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Research Staff 


Zhao Zixuan

During my Ph.D., I focused on the development of in vitro non-alcoholic fatty liver disease models for drug screening and pathogenesis studies. I joined the TTE lab as a Research Fellow to work on the development of head and neck cancer niches to understand macrophage heterogeneity.


Chen Changchong

I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at ENS-PSL in France. Then, I focused on the development of ovarian cancer on-a-chip models for the study of cancer cell migration and invasion. I joined the TTE lab as a Research Fellow to work at the interface between microfluidic systems and tumor explant cultures for the evaluation of immunotherapies. 


Fathima Farzana Kuthubudeen

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with First Class Honors from Northumbria University in 2019. In my undergraduate studies, I investigated the expression of different markers in the progression of colorectal cancer. I subsequently worked as a Research Assistant in Duke-NUS for three years where I investigated how IL11 affects fibrosis. I joined the TTE lab at the start of May 2023 as a Research Assistant. Currently, I work on areas related to developing personalized tumor models for head and neck cancer patients.

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Madhumathi Kalaichelvan

I obtained my BSc (Hons) with Honours in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Greenwich in 2020. Prior to joining the TTE lab, I was a medical laboratory technologist primarily in the area of microbiology. I am currently a Research Assistant in the TTE lab, working on reconstructing in vitro models to recapitulate the heterogeneity of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and developing models of head and neck cancers for personalized medicine.

Graduate Students


Nicholas Ho

I graduated from NUS with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences (specialization in molecular and cell biology) in 2020. My research interests lie in developing human cell-based models that can more accurately predict patient response to drug therapies. I am currently a President's Graduate Fellowship scholar and Ph.D. student under Dr. Eliza Fong, working to develop tumour models of head and neck cancers for personalized medicine.


Elekuttige Anton Kanishka Fernando

I completed my Bachelor of Engineering with first-class honours in Mechanical Engineering with Management from the University of Liverpool. During my undergraduate studies, I developed human eye models to determine the increase in internal eye pressure caused during different tonometry techniques. I completed my Master of Science in Biomaterials from the University of Manchester where I was involved in developing novel biosensors using enzyme bioconjugates. I then worked for MAS Holdings for seven years as a technology entrepreneur to develop innovative solutions focused on addressing the needs of women’s reproductive cycle. I am currently a NUS Research Scholar focused on developing biomaterial engineering strategies to develop tumor models.

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Wu Zhuoran Kenny

I completed my Bachelor of Engineering from South China University of Technology (SCUT) in 2016 and Master of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2018. I specialized in nanomaterials and macromolecular materials for biological applications where I developed an advanced encapsulation system that comprises a polymeric capsule capable of sustained release of Vitamin E and an amino acid-guided therapy that works well against mammary carcinoma. I am currently a doctoral student with a primary research focus on developing tumor microenvironment - mimetic hydrogels/microfluidics for in vitro tumor slice culture and high-throughput drug testing.


Wang Yunyun

I graduated from SWJTU with a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2020. My previous research experiences were related to development of multifunctional cardiovascular stents and using 3D bioprinting for cardiac tissue repair. I am currently a NUS Research Scholar focused on constructing in vitro models to recapitulate the heterogeneity of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs).  

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Aleksandr Mitriashkin

I completed my masters in Biomedical Engineering at the National Research Bauman Moscow State University in 2015 and subsequently worked as a research engineer at a tissue engineering start-up focusing on 3D bioprinting. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D. in the TTE lab where I focus on recapitulating cancer-stromal interactions with organoids using hydrogels.


Josephine Yap

I joined the TTE lab at the end of 2022 as an ISEP student, after graduating from Imperial College London with a BSc in Medical Biosciences. My project focuses on generating heterogeneous tumor-associated macrophages in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Undergraduate Students

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Ding Haiyao

I am a Year 4 undergraduate student from National University in Singapore (NUS) majoring in Biomedical Engineering (BME) with a second major in Life Sciences. I am currently working on my Final Year Project with a research focus on understanding how hydrogels can be leveraged for tumor slice culture.


Kevin Philip Fong

I am a Year 3 student from the National University of Singapore (NUS), majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a Specialization in Tissue Engineering. I am pursuing the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) in the TTE Lab, focusing on the generation of lymph node slice cultures using biomaterials engineering.

Lab Outings


December 2019

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June 2022


Dec 2022

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