Dr. Shyam "Sam" Mohapatra
Sam is a distinguished professor of health and director of The Center for Research and Education of Nanobioengineering at the University of South Florida. He also holds an MBA degree in international business from the University of South Florida. He is a Molecular Biologist with more than 20 years of experience in drug discovery for allergy diseases, including allergen and virally triggered asthma; he has been involved in several clinical trials and developed proprietary positions for treatment of respiratory diseases. Sam serves as an expert in peer review panels of several major national and international grant agencies, including the National Institute of Health. He has been a consultant to and performed collaborative and contract research for numerous pharmaceutical companies. He has received several awards for his inventions including the Global Corporate Award in Nanotechnology and election to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Sam is a former recipient of the prestigious Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation Award for Allergy Research
Dr. Subhra Mohapatra
Subhra has more than 15 years of experience in immunology and cell biology. After completing her PhD in immunology at the University of Manitoba she completed a National Cancer Institute of Canada Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Arnold Greenberg, the discoverer of NK cells at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology. She then joined Dr. Jack Pledger at the Moffitt Cancer Center as a research assistant professor. Her studies have been published in highly ranked journals; Subhra is named an inventor in several patents and patent applications. She presently serves as associate professor at USF’s Department of Molecular Medicine.