Prof. Dr. Erdal BEDİR


Talk Title: Expected a small compound yet encountered supramolecular particles with promising anticancer activity

Erdal Bedir received his B.Sc. degree in pharmacy at Hacettepe University, Ankara 1992. He obtained his M. Sc. (Feb-1995) and Ph.D. (Aug-1998) in pharmacognosy. He was appointed a research scientist in 1993 (Dept. of Pharmacognosy, Hacettepe University). He was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi, between March 1999 and August 2003. In August 2003, he joined the Bioengineering Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Ege University as an associate professor. He was promoted to a full professor position in October 2007. He moved to the Dept. of Bioengineering, Izmir Institute of Technology, in May 2016. Prof. Bedir acted as department chair between 2018-2019 and director of the Biotechnology Center between 2018-2021.
Research areas of Dr. Bedir are the isolation of active components from natural sources, possessing antimicrobial, antitumor, immunomodulator and antiaging properties, as well as their modifications via biotransformation and semi-synthesis studies. Moreover, he focuses on optimizing large-scale extraction and isolation of high-value-added natural products. He has over 160 publications in bioactive natural products. As principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI, he is part of several national and international projects.
He was honored with prestigious awards in the last ten years due to his contributions to the natural product chemistry field (Distinguished Young Scientist Award- Turkish Academy of Sciences; Incentive Award-Turkish Pharmacist’ Association; Incentive Award-The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey; Distinguished Scientist Award-Turkish Pharmacist’ Association).

Prof. Dr. Aydan DAĞ

Bezmiâlem Foundation University

Talk Title: Phototherapeutic Nanocarrier System for Synergistic Combination Therapy

Prof. Dr. Sibel AYSIL OZKAN

Ankara University

Talk Title: Modern Designs of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Electrochemical Sensing and Analysis of Pharmaceuticals

Prof. Dr. Vittorio PACE

Department of Chemistry, University of Turin

Talk Title: Designing New Synthetic Concepts in Medicinal Chemistry with C-1 Sources

Vittorio Pace – since March 2020 – is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Turin (Italy). He graduated in Pharmacy in 2005 from the University of Perugia and received the PhD in Chemical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2010 under the guidance of Professor A. R. Alcántara. After postdoctoral training at Vienna (2010-2011, Prof. Holzer), Manchester (2011-2013, Prof. Procter) and Stockholm (2013-2014, Prof. Olofsson), he obtained a group leader position and a Tenure-Track Professorship at the University of Vienna.
In 2016 he received the Habilitation in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Vienna. He has been the recipient of a series of awards including the Ciamician Medal of the Italian Chemical Society, the Caglioti Prize of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Young Investigator Award of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Vienna, the La Roche-Hoffmann Prize of the EFMC, the Innitzer Award, the Habilitation Award of the Austrian Chemical Society and, the Thieme Journal Award in 2020.
In 2022 he was admitted at the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia of Spain and, since 2020 he is a member of the European Pharmacopeia. In 2022 he received the Acreditación para Catedrático de Universidad (Area de Ciencias) from ANECA.
His research core is represented by the design and development of new synthetic concepts with functionalized organometallic reagents with particular emphasis to homologation procedures. This work is crystallized in > 150 published papers. Prof. Pace supervised 12 doctoral theses and 50 MSc and BSc theses. He edited a two-volumes book for Wiley-VCH titled “Homologation Reactions: Reagents, Applications, and Mechanisms”, printed in July 2023.

Prof. Dr. Yusuf TUTAR

Sağlık Bilimleri University

Talk Title: Drug Designing Against Cellular Mechanics

Prof. Dr. Engin ULUKAYA

İstinye University

Talk Title: Palladium (II) Based-Anticancer Compounds: A New Hope?

Prof. Dr. Raid J. ABDEL-JALIL

Chemistry Department, Sultan Qaboos University Umman

Talk Title: Design and synthesis of novel Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Markers

Prof. Abdel-Jalil attained his doctorate in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 1999, followed immediately by a postdoctoral research fellowship in Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) during the period of 2000-2001. His academic career commenced in earnest at the start of the new millennium with the appointment as an Assistant Professor by Hashemite University in Jordan where he grew in academic stature and earned a promotion to the rank of Associate in 2007. He moved to Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 2008 where he was promoted to the rank of a Professor. Prof. Abdel-Jalil has established a research group in synthetic and medicinal organic chemistry and his research group has ecured several SQU Internal Grants along with the Research Council (TRC) Grant and His Majesty’s (HM) Strategic Research Grant. Moreover, Prof. Abdel-Jalil received the prestigious award of the Visiting International Professor (VIP) Travel Grant by the Ruhr University of Bochum (Germany) twice in 2015 and 2018. Prof. Abdel-Jalil main research specialization is focused on the synthesis of potential biologically active heterocyles, asymmetric molecules. During his scientific career, Prof. Abdel-Jalil has authored/co-authored 67 peer-reviewed publications (60 original research journal papers, four review journal papers, one international patent, one proceeding and one chapter in a book) which have received a considerable international recognition as evidenced by the total number of citations. Prof. Abdel-Jalil has been awarded several research travel funds from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF/JULICH) in Germany and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria. Finally, Prof. Abdel-Jalil has received a Distinguished Researcher Award in 2023 from SQU.

Assoc. Prof. Azim Ziyaei HALIMEHJANI

Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Talk Title: Nitroepoxides as efficient intermediates in Organic Synthesis

The group of Dr. Ziyaei works on the development of novel methods for the synthesis of organic functional groups especially heterocyclic compounds by focus on the following main topics: i) Synthesis of novel dithiocarbamates and thier applications as intermediates in organic synthesis, ii) The application of active intermediates in organic synthesis by focus on nitroalkenes, nitroepoxides, electrophilic sulfur reagents and etc. iii) Coordination chemistry investigation of sulfur containing ligands. iv) Performing organic reactions under green reaction conditions by using water and ionic liquids as reaction solvents as well as solvent-free conditions.
Assoc. Prof. Ziyaei published more than 100 papers in scientific journals including research paper and review papers. He also published a book chapter. The total citations of Dr. Ziyaei research articles are more than 2000 with H-index of 23.
Assoc. Prof. Ziyaei received his PhD degree in Sharif University of Technology in 2007 under supervision of Prof. Dr. Mohammad R. Saidi and advisor of Prof. Junes Ipaktschi. During his PhD, he had two research visits from Giessen University and worked in the group of Prof. Peter Schreiner. In 2007, he began his academic career as Assistant Prof. of Organic Chemistry at Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran. In 2014, he promoted to Associate Professor level. In 2022, he moved to Sharif University of Technology as associated Professor. During his academic career, he had some visits from IOCB Prague (2017), Oldenburg University (2015), and Freiburg University (2018 and 2019-2021).
Assoc. Prof. Ziyaei received several prestigious national and international awards including Alexander von Humboldts award for experienced researchers (2019), DAAD award (2018), Aboureyhan award (2018), top 100 iranian researchers by INSF (2020), best researcher of Alborz province (2018) and etc.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ziyaei is also works as advisor for some pharmaceutical companies for the synthesis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (IPA).

Prof. Dr. Christa E. MULLER

Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry, University of Bonn

Talk Title: Medicinal Chemistry of Purinergic Signaling: Targets and Drugs for Cancer Immunotheraphy

E-Mail: christa.mueller@uni-bonn.de

Prof. Dr. Elia PSILLAKIS

School of Chemical andEnvironmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete

Talk Title: Towards Circular Analytical Chemistry

Elia Psillakis is Full Professor in Water Chemistry at the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete. She received her degree in Chemistry from Universitè Montpellier II, France with Summa Cum Laude, and her PhD from the University of Bristol, U.K. In 2007, she received a Fulbright Award and used it at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA. Her research activities focus on (i) understanding the fundamentals and developing sample preparation methods used for the detection of emerging and persistent organic pollutants in a variety of matrices, (ii) studying the fate of organic contaminants in natural and engineered systems and (iii) green sample preparation. Professor Elia Psillakis was featured in the Power List 2021 of the magazine “The Analytical Scientist” as one of the Top 100 most influential people in analytical science. To date, her investigations have resulted in six book chapters more than 100 publications in ISI Journals that have received > 8500 citations (h-index=49) and three “Top cited article” awards. She is Editor-in-Chief of “Advances in Sample Preparation” (Elsevier), Specialty Chief Editor of “Environmental Analysis” for Frontiers in Analytical Science (Frontiers), Associate Editor of the “Journal of Separation Science” (Wiley) and an Editorial Advisory Board member in another six journals. Professor Elia Psillakis is also Head of the Sample Preparation Study Group and Network of the European Chemical Society-Division of Analytical Chemistry (EuChemS-DAC), an elected member of European Chemical Society-Division of Analytical Chemistry (EuChemS-DAC), Division of Analytical Chemistry – European Chemical Society, Head of the EuChemS-DAC Sample Preparation Study Group and Network and an Affiliate Member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). She is the Founder and Director of ExtraTECH Analytical Solutions, a Spin-Off Company of the Technical University of Crete with two active patents. Professor Elia Psillakis has acted as an expert evaluator in several national and European evaluation panels, and in 2012 and 2013, she was vice-chair of the Chemistry evaluation panel for the EU Marie-Curie excellence fellowships. From 2014-2016, she was the Deputy Rector of Academic Affairs and Research at the Technical University of Crete and has served twice as the Director of postgraduate studies.


Physical Chemistry and Director of the Institute of Physical and Analytical Chemistry at the Tbilisi State University

Talk Title: The Role of Enantioselective Liquid Chromatography in Analysis of Chiral Drugs of Abuse

Bezhan Chankvetadze is Full Professor for Physical Chemistry and director of the Institute of Physical and Analytical Chemistry at the Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, Georgia.
B. Chankvetadze has published over 300 research papers in peer reviewed journals, over 30 review papers and book chapters and holds several patents of the former Soviet Union, USA, Germany and Japan.
B. Chankvetadze has given over 300 presentations as plenary, invited or oral speaker on the international conferences in fields of chirality, electromigration techniques and separation science. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis and co-editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis Open (both Elsevier) and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Journal of Chromatography A, Journal of Chromatography Open, Electrophoresis, Journal of Separation Science, Chirality (Wiley) and several other journals.
He has over 13 400 citations according Google Scholar and his current H-index is 64.
B. Chankvetadze is the recipient of “Journal of Chromatography Top Cited Article Awards” in 2005, 2006 and 2010, the recipient of “2006 Belgian Society of Pharmaceutical Science Award of Recognition”, and the joint Csaba Horvath Memorial Award of the Hungarian Separation Science Society and Connecticut Separation Science Council, USA (2017).
Prof. B. Chankvetadze is Full Member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Mükerrem Betül YERER

Erciyes University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology, 38039, Kayseri, Turkiye

Talk Title: Current Biotechnological Approaches in the Development of Targeted Cancer Drug Candidates

Prof. Dr. M. Betül Yerer Aycan graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Pharmacy in 1999 and completed her master’s and doctorate degrees at Erciyes University in 2006. She carried out the experimental parts of his doctoral thesis at the University of Mallorca Balearic Islands in Spain as a Tübitak 2214 scholar, and completed her post-doctoral studies at the Basel University Neuropsychopharmacology Department as a Tübitak 2219 scholar in Switzerland. After being appointed as the founding Head of the Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy at Erciyes University in 2007, she served as the Deputy Dean in charge of education for 8 years between 2008 and 2016 and acted as the accreditation coordinator of the Faculty. Continuing her studies at the University of Colorado, Denver, USA as the coordinator of the international Tubitak-1011 project in 2011, Aycan was awarded the title of Associate Professor in the field of pharmacology in 2012 and was appointed as a Professor in 2018. In the same year, she was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Erciyes University and as the Director of the Erciyes University Pharmaceutical Application and Research Center. Accrediting the Pharmaceutical Application and Research Center in 8 different categories, Prof. Dr. M. Betül Aycan has more than 100 publications, more than 70 of which are SCI, on the use of natural compounds in neuropsychopharmacology and cancer research, many international book/book chapters, and national and international awards.
e-mail: mbyerer@erciyes.edu.tr

Assoc. Prof. Ömer Faruk KARATAŞ

Erzurum Technical University

Talk Title: From Molecular Pathogenesis to Drug Design; POFUT1 as a Novel Therapeutic Target for Head and Neck Cancers


Global Quality Control Principal Expert – Merck Healthcare KGaA

Talk Title: The Nitrosamine Saga

Joerg Schlingemann is a director and principal expert for quality control systems within Merck KGaA’s/EMD Serono’s healthcare quality unit. He studied molecular biology in Uppsala and Heidelberg, where he completed a doctorate degree at the German Cancer Research Center in 2005. He has 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry from various roles within quality control and quality assurance. Since late 2019, Joerg has been leading EMD Serono’s analytical activities for N-nitrosamines, based on which he has authored or co-authored several scientific publications dealing with analytical challenges, NDMA in metformin, nitrite in excipients and the prevalence of NDSRIs. Joerg is an advocate of scientific collaboration, data sharing and expressive visualization of data. He is married and has three children.


Analytical Research Manager – Sterling SpA

Talk Title: Challenges in Manufacturing of APIs for Inhalation

Mr. Andrea Silvestri, Analytical Research Manager – Sterling SpA
Andrea Silvestri is a technical support specialist in the APIs field for more than 15 years. He started working as Quality Control and Stability studies specialist for all APIs manufactured by Sterling. He then moved to Analytical Research, being in charge for analytical method development, validation and Regulatory Affairs support. He did specialize in solid state characterization of APIs, particularly focusing on respiratory molecules. Currently he’s Head of Analytical Research, working to support customers with their projects and advising on particle engineering and characterization of inhaled APIs.

Dr. Yavuz Gökalp YILDIZ

Talk Title: What should be the Development Parameters of the Pharmaceutical Industry in the 21st Century?

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