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Lim Chwee Teck

Lim Chwee Teck

Prof Lim is a Provost’s Chair Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a Principal Investigator of the Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include mechanobiology of human diseases and the development of microfluidic biochips for disease detection, diagnosis and therapy. Prof Lim has authored more than 270 peer-reviewed papers (including 38 invited/review articles), 26 book chapters and delivered more than 275 invited talks. He sits on the editorial boards of more than 12 international journals. He also co-founded one incubator and four startups which are commercializing technologies developed in his lab. Prof Lim and his team have won more than 50 research awards and honours, including the Vladimir K. Zworykin Award in 2015, University’s Outstanding Researcher Award and Outstanding Innovator Award in 2014, the Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) in 2012, President's Technology Award in 2011 and the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2010.

Lefebvre Olivier Patrick

Dr Lefebvre Olivier Patrick is an assistant professor attached to the Centre for Water Research of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has 13 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment, electrochemical technologies and advanced oxidation processes. He has contributed over 8 years to the development of microbial fuel cells, an innovative electrochemical technology that allows direct conversion of organic matter into electricity. Dr Lefebvre also has expertise in ozonation and other advanced oxidation processes applied to industrial water treatment and reuse (e.g., for pharmaceutical industries). As such, he is a management committee member of the Water Reuse Specialist Group of the International Water Association (IWA). He is the author of 23 peer-reviewed papers and 4 book chapters, owns 1 patent and has given presentations at over 25 international conferences.

Yen Ching Chiuan

Yen Ching Chiuan is the Head of Division of Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also holds a joint courtesy appointment with the Interactive & Digital Media Institute at NUS. Having authored more than 60 international and national refereed articles, he possesses an excellent ability to combine theoretical thinking and design practice in design education. He has worked with many companies including: ASUS, BMW Designwork USA, DELL, Estee Lauder, Jurong Health, OSIM, National University Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Swarovski, and Tupperware, etc. His research interests lie in methodologies for design, and he champions a “pluralistic dimension” of design study and research. His supervision in design has received more than 50 international or regional design awards in the past 10 years, including, to name a few, the Braunprize 2007, Luminary Award, red-dot award: design concept 2006, iF award 2008 and James Dyson Award 2012.

Saw Seang Mei

Saw Seang Mei is a Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and Head, Myopia Unit, Singapore Eye Research Institute. She received her medical degree from the National University of Singapore and both her MPH and PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research interests are related to the risk factors, epidemiology and genetics of myopia. She has published more than 360 peer-reviewed international journals, including the Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Seang Mei is the Associate Editor, Translational Vision Science and Technology and Editorial Board member of several other journals. Her recent awards include the Garland W. Clay Award (2006), the Great Women of our Times Award, Science and Technology Category, Singapore (2006), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award (2009), the NUS SOM Faculty Research Excellence Award (2009), the ARVO Silver Fellow award (2012), the Sek-Jin Chew Memorial Lecture Award, USA (2013), the Bernard Gilmartin OPO Award 2014, and ARVO Gold Fellow award (2015).

Yang Kun-Lin

Kun-Lin Yang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before joining NUS, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Chemical and Biomolecular Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received his PhD degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002. He is the recipient of Defense Innovation Research Award in 2009. His current research interests include molecular engineering, biosensors, liquid crystals and renewable bioenergy.

Victor Lee Tswen Wen

Victor Lee graduated from the School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore in 1998. He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and Fellow of the Academy of Medicine (Surgery) since 2007. His clinical training is in the areas of transplant surgery, hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He was appointed Clinical Fellow in Transplantation Surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, United Kingdom from 2008 to 2009. He was a recipient of the National Medical Research Council Research Fellowship in 2005, and holds a Master of Science in Bioinformatics. His other research interests focus on surgical outcomes, transplant surgery, and perfusion monitoring for organ transplant.

Yung Lin Yue, Lanry Wen

L. Lanry Yung earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware in 1998. He worked as a Research Scientist in the Menicon Co. Ltd. in Nagoya, Japan for hydrogel contact lens prior to joining the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2003. Currently he is the associate professor in the same department. His main research interest is to understand and control material interfaces for sensor design and to apply the sensors for biomedical and environmental application. He is also interested in the environment, health and safety (EHS) of nanomaterials and is currently investigating the ecotoxicity and health effects of nanoparticles.

Dieter Trau

Dieter Trau is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Dieter holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at HKUST and joined NUS in 2004. He is author of more than 45 international peer-reviewed research papers and inventor of 16 patent families, resulting in more than 80 patent applications of which 20 are granted and commercialised by various companies. Dieter is a serial inventor entrepreneur; he started his entrepreneurial activities in 1995 by forming his first life-science company Xantec in Germany. In 2010 Dieter founded the AYOXXA Group in Singapore and Germany, now a 15 million EURO venture capital funded company employing 30 people. AYOXXA is commercialising a protein multiplexing technology to drive medical research and drug development. Dieter won several entrepreneurship prizes; recently the Asian Entrepreneurship Award and the NUS Promising Start-up Award.