Current members

QIAO Yuan (PI)

Yuan completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Bryn Mawr College (USA) in 2010, where she did synthetic chemistry research with Dr. Bill Malachowski. After spending a year working on antimicrobial polymers in the lab of Dr. Yi-Yan Yang at IBN in Singapore, Yuan became interested in using chemical tools to study biological problem, and joined the Chemical Biology graduate program at Harvard University in 2011. In the labs of Prof. Dan Kahne and Prof. Suzanne Walker at Harvard, Yuan focused on characterizing the enzymes that make bacterial peptidoglycan, an essential component of the bacterial cell wall that is an excellent antibiotic target. Her graduate research solved several key problems in the field and established novel tools for new antibiotic discovery. Since 2017, Yuan joined Prof. Yue Wang's lab in IMCB, Singapore, where she was interested in understanding the role of bacterial peptidoglycan in bacterial-fungal interaction. Yuan was a recipient of the A*STAR National Science Scholarship in Singapore (2007-2016). She started as an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Division in SPMS NTU in Nov. 2019.

Allan Ng Wee Ren (Research Fellow)
PhD at Monash University, Malaysia (2021)

Allan completed his PhD in Genetics & Molecular Biology at Monash University, Malaysia in July 2021 where he developed new assays and novel recombinant proteins to address prevailing problems involving the diagnosis and management of Fabry disease. Previously, he completed both his undergraduate studies in Biotechnology (in 2014) and Master's research in Molecular Oncology (in 2017) at UCSI University, Malaysia. During his Master's research, he combined bioinformatic tools and in vitro assays to engineer and validate mimetic peptides that could mount immunological responses for the suppression of colorectal cancer tumor. To further pursue his passion in research and life-long learning, he joined the lab as a Research Fellow in December 2021 where he is involved in unveiling the effect of PGN molecules on host cells and animal models.

Li Chenyu (Graduate student)

B.Sc at Fudan University (2020)

Li Chenyu is now a PhD student in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at NTU. She received her B. Sc at Fudan University in China. Back in 2018, she started to work as an undergraduate intern in the lab in department of Chemistry, focusing on the application of analytical technologies on detection of antibiotic resistance from bacteria, especially via microfluids-assisted mass spectrometry. Supported by FDUROP fund from Fudan University, she managed to complete the project with a growing interest in analytical method development for biological problems need to be solved. She joined the lab in Aug. 2020.

Liang Yaquan (Graduate student)

B.Sc at Nanyang Technological University (2021)

Yaquan received her B. Sc in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at NTU. She had intered at A*STAR NanBio Lab by working closely with Prof Jackie Ying's team in developing rapid diagnostic kits for biotechnology and healthcare applications. She accumulated various research experiences during her undergraduate studies in areas such as synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry, and nanomaterials. She then developed a passion for research and is motivated to utilize scientific knowledge in solving real-life problems. She decided to pursue a PhD in furthering her knowledge and skillsets and joined the lab in July 2021.

Li Lanxin (Graduate student)

B.Sc at Hunan University (2021)

Lanxin obtained her bachelor degree of Chemical Engineering at Hunan University, China. During her sophomore year, she participated in the SIT Program focusing on designing highly sensitive probes for tumor cells detection. Since then, she developed an interest in chemical biology and in order to absorb more knowledge in this field, she began to work as an undergraduate researcher in ICBN, Hunan University assisting antibiotic drug screening and working on her graduation thesis about vancomycin resistance evolution, mechanism and inhibition. She aspires to further study the application of chemical approaches to solve biomedical problems and joined the lab in Aug 2021.

Hui Yi Lim (Research Assistant)

Nanyang Polytechnic (2020)

Hui Yi received her Diploma at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). As part of her school Final Year Project (FYP) in 2019, she worked as an attachment student in Prof. Yue Wang's lab in Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IMCB), A*STAR, Singapore, focusing in the project of understanding structure-activity relationship of bacterial peptidoglycan in promoting fungal hyphal growth. Motivated to maximize her potential, she joined QIAO Lab in January 2021.

Zhao Yilin (Master student)

B. Sc Nankai University (2021)

Yilin completed her undergraduate studies at Nankai University, and is currently a master student in CBC at NTU. From 2019 to 2020, she conducted research on PCV2 virus invading cells by single-particle tracking under the supervision of Prof. Lehui Xiao. And through this experience, she began to develop an interest in biology-related chemistry issues. With the aspiration of acquiring chemical biology research methods and improving her research abilities, she joined QIAO Lab in Sept 2021.


Deborah Seah (CBC Year 3) 2020 summer---present

Vu Hoang (CBC Year 2) 2021 summer ---present