Astraltec Group Companies Advisory Panel:

Prof Wong Tien Yin
Dr Richard Fan
Prof Guan Cuntai
Dr Alvin Chan
Prof Jackie Ying

     Prof Wong Tien Yin

Singapore National Eye Centre
Medical Retina
Senior Consultant
MBBS, MMed(Ophth), MPH, FRCS(Ed), FRANZCO, FAFPHM, PhD(Johns Hopkins)

Prof Wong Tien Yin is Medical Director of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) where he is a senior consultant ophthalmologist sub-specialising in medical retina.

He is also the Academic Chair of the Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Program at Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore where he is concurrently Vice-Dean, Office of Clinical Sciences, coordinating clinical and translational research strategy and execution across the SingHealth-Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC). As Head of the Academic Medicine Research Institute (AMRI), he facilitates and plans the development and support of clinician scientists and clinician-investigators.

Prior to these roles, Prof Wong has served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the University of Melbourne, Australia and was the immediate past Executive Director of the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), where he continues to chair SERI’s Board and is a Senior Principal Clinician Scientist.

Prof Wong has published more than 1,000 peer-reviewed papers, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, has given more than 300 invited named, plenary and symposium lectures, and received more than US$50million in grant funding from the Biomedical Medical Research Council and the National Medical Research Council in Singapore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.

Prof Wong has served as the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-2014), and is currently on Editorial Boards of JAMA-Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Diabetes Care, Journal of Hypertension, and Ophthalmologica. He is a Board member of the National Medical Research Council, Singapore and in various professional societies, including the Council of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society. He is currently President of the College of Ophthalmologists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore

For his service and research, Prof Wong has been recognized nationally and internationally with numerous awards, such as the Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World for “academic leadership in people younger than 40 years of age” and the Sandra Doherty Award from the American Heart Association. He has been recognized as the top researcher in any field from two leading Universities: the Outstanding Researcher Award from the National University of Singapore (winning it twice in 2004 and 2009) and the Woodward Medal from the University of Melbourne. He has received the Alcon Research Institute Award, USA, the Novartis Prize in Diabetes (Global Young Investigator), the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, the Australian Society of Medical Research AMGEN Medical Research of the Year Award for “outstanding contribution to translational research”, and the Arnall Patz Medal from the Macula Society, USA.

Prof Wong is a two-time recipient of the Singapore Translational Researcher Award (2008 and 2014). He received the National Clinician Scientist Award and the President’s Science Award in 2010 and the President’s Technology Award in 2014; these are three of the highest awards for research in Singapore. He is a recipient of the 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship from the USA.

     Dr Richard Fan


Awards and experience:
Resident, Moorfields Eye Hospital UK
Senior Registrar (1984-1986), Singapore General Hospital
Visiting Fellow Mass, Eyes and Ears Infirmary Harvard University.
Research Fellow, ERIR Foundation Boston
Fellow in Tennent, Institute of Ophth Glasglow
Fellow of Addenbrookes, Hospital Cambridge England
Head Ophthalmology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (1988-1990)
Head Ophthalmology, Singapore General Hospital (1990-1992)
Founding Member, SNEC Medical Board (1991-2000)
External Examiner, Ophth University Kebangsaan, Malaysia
President, Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (1988-1989)
Mentor, Singapore National Eye Centre (2012)
Chairman, National Review Committee on Diabtic Retinopathy (2002-2003)
Currently in private practice.

     Prof Guan Cuntai

He is currently a Professor in Computer Science and School of Engineering in Nanyang Technological University.
Co-Director of Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore.
Principal Scientist in Institute of Infocom Research(I2R)
Member of National Taskforce of on Neurological and Sense Disorders
Vice Chairman International Conference on Real Time Functional Imaging and Feedback, Japan

     Dr Alvin Chan

Ph. D
Co-Founder and CEO of Neeuro
Co-founded Brandtology in 2008 with offices across SE Asia, China and Astralia and sold entire stake to iSentia, a listed company on ASX.
Senior Research Scientist in Singapore DSO National Labs
Mentor in TNF

NKF in the PAVC
Technical Advisor Discovery without Borders
YMCA IT Task Force Committee (2012-2016)

     Prof Jackie Ying

Currently the executive director of the institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore

Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), 2005-present

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), 2001-2005

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, USA, 1991
M.A. in Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, USA, 1988
B.E. in Chemical Engineering, The Cooper Union, USA, 1987

Honors and Awards
Gano Dunn Award, The Cooper Union Alumni Association, 2016
Fellow, Singapore National Academy of Science, 2016
Named as one of the “World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims” by The Muslim 500,
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015
Medal of Honor, The Academy of Sciences of Iran, 2015
The Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award”, 2015
Dengue Test Kit Invention Named as INNOVATI50N – Top 50 Innovations in
Singapore for 1965-2015, 2015
Singapore Ministry of Education Service to Education Award, 2011, 2015
College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2015
The Brunei Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological
Advancement (CIPTA) Award – Crown Prince Grand Prize; First Prize in ASEAN New
Invention and Innovation Category, 2015
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.), 2014
The Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame, 2014
Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2013
International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Jubilee Medal
and Lectureship, 2012
Asian Innovation Silver Award, Wall Street Journal Asia, 2011
Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Award in Materials Chemistry, 2010
Named as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by American
Institute of Chemical Engineers, Centennial Celebration, 2008
Great Woman of Our Time Award for Science and Technology, Singapore Women’s
Weekly, 2008
Honorary Professorship, Sichuan University, China, 2006-present
Elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, 2005
Best of Small Tech Advocate Award Finalist, Small Times Magazine, 2005
Peter V. Danckwerts Memorial Lectureship, Chemical Engineering Science and World
Congress of Chemical Engineering, 2005
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, 2004-09
Linsay Lectureship, Texas A&M University, 2004
Gouq-Jen Su Distinguished Lectureship, University of Rochester, 2002
Honorary Professorship, Jilin University, China, 2002-present
American Institute of Chemical Engineers Allan P. Colburn Award, 2000
Technology Review Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, 1999
Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, 1998, 1999
Ernest W. Thiele Lectureship, University of Notre Dame, 1997
American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, 1997
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 1996

David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 1995
Royal Academy of Engineering ICI Fellowship for Young Academic Chemical
Engineers, 1995
American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award for the Most Valuable Contribution to
the Ceramic Technical Literature, 1995
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 1995
3M Innovation Fund Award, 1993-94
National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1992
Professional Activities
Materials Research Society, Awards Committee – Fellows Subcommittee (2015-2018), Workshop Organizer (2002), Fall Meeting Symposium Organizer (1994)
Society for Biological Engineering, Advisory Board (2007-present)
Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Asia Committee (2006-present)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Materials Engineering and Sciences Division Director (1999-2001), Ceramics Area Chair (1997-99), Ceramics Processing Topical Conference Chair (1996), Annual Meeting Symposia Chair (1992-95, 1998, 1999), Cooper Union Chapter Treasurer (1986-87)
American Chemical Society, Canvassing Committee of the ACS Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis (2000-03), Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry Executive Committee Member-at-Large (1999-2001), Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Symposium Organizer (1999), National Meeting Symposia Organizer (1997, 1998), Chemical Sciences Graduate School Finder Advisory Board (1992-present), Cooper Union Chapter Vice President (1986-87)
American Ceramic Society, Pac Rim Conference Symposium Organizer (2001), Annual Meeting Session Chair (1993), Symposium Co-Chair (2000)
International Mesostructured Material Association, Council (2001-04) Alexander von Humboldt Association of America, Board of Directors (1994-97)
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
Society of Women Engineers, Faculty Advisor to MIT Chapter (1993-96)
Princeton University Graduate Student Council (1990-91)
Princeton University Karate Club, Varsity Team (1988-89)
Cooper Union Chinese Students Association, President (1985-86)

Editorial Boards
Editorial Board of Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2015-present
Editorial Advisory Board of Bioengineering and Translational Medicine, 2015-present
Regional Editor of Current Bionanotechnology, 2015-2017
Editorial Board of Applied Materials Today, 2015-present
Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2013- 2015
Advisory Board of Materials Horizons, 2013-2015
Advisory Editorial Board of Trends in Molecular Medicine, 2012-present
Advisory Board of Biomaterials Science, 2012-present
Advisory Board of Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials, 2011-present
Editorial Board of Nano Energy and Nano Environment, 2011-present
Advisory Editorial Board of Nano Energy, 2011-present
Founding Editorial Board of American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2011-present
Honorary Advisory Board of Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, 2010- present
Editorial Board of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Asia, 2010-present
Editorial Board of Nano: Letters and Reviews, 2010-present
Associate Editor of The Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, 2010-present
Honorary Editor of Biomaterials and Biodevices, 2010-present
Editorial Board of The Open Catalysis Journal, 2009-present
Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano, 2009-2012
Editorial Board of Biomicrofluidics, 2009-2010
International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Bioscience, 2008-2010
Editorial Board of Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering, 2008-present
Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today, 2008-present
Editorial Board of Nano Research, 2007-present
Editorial Board of Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2007-present
Editorial Board of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications, 2007-present
Editorial Board of Letters in Organic Chemistry, 2007-2010
International Advisory Board of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, 2007-present
Editorial Board of International Journal of Molecular Engineering, 2006-present
International Editorial Advisory Panel of Biomolecular Frontiers, 2006-present
International Advisory Board of Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 2006-2010
Editorial Board of Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 2005-2010
Advisory Board of Journal of Nanomaterials, 2005-2011
Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, 2005-present
Advisor in Life Sciences and Medicine, World Scientific Publishing Co., 2003-present
Editorial Advisory Panel of Materials Today, 2002-present
Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis A: General, 2000-2004
Advisory Editor of Molecular and Supramolecular Science, 2000-present
Editorial Board of Journal of Metastable and Nanostructured Materials, 2000-present
Associate Editor of Acta Materialia, 2000-2001
Associate Editor of Scripta Materialia, 2000-2001
Editor of Advances in Chemical Engineering, 1999-2004
Editorial Board of Nanoparticle Science and Technology, 1998-present
Guest Editor of Chemistry of Materials, Volume on Sol-Gel Derived Materials, 1997
Guest Editor of The AIChE Journal, Volume on Advanced Ceramics Processing, 1997
Associate Editor of Nanostructured Materials, 1997-1999
Guest Editor of Nanostructured Materials, 1997
Editorial Board of Journal of Electroceramics, 1996-2006
Guest Editor of Materials Science & Engineering A, 1995
Editorial Board of Journal of Porous Materials, 1993-present

Advisory Boards and Appointments
Singapore National Academy of Science Young Scientist Award, Singapore, Judging Panel, 2004, 2016
Universiti Teknologi Brunei , International Advisory Panel, 2016-2018
National University of Singapore, Singapore, Governing Board of Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore, 2015-2018; Management Board of NUS Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Initiative, 2009-present; Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, 2008-present; Visiting Committee for Division of Bioengineering, 2003; Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Courtesy Appointment;, 2003-present
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) Scientific Advisory Committee, 2015-2018
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Chair of Life Sciences Advisory Committee, 2015-2018
Raffles Institution, Singapore, Board of Governors, 2012-present; Establishment Subcommittee, 2015-present
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, KAUST Catalysis Center Scientific Advisory Board, 2014-2017; KAUST Center Competitive Funding Program Panel, 2013
United Nations Women, Singapore Committee, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Ambassador, 2014-present
National Research Foundation, Singapore, Competitive Research Programme Expert Panel on Computer and Engineering Sciences, 2013-2017
Raffles Girls’ Secondary School, Singapore, Board of Governors, 2005-present
Technology Review , Panel of Judges for TR35 Awards, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016; Panel of Judges for TR100 Awards, 2004
Universiti Sains Malaysia, External Examiner of School of Chemical Engineering, 2016
National Science Challenge, Singapore, Judge of the Grand Finals, 2009, 2014, 2015
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, Co-Chair of Outreach Committee of Science City@One North, 2016; Expert Panel of MedTech Innovation Grant Call, 2016; Selection Panel of A*STAR Investigatorship, 2015, 2016; Co-Chair of Review Panel for BMRC-SERC Diagnostics Joint Grant Call, 2011, 2015; Co-Chair of A*STAR Lead User of Research Institute Technologies Taskforce, 2015; Joint Council Management Committee, 2014-2016; Talent Action Group, 2014; Member of Science@50 Steering Committee – Celebrating 50 Years of Science and Technology in Singapore, 2014-present; Member of Biomedical Research Council Enterprise Risk Management Committee, 2013-present; Head of Subcommittee of Biopolis 10th Anniversary Carnevale and Family Day, 2013; Programme Committee and Session Chair of A*STAR Scientific Conference, 2009,2012; Science and Engineering Research Council Promotion Panel, 2011; Member of A*STAR Key Performance Indicators Review and Recognition Committee, 2010; Member of A*STAR Chemistry Working Group, 2009; Member of A*STAR Ad Hoc Committee for Intellectual Property and Contract Management, 2009; Ex-Officio Member of A*STAR Joint Council, 2008; Advisor of A*STAR Chemistry Club, 2008-present; Executive Committee Member of A*STAR Biological Resource Centre, 2006-07; Co-opted Member of A*STAR Executive Committee, 2005-06; Co-Chair for Singapore Nanotechnology Initiative, 2004-05; Chair for National Science and Technology Infrastructure Panel, 2004-05; Technical Advisor for Technology Scan Panel on Engineering Science in Medicine, 2004-05
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Visiting Professor, 2013-2014
Yayasan Mendaki, Singapore, Mentor of Project Protégé, 2012-2013
Singapore-MIT Alliance, Executive Committee, 2011-2014; Programme Selection and Review Committee, 2009-2013; Chair, 2011-2014
Economic Strategies Committee, Singapore Government, Information Technology Working Group of Subcommittee on Seizing Growth Opportunity, 2009-2010
World Economic Forum, Global Shapers Community – Founding Curator, 2011-present; Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies, 2009-2011; Global Agenda Council on the Challenges of Nanotechnology, 2008-09
Singapore Center for Chinese Language, Board of Directors, 2009-12; Research and Development Project Committee, 2009-12
Lifeboat Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board, 2008-present
Ministry of Education, Singapore, Primary Education Review and Implementation Committee, 2008-2009
SPRING Singapore – Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board, Policy Advisory Committee for Technology, 2007-08
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, 2013-2014; Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Science, 2007-2013
National Academy of Engineering, Committee to Identify Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering, 2006-07
Molecular Frontiers Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board, 2006-present
National Technology Award, Singapore, Selection Committee, 2003, 2006
National Research Council, Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology, Panel on Benchmarking for Chemical Engineering Research, 2006
Singapore Press Holdings Chinese News Papers, Singapore, Advisory Panel, 2005-present
Science Centre Science.05 – A Month of Science, Technology and Medicine, Singapore, Steering Committee, 2004-05
Singapore-University of Washington Alliance in Bioengineering , Chair of the Governing Board, 2003-08
United World College of South East Asia, Singapore, Board of Governors, 2003-04
Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore, Scientific Advisory Board, 2002-04
National Research Council of Canada Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, Canada, Advisory Board, 2001-present
Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, Germany, Scientific Advisory Board, 2001-07
Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance , Molecular Engineering Program Chair, 2000-03; Faculty Fellow, 2000-06
University of Queensland Nanomaterials Centre, Australia, International Advisory Board, 2000-03

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