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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1

Prof. Dr. Kevin Burgess

Rachal Professor of Chemistry in The Department of Chemistry.
Texas A & M University,
Texas, United States.

Knowing Prof. Dr. Kevin Burgess

Kevin Burgess, Rachal Chair of Chemistry at Texas A & M University, obtained his MSc with Professor Alan Katritzky, a PhD at Cambridge University, England, with Lord Lewis, and was a postdoctoral associate with Professor Barry M. Trost. He has taught organic chemistry for more than thirty years.

Dr Burgess has built a research program around a diversity of interests including organometallic catalysis, fluorescent dyes, peptidomimetics and medicinal chemistry. He has published over 340 research papers and about 11 patents.

Currently, Dr Burgess research focuses on small molecules interacting with protein surfaces. He introduced the concept of universal peptidomimetics, and developed from that a suite of techniques based on Exploring Key Orientations, a new approach for design of small molecules to perturb protein-protein interactions that involves mining the protein databank. Discoveries emerging from this led him to establish the company Small Molecule PPI Mimics LLC based on this technology. Dr Burgess has designed small molecules for active targeting of cancer cells particularly via the TrkC receptor; and potential applications of this work are in diagnostics, imaging, and therapeutics. The molecule D3 he designed to bind the TrkA receptor is now in phase III clinical trials for treatment of dry-eye disease. Much of his work involves fluorescent dyes. The Burgess Group has published extensively on BODIPY structures, and on the mode of action and applications of tumor-seeking cyanine dyes.

Professor Burgess has edited a book entitled, Solid Phase Syntheses, and authored a graduate problem text on organic reactions called Organic Chemistry By Inquisition, two sophomore organic chemistry workbooks Organic Chemistry By Inquisition 1 and 2, and co-authored Highlights in Chemistry and Industry since 1985, and for which he now writes monthly on literature developments in Biomedical Chemistry.

Based on this teaching and research experience, Dr Burgess believes the future of teaching sophomore organic chemistry involves an emphasis on biomedicinal applications delivered in interactive “flipped” classroom settings, and incorporation of more psychology into teaching and learning methods.

Keynote Speaker 2

Prof. Dr. Asem Shehadeh Saleh Ali

Kuliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge & Human Sciences.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Knowing Prof. Dr. Asem Shehadeh Saleh Ali

Asem Shehadeh Ali is a Professor at the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He served in the Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) as the instructor for Teaching Arabic for non-Native Speakers 1990-2006, IIUM.

He is currently the Head of Arabic Language and Literature from 2019-2023, a Chief Editor of Journal Linguistic and Literary Studies from 2010-2023, and an external advisor of the Master & Ph.D. in Arabic programme at Al- Madina International University Malaysia until 2023.

Appointed as an international advisor for the Editorial Board of Arabic Journals in Jordan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Algeria, German, Beirut, Iran, India, and Pakistan. He also served as an International academic advisor at conferences at University of Jordan and Technology University in Jordan.

He was a chairperson for four international conferences at Arabic Department IIUM. A lecturer in Modern Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Teaching Arabic for Non-native Speakers, Issues in Morphology and Syntax. His research area includes Semiology, Psycholinguistics, Text Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, and Contrastive.