Dr. Varin has been working in both academia, researching plant molecular biology for over 20 years. He has deep understanding of the biochemical and molecular aspects of plant enzymatic reactions and their functions in modulating the biological activity of hormones and chemical messengers. Dr. Varin also co-founded xxxxxx inc. which focused on plant genetics to address important agricultural challenges.


Dr. Nawwaf Kharma holds a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from City, University of London, and a Ph.D. (D.I.C.) in Machine Learning, from Imperial College, University of London.

He also holds an M.Sc. in Biology and a Diploma of Instructional Technology (D.I.T), both from Concordia University, Montreal.

Dr. Kharma is currently an associate professor at the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Concordia University, and has co-founded and co-directed the Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology (CASB) at Concordia. He is also a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) with PEO (Ontario).

Dr. Nawwaf Kharma has authored and co-authored a book on character recognition, more than 50 peer-reviewed technology and science papers, and has presented his work at national and International conferences. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence/Life: pattern recognition, evolutionary computation, machine learning and nature-inspired computing; Synthetic Biology: automated design of ribozymes and riboregulators, including those used for biosensing of RNA.