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Micro-scale tissue models for human diseases and toxicology

Research Fellows

Li Yingying

Li Yingying is a research fellow at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). She finished her Master from Wuhan university, China in molecular and infection Immunology and her undergraduate is in Clinic medicine (Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology). Her master research project was using ssDNA aptamer for detecting antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She later received her PhD from department of otolaryngology, NUS in 2014, which focused on the differentiation of human nasal epithelial stem/progenitor cells. Later, she did her post-doctoral training at department of biochemistry, NUS.
Currently, her research interest is utilizing the kidney organoids culture method developed by Melissa H. Little group from the University of Queensland to develop a diabetic kidney disease model in chip. Another interest is to purify nasal ciliated cells based on their beating functions by using functional activated cell sorting method.

Chris Tostado

Chris is a research fellow at the Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology (BIGHEART) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Chris obtained dual bachelor’s degrees from MIT in Biology and Chemical/Biological Engineering and a Master’s and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He recently finished a Post-Doc Fellowship as a Talented Youth Grant recipient from the Brazilian National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). His research focuses on novel applications for multiphase droplet microfluidic systems and micro/nano-scale science, interfacial phenomena, and image analysis and automation in microfluidic systems. He has a passion for traveling, learning about different cultures, and maintaining a balanced, healthy “sound mind, sound body” lifestyle. Currently, Chris is working on developing microfluidic devices which can control and sustain the development of hESCs into 3D organoids for enhanced neurodegenerative disease modeling. His career goals are developing new technologies and devices which can improve human health, promoting the sustainable use of environmental resources, and increasing public awareness of science, research and technology and their benefits to society.

Tan Hsih Yin (Siyin)

Hsih-Yin (Siyin) is a research fellow at the Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology (BIGHEART) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She obtained her undergraduate and Master in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Siyin has worked as a research engineer in DSO National Laboratories developing microfluidic devices for sample preparation of tainted body fluids. Of which, part of the research was her Master research project (a joint project with NTU). She later received her PhD from Micro- and Nanotechnology Department of Denmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Denmark, where she focused on developing an intestine model on a microfluidic platform for transport studies. At the same department, Siyin did a postdoc training – working on developing a blood-brain-barrier-on-chip. Currently, her research focuses on developing intestine-on-a-chip platform with integrated technologies for monitoring the effects of microbiome on human health and diseases. Her research interests are centred on leveraging engineering for developing relevant in vitro biological models to answer intriguing questions on human health and diseases.
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