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PLENARY INVITED SPEAKERS (all Sections)

Dr. David Rodríguez-Lázaro
 
Dr. David Rodríguez-Lázaro is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), specialised in Food Science (BSc and MSc) and Molecular Microbiology (PhD). He is an associate professor of Microbiology and the Head of the Microbiology Division at the University of Burgos. He has performed research stays in the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research (Denmark), University of Prague (Czech Republic), the Food and Environmental Research Agency (UK), and the University of Bristol (UK). He was a Leverhulme visiting Professor in the Institute of Advanced Sciences in the University of Bristol during the years 2004 and 2005 and Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences in the University of Bristol (UK) until 2.007. 
 
His research interest is focused on the establishment of reliable, quantitative molecular strategies for detection of important food-borne pathogens from environmental sources and various types of foodstuffs, the characterisation of the prevalence of the main foodborne pathogens in food and food related environments, and the development of emergent food preservation processes and their effects in the microbial virulence. He has participated in a number of coordinated EU-funded projects such as PROMISE, BASELINE, VITAL, FOOD-PCR, SACROHN, and MONI-QA, having established active links with the leading European research groups working in Food Safety.
 
He has published more than 100 international scientific papers (H-index 25) and book or book chapters regarding to Food Safety. He is currently member of the editorial board of “Applied and Environmental Microbiology”, “International Journal of Food Microbiology”, “Food and Environmental Virology” and “International Journal of Food Contamination” and the editor-in-chief of the Journal “Food Analytical Methods”. He was awarded with the “XV Jaime Ferrán Award” in 2013 by the Spanish Society for Microbiology for his understanding promising scientific career in Microbiology. 
 
Dr. Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc 
 
Dr. Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc is professor of General and Medical Microbiology, Immunobiology and Immunopathology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest and the Coordinator of   Life, Environmental and Earth Sciences of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest. She received fellowships at the Pasteur Institute of Bangui, Central African Republic and Pasteur Institute of Paris, France. Main research focuses: investigation of antibiotic resistance and development of novel microbicidal and anti-pathogenic strategies (based on natural /synthetic compounds and /or nanomaterials).
 
During 2001-2009, she was National Data Manager for Romania in EARSS (European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System). She is managing editor of the Romanian Biotechnological Letters, an ISI journal; associate editor or member of the editorial board of other four journals; guest editor for special issues in international journals. She is PhD supervisor since 2014. She was member in the scientific/organization committee of national and international workshops and conferences. Ongoing projects topics: molecular epidemiology of carbapenems resistance in clinical strains isolated in Romanian hospitals, investigation of host-pathogen relationship using the Drosophila melanogaster experimental model, development of novel nanomaterials for biomedical and industrial applications.
 
Professor Dr. Viorica Muşat 
 
Professor Dr. Viorica Muşat graduated the faculty of chemistry, specialization in physical chemistry and defended the PhD thesis in chemistry (Heterogeneous kinetics in systems generating magnetic oxides) at the University of Bucharest. She teaches Physical chemistry, Ceramic materials, Nanotechnology and nanomaterials, Materials for renewable energies (eng), Chemistry of environment, in the department of Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati.
She has performed research work in the Institute de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux (ICMCB)-CNRS, University Bordeaux I and NOVA University of Lisbon/Department of Materials Investigation CENIMAT/i3N within doctoral research grant, TEMPUS individual grant, NATO Senior Scientist Fellowship, NATO Visiting Expert Fellowships. The research interest is focused on nanotechnologies and functional nanomaterials: oxides, hybrids, composites or biopolymers as thin films and nanostructured materials (transparent, semiconductive, photoluminescent, dielectric, photocatalytic, antimicrobial, self-healing) for optoelectronics and transparent electronics, photovoltaics, sensors, protective/decorative coatings, biocompatible/bioactive and environmental applications. Has visited or collaborated with some important European Centers and Laboratories in nanotechnologies: iNano” University of Aarhus-Denmark, IDEON Science Park- Lund- Sweden, Nanoscience Centre from University of Copenhagen, CSEM Neuchatel Switzerland, LETI/MINATEC Research Centre of CEA-Grenoble, ChemE-TU Delft University, LMNT-University of Sassary. As Romanian partner leader in FP7 projects (MULTINANOWIRES, POINTS), Professor Viorica Muşat has collaborated with research teams recognized as European and/or internationally leaders in the field of nanotechnologies and transparent/printed electronics from CENIMAT/i3N/CEMOP/NOVA University of Lisbon, Cavendish Laboratory / University of Cambridge, Erlangen IISB-Franhӧfer Institute, VVT-Technical Research Centre of Finland, Bayer Technology Services GmbH Leverkusen and IMT Bucharest.
She published 52 papers in journals ISI (30 first&corresponding author and 11 corresponding author) with a cumulative impact  factor of 73, which have more than 500 citations (about 470 without self-citations) in ISI Web of Science, H-index (musat v* OR bujoreanu v*) 11(WoK) and 13(SCOPUS). She was co-organizer of E-MRS International Symposium K: “Solution-Derived Electronic-Oxide Films, Nanostructures and Patterning: from Materials to Devices” (Warsaw, September 2011) and the IX-th International Conference of Physical Chemistry (ROMPHYSCHEM 9-1998) and is co-organizer of ROMPHYSCHEM 16-2016. She was awarded "Gheorge Spacu" medal (Romanian Chemical Society, 2015) and the „Award of honour for the outstanding scientific and organizational contribution to the progress of the International Physical Chemistry Conference” (Timisoara, 2003). 
Since September 2012, Prof Viorica Musat has been vicerector-Director of CSUD (Council for Doctoral Studies) at “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati and since 2006 she has been director of CNMF research center (established and nationally accredited in 2006). 
 
Prof. dr. Mirela Praisler
Prof.dr. Mirela Praisler has graduated the Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest in 1984. She has defended her PhD thesis, entitled “Study of the infrared properties of some substances of pharmaceutical interest”, at the same university, in 1995. She has started her carrier as a researcher in 1986 at the Institute of Chemico-Pharmaceutical Research, Bucharest. Since 1987 she is a member of the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Environment, Faculty of Sciences and Environment, Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati (UDJG). As a tenured professor, she teaches the courses of Biophysics and of Pharmaceutical Physics to the students of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, UDJG.    
                                                                                                            
Prof. dr. Mirela Praisler has published over 130 papers in major international and national scientific journals and has presented over 123 papers at international conferences. Besides directing major national research projects within PNII-Partnership program, Prof.dr. Mirela Praisler has been the co-director or partner leader of a significant number of international research projects, in which she has collaborated with research teams recognized as leaders in the field of Toxicology (Laboratory of Medical Biochemistry and Toxicology,University of Gent, Ghent, Belgium), Chemometry (Laboratory of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis,Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium), or Laser Infrared Hollow Fiber Spectroscopy (e.g. Consorzio CREO Centro Ricerche Elettro-Ottiche, L’Aquila, Italy). These collaborations have resulted in the development of expert systems designed to detect and identify the main drugs of abuse based on their GC-FTIR or GC-IRAS spectra. The most remarkable results have been obtained especially for the recognition of amphetamine-type substances (ATS), which are the second most commonly abused drug type worldwide.
 
Between 2006 and 2012, Prof.dr. Mirela Praisler has been Vice-president of „Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, responsible with Scientific Research and International Affairs, as well as Head of the Scientific Research Commission of the Senate of UDJG. Since 2014, she is the Director of the Doctoral School of Engineering of UDJG. In the same time, she is the director of the Research Centre for Physico-chemical, Morpho-functional Analysis and Chemometry, which includes researchers from the Faculty of Sciences and Environment and of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy (UDJG).