Karin Markides
Chair, Uppsala University, Sweden

Karin Markides is Director of the Swedish Scientific Council for Sustainable Development. She was President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology between 2006 and 2015. She has previously taught and conducted research at Stockholm University, Brigham Young University and Uppsala University. As part of her broad international experience, she held a guest professorship at Stanford University in the US. She tutored more than 30 PhD students and published over 250 scientific articles. As of 1999 and 1992 respectively, she is a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Between, April 2004 and August 2006, Karin Markides held the position of Deputy Director General at Vinnova, a state agency that finances research and innovation for sustainable development. She also has been board member of several high tech start-up companies in the US and the Swedish Research Council Committee for Research Infrastructure as well as acted as a board member of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. During 2007 to 2009 Karin Markides was a member of the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemical Industry. She was the only representative from the academia.

Since 2009 Karin Markides holds the chair of CESAER – The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research – a non-profit-making international association of the leading European Universities of Technology, Engineering Colleges and Schools, cooperating on policy issues.

Magdalena Eriksson
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and Cape Coast University, Ghana

Dr. Eriksson is professor of biochemistry at School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.  She earned her Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1988.  Since 2003 she holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Brenda Herschbach Jarrell
Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP, Boston, MA, USA

Michael Khor
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Professor Khor is Director of Research Support Office (RSO) and Bibliometrics Analysis at NTU, Singapore since Oct 2011. He has previously held the position of Director of Research at NTU (2004-2008) and Deputy Director, Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) prior to joining the National Research Foundation (NRF) in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Director (Projects) in March 2008. He returned to NTU at end-2009 to take up the position of Associate Provost (Research) until end-Sept 2011. He has been invited as Visiting Professor by the National Defense Academy, Japan in 2001 and was invited as Guest Professor by Zhejiang University, PR China. Among other research awards he received are the Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellowship and the Japan National Institutes of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Fellowship. He has served as President, Institute of Materials East Asia since 1996 and currently chairs the Electronics Application Division board of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM³).

Bengt Nordén
Founding Patron of Molecular Frontiers | Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Bengt Nordén is founder of Molecular Frontiers,and holds the position as Chairman.

When appointed professor of Physical Chemistry of Chalmers Bengt Nordén was for many years among the youngest Chair Professors in Sweden and had ample opportunities to build up an institution engaging young people that shared his broad interests, ranging from spectroscopy, photophysics and quantum chemistry, to molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine. He is harvesting the fruits of this interdisciplinary onset in various forms: serendipitous breakthroughs and a unique physical-chemical school at Chalmers with a world-renowned spectroscopic profile, to mention two. Being a generalist by virtue of both curiosity and training has been helpful when he has been in charge of major awarding systems, including the Nobel Prize. As a tracker of ground-breaking achievements he also in this role received continuous inspiration to new research directions.

Erling Norrby
Former Permanent Secretary of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden

Erling Norrby has an M.D. and Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute, the School of Medicine, Stockholm. He was Professor of Virology at KI between 1972 and 1997, and Professor of Virology and chairman at the J Craig Venter Institute for 25 years. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, serving as its Permanent Secretary between 1997 and 2003. He was member of the Nobel Committee at KI between 1975 and 1980.
Professor Norrby has published the books “Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences” (2010), “Nobel Prizes and Nature’s Surprises” (2013) and “Nobel Prizes and Notable Discoveries (2016). He has been awarded the Johan von Höpken Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2003, Carl XVI Gustaf's Medal of the 12th Size with the Band of the Seraphim Order in 2005 and Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Emperor of Japan in 2006.

 

Shuguang Zhang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Shuguang Zhang is the Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and was a recipient of Regent Fellowship and a Graduate Mentor Fellowship at UCSB.  He was a past American Cancer Society Fellow at MIT.  He discovered a self-assembling peptide system while working in molecular and structural biology with Alexander Rich at MIT.  This serendipitous discovery was selected to be one of the fifteen research achievements over last quart century at MIT.  He pursues actively on the various self-assembling peptide systems to develop a new class of biological materials including peptide matrix scaffold for tissue engineering, biological surface engineering for cell pattern formation, molecular switch, biological operating systems and surfactant peptide nanotubes.  He also works on problems to gain understanding of a class of protein conformational diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and the prion diseases (mad cow disease).  He holds three US patents and additional seven pending patents on the self-assembling peptide systems.

He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.  He is member of AAAS, American Society of Biochemistry and molecular Biology, the Human Genome Organization Americas, the Protein Society, New York Academy of Sciences, The International Society for the Study of Origin of Life, and the honorary society of Sigma Xi. 

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