In Summary

Dr Peng-Yuan (George) Wang has been awarded a place in the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Program by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Dr Wang, a postdoctoral research fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award earlier this year for his work on human induced pluripotent stem cells and binary colloidal crystals.

Pluripotent stem cells hold great promise in the field of regenerative medicine.

Next month Dr Wang will visit major research universities and institutes in China including Tsinghua University, Sichuan University, Institute of Solid State Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen University and Fudan University to learn about their science and research environments.

Dr Wang will showcase his research outcomes over 10 years in biomaterial fabrication, surface science and human stem cell culture as well as tissue engineering.

The focus of his research is on how surface properties influence stem cell behaviour. The outcomes can bring huge benefits in the production of new cell culture material or surfaces and tissue engineering.

Dr Wang will also discuss the capabilities of Swinburne’s research laboratories and his groups at CSIRO and University of Melbourne to enable future scientific research collaborations with Chinese institutions.

This Young Scientists Exchange Program involves a two-week exchange of 16 Australian and 16 Chinese researchers from the fields of Science and Engineering in early November 2015.

The Australian and Chinese Governments jointly fund the program for early to mid-career researchers. Australian involvement is supported through the Australia-China Science and Research Fund.