Biotech Middle East 2017

Exhibition and Conference

4 - 6 December 2017
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre

Conference Speakers

Prof Gennaro Esposito
New York University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Gennaro Esposito was born on Sept. 19th 1953 in Naples where he did his university studies and got the Laurea in Chimica cum laude in 1979. From 1980 to 1982 he was a chemistry teacher in secondary schools, and worked at the NMR spectroscopy laboratory of Naples University. From Sept. 1982 to Jan. 1990 he was researcher at the NMR laboratory of Assoreni, later renamed Eniricerche, (Monterotondo - Rome). In Feb. 1990 he moved at the University of Udine, first as a biophysics researcher and later, from Sept. 2000, as an associate professor of Applied Physics, the position he still keeps.
In addition to the academic and didactic duties, he does research in the field of NMR spectroscopy and biopolymer biophisics. In 2002 he was also encharged for the mass spectrometry laboratory of MATI centre. Esposito did scientific activity abroad (Jun./Dec. 1983 and Mar. 1985/Sept. 1986 Biochemistry Dept.-Oxford University, UK; Jul./Dec. 1987 School of Pharmacy-London University, UK; Aug. 1993/Jul. 1994 Lausanne University, CH). He was invited as a visiting professor at University J. Fourier, Grenoble, F (Jul.-Aug. 2001) and at Institute for Protein Research, University of Osaka, Japan (May-Jun. 2012, June 2013). He was involved in structural and functional characterization of immunoactive peptide, oligonucleotides, proteins, transcription factors and amyloidogenic proteins, coupled to the setup of new NMR methods. He is coauthor of over 120 publications on international peer-reviewed journals.
He is member of GERAMY Advisory Board, a German consortium for the study of systemic amyloidosis. He is also in the Editorial Board of BBA (Protein and Proteomics) and ISRN Structural Biology. He was invited speaker at many national and international conferences. In 2013 he received the Gold Medal for his research activity in the joint meeting of the German, Slovenian and Italian Magnetic Resonance Associations. As leading unit-responsible scientist or as national coordinator, he got several research grants (National Research Council – 1994, 1996, 1998; University Ministry COFIN/PRIN– 1998, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2013; University Ministry FIRB - 2003, 2007; European Union – 1998, 2006; Health Ministry – 2001).
Prof Wael M. Rabeh
New York University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dr. Wael Rabeh received his PhD in Biochemistry in the lab of Prof Paul F. Cook in the field of enzymology where he characterized the last enzymatic reaction of the cysteine biosynthetic pathway in Salmonella typhimurium. In 2005, Dr. Rabeh joined the Structural Genomic Consortium (SGC) at the University of Toronto as a post-doctoral fellow, where he characterized the 3D structure of human proteins with medical relevance using X-ray crystallography. To further expand his expertise in the field of protein chemistry, in 2007, Dr. Rabeh joined the lab of Dr. Gergely Lukacs at McGill University for the characterization of a membrane channel that is the main cause of Cystic Fibrosis.
Dr. Rabeh’s research is devoted for the characterization of proteins’ structure and mechanism to understand their biological function. Major area of his research focus is devoted for the characterization of disease-causing mechanism of proteins with medical relevance to assist in the discovery and design of new therapeutics using proteins’ structural information and computer simulation. Protein targets include human Hexokinase 2 that is required for tumor initiation and growth. As for his contribution in the field of bioluminescence, the laboratory of Dr. Rabeh is characterizing the color producing mechanism of the luciferase reaction from different species with different colors of light.
Prof Shady Amin
New York University - Abu Dhabi, UAE
During his doctoral studies, Shady studied iron acquisition mechanisms in marine bacteria under the supervision of Dr. Carl Carrano. He showed that iron-binding ligands (a.k.a. siderophores) produced by algal-associated bacteria provided algae with bioavailable iron tthrough photochemical reactions in exchange for organic carbon. After his Ph.D., Shady continued his research on microbial interactions at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography under the supervision of Dr. Ginger Armbrust. His research identified a widespread mode of signaling between a group of phytoplankton (Figure 1) and associated bacteria, whereby some bacteria produced a hormone that stimulated algal cell division, photosynthesis and carbon fixation. In 2015, Shady joined NYU Abu Dhabi as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Program.