Eliza FONG Li Shan

  • Senior Tutor

- Ph.D Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, USA
- B.Eng. ( Bioengineering) with 1st Class Honors, National University of Singapore

Professional Work Experience

2010 - 2015 Ph.D. Candidate, Rice University, Houston, USA
2009 - 2010 Teaching Assistant, National University of Singapore

Research Interest

  1. Biomaterials
  2. Tumor Microenvironment
  3. Three-Dimensional Tumor Models
  4. Drug Testing

Selected Awards & Honours


  • NUS Early Career Award


  • BioScience Research Collaborative, Collaborative Shared Prize
  • Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering travel Grant


  • Society of Biomaterials STAR Award
  • Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Travel Grant
  • Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC) Invited Participant


  • Rice Bioengineering Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Travel Grant

2010 - 2015

  • National University of Singapore-Overseas Graduate Scholarship

2008/09 and 2005/06

  • Faculty of Engineering Dean’s List

Selected Journal Publications

  1. Fong EL, Harrington DA, Farach-Carson MC, Yu H. Heralding a New Paradigm in 3D Tumor Modeling. Biomaterials. 2016 Sep.
  2. Fong EL, Wan X, Yang J, Morgado M, Mikos AG, Harrington DA, Navone NM, Farach-Carson MC. A 3D in vitro model of patient-derived prostate cancer xenograft for controlled interrogation of in vivo tumor-stromal interactions. Biomaterials. 2016 Jan;77:164-72.
  3. Pan T, Fong EL, Martinez M, Harrington DA, Lin S-H, Farach-Carson MC, Satcher R, Three-dimensional (3D) culture of bone-derived human 786-O renal cell carcinoma retains relevant clinical characteristics of bone metastasesCancer Letters, 2015 May
  4. Chang MA, Patel V, Gwede M, Morgado M, Tomasevich K, Fong EL, Farach-Carson MC, Delk NA, IL-1β induces p62/SQSTM1 and represses androgen receptor expression in prostate cancer cellsJournal of Cellular Biochemistry, 2014 Dec;115(12):2188-97
  5. Fong EL, Martinez M, Yang J, Mikos AG, Kasper FK, Harrington DA, Farach-Carson MC, Developing a Clinically Relevant Model of Bone Metastatic Prostate CancerMolecular Pharmaceutics, 2014 Apr; 11(7):2040-2050
  6. Fong EL, Santoro M, Farach-Carson MC, Kasper FK, Mikos AG, Tissue Engineering Perfusable Cancer ModelsCurrent Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 2014 Feb; 3:112-117
  7. Fong EL, Lamhamedi-Cherradi SE, Burdett E, Ramamoorthy V, Lazar AJ, Kasper FK, Farach-Carson MC, Vishwamitra D, Demicco EG, Menegaz BA, Amin HM, Mikos AG, Ludwig JA, Modeling Ewing Sarcoma Tumors in vitro with 3D scaffolds, PNAS, 2013 Apr; 110(16):6500-5.
  8. Fong EL, Brendan M. Watson, F. Kurtis Kasper, Antonios G. Mikos,Building Bridges: Leveraging Interdisciplinary Collaborations in the Development of Biomaterials to Meet Clinical Needs, Advanced Materials, 2012 Sep; 24(36):4995-5013
  9. Fong EL, Chan CK, Goodman SB. Stem Cell Homing in Musculoskeletal Injury. Biomaterials, 2011 Jan; 32(2):395-409
  10. Chatterjee DK, Fong EL, Zhang Y. Nanoparticles in Photodynamic Therapy: An Emerging ParadigmAdvanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 2008 Dec; 60(15):1627-37