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Singapore Open Research Conference 2022: Speakers

Presenters listed based on sequence of programme items:

Professor Joseph SUNG


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Professor Joseph J. Y. Sung is the Dean of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where he is also a Distinguished University Professor and Senior Vice President of Life and Health Sciences. He received his medical degree from The University of Hong Kong in 1983, and was conferred PhD in Biomedical Sciences by the University of Calgary and MD by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in subsequent years. His research interests include intestinal bleeding, Helicobacter Pylori, peptic ulcer, hepatitis B, colorectal cancer and other cancers related to the digestive system. Professor Sung’s contributions to medical sciences and academic development have been recognised internationally with several awards that include the Eminent Scientist of the Year 2003 by The International Research Promotion Council. In the same year, he led his medical team to fight against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and was named “Asian Hero” by Time Magazine in recognition of his outstanding contributions. To date, Professor Sung has published more than 1,000 full scientific articles in leading medical and scientific journals and was listed as “Highly Cited Researchers”, released by the Clarivate Analytics, for the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Professor LING San

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Professor Ling is Deputy President and Provost at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Currently the President’s Chair in Mathematical Sciences, he joined NTU Singapore in 2005 as the Founding Head of Division of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS), after 13 years at the National University of Singapore. He has previously been Chair of SPMS and Dean, College of Science, at NTU Singapore. Since August 2022, Professor Ling also serves concurrently as the Chief Scientific Advisor for the National Research Foundation, Singapore. He is also a member of the Committee of Government Scientific Advisors, Singapore. Professor Ling obtained his BA and MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. The honours he has received include: the Singapore National Science Award (Team) in 2003, Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the President of the Republic of Singapore (2013), and Fellowship of the Singapore National Academy of Science (2014). He has also been a visiting scholar at institutions such as UC Berkeley, INRIA, the Technion and Hanyang University. Professor Ling’s research interests are in applications of algebra and number theory to coding theory and cryptography. He has published more than 220 papers, 2 textbooks and edited several conference proceedings. Professor Ling has also served on several professional bodies, and as a reviewer for research funding agencies in several countries.



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Lenny has over a decade of computational and experimental biology experience. He did his graduate studies at UC Berkeley, and it was his struggle with correcting a published research method as a postdoc at MIT that led him to cofound Lenny brings to a strong passion for open access, sharing knowledge, and improving research efficiency through technology.

Ms KOH Mingshi

Mingshi is currently Director in the Chief Health Scientist Office, Ministry of Health (MOH). The Office was formed in 2019 to foster an enabling environment for health and biomedical research and translation, strengthen the development of MOH's Science & Technology agenda, and advance the translation of research to achieve better health outcomes.

Assistant Professor G. Owen SCHAEFER

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G. Owen Schaefer is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.  He received his DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University, and has completed fellowships at the National Institutes of Health’s Department of Bioethics and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics.  His primary interests lie in the ethics of developing novel biomedical technologies.  He has written on big data, research ethics, gene editing, human enhancement, precision medicine, vaccine allocation, assisted reproduction and in vitro meat.

Professor Nicole WENDEROTH

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Dr Nicole Wenderoth is Professor for Neural Control of Movement in the department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich. Her lab at ETH Zurich works on systems neuroscience with an emphasis on neuromotor control. In Singapore, Prof. Wenderoth leads the Future Health Technology (FHT) programme at the Singapore-‚ÄčETH Centre (SEC) as its founding director. FHT is a multidisciplinary research programme aiming at developing a digital health technology concept that brings interventions from the hospital to the home of the patients.

Assistant Professor Wilson GOH

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Dr Wilson Goh is the head of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine's Good Research Practice Office which promotes excellence and ethical practice in research and scholarship. Wilson also serves as the Data Science Research Programme's academic lead, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics, and director of PhD programmes. Wilson is interested in how enhanced data governance and management standards, can improve inter-disciplinary research, which in turn, benefits health and society.

Associate Professor Roderick W. BATES


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Roderick Bates received his PhD at Imperial College, London with Professor Steven Ley, using organoiron complexes for organic synthesis. After a postdoctoral stint at Colorado State University with Professor L. S. Hegedus working on chromium carbenes, he moved to the University of North Texas as an Assistant Professor. After some years spent in Thailand at Chulalongkorn University and the Chulabhorn Research Institute and a short stay in the ill-fated Department of Chemistry at Exeter in England, he joined Nanyang Technological University as a pioneer member of the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry. He is currently an Associate Professor, a Fellow of NTU’s Teaching Excellence Academy and the University’s Research Integrity Officer. He has research interests in the use of transition metals in organic synthesis, and stereocontrol in natural product synthesis. His book “Organic Synthesis using Transition Metals” (2nd Ed.) was published by Wiley in April 2012. He is also a lecturer on Forensic Science for a Coursera MOOC.

Professor Ginny BARBOUR


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Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communication, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Director of Open Access Australasia. She trained in the UK in medicine, specialising in haematology and then went onto to do a DPhil at Oxford University and post-doctoral research in the US on globin gene regulation. She was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She has been involved in many international open access, innovative scholarly communication and publication and research integrity initiatives. She was previously Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She is currently Vice-Chair of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) Steering Committee, a Plan S Ambassador, a member of Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)’s Executive Board and a member of the Australian NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee. She is an editorial advisor to medRxiv.

Dr Hiromitsu URAKAMI

Hiromitsu Urakami is the Academic Engagement Director at Springer Nature in Japan. In the current role, he seeks to deepen and build relationships with the research community via sharing information/knowledge and engagement activities to help improve research environment and publishing. Prior to joining Springer Nature in 2021, he was the Japan Manager and Editorial Development Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry, research scientist at Hitachi Chemical Co Ltd. and post-doctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Germany). He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine (US).

Ms Dju-Lyn CHNG

As Regional Solution Consultant specializing in Scientific & Scholarly research, Dju-Lyn engages with researchers and university leaders around Southeast Asia in discussions around optimising researcher workflows, bibliometrics and strategic decision making. For this event, she will be sharing about the trends in open access publishing and also the impact on specific research areas.

Dr Willie KOH


Dr Willie Koh is the Director of NTU’s Research Integrity and Ethics Office (RIEO) and provides oversight over the governance, compliance and outreach related to research integrity, research ethics, and research data management. He is interested in building up the responsible conduct of research amongst researchers so that research outputs benefiting society can be maximised. 


Amy is a member of the Open Science and Research Services Team at NTU Library. She provides Open Science advocacy and research services (e.g. conducting Data Management Plan writing workshops, organising events on Open Access and Data Sharing, coordinating citation reports for faculty's Promotion & Tenure exercises). She is passionate about imparting research data management best practices to the academic community. She is also the Business Project Manager for the launch of Research Data Storage System (RDSS) at NTU.

Ms Celine LEE


Celine is the Manager of the Good Research Practice Office, which was incepted in Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU in 2018. She oversees matters related to research integrity, ethics, compliance and data management practices.  She also creates the content and conducts Team-based learning workshops on emerging research integrity topics and challenges. To enhance the research integrity climate of NTU, she has published two research articles in the past 3 years. She was the co-first author and a co-author in BMC Medical Ethics journal publications, titled “Effectiveness of data auditing as a tool to reinforce good research data management (RDM) practice: a Singapore study” and “Perception and reaction of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) researchers to different forms of research integrity education modality”, respectively.