Keynote speakers




Byung-Kwan Cho

Department of Biological Sciences and Institute of the BioCentury, KAIST, Korea

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Dr. Byung-Kwan Cho received his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Seoul National University, in 2003. He did his post-doctoral training in the Department of Bioengineering at University of California. He is currently an assistant professor and a principal investigator of systems and Synthetic Biology Laboratory at KAIST in Korea.

His research focuses on Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology. He is especially interested in reconstruction of genome-scale metabolic and transcriptional regulatory networks, development of novel high-throughput molecular biology methods, designing novel biological circuits for synthesis of useful biomaterials, and engineering bacterial genomes to design synthetic biological pathways.

Career summary:
2010- Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, KAIST Korea
2010- Adjunct Professor, KAIST Institute for the BioCentury, Korea
2008-2010 Project scientist, Bioengineering, University of California, USA
2003-2008 Post-doctoral researcher, Bioengineering, University of California, USA
-2003 Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Korea



Natsuhiro Ichinose

Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan

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Dr. Natsuhiro Ichinose received his Ph.D. degree in engineering science from The University of Tokyo in 1997. After graduation, he worked as an assistant professor at The University of Tokyo till 2003. He is currently an assistant professor in Graduate school of Informatics at Kyoto University.

His research interest is development of algorithm for Bioinformatics, for example, large-scale motif discovery and reconstruction of gene regulatory network.

Career summary:
2003- Assistant professor in Graduate school of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan
2001-03 Assistant professor in The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
1999-01 Assistant professor in Graduate school of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
-1997 Ph.D. The University of Tokyo, Japan
-1994 M.S. Tokyo Denki University, Japan



Lee-Wei Yang

Institute of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

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Dr. Lee Wei Yang received his Ph.D. degree in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry from School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh in 2005. After graduation, he worked as a research associate at School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh until 2006. He was a JSPS researcher at University of Tokyo until 2009. Then he did his post-doc at La Jolla Bioengineering Institute until 2010 and at Harvard University until 2011. He is currently an assistant professor in Inst. of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology, National Tsing Hua University.

His main research interest are:
Protein Dynamics, Polymer Physics, Molecular mechanics, Coarse-Grained model development, Enzymology, Active site prediction, Physical model-based prediction/analysis of NMR relaxation data and temperature factors of X-ray determined structures, Structure Refinement, DNA Polymerase, Homology modeling, Biological and dynamics database/online calculation tools development, Statistical analysis of biomolecular traits in dynamics, Computational techniques for large matrix decomposition, Linear response theory, Normal Mode Analysis, Langevin Dynamics, Theoretical reconciliation of lock-and-key and induce-fit paths on substrate binding.

Career summary:
2010-11 Postdoctoral Fellow in Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Boston
2009-10 Postdoctoral Scientist in La Jolla Bioeng. Inst, San Diego
2006-09 JSPS Researcher in Inst. of Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, the University of Tokyo, Japan
2005-06 Research Associate in Dept. of Computational Biology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA
2001-05 Ph.D. Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (MGB), School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA
1997-99 M.S. Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan
1993-97 B.S. Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan



Hsueh-Chi Sherry Yen

Institute of Molecular Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

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Dr. Hsueh-Chi Sherry Yen received her Ph.D. degree from Department of Biology, New York University in 2003. After graduation, she worked as a research fellow at Baylor College of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. She is currently assistant research fellow at Institute of Molecular Biology.

Her main research interests are protein turnover regulation and system biology. She developed a new method called GPS, for global protein stability, which allows us to simultaneously monitor the stability of ~8000 proteins in live cells. This technology opens up a new filed of studying proteome-wide protein stability study. Currently, She focuses on developing the next generation of GPS method.

Career summary:
2010- Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular Biology, Taiwan
2003-10 Research Fellow, Division of Genetics, Department of Medicine, Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics, Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
2003-10 Research Fellow, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School.
2003 Research Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine.
-2003 Ph.D. Department of Biology, New York University
-1996 M.S. Molecular Medicine Institute, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University
-1994 B.S. Department of Zoology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan



Joanne Yew

Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and National University of Singapore

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Dr. Joanne Yew received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 2003. She did her post-doctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. She is currently a group leader at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in Singapore and an assistant professor at National University of Singapore.

Her research focuses on the biology of insect pheromones, chemical cues that play an important role in controlling social behaviors such as mate choice, kin recognition, and aggression. Her lab uses a combination of mass spectrometry, genetic manipulation, and behavioral analysis in order to understand the function, evolution, and biochemistry of lipid pheromones in Drosophila and other insects.

Career summary:
2010- present: Principal Investigator, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory,
and Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
2009-2010: Visiting scientist, Institute of Medical Physics and Biophysics, University of Muenster, Germany
2004-2009: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, USA
-2003 Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
-1996 B.A. Biology, Reed College, USA



Jianfeng Pei

Center for Quantitative Biology, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, China

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Dr. Jianfeng Pei received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002. He did his post-doctoral training in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in Peking University. He is currently an associate professor at Peking University in China.

His research focuses on structure-based drug design and discovery, protein structure and function modeling, protein interaction modeling. He is especially interested in molecular mechanisms of drug-resistance, systems-based drug discovery, and dynamic simulations of disease-related biological systems.

Career summary:
2006- Associate Professor, Center for Quantitive Bilogy, Peking University, China
2002-2006: Post-doctoral researcher, Peking University, China
-2003 Ph.D. Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China



Minghua Deng

School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, China

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Minghua Deng is a Professor of School of Mathematical Sciences in Peking University. He received his bachelor, master and PhD degree in applied mathematics from Peking University in 1991, 1994 and 1998, respectively. After he finished his PhD study, he joined Peking University as a lecturer. He was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2003 and 2009, respectively. he visited University of Southern California as a research associate from Feb. 2001 to Aug.2003, and he visited Yale University as visiting professor from Aug. 2009 to Jan. 2010.

Professor Deng works in the area of Computational Biology, concentrating on the application of statistical method to biological data analysis. During his visit to USC, he has worked on the problems of predicting protein-protein interaction, predicting protein function based on high-throughput data. He and his collaborators have developed a maximum likelihood method to predict protein-protein interactions from experimental data, they also developed a Markov random field method to predict protein functions based on protein-protein interactions as well as other high-throughput data sources. His current researches are focused on network based association study and network inference for genomic survey data.

Career summary:
2009- Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, China
2003-2009: Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, China
2004-2004: Research associate, University of Southern California, USA
-1998 Ph.D. School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University, China

Hsinchu, Taiwan. Jan.19-20, 2015