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.

Hirohito Hayashi (Post-doc)

Ph.D at Nanyang Technological Univeristy (2019)

B.Sc. at Nanyang Technological University 2015

Ph.D at Nanyang Technological University 2019 Advisor: Prof. Shunsuke CHIBA

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.

Teo Seng Chong (Project Officer)

B.Sc, M.Sc at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Seng Chong received his B.Sc and M.Sc at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Back in 2016, he worked on his undergraduate final-year project on isolation, characterisation and identification of lignocellulose-degrading bacteria. Later, he continued his study on the enzymes that involved, particularly xylanase, an enzyme that cleaves the hemicellulose (xylan) backbone in lignocellulose. Through these projects, he attained skills on bacterial cells culture, molecular biology, protein cloning and purification. He joined QIAO Lab in March 2020.

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.


Seah Peck Boon Deborah (CN Yang scholar, CBC) Aug 2020---present

Cheang Wan Jun Joslyn (CN Yang scholar, CBC) Dec 2020---present

Fong Jia Li (FYP, CBC) Dec 2020---present