Meet the Team

/Meet the Team
Meet the Team 2019-05-18T23:30:32+00:00
Alexander (Sasha) Kagansky
Alexander (Sasha) KaganskyPhD
Sasha is an expert in cancer epigenetics and anti-cancer natural products. In October 2017 he is finishing his Chancellor’ fellowship in the University of Edinburgh to be the FFMN Director, and University of Stirling affiliate. He is also leading the newly established Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine of the Far-Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
Ted Hupp
Ted HuppPI & Professor of Cancer Research
Prof. Hupp’s lab is using biophysical, biochemical, and proteomic approaches to develop novel molecular insights into clinically relevant cancer progression pathways; particularly cancers of unmet clinical need including oesophageal adenocarcinoma and sarcomas. Emerging therapeutic strategies being developed include drugging protein-protein interactions; biologics and immunotherapeutics and proteogenomics platforms that define mutated neoantigen landscapes to facilitate cancer vaccine developments.
Liang Song
Liang SongPhD
Song has been working in cancer research and experienced in multiple aspects of cell and molecular biology, particularly in DNA repair and cell signalling pathways. He is also interested in the big-data and machine learning/deep learning area and now working on training DNN models using data-driven approach to predict ovarian cancer phenotypes.
John Malone
John MalonePhD
John is a genome and evolutionary biologist interested in how different copies of genes influence organisms and evolution. His work involves collaboration with investigators in North America, Latin America, Japan, and Africa to study how variation in the copy number of genes relates to diversity, evolution, and the function of animal genomes. Though this work, new research directions have developed to understand the compounds found in frog skin secretions for applications to human health.
Edgardo J. Griffith R
Edgardo J. Griffith RExecutive Director
Conservation Biologist
Fundación Centro de Conservación de Anfibios de El Valle
G & S Nature and Environmental Consultants S.C.
Executive Director
El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC)
Founder and Former Director

Meet the full team

Name TitleAffiliation Expertise
Alexander Kagansky PhD, Assoc. Professor, Director Centre for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia Cancer Biology, Gene regulation, Phenotypic screening
Milica Pesic PhD, Research Professor  Department of Neurobiology, Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic”, University of Belgrade, Serbia Anticancer potential of natural products (compounds and extracts), Drug  resistance in cancer
Uttam Babu Shrestha CEO, co-founder University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Australia and Nepal Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge, Medicinal Plants, Caterpillar fungus Himalaya
Ross Piper PhD, co-founder Forest Conservation Initiative and  University of Leeds, UK Natural products from terrestrial  arthropods, entomology, ecology
Edgardo J. Griffith Director, founder El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, Panama Amphibians and Reptiles Conservation, ex situ Management and threat mitigation
Dilfuza Egamberdieva  Director, founder The Society of Ecosystem and Biomes (EcoBiome), Uzbekistan Diversity of medicinal plant associated endophytes and their metabolites
Liang Song PhD Data Scientist, TescoBank / Visiting staff, University of Edinburgh Biomedicine, cancer research, AI, ML and data mining
Nerina Finetto Director, founder Traces.dreams, Sweden Content and story strategist, Video producer
Vidushi Neergheen Bhujun  PhD, Senior Lecturer University of Mauritius, Mauritius Applied biochemistry
Ted Hupp PhD, Professor, Director University of Edinburgh and University of Gdansk, Poland Cancer, Cancer Vaccines
Vanny Narita PhD, Director Young Academy of Indonesia Biodiversity
Isil Kurnaz  PhD / Institute Director Gebze Technical University, Institute of Biotechnology, Turkey Cell and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
Sandra Lopez Verges  PhD, Researcher Gorgas Memorial Institute of Health Studies, Panama Virology, immunology, cell biology, molecular biology
Yusuf Baran Prof. Dr. /Rector Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey Natural products for cancer treatment, Drug resistance, Cell signalling
Andrey Konevega PhD, Head Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, NRC “Kurchatov Institute”, Gatchina, Russia Antibiotics, Protein biosynthesis, RNA biology, kinetics, High throughput screening
Lahcen El Youssfi PhD, Prof. Khenifra Superior School of Technology. Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Morocco Agro-environment
 Godswill Ntsomboh Ntsefong  PhD Department of Plant Biology, University of Yaounde, Cameroon  Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and plant improvement;
Horticulture, Agronomy and Integrated Pest and Disease Management
 Suraj Bhattarai  Research Fellow Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Nepal Tropical & Infectious Diseases, Cancer epidemiology, Global vaccines, Health policies, Urban health
Fernando Valiente PhD, Professor Institute of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Chile, Chile Therapeutic potentials of natural products for emerging infectious diseases
Orakanoke Phanraksa PhD, Senior IP Consultant Technology Licensing Office, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand IP and technology transfer policy
Erna Karalija PhD, Asst. Professor Faculty of Science, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia Plant physiology, plant secondary metabolites
PhD/Director King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Thailand Biomedical engineering, Advanced imaging research
Maysoun Mustafa PhD Biosciences Crops For the Future, Malaysia Postharvest biotechnology and biochemistry of
underutilised and indigenous crops
Christian Agyare PhD Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Antimicrobial and Wound healing agents
Clarissa Rios Rojos PhD, Director Ekpa’palek, Geneva Centre for Security, Switzerland Molecular Biology, Security policy, Science Advice, Science Diplomacy
Mimi Haryani Hassim PhD, Assoc. Professor School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia Chemical Engineering, Occupational Health, Plant Design, Engineering Education
Thomas Edison dela Cruz Dr. Rer. Nat., Professor College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines Microbiology, Fungal Systematics, Ecology and Natural Products
Ljubica Tasic PhD/ Assoc. Professor Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas, Brazil Bionanotechnology, NMR spectroscopy, Metabolomics
Samuel Sojinu PhD/ Assoc. Professor Department of Chemistry, College of Physical Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria Natural Products Chemistry, Synthetic chemistry and Biomarker/Environmental Geochemistry
Shoji Komai PhD/Assoc.Professor Dep. Sci. and Tech., Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan Neuroscience, Behavioral sciences
Mari-Vaughn Johnson Director United States Geological Services, Climate Adaptation Science Center – Pacific Islands, USA Plant biology, Multi-functional systems, Agro-ecosystems, policy
Alla Krasikova PhD, Assoc. Professor Faculty of Biology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia Biology of cell nucleus, Cytogenetics, chromosome biology, and genomics,
Camila Pizano PhD, Assoc.Professor Department of Biology, Universidad Icesi, Cali, Colombia Ecology of tropical forests and plant ecology
Pohl Milón PhD, Head of Laboratory Centre for Research and Innovation, Health Sciences Faculty, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru Antibiotics, Ribosome, cbiology, Fluorescence spectroscopy
Yuliya Linhares MD, Asst. Professor Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Samuel Oschin Cancer Institute, Los Angeles, USA Internal medicine, Malignant haematology, Oncology,
Dmitry Alexeev PhD, Asst. Professor ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia Bioinformatics, Innovations, Gut Microbiome and Health
Javier Antonio Alfaro Research Fellow International Center for Cancer Vaccine Science & University of Edinburgh Proteogenomics and Computational Biology
Simon Elsässer PhD, Assoc. Professor Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics Chemical Biology, Epigenetics
Florencia Tevy CEO Gedis Biotech, Chile Translational biomedicine, IP
PhD, Director Centre for Human Ecology University of Edinburgh, UK Sustainable forestry.
and better farming practice for health
Myrtani Pieri Dr, Asst Professor University of Nicosia, Cyprus Molecular Biology, Genetics, Outreach
Fawzi Mahomoodally PhD Assoc. Professor Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science ,University of Mauritius, Mauritius Traditional/Indigenous  Medicines, Ethnopharmacology