KAH Chen Yong, James




2009   Ph.D., Bioengineering, NUS
2003   B.Eng. (1st class honors),
Electrical Engineering, NUS

Professional Work Experience

2017 - present Principal Investigator, National Cancer Centre Singapore
2012 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, NUS
2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
2008 - 2010 Lecturer, School of Engineering, Temasek Polytechnic
2007 - 2008 Research Engineer, Division of Bioengineering, NUS
2004 - 2007 Ph.D. Candidate, National Cancer Centre Singapore


Appointment Status


Assistant Professor




Department of Biomedical Engineering





Office: E4-04-20

Tel: + (65) 66013154
Fax: +(65) 6872 3069


Lab webpage:


Research Interests

Nanomedicine, Nanobiotechnology, Theranostics, Nanorheology, Gold Nanomaterials, Protein Coronas, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, Biosensors, Nanorobotics, Nanomachines, Nanomotors.


Awards and Honours

2017 NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA)
2016 NUS Faculty of Engineering Honors List (Teaching)
2015 International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) Asia Pacific Research Networking (APRN) Fellowship
2014 SEA-EU-NET International European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants Support Scheme
2014 Best Poster Award, 6th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials
2014 NUS Faculty of Engineering Commendation List (Teaching)
2013 Best Poster Award, Symposium BB: Nanomedicine of 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2013).

Selected Publications


For a full list of peer-reviewed publications and citation metrics, see my Google Scholar Citation Profile

  1. Chan KP, Gao Y, Goh JX, Susanti D, Yeo ELL, Chao SH, Kah JCY*. Exploiting the Protein Corona from Cell Lysate on DNA Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles for Enhanced mRNA Translation, Applied Materials and Interfaces 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b15269.
  2. Quach QH, Kah JCY*. Non-Specific Adsorption of Complement Proteins Affects Complement Activation Pathways of Gold Nanomaterials, Nanotoxicology 2017, DOI: 10.1080/17435390.2017.1306131.
  3. He S, Chua J, Tan EKM, Kah JCY*. Optimizing the SERS Enhancement of a Facile Gold Nanostars Immobilized Paper-Based SERS Substrate, RSC Advances 2017; 7: 16264 – 16272.
  4. Yeo ELL, Neo DJH, Cheah JUJ, Goh WI, Kanchanawong P, Soo KC, Thong PSP, Kah JCY*. Exploiting the Protein Corona around Gold Nanorods for Low-Dose Combined Photothermal and Photodynamic Therapy with a Single Laser Excitation, J Mater Chem B 2017; 5: 254 – 268.
  5. Koh WL, Tham PH, Yu H*, Leo HL*, Kah JCY*. Aggregation and Protein Corona Formation on Gold Nanoparticles Affect Viability and Liver Functions of Primary Rat Hepatocytes, Nanomedicine 2016; 11(17): 2275–2287.

Book/Monograph Authored

  1. Kah JCY, Xu Z. (2016). New Developments in Gold Nanomaterials Research. Nova Science Publishers.
  2. Kah JCY, Yeo ELL, He S, Engudar G. “Gold nanorods in photomedicine”, inApplications of Nanoscience in Photomedicine, eds. M. Hamblin, P. Avci and S. Lakshmanan, 2014.
  3. Kah JCY, “Stability and aggregation assays of nanoparticles in biological media”, in Nanomaterials Interfaces in Biology (Methods in Molecular Biology), eds. K. Hamad-Schifferli and P. Bergese, 2013.
  4. Kah JCY. (2011). Gold Nanomaterials: Applications in Cancer Imaging and Therapy. Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.