William CHEN Wei Ning


William CHEN Wei Ning 
Biomolecular Engineering
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Office: 63162870 
Biographical Profile
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 Food Science & Technology Education Programme. Under his leadership, the NTU-WUR collaboration has now expanded from a Joint 2nd Major in FST to a Joint PhD programme. In 2018, a new MoU has been signed between NTU and WUR during President Halimah's State Visit to the Netherlands. New components of the collaboration under the MoU would include a SkillsFuture food science programme, joint research efforts in food ingredients and green food processing, as well as nurturing next-generation food technology leaders through student exchange programmes and workshops.
Professor Chen’s research is highly inter-disciplinary with a strong focus on platform technologies for food tech innovations, which have resulted in his active joint R&D with food industry, government agencies and non governmental organisations. His research in nutrient recovery from food waste and natural food preservatives was covered in Future Forward programme by Channel News Asia (Jan 2015), reported in The Straits Times (Jun 2015, Apr 2016, Mar 2017, and Aug 2018), and international media including from Europe and USA. He has been extensively interviewed by many media outlets, including BBC World News, for his views on future food technologies and food security matters. 
Professor Chen is active as PI and Co-PI of competitive external research grants from major government funding agencies as well as leading international food industries, totalling more than S$20 million. He has published extensively (with more than 200 papers) in peer-reviewed international journals, and has been invited as a Plenary Speaker at various international conferences. He has also been invited as a Visiting Professor by Zhejiang University of Technology in 2016. In recognition of his contributions, he is now a Fellow of the US Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI).
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. 
Research Interests
1. Food Waste Management
2. Proteomics Platform for Clinical BiomarkersFood processing Tech Innovations
3. Metabolic and Microbial Engineering for Valuable Chemicals
4. Sustainable Production of Food Ingredients
5. Fermentation Technology
6. Biomarkers Indentification for Nutrition and Food Safety
Research Interest in the Neuroscience of Learning and Education
Our lab has research track record in applying ‘-omics’ technologies, in particular proteomics and metabolomics, to address various research questions including environment-host interactions and clinical biomarker identification. We have published more than 50 ‘-omics’ related papers over the past few years.
We propose to apply this technology platform to establish a saliva metabolomics in the context of Neuroscience of Learning and Education. The biomarkers identified under different learning conditions should provide CRADLE with a quantitative measurement of the Neuroscience of Learning and Education.