Keynote Speakers

1. Dr. Huanming Yang, Chairman and Professor, BGI, China

>> Biosketch
  Dr. Huanming Yang is a globally recognized leader in genetic and genomic research. He founded BGI, the largest genomics organizations in the world presently, in 1999. Dr. Yang and his collaborators at BGI have made significant contributions to the International Human Genome Project, the International Human HapMap project and the 1000 Genomes Project. In conjunction with its research projects, BGI has established its technical platforms based on large-scale genome sequencing, efficient bioinformatics analyses, and innovative genetic healthcare initiatives.
  In 2011 Professor Huanming Yang was named to the International Research Panel, a subcommittee of the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and received the Chen Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Human Genetic and Genomic Research by HUGO. Previous awards and honors include Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American in 2002 and Award in Biology by the Third World Academy of Sciences in 2006.
  Dr. Yang earned his Ph.D. from Copenhagen University, and received his postdoctoral training in France and the US. He is a former Professor & Director at the Human Genome Center, Institute of Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his research has been published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals, including Science, Nature, Nature Genetics, and Nature Biotechnology.


2. Dr. Taniguchi Yuichi, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, Japan

>> Researh interest
Developments of single-molecule imaging methods of gene expression in single cells
- Establishments of methods for gene expression analysis in higher organisms
- Developments of high-throughput methods for genome-wide analyses of single cells
- Analyses of single-cell gene expression in a variety of biological processes
- Modeling of complex gene expression networks in single cells

>> Biosketch
2011.9-present    Guest Associate Professor, Department of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Japan
2011.6-present    Unit Leader, Laboratory for Single Cell Gene Dynamics, RIKEN, Japan
2010.4-2011.5     Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2008.7-2010.3    Postdoctoral fellowship for research abroad of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2007.4-2007.12  Research Fellow of the Uehara Memorial Foundation
2007.4-2008.3    Fellowship of the Marubun Research Promotion Foundation
2006.9-2011.5     Postdoctral fellow, Prof. Xiaoliang Sunney Xie group, Harvard University
2006.4-2006.8    Postdoctral fellow, Prof. Toshio Yanagida group, Osaka University, Japan
2005.4-2007.3    Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

>> Bibliography(selected)
1) Taniguchi, Y., Choi, P. J., Li, G., Chen, H., Hearn, J., Babu, M., Emili, A. & Xie, X. S. Quantifying the Escherichia coli proteome and transcriptome in a single cell with single molecule sensitivity. Science 329, 533-538 (2010)
2) Taniguchi, Y. & Yanagida, T. The forward and backward stepping processes of kinesin are gated by ATP binding. Biophysics 4, 11-18 (2008)
3) Ishii, Y., Taniguchi, Y., Iwaki, M. & Yanagida, T. Thermal fluctuations biased for directional motion in molecular motors. Biosystems 93, 34-38 (2008)


3. Dr. Jui-Hung Hung, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

>> Researh interest
- Next generation sequencing, gene regulation
- Small RNA processing, protein docking, microarray analysis
- Network analysis, pathway enrichment analysis
- Genomic comparison and bioinformatics tools and algorithm design

>> Biosketch
2012.8~ Assistant Professor, NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY, Institute of Bioinformatics, HsinChu, Taiwan
2011-2012.7, Post doc., Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Bio., U. Mass. Medical School, Worcester, MA
2009-2011, RA, Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Bio., U. Mass. Medical School, Worcester, MA
2007-2011, RA, Bioinformatics program, Boston University, Boston, MA
2011.5, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Boston UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA
2007, M.S. of Bioinformatics, NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY, HsinChu, Taiwan
2005, B.S. in Computer Science, NATIONAL CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, Jhongli City, Taiwan

>> Bibliography(selected)
1) Xie, J, Ameres, S L, Friedline, R, Hung, J-H, Zhang, Y, Xie, Q, Zhong, L, et al. (2012). Long-term, efficient inhibition of microRNA function in mice using rAAV vectors. Nature methods, 9(4), 403–409
2) Yildirim O, Li R, Hung J-H, Chen PB, Dong X, Ee L-Y, Weng Z, Rando OJ and Fazzio TG. Mbd3/NURD complex regulates expression of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine marked genes in embryonic stem cells. Cell. Volume 147, Issue 7, 1498-1510, 23 December 2011
3) Hung J-H, Yang TH, Hu Z, Weng Z, Delisi C. Gene set enrichment analysis: performance evaluation and usage guidelines. Brief Bioinform. 2011 Sep 7
4) Ameres SL, Horwich MD, Hung J-H, Xu J, Ghildiyal M, Weng Z, Zamore PD. Target RNA–directed trimming and tailing of small silencing RNAs. Science. 320:1534-1539, 2010


4. Dr. Hyunjung (Helen) Shin, Ajou University, South Korea

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Hyunjung (Helen) Shin received the Ph.D. degree in Data Mining from Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, South Korea in 2005, and further worked on Machine Learning and Bioinformatics as a research scientist at Max Planck Institute (MPI), Tuebingen in Germany (2004-2006). After returning from Germany, she worked at Seoul National University College of Medicine as a research professor. Since 2006, she joined Ajou University in Korea as a faculty member of the Department of Industrial Engineering. Theory interest of her is focused on Machine Learning algorithms, particularly in Kernel methods and Semi-Supervised Learning methods. Her research activities on application range across areas as diverse as hospital fraud detection, bio-medical informatics, etc. She currently provides academic services as a member of board of directors in Business Intelligence & Data Mining Society (BIDM) and as an organizing committee in Health Avatar Project of National Core Research Center (NCRC)