Invited Speakers



Dr Hugo ScheerDr. Hugo Scheer is a retired Professor at the Department 1 – Botanik of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany. The focus of his work is structure and function of photosynthetic and photosensory pigments, and their applications in medicine and photonics.

This includes work with bacteriochlorophyll-protein complexes, biliproteins and model systems in order to understand the elementary processes of photosynthesis, and the transfer of knowledge for modifying these systems for use as photodynamic sensitizers in the treatment of certain diseases including cancer, or to generating photonic components for use in imaging or switching.

He provides service to national and international organizations and journals including the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Chemical Society, the Society of Photosynthetic Research, the American Society of Photobiology.

Currently he is serving at the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, the École National Supérieur, Paris, France, at Wuhan and Huazhong Unversities, Wuhan, China, and The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, and Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Ma Chung University, Malang, Indonesia, and an Honorary Professor at the Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. His work resulted in over 250 scientific publications, reviews, and books.


Prof. Dr. Bernhard GrimmProf. Dr. Bernhard Grimm is a German scientist. He obtained his diploma degree in biology from the University of Hannover, Germany in 1984. Three years later he successfully obtained his Dr. rer. nat. on the same field and university. In 1993, he obtained Habilitation degree in Plant Physiology from the University of Hannover.

He had been a Post-doc fellow and research assistant at the Carlsberg laboratory, Department of Plant Physiology, Copenhagen, Denmark from 1987-1992. Thereafter, he became a group leader at the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Department of Molecular Plant Physiology, IPK Gatersleben for 8 years during 1992-2000.

Currently, he is a professor (C4) of Plant Physiology at the Institute of Biology, Humboldt University Berlin since 2001. His research areas cover regulation of plant tetrapyrole metabolism, plastid-derived retrograde signaling, regulation of photosynthesis, stress physiology, and role of the heterotrimetric transcription factor NF-Y in response to abiotic stress.


Prof. Dr. Thomas KurzProf. Dr. Thomas Kurz studied pharmacy at the University of Hamburg, Germany from 1990-1995. In 1996 he received his licensure (approbation) as pharmacist. Three years later he obtained his Dr. rer. nat. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the same institution.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida in the group of Prof. Alan R. Katritzky and at Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. in Alachua, Florida from 2000-2001. Afterwards, he became group leader and in 2002 Habilitand at the Institute of Pharmacy of the University of Hamburg.

In 2007, Thomas Kurz obtained his Habilitation degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Hamburg. Since 2007, he is Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf. Currently, he is the head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry. His research interests cover antiparasitic and cancer drug discovery, e.g. the development of metalloenzyme inhibitors and helix mimetics.


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nellen Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nellen studied biology at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany from 1970-1975. In 1980 he obtained his Dr. rer. nat. in biology. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Marburg in the group of Prof. Dieter Gallwitz and at the University of California, San Diego in the group of Prof. R.A. Firtel. In 1986, he became group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. In 1989 he obtained his habilitation in zoology at the Ludwigs-Maximilian University in Munich. Since 1995, Wolfgang Nellen is professor for genetics at the University of Kassel. He served as lecturer at Yarmouk University (Irbid, Jordan) i9n 1989 and at Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) in 1994. He is currently president of the German Biologist Association (VBIO) and vicepresident of the German Genetics Society. His research interests cover epigenetic chromatin and DNA modifications and mechanisms or RNA mediated gene regulation (siRNA and miRNA).



Prof. Dr. C. Hanny Wijaya Prof. Dr. C. Hanny Wijaya is a professor at the department Food Science and Technology (FST-IPB), Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Bogor Agricultural University (InstitutPertanian Bogor – IPB), Indonesia. She got her Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Hokkaido University, Japan, in the field of agricultural chemistry in 1990. Currently, she is the head of the food chemistry division in FST-IPB and coordinator of IPB-Hokkaido University cooperation desk. From 1995 to 2012, she was the editor in chief of Journal Food Technology and Industries (Jurnal Teknologi dan Industri Pangan), a formal publishing journal by the Association of Indonesian Food Technologist (PATPI) in cooperation with FST-IPB. She is a visiting lecturer at several Indonesian as well as overseas universities including the National University of Singapore (NUS), Hokkaido University, Pelita Harapan University and Atmajaya University. She has conducted several national competitive researches in the field of food technology, particularly relating to flavor and bioactive compounds. She has worked collaboratively with many international researchers such as from Hokkaido University (JSPS-funding), BAZ-Germany (DAAD funding), Wisconsin University (USDA funding).

Professor Hanny has received 8 approved patents and 3 patents in process. Her research findings have been published in over 90 national and international scientific publications. She has also published 8 books and 5 peer review papers/book chapter. Moreover, she has been requested as reviewer for several scientific journals i.e. J .Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Food Chemistry, International Food Research Journal, and Hayati and appointed as PhD external examiners for NUS, UNSW, University of Mysore, WU, University of Mara, University of Indonesia, etc.

Outside of her academic achievements, she was the founder of IPB`s career development center. She is also a consultant for related companies as well as a consultant expert at the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGHE)-Ministry of Education.Since 2005, she has been appointed as the president of the Indonesian Association of Flavor and Fragrance (AFFI), and also registered as member of professional organizations such as the International Food Technologist (IFT), ISEKI and PATPI.

Professor Hanny has received several awards including the Rooseno Award in 2013, the Outstanding Intellectuals Property Award (Anugerah Kekayaan Intelektual LuarBiasa) in 2012, the Indonesian 100/101/103/105/106 Innovations Awards in 2008/2009/2011/2013/2014, the Association of Indonesian Food Science and Technologists (PATPI) Award in 2010, One hundred Indonesian Oustanding Women Researchers (100 Perempuan Peneliti Berprestasi Indonesia )in 2010, selected as best lecturer at Bogor Agricultural University in 2004 and received several grants including grants from DGHE- Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of of Indonesia, LPDP,AUSAID, DAAD, JAFIC, JSPS, and Japan Foundation.

She is married with 3 children.


Professor Sherry A. Tanumihardjo, PhDProfessor Sherry A. Tanumihardjo, PhD manages a progressive research and outreach team at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She serves as the director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and is on the Advisory Board for the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison.

She teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate level including international field experiences. In her research, she has three decades of experience with vitamin A and carotenoids. Her multidisciplinary research approach is enhanced by her broad educational background in chemistry (BS), biochemistry (MS), and nutrition (PhD). She has two main research foci including vitamin A assessment methodology and carotenoid bioavailability. Often the two overlap when investigating provitamin A carotenoids.

She has chaired and co-chaired the Vitamin A and Carotenoid sessions at Experimental Biology over the years. She has served as chair of the Carotenoid Research Interaction Group (CARIG) Research Interest Section of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) and has been on CARIG's steering committee since 2002. Her memberships to the former societies predating ASN (2005) date back to 1991 for the American Society of Nutritional Sciences and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition and to 1994 for the Society for International Nutrition Research.


Prof. Dr. Leszek FiedorProf. Dr. Leszek Fiedor manages a progressive research and outreach team at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She serves as the director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and is on the Advisory Board for the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison.

Prof. Dr. hab. Leszek Fiedor is a staff scientist and academic teacher at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. Leszek Fiedor graduated from the Chemistry Faculty of the same university in 1987 and obtained his M.Sc. degree in organic chemistry. In the same year he received an assistant position in the Institute of Molecular Biology (presently the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology). In 1989 he joined, as a PhD student, the group of Prof. Avigdor Scherz in the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel). His PhD degree he received in 1994, after submission of the thesis written under the supervision of Prof. Scherz. After the completion of the PhD studies he returned to Cracow to take his former position. During the next several years he paid several short-term visits to works with Prof. Hugo Scheer at the LMU (Munich, Germany), withDr. Dieter Leupold at the Max Born Institute in Berlin (Germany), and with Prof. C. Neil Hunter at the Sheffield University (UK). In 1998, after being awarded with the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship he joined the group of Prof. H. Scheer in Munich as a post-doctoral fellow and continued his studies for two years. In the years 2001-2002 he has been staying with Prof. Yasushi Koyama as a visiting professor at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Sanda, Japan.

His main scientific interest focuses on the chemistry and photophysics/photochemistry of major photosynthetic pigments, (bacterio)chlorophylls and carotenoids. The major experimental approach undertaken in his investigations is to apply chemical modifications to the pigments in the quest for structure-function relationships. The modified (bacterio)chlorophylls may serve as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy and as model compounds in photosynthesis research. In particular, he is interested in the mechanisms of primary photosynthetic reactions, both in light harvesting complexes and reaction centers, and in the assembly of photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes and the photosynthetic apparatus. Also, he is interested in the interactions of chlorophylls as xenobiotics with the animal and human organisms. Another field of his interest are the mechanisms of catalysis and regulation of enzymes involved in chlorophyll catabolism in higher plants.


Prof. Hideaki Miyashita Prof. Hideaki Miyashita received Dr. (Sci) degree from the University of Tokyo in 1997. Before moving to Kyoto University, he worked for Marine Biotechnology Institute Co. from 1989 to 2000, and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from 2000 to 2002. His researches focus on the microalgae especially on the diversity, microbial ecology and diversity of cyanobacteria which contain chlorophylls other than chlorophyll a, and on the isolation and cultivation of microalgae for biodiesel production against the global environmental problems.




Prof. Koichiro Awai Prof. Koichiro Awai is an associate professor at Shizuoka University, Japan. He obtained his diploma degree in bioscience from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1996. Two years later, he got his master degree at the same institute, and then got his PhD of science in 2002.

He had been a posdoc at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, USA in Christoph Benning laboratory from 2002-2006. Thereafter, he became an assistant professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Saitama University, Japan from 2006 to 2008, and then moved to Shizuoka University, Japan as an assistant professor at 2008.

Currently, he is an associate professor of Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science, Shizuoka University, Japan. He has been working on metabolism, transport and physiology of lipids in photosynthetic organisms. His research is now focusing on physiological functions of lipids, especially glycolipids in the photosynthetic (thylakoid) membranes.


Prof. Ayumi Tanaka Professor Ayumi Tanaka of the Institute of Low Temperature Science at Hokkaido University of Japan earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1977 and his doctorate in Botany in 1982, all from Kyoto University. He has been a member of Hokkaido University since 1998. The major challenge of Tanaka’s lab is to understand the basic processes of chlorophyll metabolism. In addition, his lab has been elucidating the evolution of photosynthesis as well as various physiological processes of the plants such as germination, acclimation, senescence and cell death through the studies on chlorophyll metabolism. Agricultural application is also an important target for his lab. Tanaka sees everything through the small molecule of chlorophyll.



Prof. Tatsuru Masuda Prof. Tatsuru Masuda was an Assistant Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he obtained his doctorate in 1991. He also spent one and half year as a Visiting Professor of University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, he became an Associate Professor of the University of Tokyo and promoted to a Professor from this year. His research centers the regulation of photosynthetic tetrapyrrole pigments, such as chlorophylls and hemes. By taking biochemical and molecular biological approaches, he discovered the existence of coordinated transcriptional system of photosynthesis-related genes that are essential for the assembly of functional photosynthetic apparatus.




Prof. Tatsuru Masuda Prof. Masami KobayashiDr. Masami Kobayashi is a chemist. In 1989 he got his PhD of engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Tokyo in the group of Prof. Tadashi Watanabe from 1989(spring)-1990(summer). He visited Jan Amesz's laboratory at Leiden University, the Netherlands from 1989(autumn)-1990 (spring) for the collaboration of study on heliobacterial chlorophylls. Afterwards, he worked at University of Tsukuba from 1990(summer)-1991, University of Tokyo from 1991-1995, and then University Tsukuba again from 1995. The focus of his work is specially tailored chlorophylls functioning in the reaction center of natural photosynthesis, e.g. Chl a’ (an epimer of Chl a), Phe a (a metal free Chl a) and Zn-BChl a found in a unique photosynthetic bacterium living at pH3. His researches also cover the approach to clarifying the chemical evolution of photosynthesis from the viewpoint of their molecular structures. In addition, he focuses his interests on their applications in photodynamic therapy.




Dr. Tatas H. P. Brotosudarmo Dr. Tatas H.P. Brotosudarmo is a principal investigator at Ma Chung Research Center for Photosynthetic Pigments, Universitas Ma Chung, Indonesia. He obtained his diploma degree in chemistry from Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany in 2006 and three years later received his Ph.D from the University of Glasgow, UK under Marie Curie Research Training Network, European Commission on the study of membrane protein structure and function using X-ray crystallography and single-molecule spectroscopy. He was once selected as the young scientist to represent Indonesia in the 63rd Meeting of Nobel Laureate in Lindau, Germany. Now, he is also still an affiliate member of the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) at Washington University in St. Louis, US. His research mainly focuses on the detection, identification and determination of photosynthetic pigments and complexes that deals with the understanding of correlation between structure and function. He also interested in a research to combine native and modified photosynthetic systems and inorganic nanostructure, such as metal nano particles and semiconductor nano crystals in order to develop ways to produce functional artificial photosynthesis. His selected research publications can be access through ResearcherID number C-1094-2009.