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.

Nguyen Lan Huong (Postdoc)

Ph.D. Nanyang Technological University (2017)

Huong recieved her B.Sc at School of Biological Sciences, NTU in 2012. Her final year project focused on expression, purification, and crystalization of Phosphodiesterase A, a regulator of cellulose synthesis in Acetobacter xylinum, for structural studies. Motivated to expand her knowledge in other living systems, she joined Prof. Chew Sing Yian's lab in School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU as a graduate student from 2013-2017. Here, she developed a three-dimensional scaffold platform for controlled therapeutic drugs and non-viral gene delivery to enhance nerve regeneration and remyelination in spinal cord injuries. Through her Ph.D, she attained skills on spinal cord surgery in rat model, mammalian cell cultures, scaffold fabrication and characterization, and gene knockdown using miRNAs. She joined QIAO Lab in Sep 2020.

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.

Claresta Yeo (Project Officer)

B.Sc at University of Essex (2020)

I recently graduated with a B.Sc Biomedical Science degree from the UK. I have always had a great passion for the life sciences and disease progression. Motivated by my belief in exploring possibilities, I decided to join Qiao Lab to expand my knowledge and gain more laboratory skills through this multidisciplinary research.

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.


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

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