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Section Board for 'Animal Venoms' (43)

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Dr. Bryan Grieg Fry
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Section Editor-in-Chief
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
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Dr. Sebastien Dutertre
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Section Associate Editor
Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron, UMR 5247, Université Montpellier, CNRS, Place Eugène Bataillon, CEDEX 5, 34095 Montpellier, France
Interests: venoms; conotoxins; peptides; proteomics; transcriptomics; drug discovery
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Dr. Kevin Arbuckle
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Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
Interests: evolutionary toxinology; macroevolution; diversification; convergent evolution; antipredator defence; herpetology; phylogenetic comparative methods
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Dr. Ana Maria Moura-Da-Silva
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Laboratório de Imunopatologia, Instituto Butantan, São Paulo CEP 05503-900, Brazil
Interests: snake venoms; metalloproteinases; hemostasis; venom composition; venom variability; antivenoms; immunoassays
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Prof. Dr. Mandë Holford
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hunter College Belfer Research Building and CUNY Graduate Center, BRB 424, New York, NY 10021, 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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Prof. Dr. Philippe Billiald
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Inserm U1148 LVTS, School of Pharmacy, University Paris-Saclay, 91400 Orsay, France
Interests: scorpion; spider; antivenom; recombinant antibody; neurotoxin; immunoassay
Dr. Russolina Benedeta Zingali
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Laboratório de Hemostase e Venenos, Instituto de Bioquímica Médica Leopoldo de Meis, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 21.941-902, Brazil
Interests: structure-activity relationship; proteomics; hemostasis; cancer; snake venom treatment
Dr. Bjoern Marcus Von Reumont
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Guest Scientist, Faculty of Biological Sciences, AK for Applied Bioinformatics, Goethe University Frankfurt, Max-von-Laue-Str.13, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Interests: molecular evolution; phylogenomics; phylogentics and systematics especially of arthropods and pancrustaceans; venom gene evolution; proteo-transcriptomics of in particular smaller and neglected venomous invertebrates and insects and crustaceans; morphology of venom systems
Prof. Dr. Katsuhiro Konno
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Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama, Toyama 930-0194, Japan
Interests: natural products chemistry; solitary wasp and ant venom peptides; sea anemone toxins; spider toxins
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Prof. Dr. Dušan Kordiš
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Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Josef Stefan Institute, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: molecular evolution; adaptive evolution of toxins; evolution of animal toxin multigene families; functional diversification after gene duplication; PLA2 and BPTI neurotoxins; phylogenomic analysis of protein superfamilies; structure–function relationships; regulatory evolution; genome evolution
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Prof. Dr. Gongyin Ye
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State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology & Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Institute of Insect Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
Interests: arthropod venom; cry protein; insecticidal proteins
Prof. Dr. Raghuvir Krishnaswamy Arni
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Structural Biology Multiuser Center for Biomolecular Innovation, Department of Physics, State University of São Paulo, São Jose do Rio Preto 15054-000, SP, Brazil
Interests: structure/function/mechanism/specificity of toxins; high-resolution X-ray crystal structures of toxins
Prof. Dr. Maria Elena De Lima
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Faculdade Santa Casa de Belo Horizonte – Programa de Pós Graduação em Medicina e Biomedicina, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Interests: toxins; biotechnology; spider venom; antimicrobial toxins; toxins and pain; anticancer toxins; toxins and therapeutic; arthropod toxins; animal venoms; toxin active in erectile function
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Dr. Thomas Durek
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Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: disulfide-rich peptide and protein toxins from animal venom and plants; Urticaceae; chemical synthesis; 3D structure; X-ray crystallography; NMR; biosynthesis; postttranslational modification; mass spectrometry; proteomics; pharmacology; ion channels; GPCRs
Prof. Dr. Marylène Poirié
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1. Biological Sciences Department, Côte d'Azur University, 28 Avenue of Valrose, Valrose Park, 06 103 Nice Cedex 2, France
2. Sophia Agrobiotech Institute, INRAE, CNRS, Côte d'Azur University, 400 route des Chappes, 06 903 Sophia Antipolis, France
Interests: immune interactions between hosts and parasitoid wasps; parasitoid wasps' venom contents (identification of relevant proteins and their functions); experimental evolution of venom depending on biotic and abiotic factors; venom comparison between venomous organisms; sex detemination mechanisms in Hymenoptera
Dr. Jacob Galan
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National Natural Toxins Research Center (NNTRC), Department of Chemistry, KLBH 108B, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363, USA
Interests: proteomics; snake Venom; molecular Toxinology
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Dr. Simon Blank
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Center of Allergy and Environment (ZAUM), Technical University of Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, D-85764 Munich, Germany
Interests: hymenoptera venom; venom allergy; allergy; immunological mechanisms; T cell response; B cell response; antibodies; immunological tolerance; allergen; venom proteomics; biochemical protein characterization
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Prof. Dr. Ren Lai
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Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China
Interests: toxin; venom; peptide; ion channel; inhibitor; coagulation; neuron
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Dr. Jeroen Kool

1. Division of BioAnalytical Chemistry, Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2. Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA), 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: snake venom; antivenom; mass spectrometry; chromatography
Dr. Christina Schroeder
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Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD 21702, USA
Interests: venom peptides; toxins; ion channels; peptide engineering; structural biology; pharmacology; pain; cancer
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Prof. Dr. Matthew P. Rowe
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Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA
Interests: predator-prey relationships, coevolution, interspecific communication, aposematism, aversive conditioning, mimicry, and risk assessment of venomous arthropods and grasshopper mice; conservation biology; science pedagogy
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Prof. Dr. William K. Hayes
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Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA
Interests: predator-prey relationships; behavioral ecology of toxins; coevolution; interspecific communication; aposematism; aversive conditioning; mimicry; risk assessment between venomous arthropods and and their enemies; conservation biology; science pedagogy
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Prof. Dr. Michael Richardson
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Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University, Sylvius Laboratory, 2333 BE Leiden, The Netherlands
Interests: evo-devo; reptiles; evolution; chick embryo
Prof. Dr. Ketan Patel
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School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading,Reading RG5 4EW, UK
Interests: regeneration; stem cells; muscle; venom; human; necrosis; therapy; snake
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Dr. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri
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School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6UB, UK
Interests: venom research; sequence, structure and functional analysis of venom proteins; development of diagnostic and improved therapeutic strategies for snakebites; impact of venoms on cardiovascular system
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Dr. Jean-Philippe Chippaux

1. Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, UMR 261-MERIT, 4 Ave de l'observatoire, 75270 Paris, France
2. Cedex 6 and Institut Pasteur, Centre de Recherche Translationnelles, 28 rue du Docteur Roux, 75015 Paris, France
Interests: snakebite; scorpion sting; antivenom; neglected tropical diseases; epidemiology; public health; health policy; clinical trial; clinical; treatment
Prof. Dr. Philip Lazarovici
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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
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
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Dr. Darin Rokyta

Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 24105, USA
Interests: molecular evolution; genetics of adaptation; transcriptomics; proteomics; experimental evolution
Prof. Dr. R. Manjunatha Kini
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Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117558, Singapore
Interests: protein chemistry; structure-function relationships; protein–protein interaction; protein design and engineering
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Dr. Nicholas R. Casewell
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Alistair Reid Venom Research Unit, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, L3 5QA, UK
Interests: molecular evolution of venom components; venom composition; toxin convergence; venom gland transcriptomics; antivenom manufacturing and testing
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Prof. Dr. Wayne Hodgson
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Monash Venom Group, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Interests: animal venoms & toxins; receptors; pharmacology; antivenoms
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Dr. Ronald A. Jenner
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Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Interests: molecular evolution of animal venoms and toxins; phylogenetics of toxins; venom gland transcriptomics
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
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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
Interests: bioactive compounds; natural venoms; structure-function relationships of toxins; snake venoms; toxins and enzymes; anti-venoms; pharmacological applications
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Prof. Dr. Jan Tytgat
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Laboratory of Toxicology & Pharmacology, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: natural and bioactive compounds; animal venoms & toxins; structure-function relationships; ion channels & receptors; electrophysiology; pharmacology
Dr. Eivind A.B. Undheim

1. Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics, Department of Biology, NTNU, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
2. Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Bioscience, University of Oslo, PO Box 1066 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway
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
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Dr. Wolfgang Wüster
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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
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Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, and Department of Tropical Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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
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Prof. Dr. 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, School of Natural Sciences, Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, H91 TK33 Galway, Ireland
Interests: evolution of venom systems; ultrastructure of venom systems; arthropod venom; arachnids; therapeutics from venom; bioassay
Dr. Mettine H.A. Bos
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Division of Hemostasis and Thrombosis, Einthoven Laboratory for Vascular and Regenerative Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden, The Netherlands
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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