Prof. Stephen MANN

University of Bristol
Project: Protocell-based approaches to biocomputation 

Stephen Mann is Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Centre for Organized Matter Chemistry, Director of the Centre for Protolife Research, and Principal of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a founder of biomimetic materials chemistry, and is distinguished for contributions to biomineralization and for pioneering the bioinspired synthesis and self-assembly of functional nanostructures and hybrid nanoscale objects.

Prof. Chris BARNES

University College London
Project: Spatial Biocomputing for Biosensor Integration (SBBI) 

Prof. Barnes is in the Division of Biosciences within the Faculty of Life Sciences at University College London. His career has spanned multiple fields including particle physics, genetics, statistics, computational systems biology and synthetic biology (Google Scholar). In addition to his research, he is also actively engaged in training the next generation of researchers; He developed the BBSRC funded e-learning resource SysMIC to train life scientists in computational and mathematical skills. He is also involved in running the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering and the LIDo Doctoral Training Partnership.

Prof. Moshe SCHWARTZ

Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Project: Duplication-Correcting Codes for DNA Storage in Living Organisms 

Prof. Schwartz is in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Before that, he was a Fulbright post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California at San Diego, and a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology.

Prof. Mario J. PEREZ

University of Seville
Project: Virus machines: theory and applications 

Member of Academia Europaea; Full Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, University of Seville, Spain. 2005 Guest Professor of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China; 2008 First scientific awarded with "Important Contributions to Membrane Computing" under the auspices of the European Molecular Computing Consortium, Edinburgh; 2010 Member of the Council of the Foundation for the Research and Development of the Information Technologies in Andalusia, Spain.

Prof. Jonathan COOPER

University of Glasgow
Project: Engineering CRISPR/Cas Tools for Cell-Based Biocomputing, New applications in Imaging and Diagnostics 

Professor of Engineering in the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Professor Cooper has held the Wolfson Chair in Bioengineering at the school since 2009. Prof. Cooper's research in microfluidics includes the development of low-cost "origami" lateral flow diagnostics, which use folded paper to control the mixing of diagnostic reagents. This technique has been trialled for field use in several low-resource locations including Vietnam, for the early detection of sepsis, and in Uganda for the detection of tropical diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis.

Prof. Zhugen YANG

Cranfield University
Project: CRISPR/Cas-enabled smart sensors integration within acritical cell for biocomputing 

Dr Zhugen Yang joined Cranfield University as a Lecturer (2019-22) and Senior Lecturer (2022-) leading a UKCRIC-funded Advanced Sensors Laboratory for water-environment-health-nexus, after being a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He has received three prestigious Fellowships/awards for different career stages, including EU Marie Curie Fellow (2013-15), UKRI NERC Personal Fellowship (2018-2021), and Leverhulme Research Leadership Awards (2023-2028). He completed his postdoc at the Universities of Cambridge and Glasgow, and was an EU Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bath, after receiving his PhD at the University of Lyon (Ecole Centrale) in France, MSc (SYSU), and BEng (HIT) in China.

Prof. Eitan YAAKOBI

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Project: Coding Techniques and Algorithms for Archival Storage in DNA 

Eitan Yaakobi is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department at the Technion --- Israel Institute of Technology. He received the B.A. degrees in computer science and mathematics, and the M.Sc. degree in computer science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2011. Between 2011-2013, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology and the Center of Memories and Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego.His research interests include information and coding theory with several applications to non-volatile memories, distributed storage, and private information retrieval. In particular, his work has been focused on advancing coding solutions for memories and systems and their application in state-of-the-art storage systems. He is also working on next generations memories such as racetrack memories and DNA storage systems.

Prof. Jiandong HUANG

The University of Hong Kong
Project: A Build-to-Understand Approach to Study Genetic circuit-controlled cellular computing in biological structure formation 

Prof. Huang earned his BS degree in Genetics and Genetic Engineering from Fudan University, Shanghai and went to the USA through the “China and United States Biochemistry Examination and Application (CUSBEA)” program to pursue his PhD study.  He earned his PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Thereafter, Prof. Huang received his postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health in the USA.  During this period, Prof. Huang was the first to report that the two major intracellular transportation systems of mammalian cells, the microtubule- and actin-filament-based system directly interact with each other through their motor proteins, kinesin and myosin.  Later, he established his own laboratory at the University of Hong Kong.  Prof. Huang’s current research focuses on synthetic biology and intracellular transportation.  Prof. Huang have created novel genetic circuits for the control of gene expression and hence biological behavior.  He also generated several vaccines by using synthetic biology approach and programmed bacteria as tumor therapeutic drug.  Prof. Huang was the first researcher in the greater China region to publish a paper in synthetic biology in Science.

Prof. Hanchuan PEND

SEU-Allen Joint Center
Project: Build a Microscale Connectome 

Hanchuan Peng is the head of a research group at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washingon, United States. His current research focuses on bioimage analysis and large-scale informatics as well as computational biology. His recent work includes developing novel and very efficient algorithms for three-dimensional (3-D) and higher-dimensional image analysis and data mining; building single-neuron, whole-brain level 3-D digital atlases for model animals; and Vaa3D. He was also the inventor of the mRMR feature selection algorithm. He received the 2012 Cozzarelli Prize. He is the founder of the annual Bioimage Informatics Conferences. He is currently a section editor of BMC Bioinformatics.

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