TLL-NAIST Joint Symposium 2017: Speakers List

Overseas Invited Speakers:

Teerapong, BUABOOCHA
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Buaboocha’s Lab)
“Calmodulin and calmodulin-like (CML) proteins in rice and their involvement in salt stress tolerance”

Dr. Teerapong is an associate professor in biochemistry at Chulalongkorn. He received a Ph.D. degree in plant biology from University of Illinois. He is currently an assistant dean and director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He has been working on a family of calcium-binding proteins, calmodulin and Calmodulin-like proteins in rice and trying to determine whether and how they contribute to salt stress tolerance.


Toshiro, ITO
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (Ito’s Lab)
“Coordination of plant growth and differentiation at fluctuating temperatures”

Dr Toshiro Ito received his Ph.D from Kyoto University, Japan and worked for California Institute of Technology, USA as a postdoctoral fellow (1997-2003) and as a senior research fellow (2003-2005). He worked for TLL (2005-2017) to lead the Plant Systems Biology Group. In 2015, he started the Plant Stem Cell Regulation and Floral Patterning Laboratory in Nara Institute of Science and Technology.


Gabor, JUHASZ
Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary (Juhasz’s Lab)
“Using Drosophila to learn about autophagy and endocytosis”

Gabor Juhasz obtained his MSc (1999) and PhD (2004) degrees from studying autophagy at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary. He then moved to the University of Minnesota, US as a postdoc. He set up his own group in Hungary in 2009, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Dr. Juhasz is now full professor at the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged, Hungary.


Taro, KAWAI
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (Kawai’s Lab)
“Roles of DAMPs in mammalin immune responses to cancer”

Dr Taro Kawai received his Ph.D from Osaka University, Japan in 2000, and worked for The Burnham Institute, CA, USA as a postdoctoral fellow (2000-2003). He worked for Osaka Univeristy as a group leader (2003-2006) and associate professor (2006-2013). In 2013, he started the Molecular Immunobiology in Nara Institute of Science and Technology.


Kuakarun, KRUSONG
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Krusong’s Lab)
“Insight into large-ring cyclodextrin production by amylomaltase from Corynebacterium glutamicum

Kuakarun Krusong received her Ph.D. at Imperial College London in 2005. She carried out her postdoctoral research on membrane protein crystallography at Imperial College London and was a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Yale University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University. Her research focuses on functional and structural studies of shrimp proteins and carbohydrate-modifying enzymes.


Takaaki, MATSUI
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (Matsui’s Lab)
“A previously unidentified role of the segmentation clock in zebrafish somite patterning”

Takaaki Matsui, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. His current interests are molecular and cellular mechanisms for the orchestration of cellular behaviors during organogenesis. To reveal such mechanisms, he is using zebrafish experiments, mathematical modeling, and biophyisics.


Yusuke, SAIJO
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (Saijo’s Lab)
“Phosphate status-dependent control of plant immunity in Arabidopsis thaliana

Dr Yusuke Saijo received his Ph.D from Kyoto University, Japan, and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, USA (2000-2005) and as a senior research scientisit at Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany (2005-2009). He has then run his own laboratory studying on plant immunity there (2010-2014) and at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (2013 – present).


Supaart, SIRIKANTARAMAS
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Sirikantaramas’ Lab)
“Unraveling mechanisms contributing to infamous odor and ripening process of durian fruit”

Dr Supaart Sikirkantaramas research group has been performed transcriptomics and metabolomics to elucidate mechanisms of rice plants under abiotic stress, identify genes involved in phytoestrogen biosynthesis in Thai medicinal plant Pueraria mirifica, and reveal molecular mechanism of sulfate assimilation and ripening process of durian fruits.


Kittikhun, WANGKANONT
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Wangkanont’s Lab)
“Recognition of microbial glycans by intelectins”

Dr. Wangkanont is a lecturer in biochemistry at Chulalongkorn University. He received an undergraduate degree in chemistry and zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing a master degree in chemical biology from Harvard University, he returned to UW-Madison for a Ph.D. in chemistry. His expertise is in carbohydrate biochemistry, particularly in X-ray crystallography of lectins and bacterial carbohydrate biosynthetic enzymes.


Espen, RIMSTAD
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (Rimstad’s Lab)
“Virus and vaccines in farmed fish”

Prof. Espen Rimstad has extensive experience in fish virus research and leads a research group in fish virology at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The group currently consists of three researchers, five PhD students and three technicians. He is also currently heading the project ViVaFish, a platform for fish virus vaccines in Norway. In the laboratory, most of the equipment and services needed for classical and molecular virology are in place.


TLL Speakers:

Sou, MIYAKE
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Seedorf’s Lab)
“The gut microbiota of fishes”

Sou Miyake obtained his undergraduate degree (2009) from University of Bristol (UK), and subsequently his masters (2010) and PhD (2015) from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). He has joined Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory as research fellow in 2016 under Dr. Seedorf Henning. His main research interest is the gut microbiota and host-symbiont interactions.


Naweed Isaak, NAQVI
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Naqvi’s Lab)
“Interkingdom signaling across the host-pathogen interface during Rice Blast”

Naweed Naqvi obtained his PhD from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI, Philippines) in 1995. He worked as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at IRRI until 1997, when he moved to the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, Singapore for a postdoctoral stint, and subsequently started his independent research group focusing on Fungal Pathogenesis and Host-pathogen interaction. Currently, he is a Temasek Senior Investigator at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, where his major research interests are:

  • Infection-related Morphogenesis in Fungi
  • Surface Sensing and Signaling networks underlying Fungal Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Patterns and Natural Variation in the Rice Blast Pathosystem
  • Chemical Biology of Host-Pathogen Interaction

Chin Tong, ONG
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Ong’s Lab)
“Regulation of TET3 demethylase activity at specific disease loci by phosphorylation”

Dr Ong Chin Tong graduated from the National University of Singapore. After working in Bill Chia’s lab, he moved to Washington University in St Louis where his Ph.D. study under Raphael Kopan aimed to understand the mechanisms of Notch signaling. He continued his interest in gene regulation as a postdoc with Victor Corces at Emory University where he focused on identifying the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate genome organization. He started his lab at TLL in 2014.


Lisha, SHEN
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Hao’s Lab)
“N6-Methyladenosine RNA Modification in Plant Development”

Dr Shen Lisha obtained her bachelor’s degree in Shanghai Jiao Tong University and PhD degree in Department of Biological Sciences at National University of Singapore. She is now a research fellow in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory.


Daisuke, URANO
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Urano’s Lab)
“Adaptive and saltatory evolutions of signaling partners”

Dr. Daisuke Urano completed his bachelor degree at University of Tokyo (2002), doctoral degree at NAIST (2008) and postdoctoral training at University of North Carolina (2015). During his pre- and post-doctoral training, he researched on the diversity and evolution of G-protein signaling networks in plants and other eukaryotes. He launched his laboratory at TLL in December 2015.


Fengwei, YU
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Yu’s Lab)
“Dendrite Pruning of Nociceptive Sensory Neurons in Drosophila

Dr. Fengwei Yu is Senior Principal Investigator at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), Singapore and Adjunct Associate Professor in National University of Singapore. Dr. Yu is also the President of Society for Neuroscience Singapore Chapter (SfN Singapore). His lab utilizes Drosophila as a model organism to understand neuronal development and degeneration. His research has provided important insights into neuronal remodeling and age-dependent neurodegeneration. He is also a recipient of Singapore National Young Scientist Award 2007.


Genhua, YUE
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore (Yue’s Lab)
“Fishing the gene determining golden colour in tilapia”

Dr Gen Hua Yue is a Senior Principal Investigator and Program Director (Strategic Research Programs) at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore. He got his PhD at the University Hohenheim, Germany in 1999. His research focuses on the use of genomic approaches to improve the productivity and sustainability of economically important fish and plants (e.g. Asian seabass, tilapia and oil palm).