LIM Chwee Teck




BEng (First Class Hon), NUS
PhD, University of Cambridge, UK


Appointment Status


Provost's Chair Professor
Deputy Head (Administration & External Relations)
Group Head, Centre for Advanced 2D Materials
Principal Investigator, Mechanobiology Institute
Fellow, University Scholars Programme
Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology



Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering


Curriculum Vitae


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Tel: +(65) 6516-7801
Fax: +(65) 6776 5322



Research Interests

  1. Human disease biomechanics & mechanobiology
  2. Microfluidic technologies for disease detection, diagnosis and therapy
  3. 2D materials for biomedical applications

Technopreneurship & Startups

  1. Co-founder, Flexosense
  2. Co-founder, Clearbridge mFluidics
  3. Co-founder, Clearbridge NanoMedics
  4. Co-founder & Advisor, Clearbridge BioMedics
  5. Co-founder and Affiliated Partner, Clearbridge Accelerator
  6. Co-founder, Robust Dynamics

Selected Awards & Honours (out of over 60)

  1. International Precision Medicine Conference (IPMC) Prize 2017
  2. Winner, Modern Aging Singapore 2016
  3. ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2016
  4. 14 Inspiring Innovators From Asia, Asian Scientist, 2016
  5. Elected Fellow, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
  6. IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2016
  7. JT Award, TechPlanter Singapore, 2016
  8. Seven Singaporean Scientists to Watch, Asian Scientist, 2016
  9. Asian Scientist Top 100 List 2016
  10. Elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering
  11. Elected Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore
  12. Vladimir K. Zworykin Award, International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering 2015
  13. Provost's Chair Professorship, 2014 – present
  14. Outstanding Researcher Award, NUS University Awards 2014
  15. Outstanding Innovator Award, NUS Innovation & Enterprise Awards 2014
  16. TIE50 Award, TIEcon 2014
  17. Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award 2012
  18. Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Audience Choice Awards 2012
  19. Gold, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards 2012
  20. TechVenture Most Disruptive Technology Award 2012
  21. First Prize, Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012
  22. InnovFest Promising Start-Up Award 2012
  23. HFSP Collaborative Research Grant Award 2012
  24. NGS Excellent Mentoring Award 2011/2012.
  25. Rising Star Innovator Award, TechVenture 2011
  26. President's Technology Award 2011
  27. Faculty Research Award 2011
  28. Elected Council Member, World Council of Biomechanics 2010 - present
  29. Most Cited Article, Acta Biomaterialia, 2006 - 2010
  30. IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2010
  31. Most Cited Author 2005-2008, Acta Biomaterialia
  32. Cited in MIT Technology Review: 10 Emerging Technologies and their impact, 2006
  33. MRS Outstanding Paper Award, MRS Fall Meeting 2004

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Membership in Scientific/Professional Organization


Editorial Board Member, Journal of Biomechanical Science and Engineering
Editorial Board Member, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (Nature Publishing Group)
Editorial Board Member, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Editorial Board Member, Extreme Mechanics Letters
Associate Editor, Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering
Associate Editor, Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Biomicrofluidics
Editorial Board Member, BioNanoScience
Associate Editor, International Journal of Nanoscience
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Biomaterials
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Biorheology
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nanobiotechnology
Editorial Board Member, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Editorial Board Member, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters
International Advisory Board, Experimental Mechanics
Executive Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, Singapore
Executive Committee Member, Global Enterprise on Micro Mechanics & Molecular Medicine (GEM4)
Member, Institute of Engineers, Singapore
Life Member, World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers

Selected Journal Publications

  1. Saw, T B et al, Topological defects in epithelia govern cell death and extrusion, Nature, 544, 212-216, 2017.
  2. Warkiani, M E, et al, Ultra-fast, label-free isolation of circulating tumor cells from blood using spiral microfluidics, Nature Protocols, 14, 1, 128-37, 2016.
  3. Khoo, B L et al, Liquid biopsy and therapeutic response: Circulating tumor cell cultures for evaluation of anticancer treatment. Science Advances, 2, 7, e1600274, 2016.
  4. Yeo, J C et al, Flexible and stretchable strain sensing actuator for wearable soft robotics application, Advanced Materials Technologies, 1, 3, 2016.
  5. Yeo, T et al, Microfluidic enrichment for the single cell analysis of circulating tumor cells, Scientific Reports, 6, 22076, 2016.
  6. Wang, J et al, Haem-activated promiscuous targeting of artemisinin in Plasmodium falciparum, Nature Communications, 6, 10111, 2015.
  7. Gupta, M et al, Adaptive rheology and ordering of cell cytoskeleton govern matrix rigidity sensing, Nature Communications, 6, 7525, 2015.
  8. Vedula, S R K et al, Mechanics of epithelial closure over non-adherent environments, Nature Communications, 6, 6111, 2015.
  9. Lee, W C et al, Multivariate biophysical markers predictive of mesenchymal stromal cell multi potency, PNAS, 111(42):E4409-18, 2014.
  10. Yao, M et al, Force-dependent conformational switch of a-catenin controls vinculin binding, Nature Communications, 5, 4525, 2014.
  11. Lim, C T, S B Hoon, Circulating tumor cells: Cancer's deadly couriers, Physics Today, 67, 2, 26-30, 2014.
  12. Vedula, S R K et al, Epithelial bridges maintain tissue integrity during collective cell migration, Nature Materials, 13, 87-96, 2014.
  13. Hou H W et al, Isolation and retrieval of circulating tumor cells using centrifugal forces, Scientific Reports, 3, 1259, 2013.
  14. Thiery, J P, C T Lim, Tumor dissemination: An EMT affair, Cancer Cell, 23, 3, 272-273, 2013.
  15. Wang, Y T et al, Nanomechanics insights into the performance of healthy and osteoporotic bones, Nano Letters, 13, 11, 5247-5254, 2013.
  16. Vedula, S R K et al, Emerging modes of collective cell migration induced by geometrical constraints, PNAS, 109, 32, 12974-12979, 2012. (F1000 recommended as being of special significance)
  17. Wang, Y et al, Fluorinated Graphene for Promoting Neuro-Induction of Stem Cells, Advanced Materials, 31, 4285-4290, 2012. (selected for frontispiece)
  18. Lee, W C et al, The origin of enhanced stem cell growth and differentiation on graphene and graphene oxide, ACS Nano, 5, 9, 7334-7341, 2011.