Dr. Agalliu’s research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the formation of brain blood vessels and their properties, specifically the blood-brain barrier, and the mechanisms that trigger neurovascular dysfunction in neurological diseases ranging from ischemic stroke to autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases using genetic, molecular, cellular, computational and imaging approaches. Dr. Agalliu has received numerous grants in support of his research from the National Institute of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Heart Association, the Leducq Foundation. He was the recipient of the Harold and Golden Lamport Research Award for Excellence in Basic Sciences from Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2020. Dr. Agalliu has trained more than 30 postdoctoral scientists, graduate and undergraduate students and he has published numerous research articles in prestigious scientific journals including Nature, Cell, Neuron, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Acta Neuropathologica, Brain, Cell Reports.
Prof. Anastas has directed several national and international projects for the development of legislation and jurisprudence in Albania, such as chairing working groups for national constitutional and legal reforms. Such working groups include the Constitutional Reform for the Justice system (2016), for the drafting of laws on gender equality in society and protection against discrimination and domestic violence.
Prof. Anastas is a guest lecturer in the ongoing training of judges and prosecutors at the School of Magistrates. She is a member of the International Association of Constitutionalists (since 2014) and has been a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), on behalf of Albania. Prof. Anastas has also served as a lawyer for civil society organizations and has created law clinics to provide free legal aid to those in need.
For the activities she performed, Aurela Anastas has received certificates of appreciation from several national and international non-governmental organizations. She was also awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by the Ismail Qemali University of Vlorë.
.In 2013, Dr. Beqiri was awarded with the Gratitude of University of Shkodra for “Distinguished contribution in the establishment, sustainment and advancement of the School of Economics”. Dr. Beqiri’s research interests include perceived waiting times, service quality, outsourcing, business ethics, business education, and distance learning. She is a member of several professional organizations, such as Decision Sciences Institute, POMS, and EUROMA.
Dr. Beqiri serves (or has served) both the School of Business and Gonzaga University, holding such positions, as: Regent, Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Chair of the Graduate Programs Committee, Academic Council, and Faculty Senate, to name a few. In the Spokane community, Dr. Beqiri serves as the Vice President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest and supports other organizations, as well.
For her outstanding performance Dr. Beqiri has been awarded with “Best Paper Award” (2007), “Outstanding MBA Professor of the Year Award” (multiple times), and Gonzaga University’s “Faculty Exemplary Award” (2013). She has received also several awards from the School of Business Administration, Gonzaga University.
Dr Gjonça has acted as an adviser to different international organisations and national governments, including the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UK Government, Albanian Government, Turkish Government, Kosovo and Bosnian Governments. His recent contribution includes chairing the Commission on the Reform of Higher Education in Albania (2013-2015); co-chairing the expert group of Scientific Research of the Berlin Process on Western Balkan Countries in 2015-2017, and Chair of the Accreditation Board of Higher education in Albania (2015-2021).
Dr Gjonça’s research interests and publications focus on health and mortality transitions in developing countries; demography of the Balkans; sex imbalances at birth and female disadvantages in health and mortality in developing countries as well as the interplay between development and tradition in shaping demographic and behaviour. Arjan’s research has been published in world rated demographic and epidemiological journals such as Population Studies, Population and Development Review, The LANCET and many more.
He is member of the Academics Working Group of Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (www.bist.eu) and coordinator of the Nanodiagnostics module of the Nanotechnology Master at the UAB. He is Member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania and Director of its NANOALB unit (www.nanoalb.al). He has been member of Higher Education Accreditation Board of Albania, scientific evaluator and member of panels of experts of various international governmental and nongovernmental agencies (EU-FP and EU-ERC panels and other panels in Europe, USA and other countries), scientific committee member of international congresses, director of several workshops and other scientific events. He has published over 300 hundred research papers (Google Scholar H index 87), supervised 35 Ph.D. students and have been invited to give plenary lectures, keynote and invited speeches in more than 200 occasions in various countries. He is one of the two representatives of Albania in the ALLEA Working Group ERA.
Her research interests include linguistics (gender & linguistics, political linguistics), religious studies, cultural heritage studies, Albanian diaspora studies (arbëresh, arvanitas, arbënesh), etc.
Prof. Jubani has 24 years of experience as university professor and researcher. During her career she has held various positions, such as: Head of the Department Linguistics, Vice Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology, Editor-in-chief of the journal of the same Faculty “Albanological Studies” etc. She has been an evaluation expert “Sportello Linguistico Arbëresh” (Calabria, Italy); She is member of the Commission of Language and Literature, Academy of Sciences of Albania, Member of the Inter-academical Council for the Albanian Language etc.
She was awarded the medal “Pro Ecclesia and Pontefice” (Egregia Opera Stvdioque Conspicvis Praecipve Constitvtvm) by Pope Francis, in 2021.