Department of Biology
Edward Waters College, USA
Prabir K. Mandal, is a full Professor of Biology at Edward Waters College. He earned a Ph.D. in Genetics. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Louisville with Drs. Russell A. Prough and Barbara J. Clark.
He serves as the Activity Director of Title-III for the STEM area (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) and the Chair of Institutional Review Board. He serves as the member of the Editorial Board of a few journals of international repute. He serves as the Lead Guest Editor of the special issue on “Molecular Biomarkers: Tools in Medicine” of the international journal BioMed Research International. He is also involved in editing a book on Dioxin which will be published by Springer. He has recently been recognized as one of the 31 researchers by the Department of Health, State of Florida. He has been awarded with President’s IDEAL FACULTY AWARD for excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, service, adhering to policy and for taking initiative to advance the college through program development. Recently, he has been awarded with Distinguished Faculty of the Year. Also, he has been awarded with Travel grants to attend Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students at San Jose, CA and CHAAMP conference at Washington, DC.
He has more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals of international repute. He has been awarded with several state and federal grants including Florida Sea Grant (twice), Florida Department of Health and National Institute of Health. His research paper on DIOXIN was downloaded for the highest number of times among the scientific communities consecutively in 2010 and 2011. Also the paper was cited for the highest number of times in 2012. He is a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee of Edward Waters College. He is an active member of the Research Advisory Council of Florida State Health Diversity Research. In recent years, he has published several editorial and research papers on African-American Health issues.
During his tenure at EWC, Dr. Mandal is involved in curriculum reform, mentoring and spearheading new initiatives for Allied Health education. As a Liaison, he has made two DUAL DEGREE articulation agreements between Life University and EWC and Palmer College of Chiropractic and EWC.
Outside the academic and professional arena, he is also very active socially. He is the president of Bengali Association of North Florida, Science Bee Coordinator of North South Foundation, Executive Committee member of Indian Cultural Society, and also United Bengali Society of Florida.
Cytogenetics, environmental toxicology, and transport physiology.
Elizabeth City State University, USA
Dr. Banerjee has a host of mentors who have influenced his development as a scientist and a person. He has been fortunate to have worked with a number of prominent scientists and researchers, including his Ph.D. advisor Dr. S. Dutta, an “excellent mentor” who continues to teach and conduct research at the age of 80; Dr. Lawrence DeLucas, the Director of the Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, who supported Banerjee and taught him to write grants in his lab, and with whom Banerjee continues to collaborate with today; and Dr. Günter Blobel, a Nobel prizewinner for his discoveries in the field of hereditary genetics, with whom Banerjee worked at Rockefeller University. “He inspired me a lot and still does,” Banerjee notes. Banerjee was also inspired and influenced by several other people, including Dr. S. Das at the University of Calcutta, his master’s advisor Paul Bullen, and Dr. Ronald Blackmon, now the vice chancellor at ECSU. Banerjee has received some additional inspiration from within his own family: his father-in-law, Dr. B. MookherJee, is a pioneering chemist who developed the patented “living flower technology”.
The field of environmental science as researchers and activists,” he says. “Environmental hazards affect us all, but most especially minorities…they affect us in agriculture, fishing and other areas. Current calamities are due to environmental change. We’re responsible for neglecting the environment, and the results that occur. We need strong representation from the minority community in the practice of environmental science.”
Professor of Biological Physics, School of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Henggui Zhang is Professor of Biological Physics. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mathematical Cardiology from the University of Leeds in 1994. Then he worked as postdoctoral research fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1994-1995) and the University of Leeds(1996-2000), and then senior research fellow at the University of Leeds(2000-2001). In October 2001, he moved to UMIST to take up a lectureship. From then, he worked as lecturer (2001-2004; UMIST), senior lecturer (2004-2006) and Reader (2006-2009) in the University of Manchester. He currently holds Chair of Biological Physics Group at School of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Manchester.
His research interests cover Computational Biology and Non-linear Dynamics. He has authorised over 180 papers and conference abstracts in his research field that including biophysical modelling of the electrical-mechanical activity of cardiac systems at cellular, tissue and organ levels, and quantification of chaotic time series and spatiotemporal complexity.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Dr. Yuhua Song obtained her Ph.D. in Material Science & Engineering (1998)Harbin University of Science and Technology, P. R. China, M. S. in Material Science & Engineering (1996) Jilin University of Technology, P. R. China and B. S. in Material Science & Engineering . She has authored about 28 research publications that include review articlesand she has given 16 meeting presentations. Reviewer for 13 journals.She serving as the Editorial Board member for Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics.He received Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award, The Startup Allocation Committee Award for TeraGrid, The Development Allocation Committee Award for TeraGrid, Medium Resource Allocations Committee Award, Development Allocations Committee Award.
To understand the molecular mechanisms and structural basis of biomolecular interactions underlying the signaling pathways of apoptosis and cell adhesion in cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic diseases, and to design the optimized peptide/copolymers to obtain functional biomaterials for biomedical applications, using an integrated computational and experimental approach.