Alfredo Berzal-Herranz received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Autónoma University of Madrid (1990). After a short stay in the Department of Microbiology, at the Uppsala University (Sweden), he moved to the Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Vermont (USA), as Postdoctoral Researcher. In 1993 he returned to Granada, Spain, joining the Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina “López-Neyra” (IPBLN) belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), where he established his own research group and Chair the Department of Molecular Biology. Since April 1997 to November 2005, he was the Deputy Director of the IPBLN-CSIC and Director since November 2005 to March 2014. He has authored around 90 research articles and book chapters and edited two special research issues. He serves or has served as Editorial Board Member of more than 15 research journals. His group is currently interested in understanding the structure/function relationship of viral RNA genomes. Pursuing the identification of the molecular mechanisms used by the RNA viruses to store all necessary genetic information and studying the potential use of genomic structural RNA domains as potential antiviral targets. Further, his group is interested in the design and characterization of antiviral RNA molecules.
Structure-function relationship of viral genomic RNA domains
Vsevolod Zinserling is pathologist working in the field of infectology in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His research is devoted to viral, bacterial, fungal and mycoplasma lesions of brain, lung, liver, intestine, placenta on autopsy, clinical and experimental material. Investigations of pathomorphology of Influenza, HIV and its complications, infections due to herpes viruses, viral hepatitis, mixed infections of different localisation are of special interest. Prof. V.A. Zinserling is collaborating at Saint-Petersburg University, Center of infectious pathology at S.P. Botkin hospital for infectious diseases and department of pathomorphology in the Institute of Experimental medicine at National Medical Research Center named after V.A. Almazov. He is active member of European Society of Pathology (working groups infectious diseases, autopsy pathology and history of pathology). Author of more than 400 publications.