Prof. K. N. Thimmaiah, after completing Ph. D. Degree in Chemistry, worked as Lecturer, Reader, and Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Mysore, Mysore, and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Scientist at (a) Wake Forest University, USA, (b) Bowman Gray School of Medicine of the Wake Forest University, USA, (c) The University of Texas at El Paso, USA, (d) St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, and (e) UT Medical School, USA. Also worked as a Professor of Chemistry at Western Illinois University, USA. Served a number of Academic Committees in various capacities in India and USA. Published over 250 research papers in reputed journals and has 3 US Patents to his credit. Successfully guided 12 graduate students for the Ph. D degree in Chemistry of the University of Mysore. Recipient of a number of Research Grants from Government of India and National Institute of Health (NIH), USA. Currently, working as a Professor & Chair and Division Head of Natural Sciences at the University of Mississippi/Northwest Mississippi Community College, Desoto Center, Southaven, Mississippi 38671, USA.
Dr. Peter Houghton is the Director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI), and holder of the Greehey Distinguished Chair for the Children’s Cancer Research Institute.
His studies are aimed at understanding mechanisms of cancer initiation in children and using this information to develop more effective and less toxic treatments that will increase the cure rate and improve quality of life for cancer survivors. He has been consistently funded through NIH for over 30 years, has directed NIH program grants for over 25 years, and served as chair for both the Experimental Therapeutics and Drug Discovery Molecular Pharmacology NIH Study Sections. He has served on several committees within the Children’s Oncology Group, and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.
Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the Newman H. Waters Chair of Clinical Pharmacology, program leader of cancer cell biology and Associate Director for Translational Research for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Bjornsti earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from New York State University College at Cortland and her doctorate in genetics from the University of Minnesota. She completed a Fogarty Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, at the University of Basel in Switzerland before moving to Harvard University for a postdoctoral research fellowship in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Dr. Bjornsti chairs one of the National Cancer Institute’s initial review-group subcommittees. In addition, she has served as a member for the editorial board for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and is a board member of the Cancer Molecular Therapeutics Research Association.