Local Committee
Zhiming   CAI
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).
Lei   DAI
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.
Fan   JIN
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
Chun   LI
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. 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》.
Chenli   LIU
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.
Yunzi   LUO
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. 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.
Xiaozhou   LUO
Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Prof. Luo is currently an 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.
Qingsheng   QI
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.
Yue   SHEN
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.
Hao   SONG
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.
Ping   WEI
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.
Bian   WU
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..
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.
Jian   XU
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).
Chen   YANG
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 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.
Haifeng   YE
East China Normal University
Dr. Haifeng Ye received his Ph.D degree and completed his Postdoctoral Research from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich) in the group of Prof. Dr. Martin Fussenegger. He started his own group in the School of Life Sciences at East China Normal University (ECNU) in 2014. His research interest has been focused on synthetic biology and biomedical engineering with the goal to achieve precise diagnosis and treatment of diseases. His research topics include optogenetics-based precision medicine, synthetic gene circuits for gene- and cell-based therapy, synthetic biology-based cancer therapy and precise controlled gene editing. His research work was published in the scientific journals: Science, Science Translational Medicine (2017, 2019), Nature Biomedical Engineering, PNAS, etc. His research was also highlighted by a series of scientific journals: Cell, Nature Medicine, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology and received international press coverage: Xinhua News Agency, CCTV, BBC, EurekaAlert@AAAS, MIT Technology Review, ScienceDaily, IEEE Spectrum, ScienceDaily, FOCUS, Discover, etc.
Zongbao   ZHAO
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. 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.