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Adil NajamAdil Najam, PhD
Associate Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Professor Najam serves on the boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment–Development Action Research (PIEDAR), the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future at Boston University, and the Institute for Global Leadership and the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. Professor Najam focuses on issues related to conflict resolution and international negotiations, global governance, developing countries in environmental treaty making, human security, trade and environment, sustainable development, and the politics of the Muslim world.


Mark Pokras Mark Pokras, DVM
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Population Health, and Director, Wildlife Clinic and Center for Conservation Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. His research interests include the functional and surgical anatomy of birds and reptiles, environmental pathology (including toxicology) of wildlife species, and captive management of aquatic reptiles, birds and mammals. Professor Pokras is also interested in allometric scaling as a tool for understanding comparative clinical medicine and the development of minimally invasive field techniques for wildlife health studies.


David WaltDavid Walt, PhD
Robinson Professor of Chemistry, Tufts University. Professor Walt currently serves on two National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committees and participates actively in government advisory meetings for biodefense. His research interests include the application of enzymes and cells to organic synthesis, enzyme mechanistic studies, the preparation of fiber optic chemical sensors, immunochemistry, polymeric microstructures, artificial sensing systems, and combinatorial chemistry. He is also the scientific founder of Illumina, Inc., a San Diego–based biotechnology company pursuing next-generation genotyping instrumentation.


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