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Scientific Advisory Board

 

Bernard Roizman, ScD

Member of National Academy of Sciences

Professor of University of Chicago

Discoverer of Herpes Virus

Prof. Bernard Roizman received his doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University and remained on the Hopkins faculty. He transferred to the University of Chicago in 1965. He currently holds the rank of Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology in University of Chicago. Roizman is internationally recognized as having contributed the technical and intellectual underpinnings to the field of human herpesvirus research. He is also credited with the training of major contributors to virology in USA, Europe, and Asia.

Recognitions for his research contributions include election to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Science, and American Academy of Microbiology. He is also an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from Governor’s State University (USA), University of Ferrara (Italy), University of Paris (France), and University of Valladolid (Spain), the ICN International Prize in Virology, the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine, Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Infectious Disease Research, and the Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently also serves as Honorable President for Shenzhen International Institute for Biomedical Research (SIIBR).

 

Po TIEN, PhD

Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor of Institute of Microbiology Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof. Tien graduated from Beijing Agricultural University(now China Agricultural University) In 1954. In 1991, he was elected as member of academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently a Principle Investigator of major viruses and its immunity research group at the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In early research, his group was mainly focused on plant viruses and subvirus. The group is the first one in the world to have successfully applied viral satellite RNA as biological control agents to prevent plant diseases in the field. And their work provided the first example of ribozyme that can completely inhibit a viroid pathogen in transgenic potato plants. In recent years, the laboratory is mainly interested in molecular mechanism of HBV T-cell immunity and enveloped virus-cell fusion.

Prof. Tien received funding on a series of projects related to molecular virology and molecular immunology including national projects, such as 973 projects, 863 projects, Gongguan projects etc. He also tasked international collaborative projects and joint projects with industry. He published more than 100 research papers on international SCI journals and published 8 books. He also applied for several patents and five China patents and one US patent of them were granted. He won the Natural Science and Science & Technology Advancement Awards from China and from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also received the HLHL PRIZE of Science & Technology Advancement in 1999. And he was selected as an Asian famous scientist by the Asia-Pacific Biotech News in 1999. He was recommended for full membership in the America Society for Virology. He is a life member of the Indian Virological Society.  

 

Tao HONG, PhD

Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Professor of National Institute for Viral Disease Control & Prevention of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control

Prof. Hong is medical ultrastructure and virology expert. In 1960 he graduated from the Institute of Virology of the Romanian Academy of Sciences with a doctorate. He is currently the chief expert of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, researcher of the Institute of Viral Disease Control, and the director of the Academician Laboratory. He has also served as editor-in-chief of the Chinese Journal of Experimental and Clinical Virology and Chairman of the Public Health and Medical Committee of the Pacific Association of Science. In 1996, he was elected academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In 2001, he was elected as a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Hong is one of the main pioneers in the field of medical electron microscopy technology and the main founder of virus morphology in China, the main founder and editor-in-chief of the Chinese Journal of experimental and clinical virology published by the Chinese society of virology. He discovered human group B Rotavirus for the first time, identified the law of water outbreak flow, proposed effective control measures and concentrated the molecular biology of the virus, finally established an entire gene library. The form of hemorrhagic fever virus of nephrotic syndrome was first discovered by Prof. Hong. The pathogen was identified as a new Bunia virus. It has been verified and recognized by the world academic community. Its research results have been used by the World Health Organization as a standard for the identification of Hantavirus morphology. He got 18 awards including WHO, National Natural Science Awards, and National Science and Technology Progress Awards etc. and published more than 200 papers and 10 books.

 

Jianguo CHEN, PhD 

Professor of Peking University

Visiting Professor of University of Tokyo

Prof. Chen is professor of the School of Life Sciences of Peking University and director of the Experimental Animal Center. He got fund from the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 1995. His research is mainly engaged in the study of cytoskeleton and cell differentiation, and the development of the nervous system. More than 60 research papers have been published in Nature, Nature Communications, Oncogene, EMBO J, J Cell Biol. , J Cell Sci. , Cell Res. , Cell Rep. , J Biol., Chem. etc. Some of the research results have been written by foreign counterparts into classic cell biology textbooks (Molocular Biology of the Cell, Alberts et al. ; Molecular Cell Biogy, Lodish et al., ). The undergraduate course "Cell Biology" was rated as a national boutique course (2003). The participating textbook "Cell Biology" (3-4, Higher Education Press) was rated as a national quality textbook in 2011.

 

 

Yulin DENG, PhD

Dean and Professor of School of Life Science of Beijing Institute of Technology

Member of International Academy of Aeronautics

Devoted to integrating life science and analytical diagnostic technology, as well as promoting innovations in biotechnologies, Prof. Deng is one of China’s leading experts in space biomedical science research. Supported by the National Science and Technology Support Program, "Microfluidic Chip Gene Amplification Device" (SZ-8 / 231-450) was developed by the research team led by Prof. Deng and was successfully implemented in China’s triumphant launch of Shenzhou VIII spacecraft in November 2011. This experimental device was designed to study how space environment cause DNA mutations and biomolecular changes.

Microfluidic Chip Technology was said to be the future direction of spatial biomedical research according to NASA United States. Deng’s research project on Shenzhou-8 was China’s first-ever scientific research project aboard in a space capsule, and the world’s third space experiment. Preliminary experimental result supported further research projects in China’s space bio-cabin and in China’s manned space station.

 

Former Board Members

 

Professor Arthur Kornberg (1918 - 2007)

Professor Susumu Tonegawa

Former Emma Pfeiffer Merner Professor of Biochemistry,
Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine

Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Principal Investigator, Tonegawa Lab at MIT

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1959

Awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Severo Ochoa "For their discovery of the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of ribonucleic acid and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)."

 

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1987

Awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity

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