Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Ng Kee Woei

Associate Chair (Research)
Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Assistant Chair (Research), School of Materials Science & Engineering

Assoc Prof Ng Kee Woei

Prof Ng holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Medicine. He was one of the first recipients of the A*STAR Graduate Scholarships. After postdoctoral fellowship stints at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR, Prof Ng joined NTU in 2008. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. Prof Ng’s research is highly interdisciplinary and translational in nature, spanning across disciplines including healthcare, food & agriculture, defense, security, construction and nanotechnology. He holds concurrent positions as the Program Director of the NTU-Harvard School of Public Health Initiative on Sustainable Nanotechnology, and as the Deputy Director of the Environmental Chemistry & Materials Centre, Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (ECMC-NEWRI). He is also a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA.
Research Interests
1. Understanding cell-nanomaterial interactions in the context of Nanotoxicology and Nanomedicine
2. Development of sustainable nanotechnology approaches for food and agriculture applications
3. Development of keratin based functional materials for biomedical applications
4. Development of 3D in vitro culture models
Current Projects
  • A Double-Sided Tape Approach To Fibre Reinforced Polymer Applications
  • A feasibility study of keratin as a tissue regeneration template for chronic wounds (Proj Code: ISG/11021)
  • Acne and Sebaceous Gland Program in SRIS@Novena
  • Characterisation of Nanoparticle Emissions from Fused Deposition 3D Printing
  • Collaborative Research Study on Behaviour of Silver, Titanium Dioxide and Silica Nanoparticles in Various Food Matrices and Conditions
  • Developing "Smart" Topical Delivery System
  • Developing Functional Scaffolds for Blood Vessel Engineering using Human Hair Proteins
  • Developing Novel Keratin Templates as Dermal Equivalents - A Preclinical Study
  • Development of Nanofingerprinting system under Project RIDGES phase 2
  • Development of Poly(ethylene glycol)-Keratin Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications
  • Development of a 3D-RHE intestine model and co-culture system to assess the potential risk of nanogenotoxicity following oral consumption of foods
  • Development of a Photocrosslinkable Hair Keratin Based Hydrogel for Regenerating Vascularized Skin Grafts
  • Engineering bone grafts in a novel dynamic electromagnetic bioreactor
  • Enzyme-assisted methods to develop functional materials based on keratins
  • Evaluation of a nanoparticle siSPARC delivery system as a treatment for dermal fibrosis
  • Evaluation of keratin coated substrates in promoting keratinocyte differentiation and migration
  • Expertise in natural materials & regenerative medicine
  • Modulating mesenchymal stem cell differentiation by controlling cellular morphology and material surface topography
  • Nanotechnology to Diagnose, Prevent, and Treat Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nanotechnology to Diagnose, Prevent, and Treat Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nature-Derived Nanocellulose as a Food Ingredient to Modulate Fat and Carbohydrate Absorption
  • Novel hybrid nanostructure arrays for multiplexing electrochemical immunosensors
  • Research Collaboration on High Speed Flash X-Ray System
  • Respiratory And Cardiovascular Health Risk Of Engineered Nanomaterials Released From Printing Equipment: A Case Study Of Potential Environmental Health And Safety Implications Across The Life Cycle Of Nano-Enabled Products
  • Smart Wound Regeneration Templates Based on Hair Proteins
  • Sub Project 6 - Importance of Toughness/Hardness in Ceramics Armours
  • Thrust 2 - Anti-Tamper Mechanisms For Secured Electronics Packages
  • Understanding the Social, Environmental and Health Impact of Nanomaterials
Selected Publications
  • Mustafa Hussian Kathawala, Wei Long Ng, Dan Liu, May Win Naing, Wai Yee Yeong, Kara Spiller, Mark van Dyke, Kee Woei Ng. (2019). Healing of Chronic Wounds -An Update of Recent Developments and Future Possibilities. Tissue Engineering Part B Reviews, .
  • Luong T.H. Nguyen, Aristo Muktabar, Jinkai Tang, Vinayak P. Dravid, C. Shad Thaxton, Subbu Venkatraman, Kee Woei Ng. (2017). Engineered nanoparticles for the detection, treatment and prevention of atherosclerosis: how close are we?. Drug Discovery Today, 22(9), 1438-1446.
  • Wang S, Wang Z, Foo SEM, Tan NS, Yuan Y, Lin W, Zhang Z, Ng KW. (2015). Culturing Fibroblasts in 3D Human Hair Keratin Hydrogels. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7(9), 5187-5198.
  • S. Xiong, X. Zhao, B.C. Heng, K.W. Ng, J. Loo. (2011). Cellular uptake of Poly-(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles synthesized through solvent emulsion evaporation and nanoprecipitation method. Biotechnology Journal, .

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