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Director Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry (GIP)

National Poultry Genome Coordinator, USDA

University of California-Davis, USA

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Huaijun Zhou

Prof. Zhou’s research program applies genetic, genomic, epigenomic and bioinformatics technologies to address important biological questions, apply the knowledge to improve global food security, production efficiency, and food safety, and currently lead international efforts on annotating of livestock genomes. His main research program has focused on genetic resistance to pathogen, the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host–pathogen interaction in chickens, functional annotation of regulatory elements in farm animal species, and comparative epigenomic research. His recent work on conservation of cis-regulatory elements across mammalian species including humans provides novel insights of tissue-specific functional elements for studying human diseases using appropriate animal model. He has received more than $31 million ($20 million as a PI) in funding from USAID, USDA, NIH, and livestock industries. Zhou is the Program Director of USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Genomics to Improve Poultry targeting both East and West African countries, under the US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. Zhou has published 135 full-length papers including Nature, Science, Nature Communications, Genome Research, Genome Biology, Cell Host & Microbe et al., 6 book chapters and 220 abstracts and conference proceedings. His work has received significant accolades and he was honored Hy-Line International Research Award (2010), PSA Early Achievement Award for Research (2011), Evonik Degussa Award for Achievement in Poultry Science (2016), Zoetis Fundamental Science Award (2018), and Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement, Prize of Outstanding Achievement in Science (AAFC) (2020).

Prof. Annie Vogel Ciernia

University of British Columbia, Canada

Prof. Kifah Gharzeddin

Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Mirzakamol Ayubov

Center of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Academy Sciences of Uzbekistan

Prof. Shymaa Enany

Suez Canal University, Egypt

Dr. Juan Debernardi

Howard Hughes Medical Institute/University of California-Davis, USA

Prof. Martina Drevenšek

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Umidjon Shapulatov

National University of Singapore

Dr. Felix Moronta-Barrios

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Trieste, Italy

Dr. Yensi Flores Bueso

University College Cork Ireland

Prof. Meng Li

Shenzhen University, China

Dr NZWEUNDJI Justine Germo

Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies, Cameroon

Dr. Aleksander Mahnič

National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), Slovenia

Prof. Elena Bužan

University of Primorska, Slovenia

Prof. Maged Gomaa Hemida

Long Island University, USA

Prof. Yu Shi

Henan University, China

Dr. Paulina Carmona-Mora

University of California-Davis, USA

Dr. Mohammed Mostajo-Radji

University of California-Santa Cruz, USA

Prof. Alisher Abdullaev

Center for Advanced Technologies, Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan

Dr. Yulduzkhon Abdullaeva

Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Münster, Germany

Prof. Ahmad Ali

University of Mumbai, India

Prof. Mohd Ghows Mohd Azzam

Malaysia Genome Institute, National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia

Dr. Cholpon Omurgazieva

National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

Dr. Ulykbek Kairov

Center for Life Sciences, Nazarbayev University , Kazakhstan

Dr. Armine Margaryan

Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University, Armenia