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Benjamin Cravatt

Dr. Benjamin Cravatt is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical Physiology at the Scripps Research Institute , La Jolla, CA.

The Cravatt research group has developed activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) methods to assign function to enzymes in mammalian biology and disease. They also use ABPP to develop first-in-class inhibitors of enzymes, including those involved in nervous system signaling, inflammation, and cancer. In addition to multiple other awards and honors, Dr. Cravatt is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jie Luo

Dr. Jie Luo is Professor in the National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement at Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China.

His research group mainly investigates the genetic and biochemical bases of the metabolic diversity in major crops such as rice and maize, using combined approaches including metabolomics, genomics, genetics, and biochemistry.
In addition to these studies, they are working to integrate quantitative metabolomics into broader surveys of physiological and yield associated phenotypes and to characterize the link between metabolism and higher order phenotypes with the potential for metabolome-based crop improvement.

Anne Osbourn

Dr. Anne Osbourn is Professor at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK.

Her research group investigates plant-derived natural products - function, synthesis, and mechanisms of metabolic diversification. This research impacts on other fundamental aspects of biology such as chromosome structure and gene regulation, genome plasticity, diversification of function of enzymes and multi-component pathways and adaptive evolution.

The Osbourn group works with crop and model plants, using a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches that include genetics, genomics, computational biology, cell biology, protein and small molecule biochemistry.

Michael Snyder is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine.

He is a leader in the field of functional genomics and proteomics, and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project.

His laboratory study was the first to perform a large-scale functional genomics project in any organism, and has launched many technologies in genomics and proteomics.

He is a cofounder of several biotechnology companies, including Protometrix (now part of Life Tehcnologies), Affomix (now part of Illumina), Excelix, and Personalis, and he presently serves on the board of a number of companies.

Zoltan Takats

Dr. Takats works at the Imperial College London, UK and is the founder of Prosolia Inc, Medimass Ltd and Massprom Ltd.

Dr. Takats has pursued pioneering research in mass spectrometry and he is one of the founders of the field of 'Ambient Mass Spectrometry', including the development of the iKnife as tool for immediate diagnostics during clinical surgeries.

He is the primary inventor of six mass spectrometric ionization techniques and author of 78 peer reviewed publications. He was the recipient of the prestigious Mattauch-Herzog Award of the German Mass Spectrometry Society and the Hungarian Star Award for Outstanding Innovators.