Research Staff 


Christabella Adine, Ph.D.

I completed my Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2019. I have interest in both translational research and personalized medicine. During my Ph.D., I developed an organoid-based bio-functional 3D salivary gland system to treat patients with radiotherapy-induced dry mouth. I am currently a Research Fellow in the TTE Lab and we are working towards developing personalized tumor models for head and neck cancer patients.

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.


Hu Huiqian

I graduated from HKUST with a Masters degree in chemistry in 2021. My previous research experiences include development of nanomaterials with biomedical applications, specifically, nanotools for single molecular detection like optical tweezers and inorganic nanomaterials for diseases diagnoses. I am currently a NUS Research Scholar focused on reconstructing tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) heterogeneity in vitro.


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.

Lab Outings


December 2019

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June 2022