Keynote Speakers

Chidananda Nagamangala Kanchiswamy did a PhD at the University of Turin in Torino (Italy), He spent most of his PhD research at Max Planck Institute for chemical ecology Jena and Center for Ecological Research Institute, Kyoto University (Japan) He now works as a postdoc (Marie Curie COFUND postdoc incoming 2010) at Foundation Edmund Mach, San Michele all'Adige, Trento, Italy, investigating on two exciting projects, 1) microbial volatile organic compounds perception, signal transduction and their effect on model and crop plants and 2) Next generation genome editing tools for fruit crop improvements.
Recently, he has published many papers on genome editing tools in plants in high impact journals i.e., Frontiers in Plant Science, Trends in Biotechnology, Nature Protocol etc.

Chidananda N. Kanchiswamy, PhD

                   CEO and Founder of PLANeDIT
Next generation DNA-free and regulatory free
plant genome editing

Prof. Shri Mohan Jain

University of Helsinki, Finland
Induced mutations and biotechnology for sustainable food production

Shri Mohan Jain is a Plant Biotechnologist at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. He received MPhil in 1973 and PhD in 1978 from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He was a post doc fellow in Israel and USA, Visiting Professor in Japan and Italy and Technical Officer of Plant Breeding and Genetics at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Austria from 1999-2005.

He is an Editorial Board Member of Euphytica, In Vitro, Propagation of Ornamental Plants, Emirates J. Food and Agriculture; a reviewer in Plant Cell Reports, Mutation Research and Plant Cell Tissue Organ Culture. He has 145 publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings; edited 51 books and an invited speaker and  a Chair person in several international conferences worldwide. He was awarded with Nobel Peace Prize (2005) in commemoration the awarding to IAEA of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 and also a Consultant of IAEA, European Union and the Egyptian Government.

Angelo Gismondi, PhD

University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
Modern and ancient plant DNA: the study-case of Vitis vinifera  

Dr. Angelo Gismondi reached the Ph.D. level in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Rome “Tor Verga (Rome, Italy) in 2010. Then, he was fellowship researcher in     General Botany (scientific sector BIO/01), under supervision of the Prof. Antonella Canini, at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” for five consecutive years. From June 2016 to date, he is researcher at General Botany, at the Department of  Biology in the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Nowadays, he is member of examining board, theoretical and practical  Assist. Professor for different plant courses. He organized three different international scientific meetings on botany and biodiversity. To date, he published 27 papers on peer-reviewed scientific journals of international value, 2 proceedings, 2 articles on national journals and participated to numerous national and international scientific meetings. During his training path, he developed a great expertise on the following topics:proteomic, transcriptomic and translational profiles of plant and animal cells; molecular and genetic characterization of plant species; isolation and sequencing of plant genes; archaeobotany; nutraceutic and antioxidant properties of plant compounds; biotechnological applications of nanomaterials coumpled with plant metabolites; bioactivity and metabolomics of medicinal plant extracts; plant microRNAs. Moreover, in the last period, he focused its research activity on plant response to biotic and abiotic stressors. Among them, particular attention was paid to the infection of Italian olive trees by Xilella fastidiosa bacterium. The defence mechanisms activated by some Olea europaea cultivars to this pathogen were investigated, in order to individuate the potential factors involved in the spontaneous resistance of this species to Xilella fastidiosa, with respect to sensible ecotypes.

Stuart J. Lucas, PhD

Sabancı University

Agrigenomics: using genomic approaches to improve crop productivity and sustainability

Dr Stuart J. Lucas is a Researcher at Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM), Istanbul. Originally from the UK, he studied Biochemistry at Oxford University before completing his Ph.D researching multi-gene families in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. For the last 8 years he has been working at Sabanci University on the genomic analysis of crop plants. As part of Prof. Hikmet Budak’s research team and the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, he used 454 sequencing and microarray analysis to construct whole-chromosome shotgun sequences and physical maps for 2 bread wheat chromosomes. More recently, he has started a new research programme studying the genomic structure and diversity of European hazel (Corylus avellana), which is Turkey’s single most valuable agricultural export. The ultimate goal of this programme is to ensure the future sustainability of Turkish hazel production, in the face of the challenges presented by disease and climate change.

Prof. Nermin Gözükırmızı

Istanbul University

Retrotransposon events and genome variations in barley

Prof. Gozukırmızı is working in the Istanbul University as Profesor since 1992. She worked as researcher in TUBITAK, GMBAE  between 1992-2006 where she played an active work in establishment of 'Plant Biotechnology Laboratory'. Her research interest includes genetics, plant tissue culture, gene transfer, polymorphisms, molecular markers, epigenetics and biosafety. She is the author or co-author of more than 60 papers and 20 book chapters. She is the adviser of 20 MSc and 20 PhD thesis.vHer postgraduate students are still working as academicians in several universities in Turkey as well as abroad.

Jayanthi Nadarajan, PhD

Plant and Food Research, New Zealand


Plant germplasm cryopreservation: Challenges, successes and the advances in cryo-engineering and ‘omic’ technologies

Dr Jayanthi Nadarajan research area includes researching, developing and exploiting new technologies and application of novel cryopreservation techniques for endangered, threatened and rare crops and wild species from temperate and sub-tropical regions. She is particularly interested in researching problematic (recalcitrant) seeds of which are sensitive to desiccation and low temperature hence not storable under seed bank condition. This includes investigating different cryopreservation techniques such as encapsulation-dehydration, vitrification and droplet-freezing and micropropagation techniques. Dr. Nadarajan also has expertise in application of analytical instrument such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analyser and programmable freezer for cryopreservation experiments to understand seed’s biophysics during cooling and warming procedures. Her recent success was in developing a novel technique of ‘Vacuum infiltration Vitrification’ for cryopreservation of oily seed embryos. Dr Nadarajan has been involved in seed conservation research on 26 international projects from around 15 different countries. She was successful in applying five grants as a principle investigator or co-principle investigator and four grants as co-investigator totalling to the amount of 4,524,026 US$ from various funders like Darwin Initiative, RCUK-CONFAP, EU FP7 NASSTEC, EU COST Action and DEFRA. She was also a Co-Investigator for two large EU grants (EU FP7 NASSTEC for native seed biology research and EU Cost Action 871 for cryopreservation of European crops). Dr Nadarajan has supervised 14 MSc and 5 PhD students from UK and international universities. She is also a regular reviewer for around 15 scientific journals in the field of seed research, plant cryobiology and conservation biology. Her current research work involves researching the seed biology, lipid fingerprinting and developing cryopreservation protocol for Kiwifruit and Myrtaceae seeds at Plant and Food Research, New Zealand.