iCOMOS Speakers

Peter Agre

Nobel Laureate, University Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University. In addition to the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Agre was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2000, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003, the American Philosophical Society in 2004, the National Academy of Medicine in 2005, and the American Society for Microbiology in 2011.

Linda Birnbaum

Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, as well as the National Toxicology Program, positions to which she was appointed on January 18, 2009. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and as a member of the editorial board of Environment International. 

Hualan Chen 

L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awardee. A Chinese animal virologist best known for researching animal epidemic diseases, Dr. Chen is a member of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database (FAOSTAT). She is now a researcher and PhD Supervisor at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

 

Peter Doherty

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Australia. His research focuses on the immune system. His Nobel work described how the body's immune cells protect against viruses. He and Rolf Zinkernagel, the co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, discovered how T cells recognize their target antigens in combination with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins.

 

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Adrian Dubock

Consultant working to bring private sector skills to public sector agricultural development in developing countries. Dr. Dubock has served as project manager for Golden Rice, and the Executive Secretary of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board. Golden rice is genetically manipulated to turn on the genes for making beta-carotene, a nutritional precursor the body needs to manufacture its own vitamin A, a deficiency of which can lead to blindness.

Kristie Ebi

Kristie Ebi

Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences, University of Washington. Dr. Ebi’s research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments. 

Lynne Gaffikin

Lynne Gaffikin

Consulting associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and provides support to the Woods Institute’s INOGO effort. Gaffikin has worked for over 25 years helping to improve maternal and child health in developing countries. For the past 10 years her work has also extended to the interface between human and wildlife health. She also provides technical assistance to NGOs that acknowledge and aim to strengthen human health and environmental conservation linkages.

Ramanan Laxminarayan

Ramanan Laxminarayan

Director and senior fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in Washington, D.C., and a senior research scholar and lecturer at the Environmental Institute at Princeton. Laxminarayan works to improve understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource, and encompasses peer-reviewed research, public outreach, and direct engagement in eleven countries in Asia and Africa.

Francisco Lopera

Francisco Lopera

Professor and director of the Grupo de Neurociencias de Antioquia at University or Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. As a behavioral neurologist, Lopera plays an active role in assisting patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, CADASIL, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, mild cognitive impairment, fronto-temporal dementia and other forms of dementia. and other neuro-developmental problems.

Ken McColl

Ken McColl

Principal research veterinarian at the high-security CSIRO–Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Australia. McColl has worked on rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus as a biocontrol agent for rabbits, and he now leads a group investigating the use of koi herpesvirus as a potential biocontrol agent for carp.

Pamela Melroy

Retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. She served as pilot on Space Shuttle missions STS-92 and STS-112 and commanded mission STS-120 before leaving the agency in August 2009. Melroy joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 2011, where she was a senior technical adviser and director of field operations for the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

Robert Mwanga

2016 World Food Prize Recipient, was the driving force behind making sweet potato research a priority in Uganda starting in the mid-1980s, which resulted in the white sweet potato (vitamin A deficient) largely being replaced by Vitamin A-rich OFSP in the diets of the rural poor. His breeding research, mentoring of scientists, and capacity building resulted in the dissemination of new high-yielding pest- and disease-resistant OFSP varieties in Uganda and throughout East and Central Africa.

Sam Myers

Samuel Myers

MD, MPH, is a principal research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and is director of the Planetary Health Alliance. Myers studies the human health impacts of accelerating disruptions to Earth’s natural systems, a field recently dubbed Planetary Health. His current work spans several areas of planetary health including, and the impact of animal pollinator declines on human nutrition at a global scale.

Cecilia Rocha

Cecilia Rocha

Professor and the director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Since 2015, Dr. Rocha has also been co-directing a small-scale food processing project for children in Vietnam, in partnership with Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition. Dr. Rocha is the author of a number of scholarly papers and reports on food policy and programs in Brazil.

Eric Schwartz

Eric Schwartz

President of Refugees International. Schwartz has had a three-decade career focused on humanitarian and human rights issues. Between 2009 and 2011, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, where he is credited with initiating and implementing critical enhancements to the U.S. refugee resettlement program and raising the profile of global migration issues in U.S. foreign policy.

Alison Van Eenennaam

Alison Van Eenennaam

Cooperative extension specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. Dr. Van Eenennaam is a current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease and the development of genome editing approaches for livestock. 

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Dan Voytas

Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and the director of the Center for Genome Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Voytas is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, specializing in molecular biology and genetics. His  research focuses on genome modification using nucleases that recognize specific DNA sequences.