|Prof Chen Wei Ning, William|
Division of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Phone: (+65)6316 2870
- DSc University of Louvain 1989
- BSc University of Louvain 1985
|As a government scholar, Professor Chen received his university education (both B.Sc. and D.Sc.) from Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. |
Professor Chen joined NTU as an Associate Professor in 2002, and received his tenure award (Associate Professor) in 2008. He was promoted to tenured Full Professor of Biomolecular Engineering in 2011. At the University level, Professor Chen is the Director of the 2nd Major in Food Science & Technology Programme. He is concurrently in charge of the Graduate Education Office at Nanyang Environment & Water Resource Institute (NEWRI).
Professor Chen has shown outstanding dedication towards training university students at all levels. Thirteen PhD, 7 MSc, and numerous undergraduate students have graduated from his NTU lab since 2002. Professor Chen was honoured at the 2010 NTU convocation with the “Inspirational Mentorship”, in recognition of his effort in guiding the top undergraduate student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering to be the recipient of both Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and Koh Boon Hwee Scholar’s Awards. In 2013, his research attachment student from Raffles Institution (undisputedly the best institution for pre-tertiary learning in Singapore) won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SEEF).
Professor Chen’s research is highly inter-disciplinary with a strong focus on cellular bioengineering platforms for pharmaceutical and environmental applications. His current research is in the area of metabolic and microbial engineering toward production of valuable chemicals including biofuels, as well as environmental engineering for resource recovery and sustainable food production.
Professor Chen is active as PI and Co-PI of competitive external research grants, totalling more than S$12 million. He has published extensively (with more than 135 papers) in peer-reviewed international journals, and has been invited as a Plenary Speaker at various international conferences.
Professor Chen is active in professional services. He is an Academic Editor of PLoS ONE, and an Associate Editor/member of the Editorial Board of eight international journals. Professor Chen has been involved in organizing international conferences. He was the Organizing Chairman of the inaugural International Symposium on Synthetic Biology in 2010, an event widely reported in Singapore local media including a column analysis in The Straits Times.
In addition to teaching and research, Professor Chen has made dedicated service contributions to School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU and Singapore society at large.
|1. Biomolecular Engineering for Environment-Host Interactions; 2. Proteomics Platform for Clinical Biomarkers; 3. Metabolic and Microbial Engineering for Valuable Chemicals; 4. Environmental Engineering for Resource Recovery; 5. Sustainable Production of Food Ingredients|
|Research Grant |
- Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2013-) [by MOE]
- Environment & Water Industry Development Council (2013-) [by Public Utilities Board (PUB)]
- NRF Competitive Research Program (2010-) [by National Research Foundation (NRF)]
|Current Projects |
- (none) Financial support for trip to Arlington under Office of Naval Research Global-NTU Joint R&D
- Carotenoid Production in Natural Yeast Rhodosporidium Toruloides using Crude Glycerol as Substrate: Potential for Sustainable Food Industry
- Chiral Drugs and Cellular Signaling: Protein and Metabolite Profiling
- Engineering biology for valuable fuels- Metabolic pathway engineering
- Engineering biology for valuable fuels- Synthesis of medium chain fatty acids in S.Cerevisiae
- Fouling in Submerged Anaerobic Membrane BioReactors (SAMBRs) - Flux, Cod and Virus Removal
- Signaling of RhO GTP-binding Proteins in HBV Replication
- Tang XL, Feng HX, and Chen W*. (2013). Metabolic engineering for enhanced citrate production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Metabolic Engineering, 16C, 95-102.
- Tan JYL, Habib N, and Chen W*. (2012). A quantitative proteomics approach in the study of microRNA 181a in HepG2 cells. Current Proteomics, 9, 262-271.
- Bai J, Sadrolodabaee L and Chen W*. (2012). Recent Pharmacoproteomics Studies of Warfarin in the Asia-Pacific: A New Strategy for Personalized Medicine?. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 10, 322-331.
- Feng HX, Zhang JH, Tan J, Sadrolodabaee L and Chen W*. (2012). Proteomics-related Biomarkers for Hepatitis B Virus-Associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Current Status and Future Prospects. Future Virology, 7, 161-71.
- Zhao GL, Chen X, Wang L, Zhou SX, Feng HX, Lau R*, and Chen W*. (2012). Ultrasound assisted extraction of carbohydrates from microalgae as feedstock for yeast fermentation. Bioresource Technology, 128, 337-344.