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Invited Speakers

Dr. Ian Bancroft, Professor, Department of Crop Genetics, John Innes Center, UK. Specialized: Transcriptome analysis in rapeseeds (Brassica napus).

Dr. Eduardo Blumwald, Plant biologist, the University of California, Davis. Focus on how plants respond and adapt to harsh environmental conditions such as drought, cold, and salty soils or water.

Dr. Edward Buckler, USDA-ARS Research Geneticist, Adjunt Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics Institute for Genomic Diversity Cornell University. Focuses on developing germplasm resources for complex trait dissection, using genomics to characterize this diversity, dissect a series of traits (drought tolerance, nitrogen use, basic development, carbon metabolism, vitamin A and E content), and provide software tools for analysis.

Dr. Henry Daniell, Pegasus professor & University Board of Trustee Chair, University of Central Florida. Areas of interest include vaccines, pharmaceutical & antimicrobial proteins, as well as, herbicide, insect and disease resistance.

Dr. Elizabeth S. Dennis, Plant molecular biologist and a Chief Research Scientist, Division of Plant Industry of CSIRO

Dr. Liqun Du, Assistant research professor, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University, USA

Dr. James J. Giovannoni, Adjunct Professor, The Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University. Research interests: Molecular and genetic analysis of fruit ripening and related signal transduction systems.

Dr. Bin Han, Professor, Director of National Center for Gene Research, CAS, China. He is focusing on rice genome sequencing and re-sequencing, comparative genome analysis of rice subspecies, and rice functional genomics

Dr. Jan Jaworski, Member of Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Focus on oil improvement and industrial application.

Dr. Graham King, Scientific director for plant conservation genetics, Southern Cross University, Australia. Specialized: Epigenomics studies in Brassica crops.

Dr. Daniel Kliebenstein, Associate Professor, The Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. We are primarily using the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, to study how its secondary metabolites control interactions with both insects and fungi.

Dr. Toni Kutchan, Member of Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Focus on elucidating the biosynthetic pathways of selected medicinal compounds in plants and developing improved sources of these chemicals.

Dr. Jan E. Leach, Professor of Colorado State University. Focused on characterizing the genes governing two types of plant QTL, those involved in broad-spectrum, durable disease resistance and those involved in biomass accumulation

Dr. Bailin Li, Senior Research Scientist, Pioneer/DuPont Ag Biotech. Focused on developed integrated genetic and physical map in maize; have successfully fine mapped and cloned over two dozen mutants and QTLs in maize.

Dr. Li Li, Prof Adj Assoc, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University. Our research goal is to improve the nutritional quality and health-promoting properties of crops. Currently, we focus primarily on gene discovery and understanding of the mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis and accumulation of phytonutrients and anticarcinogenic compounds such as carotenoids, flavonoids, bioactive forms of selenium, and glucosinolates in plants.

Dr. Manyuan Long, Professor of Genetics and Evolution, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago. Research interests: Origin and evolution of genes: The conceptual issues of new gene evolution including definitions and generality of new genes; Patterns of new gene evolution.

Dr. Jianfeng Ma, Professor, Institute of Plant Science and Resources, Okayama University. Focus on the mechanisms of plants to tolerate mineral stresses, which include deficiency of essential elements and excess of essential and other minerals.

Dr. Cathie Martin, Professor of John Innes Center. Her interests span from fundamental to applied plant science. Her fundamental research has focused on cellular specialisation and she was the first to identify genes regulating cell shaping in plants. Her particularly interest is cellular specialization in flowers (colour and cell shape) and how these traits are used by different plants for pollinator attraction.

Dr. Makoto Matsuoka, Professor, Bioscience and Biotechnology Center, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University. Research interest: Systematic breeding biology, crop morphogenesis and molecular breeding.

Dr. Leandro Peña, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Valencia, Spain

Dr. Barry J. Pogson, Professor, The Australian National University, Australia

Dr. Kazuki Saito, Professor, Director of Metabolomics Research Group. RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Plant Science Center. Focus on: Phytochemical genomics - elucidation and application of genomics basis for production of useful chemicals.

Dr. Xuem Wang, Member and Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; E. Desmond Lee and Family Fund Endowed Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Focus on lipd metabolism and lipid signaling.

Dr. Rod A. Wing, Professor, Director of Arizona Genomics Institute, & BIO5 Institute for Collaborative Research, University of Arizona. Research interest: Structural, evolutionary and functional genomics of crop plants.

Dr. Ping Wu, Professor, Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Zhejiang University, China. Research fields: molecular physiology and functional genomics of plant phosphorus/nitrogen efficiency, molecular physiological mechanisms involved in roots initiation and development

Dr. Weihua Wu, Professor in Plant Biology, China Agricultural University, China. His major research interests include (1) ion channel regulation and calcium signaling in plant cells, (2) molecular genetic mechanisms of plant potassium and phosphorous efficiencies, and (3) molecular mechanisms of plant responses to salt/osmotic stresses.

Dr. Zhihong Xu, Professor, former president of Peking University, China

Dr. Hong Zhang, Professor, Plant molecular biology and plant biotechnology, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University. We study the functions of plant protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A),especially its role in plant response to abiotic stresses such as drought, salinity, and extreme temperatures.

Dr. Yuxian Zhu, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Director of National Lab of Protein Engineering and plant genetic engineering, Peking University, China. His laboratory is interested in two major research areas: large-scale cloning and analyses of genes involved in early cotton fiber development, and tuberculosis DNA vaccine development.