Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS)

Student involvement is a critical component of TERMIS. SYIS provides a platform for the "next generation" of scientists and engineers in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to interact. SYIS aims to further the professional and scientific development of its members. The TERMIS definition for a Student member is any individual, who is engaged as a full-time graduate or undergraduate, in a university or college program and is actively involved in research in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Young Investigators are defined as persons who are employed by an academic institution in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, who have been awarded their doctoral degree within the past 5 years and who are not holding an appointment as a faculty or academic staff in a university/research institute.

TERMIS-SYIS AP Council Members

Yinghong Zhou - SYIS-AP Chair 
Dr Yinghong Zhou is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry, where she leads the ImmunoEngineering for Regenerative Dentistry research team. Leveraging her background in clinical dentistry and biomedical engineering, Yinghong’s research focuses on decoding biological cues to design innovative cell-instructive scaffolds for the regeneration of bone and periodontal tissues. Beyond her research, Yinghong actively contributes to the professional development of SYIS by leading workshops on academic pathways for Women in STEM. She is also passionate about STEM education for future generations, having taken on roles such as Seed Grant Committee Lead and STEM Expert at Inspiring Australia since 2019. Outside of the lab, Yinghong finds joy in bushwalking and dancing Argentine Tango.


Ting Wang - SYIS-AP Chair-Elect
Ting Wang is a postdoctoral fellow in human pluripotent stem cells (ES and iPS cells) culture and differentiation for clinical application. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Zhengzhou University China in 2016, and a PhD at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, China in 2021. From 2021 to 2024, she served as a postdoctoral researcher at Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University.

Her primary research interest is in lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) based drug delivery for the treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases, and cancers. Currently, she mainly works on LNPs-based mRNA drug delivery for the treatment of ocular genetic disorders, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and RPE-65-related retinal degeneration. Meanwhile, she also works on enhancing the storage stability of mRNA-LNPs at mild storage conditions by achieving the lyophilization and optimization of LNPs compositions. Dr. Wang has published 11 SCI articles as the first or co-first author and has a huge passion for academic research in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Dr Wang served as a referee in the TERMIS-AP Webinar Student Contest in 2021, 2022 and 2023. She also serves as the TERMIS-AP SYIS Chair-Elect.


Dr. Anam Anjum - SYIS-AP Communications Officer
Dr Anam Anjum, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, completed her PhD at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Medicine, the Centre of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (CTERM) (https://www.ukm.my/ctermfper/). During her PhD, she received an outstanding thesis award and was honored with a graduation on-time certificate. Her PhD project focused on developing a spinal cord injury model. She explored the neuro-regenerative ability using various techniques such as immunocytochemistry, time-lapse assay, locomotor assessment, immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, and protein signaling pathway analysis.  

Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned her master's degree in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, the Centre of Drug Delivery Technology (https://www.ukm.my/farmasi/cddt/). She received the Best Pitching Presentation award in the Research Symposium organized by the Faculty of Pharmacy UKM in conjunction with Thammasat University Thailand in 2016 and was awarded the GOT (Graduation on time) certificate. Prior to that, Dr Anjum worked for two years in the Research and Development department at NovaMed Pharmaceutical PVT LTD from 2013 to 2015. She obtained her Bachelor's in Pharm-D (Doctor of Pharmacy) from the University of Sargodha, Pakistan (https://su.edu.pk/), where she was recognized with a gold medal for academice excellence (2007-2012).


Ziyu Wang - SYIS-AP Secretary
Dr Ziyu Wang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. He received a PhD in Tissue Engineering from the University of Sydney in 2022, along with a BE in Biomedical Engineering (Class I Honours) in 2017. His research employs a multidisciplinary approach encompassing biomedical engineering, biomaterials, immunology, and cell biology to develop innovative solutions for real-world health issues. Dr Ziyu Wang is interested in the use of biomimetic and biodegradable materials for the healing and regeneration of soft tissues. His current projects include testing innovative biodegradable vascular implants in large animal models, improving elastin regeneration in aged populations using polymeric nanodevices, and developing immunomodulatory band-aids for accelerating chronic wound healing. He has established collaborations with renowned researchers not only in Australia but also in the US, China, and Europe. Notably, his findings published in Advanced Materials have been featured in 55 news articles across eight languages. This wide reach presents significant potential for fostering collaboration and engagement within the scientific community and beyond. As TERMIS-AP SYIS Secretary, he assists the TERMIS-AP chapter in organising scientific and social events for EMCRs.


Shou Jin Phang - SYIS-AP Treasurer
Shou Jin Phang obtained his bachelor's degree from Newcastle University, United Kingdom. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree at Universiti Malaya, Malaysia; which involves collaborations with the Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Taylor’s University. His PhD project is primarily focusing on the development of phlorotannin-incorporated nanofiber as a potential wound dressing towards accelerating diabetic wound healing. As the SYIS-AP Treasurer, he is responsible for the financial aspects of the activities organised for the SYIS.