EngBio Lab's People

Poh Chueh Loo

Associate Professor
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Professor Poh obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London, UK and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) with Honours (First Class) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Professor Poh is interested in the development of new tools for synthetic biology and in the use of a model-based approach for biodesign.

Yeoh Jing Wui

Senior Research Fellow

Yeoh Jing Wui received her PhD in Computational Modeling from National University of Singapore in 2016 and a Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) with First Class Honours from University of Technology Malaysia. Her research focuses on using model-driven approach to facilitate experimental design optimization and developing modeling tools to expedite the model building and selection processes.

Shang Yong Benjamin Au-Yeung

Research Fellow

Benjamin obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering & Medicine from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Institute for Health Technologies and a Bachelor’s in Engineering (Bioengineering) with First Class Honours from NTU. Benjamin’s current research interests lie in biosensor development for diagnostic probiotics and to accelerate high throughput strain optimization, and multiplex genome engineering to generate host strains with beneficial genetic modifications.

Wai Kit David Chee

Research Fellow

David received his B.Eng degree in Biomedical engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2017. He participated in the NUS team in the iGEM competition in 2017 and was an iGEM instructor for the NUS team in 2018. David currently works in a novel field in synthetic biology called “Thermogenetics”. He develops temperature responsive genetic circuits for programmable genomic editing and control of protein production.

Zhang Jingyun

Research Fellow

Zhang Jingyun obtained his PhD in Synthetic Biology from National University of Singapore in 2019 and his bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering from Nanyang Technology University. His research involves building strain libraries to produce flavonoids, engineering biofilm to achieve continuous bioproduction, developing sensors to monitor biofilm status and controlling the biofilm matrix using CRISPR technology. Jingyun was the main instructor that guided the iGEM NUS Singapore-A team 2018.

Zheng Dan

Research Fellow

Zheng Dan received her Ph.D degree in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore in 2014, and M.Eng degree in Applied Chemistry from the South China University of Technology in 2009. Her current research interest focuses on the development of nanomaterial biosensor for small molecule detection based on microfluidic droplet platform.

Louise F.H.Funke

Research Fellow

Louise holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technical University of Munich and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge. She developed advanced genome engineering methods and co-authored a synthetic E. coli genome with an altered genetic code. Now, Louise is working on new approaches to DNA data storage and a support system for sustainable cell culture.

Prashant Mainali

PhD Student

Prashant Mainali obtained his B Tech in Biotechnology from Kathmandu University, Nepal, in 2016. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in biomedical engineering at the National University of Singapore. Prashant’s research is focused on the modeling of E. coli fermentation processes in order to optimize the production of fragrant compounds in engineered recombinant cells. Outside the lab, he enjoys hiking, trekking and watching movies.

Lim Cheng Kai

PhD-MBA Student

Cheng Kai received his Bachelor’s Degree from NUS in 2019 and is currently pursuing a PhD-MBA under the NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering. His research revolves around the development of novel methods to store information in DNA. He was part of the NUS iGEM 2019 team, and is a mentor for the NUS iGEM 2020-2021 team. He is also the APAC head for the iGEM Entrepreneurship Committee, and his passions lie in developing the Synbio ecosystem in APAC. Drop him a message via his LinkedIn profile if you’re interested in learning more!

Chan Sheena

PhD Student

Chan Sheena received her Bachelor in Science (Life Sciences) with Highest Distinction from the National University of Singapore in 2020. She is also the overall lead for NUS iGEM 2019 team which won several awards and was nominated for finalist among 193 competing teams around the world. Sheena is currently pursuing a PhD in NUS and her research interest lies in the development of synthetic microbial consortium for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Raissa Eka Fedora

PhD Student

Raissa Fedora received her B.Sc degree with honours in Biotechnology from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia in 2017. Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D at NUS-SUSTech collaborative Ph.D programme. Her research focuses on microbiome engineering for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma treatment. Outside the lab, she enjoys drawing, playing board games and computer games, as well as hiking.

Ding Xian Qiao

PhD Student

Xian Qiao received her Bachelor of Science (Food Science and Technology) from the National University of Singapore in 2020. She is currently pursuing her PhD in biomedical engineering at the National University of Singapore under EDB-IPP. Her research focuses on development of a platform for high-throughput screening and characterization of plant proteins for application in food and beverage products.

Riddhipratim Mandal

PhD Student

I am a BTech and MTech in Biotechnology. I did my PG from IIT Guwahati, India. I have worked on recombinant DNA technology, nanobiotechnology and electrochemical biosensors until my post-graduation. In my PhD, I am trying to develop a genetically engineered cell-based biosensor that could overcome all the major limitations of other cellular and chemical biosensors.

Aurelius A. Kunartama

Research Engineer

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with Highest Distinction from the National University of Singapore in 2021, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy. He was also part of the 2021 NUS iGEM team that competed against over 240 other international teams and won the second runner-up and three awards along with other nominations in the competition. Outside of lab, he likes learning new things and exploring new places… but generally experiences too much inertia to move.

Suhasini Iyer

Research Engineer

Suhasini received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from NUS in 2021. She was the modelling lead for NUS iGEM 2019 team which won multiple awards. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Systems and Synthetic Biology from Imperial College London in 2022. Her current research revolves around building multiplexed optogenetic circuits in bacteria. If not pipetting in lab, she can be found reading or eating. 

Lim Xiao Hui

EngD Student

Xiao Hui received her Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Pharmaceutical Engineering from the Singapore Institute of Technology in 2020. Her passion led her to join A*star as a research officer in synthetic metabolic engineering. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Engineering (EngD) programme at NUS. Her work focuses on multi-loci transcriptional regulation using CRISPRi technology to enhance the rewiring and regulation of metabolic processes, examining the complex cellular pathways and interaction networks to produce valuable bioproducts in microbial.

Past Members

Russell Ngo Jie Kai
Dao Viet Linh
Sudhaghar Jayaraman
Maciej B. Holowko
Premkumar Jayaraman
Teh Ai Ying
Salvador Gomez-Carretero
Walaiporn Veyrudit