Research Categories

Interface of Biology and Engineering (Engineering in Biology)

NameResearch Interests
Assoc Prof Ali MiserezStructural properties of biological materials from the macro-scale to the nano-scale Multi-scale structural and mechanical properties of biological materials, including biominerals. Elastomeric and structural properties of bioelastomers Protein chemistry of sclerotized hard-tissues from marine organisms, such as Cephalopod Single-molecular force spectroscopy of structural and elastic proteins Underwater adhesion mechanisms of adhesive proteins Biofouling RNA-sequencing and proteomics of extra-cellular biological materials Advanced Metal/Ceramic composites Experimental Fracture Mechanics
Assoc Prof Ang Wei Tech- BioRobotics / Bio-Mechatronics - Rehabilitation Engineering - Assistive Technology - Robotic Microsurgery - Robotic Cell Micromanipulation
Assoc Prof Arindam BasuLow-power Reconfigurable Mixed-signal design, Neural recording systems, Computational neuroscience, Nonlinear dynamics, Smart sensors for hearing-aids/ultrasound etc, Neuromorphic VLSI
Prof Atsushi GotoPolymer Chemistry and Polymer Materials 1) Controlled syntheses of polymers 2) Development of new living radical polymerization via organic catalysis 3) Creation of new advance polymer materials using structurally controlled polymers
Assoc Prof Cai YiyuHis interest in Interactive & Digital Media (IDM) mainly includes Tactile/Haptic VR System Design, GPU-accelerated Digital Media Processing, Serious Games and Simulation, and Computer-aided Design. He has been doing research in the intersection of IDM, and Bio & Medical Sciences covering from Computer-assisted Surgery to Volumetric Cellular Image Processing to Phase I/II Drug Clinical Trial Design to Protein Docking. In MedTech field, he pioneered the research and development on Cardiovascular and Intracardiac Interventional Simulation for pre-treatment planning and training application. He is also active in industry-oriented research working closely with Engineering and Education sectors.
Assoc Prof Cao BinBiofilms in natural and engineered systems Biofilm-mediated environmental bioprocesses Biofilm biology-informed biofilm engineering Biofilm-enabled biotechnological applications
Prof Chan Bee Eng, MaryHer main research interests are in polymers in nanoscience and biotechnology. She has published extensively, with more than 240 papers in top-tier journals. She is a leader in the field of antibacterial and antibiofilm polymers. Her group has invented a new class of potent cationic antimicrobial polymers which are non-toxic and biocompatible. Her antibacterial polymers are more environmentally friendly than current disinfectives and are being applied as device coatings and solutions to fight the global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) public health crisis. These new antimicrobial polymers have been reported in Angewandte Chemie (2020), Chemical Science (2020), Nature Communications (2019), Nano Letters (2018), ACS Nano (2015), Advanced Materials (2012) and Nature Materials (2011). Her polymers are explored for human and animal infections. The key inventions of Mary include glycosylated block co-beta-peptides that can eradicate biofilm and persister bacteria that are not easily treatable by classical antibiotics and which are the cause of recurrent infections. She also invented a series of polyimidazoliums that have antibiotic-like properties and ultra-high selectivity window, so that these can be exploited in complex consumer care products. She pioneered microporous antibacterial hydrogels that kill bacteria through acting as an anion sponge. These hydrogel coatings have been applied to contact lens and wound dressing Her patents have been used by/licensed to companies. Professor Mary Chan contributes actively to the industry through industry cooperation projects, consultancy and licensing of her technologies.
Prof Chen Wei Ning, William1. Food Waste Management; 2. Food Processing Tech Innovations; 3. Metabolic and Microbial Engineering for Valuable Chemicals; 4. Sustainable Production of Food Ingredients; 5. Fermentation Technology; 6. Biomarkers Identification for Nutrition and Food Safety
Prof Chen XiaodongCurrently, Prof. Chen's research focuses on two directions: (1) Integrated nano-bio interface: to develop programmable nanostructure-biomaterial hybrid systems for monitoring, manipulating, and mimicking biological processes. (2) Programmable materials for energy conversion: to explore programmable modules for electrochemical energy conversion and storage.
Assoc Prof Cheong Siew AnnAsst Prof CHEONG Siew Ann's areas of expertise are in computational physics, complex system dynamics, and bioinformatics. He is currently working on the development of self-consistent stochastic boundary conditions for ab initio and molecular dynamics simulations, methods to accelerate Monte Carlo simulations and high-dimensional optimization. He is also interested in developing automatic coarse-graining algorithms to perform data-driven identification of effective degrees of freedom in financial markets, very-large-scale computer simulations. He is also working on applying ideas from the Renormalization Group in statistical physics to the mining of very-large-scale databases.