitz Institute for Plant Genetics in Gatersleben (IPK). In 2000 he obtained his habitation in genetics from the University Halle. He was worldwide the first scientist to demonstrate that site-specific nucleases can be applied to induce different kinds of controlled change in plant genomes. His group elucidated major mechanisms of DNA double strand break repair and he was one of leading scientists adopting the CRISPR/Cas technology to plants. Recently his group was able to achieve another important breakthrough for breeding: CRISPR/Cas mediated plant chromosome engineering. For his work on plant genome engineering, he was named “Pioneer of Plant Biotechnology” by the Plant Biotechnology Journal and he was awarded twice with an advanced grant of the European Research Council.
"Florigen And Membrane Phospholipids - The Molecular Jail In Flowering"
- Dr. Ji Hoon Ahn / Korea University, Korea
Prof. Ji Hoon Ahn received his Ph.D. from Seoul National University in 1997 and conducted a study on the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis in the Detlef Weigel Lab of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, CA) from 1998 to 2001. Prof. Ahn is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of the regulation of flowering time by ambient temperature changes in Arabidopsis as a model system. From 2008 to 2017, he led the Ambient Temperature Sensor Research Center (Creative Research Initiative/MOST). From 2017 to 2022, he led a research project funded by the Samsung Science and Technology Foundation. In 2022, he has been re-awarded the Leader Research Grant (formerly Creative Research Initiative) and will lead the research group until 2031.
"Engineering Of Plant Bioactive Metabolite Production"
- Dr. Alain Goossens / Ghent University, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Alain Goossens, Group leader at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Full Professor at Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
Alain Goossens obtained his Master in Biology-Plant Biotechnology at Ghent University (1992) and his PhD in Marc Van Montagu’s lab at the Laboratory of Genetics, Ghent University (1998), studying plant seed storage protein synthesis. During his PhD, he has also been a visiting researcher at CIAT in Cali (Colombia) in the group of César Cardona. After obtaining his PhD degree, he performed postdoctoral studies for 2 years at the IBMCP-UPV in Valencia (Spain) in the lab of Ramón Serrano, supported by a TMR-Marie Curie EU postdoctoral fellowship, and working on yeast salt tolerance. He returned to VIB-Ghent University and started his own research group within the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University in 2003, focusing on jasmonate signaling, gene discovery in plant specialized metabolism and metabolic engineering. He is experienced in yeast and plant functional genomics, molecular biology and applied biotechnology. His current research aspires to understand jasmonate signaling in model, crop and medicinal plants and unravel the mechanisms that steer plant metabolism in fitness programs to find novel tools for plant metabolic engineering and synthetic biology Besides as group leader at VIB, Alain Goossens has been appointed as a part-time (10%) Associate Professor in 2010, subsequently as a part-time (10%) Full Professor in 2014, and recently as a full-time Full Professor in 2022, all at Ghent University. He is teaching ‘Metabolic Engineering’. He has been mentoring over 40 master students, 30 PhD students and 20 postdoctoral researchers. He has authored over 150 peer reviewed ‘A1’ publications, including in Nature, Science, Nature Communications, PNAS, etc., which have been cited over 10,000 times (H-index 55). In 2020 he was elected as an EMBO fellow and since 2015 he has been continuously included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers.
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