Organisation

Local organisers

PWI photo 2103Professor Philip Ingham

Philip Ingham (Chair) is Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Director designate of the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, UK. His research has provided fundamental insights into cell signalling in the developing embryo with a particular focus on the Hedgehog pathway. A Fellow of the Royal Society and past Chairman of the British Society for Developmental Biology, he is the current President of the ISDB.
TomDr Tom Carney

Dr Tom Carney is an Assistant Professor in Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, and Co-Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB, A*STAR). He employs zebrafish to analyse genetic diseases of the peripheral nervous system and epidermis and ontogeny of the dermal-epidermal interface.

Scientific Programme Committee

Philip Ingham (chair)
Tom Carney
ray-dunn Dr Ray Dunn
Dr Ray Dunn is a Principal Investigator in the A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology and Adjunct at Assistant Professor at both the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His laboratory studies the embryonic development of the human pancreas and uses human pluripotent stem cells to model pancreatic diseases, including rare forms of agenesis and type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Gong 1Professor Zhiyuan Gong, Singapore

Dr. Zhiyuan Gong, professor at Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. His research interests include zebrafish developmental biology, modelling human diseases and environmental toxicology.
Antónia MonteiroProfessor Antónia Monteiro, Singapore

Antónia Monteiro is Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore and at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. Her research focuses on the origin, development, and evolution of novel complex traits, and in particular butterfly eyespot wing patterns. Her lab integrates research on the ultimate functions of eyespots in sexual and natural selection, with research on the proximate genetic and developmental mechanisms that led to the origin and evolution of the gene regulatory network that differentiates these novel traits.
ReversadeProfessor Bruno Reversade, Singapore

Bruno was trained as an embryologist in the HHMI lab of Prof. De Robertis at UCLA. After his PhD in 2008, he was awarded the inaugural A*STAR investigatorship and set up his team at the Institute of Medical Biology in Singapore. There, he switched to human genetics, placing emphasis on monogenic, fully penetrant and unique genetic traits as a means to understand complex and common diseases. Combining the power of deep sequencing, patient iPSCs and careful animal modeling, his team has resolved numerous human disorders affecting embryogenesis, metabolism, ageing, cognition and familial cancers. Bruno is a joint Research Director at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology A*STAR, a fellow of the Branco Weiss Foundation in Switzerland, the first EMBO Young Investigator based outside Europe and a Professor of Genetics at AMC/VuMC in Amsterdam and Koç University in Turkey.
Sudipta RoySudipto Roy, Singapore

Sudipto Roy is a Senior Principal Investigator with the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore. His lab uses the zebrafish to study genes regulating development and their connections with human genetic disorders. His various contributions include the discovery of Blimp1 as a selector gene for slow-twitch muscle, the genetics of myoblast fusion, the identification of Kif7 and Dzip1 as ciliary proteins regulating the Hedgehog pathway and the role of the master regulator FoxJ1 in programming the biogenesis of motile cilia.
Saunders snipDr Timothy Saunders, Singapore

Dr. Timothy Saunders is an Assistant Professor at the Mechanobiology Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, and a Joint Principle Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore. His research focuses on understanding how embryogenesis is so robust despite the inherent noisiness of biological processes. He has published both experimental and theoretical developmental biology papers as well as microscopy methods.
Colin StewartProfessor Colin Stewart, Singapore

Colin Stewart is research and assistant director at the Institute of Medical Biology at the Singapore Biopolis. His research has centered on mammalian development, and reproduction, where he discovered the role of LIF in regulating stem cell development and embryo implantation. In the last decade research has centered the functional architecture of the cell’s nucleus in stem cells, regenerative biology and disease.
HongyanAssociate Professor Hongyan Wang, Singapore

Hongyan Wang is Associate Professor and Interim Director of Neuroscience & Behavioral Disorders Program at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. Her research has provided insights into the development of Drosophila central nervous system. As a recipient of Singapore National Academy of Science Young Scientist Award 2008, she is also a National Research Foundation Fellow (2009-2014) and a member of Asia-Pacific Drosophila Board since 2013.
Dr Fengwei YuDr Fengwei Yu, Singapore

Dr. Fengwei Yu is Senior Principal Investigator at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore and the current President of Society for Neuroscience Singapore Chapter. His lab utilizes Drosophila as a model organism to understand neuronal development and degeneration. His research has provided important insights into asymmetric cell division, neuronal remodeling and neurodegeneration.
Yu Snip 3Professor Hao Yu, Singapore

Prof. Hao Yu is currently Executive Director of Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and Vice Dean for Faculty of Science in National University of Singapore. His lab focuses on molecular genetic studies on plant reproductive development and phytohormone signalling in the model plant Arabidopsis and economically important crops, such as rice and orchid.

International Advisory Board members

Prof Qi Zhou – Asia-Pacific Developmental Biology Network
Prof Jiahao Sha – Asia-Pacific Developmental Biology Network
Prof Eldad Tzahor – Israel Society for Developmental Biology
Prof King-Lau Chow – Hong Kong Society for Developmental Biology
Prof Mai Har Sham – Hong Kong Society for Developmental Biology
Prof Mary Dickinson –  Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Joel Smith – Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Maria Dominquez – Mexican Society for Developmental Biology
Prof Juan Larrain – Mexican Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Shinji Takada- Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
Prof Hirokazu Tsukaya – Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
Dr Michèle Studer – French Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Angela Giangrande – French Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Miguel Manzanares – Spanish Society for Developmental Biology
Prof Paola Bovolenta – Spanish Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Lucia Manni – Italian Embryological Group
Dr Federico Cremisi – Italian Embryological Group
Dr Henry Sun – Taiwanese Society of Developmental Biology
Dr Bon-chu Chung – Taiwanese Society of Developmental Biology
Prof Shubha Tole – Indian Society of Developmental Biologists
Dr Rakesh Mishra – Indian Society of Developmental Biologists
Dr Luc Leyns – Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Prof Danny Huylebroeck – Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Prof Jin-Kwan Han – Korean Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Marja Mikkola – The Finnish Society of Developmental Biology
Prof Juha Partanen – The Finnish Society of Developmental Biology
Dr Irene Yan – Latin American Society for Developmental Biology
Dr Juan Larrain – Latin American Society for Developmental Biology
Prof Richard Harvey – Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Dr Ruth Arkell – Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Dr Gary Hime – Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology
Prof Andy Fleming – British Society for Developmental Biology
Dr James Briscoe – British Society for Developmental Biology
Prof Stefan Schulte Merker – German Society of Developmental Biology
Dr. Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir – Portuguese Developmental Biology Society
Dr. Antonio Jacinto – Portuguese Developmental Biology Society