Research Leader-Dr.rer.nat. G.V. Limmon
Dr. Limmon achieved his Bachelor’s in Biology from Hasanuddin University in Indonesia before continuing his Master’s in marine biology/geology at McMaster University, Canada. He achieved his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Friedrich Schiller University/Hans Knoell Institute in Germany.
He has over 15 years of experience in the field of Molecular Biology and is the expert of Marine Biotechnology and Director of Marine Science Center of Excellence at the Pattimura University in Ambon, Indonesia, working on research topics such as screening of potential drug candidate from marine organisms, DNA barcoding, identification of novel biomarkers for environmental changes, biofuel from microalgae, bio-erosion on coral reefs, the influence of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reefs and coral reef organisms and the mapping and monitoring of coral reef conditions in Maluku.
Prior to returning to Indonesia, Dr. Limmon was working as a visiting fellow at National Institute of Environmental Sciences, NIH, USA and then he invited to work in Singapore as a senior research scientist for the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). Here, Dr. Gino was the group leader of the lung repair group where they focused on various research topics, such as Identification of progenitor cells that play a main role in lung repair, identification of novel cell surface markers for lung epithelial cells, mesenchymal stem cell therapy for acute lung injury and the identification of serum biomarkers for inflammation and lung damage /repair using proteomics approach. He has won several honors and awards such as National Institute of Health – Fellows Award for Research Excellence 2007, NIH-NIEHS Fellowship 2004-2008, Hans Knoell Institute (HKI) Fellowship 2002- 2004, German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) Fellowship 1998- 2002, Marine Science Education Program Fellowship 1994-1996.
Limmon, G. V., Comparative Analysis of Genes Induced by Respiratory Syncytial Virus and DsRNA in Human Epithelial Cells, Indonesian Journal of Biotechnology, June 2014. 18 (2)
Zheng D, Limmon GV, Yin L, Leung NH, Yu H, Chow VT, Chen J., A cellular pathway involved in Clara cell to alveolar type II cell differentiation after severe lung injury. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 5;8(8)
Chen Q, Khoury M, Limmon GV, Choolani M, Chan JK, Chen J. Human fetal hepatic progenitor cells are distinct from, but closely related to, hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells. Stem Cells. 2013 Jun;31(6):1160-9.
Yamada Y, Limmon G. V., Zheng D, Li N, Li L, et al. (2012) Major Shifts in the Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Lung Antioxidant Enzymes during Influenza Pneumonia. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31494.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031494
Limmon, G. V., Arredouani, M., McCann, K. L., Corn Minor, R. A., Kobzik, L., and F. Imani. Scavenger receptor class-A is a novel cell surface receptor for double-stranded RNA. FASEB J. 2008 Jan;22(1):159-67. Epub 2007 Aug 20.
Li, Y., Limmon, G. V., Imani, F., and C. Teng. Induction of lactoferrin gene expression by innate immune stimuli in mouse mammary epithelial HC-11 cells. Biochimie. 2009 Jan;91(1):58-67. Epub 2008 May 15.
Minor, R. A., Limmon, G. V., Miller-DeGraff, L., Dixon, D,. Andrews, D. M., Kaufman, R. J. and F. Imani. Double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase regulates early innate immune responses during respiratory syncytial virus infection.. J Interferon Cytokine Res. 2010 Apr;30(4):263-72.