Marine Science Workshop: Speakers

2nd UTEN Workshop 2010 – Marine and Bio-Sciences
Research Collaboration & Network Building for Commercialization

Universidade do Algarve-CCMAR – 27-28 September, 2010
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Speakers at the workshop will include:

Manuel Pinto AbreuDr. Manuel Pinto Abreu
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT)

Manuel Pinto Abreu holds a PhD in “Physical Oceanography,” Monterey, California, USA (1991). From 1992 to 1997, he was the head of the Cartography and Hydrography Division of the Instituto Hidrográfico. In 2003 he was the President of the Conselho Consultivo da Comissão Interministerial para a Delimitação da Plataforma Continental.

At the present day Manuel Pinto Abreu teaches at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and at Escola Naval. He is the Head of the Estrutura de Missão para a Extensão Plataforma Continental and the Head of the Estrutura de Missão para os Assuntos do Mar.

Dr. Christine BurkeDr. Christine Burke
Sr. Technology Licensing Associate
South Texas Technology Management (STTM), University of Texas

Dr. Christine Burke works with South Texas Technology Management (STTM), a University of Texas regional technology transfer office that serves four UT campuses: UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTSA, UT Brownsville, and UT Pan American. She joined STTM in September of 2007 and manages a portfolio of technologies focused on the life sciences. Before moving to Texas, Christine worked at the University of California’s Systemwide Office of Technology Transfer for over four years. At UC she helped create her position as their first Strategic Marketing and Communications Manager, and developed new outreach programs to help companies navigate the ten campus system. Before moving to the field of technology transfer, Christine was a founding employee of the laboratory services start-up company, LabVelocity. Christine has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Yale University, and did a post doctoral fellowship in Immunology at UC San Francisco.

Adelino V.M. CanárioDr. Adelino V. M. Canário
Director, Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve

Adelino V.M. Canário is Director of the Centre of Marine Sciences and teaches Cell Biology and Reproductive Physiology. He received is PhD in Biology from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) in 1989 having studied the endocrine control of oocyte final maturation in fish at the Fisheries Laboratory (now CEFAS) at Lowestof.

His research group uses classical endocrinology and genomics tools to investigate the multifunctional role of hormones in reproduction, osmoregulation and behaviour in fishes. Current research projects, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia and the European Commission, include the role of hormones and bile acids in chemical communication, the mechanisms of sex determination and puberty in fishes, parathyroid hormones and ion regulation, and the characterization of the sea bass genome. He led the Fish and Shellfish node in Marine Genomics Europe, a network of excellence dedicated to the use of genomics tools in marine biology.

Jorge DiasDr. Jorge Dias
Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve

Dr. Jorge Dias is a Researcher at CCMAR, developing its activities within the Aquaculture Research Group. His major scientific interests and areas of expertise are: fish nutrition, nutritional modulation of fish quality, health and welfare; nutritional requirements of new species for aquaculture, feed formulation and feeding practices as tools for managing aquaculture wastes. Since 2008, he has founded SPAROS Lda, a technology-based SME dedicated to the development of new products and processes for fish feeding and nutrition. Prior to CCMAR, Jorge Dias has worked as a Scientist at the Research Center for Animal Nutrition and Health of DSM Nutritional Products (former Hoffmann-La Roche Vitamins Divison, Switzerland) in the development of new feed additives for aquaculture. Jorge Dias holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Oporto University (Portugal) and University of Bordeaux I (France); MSc in Food Technology by the University of Bordeaux I (France); Licenciatura in Marine Biology and Fisheries, by the University of Algarve, Portugal.

Dr. G. Joan HoltDr. G. Joan Holt
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute

Dr. G. Joan Holt is a world-renowned marine scientist and mariculture researcher. For over 38 years, Dr. Holt’s work has addressed vital issues surrounding fish ecology, captive culture, and development. With projects that encompass physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the early life history of marine fish species, Dr. Holt has provided actionable information and guidance to decision-makers that impact one of earth’s most utilized resources.

While applied conservation, responsible aquaculture, and interdisciplinary cooperation have been central goals within every category of Dr. Holt’s research, her strong interpersonal ethic has enhanced UTMSI’s Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory (FAML)’s reputation as a leading research facility. Her mentorship has helped aspiring professionals earn 6 PhDs and 17 Masters Degrees in Marine Science, and become respected scientists at leading research institutions.

Her ability to work with leaders from academia, government, non-profit, and private industry has attracted funding from a wide range of sources. Dr. Holt has been part of ground-breaking research, including the captive spawning and rearing of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) and several ornamental fish species.

Currently, Dr. Holt’s research focuses on captive fish nutrition, ornamentals, and fisheries ecology, along with investigations in fish physiology. Her team continues to add to an extensive list of peer-reviewed publications, and attract visitors from abroad and locally. Her routine public outreach events and initiatives have supported the University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s efforts to highlight the value of marine science and research to the general public. Dr. Holt also teaches a graduate course, Larval Fish Ecology, at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI).

Dr. Gary JeffressDr. Gary Jeffress
Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Director, Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science

Dr. Gary Jeffress is a Professor of Geographic Information Science and Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Jeffress is Principal Investigator for the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network and the Texas Height Modernization program. He holds a Ph.D. in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine (National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis), Master of Surveying Science and Bachelor of Surveying degrees from the University of New South Wales. Dr. Jeffress is a Registered Professional Surveyor in the State of Texas and past-president of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors and past-president of the Geographic and Land Information Society. Dr. Jeffress currently sits on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel, and the Data Archiving and Access Requirements Working Group for the Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Jeffress was born in Australia and has been citizen of the United States since 2003. He has lived in Corpus Christi since 1990.

Sérgio M. JesusDr. Sérgio M. Jesus
Professor and Vice-Rector, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Algarve

Sérgio M. Jesus received his “Doctorat Es-Sciences” in Engineering Sciences from the University of Nice, France in 1986. From 1985 to 1992 he was a staff scientist at the SACLANT Undersea Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy in the Ambient Noise and Signal Processing Groups. During that period he was involved with underwater acoustic field noise directionality and early studies on target detection using matched field processing. In 1992 he joined the Electronics and Computation Department at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal where he is currently full professor and Vice-rector. His interests are underwater acoustics signal processing, model-based inversion, ocean and seafloor tomography and their applications. He is member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, EURASIP and of the Acoustical Society of America.

Dr. Lorenz Kaiser
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Division Director, Legal Affairs and Contracts

Dr. Lorenz Kaiser is Division Director for legal and contractual affairs at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. H is responsible for the departments “Law,” “R&D Contracts,” and “Public Sponsoring,” rendering centralized services for the 57 Fraunhofer Institutes. He specializes in the development of models for research cooperations , negotiations, and contractual solutions, which also includes the transfer of knowledge through Spin Offs from Research facilities. Dr. Kaiser has 25 years of experience in negotiating contracts with industry and is a member of several national and international expert groups for Research funding and IPR questions. Dr. Kaiser also practices law privately as an attorney-at-law in his specialty. He gives lectures and seminars in the field of research contracts. His areas of specialization are: Contracting in Research and Development, Civil Law (especially Contract Law, legal questions of funding regulations, and EU law on Research and Development.

Sabine KriegDr. Sabine Krieg
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Business Development and Strategic Research

Sabine Krieg is responsible for planning at Fraunhofer IGB, with a focus on national and international applied research projects. Prior to working for Fraunhofer, she was the CEO of FEP Science GmbH, which specialized in nutritional medicine and training for medical doctors. Ms. Krieg was the Scientific Coordinator for international University training courses in sustainable agriculture in tropical and subtropical countries. She holds a degree in Agrobiology from the University of Hohenheim, and wrote her thesis on Plant Protection in the Tropics and Subtropics.

Aníbal MatosDr. Aníbal Matos

Aníbal Matos received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto in 2001. He is currently researcher in the Robotics and Intelligent Systems at INESC Porto and also an assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. His main research interests are related to marine robotics and control systems. Aníbal Matos has been an is currently involved in several research and development projects related to autonomous underwater andsurface vehicles funded by several national and international agencies. He has also participated in the development of the autonomous underwater vehicle MARES –an innovative small size vehicle that has been successfully used in environmental monitoring missionsperformed in portuguese coastal waters. Currently, he is developing an autonomous underwater vehicle within the scope of a Brazilian-funded project.

Dr. Frank PezoldDr. Frank Pezold
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Frank Pezold’s research is focused on the discovery, understanding and conservation of fish diversity. Systematic studies by him and his students offer best determinations of species diversity and put that diversity into an evolutionary context using current morphological and molecular methods. Much recent work has centered on population genetics to better assess diversity within species, information essential for sound conservation and management decisions. His lab is also investigating the influence of diversity on the ecology of coral reef fishes. These research programs are global in scope involving systems and species from all continents except Antarctica and tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. Dr. Pezold has been Dean of the College of Science and Technology since January 2006. As the academic leader, his charge has been to develop college academic research capacity commensurate with the support of new doctoral programs in the marine sciences and several existing research centers and institutes. He is also promoting the development of new research avenues consistent with the college’s strengths in marine sciences in engineering, unmanned systems, alternative energy and biofuels.

Helena SantosDr. Helena Santos
Professor of Biochemistry at the New University of Lisbon

Helena Santos is head of the “Cell Physiology & Nuclear Magnetic Resonance” Laboratory at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica. She received a PhD degree in Biophysics from the New University of Lisbon, and obtained post-doctoral training at the University of Leicester, UK. Her research interests include microbial physiology using in vivo and in vitro NMR as the main analytical tool. In the last 15 years, she became interested in studying the biochemical strategies that allow organisms to grow at temperatures near 100ºC; her team characterized many compatible solutes of hyperthermophiles, determined their stabilizing effects on proteins, characterized their biosynthetic pathways, and investigated their mode of action. She is a co-author in 200 papers in refereed international journals, and six European patents. She is the Vice-President of the International Society of Extremophiles and Member of the Portuguese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. João Borges de SouzaDr. João Borges de Souza

João Tasso de Figueiredo Borges de Sousa is a lecturer at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from Porto University in Portugal and the head of the Underwater Systems and Technologies (LSTS) Laboratory at Porto University.

His research interests include unmanned vehicle systems, networked control, control and coordination of multiple dynamic systems, hybrid systems, systems engineering, and control architectures for multi-vehicle systems. He has been leading the design, construction and deployment of unmanned air and ocean going vehicles since 1998.
In 2002 he received the Luso-American Foundation Fellowship by the Portuguese Studies Program from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2003 the Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory was awarded the Arca second Prize for the best technological realizations Respectful to Environment. In 2006 he received the national BES Innovation National Award, awarded by the Espírito Santo Bank, for the design of the Light Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.

He has authored more than 250 publications.

William (Bill) StrieberWilliam C. (Bill) Strieber
President and CEO of ExiBio, LLC

Mr. Strieber recently formed ExiBio to commercialize mariculture/marine science technologies. Prior to forming ExiBio, he was Vice President, New Business Development for Emergent Technologies, Inc. and was engaged in managing the technical and commercial development of multiple early-stage technologies. He has been involved in the successful licensing and sub-licensing of technologies in the tissue transplant medicine, molecular diagnostics, biomaterial production, anti-microbial coatings and industrial nano-material applications. Mr. Strieber also directed the domestic sales and marketing department for Miraibio, Inc. (A subsidiary of Hitachi, Inc.) as well as serving in the role of domestic business development manager prior to his work with Emergent Technologies. During his tenure with MiraiBio, he achieved the position of top salesperson in the company. Mr. Strieber also worked for Luminex, Inc. in both sales and technical roles and in a technical management position for the Environmental Services Division of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Strieber serves on the Executive Board of the Advisory Council for The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and is the Communications Director for The Coastal Conservation Association’s Austin Texas Chapter.