News & Seminars



Date / Time / Venue 
Topic / Speaker
​​​28 February 2020
Friday, 4PM,
Classroom 1​
​​[SBS Seminar]​​​
​​​Spatio-molecular mapping of the epithelial cell polarity network​

Assistant Professor Alexander Ludwig
School of Biological Sciences,NTU
Institute of Structural Biology, NTU
​​21 February 2020
Friday, 4PM,
Classroom 1​
​[SBS Seminar]​​​
Superglues from Nature

Professor James P. Tam
Lee Wee Nam Professor
School of Biological Sciences,
Synzymes and Natural Products Center,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
​14​ February 2020
Friday, 4PM,
Classroom 1
[SBS Seminar]​​
Nitric Oxide Mediated Control of Microbial Biofilms​

Associate Professor Scott Rice
School of Biological Sciences, NTU
Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, NTU
7​ February 2020
Friday, 4PM,
Classroom 1
[SBS Seminar]​
Near Atomic Resolution Structures of Interdigitated Nucleosome Fibres

Associate Professor Curtis Alexander Davey
School of Biological Sciences, NTU
​5 February 2020
Wednesday, 11AM,
Classroom 4
​From Combinatorial Chemistry to Nanotheranostic Agents Against Cancer

​​Professor Kit S. Lam
Distinguished Professor & Chair
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine
University of California, Davis, USA
​31 January 2020
Friday, 4PM,
Classroom 1
​A society in a box: ants as a model system in biological sciences

Dr. Serafino Teseo
Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Biological Sciences, NTU
​29 January 2020
Wednesday, 4PM,
Classroom 1
​[Y4S Young Scientist Seminar]​
3D structure determination of a full-length mycobacterial MmpL transporter protein using single particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). ​

Tyagi Anu
Principal Investigator: Asst Prof. Shashi Bhushan
17 January 2020
Friday, 4PM,
Classroom 1
​Biomechanics of Red Cell Diseases and Spleen's Mechanical Filtration Function​

Prof. Ming Dao
Visiting Professor
School of Biological Sciences, NTU

Principal Investigator & Director,
Nanomechanics Lab,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
​16 December 2019,
Monday, 2PM,
Classroom 4
​SLC1A transporters in health and disease

Prof. Albert Guskov
Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute
University of Groningen
The Netherlands
​11 December 2019,
Wednesday, 3PM,
Classroom 2
​Comparison of two-chain state of plant and human legumains relate to their physiologi​cal functions

Prof. Dr. Hans Brandstetter
Department of Biosciences,
University of Salzburg,
​11 December 2019,
Wednesday, 11AM,
Classroom 2

Production of cyclic peptides in vitro and in plants by asparaginyl endoproteinases

Prof. Marilyn A Anderson
La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science,
Melbourne, Vic. 3086,
​25 November 2019
Monday, 2PM, 
Classroom 3
New Trends in NMR Signal Processing​

Prof. Vladislav Orekhov
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg,

Swedish NMR Centre,
University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
​​​19 November 2019
Tuesday, 4PM, 
Classroom 4
​​Feasibility of Metabolic Engineering Strategies

Dr. Zahra Razaghi-Mohadamkashani
Bioinformatics, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology
University of Potsdam, Potsdam,

Systems Biology and Mathematical Modeling,
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology,
Potsdam, Germany
​​18 November 2019
Monday, 4PM, 
Classroom 1
Supervised learning of gene regulatory networks: from synthetic networks to real-world systems

Professor Zoran Nikoloski
Bioinformatics, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology
University of Potsdam, Potsdam,

Systems Biology and Mathematical Modeling,
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology,
Potsdam, Germany
​5 November 2019
Tuesday, 3.30PM, 
Classroom 3
Cellular Homeostasis in Aging and Proliferation

Professor Rong Li
Mechanobiology Institute,
National University of Singapore
​​29 October 2019
Tuesday, 11AM, 
Classroom 4
​Roles of Phase Separation in Biology and Disease​

Dr. Richard W.Kriwacki
Member, St. Jude Faculty
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Sciences
UT Health Science Center, Memphis​
​​24 October 2019
Thursday, 10.30AM, 
Classroom 2

​The Origins of Death and Sex

Alex Law Sai Kit
​22 October 2019
Tuesday, 4PM, 
Seminar Room, Level 1
Experimental Medicine Building, NTU
​Three-dimensional Structure of Vertebrate Muscle Basketweave Z-Band: Fitting the Atomic Components

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Luther
Senior Research Fellow
Molecular Medicine Section
National Heart & Lung Institute,
Faculty of Medicine,
Imperial College London
​22 October 2019
Tuesday, 10.30AM, 
Classroom 4​
Behind the Scenes: The Editorial Process of Nature Family Journals

Dr. Stephanie Koo
Associate Editor
Nature Communications
​​14 October 2019
Monday, 1.30PM, 
Classroom 4​
Synthetic Macromolecules that Overcome Resistance in Infection and Cancer

Dr. Yang Yi Yan
Group Leader and Principle Investigator
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
​9 October 2019
Wednesday, 1.30PM, 
Classroom 4​
​Phase Transitions and Molecular Timing in ​T Cell Signaling

Jay Groves
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley, USA and
Visiting Professor
23 September 2019
Monday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4​
Epigenetic Reprogramming towards Totipotency​

Dr Tee Wee-Wei
Assistant Professor
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
​​16 September 2019
Monday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4 ​
Probing Cell Differentiation and Plasticity through the Development of Stomata

Dr Lau On Sun
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
​​13 September 2019
Friday, 10.30AM, 
Classroom 4 ​
Stress, Dark Chocolate, Obstructed Memory and Finding Lost Memory

Dr. Kenneth D. Lukowiak
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
University of Calgary
​9 September 2019
Monday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4 ​
​​Network-Sensitive Brain Imaging in Preclinical and Clinical Neuropsychiatric Disorders: A Longitudinal Perspective

Assoc Prof Juan Helen Zhou
Principal Investigator
Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program, Duke-NUS
​6 September 2019
Friday, 2PM, 
Classroom 2 ​​
​Book History and Bibliographic Data Science​

Assoc Prof Leo Lahti
University of Turku
​2 September 2019
Monday, 11AM, 
Classroom 2 ​​
​​​​Plasmodium falciparum ​Survival of Fever Explored by a Large-scale Genetic Screen and its Relationship to Artemisinin Resistance​

Prof John Adams
Distinguished University Professor & Distinguished USF Health Professor University of South Florida,
College of Health
​​​​2 September 2019
Monday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4 ​
Modelling the Immune Suppressive Solid Tumor Microenvironment for Immunotherapy Optimization​

Dr. Andrea Pavesi
Junior Investigator
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR
​29 August 2019
Thursday, 11AM, 
Classroom 2
​​​From Venom to Peptide Drugs: Peptide Chemistry and Cryo-EM Structural Studies of Pepti​de/Membrane Protein Complexes

Professor Changlin Tian
School of Life Sciences
University of Science & Technology of China
​​​26 August 2019
Monday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4 ​
​ElectroacupuncturePlus On‐Demand Gastrocainefor Refractory Functional Dyspepsia: Pragmatic Randomized Trial​

Assoc Prof Vincent CH Chung

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care

Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong

​​19 August 2019
Monday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4 
​​ZBTB48 is both a vertebrate telomere-binding protein and a transcriptional activator

Dennis Kappei
Assistant Professor,

Department of Biochemistry

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore​

​13 August 2019,
Tuesday, 2.30PM, 
Classroom 4 
​​Endocytosis: ​In vitro Assembly and in vivo Collectivity​

Wu Min
Associate Professor,

Department of Biological Sciences Mechanobiology Institute,

National University of Singapore

​21 June 2019, Friday, 4PM, Classroom 1  Observing Three-dimensional Biological Specimens with Light Sheet-based Fluorescence Microscopy (LSFM) under Near-natural Conditions


Professor Ernst H.K. Stelzer

Bunchmann Institue for

Molecular Life Sciences,

Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

21 June 2019,
Friday, 2PM, Classroom 1 
The Impact of Past and Future Extinction on Plant-frugivore Interactions: A Macroecological Perspective 

Dr Lim Jun Ying
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics,
University of Amsterdam

​25 May 2018, Friday, 4PM, Classroom 1 

Compaction of DNA, Nucleosomes & Chromatin

Speaker: Prof. Lars Nordenskiöld

11 May 2018, Friday, 4PM, Classroom 1 

​Mechanism of beta-chaperone activity of Lipocalin type Prostaglandin D synthase

Speaker: Assoc Prof. Konstantin Pervushin

​20 March 2017, Monday, 11:00am-12:00pm  Classroom 2

Protein Electrodynamics and Terahertz Medicine
​11 October 2016,
Tuesday, 10:30am-12pm
Classroom 4
​Eigenomic and Genomic Approaches to Uncover Mechanistic Insight in Cancer Stem Cell Biology
Speaker: Dr Stephen Wong, Stanford University

Mapping Molecular Control and Consequences of Cell Phenotypic Plasticity at Genome Scale, Towards More Effective Clinical Tools
Speaker: Dr Ian Overton, University of Edinburgh
​10 October 2016,
Monday, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Classroom 3

​In Vitro Muscle Cultures

Speaker: Dr. Ng Shyh Chang, Senior Research Scientist,
Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR  

​6 October 2016,
Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm,
Classroom 4

​Early intervention in cancer through the tumour suppressive mechanisms that control genome stability.

Speaker: Prof Ashok Venkitaraman, Medical Research Council, Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge, UK 

​30 September 2016,
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1

​Histone 4 lysine 8 acetylation (H84K8ac); the centrepiece of the human malaria parasite epigenome

Speaker: Prof Zbynek Bozdech, School of Biological Sciences, NTU

​23 September 2016,
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1

​Phase plate analysis of DNA and nucleosome at near atomic resolution

Speaker: Asst Prof Sara Sandin, School of Biological Sciences, NTU 

​20 September 2016, Tuesday, 2:30pm-4:30pm, SBS Meeting Room 1

​Translational genetics with plants: from thermal responses to human genetics diseases

Speaker: Dr. Sureshkumar Balasubramanian
Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia

​16 September 2016, Friday
4pm, Classroom 1

​Translational Control Mechanisms Governed by tRNA Modifications in the Plasmodium falciparum Intra-erythrocytic Developmental Cycle

Speaker: Prof Peter Preiser, School of Biological Sciences, NTU

​15 September 2016,
Thursday, 10:30am-11:30am,
SBS Classroom 4

​Cyanobacterial Photosynthesis: From Basic Research to Solar Technology

Speaker: Dr Marc Nowaczyk, Group Leader, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

​14 September 2016,
Wednesday, 2-3pm,
Classroom 3
​Aberrant Stem / Progenitor Cell Behaviour during Aging and Cancer

Speaker: Dr Derick Ong, Posdoctoral Fellow,
Dept of Cancer Biology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Centre
​9 September 2016,
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1

​Chemical Biology Approaches to Biofilm Eradication

Speaker: Asst Prof Yang Liang,
School of Biological Sciences, NTU

​2 September 2016,
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1
​FK506 Binding Proteins, Immunophilins with Functional Versatility

Speaker: Prof Joe Ho Sup Yoon, School of Biological Sciences, NTU

​30 August 2016, Tuesday
2:30pm to 3:30pm
SBS Meeting Room 1

​Bacterial Microcompartments to Improve Plant Photosynthetic Efficiency and Other Potential Biotechnological Applications

Speaker: Dr. Alessandro Occhialini, Department of Plant Biology and Crop Science (PBCS), Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK

​29 August 2016, Monday
2:30pm to 3:30pm
SBS Classroom 3

​Good contractions: regulation of actomyosin contractility in the C. elegans spermatheca and zygote.

Speaker: Asst Prof Ronen Zaidel-Bar - Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanobiology Institute, NUS

​13 - 15 July 2016, 
12 to 1pm, 
TR+5 (SBS-01n-25) 
Part of NTU-ASEAN Micrscopy Works​hop 2016 ​

Seminar 1 (Wednesday):
Seeing the Invisible! From Label-Free Real-Time Phenotypic Imaging Through to Studying Individual Protein Complexes 
Speaker: Dr. Peter O'Toole, Head of Imaging and Cytometry, Technology Facility, Deparmtnet of Biology (Area 15), University of York, England. 

Seminar 2 (Thursday): 
Live Imaging of Singaling and Development 
Speaker: Asst. Prof Nicholas Tolwinski, Yale-NUS College and Department of Biological Sciences, NUS

Seminar 3 (Friday): 
Order from Chaos: What Could Oscillatory Membrane and Actin Dyamics Teach Us About Cell Cortex? 
Speaker: Asst. Prof Wu Min, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Centre for Bioimaging Sciences (CBIS), Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI), NUS 
​24 June 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1
​Kindlins: Emerging family of cytosolic proteins with multifaceted functions​ 

Speaker: Assoc. Prof Tan Suet Mien
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
17 June 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1 
​Peptide Ligases: Molecular Gluer of Proteins

Speaker: Prof. James Tam 
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​10 June 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1 
​From studying hpoxia-driven cancer-evolution and brain-injury to developing therapies for cancer and dementia 

Speaker: Assoc. Prof Newman Sze 
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​3 June 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1 
Towards an understanding of the role that ​the influenza virus polymerase proteins play in mediating virus transmission. ​

Speaker: Assoc Prof. Richard Sugrue
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​2 June 2016, 
10:30am - 12:00pm 
Classroom 3 (SBS-01n-23)

​Membrane transport proteins as antimalarial drug targets 

Speaker: Prof. Kiaran Kirk 
Dean, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment 
The Australian National University 

Modelling the evolution of microbiomes ​

Speaker: Prof. Allen Rodrigo 
Director, Research School of Biology, 
ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment 
The Australian National University 
18 May 2016, 
10:30am - 11:30am, Classroom2 ​
Plant secondary metabolite biosynthesis study and metabolic engineering: phorbol esters in Jatropha curcas

Speaker: Dr Hong Yan
Chief Scientific Officer, JOil (S) Pte Ltd
Adjunct Assoc. Prof, School of Biological Sciences, NTU
13 May 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1 
​Extranuclear functions of the polycomb group protein Ezh2

Speaker: Asst. Prof Su I-Hsin 
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​6 May 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1 
​Intestinal dendritic cells and their role in controlling anti-microbial peptide response in epithelial cells

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Christiane Ruedl 
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​22 April 2016, 
Friday, 4pm, Classroom 1
Neurobiology of resilience and vulnerability to stress 

Speaker: Asst. Prof. Rupshi Mitra 
School of Biological Sciences, NTU ​
​7 April 2016
Understanding why people live or die when they are infected with Ebola virus: Using high resolution approaches to analyse samples from patients and cells ​

Speaker: Prof. Julian A Hiscox 
Chair in Infection & Global Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, UK ​
22 March 2016 
Human monoclonal antibodies against cancer and viruses

Speaker: Dr. Dimiter S. Dimitrov 
Cancer & Inflammation Program, Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA 
18 March 2016
Localized Virulence Factor Assembly in Enterococcus faecalis 

Speaker: Asst. Prof. Kimberly Kline
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​11 March 2016 
​The Communal Life of Bacteria 

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Scott Rice
School of Biological Sciences, NTU 
​3 March 2016 
Cellular and Molecular Mechanism of Alphavirus Pathogenesis: Implications for Disease Interventions 

Speaker: Dr. Lisa F.P. Ng 
Senior Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Microbial Immunity, Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR 
​26 February 2016 
Dissecting the role of the unfolded protein responses during lipid petrubation ​

Speaker: Asst. Prof. Guillaume Thibault 
School of Biological Sciences, NTU​
12 February 2016 
The Strength of Transient (Weak) Biological Interactions: from Theory to Applications ​

Speaker: Prof. Sten Ohlson
​5 February 2016
​3D Genome Organisation for Transcription Regulation in Cells ​

Speaker: Asst. Prof. Melssa J. Fullwood