NUS and local engineering firm HOPE Technik have created a motorised, omnidirectional hospital bed, using a wheel design that could be applied to other sectors as well. The motorised bed, called SESTO®, leverages on an invention by Dr Yu Haoyong from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre at the NUS Faculty of Engineering. Mr Melvin Loh and Ms Rachel Hong, Directors of the Medical Engineering Research and Commercialization Initiative of the Department of Surgery at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, are leading the test-bedding of the prototype under a collaborative effort with NUH.
“Maternal Depression May Impact Brains of Unborn Children".
Anqi Qiu, Ph.D., an associate professor of bioengineering at the National University of Singapore, and colleagues evaluated 157 women for depression when they were in the 26th week of pregnancy. The researchers used the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), a 10-item self-report scale designed as a screening instrument for postnatal depression, but which also has been well validated for use in antenatal depression. The EPDS rates the intensity of depressive symptoms during the preceding seven days. Scores of 13 or higher indicate depression. Twenty-eight of the women scored within this range..
“A modified slanted spiral microfluidic biochip for high throughput isolation of tumour cells from blood samples".
The slanted spiral microfluidic separation device developed by the research group of Professor Chwee Teck Lim at the National University of Singapore exploits the size difference between CTCs and normal cells. Inside the device, the blood sample is subjected to the effects of the Dean vortex flow, an inherent feature of curved microchannels, and inertial lift forces. Both forces are a function of particle size, meaning the balance of the forces can be optimised to focus cells of different sizes to distinct lateral positions within the channel, allowing physical separation and isolation of CTCs from white blood cells (WBCs).
Renick (above, centre) with two of his supervisors, Dr Yu Sun (left) and Dr Shen Kaiquan (right) at SINAPSE. The monitor shows a white matter fiber tractography obtained from diffusion MRI scans of the brain of a patient with schizophrenia. Collaborators of this research include Associate Prof Sim Kang (Institute of Mental Health), Prof Nitish Thakor, Director of SINAPSE (far left) Prof Anastasios Bezerianos, SINAPSE.
"ICMAT 2013 Best Poster Award: Symposium BB: Nanomedicine: Emerging Nanomaterials for Bioimaging, Targeting and Therapeutic Applications".
"Bioengineering team builds realistic 3-D tumour model using silk scaffolds".
A BIOENGINEERING team working with the NUS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has developed a highly realistic three-dimensional (3-D) tumour model, able to track the effectiveness and progress of drug therapy. Their model has the potential to be a more effective method for studying tumours than in-vitro and even in-vivo methods.
"AyoxxA wins 2nd prize at Asian Enterpreneurship Award 2013"..
AyoxxA Biosystems scored again. The company which has its origins as an NUS Bioengineering startup in 2010, won the second prize (1.5 million yens or S$19,500) in the Asian Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) 2013 an international business competition for young Asian entrepreneurs.
"Associate Professor Zhang Yong research team has developed a novel microfluidic device for efficient, rapid separation and detection of non-spherical bioparticles".
A bioengineering research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) team led by Associate Professor Zhang Yong has developed a novel microfluidic device for efficient, rapid separation and detection of non-spherical bioparticles. Microfluidic devices deal with the behavior, precise control and manipulation of fluids that are geometrically constrained to sub-millimeter scale. This new device, which separates and detects non-spherical bioparticles such as pathogenic bacteria and malaria infected red blood cells, can potentially be used for rapid medical diagnostics and treatment. read more
"NUS Bioengineering start-up wins top Asian Innovation Award and two other prizes".
NUS Bioengineering start-up Clearbridge BioMedics swept three awards at The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)'s Asian Innovation Awards ceremony held in Hong Kong (20 Nov). Clearbridge Biomedics took the WSJ Asian Innovation Award (Gold), Technopreneur of the Year Award and the Audience Choice Award. This is the first time a company has won three WSJ awards in a single sitting.. read more
"Associate Professor Zhang Yong has received the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2012".
Associate Professor Zhang Yong’s groundbreaking work in developing a novel upconversion nanoparticle technology for imaging, disease diagnostics and therapy has been internationally recognized and highly cited. His team is amongst those at the forefront leading the world in this field of upconversion nanoparticle research and was the first to use the nanoparticles for animal imaging, photodynamic therapy and controlled gene delivery that were recently reported in the esteemed journals, Nature Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. For his outstanding contributions in developing this novel upconverting nanoparticle technology, he is awarded the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2012. read more
"Research work has been published in a prestigious journal Nature Medicine".
Associate Professor Zhang Yong and his team have developed a new upconversion technology that paves the way for a new non-invasive method of treating deep cancer. The team has so far, proven that their technology could inhibit tumour growth in mice. This is a world’s first for non-invasive photodynamic therapy of deep cancer by using upconversion nanoparticles. read more
"Team from NUS wins Best Student Podium Award at 3rd International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Congress".
A team comprising Asst Prof LEE Taeyong, PhD student TEOH Jee Chin, undergraduate students Cythia LIM and LOW Jin Huat from the Department of Bioengineering attended the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Congress held at Sydney, Australia, from 11 April to 13 April 2012. read more
"Prof Lim Chwee Teck and his co-workers' research work on collective cell migration has been published in a prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)".
"NUS start-up wins Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012".
Founders of Clearbridge BioMedics, Dr Wu, Mr Johnson Chen (Managing Director) and Prof Lim Chwee Teck with the Asian Entrepreneurship Award read more
"Research work has been published in a prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America(PNAS)".
Associate Professor Zhang Yong and his PhD student Muthu Kumara Gnanasammandhan have developed a novel up conversion nanoparticle technology and used them for gene therapy and for the first time, they have achieved controlling the expression of genes in deep tissues by using upconversion nanoparticles as light nanotransducers. The developed remote photo activation technology will be useful in a wide range of biological and biotechnical application. read more
"Medical technology and life sciences research garner award".
Prof Lim Chwee Teck, who is with the NUS Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering and the NUS Mechanobiology Institute, is one of the team members of the Program Grant project on "Probing mechano-transduction by cell-cell junctions at the nano- and micro-scales". He is the only recipient from Singapore, a non-HFSPO member country. read more
"Top UK poster presentation award for Engineering student for cancer detecting chip".
Mr. John Ong with Professor Lim Chwee Teck who leads research on the biochip, a first in the world using cell mechanics principles to detect, isolate and retrieve rare circulating cancer cells in the bloodstream read more
"Associate Professor Michael Raghunath was presented on 16 January 2012 with the NGS Excellent Mentor Award by Prof Philip Moore, Executive Director, of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering".
"Professor Lim Chwee Teck was presented on 16 January 2012 with the NGS Excellent Mentor Award by Prof Philip Moore, Executive Director, of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering"..
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We are delighted that you are considering NUS for your further education. NUS has a range of joint, double and concurrent degree programmes with some of the best universities in the world. As a leading research-intensive university, there are many opportunities for our students to interact and work with faculty and graduate students at the cutting edge of knowledge creation in a wide range of fields. We invite you to discover the multi-dimensional educational experience at NUS.
The aim of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree programme is to produce engineers with a strong foundation in the relevant engineering, sciences and technology, who are able to contribute to the Biomedical Sciences through innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Our educational programme in Biomedical Engineering provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers such as research and development, product design and manufacturing in the Biomedical Engineering industries or for further graduate education. At the undergraduate level, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a four‐year engineering curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering Design‐based and research‐based projects are an integral part of the curriculum. They help to develop the spirit of innovation and inquiry, integrative skills, and critical thinking skills in the students. A portion of the curriculum is also set aside for non- engineering modules in areas such as engineering professionalism and human relations. These are intended to equip our graduates with the knowledge to function effectively in tomorrow’s workplace. v
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The Department offers research-based graduate programmes at Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) levels. Our aim is to impart our graduates with:
• A core knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and concepts, and their integration and application to biology and medicine;
• Basic analytical skills and a multi-disciplinary approach to solving bioengineering problems;
• The ability to perform research projects independently;
• Critical thinking in fundamental biomedical science and technology.
The goal of our postgraduate curriculum through the M.Eng. and Ph.D. programmes is to nurture researchers/scientists with the following characteristics:
• The ability to solve bioengineering problems encountered in academia and in industry;
• A creative and curious mind for biomedical science and technology;
• An enthusiasm and desire to make an impact in academia and industry.
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Research Assistant position in Cardiovascular Biomechanics and Ultrasound Lab
We are looking for highly-motivated individuals with a passion for biomedical sciences to assist in performing novel research in biofluid mechanics as applied to (1) embryonic and foetal cardiovascular system; (2) novel adult heart valve diagnostic ultrasonic techniques.
The work will include (1) image processing clinical and laboratory ultrasound images; (2) reconstructing 3D anatomy and organ motions from ultrasound scans; (2) computational fluid dynamics simulations to study fluid mechanics in cardiovascular system.
Qualification: a Bachelors degree in Engineering (Electrical / Mechanical / Civil / Biomedical/ Computer); good programming skills; knowledge in fluid mechanics, computational mechanics and image processing are a plus but are not necessary.
Research Fellow position in Nanomedicine and Nanobiology Lab
We currently have funding available for a postdoctoral fellow over a period of 2 years until Aug 2015. This project is related to the development of nanomedicine for cardiac tissue regeneration. Successful candidates will have to spend up to 6 months in our partner's lab in Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for training. A Ph.D. degree with relevant research experience in the following areas will be preferred:
Liposomal drug delivery
Cardiac tissue engineering scaffold developement
Animal studies with tissue engineering applications
Interested candidates are to send your CV, together with a cover letter and contact information for 3 referees to Dr. James Kah. This position will remain opened until 29 Oct 2013.
Dr. James Kah
Department of Bioengineering
National University of Singapore
9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117576
Tel: (65)-6601 3154
Position of Postdoctoral Researcher for Biomaterials Synthesis
The candidate must hold a PhD degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, materials/biomaterials science and engineering, or other related fields, with very good experience in polymer synthesis and characterization. The candidate must be a good team player, able to work within a multidisciplinary team. The candidate must be self-motivated, and have good oral and written communication skills.
1) Work on synthesis and characterization of biodegradable amphiphilic block copolymers.
2) Study the copolymers for thermosensitive hydrogel formation.
3) Work on in vitro evaluations of the hydrogels for injectable drug delivery.
If you are interested in the job listed above, please send your CV to