Plenary Speakers
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Ian T. Baldwin

Prof. Ian T. Baldwin received an AB from Dartmouth College in 1981, his PhD from Cornell University in 1989, rose through the academic ranks at the State University of New York at Buffalo and in 1996 became the founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, where he heads the Department of Molecular Ecology. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, and has published 430 peer-reviewed papers and one book on the induced defenses of plants.

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Narry Kim

Narry Kim is a Professor at Seoul National University and a founding director of RNA Research Center at Institute for Basic Science. Kim received her Ph.D. in 1998 from Oxford University on virology, and studied mRNA surveillance as postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. Her group at SNU has been investigating how microRNAs are made and regulated, and what RNAs and RNA-binding proteins do to control cell fates. Kim received L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science (2008) and the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine (2009), and was elected as Foreign Associates of National Academy of Science and of European Molecular Biology Organization.

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Richard Losick

Richard Losick is the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology, a Harvard College Professor, and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University.  He received his A.B. in Chemistry at Princeton University and his Ph.D. from MIT.  He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.  He is a past Chairman of the Departments of Cellular and Developmental Biology and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He is a recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Selman A. Waksman Award of the National Academy of Sciences,  the Canada  International Gairdner Award, and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for Biology or Biochemistry of Columbia University.

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Caroline Robert

Caroline Robert, M.D., Ph.D. is the Head of the Dermatology Service at Gustave Roussy Cancer Campus and co-director of the Melanoma Research Unit at INSERM 981 Paris-Sud University. She trained at the Paris V University, and at Harvard, Brigham & Women’s hospital in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy. She chairs the Melanoma EORTC group. Her main focuses of interest are clinical and translational Research on Melanoma: immunotherapy and targeted therapy. She is national and international coordinator of many clinical trials of targeted therapy and immunotherapy for melanoma patients, from phase I to III.