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Our Guest Speakers

The GGL is proud to announce this years guest speakers for the annual conference. We are honoured to have them contibuting to our conference and offer our sincere appreciation for their efforts.

Thomas Fleming (Section 1)

      Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg

Dr. Thomas H. Fleming graduated in 2012 with a dissertation titled "The Role of the Glyoxalase System & Reactive Metabolites in the Aging Process" from the Medical Faculty in Heidelberg. Since 2007 he is project leader for the Department of Internal Medicine I and Clinical Chemistry at the university medical center in Heidelberg. Before his appointment, he was researcher for Dr. Sinan Battah at the University of Essex, U.K. Besides that, Dr. Fleming is Assistant Editor for the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes and Project leader in SFB 118 "Reactive Metabolite & Late Diabetic Complications”: (A) TP A04 (Fleming/Nawroth): “The importance of enzymatic regulation of methylglyoxal metabolism in diabetic neuropathy” &  (B) TP S01 (Fleming): “Analytical Platform: LC-MS/MS Core Facility’.


Zbigniew Mikulski (Section 2, GGL Alumnus) 

      La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

Zbigniew Mikulski, PhD, manages the Microscopy and Histology cores and oversees the Imaging Core Facility at La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, California. Zbigniew received his PhD in human biology from the University of Giessen in Germany and graduated the GGL in 2010 as a member of Section 3 - Heart, Blood and Lung Vessels. He joined Dr. Klaus Ley’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2010, there he studies Crohn’s disease in addition to his appointment as head of the Imaging Core. His research projects are revolving around the role of chemokine CCL21 and dendritic cells in Crohn’s disease.

His research focuses on understanding cellular as well as molecular mechanisms of diseases with the overall aim to help discover new ways of treating chronic inflammatory disorders and alleviate the burden of infection. Therefore white blood cells, including dendritic cells due to their instrumentation of immune responses and macrophages as they are key effectors in chronic inflammatory conditions are studied within Dr. Mikulski's work. Especially during his PhD studies he worked extensively with those kind of cells from various organs to draw up his thesis, titled "The role of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on alveolar macrophages in a pulmonary anti-inflammatory cholinergic pathway".



Hector A. Cabrera-Fuentes (Section 3, GGL Alumnus)

      Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore

Hector A. Cabrera-Fuentes, PhD, is currently appointed as junior group leader at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Besides that, he is also appointed as visiting scientist to the National Heart Research Institute in Singapore. Before he joined the Institute for Biochemestry at the Medical Faculty as a Senior Research Fellow in Giessen, Hector A. Cabrera-Fuentes received his doctoral degree in 2014 with high honors from the Justus-Liebig-University. In 2012, he graduated as member of Section 3 - Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels from the GGL.

His research interests are extracellular DNA, ribonucleases, acute and chronic inflammation, cardio protection, ischaemia-reperfusion injury, atherosclerosis, acute myocardial infarction, heart remodeling and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Dr. Hector A. Cabrera-Fuentes is amongst others member of the British Society for Cardiovascular Research, member of the European Section of the International Society for Heart Research and the American Heart Association Council on Vascular Biology. In 2016 he received the SERVIER-International Society of Heart Research Award.

Stefan Hüttelmaier (Section 4)

      Medical Faculty, Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Halle

Since 2010, Prof. Dr. Stefan Hüttelmaier is director of the Core Facility Imaging (CFI) and speaker of the GRK 1591 "Posttranscriptional control of gene expression: mechanisms and role in pathogenesis". In 2009, Stefan Hüttelmaier was appointed as Professor of Molecular Cytology at Universitätsklinikum Halle/Saale. Before that, Dr. Hüttemaier was NBL3-Junior Group Leader. In 2000, he graduated with a dissertation titled "Aspects of cell adhesion: The function of vinculin and vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein VASP in actin-membrane attachment" with high honors.


Peter Jedlička (Section 5)

      Faculty of Anatomy I, Goethe-University Frankfurt

At present Dr. Peter Jedlicka is working at the faculty of Anatomy I of the Goethe-University in Frankfurt. Since 2011 he dedicated his work to the research in the field of Alzheimer’s and has started a new project on the analysis of BACE1 in memory processes at the end of last year. His research focuses on the brain region of the hippocampus which is greatly important for the memory. This specific region is already effected by Alzheimer’s during the earliest stages of the disease. As motivation he states the exploration of whether it is possible to entirely reduce human cognition to neuronal computation. Through his research Dr. Jedlicka wants to spread light on the neurobiological mechanisms causing the development of Alzheimer’s. His overall aim is a deeper knowledge of the role of molecules and signaling pathways related to the disease to thereby provide a more effective and reliable therapeutic strategy.


Betty Exintaris (Section 6)

      Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University

Betty Exintaris obtained her PhD in 2000 and started a full time academic position in the Department of Pharmaceutical Biology and Pharmacology (Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University) the same year. In 2004, she completed a 2 year ‘Graduate Certificate in Higher Education’. In her role as an academic, she lectures for the bachelor programmes of Pharmacy as well as Pharmaceutical Science and co-ordinates the Honours program for the Department of Drug Discovery Biology. She has been voted ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the 1st year Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science students from 2006 to 2012. Her current research programs involve intracellular mechanisms in the smooth muscle of the prostate gland and the role of the autonomic nervous system in regulation of it. She has over 27 manuscripts in high quality, peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 published abstracts from conference proceedings.


Peter H. Pfromm (Section 7)

      Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State Universit

Peter H. Pfromm is Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. He received the degree Diplomingenieur, Verfahrenstechnik (M.Sc., process engineering) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1985 and then spent three years with Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. in Menlo Park, CA. During this time he worked on the development of new high performance membranes and new membrane separation processes in gas separations and recovery of organic vapors. From there he transfered to the Frauenhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Stuttgart, Germany where he developed hollow fibers for gas and vapor separations, and designed a module for affinity separations. After that he spent a year with Pharmetrix Corp, CA and obtained his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2002 Peter Pfromm transferred to the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Kansas State University where he became full professor in 2006. His research deals with the fundamentals and applications of membrane separations. A recent area of special emphasis is the decoupling of food production from fossil energy through novel ammonia synthesis approaches.


Barbara Gatto (Section 8)

      Department of Pharmacy, University of Padova

Barbara Gatto graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Padova and received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1993 as a joint degree at Padova University and the John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She continued her research activity in the United States as a post-doctoral research fellow and collaborated with Prof. Michael Famulok, Ludwig Maximilians University, in 1996 and 97. In 2006 she became associate Professor for pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Padova where she is teaching the subjects biotechnological drugs and rational bases of activity of drugs. The research conducted in her laboratory focuses on the discovery and development of aptamers and the elucidation of molecular mechanisms in action of drugs interacting with nucleic acids and nucleic acid-protein complexes. Mrs. Gatto has been invited as a speaker to national and international meetings, is author of several original research articles, reviews and book chapters and holds international patents. She was awarded the special mention at the Biotech Award in 1998 for outstanding Italian research in molecular biology applied to biomedicine.


Risto Väinölä (Section 9)

      University of Helsinki

Dr. Risto Väinölä works as senior curator and leader of the metazoan team at the zoology unit of the Finnish Museum of Natural History. He received his doctorate from the Academy of Finland in 1993 and from there on pursued a one year post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh. In 1995 he returned to Finland to accede a position as teaching and research associate and worked as coordinator of the joint molecular ecology and systematics laboratory during its founding and growth phases in 1996-1999. Nowadays his team explores the history and diversity of the northern aquatic fauna, mainly using information from the genomes of organisms. Main study objects are freshwater crustaceans and brackish-water bivalve molluscs.


Scott Johnson (Section 10)

     Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Scott Johnson, PhD, is a community ecologist working on insect–plant interactions, particularly on pest species. He gained his PhD from the University of York in the UK in 2002 and held a number of positions in the UK, including at the University of Reading and the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now The James Hutton Institute), before moving to Australia in 2011 to take up the position of Senior Lecturer. His research group aims to identify novel approaches for managing pest species and preserving ecosystem services, based on a better understanding of how organisms within ecosystems interact. This includes exploiting chemical signals used by insects to locate resources, enhancing biological control by increasing searching efficiency of the herbivores' natural enemies and using plant-microbes to help plants resist herbivore attack.