ICBE Asia 2018: International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

Engineering Living Matter
January 8-10, 2018

ICBE Asia 2018 will bring together researchers who are using quantitative approaches to advance the understanding and application of molecular biology, biophysical chemistry, metabolic engineering, cellular and tissue engineering, biomaterials and synthetic biology. The meeting will be held January 8-10, 2018 in Singapore. Topics will focus on development of foundational technologies for biomolecular engineering, biomolecular programming across lengthscales – from DNA to communities, and translational applications of biomolecular engineering ranging from chemical bioprocesses to cellular therapies. The conference will stimulate efforts to integrate these approaches across the scales of biological complexity in a single-track conference format.

Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Matthew Chang, National University of Singapore
  • Chueh Loo Poh, National University of Singapore
  • Julie Champion, Georgia Institute of Technology

Conference Topics:

  • Foundational Technologies for Biomolecular Engineering. This session will focus on new tools and platforms developed to enable engineering of molecules, cells, and multi-cellular entities. Technologies could include, but are not limited to, those for molecular design or synthesis, functional screening and selection, integration into living systems.

  • Biomolecular Programming - from DNA to Community. This session invites programming approaches that can be applied to a single lengthscale or across multiple lengthscales. Approaches could include, but are not limited to, sustainable programming for bioprocess engineering, microbiome programming, and molecular networks.

  • Translational Biomolecular Engineering. This session will showcase a wide variety of applications of biomolecular engineering that can be implemented for the benefit of society. Translational approaches may range from production of high value chemicals, to cellular immunotherapies, to catalytic protein materials.

Featured Speakers:

  • Mary Chan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Matthew DeLisa, Cornell University, USA
  • Ji Sook Hahn, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Roman Jerala, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia - EMBO Keynote
  • Sierin Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Kumar Selvarajoo, BioTrans, A*STAR Singapore
  • Zhen Xie, Tsinghua University, China
  • Seung Shin Yu, ViroMed, South Korea
  • Wenjun Zhang, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Wen Shan Yew, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Organizing Committee:

  • Sierin Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Wilson Wong, Boston University, USA
  • Inchan Kwon, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Wenjun Zhang, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Karen Polizzi, Imperial College London, UK
  • Zhen Xie, Tsinghua University, China

Featured Speakers

Mary Chan

Dr Mary Chan is presently a professor at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore). Her main research interests are in polymers in nanoscience and biotechnology. She has published extensively, with more than 180 papers in top-tier journals such as Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, JACS, Small, Biomaterials, etc. In the area of biomedical polymers, her group has recently developed a novel class of highly effective broad spectrum antimicrobial coatings which are non-toxic and...Read more

Matthew Peter DeLisa

Matthew DeLisa received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1996; his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2001; and did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas-Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering. DeLisa joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2003 and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. He recently served as a Gastprofessur at ETH Zürich in the Institut für Mikrobiologie.

Professor DeLisa's research focuses on understanding...Read more

Ji-Sook Hahn

Ji-Sook Hahn is a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Microbiology from Seoul National University, and after postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan and Duke University, she returned to Seoul National University as a faculty member. Her research focuses on understanding and redesigning cellular regulatory networks. Her group is interested in elucidating signal transduction pathways in cellular adaptation to various environmental stress conditions as well as applying metabolic engineering and...Read more

Roman Jerala

EMBO Keynote Lecturer

Dr. Roman Jerala is head of the Department of Synthetic Biology and Immunology at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is also a full professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical technology, University of Ljubljana, synthetic biology project director at the Centre of Excellence EN-FIST and EMBO member. His research areas of interest include synthetic biology, designed bionanostructures and molecular mechanism of innate immunity. In 2013, his group published an article in Nature Chemical Biology on designed coiled...Read more

Sierin Lim

Sierin Lim is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering and the Assistant Chair (Research) of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and Program Chair (Healthy Society) of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and did a postdoc at University of California Irvine. Her Bioengineered and Applied Nanomaterials Laboratory (BeANs Lab) at NTU focuses on the design and engineering of hybrid nano/microscale...Read more

Kumar Selvarajoo

Kumar Selvarajoo, is a Senior Research Scientist (PI) at the BioTrans, A*STAR Singapore, and serves the editorial board of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) and In Silico Biology (IOS Press) journals. Prior to moving back to his native Singapore, he was an Associate Professor in Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Biosciences (IAB), Keio University, Japan (2006-2016).

Kumar holds a PhD in Computational Biology (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and a direct Master of Engineering in Aeronautics (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine,...Read more

Zhen Xie

Zhen Xie is a Principle Investigator in Bioinformatics Division, Tsinghua National Lab for Information Science and Technology at Tsinghua University. He holds his PH.D in Biology from University of Nevada Las Vegas. Before joining Tsinghua University, he did his postdoctoral training at FAS Center for Systems Biology in Harvard University from 2006 to 2010, and Department of Biological Engineering, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab in Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2010 to 2011. He received Junior “1000 Plan” Program Award in 2011. He has been serving...Read more

Wen Shan Yew

Wen Shan YEW is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is also Deputy Director of the NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). He trained as a mechanistic enzymologist with Professor John A. Gerlt from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a continuation and elaboration of his interests in enzymology, his current and future research is centered on expanding the multi-faceted interface between enzymology, biological chemistry and synthetic...Read more

Seungshin Yu

Seungshin Yu is Executive Director of Strategic Business Development Division at ViroMed Co., Ltd, headquartered in Seoul, Korea. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Microbiology from Seoul National University, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT. She began her career as a researcher at ViroMedica Pacific in 1997, a biotechnology spin-off from Seoul National University in 1996 and the matrix of ViroMed today. Her involvement in gene delivery vector development led to the births of retroviral vector and naked plasmid DNA vector...Read more

Wenjun Zhang


Wenjun Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of California, Berkeley and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry from Nanjing University, China, and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in the laboratory of Yi Tang at University of California, Los Angeles with an honor. She did her postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Christopher T. Walsh at Harvard Medical School before joining UC...Read more