Dr. Eileen J. Kennedy received her B.S. degree from the University of Washington where she majored in Biochemistry then her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego where she was an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow. She subsequently performed her postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Gregory Verdine in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Kennedy started her independent in 2010 and is currently the Dr. Samuel C. Benedict Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Georgia. She uses synthetic chemistry and kinase enzymology to study allosteric and spatiotemporal regulation of kinases with a long-term goal to develop synthetic biologics that can be used to probe kinase-mediated cell signaling events.
Dr. Roman Tuma is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic where he leads a multidisciplinary center focused on structure and dynamics of large macromolecular complexes and replication of RNA viruses. He completed his PhD in cell biology and biophysics at the University of Missouri in 1996. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Alabama, he obtained funding from the Academy of Finland to establish his own group at the University of Helsinki. He joined the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the Astbury Centre in Leeds in 2007 as a Reader in Biophysics. At Leeds, he pioneered the use of single molecule fluorescence to study the assembly of RNA viruses and to follow dynamics of membrane proteins. He remains a visiting fellow at the University of Leeds, collaborating on several BBSRC funded projects.