University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • Human disease biomechanics
  • Cell and tissue mechanobiology
  • Micro- and nanotechnologies for disease diagnosis and therapeutics
  • Nanobiomaterials
  • Broke new ground in pioneering the interdisciplinary area of human disease biomechanics by using mechanical engineering principles to obtain new critical insights into the pathophysiology of human diseases
  • Conceived an innovative, uncomplicated suite of microfluidic biochips capable of detecting and diagnosing diseases from a small amount of blood, a breakthrough that holds great promise of being the next generation of non-invasive devices for detecting, diagnosing and managing diseases such as cancer
  • Successfully translated cell mechanics research into real-world applications, resulting in cutting-edge, innovative and award-winning technologies that are now being tested and used in laboratories, cancer centres and hospitals around the world
  • Co-founded four start-ups and one incubator, and holds ownership of eight independent patent families
  • Strong ability in identifying areas of unmet clinical and biological needs, and possesses the scientific know-how to devise creative and innovative technological solutions to address them
  • Excellent track record in entrepreneurship, having developed and translated technologies from laboratory to market
  • Highly collaborative with Singapore and overseas researchers as well as industry, and adept at organising large-scale highly interdisciplinary research
  • Authored more than 235 peer-reviewed journal articles, with appearances in prestigious journals such as Nature Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cancer Cell and Nano Letters, as well as produced 37 invited and review articles, and 24 book chapters
  • Achieved more than 9,000 citations and a Hirsch Index of 52, signifying high quality of research and impact
  • Edited over 10 special journal issues, conference proceedings and books
  • Co-President, International Society of Mechanobiology (since 2011)
  • Member of
    • Medical Device Advisory Committee, Health Sciences Authority, Singapore (since 2011)
    • World Council of Biomechanics (since 2010)
    • Executive Committee, Global Enterprise on Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (since 2008)
  • Editorial board member of over 14 leading international journals, such as the Journal of Royal Society Interface
  • Member of international scientific committees of over 28 international conferences and symposia
  • Highly regarded speaker globally, with over 230 plenary, keynote, invited talks delivered at international and prestigious conferences as well as institutions around the world
  • Provost's Chair Professorship, NUS (2014 – 2016)
  • Outstanding NUS Innovator, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (2014)
  • Hottest Start-ups to Watch, Singapore Business Review (2014)
  • Gold Award, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards (2012)
  • Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award (2012)
  • Most Disruptive Innovation Award, TechVenture (2012)
  • First Prize, Asian Entrepreneurship Award (2012)
  • Promising NUS Start-Up, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (2012)
  • President's Technology Award, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (2011)
  • Rising Star Innovator Award, TechVenture (2011)
  • Faculty Research Award, NUS Faculty of Engineering (2011)
  • Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, Institution of Engineers, Singapore (2010)
  • 10 Emerging Technologies, MIT Technology Review (2006)
" To train highly interdisciplinary and creative researchers who will develop the next generation of biomedical technologies that will make healthcare both affordable and available to all. "