Invited Speakers

Professor Frank Caruso
University of Melbourne, Australia

Frank Caruso is a Laureate Professor and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He is also Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence on “Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology”. He received his PhD degree in 1994 from The University of Melbourne, and from 1994-1997 was at the CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers in Melbourne. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces from 1997–2002. From 2003-2012 he was an ARC Federation Fellow and from 2012-2017 an ARC Laureate Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers and is a Highly Cited Researcher (2018, Clarivate Analytics). He was also on Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. He is an Executive Editor of Chemistry of Materials and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of ten other scientific journals. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2009 and of the Royal Society of London in 2018.



Professor Elizabeth New
The University of Sydney, Australia

Elizabeth (Liz) undertook her undergraduate and Masters studies at the University of Sydney. She then completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Durham (UK) with Prof. David Parker before taking on a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked with Prof. Chris Chang. In 2012, she returned to the University of Sydney to establish her independent research career, holding an ARC DECRA fellowship (2012-2014) and Westpac Research Fellowship (2016-2019). She is a member of the University of Sydney Nano Institute and a CI on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science. Her research focusses on the development of small molecule fluorescent sensors for biological and environmental applications. Her research awards include the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2017) and the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (2019).



Professor Weibo Cai
University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA

Weibo Cai is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Radiology, Medical Physics, Materials Science & Engineering, and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Dr. Cai’s research at UW-Madison ( is primarily focused on molecular imaging and nanobiotechnology. Dr. Cai has authored >330 peer-reviewed articles (total citation: >27,000 times; h-index: 88), edited 3 books, and given >280 talks. Dr. Cai has received many awards, including American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2013-2017), Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2018), Fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI, 2019), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, 2021), among others. Dr. Cai is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nanobiotechnology (IF 6.518), and Associate Editor of European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (IF 7.081). What Dr. Cai is most proud of is that his trainees at UW - Madison have received >100 awards to date, and more than a dozen of Dr. Cai’s trainees have started independent research groups at world-class universities.



Assoc Professor Hang T. Ta
Griffith University, Australia

Hang Ta is an Associate Professor at School of Environment and Science and Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University. She is a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow and currently leads a team of 8 students and a research fellow working on nanomaterials for diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases. She got a PhD in biomaterials for drug delivery from University of Melbourne and then worked at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and University of Queensland before moving to Griffith University in 2020. A/Prof Ta has been awarded a number of prizes, grants and prestigious fellowships such as National Heart Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, NHMRC ECR fellowship and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship. She has secured over $3.9 million ($3.2 million as CIA) in competitive grant funding from national funding agencies for both discovery and infrastructure projects.



Professor Xin Chen
Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China

Professor Xin Chen is the Head of the Institute of Polymer Science, Xi'an Jiao Tong University (XJTU), P. R. China. He also took honor professor positions at The Fourth Military Medical University, The Second Affiliated Hospital of XJTU and Sichuan University of Science & Engineering.

Prof. Chen mainly engaged in the research of synthesis, functionalization and application of stimuli-responsive biomaterials for diseases therapy and tissues regeneration. He is hosting 15 national and provincial funds, published over 60 papers, 3 book chapters and 10 patents as the corresponding author in the fields of biomedicine and material science, including Nature Biomedical Engineering, Science Translational Medicine, Science Advances, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Nano, Biomaterials and Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

Based on his academic reputation, Prof. Chen got the honor of provincial level scholar and national level scholar in 2016 and 2020, respectively. He was also selected as the committee member of the National Society of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at 2019 and the National Society of Oral Biomedicine at 2020.



Dr Xin Zhao
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Dr. Xin Zhao is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). She obtained her PhD at University College London, UK and postdoc training at Harvard University, USA, before joining PolyU. Her research interest is on Translational Regenerative Medicine, where she integrates multi-disciplinary approaches including material science, cell biology, engineering and medicine to modulate cell microenvironments, control cell behaviors and generate tissue-engineered organs, for addressing clinical issues. She has published >90 articles (with h-index of 33 in Google Scholar, 5 of which are ESI highly cited paper) in prestigious journals including Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Chem. Rev., Mater. Today, Adv. Funct. Mater., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Biomaterials, Small. She has successfully attracted over 10 grants (⁓11 million) as principal investigator from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), Innovation and Technology Fund of Hong Kong (ITF), National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation, private company, etc.



Dr Tushar Kumeria
UNSW Sydney, Australia

I am a Scientia Senior Lecturer and an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. I have co-authored 78 journal publications in top-tier journals in the field of nanomaterials, biomaterials, drug delivery, and sensing. that have attracted more than 2100 citations on Scopus and returns an H-index of 27. I completed my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Adelaide with a Doctoral Thesis Medal and Dean’s Commendation Letter. After that, I spent two years at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) as a postdoc in Prof. M. J. Sailor’s lab and returned to Australia in 2017.  Porous materials-based drug delivery systems for efficient and targeted delivery.

  1. Porous materials/Polymer composite scaffolds and implants for tissue engineering
  2. Porous photonic crystals-based point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and environmental applications.



Asst Prof Eun Ji Chung
University of Southern California, USA

Eun Ji Chung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California and the Dr. Karl Jacob Jr. and Karl Jacob III Early Career Chair. She has a courtesy appointment in Chemical Engineering, Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension), and Surgery (Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Repair), and is an affiliated faculty at the Norris Cancer Center and the Stem Cells department. Her laboratory is interested in harnessing molecular design and self-assembly to develop nano- to macroscale biomaterials that can be utilized in medicine. Dr. Chung received her B.A. with honors in Molecular Biology from Scripps College, her Ph.D. from the Department of Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, and her postdoctoral training from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. Dr. Chung is a recipient of the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2014) and the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (DP2, 2018), and was named 35 Under 35 from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2017), an Emerging Investigator in Biomaterials Science (2017), Young Innovator in Nanobiotechnology from Nano Research (2018), Emerging Investigator from the Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2019), New Innovator from IEEE-Nanomed (2019), Rising Star in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering as well as the Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering from BMES (2020). Dr. Chung is an Associate Editor for the journals Bioactive Materials and Frontiers in Digital Health and Health Technologies.