Adrián Gustavo Turjanski - University of Buenos Aires

Adrián Gustavo Turjanski
Adrián Gustavo Turjanski

Adrián Turjanski obtained his Master degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina in 1999, and then his PhD in Biophysics in 2003. He conducted postdoctoral studies in the area of molecular modeling from 2003 to 2005 in the Department of Physiology and Molecular Biology, School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires. He then conducted postdoctoral work in Bioinformatics as a 2005 Pew Latin American Fellow in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD,USA. In 2008 he returned to Argentina where he is in charge of the Structural Bioinformatics Lab, in the school of sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. He is part of the research staff of the National Research and Technology Council (CONICET). He has also been Full Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Buenos Aires since 2008. In 2013 he became director of the Argentinian Bioinformatic Platform and in 2015 his the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Sciences at the School of Sciences. His research is focused in the developing and application of Bioinformatics tools for drug discovery, going from the genome to structural characterizations of proteins.

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Andre C Ponce de Leon F de Carvalho - University of São Paulo/USP

Andre Ponce de Leon

André C. P. L. F. de Carvalho is Full Professor in the department of Computer Sciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He was Associate Professor in the University of Guelph, Canada, Visiting Researcher in the University of Porto, Portugal and Visiting Professor in the University of Kent, UK. He is Assessor ad hoc for funding Agencies in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic and UK. His main research interests are Data Science, Machine Leearning and Data Science. Prof. de Carvalho has several publications in these areas, including 10 paper awards from conferences organized by ACM, IEEE. He was the founding director of the Center of Machine Learning in Data Analysis, University of São Paulo and is currently the vice-director of the Center for Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry, University of São Paulo . He is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Latin American and Caribbean Chapter and of the Brazilian Science for Education Network.

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Gregorio Iraola - Institut Pasteur de Montevideo

Ronnie Alves
Gragorio Iraola

Dr. Gregorio Iraola is a computational microbiologist. His post-graduation studies started with a Master in Bioinformatics before obtaining a PhD in Biology focused on microbial genomics at the Universidad de la República and the Institut Pasteur Montevideo in Uruguay. Since 2017 he is a staff Associate Researcher at the Bioinformatics Unit in the Institut Pasteur Montevideo. Also, since 2015 he has been a visitor scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Institut Pasteur Paris. From Uruguay, he leads several research lines aiming to develop and apply computational approaches for studying the microbial world. His work has been focused on understanding the evolution of viruses that affect livestock and pets using phylodynamics; and fundamentally on uncovering the evolutionary forces shaping the genomes of zoonotic bacteria like Campylobacter, Leptospira and Mycobacterium. Among his ongoing projects stands out a joint Latin American effort to study the population dynamics of Clostridium difficile using genomic epidemiology approaches. Recently, he became interested in complementing his work in pathogenomics with microbiome approaches, specifically by applying cityscale metagenomics to analyze antibiotic resistance dynamics in enterobacteria from urban environments. More recently, he got involved in science communication as a columnist aiming to bring microbiology and genomics closer to the society.

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Glória Regina Franco - Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Glória Regina Franco
Glória Regina Franco

Gloria Franco holds a bachelor’s in Biology (1988) from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), and a MSc. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) degrees in Biochemistry and Immunology from the same University. Since her Ph.D. she has been working with sequencing and annotation of genomes and transcriptomes of protozoan and worm parasites and bacteria. In 2014 she was a Visiting Professor at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia, working with non-coding RNAs involved in neuronal plasticity and disease. She is currently Full Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology/UFMG and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Bioinformatics at UFMG. She is a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (AB3C) and its previous President. She has experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, working mainly with genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. She has also a great interest in teaching Bioinformatics and Genomics for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Ronnie Alves - Instituto Tecnológico Vale/ITV

Ronnie Alves
Ronnie Alves

Ronnie Alves received his PhD in Computer Science(Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Minho at Braga (Portugal) in April'2008, under the supervision of Prof. Dr.Orlando Belo. While pursuing his PhD studies, he also served as a Visiting Researcher in the Data Mining Group at DAIS Lab in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) led by Prof. Dr. Jiawei Han and in the Bioinformatics Research Group at Pablo de Olavide University – Sevilla, Spain) led by Prof. Dr. Jesus Aguilar-Ruiz. Before starting his Ph.D, he also worked as IT Consultant on several industrial data mining projects (From Retail to Telecommunications) in Brazil and Portugal. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship (Transcriptomics) from the French National Center for Scientific Research(CNRS) in the Virtual Biology Lab at the Institute of Biology Valrose (iBV) at Nice from September'2008 to March'2010. Followed by another two-year postdoc position on Machine Learning and Bioinformatics at theInstitute of Informatics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Being also a Collaborating Professor in the Department of Theoretical Informatics. He worked as Researcher Fellow (Jeune Chercheur) in the Lab. of Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics of Montpellier (LIRMM), being a member of the Computational Biology Institute (IBC) at the Université Montpellier (UM) from September'2014 to February'2016. He is an Associate Researcher in the Environmental Genomics Research Group at the Instituto Tecnologico Vale (ITV). 
He holds the position of Collaborating Professor in the Computer Science Graduate's Program of UFPA (PPGCC-UFPA) and in the Professional Master's in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Tropical Regions (MProf-ITV). He supervises Ph.D and MSc students in the research area of Intelligent Systems, focusing on bioinformatics and machine learning. He is also a member of the Special Committee on Computational Biology (CE-BioComp) of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC).

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