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Micro-scale tissue models for human diseases and toxicology

Research Engineers


Akshaya Srinivasan

Akshaya received her B. Eng (Biomedical Engineering) from National University of Singapore (NUS). She worked as an RA at the NUS School of Medicine before joining the µTE lab as a Research Engineer. She is currently pursuing a part-time PhD at the µTE Lab, investigating the effect of mechanical cues on neural crest differentiation as well as the use of neural crest derived cells for craniofacial tissue engineering. Her research interests lie in exploring the potential of human pluripotent stem cells for  regenerative medicine and disease modeling. Her previous research experience included the study of Wharton’s Jelly stem cells from the human umbilical cord at the School of Medicine, NUS, where she evaluated their effect on keloid and ovarian cancer cell growth.

Louis Ong

Louis Ong received his B.Eng (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) from National University of Singapore (NUS). He also completed the University Scholars Programme (USP) from NUS. He is currently doing his Ph.D in the department of bioengineering from NUS under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Leo Hwa Liang and Dr. Toh Yi-Chin.
Louis is particularly interested in the application of microfluidics and nano-based medicine to a wide range of health problems, particularly in drug delivery platforms. He is currently working on the development of a drug testing platform using microfluidics for faster and accurate result to enhance the drug development process.
Louis’ previous research involvement includes the development of fluorescent nanocomposite for targeted drug delivery and bioimaging; development of double-wall microsphere for targeted gene and drug delivery in tumours; and applications of titanium-dioxide as drug delivery agent for cancer.

Nina Chang

Nina received her B. Eng (Biomedical Engineering) from National University of Singapore (NUS). She is currently pursuing part-time M.Eng in Department of Biomedical Engineering in µTE Lab. She works on development of 3D Human Pluripotent stem cell-based neural tissues.
She was involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and completion of her bachelor thesis in the µTE lab before joining µTE as a Research Engineer. She was working on neural crest stem cell differentiation under different environmental conditions. She has also worked on prediction of nephrotoxicity and developmental toxicity in A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN).
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