Major advances in biomedical sciences (e.g., omic biology, epigenetics and precision medicine), optics (e.g. new low cost, high pixel resolution cameras; compressive sensing and other mathematical imaging techniques and development of injection mouldable optical plastics), biotechnologies (e.g., whole genome sequencing, genome editing and synthetic biology) and many other developments in soft chemistry, nanotechnology and material sciences, provide both opportunities and drivers for the next generation of ultrasensentive, miniaturised and parallel diagnostic devices.

We would like to welcome you to join us for the 2nd Annual Scientific Symposium for Institute of Digital Molecular Analytics and Science (IDMxS). We convene on Friday 5 Jan 2024 in NTU for the whole day, to explore novel and emerging technologies for next generation diagnostics and biodetection. The aim of this annual meeting is to bring together scientists, engineers, researchers and applications experts in NTU, NUS, A*STAR, government agencies, hospitals, industry and the local ecosystem, to ideate concepts, communicate cross-disciplinary developments and foster collaborations that could form the basis of biodetection platforms of the future.

Full programme can be download here: IDMxS 2nd symposium programme book

Invited speakers profile

CHEN Wei Ting

Dr. Wei Ting Chen obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Physics with the prestigious Dean’s Award from National Taiwan University in 2014. During 2012, he was a Visiting Student at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, U.K. from 2015 to 2020. He was a Research Associate in Prof. Federico Capasso’s group at Harvard University. Subsequently, from 2020 to 2022, he transitioned to a role as a Senior Staff Engineer at ams-OSRAM in New Jersey. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer of SNOChip Inc. Dr. Chen is an active member in the optics and photonics community and the chair of OSA technical group of photonic metamaterials for three years. During his service, he initialized an incubator meeting on Flat Optics, which becomes a topical meeting in Optica topical meetings. Dr. Chen have published more than 60 journal articles in metasurface, particularly in achromatic and dispersion-engineered metalenses. He has reviewed manuscripts for journals, including Nature, Science, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, Materials Today and various Optica journals. 

David DUFFY

Dr. Duffy is Chief Technology Officer and VP (Research) of Quanterix Corp. in USA. He joined Quanterix in 2007 and leads a team of scientists and engineers in developing digital ELISA on microbeads assay for protein biomarkers, called Single Molecule Array (Simoa) technology. He was the first Sir Alan Wilson Research Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, and holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He is an inventor on 12 U.S. patents and has more than 20 publications in the fields of surface chemistry, microfluidics, and bioanalysis. He was previously at Surface Logix, where he was the Director of Pharmacomer Technology. There David oversaw the development of a novel chemical technology that resulted in two drug candidates currently in Phase II clinical trials. Prior to that, David was at Gamera Biosciences where he was a co-inventor of a centrifugal microfluidic that was acquired and commercialized by Tecan.

Daniel A. FLETCHER (IDMxS External Advisory Board member)

Professor Fletcher is the Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems, Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. His is also a Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Deputy Division Director at Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was a White House Fellow during the Bush to Obama transition. His lab uses a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches to understand how biological systems are built, how they break, and what to do to fix them. Through in vitro reconstitution and experiments with live cells, they are linking the behavior of a system with the properties of its molecular parts, discovering general principles that control assembly of biological structures, and identifying strategies for therapeutic intervention. By developing custom experimental methods to control and quantify the assembly of cellular structures and tissues, they are adding what has been lost in the sonicator, centrifuge, and chromatography column – the physical constraints and boundary conditions that shape the structures and dynamics of cells. Prof. Fletcher is also known as an early developer of cell phone-based diagnostics.

SHEN Zuowei

Professor Shen is Vice Provost (Graduate Education & Special Duties) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was Head of the NUS Department of Mathematics from 2012 to 2014, and Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2014 to 2020. In recognition of his contributions and service to NUS, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2021. Prof. Shen is well-known for his fundamental contributions in mathematical foundations of data science, especially in the areas of approximation and wavelet theory, image processing and compressed sensing, computer vision and machine learning. Together with his collaborators, he has several signature theorems and algorithms that include developing a duality analysis that leads to three mathematical principles: the duality principle, the unitary extension principle and the oblique extension principle in approximation and wavelet theory; sparsity based balanced model and algorithms by using redundant systems in image processing; and the singular value thresholding algorithm in compressed sensing. His recent research interests focus on approximation theory of deep neural networks.

Anderson H.C. SHUM

Professor Shum is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), also serving as the Director of the Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation Centre. His research interests include emulsions, microfluidics, emulsion-templated materials and soft matter. Prof. Shum is widely recognized by honors, including the inaugural Hong Kong Engineering Science and Technology Award 2022, Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2020, Rising Star Award by Ton Duc Thang University (Vietnam) 2019, NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Fund 2019, Young Scientists Award in Microsystems and Nanoengineering Summit 2019, IEEE Nanomed New Innovator 2018, and Early Career Award by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong in 2012. He has been named Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2023, Member of Global Young Academy (First in Hong Kong) in 2021, Founding Member (2018) and President (2021) of Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2017. He serves as an Associate Editor for Biomicrofluidics (American Institute of Physics), Editorial Board Member for Microsystems and Nanoengineering (Springer Nature) and Scientific Reports (Springer Nature), and Editorial Advisory Board Member for Lab on a Chip (RSC).

TAN Boon Huan

Associate Professor Tan is a senior virologist with the Respiratory and Infectious Disease Program, where she teaches Virology and Biosafety. She holds a co-appointment as Distinguished Scientist with DSO National Laboratories, serving as senior advisor. She also holds a visiting scientist appointment with the National Centre of Infectious Disease (NCID). Her current interests range from method development in broad-based virus diagnostics to understanding the transmission of emerging viruses in appropriate in vitro disease model. She uses a system biology approach in her work, employing a range of expertise ranging from conventional virology to cell biology and molecular biology.

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