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Section Board for 'Animal Venoms'

Please see the section webpage for more information on this section.

Prof. Dr. Syed A. Ali
HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
Tel. +92-333-3456872; Fax: +92 21 34819018 19
Interests: protein biochemistry, structure-activity relationships of venom enzymes/toxins; anti-venoms; venom proteomics; and pharmacological applications
Dr. Kevin Arbuckle
Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
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Interests: evolutionary toxinology; macroevolution; diversification; convergent evolution; antipredator defence; herpetology; phylogenetic comparative methods
Prof. Philip Lazarovici
Laboratory of Neuropharmacology, Neuro-oncology and Neural Engineering, School of Pharmacy-Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91120, Israel
Tel. 02-6758729
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Interests: animal venoms, neurotoxins, nerve growth factors, disintegrins, neurotoxicity and neuroprotection, neurodegenerative diseases, neuropharmacology and neurooncology, preclinical pharmacological assessments, in vitro and in vivo model systems, drug development
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Toxins: From Toxins to Drugs
Assoc. Prof. Darin Rokyta
Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, 319 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4295, USA
Interests: molecular evolution, genetics of adaptation, transcriptomics, proteomics, experimental evolution
Prof. Dr. R. Manjunatha Kini
Protein Science Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Science Drive 4, 117543 Singapore
Fax: + 65 67792486
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Interests: protein chemistry; structure-function relationships; protein-protein interaction and protein design and engineering
Assoc. Prof. Hang Fai (Henry) Kwok
Faculty of Health Sciences (E12), University of Macau, Avenida de Universidade, Macau SAR
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Interests: Protease biochemistry; Toxins; Anti-cancer drug discovery; Antibody therapy; Venom-based peptides; Prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers; Proteomics
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Toxins: Venom and Toxin as Targeted Therapy
Dr. Nicholas R. Casewell
Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, L3 5QA, UK
Tel. +44 151 702 9329
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Interests: molecular evolution of venom components; venom composition; toxin convergence; venom gland transcriptomics; antivenom manufacturing and testing
Dr. Ana Maria Moura Da Silva
Laboratório de Imunopatologia, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo CEP 05503-900, Brazil
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Interests: snake venoms; metalloproteinases; hemostasis; venom composition; venom variability; antivenoms; immunoassays
Assoc. Prof. Bryan Grieg Fry
Section Editor-in-Chief
Venom Evolution Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD, 4072, Australia
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Interests: venom molecular evolution; phylogenetics and structure-function relationships; toxins
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Topical Collection in Toxins: Evolution of Venom Systems
Special Issue in Toxins: Antivenom and Venom Therapeutics
Special Issue in Toxins: Selected Papers from the 5th Venoms to Drugs Meeting
Special Issue in Toxins: Selected Papers from the 2017 Venoms to Drugs Conference
Special Issue in Toxins: Toxins:10th Anniversary
Special Issue in Toxins: Snakebite – From Science to Society. Selected papers
Prof. Dr. Wayne Hodgson
Monash Venom Group, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
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Interests: animal venoms & toxins; receptors; pharmacology; antivenoms
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Toxins: Use of Antibodies/Antivenom Against Envenoming
Assoc. Prof. Mandë Holford
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hunter College Belfer Research Building and CUNY Graduate Center, BRB 424, New York, NY 10021, USA
Tel. +1212-896-0449
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Interests: Discovery, characterization and delivery of novel venom peptides, Chemical and molecular diversity of Conoidea venom, Venomics, Terebridae evolution and phylogeny, De novo transcriptome assembly, Disulfide peptide chemistry, Peptide natural product drug discovery and development
Dr. Ronald A. Jenner
Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Fax: +44 207 942 5054
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Interests: molecular evolution of animal venoms and toxins; phylogenetics of toxins; venom gland transcriptomics
Prof. Dr. Ren Lai
Key Laboratory of Animal Models and Human Disease Mechanisms of Chinese Academy of Sciences & Yunan Provinces, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Kunming 650223, Yunnan, China
Fax: +86 871 651 990 86
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Interests: animal venoms; structure-function relationships; toxins; human disease mechanisms; drug development
Dr. Anita Malhotra
School of Biological Sciences, University College of North Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW, Wales, United Kingdom
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Interests: evolutionary biology; molecular evolution; systematics; morphometrics; speciation; adaptation; biogeography
Prof. Dr. Frank S. Markland
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer, Center, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Hoffman Medical Research Building #813, 2011 Zonal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Tel. +(323) 442-2747
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Interests: protein chemistry and structure/ function interrelationships; snake venom components with procoagulant and anticoagulant activities; snake venom platelet aggregation inhibitors (disintegrins); disintegrins as anti-angiogenic agents; disintegrins and wound healing; disintegrins as bioadhesive agents
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Special Issue in Toxins: Disintegrins: Structure-Function and Translational Potential
Prof. Dr. Holger Scheib
Venom Evolution Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD, 4072, Australia
Interests: venom molecular evolution; protein structure prediction; protein-ligand interactions; molecular dynamics simulations; pharmacophore modeling; computational ligand docking
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals:
Topical Collection in Toxins: Leading Opinions (Closed)
Prof. Dr. Andreimar M. Soares
Centro de Estudos de Biomoléculas Aplicadas à Saúde (CEBio), Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ Rondônia) e Nucleo de Saúde, Universidade Federal de Rondônia (UNIR), Porto Velho-RO, Brasil
Fax: +55 69 3219 6000
Interests: bioactive compounds; natural venoms; structure-function relationships of toxins; snake venoms; toxins and enzymes; anti-venoms; pharmacological applications
Dr. Kartik Sunagar
Evolutionary Venomics Lab. Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560012, Karnataka, India
Tel. +91-80-22932635
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Interests: animal venoms; molecular evolution; predator-prey arms races; antivenoms
Prof. Dr. Jan Tytgat
Laboratory of Toxicology & Pharmacology, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Tel. 3216323403; Fax: +32 16 32 34 05
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Interests: natural and bioactive compounds; animal venoms & toxins; structure-function relationships; ion channels & receptors, electrophysiology, pharmacology
Dr. Eivind Undheim
Division of Chemistry & Structural Biology, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: animal venoms and toxins; structure-function relationships; phylogenetics; molecular evolution of venoms; venom proteomics; venom transcriptomics; venoms-based drug discovery
Dr. Irina Vetter
School of Pharmacy, The University of Queensland, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia
Interests: neuropharmacology; pain; conotoxins; ciguatoxins; drug discovery; high-throughput screening; ion channels and receptors
Dr. Wolfgang Wüster
School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University, Environment Centre Wales, Bangor LL57 2UW, Wales, UK
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Interests: origin and evolution of snake venoms; causes, correlates and mechanisms of variation in snake venom composition; snake systematics
Dr. Angel A. Yanagihara
Bekesy Laboratory of Neurobiology, PBRC, Dept of Trop Med, JABSOM, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 USA
Tel. 808 956-8328; Fax: 808 956-8713
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Interests: cubozoan venom biochemical characterization and elucidation of mechanisms of pathogenesis; treatment of cubozoan envenomation induced acute cardiovascular collapse and Irukandji syndrome; cnidarian envenomation associated inflammation; marine toxins; ciguatoxin; detection of toxins; wound healing; marine bio material discovery and characterization
Prof. Lourival D. Possani
Departamento de Medicina Molecular y Bioprocesos, Instituto de Biotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Avenida Universidad 2001, Apartado Postal 510-3, Cuernavaca Morelos 62210, Mexico
Interests: scorpion venom; ion-channel blockers; proteome analysis; transcriptome analysis; toxins; gene cloning
Dr. Michel Dugon
Venom Systems & Proteomics Lab, Room 214 - the Ryan Institute, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway H91 TK33, Ireland
Interests: Evolution of venom systems; Ultrastructure of venom systems; Arthropod venom; Arachnids; Therapeutics from venom; Bioassay
Dr. Mettine H.A. Bos
Div. of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Einthoven Laboratory for Vascular and Regenerative Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Interests: blood coagulation; protein chemistry; structure-function relationships; serine proteases; procoagulant and anticoagulant venom/toxin proteins; therapeutic protein engineering; anticoagulant therapeutics
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