Matthew Chang Associate Professor in BiochemistryNational University of SingaporeMatthew Chang is Associate Professor in Biochemistry in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Director of the Singapore Consortium for Synthetic Biology (SINERGY) and NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). His research interests lie in the development of biological systems that perform programmable functions. In particular, he has pioneered the development of microbial cells programmed to perform targeted therapeutic functionalities. His scientific contributions have been recognized with international honours and awards, including the Scientific and Technological Achievement Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and featured in leading media outlets worldwide. He serves as an editor and an editorial board member for a number of journals including Cell Systems, Metabolic Engineering, Biotechnology for Biofuels, ACS Synthetic Biology, and Critical Reviews in Microbiology. He serves on the advisory committee of key international research programs such as the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) and CSIRO Future Science Platform. He is a strong advocate of promoting interdisciplinary science that marries engineering, biological, medical and social sciences. http://SynCTI.org/.