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Section Board for 'Animal Venoms'

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Section Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Dr. Bryan Grieg Fry
Venom Evolution Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD, 4072, Australia
Interests: venom molecular evolution; phylogenetics and structure-function relationships; toxins
Contribution: Topical Collection: Evolution of Venom Systems
Special Issue: Antivenom and Venom Therapeutics
Special Issue: Selected Papers from the 5th Venoms to Drugs Meeting
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. Greta J. Binford
Department of Biology, Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd. Portland, Oregon 97214, USA
Fax: +1 503-768-7658
Interests: spider venom chemical diversity; mechanisms of venom evolution; phylogenetic patterns of venom diversity
Contribution: Special Issue: Spider Venoms
Dr. Nicholas R. Casewell
Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, L3 5QA, UK
Tel. +44 151 705 3162
Interests: molecular evolution of venom components; venom composition; toxin convergence; venom gland transcriptomics; antivenom manufacturing and testing
Prof. Dr. Wayne Hodgson
Monash Venom Group, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Fax: +61 3 99059327
Interests: animal venoms & toxins; receptors; pharmacology; antivenoms
Dr. Ronald A. Jenner
Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Fax: +44 207 942 5054 Website:
Interests: molecular evolution of animal venoms and toxins; phylogenetics of toxins; venom gland transcriptomics
Prof. Dr. Glenn F. King
Division of Chemistry & Structural Biology, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
Tel. 61733462025; Fax: +61 7 3346-2101
Interests: venoms-based drug discovery; venoms-based insecticide discovery; venom evolution; ion channel blockers; acid-sensing ion channels; voltage-gated sodium channels; chronic pain; stroke; NMR structural biology
Contribution: Special Issue: Animal Toxins Targeting Ion Channels Involved in Pain
Special Issue: Arthropod Venoms
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
Interests: animal venoms; structure-function relationships; toxins; human disease mechanisms; drug development
Prof. Dr. Richard J. Lewis
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
Fax: +61 7 3346 2101
Interests: cone snail and spider venom peptides; sodium and calcium channels; nAChRs; monoamine transporters; adrenoceptors; ciguatera and ciguatoxins; pain; toxin SAR
Contribution: Special Issue: Toxins as Therapeutics
Dr. Frank S. Markland
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Comprehensive Cancer, Center, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Cancer Research Laboratory #106, 1303 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA
Tel. (323) 224-7981; Fax: +1 323 224 7679
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; novel fibrinolytic agents (structure and modeling); thrombolytic therapy
Contribution: Special Issue: 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
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
The Alexander Silberman Institute for Life Sciences. Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel
Tel. +972 5566 82795
Interests: animal venoms; adaptive evolution; molecular evolution of venom; toxins; phylogenetics; population genetics; venom-based therapeutics
Prof. Dr. Jan Tytgat
Laboratory of Toxicology, University of Leuven (KULeuven), Campus Gasthuisberg, O&N2 PO Box 922, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Tel. 3216323403; Fax: +32 16 32 34 05
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, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, 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
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 and Asia Pacific Inst of Trop Med, JABSOM University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1993 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Fax: +1 808 956 8713
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
Dr. Mandë Holford
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The City University of New York, Hunter College and Graduate Center, 695 Park Ave NY, NY 10065 USA
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
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