Key speakers 2016


Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization (APPI): Basics and Applications – Focus on Security Industry
Dr. Jack Syage
Chief Scientist, Morpho Detection, California, USA

Jack is Chief Scientist, CBRNE for Morpho Detection. He was previously the founder and CEO of Syagen Technology, Inc, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morpho Detection, Inc., following its acquisition in 2011. Jack has nearly 30 years of experience in developing research and commercial mass spectrometry. His honorary positions include Visiting Professor at UC Irvine, Visiting Professor at the Université de Paris-Sud, Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Plenary Lecturer at the Okazaki Conference, and invited participant to the Nobel Symposium in Chemistry. Before forming Syagen in 1997, he was on the technical staff of The Aerospace Corporation where he was group leader on several programs in ultrasensitive detection, propulsion and combustion dynamics, and environmental chemistry, and built up and managed several laboratories. Jack has published over 120 papers, delivered over 60 invited talks, and has over 25 U.S. patents issued or pending. He appeared on the list of the Most Highly Cited Chemists of the last two decades. He received BA and PhD degrees from Hamilton College and Brown University, respectively, where he won several academic awards including best thesis, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech under Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail.


Submicrometer Particles for Better Protein LC in Top-Down Proteomics
Prof. Mary J. Wirth
W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, IN, USA

Dr. Mary J. Wirth is the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University.  Her research is on new materials for protein separations, with applications including characterizing heterogeneity of protein drugs, improving top-down proteomics, and discovering trace protein biomarkers for screening of early aggressive cancer.  Dr. Wirth received her B.S. degree in 1974 from Northern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. in 1978 from Purdue University.  She has been named a Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wirth’s research has been recognized by awards that include the ACS Analytical Division Award in Spectrochemical Analysis, the EAS Gold Medal Award in spectroscopy, the ANACHEM Award, the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, the Dal Nogare Award from the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley, and the Jubilee Medal from the Chromatography Society. 


Statistics and the Art of Forensic Science
Prof. Alan J. Izenman
Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Alan J. Izenman is Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.  He received his B.Sc.(Econ) degree in 1967 from the London School of Economics & Political Science and his Ph.D. in Statistics in 1972 from the University of California at Berkeley.  

He has been a faculty member at Tel-Aviv University and Colorado State University, and has held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh, and Johns Hopkins University.  He served as Program Director of Statistics and Probability at the U.S. National Science Foundation (1992-94) and was Program Chair of the 2007 Interface Symposium on Computer Science and Statistics with conference theme of Systems Biology.  In 2012, he was the Plenary Speaker at two international conferences held in Bangladesh.  He is currently a member of the Forensic Science Panel of the U.S. National Institute of Justice.

He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.  He is currently Executive Editor for Statistics for the ASA Data Science journal Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Law, Probability, and Risk.  He has also been an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association.  He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice.  

His expertise includes high-dimensional multivariate analysis, nonlinear manifold learning, stochastic networks, nonparametric curve estimation, time series analysis, and the application of statistics to law and public policy.  His textbook entitled Modern Multivariate Statistical Techniques: Regression, Classification, and Manifold Learning (Springer, 2013) is being used in universities and research establishments all over the world.  He is currently writing a new book on Network Models.


Spectroscopic Methods for Examining Retention Mechanisms within Individual Chromatographic Particles
Prof. Joel M. Harris

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA


Joel M. Harris is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah, where he also holds an adjunct appointment in Bioengineering.  Harris received a B.S. degree from Duke University and Ph.D. from Purdue University.  He joined the faculty of the University of Utah in 1976.  Harris’s research is focused on spectro¬scopic studies of chemistry at liquid/solid interfaces.  He and his students have developed new concepts in the analysis of multi¬dimensional spectroscopic data, Raman microscopy studies of porous materials, and quantita¬tive fluorescence detection at the single-molecule level.  Harris is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also Fellow and Honorary Member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.  He was recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Coblentz Award in Molecular Spectro¬scopy, the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Chemical Instrumentation, the SAS New York Section Gold Medal Award in Spectroscopy, the Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Utah, the Benedetti-Pichler Award in Micro¬chemistry, the Bomem-Michelson Award of the Coblentz Society, and the American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry.

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Advanced Technologies for Pharmaceutical Analysis and Surveillance
Dr. John Kauffman

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, Office of Testing and Research, Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis. (FDA/CDER/OPQ/OTR/DPA)
Dr. John Kauffman is currently the Acting Director of the FDA Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis, a CDER laboratory responsible for supporting application review, investigation and enforcement actions, and research to advance the application of new technologies in regulatory science. From 1991 to 2004, Dr. Kauffman served as Professor of Analytical and Physical Chemistry at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  He joined the FDA in 2004 to evaluate applications of process analytical technologies, such as NIR spectroscopy and Raman chemical imaging, to pharmaceutical manufacturing.  His research interests include applications of chemometrics and vibrational spectroscopy to pharmaceutical analysis, quality by design for analytical methods, rapid screening technologies for pharmaceutical surveillance and analysis of elemental impurities in pharmaceuticals.  He is currently the Rapporteur of the Implementation Working Group for ICH Q3D: Guideline on Elemental Impurities.

Science Fiction - Are we there yet?
Dr. Tom Ran

Senior Intern Weizmann Institute of Science
Dr. Tom Ran is an information junkie. He graduated with honors a B.Sc. in Computer Science, a B.Sc. in Life Science, B.A. in Psychology, M.Sc. in Neuro-Science and a direct Ph.D in Biological Computers (all with great honors). In the past 10 years, Dr. Ran was one of the leaders of the Biological computer project in the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Biological computer project develops the world's smallest computer. It is built out of DNA, and listed in the Guinness book due to its microscopic size (3 trillion computers in a single water drop). Out of love to both the Physical world, and the Psych world, Dr. Ran also holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and also works in a mental hospital.

Novel Achievement of Using Blood Tests Results
for Calculate Risk Scores for Multiple Types of Cancers

Dr. Arturo Weschler
Medical Director, Medial Research, Israel
Dr. Arturo Weschler is the Medical Director of Medial Research, a pioneer research institute in the field of algorithmic analysis of medical data. Prior to joining Medial Research, he was co-founder and chief medical officer of Healarium, a digital health startup in the field of patient self-management support. Until 2008, for more than a decade Dr Weschler was the CIO of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, the second largest and one of the most progressive full-service healthcare institutions in Israel. He holds an MD (Cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and served as lecturer in Medical Informatics in Tel Aviv and Bar Ilan Universities.

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