Prof. dr. Alois Jungbauer
ACIB and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Professor Alois Jungbauer received his PhD in Food Technology and Biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria 1986. He serves since then as a professor at the Department of Biotechnology. He teaches Protein Technology and Downstream Processing and Biochemical Engineering.Professor Jungbauer is head of the laboratory for Protein technology and Downstream Processing and the Christian Doppler Laboratory of Receptor Biotechnology. He also acts as area head and Dep. Director of Research in the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology. He is currently working in the field of bioengineering of proteins, plasmids and viruses with special focus on expression, downstream processing and characterization of large biomolecules. As a proliferate researcher he has more than 200 publications on recombinant protein production and bioseparation, 15 patents and 12 book contributions and recently a monograph entitled “Protein Chromatography , Process Development and Scale Up”. He is executive editor and co-founder of Biotechnology Journal, and member of editorial boards from numerous journals in the area of biochemical engineering including J. Chromatography A and J. Biotechnoogy
Dr. Matjaž Peterka
Dr. Matjaz Peterka received a PhD in Microbiology from University of Ljubljana. After completion of PhD he joined BIA Separations, company developing and producing CIM® Convective Interaction Media chromatographic columns. He has been part of the team for ten years working as a researcher, project manager, department head, and consultant. Matjaz was involved in development and marketing of various chromatography products. His responsibilities included the development of chromatographic purification methods for recombinant proteins, plasmid DNA and viruses. As a researcher or a project manager he was involved in several projects to develop virus downstream processes including purification of live attenuated vaccine against seasonal and pandemic influenza. Presently, Matjaz is a head of Laboratory for bio-analytics at Centre of excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control. He is coordinating efforts of the research group to develop new applications of bacteriophages against human, animal and plant pathogenic bacteria. In addition group is focusing on production and purification technologies for human and bacterial viruses. His research resulted in number of papers and book chapters on different fields of microbiology and biotechnology.
Prof. dr. Aleš Podgornik
Aleš Podgornik, PhD, is by profession chemical engineer and is working for 20 years in field of biochemical engineering, especially in downstream processing of macromolecules. He used to worked as CSO and R&D head for companies BIA and BIA Separations for more than a decade, currently being in COBIK as LBA head deputy. Besides, he is a professor of Biotechnology on Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana. His research interest is biochromatography related to development and application of monolithic chromatographic stationary phases. He published over 70 papers, 10 book chapters and holds several international and national patents. He was awarded in 2001 with Jožef Stefan Golden Emblem Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation and in 2005 with Zois award for award for implementation of scientific achievements.
Prof. dr. Shuichi Yamamoto
Yamaguchi University, Tokiwadai, Ube
Shuichi Yamamoto is Professor at Yamaguchi University, where he currently belongs to the Graduate School of Medicine (Bio-Process Engineering Laboratory). He received a BS degree in 1976, a MS in 1978 and a PhD in 1981 in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Kyoto University. He has been at Yamaguchi University since 1981. His research interests are in the field of biochemical engineering, food engineering, medical engineering and mass transfer such as engineering analysis of chromatography for bio- and food- separations and drying mechanism of food/pharmaceuticals and the quality change during drying. He received a 2004 research excellence award from the Society of Chemical Engineers Japan on “Engineering analysis of chromatography of proteins” and a 2005 research excellence award from Japan Society for Food Engineering on “Drying of liquid foods and inactivation of enzymes during drying”. Although he has published more than 100 papers, his monograph published in 1988 by Marcel Dekker "Ion-Exchange Chromatography of Proteins" is still his landmark. His chromatography models better known as "Yamamoto Model" have been employed by various biotech companies as well as by academic researchers. The models are explained in several handbooks such as Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook. He is on the editorial board of “Separation Science and Technology”, “Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology” and “Japan Journal of Food Engineering”.
Prof. dr. M.A. Vijayalakshmi
VIT University, Vellore
Prof. M.A. Vijayalakshmi with her basic formation in chemistry, from All India Institute of Chemistry, Calcutta in 1966, obtained a PhD from University de Bourgogne, Dijon, France in 1974 and then her D.Sc. from University de Technologie de Compiegne, France in 1980 combined with UNIVERSITY OF UPPSALA, SWEDEN. She worked as a Research Engineer at CNRS, National Research Council Group, UTC, France from 1979 to 1990. She became a Full Professor in UTC in 1990, and in 2001 she became a Distinguished Professor in UTC (called Professor "Class Exceptional" in French) which is the highest level in the academic career in France. She is a Visiting Professor at University of Arizona, Tucson, USA (1991 to date) and Anna University, Chennai, India (1986 to date). She was also a Visiting Professor at Laval University, Quebec, Canada (1986 - 1987) and a Visiting Scientist at University of Wageningen, The Netherlands (1975) and at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1983). She was a Research Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden, under a Franco-Swedish agreement for collaboration, from 1977 to 1983. She served as a Consultant in Biotechnology at VITU from 2001 to 2004. She is the base for a collaborative agreement (MOU) signed between VITU and UTC covering all the fields and being implemented in a very active manner in the form of faculty exchanges. Prof. M.A. Vijayalakshmi was awarded "CHEVALLIER de PALMES ACADEMIQUES" France in 2005 and she received the prestigious "PIERCE AWARD" instituted by the International Society for Molecular Recognition (USA), in 1999 for outstanding achievements in the field of Affinity Technology and Bio-recognition at the International Level. Prof. M.A. Vijayalakshmi was selected by the Indian Government as the best young scientist from India to meet the Prime Minister during her visit to France in 1981. She has guided 40 Ph.D. students and 15 are underway. She holds more than 150 publications and 7 patents to her credit, all dealing with pseudo biospecific affinity systems. She has also been external principal examiner for many Ph.D. thesis form France, India, Australia and USA. She has been invited to present many plenary lectures and to serve as chairperson of scientific sessions at major international conferences and symposia. She has also been constantly solicited by both academia and industries worldwide to give special seminars in the field of Molecular Interaction and Separation Technology.