Professor Dr. Steven Russell

Steve Russell is a Professor of Genome Biology at the University of Cambridge and currently Director of the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre. After graduate studies at the University of Glasgow (1995-99) with Prof Kim Kaiser where he carried out genomic screens for sex specific genes in Drosophila, he moved to Cambridge to join Prof Michael Ashburner's group, working on aspects of hormonal control of gene expression. Since his appointment as a University Lecturer in the Department of Genetics in 2003 he has focused on the control of gene expression, particularly in the testis and nervous system, the function of Sox and Hox transcription factors, and genome-wide aspects of chromatin structure. He has made major contributions to the development of functional genomics and genetic tools for the Drosophila community including establishing the International Drosophila Array Consortium and the leading the DrosDel chromosome deletion project. In 2000 he establish a core genomics facility for UK fly researchers, FlyChIP, and has pioneered the use of microarray technology for mapping transcription factor binding and gene expression profiling.

Dr. Wayne Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell’s interests include pure science (Synthetic Biology, Omics, Infectious Disease), the interface of laboratory and information sciences (Bioinformatics, and Informatics), and science policy (Bio-enterprise, public, private and mixed). He was an early recruit to the genomics revolution, participating in the 11th and 16th bacterial genome projects (Chlamydia trachomatis and C. pneumonia). Subsequent comparative genomic discoveries, led him to found Tao Biosciences, a 13 FTE San Francisco “nano-cap” biotechnology company focused on the development of novel antibiotics on an integrated computational and experimental platform, the research paradigm he continues to champion. Recruited by A*STAR in 2003, Dr. Mitchell began his tenure in Singapore as a Senior Scientist at the Genome Institute of Singapore where, as a member of PanAsia SNP Consortium, he helped to create the first Asian-wide catalog of human genetic variation. He went on to join The Experimental Therapeutics Centre as Group Leader in Informatics and Bioinformatics. At ETC he designed and built an “Electronic Research Habitat”, an (almost) paperless research platform, and he was a member of the team that defined glycine decarboxylase as an important new metabolic oncogene. In Singapore he held a concurrent appointment as Associate Professor (adjunct) in the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. Since 2012 he is a bioinformatics and systems biologist in the synthetic biology group at Lanzatech, a biofuels and green chemistry start-up. Dr. Mitchell received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was University Fellow, and a MacArthur Foundation Breadth Fellow (“Diplomacy by Other Means: Bioweapons in the Age of Molecular Biology”). He holds bachelors honors degrees from Harvard (African History) and from University of Massachusetts (Biology). He subscribes to Zhuangzi's famous aphorism: 学海无涯 ("The Ocean of Learning has no Bounds").

Dr. Nick Jakubovics

Nick Jakubovics graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1994 with a First Class Honours BSc in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry). His PhD at Warwick University involved studying the growth of biofilms in tap water drinking distribution systems. This work investigated the basic physiological switches that control the ability of microorganisms to growth in either a biofilm or a planktonic (free-living) state. Nick then spent six years as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Prof. Howard Jenkinson’s lab at the University of Bristol. During this time, Nick identified a novel manganese-dependent regulator in the oral bacterium Streptococcus gordonii, and established a heterologous cell surface protein expression system for characterising streptococcal cell surface adhesins. Between 2004-2007, Nick worked on an NIH Fellowship in Dr Paul Kolenbrander’s lab at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Here, he studied gene regulation in oral bacteria during the formation of mixed-species communities. In 2007, Nick secured a lectureship in Oral Microbiology at Newcastle University School of Dental Sciences, where he has set up an active research laboratory focused on elucidating how microorganisms interact with one another during the early steps of dental plaque accumulation. He also has a number of applied projects aimed at inhibiting dental plaque formation and controlling oral diseases.

Professor Dr. Wenyu Zhang

Prof. Wenyu Zhang is a full professor and dean at the School of Information, Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, China. He received Bachelor degree in Zhejiang University, China in 1989 and Ph.D. in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2002. He worked as a research fellow (2003 to 2004) of Innovation in Manufacturing Systems and Technology programme (IMST), Singapore – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance (SMA), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He worked as an associate professor (2004-2005) at the School of Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China. His research interests include business analytics, big data management, data mining, business intelligence, e-commerce, e-government, Manufacturing service, Web service, supply chain management, grid computing, multi-agent technology and Semantic Web.

He is member of multiple editorial boards of international journals, including The Scientific World Journal (SCI indexed) and International Journal of Business Research and Management. As the first or corresponding author, he has published over 35 papers in international journals and over 20 papers in international conference proceedings in recent 10 years, including Enterprise Information Systems (2012 impact factor 9.256), IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine (2012 impact factor 3.758), Energy (2012 impact factor 3.651), IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans (2012 impact factor 2.183).

Associate Professor Dr. Kuo-Ping Chiu

Kuo-Ping Chiu is currently an Associate Research Fellow at Academia Sinica with joint appointments with National Taiwan University and National Central University. He got his PhD in Microbiology from UC Davis in 1991 and had postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School on Neurosciences during 1993 - 1996. Kuo-Ping’s research career is tightly associated with biotechnologies. His Ph.D. research focused on intracellular amplification of mouse mammary tumor proviral DNA using in situ polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify the infected cells, while his postdoctoral training was related to multiple colorimetric labeling of acetylcholine receptor subunit transcripts to study their coordinated expression pattern. These trainings have critical influence upon his academic research career and industrial experience. His industrial experience started with a job at Bio-Rad Laboratories where he developed protocols and kits for antimicrobial susceptibility testing using flow cytometry (5/1996-4/1998). Later he switched from wetlab to Bioinformatics and worked for Genome Institute of Singapore on developing Paired-End ditag technology and methods for sequence data analysis (8/2002 - 8/2008). He moved back to Taiwan in August of 2008 to setup a laboratory at Academia Sinica to develop DNA sequencing-related biotechnologies and study gene expression and regulation/dysregulation in normal and cancer cells. He is also teaching sequencing technologies, sequence data analysis and pathway analysis in a number of national universities including National Taiwan University (NTU), National Central University (NCU), and National Yang-Ming University (NYMU), etc. He is holding two US patents related to the molecular construction and analysis of paired-end ditag libraries.

Dr. Ramy Karam Aziz

Dr. Ramy Karam Aziz is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University. He earned his PhD from the University of Tennessee, USA in 2005 for his work on the molecular pathogenesis and genomics of Streptococcus pyogenes. Since then, he performed research in several international institutions, including the University of Chicago, San Diego State University, and University of California-San Diego, and the Argonne National Laboratory with specialization in microbial genomics, bioinformatics, and genome annotation using the subsystems technology. His main research interests are bacterial pathogenesis, molecular epidemiology and systems biology of microbial pathogens, microbial and bacteriophage genomics/metagenomics, and pharmacomicrobiomics (drug-microbiome interactions).

Since 2001, he has published a book, 45 articles in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to multiple scientific and non-scientific blogs. At present, he is a member of the American Society of Microbiology and PLoS International Advisory Group; he is a member of the editorial boards of PLoS ONE, BMC Microbiology, Scientific Reports, and Current Pharmacognomics and Personalized Medicine. He received several awards, most recently the Egyptian State Incentive Award in 2011; the Cairo University Young Faculty award of 2011; and the Young Arab Scientist for the year 2010.

Dr. Suparna Mitra

Suparna Mitra is currently a research fellow in Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to joining the Nanyang Technological University, she worked as Marie Curie Experienced research fellow at Wolfson Centre for personalized medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Liverpool university, UK. She earned her PhD in Bioinformatics from Algorithms in Bioinformatics, ZBIT Center for Bioinformatics, University of Tübingen, Germany. She is also one of the contributors of MEGAN software, which is well-established metagenomic data analysis software.

Ir. Dr. David Chuah Joon Huang

Ir. Dr. David Chuah Joon Huang received his BEng (Hons) from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, MEng from National University of Singapore, MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He joined Intel as an Integrated Circuit Design Engineer, contributing to the creation of next generation of network processors, and worked with Freescale Semiconductor as a Senior Product Development Engineer and Senior Test Engineer, overseeing a number of automotive microcontrollers. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. Ir. Dr. David Chuah is a Chartered Engineer registered under the UK Engineering Council and a Professional Engineer registered by the Board of Engineers (BEM), Malaysia. In addition, he is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has published more than 20 papers in various international conferences proceedings and well-known journals. His main technical expertise is in the areas of image processing, high performance computing, integrated circuit design and scanning electron microscopy.