Prof Jackie Yi-Ru Ying, Singapore

Jackie Y. Ying received her B.E. and Ph.D. from The Cooper Union and Princeton University, respectively. She joined the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, where she was Professor of Chemical Engineering until 2005. She has been the Founding Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore since 2003. For her research on nanostructured materials, Prof. Ying has been recognized with the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Award in Materials Chemistry, Wall Street Journal Asia’s Asian Innovation Silver Award, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Jubilee Medal, Materials Research Society Fellowship, Royal Society of Chemistry Fellowship, Crown Prince Grand Prize in the Brunei Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellowship, Academy of Sciences of Iran Medal of Honor, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship, Singapore National Academy of Science Fellowship, and The Cooper Union Alumni Association Gano Dunn Award.

Prof. Ying was elected a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration. She was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 to be one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. She was selected as an Inaugural Inductee for the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. The laureate of this science and technology award receives a certificate, an engraved medal and US$500,000 in prize money. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today, which has an impact factor of 15.000.

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Professor Justin Cooper-White, Australia

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Prof Cheong UTAR

Emeritus Prof Dr Cheong Soon Ken

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia

Prior to his present appointment, Professor Cheong was the Professor of Medicine / Haematology and Head of the Division of Medicine in the Clinical School, International Medical University (IMU), Seremban from June 2005. Before joining IMU,  Professor Cheong was the Professor of Haematology in the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Head of the Department of Laboratory Diagnostic Services and Head of Clinical Haemtology & Stem Cell Transplant Services of Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

He received his basic medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Malaya in 1975, and obtained his postgraduate qualifications in internal medicine MRCP (UK), clinical pathology DCP with distinction (University of London), haematology FRCPA (Australia) in 1978, 1979 and 1992 respectively. He was elected to fellowship FRCP (Edinburgh & Glasgow) in 1990 and FAMM (Malaysia) in 1997. He became a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia in 2001.

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Prof Tunku Kamarul

Prof. Dr. Tunku Kamarul Zaman Tunku Zainol Abidin

Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Tunku Kamarul Zaman is presently the director of University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), a premier university hospital in Malaysia with 1300 beds and staffed by over 5000 personnel. He is by profession an orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in upper limb and microsurgery. He graduated with an M.D. from the National University of Malaysia in 1998. After serving the Ministry of Health as a medical officer for several years, he entered the  Masters of Orthopaedics specility training program i.e. M.S.(Ortho) from University of Malaya and graduated in 2004. He also received a diploma in tissue banking from National University of Singapore in 2003 during his specialist traininng. He then pursued his sub-specialty training in University of Liverpool, UK from 2005 till 2009. During that time he also awarded a PhD degree from this University. He is presently registered with medical councils in the UK and Malaysia. He is actively involved in basic science orthopaedic related research and is the head of the tissue engineering group, which is a part of the National Orthopaedic Centre for Research and Learning (NOCERAL) in Malaysia. His previous administrative duties also include the deputy dean of research for faculty of medicine, acting dean for faculty of medicine, deputy director (clinical) for UMMC, director for the Clinical Investigative Centre in UMMC (an internationally award winning centre that conducts over 200 clinical trials a year) and, head of research in NOCERAL. His research interest ranges from biomechanics to cell biology, and fundamental research involving cartilage biology, tendons and stem cell applications. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in many peer-reviewed journals and supervises many post-doctoral, doctoral and other post-graduate as well as undergraduate students. He sits in many national academic committees, a member of many international societies, have been invited to speak in many international meetings, a reviewer to a number of academic journals and is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Health and Translational Medicine. He has received many awards and was appointed one of the youngest Professor from University of Malaya in 2011.  He has since been nominated and appointed as adjunct and honorary professors in several local and international universities.

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Prof Hirohide SAITO

Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University

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Prof Daisuke Sugiyama

Kyushu University, Japan

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Dr Darius Widera

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, United Kingdom

Dr Widera is currently an Assistant Professor/ Lecturer at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. His lab is mainly interested in neural crest-derived stem cell populations, which are promising candidates for the development of autologous stem cell-based therapies. He further works on the influence of injury and inflammation on stem cells and somatic cells (injury-induced cellular reprogramming) and develops novel approaches for clinical grade 3D-cultivation of human stem cells.

He graduated in Biochemistry (Witten/Herdecke University, Germany) and received his PhD in Neurobiochemistry from the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Since 2013 he served as a Principal Investigator and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Cell Biology, University of Bielefeld (Germany). In February 2015 he was appointed Assistant Professor/ Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Reading (United Kingdom), where his lab is currently based. Since May 2015 he also serves as a Visiting Professor at the Stavropol State Medical University (Russian Federation).

He has published over 40 PubMed-listed publications (1200 citation, h-factor of 15) in addition to several book chapters and has presented his research outcomes at numerous international conferences in the UK, Germany, USA, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, and China.

In addition, he serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Stem Cell Research and acts as an ad-hoc peer reviewer for funding bodies (including DEBRA International, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, Germany), National Medical Research Council (NMRC, Singapore), The Daphne Jackson Trust (United Kingdom), Neurological Foundation Of New Zealand (New Zealand), the Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank for Basic Science (Austria), University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and renowned journals including Biomaterials, Stroke, Stem Cells and Development, and European Cells and Materials.




Dr Mitsuru Morimoto,

Centre for Developmental Biology (CDB), RIKEN Kobe

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Dr Francesco Tamagnini

University of Exeter, UK

Dr Tamagnini group is aimed to characterise the functional electrophysiological profile of neuronal cells from different models of Alzheimer’s disease. In the last years, they have been focusing on characterising the intrinsic excitability properties of hippocampal pyramidal and gabaergic neurons in Aß-overexpressing and altered tau-protein cleavage transgenic mouse models. His experiments mainly consist in performing whole-cell patch clamp recordings on acute brain slices obtained by such models and their age-matched wild-type controls.

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DR Beh

Dr Beh Chor Khim

Mahameru International Medical Centre, Malaysia

His current special interest is on cancer managment. Since 2010, he has collaborated with Dr K. Hasumi in the clinical application for of HITV and CTL immunotherapy and p53 gene therapy in patients with advanced cancers.

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Prof. Ir. Dr Mariatti Jaafar

School of Materials & Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Prof Ir. Dr Mariatti Jaafar is a Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She has been working with composites since her Masters degree at USM. She began her career in 1996 as the Quality Engineer at Sony (M) Sdn. Bhd. Prof. Mariatti received her MSc in Polymer Technology and PhD in Polymer Composites from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Degree of Licentiate from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. She is a professional engineer and she has published technical papers on conductive polymer composites for electronic applications, polymer nanocomposites, mineral fillers- and fiber filled polymer composites.

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Assoc. Prof Dr Syahrilnizam Abdullah

Genetics & Regenerative Medicine Research Centre,Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia

Dr Syahril is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is the Deputy Director at Institute of Bioscience and also the head of the Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Centre of the Faculty. He holds a D.Phil from University of Oxford for his work with the Gene Medicine Research Group, John-Radcliffe Hospital, UK. His primary research interest is in the field of gene therapy, focusing on ways to extend the duration of therapeutic gene expression. He is a big fan of the Arsenal football team.