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North America

Curtis W. Frank

Stanford University

Director of Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA)

Sr. Professor of Chemical Engineering and (by courtesy) of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry, Stanford University.

Research Area:

  1. Structure and Dynamics of Polymers in Constrained Gemotry

  2. Interface Science of Biomolecular Materials

  3. Polymer Development of an Artificial Cornea Based on Polymer Hydrogels

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Jeffrey S. Glenn

Stanford University

Associate Professor, Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology​
Member of Bio-X
Faculty Fellow, Stanford ChEM-H
Director, Centerfor Hepatitis and Liver Tissue Engineering (2006 - Present)

Research Area:

  1. Molecular Virology

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Paul Weiss


UC Presidential Chair
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Director of California NanoSystems Institute
Editor-in-chief of ACS Nano

Research Area:

  1. Atomic-scale chemical, physical, optical, mechanical and electronic properties of surfaces and supramolecular assemblies

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Jay T. Groves


Professor of Chemistry
Member of Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Co-Principal Investigator of Mechanobiology Institute Singapore

Research Area:

  1. Physical and Biological Aspects of Cellular Biophysics

  2. Signal Transduction Processes in Cell

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Atul N. Parikh


Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Area:

  1. Membrane Bioengineering and Biophysics

  2. Organic-Inorganic Materials

  3. General Soft Condensed Matters

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Ram Sasisekharan

MIT (The David H Koch Institute for  Integrative Cancer Research)

Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Biological Engineering
Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Health Science & Technology
Director of Health Science & Technology

Research Area:

  1. Personalized Precision Medicine

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Paula T. Hammond

MIT (The David H Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

David H Koch Professor in Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Nano-based Drugs

  2. Detection + Monitoring

  3. Cancer Immunology

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Sang-Hyun Oh

University of Minnesota

Sanford P. Bordeau Chair in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Template-stripped Ultra-smooth Metal Fabrication for Plasmonics

  2. Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biosensing

  3. Atomic Layer Lithography

  4. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)


Samuel I. Stupp


Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology

Research Area:

  1. Supramolecular Self-assembly of molecules to design functional materials

  2. Solar photovoltaic devices and hydrogels

  3. Bioactive materials for regenerative medicine

North America
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Vivian Vasconcelos Costa

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Assistant Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences

Research Area:

  1. Antiviral drug testing

  2. Animal models of virus infections

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Mauro M Texeira

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Immunology

Research Area:

  1. Antiviral drug testing

  2. Animal models of virus infections

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Gert Storm

Utrecht University

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics

Research Area:

  1. Lipid nanoparticle technology

  2. Therapeutic nanomedicines

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Bart De Spiegeleer

Ghent University

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis

Research Area:

  1. Blood-brain barrier models for drug development

  2. Quality control of protein-based biopharmaceuticals

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Wolfgang Knoll

AIT (Austrian Institue of Technology)

College of Engineering / School of Materials Science & Engineering​

Scientific Managing Director, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Wien

Honorary Professor, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Wien

Visiting Professor, NTU

Research Area:

  1. Structure-function relationships of polymeric/organic systems

  2. Development of optical techniques to investigate structural and function properties of supramolecular assembles and nano-materials

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Fredrik Höök

Chalmers University of Technology

Department of Applied Physics, Biological Physics division​

Professor of Physics

Head of theBiological Physics Division

Research Area:

  1. Artificial Membrane Platforms


Bengt Kasemo

Chalmers University of Technology

Division of Chemical Physics, Department of Applied Physics

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Co-founder of the Competence Center for Catalysis at Chalmers

Research Area:

  1. Surface Science

  2. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

  3. Biomedical Materials

  4. Catalysis for automotive emission learning

  5. Sustainable Enrgy Technology - solar cells, hydrogen production and storage, fuell cells

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Vladimir Zhdanov

Boreskov Institue of Catalysis, Russian Academy of Sciences

Department of Applied Physics

Principal Researcher

Research Area:

  1. Mean-field kinetic equations and Monte-Carlo simulations

  2. Theory of elementary rate processes on solid surfaces

  3. Complex behavior of catalytic reactions

  4. Kinetics of protein folding and adsorption, nanoparticles and vesicles


Shlomo Magdassi

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor of Chemistry, Casali Center for Applied Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Centerfor Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Enrique Berman Chair in Solar Energy

Research Area:

  1. Functional printing and coatings

  2. Drug Delivery systems and Medical Imaging

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Janos Szebeni

Semmelweiss University

Professor and Director of the Nanomedicine REsearch and Education Center​

Founder and Scientific Director of SeroScience Ltd.

Research Area:

  1. Liposomes

  2. Artifical Blood

  3. Complement system , particularly as the main advocate of CARPA concept


Jiří Homola

UFE (Institute of Photonics and Electronics)

Director of the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague

Professor of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University

Research Area:

  1. Photonics, Biophotonics, optical sensors and biosensors

Asia & Australia
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Bruce Cornell

Western Sydney University

Adjunct Professor, School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University

Principle investigator of Surgical Diagnostics

Member of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization 

Research Area:

  1. Structure-function relationships of polymeric/organic systems

  2. Development of optical techniques to investigate structural and function properties of supramolecular assembles and nano-materials

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Tomohiro Hayashi

Tokyo Institue of Technology

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Nanomaterials, Nanobioscience, Nanosurface/Nanointerface

  2. Biomedical Engineering and biological material science

  3. Nanostructural science

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Takaharu Okajima

Hokkaido University

Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Division of Bioengineering and Bioinfomatics, Biomedical Systems Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Single molecule spectroscopy by AFM

  2. Molecular dynamics in cells

  3. Physics/Applied physics/Biophysics/Chemical physics

  4. Biological Science/Nanotechnology/Nanoscience


Joshua A. Jackman

Sungkyunkwan University

Assistant Professor, School of Chemical Engineering 

Research Area:

  1. Lipid membrane biotechnology

  2. Acoustic and optical biosensors

  3. Peptide drug development

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Bo Kyeong Yoon

Chonnam National University

Assistant Professor, School of Healthcare and Biomedical Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Antibacterial drug development and testing

  2. Lipid-based coatings for sensors and diagnostics

  3. Antimicrobial lipids and surfactants


Haiwon Lee

Hanyang University

Professor, Department of Chemistry
Chairman of the Asian Research Network Korea

Research Area:

  1. Atomic Force Microscopy Applications

  2. Carbon Nanotube Synthesis and Applications

  3. Organic Thin Film Fabrication

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Jae-Ho Kim

Ajou University

Chair, Department of Molecular Science and Technology
Ajou University Director, The 2nd BK 21 Program of the Molecular Science and Technology
Jang-won Distinguished Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry and Bioengineering

Research Area:

  1. Development of biosensors

  2. Development of fabrication technology for Nanomechanic devices utilizing CNTs and nanoparticles/nanorods

  3. Development of the bio-compatible dental implant

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Dong-June Ahn

Korea University

Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, College of Engineering
Head of Department of Biomicro System Technology
Professor of KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science & Technology

Research Area:

  1. Interfacial Engineering

  2. Self- & Kinetic-assembled Architectures

  3. Optoelectronic Conjugated Supramolecules for Nanosensing

  4. Inkjet-printing Technology for Single-object Assay

  5. Engineering for Translational Nanomedicine

  6. Nanoscale Dynamics Simulation

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Seok (Sid) Chung

Korea University

Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
Founder and scientific advisory board of AIM BioTech Pte Ltd
Technical Director of Incyto Ltd

Research Area:

  1. Development of 3D cell culture in vitro disease model

  2. Translational research using micro/nanofluidics

  3. 3D tissue reconstitution

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Donghwan (Richie) Kim

Sungkyunkwan University

Professor, School of Chemical Engineering
Division of Polymer Science & Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Bioanalytical Platform for Health Monitoring and Early Disease Detection

  2. Immune modulating surface coatings to enhance long term performance of neural prostheses

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Jaywon Lee


Professor, Business School at KAIST
Managing Researcher of InfollutionZero

Research Area:

  1. Corporate Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibilities

  2. Benefits and Costs of Internet

  3. Opportunity value validation of biotechnology in the modern market

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Sang-Joon Cho

Park Systems Corp.

Chief Scientist, Director, R&D Center

Research Area:

  1. Atomic Force Microscope

  2. Nano-scale standardization

  3. Nanobiotechnology

Local Collaborators

Juha Song

Nanyang Technological University

Assistant Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Research Area:

  1. 3D freeform printing platforms for soft matter (e.g., hydrogels, slow curing resins, pollen microgels)

  2. Structural design and analysis of biomedical devices

  3. Large scale bio fabrication and bioprocess

  4. Interface engineering for soft/hard materials or human/device 


Sangyong Jung

Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Group Leader, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Science and Engineering (BMSE), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)

Research Area:

  1. Neurometabolism (amino acids, amino acid transporters in brain)

  2. Neurocircuitry and synaptic plasticity for feeding

  3. Brain-gut axis (gut bacteria)


Bo Liedberg

Nanyang Technological University

Professor, School of Material Science and Engeering
Dean, Interdisciplinary Graduate School
Director, Centre of Biomimetics Sensor Science

Research Area:

  1. Sensing & Diagnostics, nanoscience, soft matter


Tan Lay Poh

Nanyang Technological University

Professor, School of Material Science and Engineering

Research Area:

  1. Surface modification of biomaterials

  2. Stem cells for soft tissue engineering


Ho Sup Yoon

Nanyang Technological University

Professor, School of Biological Science, College of Science
Head of Structural Biology and Biochemistry

Research Area:

  1. Apoptosis; Molecular chaperones in cancer, malaria, and neurodegenerative diseases

  2. Peptidylprolyl cis-trans isomerase (PPIase)

  3. NMR

  4. Structure-based drug design


Eng Eong Ooi

Duke-NUS Medical School

Deputy Director of Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme​

Research Area:

  1. Dengue

  2. Clinical epidemiology

  3. Virology

  4. Immunology


Hyunsoo Je (Shawn)

Duke-NUS Medical School

Professor, Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorder Program

Research Area:

  1. Investigation of Synapses for principles of learning and memory, for processes underlying animal behavior, and for pathological mechanisms

  2. Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying autism and schizophrenia


Pierce Chow

Singapore General Hospital

Academic Surgeon and Professor, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
Senior Consultant Surgeon, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), Division of Surgical Oncology in the Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
Senior Clinician Scientist at National Medical Research Council (NMRC), Singapore

Research Area:

  1. Hepato-biliary cancers and gastrointestinal stromal tumours

  2. Brachytherapy in HCC and pancreatic cancers

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