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Marie-Therese Walsh:  Dr. Walsh has a Ph.D. degree in Genetics from Trinity College, Dublin and has published several peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Walsh has expertise in immunology, cell biology and genetics and writes news stories on biomedical topics in SciGuru.com

Meghan Krupka:  Meghan is a structural engineer with a Master of Science degree from the Princeton University.  She is a freelance writer and contributes physics and technology related articles to SciGuru.com.

Robert Freeman: Dr. Freeman is a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with expertise in a number of areas in sciences including molecular biology, physiology and immunology.  Dr. Freeman contributes biology, environment and health related news stories to SciGuru.com.

Sindhu Pillai: Sindhu is our Managing Editor with a Master of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Software Engineering.  She edits most of the news stories and contributes original news articles to SciGuru.com.

Editorial Board

SciGuru.com Science News has an august and accomplished panel of Advisory Board of Editors who are successful scientists in their specialties. This expert panel helps us forge a respectable position in quality science news publication, with the motto "Science For All".

Arturo Morales-Muñiz PhD., Professor and Chairman, Department of Zoology, Laboratorio de Arqueozoología (Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.  Prof. Arturo Morales-Muñiz is an analyst of vertebrates from archaeological sites with a  focus on fishes. Among his ~ 300 publications, he co-authored a 1979 paper on fish bone osteometry that has become a seminal reference. Research themes include the origins of fishing and the Pleistocene paleobiogeography of fishes. Other areas of interest deal with the translocation of mammal species during Prehistoric and historical times and the incorporation of DNA studies to traditional zooarchaeology to address issues dealing with the domestication and recent evolution of mammals. Prof. Morales-Muñiz currently serves as Director of Archaeofauna, International Journal of Archaeozoology. (Photo: Arturo Morales-Muñiz with LAZ-UAM colleagues (from left to right): Eufrasia Roselló-Izquierdo, María José Luciañez-Sánchez and Laura Llorente-Rodríguez).

Ashok Shetty Ph.D., Professor and Director of Neurosciences,  Institute for Regenerative Medicine Institute, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine at Scott & White, Temple, TX.  Dr. Shetty obtained his Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. After his postdoctoral training at Duke University he was appointed as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and later as a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery, Duke University. In 2011 he moved to his current position.  Dr. Shetty’s major research interests include neural stem cell behavior and plasticity in aging and disease, adult neurogenesis in aging and disease, and stem cell therapy for brain repair in a variety of neurodegenerative disease models. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and VA Merit Award. Dr. Shetty has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and his work has appeared in a number of top journals including Molecular Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience, Stem Cells, Aging Cell, Neurobiology of Aging, Progress in Neurobiology, and Neurotherapeutics. As per the Essential Science Indicators of Thompson Reuters, Dr. Shetty is currently among the top 1% of scientists worldwide in the field of Neuroscience and Behavior, in terms of total citations received for published articles over a 10 year period. Complete bio of Dr Shetty is available here.

Viktor Müller Ph.D.,  Scientist, Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Dr. Viktor Müller has over 20 years of experience in Electrophysiology and Neuroscience focusing on the study of lifespan changes in neuronal and behavioral mechanisms. He received his PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Tübingen, Germany. From 1993 to 2000, he worked as Research Scientist at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, where he received the Nordmark Neuropharmaka Award for Behavioral Research in Parkinson's Disease. From 2000 to 2002, he worked in the collaborative project between the MEG Center and the Physiological Institute of the University of Tübingen on the effects of water drinking on the cortical excitability in humans using MEG (magnetoencephalography). From 2002 to 2004, he was at the School of Psychology at Saarland University, and worked with Ulman Lindenberger on lifespan differences in electrocortical activity using EEG (electroencephalography) methods. In 2004 he moved to Berlin and started the EEG Lab at the Center of Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Presently he is the head of the EEG Lab and the Principal Investigator of the project “Interactive Brains, Social Minds” at the Center of Lifespan Psychology. His project group is working on the interbrain synchronization during interpersonal action coordination. Their current scientific interests are focused on lifespan psychology and electrophysiology, nonlinear brain dynamics, synchronization phenomena and neuronal networks.

Ana Krtolica, Ph.D., CEO & Chief Scientific Officer, StemLifeLine Inc. Dr. Krtolica obtained her Ph.D. from University of Rochester, New York.  During her post-doctoral research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, California, she studied the role of aging and microenvironment in carcinogenesis and stem cell biology.  Following her post-doc, she obtained a career scientist position at LBNL with joint appointment at the UCSF where she worked on one of the first serum-free hESC derivations on human feeders. Dr. Krtolica co-founded StemLifeLine in 2005, an early-stage company focused on the use and application of human embryonic stem (hES) cells and cancer stem cells for drug development and therapy. Dr. Krtolica frequently speaks and presents internationally, and is a member of the editorial board of Regenerative Medicine.  She has authored multiple patent applications and published more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, a number of reviews and book chapters.

Jun YU, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Institute of Digestive Disease and Department of Medicine and Therapeutic, The ChinesDr Jun YUe University of Hong Kong. Dr. YU completed her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in China and she received her clinical gastroenterology training in the Second affiliated Hospital at Beijing University in 1994-1998, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Gastroenterology at the University of Dresden, Germany; University of Magdeburg, Germany and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), respectively in 1998-2002. She worked as a Senior Research Officer at University of Sydney in 2003-2005. She has been a CUHK faculty member since 2005. Her current research is focused on 1) Gastrointestinal cancers (stomach, colon, liver); and 2) Non-alcohol fatty liver disease.

Viswanath Kurup, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kurup obtained  his doctorate degree from the University of Delhi and after completing his postdoctoral training at the Ohio State University, hviswanath kurupe joined the faculty of Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. At the Medical College of Wisconsin he served in various capacities, including, Assistant and Associate professor at the Department of Pathology, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and as Professor of Pediatrics in Allergy and Immunology. He was a Microbiologist at the VA Medical Center, Milwaukee and held the coveted position as a National Career Scientist of the Veterans Administration. He has served as a Visiting Professor in Nigeria, Puerto Rico, India and Finland. He was a Fulbright Scholar and served as graduate thesis examiner in a number of Universities around the world. Dr. Kurup trained over 40 Ph. D. and M.D. level scientists in Allergy and Immunology during his career. He has over 284 original publications in his field of expertise and contributed chapters in over 30 books and edited 3 books. He has presented scientific papers at a number of national and international professional conferences. Served in various scientific committees including WHO allergen standardization committee. Dr. Kurup has been funded repeatedly by National Institutes of Health, V.A. Medical Research , NASA and many other organizations.

Anthony Huang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Huang started his career as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Kaohsiung Medical University and anthony huang performed morphological studies on taste neurotransmitters using histochemistry and immuno-electron microscopy. Later Dr. Huang came to the USA to work in Prof. Roper’s laboratory at Miller School to study a new approach to biosensor technology. Recently Dr. Huang joined the Faculty of Physiology and Biophysics at the  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Huang's laboratory investigates neurotransmitters and signal transduction in peripheral gustatory sensory organs—taste buds, using sophisticated anatomical and physiological methods.  His research applies functional Ca2+ imaging and biosensor cell techniques to examine signal processing in taste buds. Understanding the cell biology of taste buds is an important step towards knowing the sensation of taste.

André Heinzig (Student Editor), Ph.D. student, Namlab gGmbH, Noethnitzer Str. 64, 01187 Dresden, Germany. André HeiAndre Heinzignzig was born in Germany in 1979. He received M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Dresden University of Technology. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. degree at Namlab (Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory) in Dresden. His research interests include fabrication and characterization of silicon nanowire based devices and development of novel device concepts for future CMOS applications. His recent paper "Reconfigurable Silicon Nanowire Transistors" was published in Nano Letters, an American Chemical Society journal.

Managing Editor

Sindhu Pillai M.Sc., M.S.  Sindhu Pillai is the Managing Editor of SciGuru.com Science News.  Mrs. Pillai obtained  her M.Sc. Biology from the University of Kerala and M.S. Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.  She has previously worked at the Mayo Clinic, Rocherster, MN,  GE. Medical Systems, Milwaukee, WI and for the U.S. Military HIV research program through Henry Jackson Foundation, MD. Mrs. Pillai coordinates the review of articles submitted to SciGuru.com and communicates with the technical and scientific experts to bring quality contents to SciGuru.com.

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