ICAFS2017,7th ICBB|Agricultural & Food Sciences|Biotechnology & Bioengineering

2017 International Conference on Agricultural and Food Science

7th International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering

ICAFS2017&7th ICBB, October 25-27, 2017 Lahore, Pakistan



Some of the speakers are under confirmation, more qualified speakers will be announced soon.

Prof. Dr. Shree Singh
Professor, Breeder and Geneticist. Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences Department, Kimberly Research & Extension Center, University of Idaho, USA
Research extension:
1. Directs genetics and plant breeding program to produce superior dry bean germplasm and cultivars broadly adapted to western and midwestern growth environments;
2. Emphasis on broadening genetic base and development of upright early maturing cultivars with resistance to multiple biotic and abiotic stresses, primarily in pink, pinto and red market classes
(To be confirmed)
Professor Dr. Peiqiang Yu
Professor and Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Chair at Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Distinguished Chair Professor at Tianjin Agricultural University under the Thousand-Talent-People Award Program. Dr. Yu is currently leading the advanced synchrotron-based feed molecular structure and molecular nutrition research programs that focuses on how molecular structure changes induced by various processing and treatments, gene transformation, modification and silencing impact nutrient utilization and availability in animals (eg. Dairy Cattle). Having published more than 220 referred SCI-journal articles with high impact factors and 20 book chapters, Dr. Yu’s research group is a prolific research team. Dr. Yu is a grant reviewer for several international science funding agencies including: USA ACS-PRF Grant, China National Science Foundation (NSF), China Changjiang Scholar Award Program, Israel Science Foundation (ISF-grant), Canadian-AAFC grant, and Federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC- Individual Discovery Grant and NSERC-Strategic Research Grant). Dr. Yu has been in the editorial board for seven international scientific journals such as “Molecular Nutrition & Food Research”, “Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging”, “Archives of Animal Nutrition” etc. (To be confirmed)

Dr. Debasis Chakrabarty
Sr. Scientist, Genetics and Molecular Biology Division, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute, India
Major R&D Achievements:
1. Arsenic in rice: Biotechnological approach to reduce arsenic level in grains.
2. Application of bioreactor systems for large scale production of horticultural and medicinal plants.
He serves as academic editor for PLOS One and Scientific Reports. He published more than 100 journal papers and has H-Index of 37.(To be confirmed)

Dr. Didier BAZILE
Directeur Régional Méditerranée, Moyen Orient et Pays des Balkans chez CIRAD, France
Speciality : Agrobiodiversity management; Ecosystem approach
(To be confirmed)

Prof. Abdulrasoul Al-omran
Department of Soil Science, College of Food Sciences and Agriculture, King Saud university
Current Rsearch: Physical Properties of Polyacrylamide Treated Sandy Soils studied under Saline conditions; Hydration and Swelling Properties of Soil Conditioners as Affected by Chemical Fertilizer Salts; Evaluation of water quality and its effect on soil infiltration in Riyadh region; Infiltration in a calcareous sandy soil as affected by natural clay deposits; Crop water requirements; Surface and Subsurface Drip Irrigation; Deficit Irrigation.
Has published 129 peer-reviewed journal papers.
Presentation Title: Determination and Actual Water Requirements of Date Palm in Saudi Arabia

Dr Arshad Mehmood Abbasi
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
Research Interest: Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals; Ethnobotanical/Ethnomedicinal Study of High Mountain Plant Species; Phytochemicals and Antioxidant Activity in Food and Medicinal Plants
Has published 70 peer-reviewed journal papers.
Presentation Title: Phenolics composition and in-vitro free radicals scavenging activity of edible wild fruits

Dr. Abdullah Jaradat
United States Department of Agriculture, USA
Supervisory Research Agronomist, Research Leader and Location Coordinator
Adjunct Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics - University of Minnesota
I lead and manage the R&D of a multidisciplinary research team; select R&D problem areas, define objectives, set priorities, organize and conduct research which contributes to several national programs of the Agricultural Research Service and cooperating institutions and organizations. I identify appropriate lines of research in consultation with scientists, National Program Staff and stakeholders. I represent the Agricultural Research Service on research, development and transfer of technology. I identify and recommend projects to National Program Staff; I provide advice for, and speak and negotiate research agreements with other Agricultural Research Service research centers, international agencies, university and industry nationwide as regulations permit. I advise and train undergraduate and graduate students on a wide range of R&D topics related to agriculture, biodiversity, and the environment.
Research Focus: Modeling genotypic growth, development, biomass partitioning and yield responses of traditional and alternative crops to environmen-tal, cropping systems and management factors

Khurram Bashir
Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Riken Yokohama Campus, Japan
Research Interest: Abiotic stress response in plants, Plant Biotechnology, Plant molecular biology
He has more than 68 publications with H-index 22.
Presentation Title: Understanding molecular response of plants to abiotic stresses and development of stress 

Dr. Kashif Ghafoor
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Research Highlight: Natural Antioxidants, Functional Foods, Innovative Food Processing, Food Safety using Non-thermal Techniques, Applied Food Chemistry
He has publications with total impact factor 103.837; has the Web of Knowledge Citations 610 and Google Scholar Citations 1115.
Presentation Title: Innovative non-thermal techniques for food pathogen inactivation and ensuring nutritional and other quality improvements
Prof. Dr. Jiahua Zhang
Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dr. Jiahua Zhang is chief scientist in global climate change and diaster remote sensing field. His research includes climate change & atmospheric environment remote sensing, atmospheric–hydrological–ecological cycles, earth system interaction estimation and modelling; Diaster monitoring and assessment using remote sensing, modeling and GIS, e.g., drought, forest fire, flooding, dust storm,UHI, snow cover, etc; others research interesting cover land use and cover changes, vegetation dynamic, ecological investigation, effection of climate change on agriculture. He has been Principle Investigator for over Ten major national projects or programs in China, and Principle Investigator for several international  coperation projects. He has published more than 100 peer review papers, 30 internationl conferences papers and 6 books. He is supported by CAS "Hundred Talents Program".(To be confirmed)


Previous Speakers: 

Prof. Samir Jaoua
Department of Biol. & Environ. Sc., College of Arts & Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar
Research Interests:
Molecular and Environmental Biotechnology, Gene bank and Culture collection, Gene cloning, Production of metabolites, Fungal Mycotoxins
Presentation Title: Biochemical and Molecular determination of fungal population and aflatoxin contamination in the marketed spices

Prof. Thomas T. Chen
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, USA
Center of Excellence for the Oceans, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan
Research Interests:
(1) structure, evolution and regulation of growth hormone and growth factor genes in finfish and shellfish; (2) molecular actions of growth hormone and growth factor; (3) expression of foreign growth hormone or anti-microbial peptide gene in transgenic fish; (4) anti-tumor activities of the E-peptides of pro-IGF-I; and (5) molecular toxicology: development of molecular biological probes for assessing stress in fish caused by environmental xenobiotic or other pollutants at sub-lethal levels.
Presentation title:Production of Disease Resistant Fish by Transgenesis and its Application in Aquaculture

Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Hassan Moaz Romeih
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Theodor Bilharz Research Institute (TBRI), Egypt

Research Interests:
Viral , Bacterial diseases and Cancer, Genomic studies and gene discovery, therapeutic proteins, Vaccine Development, infectious diseases.
Presentation Title: Protective potential of SmFim protein expressed in Pichia pastoris as vaccine against Egyptian Schistosoma mansoni infection

Prof. Dr. Huaqin He
Professor, Deputy Dean, College of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China
One of his research interests is the use of comparative genomics and large-scale data analysis methods to understand the complex relationships between genome sequences and phenotypes of Oryza sativa.
In 2011, he was a visiting scholar in Montana State University, USA. In Oct/2005 to Oct/2006, he was a visiting scholar and later a post-doc in Mississippi State University, USA. He not only have a bioinformatics focus on comparative genome and proteome data, but also have a biochemical aim on the function of genes and proteins. He got 2 research grant awarded by Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31270454) for research at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, and published some refereed journal articles. 

Dr. Rimantas Kodzius
Scientist at Computational Bioscience Research Center (KAUST), Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering division (CEMSE), at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Research fields: Extreme environments and ecology. From environment to bioprospecting utilizing the high-throughput power of microfluidics, by encapsulating single-cells into microdroplets. 

Professor Dr. Masroor Ellahi Babar
Dean, Faculty of Science & Technology in the Virtual University of Pakistan, Pakistan
He has been contributing actively in teaching and research from more than 25 years in the field of Livestock Production, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Functional Genomics. He did post-doctoral trainings from Canada and USA. He has received many awards and distinctions including Star Award, Excellence Award from Prime Minister of Pakistan, Excellence award from Chief Minister of the Punjab,  Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal, Best University Teacher Award from Higher Education Commission-Pakistan for outstanding teaching and research and Research Productivity Award from Ministry of Science and Technology-Pakistan. In recognition of his services the President of Pakistan honored him with Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.
He has published more than 200 research papers and supervised 88 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Do Vo Anh Khoa
Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Can Tho University, Viet Nam
Research interests: livestock breeding and selection for immune responsiveness and disease resistance, animal health and welfare, and meat quality, particularly in pig and chicken
He is senior lecturer and researcher at Can Tho University, Viet Nam. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2009 and was entitled one of the youngest Associate Professors of Can Tho University in 2013.
He has published more than 110 scholarly articles and 6 books. For the past 18 years, he has taught courses on pig production technology and animal biotechnology.


Prof. Se-Kwon Kim
Director of Marine Bioprocess Research Center (MBPRC) at Pukyong National University, Republic of Korea
Research fields: investigation and development of bioactive substances derived from marine organisms and their application in oriental medicine, nutraceuticals, and cosmeceuticals via marine bioprocessing and mass- production technologies.
He was the editor in chief of the Korean Journal of Life Sciences (1995-1997), the Korean Journal of Fisheries Science and Technology (2006-2007), and the Korean Journal of Marine Bioscience and Biotechnology (2006-present). His research has been credited with the best paper award from the American Oil Chemist’s Society (AOCS) and the Korean Society of Fisheries Science and Technology in 2002. He has also conducted research on the development of bioactive materials from marine organisms for applications in oriental medicine, cosmeceuticals, and nutraceuticals. To date, he has authored over 600 research papers and holds 152 patents. In addition, he has written or edited more than 60 books.
Presentation title: Research and application of bioactive substances form marine resources

Prof. Dr. Andrei L. Barkovskii
Microbiology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Georgia College and State University, USA

Environmental microbiology; microbial community structure; source and fate of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes in watersheds; microbiology of clays.
Presentation title: Impact of coastal activities on the occurrence, distribution, and ecology of pathogenic and antibiotic resistant bacteria in tidal creeks and estuaries

Dr. Jayachandran Venkatesan
Marine Bioprocess Research Center (MBPRC) at Pukyong National University, Republic of Korea
Research fields:
Investigation and development of materials from fish processing wastes and other marine sources.
He is currently doing a research on biomaterials (Chitosan, Hydroxyapatite and carbon nanotube) with stem cell interaction for bone tissue engineering application. To date, he has published 100 research papers including book chapter and holds 4 patents.
Presentation Title: Marine nano-biomaterials: Preparations and applications


Call for Speakers

We are inviting plenary and invited speakers. If you would like to deliver an oral presentation, please register and submit your abstract online.
Call for sessions
We invite proposals for Sessions, Workshops or Minisymposia.
 ● Each Session should consist of at least 4 paper presentations. For that session, the organiser or his team can present 2 papers at most.
 ● Each Workshop or Minisymposium should consist of at least 8 paper presentations. For that workshop or minisymposium, the organizer or his team can present 4 papers at most.
 ● The Session, Workshop or Minisymposium organizer will be responsible for advertising the workshop, and selecting and reviewing the papers.
 ● The Session organizers will be granted free registration for the ICBB 2017 (if in their Symposium there are at least 6 registrations (1 Session's Organizer), 12 registrations (for 2 Session's Organizers) etc).
 ● The Workshop or Minisymposium organizers will be granted free registration and and have a part of the accomodation expenses covered (if in their Symposium there are at least 10 registrations (1 Symposium's Organizer), 18 registrations (for 2 Symposium's Organizers) etc).
 ● Papers accepted for Sessions, Workshops or Minisymposia will be published in the abstract book of ICBB 2017.
 ● Following the end of the Conference, the papers presented at the Sessions, Workshops or Minisymposia will be considered for publication in the appropriate journals.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals to organize Sessions, Workshops or Minisymposia should include the following information:
 1. The title of the Session/Workshop
 2. The name, affiliation, mailing address and e-mail address(es) of the proposer(s)
 3. A description of the topic of the Session (not exceeding 100 words)
 4. A short description on the means of advertiesement for the Session
The deadline for proposal submission is Jun. 1, 2017. Please send your proposal to: info@icbb.vu.edu.pk or icbb@mail.apaset.org