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Micro-scale tissue models for human diseases and toxicology


Kana Marumo

Kana is an final-year undergraduate student majoring in Biomedicale. She is involved in her bachelor thesis at the MicroTE Lab. Through her thesis, she is aiding in the research on developing a patient-derived micro-tumor chip for personalized cancer drug testing. Kana’s interest lies in developing medical devices that serve to meet current unmet needs. She was previously involved in design projects to develop a fracture fixation device for wrist fractures as well as a diagnostic tool for Scoliosis.

Reuben Fong Yiu Loong

Reuben is an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering in National University of Singapore. He is currently working on Microfluidic sorting of droplet encapsulated hepatocytes based on functional metabolic activities in the µTE lab.
Reuben had completed previous design projects on novel heart mitral valve and hand sanitizer reminder system for Khoo Teck Puat hospital. He also completed his Vacation Internship Programme at a medical device distributor company, Easmed.

Chee Shi Ya

Shi Ya is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. She in interested in microfluidic devices that can effectively pair cancer and macrophage cells under the guidance of Dr. Toh Yi-Chin. She has completed previous design projects on a diagnostic tool for Scoliosis and a dehydration monitoring device to prevent heat injuries for athletes. Shi Ya has also completed her Industrial Attachment at a pharmaceutical company, Alcon, that manufactures prescriptive eye-care solutions.

Christina Lee

Christina is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in the U.S. She is mainly working with rat astrocytes, investigating the effects of substrate topography on cell viability, attachment and quantification under the guidance of her lab mentor Akshaya. Her research in uTE lab is her first major attachment experience.

Goh Zhen May

Goh Zhen May is an undergraduate in National University of Singapore, pursuing a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Having started her undergraduate research at Prof Hanry’s lab, she acquired basic cell culture skills and learnt to perform functional assays. Zhen May then further her research at Dr Toh’s micro-tissue engineering lab to help set up a 3D microfluidic device, along with the mentorship from Louis.
Zhen May’s research is primarily on proving that 3D in vitro perfused culture is better at mimicking the in vivo bodily environment for hepatocytes, thus making hepatocytes cells grown on a 3D microfluidic device more suitable for drug testing purposes, as compared to conventional 2D static culture.


Natthida is an undergraduate student from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, majoring in Nano Engineering. She is doing her summer internship at the µTE lab under the supervision of Dr Toh and mentorship from Geetika. She aids in the research involved in testing the cytotoxicity of gold nanoparticles on embryonic cells.

Timothy Quek

Timothy Quek was an undergraduate student majoring in materials science and engineering in NUS. He was also a student enrolled under the Design-Centric Programme (DCP) in NUS.
Timothy’s interest involves applying design thinking principles to ideate on a systemic level, leveraging on existing technology to develop solutions. Timothy’s bachelor thesis was about the utilization of hydrogels in microfluidic platforms for drug delivery.
Timothy is also studying the Thai language, and has visited the Bio-Medical Engineering department of Mahidol University, Bangkok during a short exchange programme.

Jin Lin

Jin Lin was an undergraduate student majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering in NUS. He was also a student enrolled under the Design-Centric Programme (DCP) in NUS.
Jin’s bachelor thesis involved utilizing the fundamental principles of fluid mechanics in the biomedical field, particularly to enhance the efficacies of drug delivery devices. He was working to devise a passive pumping system in microfluidic platforms of hepatocytes cultures for drug testing.
Jin’s previous research involvement includes the development of nanocomposite for offshore industry application; and lipid based nanoparticles for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) delivery in postoperative pain management.

Beryl Yee

Beryl Yee was doing her bachelor thesis on biomedical engineering. Her thesis focused on the cell trapping mechanism in a microfluidic device for single cell analysis. Previously, Beryl was involved in designing a detecting device for glaucoma patients. Her research interest involved stem cell tissue culture and tissue engineering.

Leo Wen Ning

Leow Wen Ning was an undergraduate in National University of Singapore, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She was completing her bachelor thesis.
Wen Ning was interested in culturing hepatocytes from HepaRG cells aiming to develop techniques to further sort the cells according to their functionality by using cytochrome P450 substrates.

Edward Teng

Edward Teng was an undergraduate student majoring in biomedical engineering in NUS. He was involved in his bachelor thesis.
Edward Teng was interested in utilizing human pluripotent stem cells (HPSC) to prepare a 3D culture of hepatocytes for a viable source of drug testing platforms using hepatocytes.
Edward was also involved in the design of microfluidic paper-based analytical device for blood thrombotic tendency quantification and development of a novel glaucoma drainage implant.

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