Kazunori Akiyoshi, Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Kazunari Akiyoshi has been a professor of the Graduate School of Engineering at Kyoto University since 2010 and directs the JST ERATO project focused on bio-nanotransporters and their applications in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cancer vaccines and drug delivery. He received his Ph.D. degree at Kyushu University in1985. After postdoctoral research at Purdue University (USA), he joined the faculty of Engineering at Nagasaki University as a lecturer. In 1989, he moved to Kyoto University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. In 2002, he moved to the Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Tokyo Medical and Dental University as a Professor.

Ehud Gazit, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Ehud Gazit Ph.D. FRSC is Professor and Chair at Tel Aviv University (TAU). From 2012-2014, he served as the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Science. From 2008-2012, he served as TAU Vice President for Research and the Chairman of Ramot Ltd. Gazit received his B.Sc. (summa cum laude) from TAU and his Ph.D. (with highest distinction) from the Weizmann Institute of Science. For his Ph.D. work, he received the Kennedy Award. He has been a faculty member at Tel Aviv University since 2000, after completing his postdoctoral studies at MIT where he had also held a visiting appointment (2002-2011).

James Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA

James L. Hedrick received his Ph.D. from James McGrath at Virginia Tech in Material Science and Engineering. He joined IBM Research in 1985 in the Advance Organic Materials Group. James has focused on the synthesis and basic structure property relationships on synthetic polymers for advance microelectronic and biomedicinal related applications. Areas of emphasis include organocatalytic methods to biocompatible/degradable polymers, functional oligomers, copolymers and complex architectures. He is the recipient of the ACS, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Carl S. Marvel Award 2003, ACS, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Industrial Sponsors Award 2006, Belgian Polymer Chemistry Award 2008, 2009 Cooperative Research Award in polymer science and engineering with Robert Waymouth of Stanford (ACS PMSE Division), ACS Fellow in Polymer Division (2010), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presidential Green Chemistry Award 2012 (shared with Robert Waymouth, Stanford University). He has co-authored more than 360 papers and has more than 80 patents issued.

Sangyong Jon, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Dr. Sangyong Jon received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Chemistry at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He pursued his postdoc career in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT under the supervision of Dr. Robert Langer. In 2004, he joined GIST as an Assistant Professor of Life Sciences and was promoted to a Professor in 2010. He moved to KAIST in 2012 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the institute.

Kenichi Kuroda, University of Michigan, USA

Dr. Kenichi Kuroda received his B.Eng. in Polymer Chemistry and M.Eng. in Biological Chemistry from Kyoto University, Japan and earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Supervisors: Prof. Toyoichi Tanaka and Prof. Timothy Swager). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Supervisor: Prof. William DeGrado). He is currently a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. His research interests include biologically active polymers.

Ming Ta Michael Lee, RIKEN, Japan

Ming Ta Michael Lee is currently Team Leader of the Laboratory for International Alliance on Genomic Research at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in Japan, as well as Assistant Research Scientist at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

He is involved in various genetic studies from rare diseases, complex diseases (osteoarthritis, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) and pharmacogenetics. Some of his major achievements are in the phmarmacogenetic study of warfarin dose requirements and lithium treatment response, which resulted in the identification the SNP associated with warfarin dose and lithium treatment response.

Yingfu Li, McMaster University, Canada

Yi Lu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dr. Yi Lu received his B.S. degree from Peking University in 1986 and Ph.D. degree from University of California Los Angeles in 1992. After two years of postdoctoral research in Professor Harry B. Gray's group at Caltech, Dr. Lu started his own independent career in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994. He is now Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests lie at the interface between chemistry and biology, including bionanotechnology and its applications in environmental monitoring, food safety and medicine.

Matthias Lutolf, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Switzerland

Laurent Martarello, Roche Translational Medicine Hub, Singapore

Sylvain Martel, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada

Professor Sylvain Martel, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, is Director of the NanoRobotics Laboratory at Polytechnique Montréal, Campus of the University of Montréal, Canada. He pioneered several biomedical technologies including platforms for remote surgeries and cardiac mapping systems when at McGill University, and new types of brain implants for decoding neuronal activities in the motor cortex when at MIT. Presently, he is leading an interdisciplinary team involved in the development of navigable therapeutic agents and interventional platforms for cancer therapy.

Andres Martinez, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Andres W. Martinez is an assistant professor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He was born in California, raised in Bolivia, and completed his B.S. in Chemistry at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Harvard University with George Whitesides. His research is focused on expanding the capabilities of paper-based fluidic devices for applications in point-of-care diagnostics by developing new fabrication techniques, new assays and new methods of calibrating assay results.

Scott T. Phillips, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Scott Phillips is the Martarano Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He earned his Ph.D. from Paul A. Bartlett at University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in George Whitesides' group (Harvard). He started his independent career at Penn State in 2008. His research interests include: (i) developing thermally stable detection and signal amplification reagents for use in point-of-care diagnostics; (ii) developing exceedingly inexpensive but high-performance diagnostic devices for use in resource-poor environments; and (iii) designing new classes of stimuli-responsive plastics that display amplified and autonomous responses for biomedical and environmental applications.

Chao-Nan (Miles) Qian, Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, China

Jianhua Qin, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China

Professor Jianhua Qin is the leader of the Microfluidics Research Center at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in China. Dr. Qin received her M.D. from China Medical University and her Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. She worked as a Post-doc at the University of Toronto, and was a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Qin currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Lab on a Chip. Her research interest is focused on the integration of microfluidics and nano-scale technologies to understand natural and dysfunctional biological systems that lead to the design of novel diagnostic schemes and therapeutic strategies.

Gregory N. Tew, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong, Australia

Professor Gordon Wallace is currently the Executive Research Director at the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and Director of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute. He previously held an ARC Federation Fellowship and currently holds an ARC Laureate Fellowship.

Professor Wallace's research interests include organic conductors, nanomaterials, the development of new fabrication and characterization tools (including 3D printing), and the use of these in the development of new systems for Energy and Medical Bionics.

A current focus involves the use of these tools and materials in developing bio-communications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance via Medical Bionics.

Leslie Yeo, RMIT University, Australia

Leslie Yeo received his Ph.D. from Imperial College, London in 2002 and is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of Chemical Engineering at RMIT University, Australia. Prior to this, he was a postdoc at the University of Notre Dame, USA and a faculty member of the Monash University, Australia. Leslie is co-author of the book Electrokinetically Driven Microfluidics & Nanofluidics (Cambridge University Press), and has over 100 journal publications and 20 patent applications. He is currently the Editor of Biomicrofluidics (American Institute of Physics) and editorial board member of Interfacial Phenomena & Heat Transfer and Scientific Reports.

Evelyn Yim, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Evelyn Yim received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University before performing her post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Duke University prior to her employment at the National University of Singapore as a faculty member in the Division of Bioengineering and Department of Surgery in 2007. Her research interests in understanding how chemical and biomechanical cues influence stem cell behavior spurred her to join the Mechanobiology Institute Singapore in 2009. Experienced with nanofabrication technologies and stem cell culture techniques, Evelyn and her group are interested to apply their knowledge on material-stem cell interaction to direct stem cell differentiation and tissue regeneration for neural, vascular and corneal tissue engineering.

Tao Zhang, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China


Abstract Submission Deadline:
August 15, 2014 (Extended)

Abstract Acceptance Notification:
September 19, 2014

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December 8-9, 2014


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