Date: June 16, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Farid E. Ahmed, Ph.D., Director, GEM Tox Labs, USA

Dr. Farid E. Ahmed is a highly-accomplished researcher whose current focus is in developing sensitive and specific cancer biomarkers by genomic, transcriptomic, methylomic and proteomic technologies. In his long and illustrious career at both East Carolina University and the USA National Academy of Science, he has led the strategic planning and implementation of multidisciplinary programs for the United States Government among many other impressive achievements. Dr. Ahmed has an extensive list of notable associations, including being an expert consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization of the United Nations, and being an elected Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Date: June 16, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Dr. Kristian G. Andersen, The Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Kristian Andersen is an Assistant Professor and Director of Infectious Disease Genomics, Scripps Translational Science Institute. Using a combination of next generation sequencing, experimentation and computational biology, Dr. Andersen has spearheaded large international collaborations investigating the spread and evolution of highly deadly pathogens, including Ebola and Lassa viruses. This work provided insights into the emergence and transmission of Ebola virus during the 2014-2015 epidemic in West Africa, and formed the foundation for the usage of genomic tools during a rapidly evolving outbreak. Dr. Andersen and his colleagues’ work has led to a better understanding on guided design of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to combat this emerging class of highly pathogenic viruses with high impact on human populations.

Date: June 15, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Dr. Frederick H. Damron, The School of Medicine at West Virginia University

Dr. Frederick H. Damron, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology at WVU, has adopted cutting-edge technologies for his comprehensive research into the respiratory pathogens: Bordetella pertussis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Dr. Damron and his lab seek to understand the regulatory networks that these bacteria use to adapt and survive harsh conditions. This knowledge will help in finding strategies to develop the next generation vaccine. Dr. Damron is an active member of the National Postdoctoral Association, and a strong proponent for proper representation of Postdoctoral Scientists and junior scientists in the research community.

Dr. Damron was nominated by his colleague Dr. Mariette Barbier, assistant professor, West Virginia University.

Date: June 14, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Dr. Lathadevi K. Chintapenta, Delaware State University

Dr. Lathadevi Chintapenta of Delaware State University explores the biotechnological potentials of microbes and how they can be helpful for the environment, food industry, and human health. A leading researcher, she is currently studying the transcriptomics and mycorrhizal associations of marsh grasses to understand how they tolerate salt stress. These novel studies will help improve sustainable agriculture in soils with high salinity levels. Dr. Chintapenta is also involved in USDA research projects for developing user friendly methods to detect Vibrio pathogens in seafood. She has been recognized as a “Technology Rising Star in STEM” for 2015 and has received the “Young Scientist Award” in 2006 for her contributions.

Dr. Chintapenta was nominated by her colleague, Amanda Abbott, from Delaware State University.

Date: June 14, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Dr. Joe Win, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

Dr. Joe Win is a leading genetics researcher and one of the top 1% of highly-cited researchers worldwide ( Dr. Win is currently a Postdoctoral Scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK, and a pioneer in the field of plant pathology. An expert in fungal-plant interactions, Dr. Win is working to help defend food crops and to improve food sustainability. He has made most of his work available on GitHub, allowing others to benefit from his research and he even provides training when necessary. Particularly, his workflow for annotating secreted pathogen proteins has been utilized by several research groups. In addition, Dr. Win helped run the project “Open Wheatblast,” a collaborative effort between universities worldwide to combat the global epidemic fungal disease.

Date: June 13, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Dr. Louis Bernatchez

Dr. Louis Bernatchez is a Canadian professor of genetics at Laval University and a Canada Research Chair in genomics and conservation of aquatic resources. Dr. Bernatchez is Canada’s preeminent specialist in the genetic management of freshwater fish. His pioneering work has led to a better understanding of the processes of adaptation and evolution in fish. Dr. Bernatchez and his lab have revolutionized this field by using molecular genetics and functional genomics to establish the genetic bases of adaptive differences. Not only are the fish genomes shedding light on important evolutionary questions, but this research has also made valuable contributions to biodiversity.

Date: June 12, 2017

GENEWIZ Week Scientist of the Day: Dr. Karen Adelman, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Karen Adelman is a Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Together with her lab, Dr. Adelman is pioneering the combination of genomics, genetics, and biochemistry in order to study the dynamics of gene expression and epigenetic chromatin signatures. Dr. Adelman’s groundbreaking research uncovers how cells respond to specific stimuli from the environment during development, immune challenge, or cellular insult. Understanding transcription dysregulation during such responses is providing new insights into numerous disease states including chronic inflammation and cancer, as well as identifying novel targets or approaches for treating diseases.

Dr. Adelman was nominated by Dr. Michael Marr, Associate Professor of Biology at Brandeis University.