PAG ASIA 2019 features some of the best minds in the ag-genomics industry to share the latest information and scientific breakthroughs. Please click on any of our speakers to learn more about their biography and area of interest.
PAG ASIA 2019 in Shenzhen, China will feature the best minds in the ag-genomics industry to and the latest information and scientific breakthroughs.
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Mr. Boettcher’s 20+ career has spanned academics, industry and international public service. Prior to joining the FAO, he was a Senior Research Associate and Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, Geneticist with the Italian National Holstein Breeders Association Italy, Researcher for the National Research Council of Italy and Technical Officer in the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Boettcher was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin in the United States of America and holds a PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the Iowa State University. He has participated in many national and international research projects regarding genetic improvement of livestock and characterization and conservation of animal genetic resources for food and agriculture in more than 50 developing and industrialized countries. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources. He has authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and co-authored and edited FAO Guidelines for Cryconservation, In Vivo Conservation and Molecular Genetic Characterization of Animal Genetic Resources.
9:00 am, Friday June 7, 2019
Professor in Plant Pathology, Sichuan Agricultural University, China
Xuewei Chen is a Professor in Plant Pathology at Sichuan Agricultural University, China. He has devoted himself to the study of plant disease resistance for both conceptual innovation and practical application. His research interest includes exploration and creation of resistant rice resources, uncovering molecular mechanisms of disease resistance, and resistant breeding. He has published 60 scientific papers related to plant disease resistance in prestigious journals, such as Cell, Science and PNAS. Part of the achievements won awards of the “Top ten scientific advances in life sciences of China in 2017” and “Great research advances in agricultural science of China in 2017”. He has further applied the conceptual innovation and bred 19 elite hybrid rice varieties with high disease resistance and high yield. Among these new hybrid rice varieties, 12 have won national authorization..
“Exploration and Utilization of Rice Resources with Broad-spectrum Resistance Against Blast Disease”
9:00 am, Thursday, June 6, 2019
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Japan
Graduated in 1986 in Department of Physics in The University of Tokyo. Got Ph.D thereat in 1994. Worked in Plantech Research Institute and Lab of Plant Molecular Genetics in Nara Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) with Prof. Ko Shimamoto (1988-1994, 1944-2001). Worked in Lab of Plant Molecular Genetics in The Rockefeller University with Prof. Nam-Hai Chua. Worked in National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (NIAS) with Dr. Masahiro Yano (2001-2005) and set up the Lab of myself thereat (2005-2016). Have become a full professor in Lab of Plant Breeding & Genetics in The University of Tokyo (2016-). Major research theme are elucidation of molecular mechanisms in photoperiodic flowering in a short-day plant, rice and of dynamics of field transcriptome of rice driven by natural environments and developmental programs under field conditions. Have proposed some models based on genetic network of responsible flowering-time genes to explain how plants can recognize the changes of day-length in the control of photoperiodic flowering and has recently developed a molecular system for synthetic control system of rice flowering-time (Okada et al. 2017).
"Photoperiodic Flowering in Rice Under Natural Conditions"
9:00 am, Saturday, June 8, 2019
Annotation Project Leader, EMBL-EBI, UK
Jane has a background in virus research, plant biochemisty and molecular biology. Whilst working in the photosynthesis group at IACR Rothamsted she completed her PhD (Lancaster University), investigating the biochemistry and molecular biological aspects of inhibitors of Rubisco (CA1Pase). In 2000 Jane left bench science and moved into bioinformatics, working as a computational molecular biology specialist for the BBSRC, providing teaching and support for molecular biology software packages for 8 BBSRC Institutes. Jane joined the Sanger Institute in 2002 as part of the HAVANA group working on manual genome annotation of human, mouse and zebrafish and latterly the swine, rat and chicken genomes. Jane has subsequently been involved in a number of major international collaborations, including generating the GENCODE annotation for the ENCODE project, collaborating with NCBI, HGNC, MGI and Ensembl to produce the CCDS annotation and as a co-ordinator for the Immune Response Annotation Group for the swine community. Jane joined EMBL- EBI in June 2017 to continue with the GENCODE project as an Annotation Project Leader in the Ensembl team. Jane has been an instructor for Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses since 2002, and presents human, mouse and zebrafish workshops around the world.
"From Human Genome Annotation to Wheat Genome Analyses"
9:45 am, Saturday, June 8, 2019
Professor, China Agricultural University, China
Dr. Yang got his Ph.D. in Animal Genetics and Breeding at Beijing Agricultural University (now renamed as China Agricultural University, CAU) in 1990, and has joined the faculty of CAU since then. He spent one year at Virginia Tech, USA, as a visiting professor. He is now a Professor of Animal Genetics and Breeding at CAU, Director of National Engineering Laboratory for Animal Breeding, President of the World Poultry Science Association, Chief Scientist for the National System for Layer Production Technology. He has received many prestigious awards including the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. He has focused on genetic and genomic study of chickens, and development of new breeding technology. He has achieved systematic innovations in poultry genetics and breeding of new layer breeds, and won 4 National Prizes for Scientific Advancement. He has authored more than 230 papers in refereed journals and book chapters, and advised 42 Ph.D. graduates and many other master or bachelor degree holders. He is now serving on the editorial boards of 9 scientific journals, including BMC Genomics, Poultry Science, J. of Animal Science and Biotechnology, J. of Integrated Agriculture, and Frontiers of Agriculture Science and Engineering.
“TEMPORARY TITLE - Genomic Analysis and Breeding of Chickens”
9:45 am, Thursday, June 6, 2019
Professor China Agricultural University, China
Dr. Zhao has been working as a professor majoring in Animal genetics at China Agricultural University since 2006. He received his Ph.D. degree in Animal Genetics in 1998 at China Agricultural University. From 1998 to 2006, he did his postdoctoral work together with Dr. Lennart Hammarstrom in Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Until now, he has published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed international journals such as Nature Communications, PNAS, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Immunology, etc. In 2007, he was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars by the National Science Foundation of China.
"Immunoglobulins in Domestic Animals: Surprises and Applications"
9:45 am, Friday, June 7, 2019