Lim Chwee Teck




BEng (First Class Hon), NUS
PhD, University of Cambridge, UK


Appointment Status


Provost's Chair Professor
Deputy Head (Administration & External Relations)
Principal Investigator, Mechanobiology Institute, NUS
Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research &



Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering


Curriculum Vitae


Full CV:


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National University of Singapore
Faculty of Engineering,

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575



Tel: +(65) 6516-7801
Fax: +(65) 6776 5322



Research Interests

1. Mechanobiology
2. Cell & molecular Biomechanics with a focus on human diseases
3. Micro- and nanotechnology for diagnostics & therapeutics
4. Nanobiomaterials




BN2101 Principles of Bioengineering
BN5202 Body, Tissue, Cell Mechanics


Technopreneurship & Startups

1. Co-founder & Advisor, Clearbridge BioMedics
2. Co-founder and Affiliated Partner, Clearbridge Accelerator
3. Co-founder, Clearbridge mFluidics
4. Co-founder, Clearbridge NanoMedics


Awards and Honours

1. Provost's Chair Professorship, 2014
2. Outstanding Researcher Award, NUS University Awards 2014
3. Outstanding Innovator Award, NUS Innovation & Enterprise Awards 2014

4. TIE50 Award, TIEcon 2014
5. Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award 2012
6. Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Audience Choice Awards 2012
7. Gold, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards 2012
8. TechVenture Most Disruptive Technology Award 2012
9. First Prize, Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012
10.  InnovFest Promising Start-Up Award 2012
11.  HFSP Collaborative Research Grant Award 2012
12.  NGS Excellent Mentoring Award 2011/2012.
13. Rising Star Innovator Award, TechVenture 2011
14. President's Technology Award 2011
15. Faculty Research Award 2011
16. Most Cited Article, Acta Biomaterialia, 2006 - 2010
17. IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2010
18. NRF Technology Incubation Scheme Award 2009
19. Most Cited Author 2005-2008, Acta Biomaterialia
20 Best Poster Award, 3rd MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials 2008
21. Best Basic Science Paper Award, Annual Congress of the Hong Kong
Orthopaedic Association  2007
22. Cited in MIT Technology Review: 10 Emerging Technologies and their impact, 2006
23. MRS Outstanding Paper Award, MRS Fall Meeting 2004
24. Excellent Paper Award, 2nd World Congress of Chinese Biomedical Engineers 2004

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Membership in Scientific/Professional Organization


Associate Editor, Cellular & Molecular Bioengineering

Associate Editor, International Journal of Nanoscience

Associate Editor, Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics

Council Member, World Council of Biomechanics

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Biomicrofluidics

Editorial Board Member, Acta Mechanica Sinica

Editorial Board Member, BioNanoScience

Editorial Board Member, Extreme Mechanics Letters 

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Biomaterials

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Biorheology

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nanobiotechnology

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Surfaces and Interfaces in Materials

Editorial Board Member, Journal of the Royal Society - Interface

Editorial Board Member, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing

Editorial Board Member, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters

Executive Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, Singapore

Member-at-Large on the International Advisory Board, Experimental Mechanics

Member, Global Enterprise on Micro Mechanics & Molecular Medicine (GEM4)
Executive Committee

Member, Institute of Engineers, Singapore

Member, World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers

Professional Fellow, Institute of Nanotechnology, UK

Selected Publications

  1. Vedula, S R K, G Peyret, I Cheddadi, T Chen, A Brugués, H Hirata, H Lopez-Menendez, Y Toyama, L Almeida, X Trepat, C T Lim*, B Ladoux*, Mechanics of epithelial closure over non-adherent environments, Nature Communications, 6, 6111, 2015.

  2. Lee, W C, H Shi, Z Poon, L M Nyan, T Kaushik, G Shivashankar, J K Y Chan, C T Lim, J Han, K J Van Vliet, Multivariate biophysical markers predictive of mesenchymal stromal cell multi potency, PNAS, 111(42):E4409-18, 2014.

  3. Lee, W C, C H Lim, Kenry, C L Su, K P Loh, C T Lim, Cell Assembled Graphene Biocomposite for Enhanced Chondrogenic Differentiation, Small, 2014.

  4. Sun, W, C T Lim, N A Kurniawan, Mechanistic adaptability of cancer cells strongly affects anti-migratory drug efficacy, J Roy Soc Interface, 2014.

  5. Yao, M, W Qiu, R Liu, A Efremov, P Cong, R Seddiki, M Payre, C T Lim, B Ladoux, R M Mège, J Yan, Force-dependent conformational switch of a-catenin controls vinculin binding, Nature Communications, 5, 4525, 2014.

  6. Khoo, B L, E W Majid, D S W Tan, A A S Bhagat, D Irwin, D P Lau, A S T Lim, K H Lim, S S Krisna, W T Lim, Y S Yap, S C Lee, R A Soo, J Han, C T Lim, Clinical validation of an ultra high-throughput spiral microfluidics for the detection and enrichment of viable circulating tumor cells, PloS One, 9(7), e994092014.

  7. Lim, C T, S B Hoon, Circulating tumor cells: Cancer's deadly couriers, Physics Today, 67, 2, 26-30, 2014.

  8. Vedula, S.R.K., H. Hirata, M.H. Nai, A. Brugés, Y. Toyama, X. Trepat, C.T. Lim*, B. Ladoux*, Epithelial bridges maintain tissue integrity during collective cell migration, Nature Materials, 13 (2014): 87-96.

  9. Hou HW, Warkiani ME, Khoo BL, Li ZR, Soo RA, Tan DSW, Lim WT, Han JY, Bhagat AAS, Lim CT, Isolation and retrieval of circulating tumor cells using centrifugal forces, Scientific Reports, 3, 1259, 2013.

  10. Thiery, J P, C T Lim, Tumor dissemination: An EMT affair, Cancer Cell, 23, 3, 272-273, 2013.

  11. Wang, Y T, S Y Chang, Y C Huang, T C Tsai, C M Chen, C T Lim, Nanomechanics insights into the performance of healthy and osteoporotic bones, Nano Letters, 13, 11 (2013):5247-5254.

  12. Tang, L A L, J Wang, T K Lim, X Bi, W C Lee, Q Lin, Y-T Chang, C T Lim, K P Loh, High Performance Graphene-Titania Platform for Detection of Phosphopeptides in Cancer Cells, Anal Chem, 7, 84 (2012):6693-700.

  13. Heng, Y W, H H Lim, T Mina, P Utomo, S P Zhong, C T Lim, and C G Koh, TPPP acts downstream of RhoA-ROCK-LIMK2 to regulate astral microtubule organization and spindle orientation, Journal of Cell Science, 125, 6 (2012):1579-90.

  14. Zhou, E H, F Xu, S T Quek, C T Lim, A power-law rheology based finite element model for single cell deformation, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 11, 7 (2012):1075-84.

  15. Vedula, S R K, M C Leong, T L Lai, P Hersen, A J Kabla, C T Lim, B Ladoux, Emerging modes of collective cell migration induced by geometrical constraints, PNAS, 109, 32 (2012):12974-12979. (F1000 recommended as being of special significance)

  16. Wang, Y, C L Wong, K K Manga, P K Ang, J Lu, Y P Liu, C T Lim, K P Loh, Fluorinated Graphene for Promoting Neuro-Induction of Stem Cells, Advanced Materials, 31 (2012):4285-4290. (selected for frontispiece)

  17. Ang, P, K P Loh, A Li, M Jaiswal, Y Wang, H W Hou, J Thong, C T Lim, Flow Sensing of Single Cell by Graphene Transistor in a Microfluidic Channel, Nano Letters, 11, 12 (2011):5240-5246.

  18. Lee, W C, C H Y X Lim, H Shi, L A L Tang, Y Wang, C T Lim, K P Loh, The origin of enhanced stem cell growth and differentiation on graphene and graphene oxide, ACS Nano, 5, 9 (2011): 7334-7341.