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A*STAR Outstanding Publications Award
2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017
A*STAR Patent Power Award
2009, 2010 and 2017
Singapore HEALTH Award
(Platinum) 2012, (Gold) 2008 and 2010
BCA Green Mark Award
2013 (Gold) and 2017 (Gold and Goldplus)

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Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Kyoto University (Japan), 2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bio-Oriented Technology Research Advancement Institute, 2000-2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Tokyo Women's Medical University (Japan), 1998-2000

Ph.D. in Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1998
M.Sc. in Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1995
B.Sc. in Engineering, Yamagata University, 1992

Projects Publications Patents


1. Injectable Biodegradable Hydrogels for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering

Fan Lee, Ki Hyun Bae, Atsushi Yamashita, Chixuan Liu, Li Li, Shengyong Ng, Susi Tan, Joo Eun Chung and Motoichi Kurisawa

Hydrogels are soft materials with high water content. IBN researchers have developed a novel gel that can encapsulate therapeutic proteins, growth factors and cells for drug delivery and tissue regeneration. The hydrogels are biodegradable, made of non-toxic materials and can be injected into the body. They can regulate the rate of drug release in the body over a specific period, and reduce the need for frequent injections. These new materials show tremendous potential for improved treatment of cancer and neurological disorders. They can also be used as a scaffold to grow new tissues.

2. Using Green Tea Nanocomplex to Fight Cancer

Joo Eun Chung, Susi Tan, Kun Liang, Nunnarpas Yongvongsoontorn, Atsushi Yamashita, Li Li, Shengyong Ng, Shujun Gao, Lucky Swarnalatha Sasidharan, Rachel Sim, Min-Han Tan, Motoichi Kurisawa and Jackie Y. Ying

Green tea has long been known for its anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-microbial properties. IBN has taken the health benefits of green tea to the next level by using one of its key compounds, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), to develop micellar nanocomplexes for delivering anti-cancer protein drugs. The nanocarrier is formed by complexation of oligomerized EGCG with the protein drugs to form the core, followed by complexation of poly(ethylene glycol)–EGCG to form the shell. The micellar nanocomplexes protect the protein drugs from rapid proteolysis and renal clearance, while providing for tumor targeting. This green tea nanocarrier reduces tumor growth more effectively than using the drug by itself. We are also exploring the delivery of active ingredients in personal care and nutritional products using the micellar nanocomplexes.


6 Dec - 10 Dec
5th Nano Today Conference

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NEW! Generation of ‘‘Off-the-Shelf’’ Natural Killer Cells from Peripheral Blood Cell-Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Stem Cell Reports, (2017)
(IF: 7.338) article

NEW! Aptamer-Based ELISA Assay for Highly Specific and Sensitive Detection of Zika NS1 Protein
Analytical Chemistry, (2017)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b02862.
(IF: 6.320) article

Genetic Alphabet Expansion Transcription Generating Functional RNA Molecules Containing a Five-Letter Alphabet Including Modified Unnatural and Natural Base Nucleotides by Thermostable T7 RNA Polymerase Variants
Chemcial Communications, (2017)
DOI: 10.1039/c7cc06661a.
(IF: 6.319) article



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