Events - 2012


DR SLAVEN GARAJ JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON 17 SEPTEMBER 2012 AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JOINTLY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS. HE IS A RECIPIENT OF THE NRF FELLOWSHIP.

Dr. Slaven Garaj received his PhD at Swiss Federal institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in the field of solid-state physics. He continued his research career at Harvard University, working at the intersection of nano- and bio-sciences, particularly by developing novel methods for electrical (4th generation) DNA sequencing based on nanopores. 

His research interest is in studying the interaction between nanostructures and biomolecules, and understanding the structure and behaviour of individual biomolecules. The accumulated knowledge is applied towards inventing and developing novel biosensing devices. 
Email:  slaven@nus.edu.sg      

DR KAH CHEN YONG, JAMES JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON 24 SEPTEMBER 2012 AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.

Dr Kah received his PhD from Graduate Programme in Bioengineering, National University of Singapore in 2009. He was a Postdoctoral Associate in Department of Biological Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining us. 

His research interests are Nanomedicine, Nanobiotechnology, Bio-nanomaterials, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics and Biosensors.  read more

Email:   kah@nus.edu.sg

DR YEOW CHEN HUA, RAYE JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON 10 AUGUST 2012 AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.

Dr Yeow obtained his PhD from Department of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore in 2010. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in BioRobotics Lab at Harvard University before joining us. 

His research interests are Biomechanics, Sports, Surgical & Rehabilitation Robotics, Medical Device Design, Evolution.  read more

Email:   rayeow@nus.edu.sg


DR MICHAEL J.A. GIRARD JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON 16 JULY 2012 AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.

Dr Girard received his PhD from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, New Orleans.  He pursued postdoctoral work in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, UK and then became an independent Research Fellow at the same institution before joining us.

His research interests are in experimental, theoretical, and computational soft tissue biomechanics and intends to bring engineering to the clinic and provide diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for biomechanically-related pathologies.  read more

Email:  mgirard@nus.edu.sg

DR REN HONGLIANG JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON 20 JUNE 2012 AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.

Dr Ren received his PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2008.

Following his graduation, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) and the Engineering Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology (ERC-CISST), Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Computer Science, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, from 2008 to 2010.  Prior to joining NUS, he also worked as a Research Fellow, in the area of image-guided robotic surgery systems, at the Surgical Innovation Institute of Children's National Medical Center, and the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Lab, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Children's Hospital Boston & Harvard Medical School, USA.

His research interests are in Computer-Integrated Surgical (CIS) systems, biomedical mechatronics, medical robotics and biomedical sensor networks.  read more

Email:  ren@nus.edu.sg

DR CHEN CHIA HUNG JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON 16 APRIL 2012 AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.

Dr Chen obtained his PhD at Cambridge University and MS at Harvard University.  He was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Biological Engineering/Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT before joining us. 

His research interests are in the development of integrated Microfluidic platform for high throughput bioassay. The microfluidic approaches have been widely applied to improve many analytical methods in Chemistry and Biology, such as DNA sequence screening, protein crystallization, enzyme assay and cell cytotoxicity. His research interest is focused on using the techniques of droplet-based microfluidics for applications in system biology, medical diagnostics, point of care testing, high throughput screening for drug discovery and tissue engineering.  read more  

Email:  biecch@nus.edu.sg

ELECTION OF PROF JAMES GOH AS VICE-PRESIDENT OF IFMBE

Prof James Goh was recently elected Vice-President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) on 28th May 2012 during the IFMBE General Assembly held in conjunction with the 2012 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in Beijing, China.

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ENGAGING THE INDUSTRY - BIOENGINEERING SHOWCASE 2012

FROM coming out with solutions related to spine problems, detecting pre-cancerous cells which may lead to colorectal cancer, to what's needed for comfort in a pair of shoes - these are just some of the research projects featured in Bioengineering Showcase 2012.

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"TEAM FROM NUS WINS BEST STUDENT PODIUM AWARD AT 3RD INTERNATIONAL FOOT AND ANKLE BIOMECHANICS CONGRESS".

A team comprising Asst Prof LEE Taeyong, PhD student TEOH Jee Chin, undergraduate students Cythia LIM and LOW Jin Huat from the Department of Bioengineering attended the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Congress held at Sydney, Australia, from 11 April to 13 April 2012.

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"PROF LIM CHWEE TECK AND HIS CO-WORKERS' RESEARCH WORK ON COLLECTIVE CELL MIGRATION HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN A PRESTIGIOUS JOURNAL, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (PNAS)".

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"RESEARCH WORK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN A PRESTIGIOUS JOURNAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA(PNAS)".

Associate Professor Zhang Yong and his PhD student Muthu Kumara Gnanasammandhan have developed a novel up conversion nanoparticle technology and used them for gene therapy and for the first time, they have achieved controlling the expression of genes in deep tissues by using upconversion nanoparticles as light nanotransducers. The developed remote photo activation technology will be useful in a wide range of biological and biotechnical application.

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Dr Mrinal Musib joined the Department on 11 December 2012 as a Lecturer

Dr Musib received his PhD within the joint graduate program in Biomedical Engineering between the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and University of Texas, San Antonio. Following his PhD, he pursued his post-doctoral fellowship at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York under the mentorship of Prof. Subrata Saha. Prior to joining the Bioengineering department at NUS he was a consultant for Johnson and Johnson at their Asia-pacific regional office in Singapore.

The teaching interests of Dr Musib include Biomaterials, Biology for (Bio)Engineers, Ethical issues in Science and Engineering and Cell-biomaterial interactions. His research interests include orthopedic biomaterials, cell-nanobiomaterial interactions and drug release from polymeric biomaterials.  read more

Email:  biemkm@nus.edu.sg     

"NUS START-UP WINS ASIAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD 2012".

Founders of Clearbridge BioMedics, Dr Wu, Mr Johnson Chen (Managing Director) and Prof Lim Chwee Teck with the Asian Entrepreneurship Award

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"MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH GARNER AWARD".

Prof Lim Chwee Teck, who is with the NUS Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering and the NUS Mechanobiology Institute, is one of the team members of the Program Grant project on "Probing mechano-transduction by cell-cell junctions at the nano- and micro-scales". He is the only recipient from Singapore, a non-HFSPO member country.

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"Associate Professor Michael Raghunath was presented on 16 January 2012 with the NGS Excellent Mentor Award by Prof Philip Moore, Executive Director, of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering".

Professor Lim Chwee Teck was presented on 16 January 2012 with the NGS Excellent Mentor Award by Prof Philip Moore, Executive Director, of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering"