LIM Chwee Teck

  • NUSS Professor
  • Dept Deputy Head - Administration & External Relations
  • Group Head - Centre for Advanced 2D Materials

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

Research Interest

  1. Human disease biomechanics & mechanobiology
  2. Microfluidic technologies for disease detection, diagnosis and therapy
  3. 2D materials for biomedical applications

Technopreneurship & Startups

  1. Co-founder, Flexosense
  2. Co-founder, Clearbridge mFluidics
  3. Co-founder, Clearbridge NanoMedics
  4. Co-founder & Advisor, Clearbridge BioMedics
  5. Co-founder and Affiliated Partner, Clearbridge Accelerator
  6. Co-founder, Robust Dynamics

Selected Awards & Honours

  1. Winner, IDTechEx Launchpad, Berlin, Germany, 2017
  2. NUSS Professor, 2017 to present
  3. International Precision Medicine Conference (IPMC) Prize 2017
  4. Winner, Modern Aging Singapore 2016
  5. ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2016
  6. 14 Inspiring Innovators From Asia, Asian Scientist, 2016
  7. Elected Fellow, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
  8. IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2016
  9. JT Award, TechPlanter Singapore, 2016
  10. Seven Singaporean Scientists to Watch, Asian Scientist, 2016
  11. Asian Scientist Top 100 List 2016
  12. Elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering
  13. Elected Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore
  14. Vladimir K. Zworykin Award, International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering 2015
  15. Provost's Chair Professorship, 2014 – 2017
  16. Outstanding Researcher Award, NUS University Awards 2014
  17. Outstanding Innovator Award, NUS Innovation & Enterprise Awards 2014
  18. TIE50 Award, TIEcon 2014
  19. Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award 2012
  20. Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Audience Choice Awards 2012
  21. Gold, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards 2012
  22. TechVenture Most Disruptive Technology Award 2012
  23. First Prize, Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2012
  24. InnovFest Promising Start-Up Award 2012
  25. HFSP Collaborative Research Grant Award 2012
  26. NGS Excellent Mentoring Award 2011/2012.
  27. Rising Star Innovator Award, TechVenture 2011
  28. President's Technology Award 2011
  29. Faculty Research Award 2011
  30. Elected Council Member, World Council of Biomechanics 2010 - present
  31. Most Cited Article, Acta Biomaterialia, 2006 - 2010
  32. IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2010
  33. Most Cited Author 2005-2008, Acta Biomaterialia
  34. Cited in MIT Technology Review: 10 Emerging Technologies and their impact, 2006
  35. MRS Outstanding Paper Award, MRS Fall Meeting 2004

Refer to my website for more details.

Membership in Scientific/Professional Organization

  • Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Fellow, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Fellow, Academy of Engineering, Singapore
  • Council Member, World Council of Biomechanics
  • Council Board Member, World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers
  • Executive Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, Singapore
  • Executive Committee Member, Global Enterprise on Micro Mechanics & Molecular Medicine (GEM4)
  • Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member of 16 international journals

Selected Journal Publications

  1. Saw, T B et al, Topological defects in epithelia govern cell death and extrusion, Nature, 544, 212-216, 2017.
  2. Warkiani, M E, et al, Ultra-fast, label-free isolation of circulating tumor cells from blood using spiral microfluidics, Nature Protocols, 14, 1, 128-37, 2016.
  3. Khoo, B L et al, Liquid biopsy and therapeutic response: Circulating tumor cell cultures for evaluation of anticancer treatment. Science Advances, 2, 7, e1600274, 2016.
  4. Yeo, J C et al, Flexible and stretchable strain sensing actuator for wearable soft robotics application, Advanced Materials Technologies, 1, 3, 2016.
  5. Yeo, T et al, Microfluidic enrichment for the single cell analysis of circulating tumor cells, Scientific Reports, 6, 22076, 2016.
  6. Wang, J et al, Haem-activated promiscuous targeting of artemisinin in Plasmodium falciparum, Nature Communications, 6, 10111, 2015.
  7. Gupta, M et al, Adaptive rheology and ordering of cell cytoskeleton govern matrix rigidity sensing, Nature Communications, 6, 7525, 2015.
  8. Vedula, S R K et al, Mechanics of epithelial closure over non-adherent environments, Nature Communications, 6, 6111, 2015.
  9. Lee, W C et al, Multivariate biophysical markers predictive of mesenchymal stromal cell multi potency, PNAS, 111(42):E4409-18, 2014.
  10. Yao, M et al, Force-dependent conformational switch of a-catenin controls vinculin binding, Nature Communications, 5, 4525, 2014.
  11. Lim, C T, S B Hoon, Circulating tumor cells: Cancer's deadly couriers, Physics Today, 67, 2, 26-30, 2014.
  12. Vedula, S R K et al, Epithelial bridges maintain tissue integrity during collective cell migration, Nature Materials, 13, 87-96, 2014.
  13. Hou H W et al, Isolation and retrieval of circulating tumor cells using centrifugal forces, Scientific Reports, 3, 1259, 2013.
  14. Thiery, J P, C T Lim, Tumor dissemination: An EMT affair, Cancer Cell, 23, 3, 272-273, 2013.
  15. Wang, Y T et al, Nanomechanics insights into the performance of healthy and osteoporotic bones, Nano Letters, 13, 11, 5247-5254, 2013.
  16. Vedula, S R K et al, Emerging modes of collective cell migration induced by geometrical constraints, PNAS, 109, 32, 12974-12979, 2012. (F1000 recommended as being of special significance)
  17. Wang, Y et al, Fluorinated Graphene for Promoting Neuro-Induction of Stem Cells, Advanced Materials, 31, 4285-4290, 2012. (selected for frontispiece)
  18. Lee, W C et al, The origin of enhanced stem cell growth and differentiation on graphene and graphene oxide, ACS Nano, 5, 9, 7334-7341, 2011.