Welcome to Asian Synthetic BiologyAssociation 2018

Speakers

Introduce the Speakers of ASBA.

Plenary Speaker
  • Sang Yup Lee, Ph.D.
    Sang Yup Lee, Ph.D. / Distinguished Professor / Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is currently the Dean of KAIST Institutes, Director of BioProcess Engineering Research Center, and Director of Bioinformatics Research Center. He has published more than 600 journal papers, 82 books/book chapters, and more than 630 patents, many of which licensed. He received numerous awards, and is Fellow of many societies and academies. Also, he is one of 13 people in the world elected as Foreign Associate of both National Academy of Engineering USA and National Academy of Sciences USA. He is is currently co-chair of the Global Future Council on Biotechnology, World Economic Forum. He founded the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology in 2010 and served as a Founding Chair for two years.

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  • Sun Chang Kim, Ph.D.
    Sun Chang Kim, Ph.D. / Professor / Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

    Prof. Kim is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) since 1992 and a director of KAIST Institute for Biocentury since 2006. At the 2008, he became a member of the Korea Academy of Science and Technology. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has focused on the development of synthetic biology tools and its industrial application; particularly, he has studied on the construction of artificial cell factories with a minimal genome and production of high value-added biomaterials. As of October 2018, he published over 200 scientific articles, 150 patents, and gave over 500 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars. Currently, as a director of the Intelligent Synthetic Biology Center funded by Korea Ministry of Science and ICT since 2011, he is leading the frontier research group for the synthetic biology in Korea.

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  • Hiroaki Suzuki, Ph.D.
    Hiroaki Suzuki, Ph.D. / Professor / Chuo University

    Hiroaki Suzuki received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan. From 2003 to 2007, he served as an Assistant Professor in Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo, and from 2007 to 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (IST), Osaka University. He became an Associate Professor in the Department of Precision Mechanics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, Japan in 2013, and promoted to a Professor in 2016. His research interests are micro self-assembly, microfluidics, biochips, and artificial cells.

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  • Soo-Jin Yeom, Ph.D.
    Soo-Jin Yeom, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Yeom is currently a senior Researcher at the Synthetic Biology & Bioengineering Research Center of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) since 2013, Korea. Before joining the KRIBB, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Claudia’s lab at the Institute of Biotechnology of University of Minnesota. She completed her Ph.D. in the molecular enzyme engineering laboratory at the Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea. She has focused on the synthetic biology based enzyme engineering and screening of new biocatalyst. Her research field is highly interested in the directed evolution for achieving desired enzyme functions using transcriptional regulator based biosensor based HTS. As of August 2018, she published 55 scientific articles, and 19 patents.

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  • Chun Li, Ph.D.
    Chun Li, Ph.D. / Distinguished Professor / Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Beijing, China

    Chun Li is the Distinguished Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), and head of Department of Biochemical Engineering and Institute for Synthetic Biosystem, and vice Dean of School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of BIT. He is also the Distinguished Young Scholar of NSFC in 2014. His research interests are Biotransformation and Enzyme Engineering, Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology. As visiting professor he had been working for research about synthetic biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2011. He is a branch director of Chinese Industry Biochemical and Molecular Biotechnology Society, and associate director of Chinese Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology Society. Prof. Li has published over 240 papers and 36 patent applications, and got an Innovative Award of Hou Debang for Chemical Engineering. As chief in editor he compiled 《Introduction to Biological Engineering and Biotechnology》.

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  • Masayuki Yamamura, Ph.D.
    Masayuki Yamamura, Ph.D. / Professor / Tokyo Institute of Technology

    Prof. Yamamura is currently a professor (since 2004) and a chief of Artificial Intelligence Course (since 2018) in School of Computing of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech).  Before then, he was a research associate (since 1989) and an associate professor (since 1996) in Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering in Tokyo Tech.  He completed his Ph.D. on Machine Learning Theory in Tokyo Tech.  He has focused on Artificial Intelligence, Evolutionary Computation, Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology in a series from a viewpoint of Computationally enhanced Systems Science.  Currently, his research group is widely interested in Systems/Synthetic Biology.  He has been an instructor for TokyoTech iGEM team since 2006, the first contest.

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  • Heungchae Jung, Ph.D./MBA
    Heungchae Jung, Ph.D./MBA / Principal Research Scientist / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Jung is currently a principal research scientist at Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), since 1991, in Korea. Based on the bacterial cell surface display he has developed and other innovative protein expression platforms, he found a startup with his colleagues and the company is currently growing in the market. He had also led the technology licensing office in KRIBB from 2008 to 2014 to bridge the gap between the research laboratory and the real world applications of microorganisms. He has been focusing on business development in the field of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. He is interested in bacterial and yeast probiotics as a therapeutic microorganism and developing a new microbiome for human healthcare treatment.  As of October 2018, he published 34 scientific articles, 27 patents, and gave over 80 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars.

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  • Pil Kim, Ph.D.
    Pil Kim, Ph.D. / Full Professor & CEO / the Catholic University of Korea

    Pil Kim received his B.S. degree from Dept. of Food Technology, Korea University, Korea (1992). He received his biotechnology M.S. at Korea Advanced institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (1 994), focusing on biodegradable Pl-IB polymer production using methanol utilizing bacteria. He then received his Ph.D. at KAST (1998), focusing on the function-relationship of a microbial ceil produced lipopolysaccharide biosurfactant. He also carried out postdoctoral research at Korea Resarch Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering (KRIBB) (1998), focusing on succinate production from a metabolic engineered E. coli. During his military service at Orion Confectionery Co. for 2 years (1999-2001), he originally developed an enzymatic process for tagatose, a natural rare sugar via directed evolution. Then he performed postdoctoral research at Michigan State University for 2 years focusing on the genetic tool development of a rumen Actinobacillus succinogenes for metabolic engineering (2001-2003). Then he enrolled as an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Korea (CUK) at 2004 and become a full professor since 2015. He has served as a Review Board in NRF of Korea for 3 years (2015-2018) and an Editor of J Microbiol. Biotechnol. for 10 years (2007-present). He also founded a service-providing company regarding heme, hemoproteins, and heme-producing non-GMO hosts since 2017.

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  • Seonghun Im, Ph.D.
    Seonghun Im, Ph.D. / Post-Doctor / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Im is currently a post-doctor at the Cell Factory center of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB). Before joining the KRIBB, he was a research at the Research Division for Biotechnology of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). He completed his Ph.D. in the Biochemical Engineering laboratory at the Chonnam National University. He has focused on the Characteristics of the radio-resistant bacterium; particularly, he has contributed on the Mechanisms of stress resistance and gene regulation in the radio-resistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans.

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  • Luan Luong Chu, Ph.D.
    Luan Luong Chu, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral Researcher / Ewha Womans University

    Dr. Luan Luong Chu is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Division of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ewha Womans University since September 2018, Korea. He received his B.S. (2010) and M.S. (2013) degrees from VNU University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam. He joined Department of Life Science and Biochemical Engineering, Sunmoon University, Korea since 2013, and obtained Ph.D. degree in 2018. His current research interests include the development of metabolically engineered microorganisms to produce novel biopolymers, biochemicals and biofuels for biorefinery.

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  • Jae-Eung Kim, Ph.D.
    Jae-Eung Kim, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

    Jae-Eung Kim is currently a senior researcher at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) since 2017, Korea. He completed his Ph.D. in the biological systems engineering laboratory at the Virginia Tech. He focused on cell-free pathway construction for bio-hydrogen production and directed evolution. Currently, he is working in the research group highly interested in metabolic engineering of yeast for production of industrially-relevant terpenoids.

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  • So-Hee Son, Ms.
    So-Hee Son, Ms. / Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

    So-Hee Son is currently a researcher at the Intelligent synthetic biology center and an associate researcher at Advanced Convergent Chemistry Division Center for Bio-based Chemistry of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology(KRICT).

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  • Mi Na Rhie, Ph.D.
    Mi Na Rhie, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral Researcher / Ewha Womans University

    Mi Na Rhie is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Division of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea. She received the BS degree in Department of Life Science from Ewha Womans University in 2013, and obtained the PhD degree in Interdisciplinary Program of EcoCreative (Microbiology) from Ewha Womans University in 2018. Her research interests focus on the development of metabolically engineered microorganisms for the production of novel biopolymers, biochemicals and biofuels for biorefinery.  

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  • Jin-Young Lee, Ph.D.
    Jin-Young Lee, Ph.D. / Post-Doc Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB)

    Dr. Lee is currently a Post-Doc Researcher at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) since 2018. Before joining the KRIBB, he was a post-doc researcher

    in the BEL lab at the Department of Biological Sciences of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He completed his Ph.D. in the molecular microbiological laboratory at the Chonnam National University. He has focused on enzyme engineering and metabolic engineering of microorganisms; particularly, he has studied for understanding the structure-function relationship of enzymes and development of biological tools for enzyme engineering.

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  • Jiyeun Yi, Ph.D.
    Jiyeun Yi, Ph.D. / Post-Doctor / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Yi is currently a post-doctor at the Cell Factory Research Center of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB). She graduated her Ph.D. in the department of biological sciences of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). The thesis title is ‘A novel artificial photosynthesis system based on bio-scaffolds.’ Before she received Ph.D., she worked for the department of cancer and stem cell in CHA stem cell institute and the department of neurological surgery of Ohio State University as a researcher for 5 years. In this period, she participated in brain cancer research that establish the cause of the disease and also studied the inducement of pluripotent stem cells. She received M.S. and B.S. in the department of molecular biology of Sejong University. During master degree, she studied enzyme stability to sustain active form in plasma and the characterization of new enzymes in polar ocean organism.

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  • Kil Koang Kwon, Ph.D.
    Kil Koang Kwon, Ph.D. / Research Associate. / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

     Kil Koang Kwon is working at the Synthetic Biology & Bioengineering Research Center in Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB). He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Enzyme engineering and synthetic biology are his main research interests so he is currently working on the application of genetic circuits along with enzyme evolutions.

    Kil Koang Kwon is working at the Synthetic Biology & Bioengineering Research Center in Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB). He received his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Enzyme engineering and synthetic biology are his main research interests so he is currently working on the application of genetic circuits along with enzyme evolutions.

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  • Ok Kyung Lee, Ph.D.
    Ok Kyung Lee, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral researcher / Kyung Hee Unniversity

    Dr. Ok Kyung Lee is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemical Engineering Department at Kyung Hee University. She obtained her PhD in 2015 from Kyung Hee University. Her research focuses on understanding of the physiology of methanotrophs and the metabolic engineering of methanotrophs for the production of biofuels and value added chemicals from methane. She is also interested in biorefinery for the production of biofuels and biochemicals from macro-/microalgae.

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  • Young-Joon Ko, Ph.D.
    Young-Joon Ko, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

    Dr. Ko is currently a senior researcher at the center for Bio-Based Chemistry of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) since September 2018, Korea. Before joining the KRICT, He completed his Ph.D. in the cellular logistics & aging research lab at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea. During his Ph.D. program, He developed in vitro fusion assay using yeast organelles such as vacuoles and microsomes to understand molecular mechanisms of membrane fusion. He published 4 scientific papers and 1 patent until August 2018. Since joining the KRICT, He has focused on the metabolic engineering and synthetic biotechnology using budding yeast as an experimental model.

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  • Soo-Jung Kim, Ph.D.
    Soo-Jung Kim, Ph.D. / Postdoctoral research associate / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology

    Dr. Kim is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering Research Center of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology (KRIBB) since 2018. Before joining the KRIBB, she was a postdoctoral research associate in department of Environmental, Energy and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, USA and Center for Food and Bioconvergence at Seoul National University, Korea. She completed his Ph.D. in the Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory at the Seoul National University in 2014. She has focused on the metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of microorganisms. Particularly, she has been working on research about production of value-added chemicals (2,3-butanediol and bio-ethanol) in engineered S. cerevisiae and characterization of antisense RNA behavior in Escherichia coli.

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  • Siseon Lee, Ph.D.
    Siseon Lee, Ph.D. / Post-doctoral researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Siseon Lee is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB, Korea). She received Ph. D degree in 2014 at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST, Korea). During her Ph. D. course, she focused on transcriptional response of bacterial strains, especially exposed to lignin-derived aromatic compounds, and whole cell biosensors. With the great achievements at the end of the course, she was selected as one of the Korean representatives to attend Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS 2014) held in Singapore. In 2015, she visited University of Wisconsin in Madison and worked as a post-doc fellow. Then, she has moved to KRIBB in 2016 and started to study on development of new synthetic system within Pseudomonas putida and new protein scaffold system for enzyme immobilization.

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  • Seong-Hee Park, Ph.D.
    Seong-Hee Park, Ph.D. / Postdoc / Seoul National University

    Ph.D. Park is currently a postdoc at the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Seoul National University since September 2018. She completed her Ph.D. in the Biomolecular Engineering Laboratory at the Seoul National University. She has studied about metabolic engineering in Saccahromyces cerevisiae. She has particularly focused on production of isobutanol, carotenoids, and UV-absorbing material, shinorine, via fermentation of yeast.

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  • Jae-Seong Yang, Ph.D.
    Jae-Seong Yang, Ph.D. / Research Fellow / Pohang University of Science and Technology

    Dr. Yang is currently a research fellow at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) since 2018, Korea. Before joining the POSTECH, he was a post. doc in the Serrano lab at the Systems biology department of Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain. He completed his Ph.D. in the structural bioinformatics lab at the POSTECH. He has focused on the systems and synthetic biology of microorganisms; particularly, he has contributed on the understanding of microbial transcriptional and translational system. He is highly interested in the characterization of DNA sequences that can control translation and transcription in bacteria. As of August 2018, he published 40 scientific articles. He has been awarded research fellowship from National Research Foundation of Korea.

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  • Bong Hyun Sung, Ph.D.
    Bong Hyun Sung, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Sung is currently a senior researcher at the Cell Factory Research Center of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) since 2010 and also affiliated as associate professor with the University of Science and Technology (UST), Korea. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Biological Sciences, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Before joining the KRIBB, he was a research professor at the KAIST Institute for BioCentury (KIB). His research has involved the development of microbial genome engineering tools and application of synthetic biology tools for constructing microbial cell factories. His research group is interested in clustering of biomolecules such as proteins and genes for metabolic flux control, valorization of lignin and CO2, and production of antimicrobial peptides with unnatural amino acids. As of October 2018, he published over 50 scientific articles and 40 patents. He has been awarded Woo Jae Research Award given for distinguished research for industrial microbiology and biomaterials through Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (2017).

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  • Xian Fu, Ph.D.
    Xian Fu, Ph.D. / Associate Research Fellow / Institute of Genome Synthesis and Editing at BGI-Shenzhen

    Dr. Fu earned his doctorate degree from University of Florida. He did his postdoctoral work at Yale University. As a postdoc with Dr. Dieter Söll, he focused on developing novel ways for selenoprotein biosynthesis by genetic code expansion. He later joined BGI-Shenzhen as an associate research fellow. His main research topics at BGI-shenzhen incudes: genome design and synthesis, non-canonical amino acid incorporation by genetic code expansion, controllable cell function, directed evolution. So far, he has published 16 peer-reviewed articles, including MBio, RNA Biol, FEBS Lett as the first author, and Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, FEBS J, Bioresour Technol as the co-author.

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  • Sang Woo Seo, Ph.D.
    Sang Woo Seo, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Seoul National University

    Prof. Seo is currently an assistant professor at the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea since 2016. Before joining SNU, he was a post-doc in the Palsson lab at the Department of Bioengineering of University of California San Diego (UCSD). He completed his Ph.D. in the molecular diagnostics and synthetic biology laboratory at the Department of Chemical Engineering of POSTECH. He envisions his career to address various energy, environment, and healthcare issues by combining systems biology (for genome-scale understanding of biological systems) and synthetic biology (for development of novel synthetic biology tools and for construction and optimization of biological systems) approaches. His research group is interested in analyzing and engineering various microorganisms such as probiotic E. coli, Corynebacterium, Methanotroph, Yarrowia/Pichia, and some marine bacteria. As of Oct 2018, he published 33 scientific articles and 7 patents. He has been awarded a young scientist from Seoul National University (SNU) in 2016 and Miwon Commercial in 2017.

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  • Hyewon Lee, Ph.D
    Hyewon Lee, Ph.D / Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Hyewon Lee is the researcher of the Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering Research Center at the Korea Research Institute Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB).  She received B.S.(2005) and M.S.(2007) degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Korea University (Seoul, Korea), and Ph.D. degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013.  After serving as postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she joined the KRIBB in 2015.  Her research is focused on microfluidics and biosensors in molecular diagnostics (microRNA sensing), high-throughput screening (microbes, C. elegans, drugs), enzyme engineering, and single-cell analysis.

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  • Jihyun F. Kim, Ph.D.
    Jihyun F. Kim, Ph.D. / Professor / http://www.microbiome.re.kr/

    Dr. Kim is a professor at Yonsei University since 2012. He got his bachelor's and master's degrees at Seoul National University. With a doctorate in 1997 partly supported by Korean Government's Overseas Scholarship, he served as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. In 2000, he began his career as a professional scientist in microbial genomics at Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), and was also affiliated with the University of Science and Technology (UST). He is an expert in microbiology, genomics, and systems/synthetic biology. His research interests span genome dynamics and evolution to microbe-host interactions at the microbiome or metagenome level. With many scientific accomplishments, including several awards and a number of highly cited publications on genomics, evolution and pathogenicity of a number of bacterial systems, he continually seeks innovative approaches for his research on microbes and microbial systems.

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  • Donghyuk Kim, Ph.D.
    Donghyuk Kim, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

    Prof. Kim is currently an assistant professor at the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) since 2018, Korea. Before joining the UNIST, he was an assistant professor at Kyung Hee University since 2016 and did a post-doc researcher in the Department of Bioengineering of University of California San Diego. In 2014, he completed his Ph.D. in bioengineering under the supervision of Dr. Bernhard O. Palsson at UCSD. With his backgrounds in computer science & engineering, biology, and bioengineering, he has focused on the systems biology of microorganisms; particularly, he has contributed on the understanding of microbial transcriptional regulatory networks of major enterobacteria, such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Klebsiella, and industrially relevant bacteria, such as methanotrophs and acetogens, with experimental and computational approaches. As of October 2018, he published 36 scientific articles, and gave over 35 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars.

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  • Byung-Gee Kim, Ph.D.
    Byung-Gee Kim, Ph.D. / Professor / Seoul National University

    Byung-Gee Kim is Professor of School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Institute of Bioengineering at Seoul National University since 1991. He obtained his Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology at Cornell University. Before he joined SNU, he worked as a research scientist at Genencor International Co. for three years. He was the President of the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (KSBB in 2014), Director of Korea Bio-Hub center (2008-2009), Director of Institute of Bioengineering (2005). Prof. Kim has published 310 scientific research publications and 70 patents. His research focuses on the field of biocatalysis and enzyme reaction engineering, and proteomics and application of mass spectrometry.

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  • Byung-Kwan Cho, Ph.D.
    Byung-Kwan Cho, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

    Prof. Cho is currently an associate professor at the Department of Biological Sciences of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) since 2010, Korea. Before joining the KAIST, he was a project scientist in the Palsson lab at the Department of Bioengineering of University of California San Diego. He completed his Ph.D. in the molecular biotechnology and biomaterials laboratory at the Seoul National University. He has focused on the systems and synthetic biology of microorganisms; particularly, he has contributed on the understanding of microbial transcriptional and translational regulatory networks. His research group is highly interested in the determination of bacterial meta-structure, which consists of numerous cis- and trans-genetic regulatory elements. As of November 2018, he published over 100 scientific articles, 15 patents, and gave over 300 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars. He has been awarded a young scientist from World Economic Forum (WEF) 2012 and Korea Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) 2013.

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  • Zongbao K. Zhao, Ph.D.
    Zongbao K. Zhao, Ph.D. / Professor / Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    Prof. Zhao is currently full Professor of Biochemical Engineering and Organic Chemistry, and Vice-Director of Division of Biotechnology at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He earned his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS (1998), worked as a postdoctoral fellow on enzymology and antibiotics biosynthesis at University of Minnesota (1998-2001) and University of Texas at Austin (2001-2003). He joined Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, in November 2003, and was supported by the CAS “100-Talents” Program. He has been awarded National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars from National Natural Science Foundation of China (2013). His research focuses on energy biotechnology and chemical biology, with particular interests in microbial lipid production and synthetic metabolism. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers with an H-index of 35. He held over 20 patents. He currently assumes the role as Editor of FEMS Yeast Research.

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  • Chen Yang, Ph.D.
    Chen Yang, Ph.D. / Professor / Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology

     Prof. Yang is a professor at Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) since 2008. She is currently the vice director of CAS-Key laboratory of Synthetic Biology. She earned B.S. from Zhejiang University, China, in 1994, and Ph.D. in Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2001. From 2001 to 2008 she was a postdoctoral fellow in Keio University, Japan, and then in Burnham Institute for Medical Research, USA. She was selected into the One-hundred-Talented-People program of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. She is the author of over 70 scientific articles published in prestigious journals including Nat. Chem. Biol. and Energ. Environ. Sci. Her publications have been cited over 2,000 times by experts in the field.

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  • Bian Wu, Ph.D.
    Bian Wu, Ph.D. / Professor / Institute of Microbiology

    Prof. Bian Wu, a Principle Investigator, at Institute of Microbiology, CAS, obtained his Ph. D. from University of Groningen in 2010. After working as the lead biochemist at Enzypep (DSM), he joined the Institute of Microbiology, CAS as a Principal Investigator in 2015. His research interests include computational enzyme design, industrial bio-process development, and enzymology..

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  • Youngsoon Um, Ph.D.
    Youngsoon Um, Ph.D. / Principal Researcher / Korea Institute of Science and Technology

    Dr. Um is currently a Principal Researcher at the Clean Energy Research Center of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) since 2012. Before joining the KIST, Dr. Um was a postdoctoral research associate in the Dr. Wood lab at the Department of Chemical Engineering of University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of chemical engineering, University of Maryland at college park in 2004. Since June 2006, she has worked in Clean Energy Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology as a Principal researcher and Adjunct Professor of University of Science and Technology in Korea. She has focused on biological production of butyric acid, hexanoic acid, butanol, and hexanol from sugars, glycerol, and syngas using Clostridium strains. She received ‘Young Research Award’ from Korea Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering in 2011. She is the author or co-author of over 80 international journal papers and over 50 domestic and international patents

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  • Hao Song, Ph.D.
    Hao Song, Ph.D. / Professor / Tianjin University

    Hao Song is a professor in biochemical engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, China. He received Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Houston. After working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and a research associate at Duke University, he joined Nanyang Technological University at Singapore as an assistant professor. He joined Tianjin University as a professor in 2013, now being the Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, and the Vice Director of the Frontier Science Center of Synthetic Biology (MOE). His research interests are synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, in particular, microbial electrocatalysis (microbial fuel cells and microbial electrosynthesis etc.), microbial ecosystems, and gene circuit design, with applications in energy and environments, and drugs biosynthesis. He has published over 80 papers, including Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Communications, Energy & Environmental Science, Angew Chemie, and Chemical Society Reviews, etc.

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  • Yue Shen, Ph.D.
    Yue Shen, Ph.D. / Researcher / Institute of Genome Synthesis and Editing at BGI-Shenzhen

    Yue Shen received her PhD in University of Edinburgh on Molecular Biology. Currently, she serves as the Director of Genome Synthesis and Editing Center at China National Genebank and Institute of Genome Synthesis and Editing at BGI-Shenzhen. Her group are dedicated in establishing “Genome-Write”technologies (Genome-scale synthesis and editing) and world-leading platform to promote applications in natural product biomanufacture, disease diagnosis and regenerative medicine and new areas such as xenobiology and DNA based data storage. Her group focuses on four directions: Nucleic Acid synthesis and automation, Microbial genome write, Plant genome write and biomanufacuture, Diagnosis and regenerative medicine. Her group participated and played important roles in the initiation of the Sc2.0 yeast genome project, which is the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic genome project that aims to create a novel, rationalized version of the yeast genome.

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  • Qingsheng Qi, Ph.D.
    Qingsheng Qi, Ph.D. / Professor / Shandong University

    Prof. Dr. Qingsheng Qi, received his Ph.D in University of Muenster, Germany. Then he became a staff member in University of Chemnitz, Germany. Since 2004, he is full professor in State Key Laboratory of Microbial Technology in Shandong University, People’s Republic of China. Meanwhile, he is joint professor of National Glycoengineering Research Center. Dr. Qi has made many important contributions in setting up metabolic pathways of polyhydroxyalkanoates in E. coli. His current research is focusing the development of metabolic pathways for the efficient production of biochemicals and other compounds in different kinds of microorganisms, including 5-aminolevulinic acid, and tryptophan. He also developed/improved many general methods for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. He published approximately 100 papers in international and national journals, such as Metabolic Engineering, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., and Microbial Cell Factories.

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  • Yunzi Luo, Ph.D.
    Yunzi Luo, Ph.D. / Principal Investigator / Sichuan University

    Dr. Luo is currently a PI at the State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy of Sichuan University since 2015, China. Dr. Yunzi Luo obtained her Ph.D. in 2014 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the supervision of Professor Huimin Zhao. She received the National Millennium Project Youth Project in 2016. Her research interests focus on discovery and developing new genetic editing tools and the application of those synthetic biology tools in the natural products discovery and biotherapy fields. Up to now, she has co-authored 14 publications and received Chia-Chen Chu Fellowship and Widiger Graduate Fellowship.

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  • Chenli Liu, Ph.D.
    Chenli Liu, Ph.D. / Professor / Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology

    Prof. Liu is a Professor in Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Director of Institute of Synthetic Biology of SIAT, the Deputy Director of Synthetic Biology Specialized Committee in Chinese Society of Bioengineering, the Chairman of Shenzhen Synthetic Biology Association, and the Chief Scientist of Shenzhen Synthetic Biology Core Facility. Liu obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong, where he described a synthetic genetic circuit that couples cell density and motility to form periodic stripe patterns; he got his postdoctoral training in MCB, Harvard University, where he worked on RNA’s roles in chromosome organization. The research interest in his lab currently focuses on bacterial cancer therapy, bacterial cell cycle, and continuous directed evolution. He also is the recipients of several prestigious awards, e.g. “VCANBIO Award for Biosciences and Medicine”, "1000 Young Scholar Plan", “Li Ka Shing Award", and "Hong Kong Young Scientist Award".

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  • Zhi Li, Ph.D.
    Zhi Li, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / National University of Singapore

    Prof. Zhi Li received B.Sc. in chemistry from Nanjing University in 1982, M. Eng. in chemical engineering from Chinese Academy of Forestry in 1985, and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Vienna in 1991. He then worked at the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) Zurich in the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry as a postdoc and in the Institute of Biotechnology as a group leader. In 2006 he moved to National University of Singapore as an associate professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He was a fellow of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (2006–2015). His research focuses on biocatalysis for green and sustainable synthesis of chemicals and fuels. He received Singapore Award for Sustainable Technology from IChemE (2013) and Achievement Award from Bioenergy Society of Singapore (2018). He is the lead PI of a NRF CRP program on ““Green and Sustainable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing via Biocatalysis” and the biocatalysis workstream leader of the Pharmaceutical Innovation Program Singapore. He severs as deputy president of Singapore Catalysis Society. c

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  • Seung-Goo Lee, Ph.D.
    Seung-Goo Lee, Ph.D. / Principal Scientist & Director / Korea Research Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology (KRIBB)

    Dr. Lee is currently a principal scientist and the director of synthetic biology and bioengineering research center in Korea Research Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology (KRIBB) since 2004, Korea. He was a visiting scientist in the Benkovic lab at the Department of Chemistry of Pennsylvania State University since 2001. Before then, he was a postdoc and senior scientist at the applied microbiology division of KRIBB since 1996. He completed his Ph.D. in the biomolecular engineering laboratory at Korea Advanced Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KAIST, 1995). He has focused on the enzyme engineering and synthetic biology studies; particularly, he has initiated the genetic circuit initiatives of KRIBB to develop hypersensitive and universal screening tools for directed evolution of metabolic enzymes. His research group is currently interested in the design of new logical circuits for enzyme engineering and also for the smart regulation of metabolic pathways based on CRISPR interferences. As of August 2018, he published over 100 scientific articles, 70 patents, and sold five new technologies to bio-industry.

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  • Dae-Hee Lee, Ph.D.
    Dae-Hee Lee, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Dr. Lee is currently a senior researcher at the Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering Research Center of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) since 2010, Korea. Before joining the KRIBB, he was a postdoc at the Department of Bioengineering of University of California San Diego, USA. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology of the Seoul National University, Korea. His research has involved the development and application of synthetic biology tools for studying metabolic engineering of microbial cell factories. His early work focused on evolutionary engineering through adaptive laboratory evolution of bacterial cells. More recently my research has shifted to studies of dynamic sensing and regulation for developing smart cell factories through genetic circuits and CRISPR interference. As of November 2018, he published over 55 scientific articles and 35 patents including a few papers selected as “most read or downloaded articles” in the journals of ACS Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering. He has been awarded a member of the Young Korean Academy of Science and Technology (Y-KAST) 2018.

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  • Haseong Kim, Ph.D.
    Haseong Kim, Ph.D. / Faculty scientist / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology (KRIBB)

    Dr. Haseong Kim is currently a faculty scientist at KRIBB and a professor, Biosystems and Bioengineering program, University of Science and Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in studying biological application of queuing theory at Imperial College London, UK. His research is focused on synthetic biology, systems biology and informatics. Specifically, he is trying to understand and explain the biological behaviors in a quantitative manner. Recently statistical models including stochastic simulation and machine learning are used for finding novel proteins from a large-scale genetic diversity such as metagenome along with the use of single cell based genetic enzyme screening system. Also a range of programming languages has been used to build a platform of optimal genetic circuit design with DNA part registries.

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  • Dr. Taizo Hanai
    Dr. Taizo Hanai / Associate Professor / Kyushu University

    Professor Taizo Hanai’s principal research interests lie in the field of the synthetic metabolic pathway and the synthetic genetic circuit. He graduated with a Ph.D. from Nagoya University, Japan in 1996. He is now the associate professor in the Graduate School of Systems Life Sciences in Kyushu University in Japan.

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  • Jong Hyun Choi, Ph.D.
    Jong Hyun Choi, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology

    Jong Hyun Choi is currently working as a senior researcher in Applied Microbiology Research Center at Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), where he also leads the enzyme-based fusion technology research group. He received the BS. degree in biological engineering from Inha University in 1994, and obtained the MS. and Ph.D. degrees in biological sciences and chemical engineering from KAIST in 1997 and 2003, respectively. His research interests include the development of platform technologies for screening useful enzyme/metabolic pathway using high throughput technology and the tool-box applicable to the white biotechnology based on synthetic biology for the production of various biomolecules in the microorganism.

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  • Matthew Chang, Ph.D.
    Matthew Chang, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / National University of Singapore

    Matthew Chang is Associate Professor in Biochemistry in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Director of the Singapore Consortium for Synthetic Biology (SINERGY), Wilmar-NUS Corporate Laboratory (Wil@NUS) and NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). His research interests lie in the development of biological systems that perform programmable functions. In particular, he has pioneered the development of microbial cells programmed to perform targeted therapeutic functionalities. His scientific contributions have been recognized with international honours and awards, including the Scientific and Technological Achievement Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and featured in leading media outlets worldwide. He serves as an editor and an editorial board member for a number of journals including Cell Systems, ACS Synthetic Biology, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Metabolic Engineering, and Critical Reviews in Microbiology. He serves on the advisory committee of key international research programs such as the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) and CSIRO Future Science Platform. He is a strong advocate of promoting interdisciplinary science that marries engineering, biological, medical and social sciences through education and public science outreach. http://SynCTI.org/.

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  • Zhiming Cai, M.D.
    Zhiming Cai, M.D. / Professor / First Affiliated Hospital of Shenzhen University

    Zhiming CAI, male, born in November 1956, Guangdong Province, China, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Management, Chief Physician, Doctoral Supervisor. He is currently the deputy director of the National Genitourinary Cancer Research Center, the director of the National Engineering Laboratory of Cancer Genome Application, and the president of the Shenzhen Medical Association. Zhiming CAI is committed to the basic and clinical research of genitourinary tumors, as well as the research on the integration of medicine and engineering. Systematic and original contributions have been made in revealing the mechanism of cancer development, screening and discovering new targets for tumors, designing "engineered" cells to recognize and intervene cancer cells. Carried out the world's first batch of CAR-T and TCR-T clinic trials for bladder cancer, and satisfactory results were obtained. Published 198 SCI papers, which has been cited by 9797 times, with total impact factor 1153 Points, trained more than 100 masters and Ph.Ds (postdoctors), won numerous awards like the Shenzhen Science and Technology Mayor Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences academician candidates, national advanced workers, etc.

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  • Haruyuki Atomi, Ph.D.
    Haruyuki Atomi, Ph.D. / Professor / Kyoto University

    Prof. Atomi is currently a professor at the Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan since 2009. Prior to this, he was an associate professor in the same department and an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Chemistry, Kyoto University, where he received his Ph.D. He was also a Post Doctoral researcher at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research group is highly interested in elucidating the function of hypothetical proteins that are encoded in microbial genomes, with a focus on metabolism in archaea and extremophiles. As of August 2018, he published approximately 200 scientific articles and gave many scientific presentations at international conferences. He has been awarded a young scientist award from the Extremophiles Society of Japan. He has chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Archaea in 2011, the 11th International Congress on Extremophiles in 2016 and the 15th Japan-China-Korea Joint Symposium on Enzyme Engineering in 2018.

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  • Ping Wei, Ph.D.
    Ping Wei, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Peking University

    Ping Wei is currently an assistant professor at the Center for Quantitative Biology, Peking University. He received B.S. in Microbiology at Nankai University in 2002 and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Peking University in 2007. He then did his postdoctoral research of synthetic biology in Professor Wendell Lim’s lab at University of California, San Francisco. In July 2013, he joined in Center for Quantitative Biology and School of Life Sciences, Peking University as an assistant professor. Dr. Wei’s lab focuses on using synthetic biology approach to understand the principles of cellular information process, and design custom-ordered cell function. In 2014, he received by the 10th The Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts Award. In 2016, He was funded by the NSFC Outstanding Youth Award.

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  • Hua LING, Ph.D.
    Hua LING, Ph.D. / Research Assistant Professor / National University of Singapore

    Dr. Ling is Research Assistant Professor and Pincipal Investigator at the National University of Singapore Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (NUS SynCTI). He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2006. Dr. Ling’s research interests lie in engineering microbes for novel functionalities including strain tolerance, biochemical production and therapeutics. Specifically, he engineered transporters and transcription factors in yeast for the improvement of tolerance against hydrocarbons and engineered yeast to overproduce fatty acids and their derivatives. He has authored and co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles.

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  • Liang Zhao-Xun, Ph.D.
    Liang Zhao-Xun, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Nanyang Technological University

    Prof. Liang is currently an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his B.S./M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from Lanzhou University in China and completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry (with Prof. Brian Hoffman) at Northwestern University. Before joining NTU, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry (With Prof. Judith Klinman) at the University of California, Berkeley.  

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  • Sung Kuk Lee, Ph.D.
    Sung Kuk Lee, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

    Prof. Lee is currently an associate professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) since 2009, Korea. Before joining the UNIST, he was a Director of biofuel pathways in Fuel Synthesis Division in Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and a Project Scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He completed his Ph.D. in the biochemical engineering laboratory at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). He has multiple educational backgrounds such as microbiology, life science, environmental engineering, and biochemical engineering. Now, he is focusing on the metabolic engineering and synthetic biology to modify existing, or to introduce entirely new, metabolic pathways and regulatory systems within cells in order to improve their capacity to overproduce desired molecules (Biofuels, Drugs, Chemicals). As of October 2018, he published over 50 scientific articles and 30 patents.

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  • Dong-Woo Lee, Ph.D.
    Dong-Woo Lee, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Yonsei University

    Prof. Lee received his doctorate in Biotechnology from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 2004 and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He has been a senior research scientist of Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology from 2010-2012, and joined the faculty at the Kyungpook National University from 2012-2018. He has been appointed as Yonsei University faculty since 2018. He has served as editorial board member of Frontiers in Microbiology since 2011, Frontiers in Chemistry since 2016, and a deputy editor of the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology since 2018.

    His lab strives to understand the structure-function relationship of primordial enzymes, and to define the factors governing the thermostability and substrate specificity of extremozymes engaged in sugar isomerization, protein degradation, and redox catalysis. His lab is also involved in exploring the anaerobic metabolism of extremophiles under harsh environments, and defining the thresholds of minimal cellular function and molecular adaptation. Toward this aim, his group employs a variety of advanced multi-omics technologies including the next-generation sequencing, directed evolution, and MS2 spectroscopy to understand how extremophiles have been evolved under harsh environments. In parallel to these investigations, his group is exploring the possibility of creating much promiscuous and thermostable versions of the highly specific and thermolabile counterparts to reveal the minimal requirements for function. The goal is to design and engineer protein that will provide a variety of repertoires of non-natural enzyme activity, potentiating the design and development of novel biological processes for industrial applications. Such bold and highly innovative new research approaches have enabled him to make significant contributions to our scientific societies, which has been well recognized and appreciated based on the fact that since 1999, he has had more than 70 scientific publications in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he has been invited to present his work orally over 40 times at international scientific meetings.

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  • Duhee Bang, Ph.D.
    Duhee Bang, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Yonsei University

    Professor Duhee Bang from 2001 to 2005 conducted his doctorate in Professor Steve Kent's lab. During this time Professor Duhee Bang has developed methodologies for the chemical synthesis of proteins. Since 2006, he has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University's George Church Laboratory, conducting research in synthetic biology and genomics. Since 2009, Professor Duhee Bang has been actively conducting research on synthetic biology and genome technology at Yonsei University.

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  • Haifeng Ye, Ph.D.
    Haifeng Ye, Ph.D. / Full Professor / East China Normal University

    Dr. Haifeng Ye received his Ph.D degree from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 2012. He completed his Postdoctoral Research in the group of Prof. Dr. Martin Fussenegger at ETH Zurich from 2012.08-2013.12. Dr. Ye has been awarded the “ETH Silver Medal” at ETH Zurich. Since 2014 Haifeng Ye was appointed as a full professor of synthetic biology in School of Life Sciences, East China Normal University. His research has been focused on synthetic biology and biomedical engineering. His main research topics incudes: synthetic gene circuits and designer cells, optogenetics, controllable gene editing devices, synthetic circuits for treating metabolic diseases and tumors. His work was published in top scientific journals:  Science, Sci. Transl. Med., Nat. Biomed. Eng., PNAS, Molecular Therapyetc. His research was highlighted by CellNat. Med.Nat. Chem. Bio, Nat. Rev. Mol. Cell Bio. etc. and received an unprecedented international press coverage: Xinhua News AgencyBBCEurekaAlert@AAASMIT Technology ReviewScienceDailyScienceNowFOCUSIEEE Spectrum, etc. 

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  • Seung Hwan Lee, Ph.D.
    Seung Hwan Lee, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Chonnam National University

    Prof. Lee is currently an associate professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering of Chonnam National University since 2014, Korea. Before joining the Chonnam National University, he was a principal research scientist in the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in the metabolic and biomolecular engineering laboratory at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He has focused on the metabolic engineering of microorganisms and application of surface display. As of August 2018, he published over 40 scientific articles and 30 patents.

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  • Hee Taek KIM, Ph.D.
    Hee Taek KIM, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

    Dr. Kim is currently an senior researcher at the Bio-based Chemistry Research Center of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) since 2013, Korea. Before joining the KRICT, he was a research fellow at the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of National University of Singapore (Prof. Dong Yup Lee). He completed his Ph.D. at the Korea University (Prof. Kyoung Heon Kim). He has focused on the development of pretreatment and saccharification system using agarose and alginate from red and brown algae, respectively.

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  • Hiroyuki Noji, Ph.D.
    Hiroyuki Noji, Ph.D. / Professor / The University of Tokyo

    Professor Hiroyuki Noji is a single-molecule biophysicist. He has been studying the chemomechanical coupling mechanism of ATP synthase by the use of single-molecule techniques. His work to visualize the rotary motion of F1-ATPase of ATP synthase is featured in many prominent textbooks such as The Cell, Biochemistry by Stryer. He is also known as an inventor of the femtoliter chamber array system for Single-Molecule Enzymatic assays that is currently applied in single-molecule digital ELISA. After development of femto-liter reactor array device (FRAD), he is actively expanding the application of FRAD towards artificial cell studies including enzyme screening and cell reconstitution. He is also the program manager of Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT), ‘Artificial Technology, of Japan Agency of Science and Technology (JST). He has been awarded Yomiuri Gold Medal Prize from Yomiuri foundation 2015, Nakatani Incentive Prize from Nakatani foundation 2015, Inoue Science Research Award from Inoue Foundation for Science 2013, JSPS Prize from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 2006, Amersham Pharmacia Biotech & Science Prize for Young Scientists from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, 1998.

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  • Yuki Soma, Ph.D.
    Yuki Soma, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Kyushu University

    Prof. Soma is currently an assistant professor at the Kyushu University, Japan, since 2016. Before joining the Kyushu University, he was a project scientist in the Atsumi lab at the Department of Chemistry of University of California Davis. He completed his Ph.D. in the Hanai laboratory at the Kyushu University. He has focused on the synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of microorganisms; particularly, he has contributed on the development of metabolomics analysis methods.

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  • Eun Yeol Lee, Ph.D.
    Eun Yeol Lee, Ph.D. / Professor / Kyung Hee University

    Prof.  Eun Yeol LEE obtained his bachelor in 1989 from Seoul National University. He got his Ph.D. in 1995 from Seoul National University. He visited Microbiology Institute at Goettingen University (Germany), Industrial Microbiology and Food Biotechnology Institute at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and Biomedical Engineering Department at Cornell University (USA) as visiting scholar. He was a senior researcher at Samsung Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and then an associate professor of Department of Food Science and Biotechnology at Kyungsung University. Currently, he is a professor of Chemical Engineering Department at Kyung Hee University. His research interests are Metabolic Engineering, Nanobiocatalysis, and Biorefinery for the production of Biofuels, Biochemicals and Biomaterials from biomass waste including glycerol and lignin, third-generation biomass (macro-/microalgae) and gas substrates such as methane and carbon dioxide.

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  • Jeong Chan Joo, Ph.D.
    Jeong Chan Joo, Ph.D. / Senior Researcher / Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

     Dr. Joo is senior researcher at Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Daejon, Republic of Korea. Before joining KRICT, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at University of Toronto. He received his BS degree in chemical engineering from Yonsei University in 2002 and completed his PhD in chemical engineering from Seoul National University in 2011. His research interests lie in the development of novel biocatalytic routes for greener production of biochemicals through enzyme engineering and metabolic engineering. In particular, he is interested in discovery and engineering of microbial enzymes for the design of novel biosynthetic pathways.

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  • Si Jae Park, Ph.D.
    Si Jae Park, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Ewha Womans University

    Prof. Park is an associate professor at Division of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Ewha Womans University since 2017, Korea. Before joining Ewha Womans University, He worked for Department of Environmental Engineering and Energy, Myongji University as an assistant and associate professor (2012-2017), Chemical Biotechnology Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) as a senior research engineer (2009–2012), and Corporate R&D in LG Chem Research Park as a principal investigator of biomaterial research team (2003–2009). He received the BS. degree in chemical engineering from Seoul National University in 1997, and obtained the MS. and Ph.D degrees in chemical engineering from KAIST in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Currently, his research group focuses on the development of metabolically engineered microorganisms for the production of novel biopolymers, biochemicals and biofuels for biorefinery. As of October 2018, he has published over 100 scientific articles

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  • Ju Young Lee, Ph.D
    Ju Young Lee, Ph.D / Senior researcher / Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology

    Dr. Lee is currently a senior researcher at the Center for Bio-based Chemistry of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) since, 2016, Korea. Before joining the KRICT, she was a research staff member in the Biomaterials laboratory at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Korea. She completed her Ph.D. in the Genome and Peptide engineering laboratory at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). She has focused on the development of efficient cell factories for sustainable production of high-value chemicals, fuels, pharmaceuticals, and therapeutics, by the modification of existing – or the introduction of entirely new – metabolic pathways.

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  • Dong-Myung Kim, Ph.D.
    Dong-Myung Kim, Ph.D. / Professor / Chungnam National University

    Prof. Kim is currently a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University (CNU) of Korea. He earned his PhD in 1996 at Seoul National University. From 1997 to 2000, he did his postdoctoral research at Genentech and Stanford University. After working for Roche Diagnostics as a Principal Scientist and then a Research Director from 2000 to 2003, he returned to Korea to join the present positon at CNU. His research is focused on engineering and harnessing the molecular machinery of cells in the context of synthetic biology.

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  • Yung-Hun Yang, Ph.D.
    Yung-Hun Yang, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Konkuk University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

    Prof. Yang is currently an associate professor at Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea since 2010. Before joining the Konkuk University, he was a research associate in the Sinskeys lab at the Department of Biology of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, United States. He completed his Ph.D. in the molecular biotechnology and biomaterials laboratory at the Seoul National University. He has focused on the Functions of the transcriptional factors and their network in antibiotics production of Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). His research group is highly interested in Production of alcohol and ester compounds, Screening of useful Psychrophiles and Halophiles, Biotransformation of Biochemicals, PHA productions.

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  • Tae Hyeon Yoo, Ph.D.
    Tae Hyeon Yoo, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Ajou University

    Tae Hyeon Yoo is Associate Professor at Ajou University, Korea. Yoo was educated at Seoul National University and the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. for research done under the supervision of David A. Tirrell. After a postdoctoral research with George Georgiou at the University of Texas at Austin, Yoo accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biological Engineering at Ajou University in the fall of 2011. Yoo was also employed as researcher at GreenCross Corporation from 1998 to 2003. Yoo's research interests are to generate novel and useful biological systems by utilizing protein engineering approaches for applications in therapeutics, microbial cell factories, cell engineering and biosensors.

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  • Min-Kyu Oh, Ph.D.
    Min-Kyu Oh, Ph.D. / Professor / Korea University

    Prof. Min-Kyu Oh is a professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Korea University since 2014. He is currently a chairperson of the department and an adjunct professor of Anam Hospital of Korea University. He completed his Ph.D. at James C. Liao’s laboratory in UCLA at 2001 and worked in Cedars Sinai Hospital as a research associate. His research interests are metabolic engineering, fluxomics, and synthetic biology. Particularly, he has contributed on strain development of 2,3-butanediol production using lignocellulosic biomass as a carbon source. Now he is expanding his research interests to utilizing diverse carbon source or producing bioactive secondary metabolites. As of 2018, he published over 110 scientific articles and 13 registered patents.

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  • Ji-Sook Hahn, Ph.D.
    Ji-Sook Hahn, Ph.D. / Professor / Seoul National University

    Ji-Sook Hahn is a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Microbiology from Seoul National University, and after postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan and Duke University, she returned to Seoul National University as a faculty member. Her research focuses on understanding and redesigning cellular regulatory networks. Her group is interested in elucidating signal transduction pathways in cellular adaptation to various environmental stress conditions as well as applying metabolic engineering and synthetic biology tools to develop robust microbial strains for the production of chemicals and biofuels. Currently, her research projects include production of value-added chemicals using metabolic engineering of yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica) and methanotrophs.

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  • Jeong-Jun Yoon, Ph.D.
    Jeong-Jun Yoon, Ph.D. / Principal Researcher / Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH)

    Dr. Yoon is currently a principal researcher at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) since 2008, Korea. Before joining the KITECH, he was a BK research professor at the Konkuk University and a JSPS post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo. He completed his Ph.D. in the wood biochemistry laboratory at the Kyoto University. He has focused on the biological production of fuels and chemicals from biomass. Recently, he has working on research about the production of bio-hydrogen and biopolymer from waste biomass using bioprocess and the research is carried with the budget of about 4 billion won from the Korean government’s R&D programs (the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE)). As of October 2018, he has published over 50 scientific articles and has 23 patents and 10 technology transfers.

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  • Jongmin Kim, Ph.D.
    Jongmin Kim, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Pohang University of Science and Technology

    Prof. Kim is currently an assistant professor at the Division of Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology (IBB) of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. Before joining POSTECH, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Yin lab at the Wyss Institute of Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in biology at California Institute of Technology. He has focused on the synthetic biology of microorganisms; particularly, he has contributed to the construction of complex logic circuits using riboregulators in microorganisms. His research group is highly interested in the determination of design principles of riboregulators in bacteria and other organisms, which could be utilized for novel synthetic regulatory circuits. As of October 2018, he published over 40 journal articles and conference papers. He has been awarded a Wyss Institute cross-platform fellowship.

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  • Ki Jun Jeong, Ph.D.
    Ki Jun Jeong, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

    Prof. Jeong is currently an associate professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) since 2008. In 2001, he received PhD degree at KAIST under the supervision of Prof. Sang Yup Lee, and he worked in Prof. George Georgiou lab (Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA) as a Post-doctoral fellow and Research associate. In this period, his research was focused on antibody engineering and production in bacterial hosts. After joining KAIST as a faculty, his research has focused on the  (i) protein engineering including industrial enzymes, antibody, protein scaffolds and (ii) engineering of bacterial hosts (mainly Corynebacterium glutamicum and Escherichia coli) using systems/synthetic biology tools towards enhanced production of value-added biochemical and protein therapeutics. As of October 2018, he published over 90 scientific articles and 15 patents. In 2012, he has been awarded Young Asian Biotechnologist Prize 2012 from Society for Biotechnology, Japan (SBJ).

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  • Jung-Kul Lee, Ph.D.
    Jung-Kul Lee, Ph.D. / Professor / Konkuk University

    Lee is currently a professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Konkuk University since 2006, Republic of Korea. Before joining the KU, he was a project scientist in the Zhao lab at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his Ph.D. in the cell biotechnology laboratory at the Korea Academy of Science and Technology (KAIST). He has focused on protein engineering and nanobiocatalysts; particularly, he has contributed on the understanding of biocatalytic mechanisms and the development of new protein engineering tools using Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM). His research group is highly interested in high-throughput screening of proteins and bioconversion of greenhouse gases to chemicals. As of August 2018, he published over 200 scientific articles, 55 patents, and gave over 100 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars.

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  • Gyoo Yeol Jung, Ph.D.
    Gyoo Yeol Jung, Ph.D. / Professor / Pohang University of Science and Technology

    Gyoo Yeol Jung is a Professor of Department of Chemical Engineering as well as Head of Interdisciplinary School of Bioscience and Bioengineering (I-Bio), POSTECH of Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree from Seoul National University of Korea and did his postdoc research at MIT with professor Greg Stephanopoulos. His research is focused on Synthetic Biology and Genetic Analysis System. He published a number of papers in the premier journals including Science and Nature Communications. He was awarded a number of awards including Best Researcher Award by Korea Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Dr. Jung is an Associate Editor of Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering and editor of Metabolic Engineering, Scientific Reports, Electrophoresis and Journal of Biological Engineering.

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  • Zhen Xie, Ph.D.
    Zhen Xie, Ph.D. / Principle Investigator / Tsinghua University

    Dr. Zhen Xie is a Professor in Bioinformatics Division, Tsinghua National Lab for Information Science and Technology at Tsinghua University. He has been serving as Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Quantitative Biology journal since 2013. His research goal is to construct synthetic molecular systems to study complex biological phenomena, and to engineer genetic circuits for manipulation of cells, especially mammalian cells in a non-destructive way. Specifically, He is interested to link molecular information processing with cellular decision making and apply this technology platform to addressing key challenges in biomedical and biotechnology applications.

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  • Ee Lui Ang, Ph.D.
    Ee Lui Ang, Ph.D. / Senior Scientist / Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

    Ee Lui received his B. Eng in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2002 and his Ph. D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & National University of Singapore Joint Ph. D. program in 2007. Subsequently, he joined Codexis Laboratories Singapore Pte Ltd, where he held the positions of Project Technical Lead, Molecular and Cellular Biology Team Leader, and Project Manager for the BioIndustrial project. He joined the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences in 2012 as the Co-Principal Investigator of the Metabolic Engineering Research Lab. His current research interest is in applying metabolic engineering and synthetic biology approaches to engineer functionally improved or novel proteins, pathways, and genomes for advanced biomanufacturing.

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  • Yuki Goto, Ph.D.
    Yuki Goto, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / The University of Tokyo

    Yuki Goto obtained his M.S. in bioorganic chemistry under the guidance of Prof. K. Nakatani and Prof. I. Saito at Kyoto University in 2005. He then joined the group of Prof. H. Suga at the University of Tokyo and received his Ph.D. in the field of chemical biology in 2008. After a postdoctoral stay in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Prof. W. A. van der Donk focusing biosynthesis of lantibiotics, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo in 2009 and promoted to associate professor in 2016. His research interests include development of artificial in vitro biosynthesis systems and its application to discover pseudo-natural products with novel bioactivities.

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  • Daisuke Kiga, Ph.D.
    Daisuke Kiga, Ph.D. / Professor / Waseda University

    Prof. Kiga is currently a professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience of Waseda University since 2016, Japan. Before joining the Waseda University, he was a associate professor the Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems science of Tokyo Tech. At Tokyo tech, he coached iGEM teams who got Track awards three years in a row.  He completed his Ph.D. in the Yokoyama Lab at Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry at the University of Tokyo. He has focused on the synthetic biology of genetic code and artificial genetic circuit in microorganisms. His research group is highly interested in Biology-by-Design. By model-base combination of macromolecules, He has implemented artificial genetic circuits to understand design principle of living systems. Also, he has shown that the number of amino acids in a genetic code can be increased or decreased.  In other words, Magic 20 is not defined by its physicochemical properties. In FY2015, he has been awarded the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) PRIZE, titled "Construction of Artificial Life System by Synthetic Biology".

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  • Jee Loon Foo, Ph.D.
    Jee Loon Foo, Ph.D. / Cluster Leader and Senior Research Fellow / National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Jee Loon is currently a cluster leader and a senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore in the NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). He received his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Australian National University in 2009. He had postdoctoral training in protein engineering and metabolic engineering at the Nanyang Technological University and University of California, Berkeley. His research interests lie in the understanding and engineering of biological systems at the interface of chemistry and biology to confer novel functionalities. These include the construction of metabolic pathways in microbes for biosynthesizing valuable biochemicals and rewiring of metabolic flux via genome modification and synthetic genomics to enhance bioproduction efficiency.

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  • Wen Shan Yew, Ph.D.
    Wen Shan Yew, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / National University of Singapore

    Wen Shan is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Biochemistry at the National University of Singapore. He is also Deputy Director of the NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). He trained as a mechanistic enzymologist with Professor John A. Gerlt from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His current and future research is centered on expanding the multi-faceted interface between enzymology, biological chemistry and synthetic biology, in an area he terms “synthetic enzymology”. In particular, his research is focused on the use of structural and mechanistic enzymological knowledge for protein engineering (exploring, defining and modulating substrate specificities), biocatalysis, therapeutic development (against infectious diseases, cancer and ageing) and bioremediation (towards urban sustainability). His research is closely aligned with industrial needs and solutions, and current industry collaborators include Agilent Technologies, Merck, Illumina, Cimelia Resource Recovery, BD Biosciences, Thermofisher Scientific, Panasonic, Singer Instruments, Nestle and Wilmar International.

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  • Jeng Yeong Chow, Ph.D.
    Jeng Yeong Chow, Ph.D. / Senior Research Fellow / National University of Singapore

    Dr. Chow is currently a senior research fellow at the Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SYNCTI) in National University of Singapore (NUS). He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Ph.D. in the field of directed evolution and engineering of enzymes for various biomedical applications. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., he received the A*STAR International Fellowship (AIF) for his post-doctoral training in Dale Poulter’s lab at the University of Utah, focusing on the mechanistic studies of cyclization in terpene synthases. Before joining SYNCTI, he also worked in Dr. Uttam Surana’s lab in IMCB on the metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the production lactone food flavors. His current research in SYNCTI revolves around the screening and engineering of lipases for use in the processing of crude oil derived from plants.

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  • Chueh Loo POH, Ph.D.
    Chueh Loo POH, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / National University of Singapore

    Dr. Chueh Loo POH is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He is also a Principal Investigator at NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI) and leading the NUS Biofoundry. He obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London, UK and B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. His current research interests in Synthetic Biology include microbial cellular biosensors, optogenetics, synthetic gene circuits design and automation, modelling of biological systems for design, and computer aided design (CAD) tools for SynBio. His group has been reprogramming microbes for biomedical and industrial applications. He is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief of IET Engineering Biology journal.

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  • Cheulhee Jung, Ph.D.
    Cheulhee Jung, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Korea University

    Prof. Jung is currently an assistant professor at the Division of Biotechnology of Korea University since 2017, Korea. Before joining the Korea University, he was a Research Engineering/Scientist Associate in the Ellington lab at the Department of Molecular Biosciences of University of Texas at Austin. He completed his Ph.D. in the biochip and biodevice laboratory at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He has focused on the biosensors utilizing nucleic acids; particularly, he has contributed on the development of new isothermal amplification methods for diagnosis. His research group is highly interested in the simple and efficient assays for nucleic acids diagnosis, DNA nanotechnology such as DNA computation and DNA walker and development of high-throughput platform to profile the binding affinity between DNA and protein. As of August 2018, he published over 35 scientific articles, 12 patents, and gave over 40 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars.

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  • In Young Hwang, Ph.D.
    In Young Hwang, Ph.D. / Cluster Leader and Senior Research Fellow / National University of Singapore

    Dr. Hwang is currently a cluster leader and a senior research fellow at the Department of Biochemistry of National University of Singapore (NUS), leading therapeutic cell and mammalian synthetic biology research clusters at the Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). Prior to joining NUS, she has received her PhD from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), in the field of cancer biology and therapeutics. She has expanded her research interest to Synthetic Biology by joining Chang lab in 2012. Her latest publications in ACS synthetic paper in 2014 and Nature Communications in 2017, involved engineering various programmable microbial behaviors to execute pathogen detection-mediated pathogen killing activity. Her work was notably mentioned in various media including Nature news and The Economist. Her research currently focuses on in-depth study and modulation of gut microbiome and its various physiological axis for human health.

     

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  • Han Min Woo, Prof. Dr.
    Han Min Woo, Prof. Dr. / Assistant Professor / Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

    Prof. Woo is currently an assitant professor at the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) since 2016, Korea. Before joining the SKKU, he was a senior research scientist at the Clean Energy Research Center, Korea Institute of Science Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea (2011-2016). He completed his bachelor degree at Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Korea University (2004), his master degree at Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (2006), his doctor degree in the industrial microbiology at the Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) and Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf (HHUD), Germany (2010), and his postdoctoral studies at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) (2011).

     

    He has focused on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of Corynebacteria and Cyanobacteria; particularly, he has contributed on the strain development of Corynebacterium glutamicum and Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 for sustainable chemical production and the genetical tool development for the metabolic engineering. As of October 2018, he published over 60 scientific articles, 29 domestic and US patents, and gave over 60 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars. He has been awarded a young scientist from the International Metabolic engineering Society (IMES) 2012 and the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (KSBB) 2018.

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  • Xiaozhou Luo, Ph.D.
    Xiaozhou Luo, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    Prof. Luo is currently an associate professor at the Center for Synthetic Biochemistry, Institute of Synthetic Biology, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2018. Before joining the SIAT, he was a postdoc fellow with Prof. Jay Keasling in the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at University of California, Berkeley. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Peter Schultz at The Scripps Research Institute, USA, working on the biosynthesis of small and macro-molecular therapeutics. He has focused on the biosynthesis of natural products and their analogues. His research group is interested in pathway engineering and enzyme evolution, with the emphasis on developing novel synthetic biology methods and high-throughput automation. He has co-authored >20 scientific papers. He has delivered many presentations in conferences and research institutions. He also served as the editorial board member of BMC Biotechnology.

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  • Tomohisa Hasunuma, Ph.D.
    Tomohisa Hasunuma, Ph.D. / Professor and Director / Kobe University

    Dr. Hasunuma is currently a Director of Engineering Biology Research Center, and concurrently serves as the Professor of Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation at Kobe University, Japan. In addition, he is a leader of domestic project of engineering biology of microorganism (Smart Cell Project). He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in the Department of Biotechnology at Osaka University, Japan. Before joining Kobe University, he was a research scientist of Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan. He also worked as a Researcher of Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). He has focused on the metabolic engineering of several prokaryotes, yeast and microalgae based on metabolome analysis toward the development of bio-refinery. He is the author or co-author of over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers and 50 reviews and book chapters. He was awarded the Fermentation and Metabolism Research Prize of Japan Bioindustry Association in 2013 and the Biotechnology Encouragement Prize of Biotechnology Society of Japan in 2014.

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  • Masayuki Su’estugu, Ph.D.
    Masayuki Su’estugu, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Rikkyo University

    Dr. Su'etsugu has received his PhD from Kyushu University, Japan in 2005, and continued his work on initiation regulation of chromosome replication in Escherichia coli, as Assistant Professor at the same university. He then joined Jeff Errington's lab as a postdoctoral researcher at Newcastle University, UK to study cellular dynamics of replication machinery of the Bacillus subtilis chromosome. After moving back to Japan, he became an Associate Professor at Rikkyo University, Tokyo in 2013, and started his laboratory. He was also JST-PRESTO researcher. His laboratory currently focuses on synthetic biology based on in vitro reconstitution of bacterial cellular systems, and is developing a genome-synthesis technology with the support of CSTI ImPACT (2016-2018) and of JST CREST (2018-2023).

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  • Yasuo Ohnishi, Ph.D.
    Yasuo Ohnishi, Ph.D. / Professor / The University of Tokyo

    Yasuo Ohnishi received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Tokyo (1991, 1993 and 1996), and carried out postdoctoral research at the same university (1996-1997). He wrote a doctoral thesis on protein secretion in Gram-negative bacteria. Since he received his Ph.D., he has been engaged in research on Streptomyces genetics and secondary metabolite biosynthesis. He was appointed as an assistant professor (1997) and an associate professor (2002) in the Prof. S. Horinouchi’s laboratory, The University of Tokyo. Then, he was appointed as a full professor in 2010, succeeding the late Prof. S. Horinouchi. He published over 130 scientific articles. He received the following awards; Hamada Award from The Society for Actinomycetes Japan, 2002; Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry Award for the Encouragement of Young Scientists, 2003; Japan Prize in Agricultural Sciences, Achievement Award for Young Scientists, 2007; The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, The Young Scientists’ Prize, 2008; JSPS Prize, 2013.

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  • Seon-Won Kim, Ph.D.
    Seon-Won Kim, Ph.D. / Professor / Gyeongsang National University

    Prof. Kim is currently a professor at the Division of Applied Life Science of Gyeongsang National University since 2001, Korea. Before joining the Gyeongsang National University, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Keasling lab at the Department of Chemical Engineering of University of California at Berkeley. He completed his Ph.D. in the fermentation biotechnology laboratory at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He has focused on the metabolic engineering of microorganisms; particularly, he has contributed on the metabolic redesign of microorganisms for mass production of isoprenoids. His research group is highly interested in the engineering of synthesis pathway of IPP/DMAPP, which consists of numerous valuable isoprenoids. As of August 2018, he published over 100 scientific articles, 73 patents, and gave over 200 scientific presentations at the international conferences and the invited seminars. He has been awarded two ministerial citations in 2014 and 2017 for his scientific achievements and Wo-Jae academic certificate 2013.

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  • Nozomu Yachie, Ph.D.
    Nozomu Yachie, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / The University of Tokyo

    Dr. Yachie is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and a Project Associate Professor at Keio University. He received bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees at Keio University in 2005, 2007 and 2009, respectively, under Dr. Masaru Tomita. He then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Dr. Fritz Roth's lab at Harvard Medical School and University of Toronto, where he developed a high-throughput protein interaction technology BFG-Y2H. Dr. Yachie has been appointed at the University of Tokyo and Keio University starting 2014. He is also a recipient of JSPS fellowships DC1 (Selection Year 2006), PD (slid from DC1) and Research Abroad (Selection Year 2009) awarded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He also received a Banting Fellowship awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in 2012 and a PRESTO Researchership awarded by Japan Science and Technology Agency in 2014. His team is currently developing several new technologies to measure dynamics of molecules, cells and cellular developments using DNA barcodes, genome editing and massively parallel sequencing.

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  • Masahito Ishikawa, Ph.D.
    Masahito Ishikawa, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Nagoya University

    Prof. Ishikawa is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Biomolecular Engineering of Nagoya University since 2016. Before being appointed at the current position, he was a project assistant professor in the Kazuhito Hashimoto lab at the University of Tokyo. He was trained under the supervision of Prof. Katsutoshi Hori and received Ph.D. from Nagoya University in 2012. Recently, he has focused on metabolic engineering of methanotrophic bacteria for methane-based bioproduction, understanding of secretion pathway of bacterial surface proteins, controlling of intracellular redox by electrochemical method, and understating of relationship between intracellular redox and circadian clock.

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  • Lei Dai, Ph.D.
    Lei Dai, Ph.D. / Professor / Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology

    Prof. Dai received his B.S. in physics at University of Science and Technology of China and Ph.D. in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a HHMI postdoctoral fellow of Jane Coffin Childs Fund at UCLA from 2015 to 2018. His work was published in Science, Nature, PNAS, eLife and other prestigious journals. He was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Research in Biological Physics by American Physical Society in 2014. He is also the recipient of Thousand Youth Talents Plan in China.

     

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  • Kenji Tsuge, Ph.D.
    Kenji Tsuge, Ph.D. / Associate Professor / Kobe University

    Kenji Tsuge is a Japanese synthetic biologist famous for large-sized DNA manipulation using Bacillus subtilis. He is the one of the authors of the first report of construction of hybrid genome of two bacteria using B. subtilis. Moreover, He is the inventor of OGAB method that can assembly multiple DNA fragments very efficiently using B. subtilis. He received PhD degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1998. In 1998, he became Postdoctoral fellow of The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and in 1999, he took part in Mitsubishi Kagaku Institute of Lifesciences, Japan, as Postdoctoral fellow. In 2006, he joined Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University, Japan, as an Assistant Professor. In 2016, he move to Kobe University as Associate Professor. During his research career, he has been studying genetic manipulation of B. subtilis, and invented several type of DNA manipulation methods that makes it possible to construct large sized DNA. His current research interest include how to design functional genome from gene scratches. Now he is developing laboratory automation system for high throughput construction of long DNA.

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  • Katsutoshi Hori, Ph.D.
    Katsutoshi Hori, Ph.D. / Professor / Nagoya University

    Katsutoshi Hori is currently a Full Professor of Biotechnology at Nagoya University. He has got Ph. D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1995. He worked for Petrochemical Research Center, Sumitomo Chemical Corp. (Chiba, Japan) as a researcher in 1994-1995, for Green Blue Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) as a director of the analytical laboratory in 1995-1998, for Department of Bioengineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in 1998-2004, and for Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology as an associate professor in 2004-2011. At April 2011, he moved to the current position. He served on the editorial board of J. Biosci. Bioeng., which is an international journal published by The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. He is now serving an associate editor of Biochem. Eng. J. He always has several large research grants from governmental sectors as a Principle Investigator. His research style is to consistently perform studies from basic (cryptography and molecular biology) to the practical levels (bioreactor design) by himself. He started venture business to commercialize his inventions.

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  • Jian Xu, Ph.D.
    Jian Xu, Ph.D. / Professor and Director / Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    XU Jian obtained B.S in Biotechnology from Peking University in 1997, and M.S. in Computer Science and PhD in Biochemistry (under Jeffrey Gordon) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. He founded Single-Cell Center, CAS-QIBEBT in 2013. The center develops a new generation of label-free single-cell analysis instruments (ramanome/meta-ramanome, Raman-activated cell sorting and Raman-guided single-cell sequencing). Via these new tools, his group develops the industrial microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica into a synthetic biology research model for scalable photosynthetic production of nutriceuticals and biofuels. In addition, his group develops microbiome big-data mining tools for diagnosis and prognosis of chronic diseases. Jian has published over 100 papers on leading journals including Science, Cell Host & Microbe, Nature Commu., Plant Cell, ISME J, etc, with nearly 8000 citations. He is a senior editor of mSystems. He won a number of awards from NSFC, MOST and CAS, including National Distinguished Young Scholars Award (2014), National Young-Scientist Award for Science and Technology (2016) and VCANBIO Award for Biosciences and Medicine (2016).

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  • Jeong Wook Lee, Ph.D.
    Jeong Wook Lee, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor / Pohang University of Science and Technology

    Prof. Lee is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea since 2017. Before joining the POSTECH, he was a research scientist at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in the metabolic and biomolecular engineering laboratory at KAIST. He focused on the development of microorganisms to produce industrially relevant chemicals and also worked on the use of in vitro protein expression systems to develop diagnostics and therapeutics. His research group is highly interested in the construction of synthetic circuits to regulate gene expression for a variety of molecular and cellular devices. As of October 2018, he published 28 scientific articles, 12 patents registered, and 53 patents pending.

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  • Hiroya Tomita, Ph.D.
    Hiroya Tomita, Ph.D. / Post-doc / The University of Tokyo

    Hiroya Tomita received his B.S. from Kyoto University, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. He completed his Ph.D. thesis focusing on the mechanisms of coenzyme A biosynthesis in the Archaea under the supervision of Professor Haruyuki Atomi. He is working in the Hakko Laboratory directed by Professor Yasuo Ohnishi in the University of Tokyo as a post-doc supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). His study focuses on discovering and engineering unusual enzymes involved in natural product biosynthesis.

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  • Bo Xue, Ph.D.
    Bo Xue, Ph.D. / Senior Research Fellow / National University of Singapore

    Dr. Xue is a member of the NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI) research program, and a senior research fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. His ongoing projects involve characterization and structure-guided design of enzymes with potentials for translational & industrial applications. Before joining SynCTI in 2017, he was a research scientist at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR, Singapore, studying actin-related cytoskeletal proteins and managing IMCB’s X-ray crystallography facility. He obtained his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering at Tianjin University, China, focusing on adsorbent development and process simulation for protein chromatography.

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  • Adison Wong, Ph.D.
    Adison Wong, Ph.D. / Lecturer / Singapore Institute of Technology

    Adison Wong is a faculty in the department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) since 2017. His research interests include metabolic engineering, microbiome engineering and bioprocessing. Prior to joining SIT, Adison served as the scientific program manager of the synthetic biology research program at the National University of Singapore. He is actively involved in the discussion of research initiatives with national agencies and has organized multiple conferences and workshops to promote synthetic biology in Singapore. His research were published in flagship journals including Molecular Systems Biology, BMC Biology and Nature Communications.

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  • Fumio Matsuda Ph.D.
    Fumio Matsuda Ph.D. / Professor / Osaka University

    Fumio Matsuda is professor of Analytical Biotechnology Laboratory in Department of Bioinformatic Engineering, Osaka University. After receiving PhD in Agricultural chemistry at Kyoto University in 2002, he worked at RIKEN plant science center as a researcher (Plant metabolomics, 2006-2009), Kobe University as an associate professor (Yeast Metabolomics, 2009-2012), and Osaka University as an assistant professor (Transomics analysis of yeast and cancers, 2012-2017). His research interests are analytical method development and application for transcomics study of metabolic systems.

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  • Ken-ichi Yoshida, Ph.D.
    Ken-ichi Yoshida, Ph.D. / Professor / Kobe University

    After a Master obtained at Kyoto University in 1989, he got the position of Assistant professor at Fukuyama University in 1990 and obtained a PhD at Kyoto University in 1993. After a Post-Doc experience at INRA Jouy-en-Josas, France, from 1996 to 97, he moved to Kobe University in 2004 as Associate professor, and was promoted to be Professor of Applied Microbiology in 2009.

    He has specialized in structural and functional genomics of bacteria including Bacillus subtilis and its relatives since the very beginning of his career to date. He was once awarded the prize for "Encouragement of Young Scientists" (2002) and twice the prize for "Excellent papers" from the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry (2008 and 2014). He received the “Fermentation and metabolism research award” (2006) from Japan Bioindustry Association (JBA) and the prize from NAGASE Science Technology Foundation (2009). Currently, in addition to his full-professor position, he serves as the executive director in Kobe University Brussels European Centre (2014 to date).

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  • Hirohide Saito, Ph.D.
    Hirohide Saito, Ph.D. / Professor / Kyoto University

    Prof. Saito is Deputy Director and Professor at Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University. After completing predoctoral training at the University of Tokyo and SUNY Buffalo in USA, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 2002. He is interested in the field of RNA synthetic biology & nanotechnology. He aims to understand  design principle of living systems and develop new biotechnology to create desired cells. Recently his group developed RNA and protein-responsive  “synthetic RNA switches” that purify target cells and program cell-fate.

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  • Fan Jin, Ph.D.
    Fan Jin, Ph.D. / Professor / University of Science and Technology of China

    Prof. Jin is currently a full professor at the Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale of University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) since 2011. Before joining the USTC, he did his postdoctoral researches in the Gerard Wong lab at the Department of Bioengineering of University of California Los Angeles. He completed his Ph.D. in the physical chemistry and the polymer physics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has focused on the development of image-based high throughput techniques that can be applied in microbiology and synthetic biology, he has contributed on the understanding of microbial motilities and biofilms formation. His research group is highly interested in the combination of optogenetics manipulation and adaptive microscopy to develop new tools that can be used to select single cells in a high throughput manner

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  • Akihiko Kondo, Ph.D.
    Akihiko Kondo, Ph.D. / Dern and Professor / Kobe University

    Akihiko Kondo received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in Chemical Engineering (1988). He was appointed as full professor of Kobe University in 2003 and also appointed as a team leader of the cell factory research team at RIKEN institute (Yokohama) in 2012. He became a member of Science Council Japan in 2017.

    A. Kondo has developed various platform technologies such as cell surface display systems, metabolic pathway design tools, metabolic analysis technologies, genome editing and long chain DNA synthesis technologies. He also has applied these platform technologies for construction of various microbial cell factories for production of biofuels and various chemicals from biomass, and cyanobacteria and microalgae for production of starch, oil and chemicals from CO2.

    A. Kondo has been appointed as editor or editorial board members of many Journals such as Journal of Biotechnology, Metabolic Engineering, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Bioresource Technology, etc.

     He has published more than 600 peer reviewed international papers.

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