Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Ng Kee Woei

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

Assoc Prof Ng Kee Woei

Dr Ng Kee Woei was one of the first recipients of the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship. A mechanical engineer by training, he completed his PhD at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, in 2006. Dr Ng underwent postdoctoral training at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and at the Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR. He has worked on a number of projects to tissue engineer skin, bone and cartilage. He is also interested in pursuing fundamental understanding of cell-material interactions, including the toxicological influence of nanomaterials. Prior to joining NTU in 2008, Dr Ng was senior research fellow at the Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR, working on epithelial stem cells, wound healing and keratin dynamics.
Research Interests
Dr Ng's research interests centres around tissue engineering and the use of various synthetic and natural biomaterials for biomedical applications. He is also interested in fundamental studies to further our understanding of cell-material interactions. In line with this, Dr Ng also works on studying the physiological and toxicological effects of nanomaterials and the mechanisms that lead to those effects.
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 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
  • 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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