Invited Speakers

Lingling Chen

Lingling Chen is a molecular and RNA biologist from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (CAS), China. She developed methods for the genome-wide discovery and characterization of nonpolyadenylated RNAs, which led to the identification of sno-processed lncRNAs and circular RNAs. She also showed that some sno-processed lncRNAs are conspicuously absent in people with the neurodevelopmental genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

Tom Blundell

Tom Blundell is a biochemist and structural biologist from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He was a member of the team that solved the first structure of a protein hormone, insulin and has since made contributions to structural biology of polypeptide hormones, growth factors, receptor activation, signal transduction and DNA double-strand break repair. He has been involved in drug discovery with many drugs moved to clinical trials. He has developed software for protein modelling and understanding the effects of mutations on protein function, leading to new approaches to structure-guided and fragment-based lead discovery.

Li Yang

Dr. Li Yang received his B.S. degree at Lanzhou University (China) in 1998 and Ph.D. degree at Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS, China) in 2004. He did his postdoctoral training with Dr. Sidney Altma at Yale University (USA) and then Dr. Brenton R. Graveley’s lab at University of Connecticut Health Center (USA) from 2004 to 2010. In 2011, he joined CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology (China) as a Professor and group lead for independent research. Currently, Dr. Yang’s lab is focusing on integrating novel computational pipelines/algorithms with deep sequencing technologies to study a variety of new types of long noncoding RNAs, including circular RNAs, to uncover cross-talks between different types of RNA modifications/editing, and to develop new genome editing toolkits at single nucleotide resolution. Dr. Yang has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Cell, Nature, Nat Biotechnol, Mol Cell and etc.

Oon Chern Ein

Associate Professor Dr Oon Chern Ein completed her BSc (1st Class Hons) in Biotechnology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and furthered her doctorate studies in Medical Oncology at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She then trained at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden as a postdoctoral fellow and now serves as a lecturer at INFORMM, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her expertise is on new targeted therapies in cancer with emphasis on tumour angiogenesis. In 2014, she won the Exiqon Young Scientist Award- South East Asia. Chern continues to receive numerous awards including the prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship in 2015, the Union for International Cancer Control ICRETT Fellowship and National Cancer Council Cancer Research Award in 2016. In 2018, she was awarded the UK based prestigious Women of the Future Awards- South East Asia and the National Young Scientist Award (Ministry of Science and Technology Malaysia) for forging new grounds in science. 

Wai Leong Tam

Wai Leong Tam performed his PhD research at the Genome Institute of Singapore, where he worked on uncovering the bases for the pluripotency of embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Subsequently, he undertook his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute in MIT, where he concentrated on understanding breast cancer stem cell biology and cancer metastasis. He joined the Genome Institute of Singapore (A*STAR) and the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (NUS) as a Principal Investigator in 2014. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in NUS, the School of Biological Sciences in NTU, and a recipient of the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship. His lab focuses on uncovering and interrogating the emerging paradigms of cancer stem cells, specifically in the areas of cancer metabolism, cell state transitions, and tumor microenvironment.