Professor Chen Wei Ning, William

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Michael Fam Endowed Chair Professor in Food Science and Technology
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore 637459
Director, NTU Food Science and Technology Programme (FST)
Director, Singapore Agri-food Innovation Lab (SAIL)
Co-Director, Singapore Future Ready Food Safety Hub (FRESH@NTU)

Tel: (65) 6316 2870





Research Focus

Professor Chen has more than 30 years of research experience. His food research focuses mainly on fermentation technology. His technology innovation in converting food waste to high value food ingredients has generated significant interests from food industry and government agencies. His food research was featured in the Future Forward programme (Channel News Asia), The Straits Times, and Lianhe Zaobao. 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, totaling more than S$15 million. He has published extensively (with more than 160 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).

Research Outline

Microbial Engineering for conversion of food waste to high value food ingredients
(featured in the Future Forward programme, Channel News Asia, 06 Jan 2015)

from left: Ms. Jaslyn Lee and Prof. Chen

Field trip to Barramundi Asia fish farm, with members of the Working Group on Food Security, Dec 2014

Visit to Wageningen University for joint graduate research programme, Oct 2014

(from left: Profs. William Chen, Harry Gruppen and NTU Associate Provost Prof. Yue CY)

Attending the MOU Signing Ceremony between NTU and Wageningen UR, which was witnessed by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands, 2013

Brief presentation of Food Research at NTU to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands, 2013

Keynote Session Chair (Left photo) and Invited Speaker (Right photo) at the 4th GlobalTech on Challenges and Solutions
for Sustainable Water Management in Urban Centres

Attending The Mahidol International Conference on Infections and Cancers as a Plenary Speaker, Thailand, 2012
From left: Prof. Prasit (Organizing Chairman), Prof. Barry Marshall (2005 Nobel Prize Laureate), Mrs. Pornchai,
Prof. Harald zur Hausen (2008 Noble Prize Laureate), Dr. Toh Han Chong, Prof. Pornchai (far end of photo) and Prof. Chen

Attending The International Congress on Analytical Proteomics as a Plenary Speaker, Spain, 2011.
with Prof. Juan-Pablo Albar (centre)

Visiting University of Hamburg as an Invited Institute Seminar Speaker, Germany, 2011.
With Prof. Hans Will (right)

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Attending The BioEnergy Asia Conference 2011 as a Plenary Speaker, Bangkok, Thailand
with Dr. Beau Damen (right), Bioenergy Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Journey to Tianjin University China as an Invited Guest, 2010

With Prof. Matt Tirrell (centre) when visiting Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, 2010

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Delivering Welcome Speech at ISSB, 2010      

With Dr. Andy Ho, Senior Writer with The Straits Times

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Invited Speaker at Research Forum on 25th Anniversary of Singapore’s National Hepatitis B Immunization Programme,
Old Parliament House, Singapore, 2010
(from left ) Prof. Chen, A/Prof. Goh Kee Tai (MOH) and A/Prof. Lee Seng Gee (NUH)

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Imperial College-NTU Symposium on Interfacing Engineering and Biology, June 2008

Hosting Prof. Jay Keasling's seminar on Synthetic Biology at NTU.
(from left) Prof. Keasling (facing camera), Prof. Chen, A/P. Sanjay Swarup, A/P. Peter
Droge, and Prof. Ching

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Prof. Antoine Danchin (right), Institut Pasteur Paris

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Prof. André Goffeau (right), Université Catholique de Louvain , Belgium

Research Funding

Principal Investigator of Research Grants awarded by:  

  • Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)
  • Leading US Food & Beverage Company
  • Environment & Water Industry Development Council (EWI)
  • National Research Foundation, Singapore
  • National Medical Research Council, Singapore
  • Biomedical Research Council (A*STAR), Singapore 
  • Singapore Cancer Syndicate (A*STAR)
  • Academic Research Fund, Ministry of Education, Singapore