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. His scientific contributions have been recognized with international honours and awards, and featured in leading media outlets worldwide. He serves as an editor and an editorial board member for over 15 biotechnology journals. He has trained over 50 undergraduate and high school students, 20 Ph.D. students and 40 research scientists, many now in leadership roles in academia, government and industry. He is a strong advocate of promoting interdisciplinary science that marries engineering, biological, medical and social sciences through education and public science outreach.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Prof. Cho is an associate professor at the department of biological sciences of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Before joining the KAIST, he has been 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. Currently, he is focusing on (1) development of the microbial gas fermentation systems to convert syngas to multi-carbon products, (2) design of the minimal genome to provide a novel chassis for the synthetic biology applications, (3) engineering microbiome for the healthy aging, and (4) microbial production of novel antibiotics to treat super bacteria. He has been appointed as a young scientist from World Economic Forum (WEF) 2012 and Korea Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) 2013.
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.
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 CAS Key Laboratory for Quantitative Engineering Biology, the Director of Shenzhen Institute of Synthetic Biology (iSynBio), the Chief Scientist of Shenzhen Synthetic Biology Core Facility, the Deputy Director of Synthetic Biology Specialized Committee in Chinese Society of Bioengineering, and the Chairman of Shenzhen Synthetic Biology Association. Liu obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong, and postdoctoral training in MCB, Harvard University. The research interest in his lab currently focuses on bacterial cancer therapy, bacterial cell cycle, and directed evolution.