To create an impact on immuno-medicine through:​

  • Consultation with basic scientists, clinicians and industry to understand what they need

  • Collaboration with scientists and engineers to create innovative technologies

  • Communicating discoveries within the scientific community and with the broader society



  • To generate scientific impact, research will be performed with high reproducibility, ethical considerations, and through competition and collaborations

  • To nurture the next generation of scientific leaders, students in the lab will be engaged in high-level research, given opportunities for overseas internships and competitions, and encouraged to explore diverse careers in academia, industry and consulting

  • To engage society in science, the lab will continually communicate with members of society through articles, illustrations and lab tours


There will be projects for PhD students and postdocs in nano-technology, biophysics, tissue engineering and genetic engineering. Desirable skills of research trainees include

  • Clean-room operation

  • Nanoparticle and hydrogel fabrication 

  • Electro-immunology (patch clamp)

  • Genetic engineering of immune cells

  • Animal work including mouse cancer and spinal cord injury models

We are hiring PhD students and postdocs in synthetic biology, immune sciences and genetic engineering. Job descriptions can be found here. Uncertain about doing a PhD, perhaps my talk can help?

Interested candidates should send their CV, unoffical transcript (for undergraduates) and names of 2 referees to bietkpa(at)nus.edu.sg. I make an effort to review each application carefully and if you do not hear from me, it means that you have not been shortlisted.

Here are some scholarships for PhD students and postdocs: