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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Steven J Langford

OCM Member

Steven J Langford

Monash University

Steven J. Langford received his BSc (Hons I) and Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 1994.
After postdoctoral work in the UK under the auspices of a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship with Sir J. Fraser Stoddart FRS investigating the formation of topologically interesting molecular assemblies for molecular device development,
at the University of UNSW as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow investigating electron transfer processes in giant multichromophoric systems,
He joined the School of Chemistry at Monash University in 1998. Here, his interests in diverse areas such as nanoscaled devices, photosynthetic mimicry, sustainable chemistry, molecular logic gates and motor neuron disease were developed.
He was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2006, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science (2009-2012) and Head of School of Chemistry in 2010 at Monash.
Since 2012, he has also been Director of Monash’s Green Chemical Futures.
His research interests focus on concept transfers from nature, particularly in the areas of solar energy conversion, fluorescence and molecular device functionality.
He has published over 150 research articles and was awarded the 2006 Young Investigator Award by the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines.

Interests focuss around the energy transduction properties of photosynthetic systems and the potential use of the principles involved to design and evaluate wholly synthetic systems that mimic all or part of this process for applications as molecular batteries, molecular logic, energy transduction devices and for solar energy conversion. Stable funding through the NCG Schemes since 2002 has allowed our independent research to flourish in the area of self-assembling multichromophoric systems. Illustrates some examples of assemblies and arrays from my group which exploit the oxophilic nature of Sn(IV)porphyrins for light harvesting

Tulay Aygan Atesin

OCM Member

Tulay Aygan Atesin

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
The University of Texas-Pan American, USA
Phone: 956-665-2854
Fax: 956-665-5006
The University of Texas-Pan American, USA
Organic reaction mechanisms, computational chemistry, and inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry


Dr. Tulay A. Atesin received her Ph. D. in 2007 from the University of Rochester under the supervision of Professor William D. Jones working on the mechanisms of strong bond activation reactions.

Tulay Aygan Atesin
04/2003 - 08/2004, PhD 2007 w/ Prof. William D. Jones, University of Rochester, Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI

She worked on Nazarov cyclization with Professor Alison J. Frontier during her M. S.
She was a postdoctoral research associate with Professors Shannon S. Stahl, Charles P. Casey and Clark R. Landis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2007 to 2009.
In 2009, she moved to Northwestern University to work with Professors Thomas J. Meade and Mark A. Ratner. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Professors SonBinh T. Nguyen and Joseph T. Hupp, working on the synthesis and characterization of novel coordination polymers and metal organic frameworks.
She is a member of the American Chemical Society and serves as reviewer for JACS. She received a 2008 Young Investigator Award from the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

2nd International Conference on Medicinal Chemistry & Computer Aided Drug Designing October 15-17, 2013 Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, USA
Metal complexes have long been known for their therapeutic effects against diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, cancer and hypercalcemia. Their mechanism of action, however, is not always entirely understood. The potential for metals to contribute more widely in the treatment and control of diseases has increased research efforts to develop novel metal-based drugs. Basic research on coordination complexes and enzyme active sites can lead to rational design of new drugs, and we use this approach to find metal complexes that bind tightly and selectively to specific amino-acid residues known to play critical roles in target enzymes and proteins. We then improve the molecular targeting based on detailed understanding of the interactions between metal complexes and amino acid residues. The structural diversity of metal complexes, their rich geometric possibilities together with the possibility of secondary interactions with the pendant groups make them attractive drug candidates. The activity and selectivity towards amino acid residues are determined by studying the kinetics and thermodynamics of the reaction. Computational modeling is used to predict the relative stability of interactions between the metals with different amino acid residues and these predictions will be further tested experimentally


Demet Sag

Demet Sag, Ph.D., CRA, GCP

Dr. Sag has speciliazed in Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology. Applied her strong scientific knowledge on translational research for diagnostics and targeted therapies with cutting edge technologies. She turns around failing projects to the completion by gathering resources, training others if necessary, and manage budgets to execute them on time correctly. Worked in public, private and federal working environments with stellar scientists. These interactions brought her an important perspective to solve obstacles wisely. She has experienced both in academic and industrial settings which is very unique. Warm persona with ironmade standards on work ethics, time management, work-life balance that will benefit any team.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Gene Therapy, Antifungal Therapy, Biotechnology, Biosensors
DISCOVERY: Embryonic Stem Cell, Translational Research, Genome Structure and Function, Epigenetics.


Jaya Pandey

OCM Member

Jaya Pandey

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Amity University, Lucknow Campus, India
Medicinal/organic chemistry
Jaya Pandey has completed her PhD from Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow and she is presently working as an Assistant Professor at Amity University.
She has experience of being a research fellow at Medicinal Chemistry Division in CDRI and NBRI, Lucknow during her PhD and post-PhD dissertations.
She is also conferred with two prestigious ‘Young Scientist Awards’ by the “Indian council of Chemists” and “Indian Chemical Society”, respectively for her excellent scientific contribution to the fields of medicinal/organic chemistry. Her work has mainly been associated with a development of new diarylbenzopyrans (DABPs) as Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs.



Italy, especially the chestnut festivals held in autumn. One of the best that I have been to in the Garfagnana is in Cascio. This tiny town of only a handful of people manages to gather hundreds of people for its annual Festa di Castagna.
Map of garfagnana

The entrance to the town is through one of the old portals.
Cascio chestnut festival
The lovely piazza was lined with stalls selling local produce.
Cascio chestnut festival
The first thing to do is buy a ticket for your food, then head off in search of the queue. Courses are served in different places around the village.

Cascio chestnut festival
…time to find a seat.
Cascio chestnut festival

…with some great views.
Cascio chestnut festival
Others enjoyed the view from a great vantage point.
Cascio chestnut festival
The polenta tent was my next stop.
Cascio chestnut festival
Chestnuts were roasted on open fires.
Cascio chestnut festival
Then it was onwards and upwards to the fortress where the dolci were served.
Cascio chestnut festival
It was a bit of a walk through the forest to the metato (chestnut drying house) where the chestnut liqueur was served.
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
In this area people could gather their own chestnut and cook them. Children were taught how by parents and grandparents.
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
As we were leaving a group of singers lined up to entertain the crowd.
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio’s festival is very well organised. It is a fun day with lots to keep visitors entertained. There was a bit of a wait for the food, but most people are good natured and wait patiently. (Except for one woman who was determined to push in…it didn’t work with us)
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
Cascio chestnut festival
It is now raining heavily and quite cold…we were very lucky on Sunday.

Meenakshi Priyam, Novartis

Meenakshi Priyam

Meenakshi Priyam

Meenakshi has worked across multiple industries, geographies and organization life-cycles (established Indian firms, start-ups, consulting and MNCs). She has worked in the Financial services sector within India (Axis Bank and YES Bank),  with Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) in their strategic HR consulting group and Johnson & Johnson in varied roles across different businesses and geographies before joining Novartis as Head of HR for India.
Her strengths and expertise includes delivering on short and long-term HR strategy for the business, Talent Management, Change Management, Leadership Coaching, Organization Design and development, culture change and engagement. Meenakshi has also led numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives over the course of her career and this has always been a key pillar to the HR and talent strategy in her multiple roles.




Head, Human Resources

September 2013 – Present (2 years 2 months)Mumbai area, India

Regional HR Director APAC

Johnson & Johnson
October 2011 – September 2013 (2 years)Mumbai, India
Head of HR for the ASP (Infection Prevention) & OCD (Diagnostics) business for ASPAC

Total Rewards Lead

Johnson & Johnson
May 2009 – October 2011 (2 years 6 months)
Head, Total Rewards including compensation, benefits, perquisite, and allowance programs/policies to all J&J companies which includes the Consumer, Medical Devices & Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical Businesses - in India, Thailand and Vietnam.

Senior HR Business Partner

Johnson & Johnson Medical India

July 2006 – April 2009 (2 years 10 months)
Strategic HR Business Partner for multiple businesses and functions responsible for providing end-to-end HR solutions. Also the Rewards Head for Johnson & Johnson Medical India.

Senior Manager


July 2004 – July 2006 (2 years 1 month)
Senior Manager - Human Resources.


Watson Wyatt
September 2003 – July 2004 (11 months)
Human Capital Consulting Group (HCG)

Deputy Manager

Axis Bank
June 2002 – September 2003 (1 year 4 months)
Head-HR, Novartis India
AGE: 36
GOAL IN LIFE: Lead a meaningful life with a purpose of positively impacting organisations that she works for and people that she interacts with.
BEST LEADERSHIP LESSON: Connecting to people's minds can have an impact

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has the lowest attrition rate among multinational drug companies in India, despite its problems over patent protection of its anti-cancer drug Glivec and a proposed reorganisation of some businesses as part of a global plan. Much of the credit for this should go to Meenakshi Priyam, Human Resources Head of Novartis India, for her untiring effort to keep employee morale high. She has also worked hard at infusing talent into the company and building capabilities. "My biggest challenge is continuing the accelerated growth agenda of the company with key focus on the patients we serve," she says.
A trained classical singer who also loves reading, movies and travel, Priyam got her MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, specialising in human resources, after graduating in chemistry from a Patna college. After a short stint in the banking sector - with Axis Bank and YES Bank - she worked with global healthcare major Johnson & Johnson from July 2006 to September 2013 before moving to Novartis. She thanks her family for their role in her success. "When my daughter was just one year old, I was offered the position of Asia Pacific Regional Head, HR at J&J, which involved travelling two weeks in a month to 14 different countries," she says. "I was not sure whether to accept, but my husband and in-laws encouraged me to and supported me during that period."
Priyam says her "love for challenges, a childlike enthusiasm towards learning and a purpose of making a difference" drives her. Her colleagues vouch for her, too. "Priyam has this ability to deal with people issues holistically and find solutions that are practical and in the best interest of all stakeholders," says Ranjit Shahani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Novartis India.