BME graduate student awarded at 9th International Conference On Materials For Advanced Technologies
Congratulations to Mr Yeo Joo Chuan for being conferred the MRS-S Graduate Student Award at ICMAT 2017 attended by over 2,300 delegates. Joo Chuan is a PhD student of Prof Lim Chwee Teck and works on wearable microfluidic sensors. The “2017 MRS-S Graduate Student Award” endeavours to honour and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and materials research showcase a high level of excellence and distinction. The Awards are conferred to students with exceptional ability and who exhibit potential for significant future achievements in materials research. Joo Chuan’s research work was shortlisted to present to an international panel of judges and was favourably selected as one of the five recipients of the MRS-S Graduate Student Award.
The Department held the inaugural BME Showcase on 9th May 2017, at NUS Residential College 4. Organised by the Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance (BMEIA) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the event serves to showcase the research, entrepreneurial activities and academic achievements of Biomedical Engineering staff and students, and foster interaction with industry.
NUS Engineering Open House 2017
Our annual outreach programme during the Engineering Open House saw great success with double the number of attendees as compared to previous year. We were heartened by all the positive feedback received from the parents and pre-U students.
Thanks to Dr. James Kah and his team for heading this event and a big thanks to our alumni as well who came down to share their insights and experiences!
FlexoSense, winner of IDTechEx Launchpad, will be showcased in Berlin
Co-founded by Professor Lim Chwee Teck and graduate student Mr Yeo Joo Chuan, FlexoSense will be demonstrating its flexible sensor technology solutions for rehabilitative devices and lifestyle products at the IDTechEx Show in Berlin, Germany, from 10-11 May 2017.
The IDTechEx Show is an exhibition which showcases emerging technologies and provides a networking platform for over 200 exhibiting companies from 61 countries.
Publication in Nature
Professor Lim Chwee Teck from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanobiology Institute at NUS, in collaboration with researchers from Institut Jacques Monod (France) and Oxford University (UK), have discovered the primary mechanism driving the extrusion of dying cells from epithelial monolayers. This work has been published in Nature.
Reference: Saw et al., Topological defects in epithelia govern cell death and extrusion, Nature 544, 212–216 [12 April 2017] doi:10.1038/nature21718.
BME Professor conferred NUSS Professorship
Professor Lim Chwee Teck will be appointed as NUSS Professor from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. This award is in recognition of Prof Lim’s international research reputation and academic leadership.
Asian Deans' Forum - Workshop on Bioengineering, 11 and 12 March 2017
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at NUS has successfully organized the Workshop on Bioengineering 2017. The workshop is a key activity of the Asian Dean’s Forum (ADF).
NUS Open House 2017, 11th March 2017
An energy-filled Saturday as our BME Outreach Committee and student volunteers manned the BME booth. They addressed questions ranging from curriculum contents to job prospects and from Student Exchange Programmes to the recently drafted Three Pathways - Research, Entrepreneurship, Professional - for Engineering undergraduates.
BME received Commitment Award from NUS OSHE
The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded the Commitment Award for Safety & Health Performance by the Office of Safety, Health & Environment. The award will be presented during the NUSSHA Ceremony 2017 which will be held in April at the University Cultural Centre.
PhD student clinches IPMC (International Precision Medicine Center) Prize 2017 in Seoul, Korea, on 19 January
Ms Lim Su Bin is recognized for her research which focuses on the microfluidic chip and is the world's first in using microfluidic flow to isolate selected cancer cells for single cell analysis. She received 30,000,000 won worth of prize money as support for global commercialisation, as well as the opportunity to present at the 2017 IPMC Conference. Further plans are in the work to commercialize the microfluidic chip for single cell analysis.
Publication in Nature Cell Biology
Dr. Kanchanawong Pakorn Tony led an international research team which made use of super-resolution microscopy to reveal, for the first time, how the cell-cell contacts are organized. This provided the first-ever 'map' or 'blueprint' of how the cell-cell contact building blocks are pieced together into sophisticated nanoscale machines, akin to the 'clutch' in automobile transmission.
This study is published in Nature Cell Biology: Bertocchi, et al. Nanoscale architecture of cadherin-based cell adhesions. Nature Cell Biology 2016. doi: 10.1038/ncb3456
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