The 11th Asia-Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference (APMBC) 2017

May 22-24, 2017, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Imin International Conference Center


Plenary Speakers


Professor Anchalee Tassanakajon

Dr. Anchalee Tassanakajon is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Chulalongkorn University. She is currently the Director of Omics Sciences and Bioinformatics Center and Director of Center of Excellence for Molecular Biology and Genomics of Shrimp. As a pioneer in shrimp genome research, her work focuses on applying genome information to study the immune system of shrimp. She and her research team have successfully identified several immune-related genes in the commercially important black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon and the Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. The functions of some of these genes and proteins have been further characterized to unveil the important immune mechanisms in shrimp.



Professor Tadashi Matsunaga

Dr. Tadashi Matsunaga is a President of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. His main research areas are Marine Biotechnology, Bioelectronics, and Biomagnetics. He is currently supervising research in the “Creation of Basic Technology for Improved Bioenergy Production through Functional Analysis and Regulation of Algae and Other Aquatic Microorganisms”, for CREST and PRESTO by Japan Science and Technology Agency. Matsunaga served as President of International Marine Biotechnology Association (IMBA) from 2010 to 2013.



Professor Paul Alewood

Dr. Paul Alewood is a Group leader in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) at the University of Queensland. Professor Alewood’s research is in peptide, protein and medicinal chemistry. Research projects include the development of structure-function relationships of cysteine-rich bioactive peptides, the design and synthesis of new peptide drugs, peptidomimetics and proteomics. Current research targets involve the discovery and development of novel bioactive peptides for the treatment of chronic pain and ion channel therapeutics.



Professor Daniel Morse

Dr. Daniel Morse is a Wilcox Professor of Biomolecular Science and Engineering, Founding Director of the Marine Biotechnology Center at the University of California, and Emeritus Founding Director of the Army-sponsored Institute UCSB-MIT- Caltech for Collaborative Biotechnologies. His research is focused at the interface between marine biotechnology, chemical physics and materials science. He discovered the mechanisms of biomineralization in molluscan shells and the silica skeletons of sponges, discovered of the enzymatic mechanism of silicatein-catalyzed silica synthesis, and discovered of the molecular mechanism by which reflectin regulates dynamically tunable biophotonics in cephalopods.



Professor Torsten Thomas

Dr. Torsten Thomas is a professor at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science and the Director of the Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research interests center around the diversity, function and evolution of host-microbe systems in the marine environment. Specific projects include microbial diseases of seaweeds, the discovery and characterization of marine bioactives and the molecular mechanisms of bacteria-invertebrate symbiosis.



Yniv Palti

Dr. Palti currently holds the positions of a research geneticist and lead scientist of the Genetics, Physiology and Genomics unit at the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture (NCCCWA), Agricultural Research Service, USDA. At the NCCCWA Dr. Palti leads efforts to develop tools and resources for genomics research in rainbow trout and other salmonids. The major focus of Dr. Palti’s current research is aimed at developing and evaluating strategies for genome-enabled selection and marker assisted selection in traits that cannot be measured directly on potential breeders in rainbow trout aquaculture.



Keynote Speakers


Dr. Pinwen Peter Chiou

Session: Disease and Immunology in Aquaculture I (Finfish)

“Regulation and application of Toll-like receptor-9 pathway in grouper.”

Pinwen Peter Chiou is an Assistant Professor  in the Department of Aquaculture at the National Taiwan Ocean University in Keelung, Taiwan.  His work on the immune response genes in grouper is highlighted in his keynote address. 



Dr. Brian Shepherd

Session: Role of Marine Biotechnology in Sustainable Aquaculture

“Priority research needs in profitable and sustainable aquaculture.”

Brian Shepherd is an animal physiologist and lead scientist with the Agricultural Research Service USDA unit, Dairy Forage and Aquaculture Research Unit, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is recognized for his work on the physiology and genetics of Yellow Perch.



Geoffrey Waldbieser

Session: Genomics of Finfish, Shellfish and Marine Microorganisms

“De novo assembly of large and small genomes in aquaculture “
Geoff Waldbieser is a research molecular biologist with the Agricultural Research Services, USDA, Warmwater Aquaculture Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi.  His group’s research uses catfish genetics and genomics to improve phenotypic trait evaluations for genomic selection in catfish.



Professor Goro Yoshizaki

Session:  Reproductive Technology in Finfish Aquaculture and Other Related Marine Biotechnology

“Germ Cell Manipulation in fish”

Goro Yoshizaki is the Director of Oizumi Research Station and the Professor of Fish Physiology, Department of Marine Biosciences, Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology, Tokyo, Japan. His work in the transovarian rearing of salmon in trout and the birth of tuna from mackerel has received worldwide scientific recognition.


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