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  ISEV2019 Plenary Speakers

Yong Song Gho, PhD

Kazunori Kataoka, PhD

Sai-Kiang Lim, PhD

Takahiro Ochiya, PhD

Mikiko Siomi, PhD

 

Yong Song Gho, PhD

Yong Song Gho, PhD is a full professor at the Department of Life Sciences,    POSTECH, Pohang, South Korea. After his B.S. and M.S. in the Department of  Chemistry at Seoul National University, South Korea, he got his Ph. D. from  Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill, USA. He has worked in the filed of ‘Extracellular Vesicles and  Exosomes’ since year 2,000 and has 81 extracellular vesicles-related  publications and more than 53 registered patents. He was ‘Founding Board  Members of ISEV and former ISEV ‘Executive Chair of Education’, and has  served as ‘Editors-in-Chief of Journal of Extracellular Vesicles’ since 2012. In  2009, he found KSEV (Korean Society for Extracellular Vesicles) and is the  president of KSEV. His group ran EVpedia: community web-portal of  extracellular vesicles research-more than 20 million accesses from worldwide  2,384 EVpedia community members.

 

Kazunori Kataoka, PhD

Kazunori Kataoka, PhD is a Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research  Institute, The University of Tokyo, and the Director General of the Innovation  Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM) at the Kawasaki Institute of Industrial  Promotion. He obtained his PhD degree in polymer chemistry in 1979 from The  University of Tokyo. He was an Assistant Professor from 1979 to 1988, and an  Associate Professor from 1988 to 1989, at The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Women’s Medical College. In 1989, he became Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering in the Tokyo University of Science until 1994, when he was promoted to Professor. From 1998 to 2016, Dr. Kataoka was Professor of Biomaterials at the Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, and from 2004 to 2016, he was also appointed Professor of the Division of Clinical Biotechnology at the Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine in the Graduate School of Medicine of The University of Tokyo. In 2016, he took mandatory retirement from the Graduate School of Engineering/Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, and moved to the current position. He has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill since 2015, and as the Director, Biomedical Institute for Convergence at SKKU (BICS) at Sungyunkwan University, Korea since 2016. Dr. Kataoka has been recipient of several awards, such as the Humboldt Research Award and the Leo Esaki Prize. In 2017, he was elected to a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering, U.S.A., and in 2018, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, U.S.A.. His research aims are to develop functional polymeric nanosystems for controlling cellular functions in a desirable manner through the delivery of therapeutic agents, such as drugs and genes.

Sai-Kiang Lim, PhD

Sai-Kiang Lim, PhD graduated with B.Sc (Hons in Biochemistry) from National University of Singapore in 1985. She did her PhD thesis on the metabolism of thalassemic mRNA under Prof Lynne Maquat (Dept. of Human Genetics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute), and was awarded the Most Meritorious Student Research Award by Sigma Xi Society in 1989, NY State Predoctoral Fellowship (1989-91) and a PhD (Molecular Biology) from SUNY at Buffalo in 1992. In 1992, she started postdoctoral training on erythroid differentiation with Prof Frank Constantini (Dept. of Genetics and Development College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University) first as a Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Research Fellow (1992-94) and then a Leukemia Society of America Special Fellow (1994-96). After postdoctoral training, she led independent research groups at NUMI, NUS (1996-2001), Genome Institute of Singapore (2002-2007) and then Institute of Medical Biology (2007). Her research focus has always been disease-related with emphasis on the elucidation of the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms in diseases and development of therapies. Her current major research interests are derivation of clinically useful cell types such as mesenchymal stem cells and insulin-producing cell lines from either human or mouse embryonic stem cells and the use of these cells or their products to treat or better understand human diseases.

 

Takahiro Ochiya, PhD

Takahiro Ochiya, PhD carried a councilor of Japanese Cancer Association. After he got Ph.D. in 1988 in Osaka University and then went to do a post-doc at La Jolla Cancer Research (SF Burnham Institute for Medical Research), CA, USA. Dr. Ochiya’s lab focuses the development of novel animal models, methods, and strategies to study cancer development and metastasis. Especially, current focuses are siRNA- and microRNA-based therapy and exosome-mediated tumor metastasis. Dr. Ochiya has authored more than 330 peer-reviewed publications including 43 review articles, holds 26 Japan and 14 U.S. & Europe patents, and contributed to several books on stem cells, Extracellular vesicles, and RNAi medicine. Dr. Ochiya is a chief scientist of current Japan project of the Development of Diagnostic Technology for Detection of miRNA in Body Fluids (supported by NEDO/AMED).

 

Mikiko C. Siomi, PhD

Mikiko C. Siomi, PhD is one of the few female professors at University of Tokyo. At present, she takes lead for piRNA research on life science disciplines. She received her doctoral degrees in agricultural chemistry and medical sciences from Kyoto University and the University of Tokushima, respectively. Since 2012, she has been full professor at the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at the University of Tokyo. Her study lately mainly focuses on piRNA-mediated gene silencing occurring in Drosophila gonads. Currently she serves as the President of the RNA Society of Japan (2014−), and is a member of the Science Council of Japan (2015−).