University of Tokyo, Japan
Professor Nureki is a world-renown structural biologist who has published numerous articles on prestigious scientific journals in the CRISPR field (e.g. Cell, 2014, 2015 & 2016). Dr. Nureki has a long-lasting collaboration relationship with Dr. Feng Zhang at Broad Institute, one of the key discoverers of CRISPR technology. Dr. Nureki and Dr. Zhang co-publish many scientific papers and co-file key critical patents on CRISPR and gene editing technologies. Dr. Nureki receives his PhD from University of Tokyo. He is currently a Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science in the University of Tokyo. He was awarded the JSPS PRIZE in 2008, the Mochida Memorial Research Prize in 2009 and the Inoue Prize in 2011 for his research into “the genetic code translation and the definition of protein synthesis mechanism”, and was awarded the Uehara Prize and Takeda Medical Prize in 2014 for his research into “molecular mechanism of membrane transport.”
UCSD Division of Biological Sciences
Dr. Digvijay singh is a postdoctoral scientist in Prof. Elizabeth Villa's lab at the University of California, San Diego. He did his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute under Prof. Taekjip Ha. His current research interests include topics in electron microscopy chiefly cryoEM-cryo electron tomography, single molecule biophysics, structural biology, CRISPR systems, optics and theoretical/computational biophysics.
Internationally acclaimed Tabla maestro, Kolkata
Subhajyoti Guha was introduced to Tabla at an young age by his father Dr S R Guha and later since 1983 he has been training under tabla maestro Pdt Sankha Chatterjee. Subhajyoti received the President’s award in 1989 and presently is a grade A artiste of AIR and TV and performs regularly in major concerts worldwide. Over the last 15 years he has accompanied many musical stalwarts such as Utd Shahid Parvez, Pdt Vishwamohan Bhatt, Pdt Ronu Majumder , Pdt Nayan Ghosh, Vidushi Purnima Chaudhuri and Vidushi Kala Ramnath. Subhajyoti has also extended his horizons into the experimental music scenario and performs with other genres and with his band AMEYA based out of Toronto. Academically he holds a masters degree in applied mathematics but is living his dream of teaching and performing worldwide as a tabla player
CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi
Dr. Siva received his doctorate in Biotechnology from University of Madras, Chennai, India. After a brief stint at Pharma Company, Orchid Pharma Ltd, Chennai, as a Research Scientist, he pursued his post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of gene-editing pioneer and inventor of zinc finger nucleases Prof. Chandra at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, with research focus on pluripotent stem cell engineering. During his post-doctoral research, he received MSCRF exploratory grant award from Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund in 2012 and then worked as a Junior Faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He then returned to India with Ramalingaswami Fellowship Award from Department of Biotechnology and joined CSIR-IGIB in 2017 as a Senior Scientist.
CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi
Dr. Debojyoti Chakraborty heads a RNA Biology group at CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology where he currently holds a Senior Scientist position. He finished his Masters in Molecular Biology from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata and completed his PhD from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics in Dresden under Frank Buchholz. Following a post doctoral stint at the Medical Faculty in TU Dresden, he returned to India to setup his own lab at IGIB. Dr. Chakraborty has been nominated for a Wellcome Trust Early Career Fellowship (2016) and a INSPIRE Faculty Award (2015).His lab works on three broad research areas. The first of these is the development of efficient and specific tools for therapeutic genome editing, particularly for sickle cell anaemia. The second area is the systematic dissection of factors governing embryonic stem cell fate. The third area covers the use of cerebral organoids to address developmental questions such as influence of DNA topology on transcription.. Besides his academic interests, Dr. Chakraborty is an acclaimed sitarist and has performed widely in India and abroad.
Dr. Siddarth Tiwari is a scientist at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI),Mohali (Punjab). His lab has demonstrated the CRISPR/CAS9 based editing in cv. Rasthali genome. Further they want to biofortify the crops (Banana and wheat) for beta-carotene and iron enrichment.