Kazunari 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 Research, 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. James has focused on the synthesis and basic structure property relationships for advance microelectronic and biomedicinal related applications, including organocatalytic methods to bio-compatible/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, and ACS Fellow. He has co-authored more than 400 papers and has more than 100 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

Yingfu Li received his BSc in chemistry from Anhui University, China, in 1983, and his MSc in applied chemistry from China Agriculture University in 1989, his PhD in chemistry and biochemistry from Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Professor Dipankar Sen. He carried out his postdoctoral research with Professor Ronald Breaker at Yale University between 1997-1999. He joined McMaster University in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2005 and full professor in 2010. His research interests include functional nucleic acids (DNAzymes, aptamers, and riboswitches), nanomaterials and biosensors.

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.

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

Dr. Chao-Nan (Miles) Qian obtained his Bachelor in Medicine (equivalent to MD in the US) and PhD at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, P. R. China in 1992 and 1999, respectively. His postdoctoral training at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Van Andel Research Institute in Michigan provided him with great opportunities to explore the fields of tumorigenesis, tumor angiogenesis, tumor metastasis, and drug resistance of tumor cells. He was appointed as Research Scientist at Van Andel Research Institute in 2004 and Deputy Director of the Laboratory of Translational Cancer Research at National Cancer Center Singapore in May 2007. He then rejoined the Department of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center (SYSUCC) as a Professor in June 2007, Assistant to The President of SYSUCC in January 2008, and Vice President of SYSUCC in November 2013. In 2010-2012, Dr. Qian has also been leading a small research team at Van Andel Research Institute. Dr. Qian has published more than 90 research papers. His current research focuses include 1) Exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer metastasis from the perspectives of both the cancer cells and the microenvironment; 2) Dissecting tumor vasculature; and 3) Identifying and validating the molecules that can postpone cancer onset.

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

Gregory N. Tew, Professor in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has more than a decade of experience transitioning bio-inspired design concepts to practice. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 1995 performing undergraduate research with Prof. D. A. Shultz and interning at Burroughs-Wellcome Pharmaceutical. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana under Prof. Samuel Stupp in Materials Science after which he joined the Faculty at the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before starting there, he spent one year in William DeGrado’s laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. His current research interests include bioinspired and biomimetic macromolecules, molecular self-organization, nano-medicine, and materials-immunology. Greg received every young investigator award offered by the Federal Government including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). More recently he was elected as a fellow of the ACS.

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

Professor Tao Zhang received his PhD degree in 1989 from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. After one year in University of Birmingham as a post-doctoral fellow, he joined DICP again in 1990 where he was promoted to a full professor in 1995. He is currently the director of DICP and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). He also serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Editorial Board Members of Applied Catalysis B, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering and ChemPhysChem. His research interests are focused on design and synthesis of nano- and subnano-catalysts, the catalytic conversion of biomass, and environmental catalysis.


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