Principal Investigator and Senior Scientist
Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging (IBB)
Bioinformatics Institute (BII)
A*STAR AI, Analytics and Informatics Horizontal Technology Programme Office
Singapore National Research Foundation Fellow (Class of 2021)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Tech. Univ.
PhD, MS Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2018)
BS Biomedical Engineering, Duke University (2010)
Bio: Kaicheng’s interests are in techniques and devices for minimally invasive, endoscopic microscopy in living systems and patients, with a specialization in ultrahigh speed optical coherence tomography (OCT). His experience spans photonics and fiber optics, clinical gastroenterology and endoscopy, medical devices and robotics, and artificial intelligence for image interpretation. His vision is that cutting-edge photonics empowered by machine learning will enable instant microscopic analytics of living tissue at the molecular level and on the scale of entire organs, thereby enhancing the quality and coverage of real-time feedback to clinicians during procedures, and improving patient outcomes.
Born and bred in Singapore, Kaicheng is a Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow, with substantial funding from the Singapore Government to pursue independent research and advance the country’s scientific and technological edge. He is also a recipient of the A*STAR scholarship, which generously supported many years of education in the United States, as well as the MIT Helen Carr Peake Research Prize and the American Gastroenterology Association Certificate of Recognition for Early Career Investigators for his development of minimally invasive upper endoscopy in awake patients, enabled by his micromotor tethered capsule endoscopic OCT imaging platform.
Kaicheng is the creator of a family of popular Twitter bots (in collaboration with subject matter experts) that use machine learning to automatically scrape and disseminate new research to the respective scientific communities. Check out @biophotonicat for research in biomedical photonics, @higgsinocat for dark matter physics (collab. with Hongwan Liu), and @electrochemicat (collab. with Edwin Khoo) for batteries and energy storage.
Jessica KNG Sze Jia
Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Life Sciences and a minor in Forensic Science from NUS. At IBN, Jessica worked with a plethora of microbes ranging from cancer cells to bacteria. During the circuit breaker in Singapore, Jessica assisted with numerous COVID-19 projects. These include mask BFE, mask disinfection study amongst others to support the mask distribution exercise by the government. Jessica has a strong aptitude and interest in scientific research, driven to improve human lives.
Rachel obtained her M.Eng degree (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and B.Eng degree (Engineering Science, Photonics & Optics) from National University of Singapore. Her research interests include miniaturised optical/sensor systems, product development and medical device translation. She hopes to integrate multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research in a commercial device and at the same time, enable affordable healthcare with frugal innovation.
Joel ANG Lang Yi
Upon graduating from the National University of Singapore with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Data Science and Analytics, Joel joined A*STAR to pursue his passion for machine learning research. There, he worked on developing generative models and implementing image processing techniques to aid the analysis of medical data. Joel hopes to continue developing his expertise in the domain of unsupervised learning and generative modeling while continuing to work on high-impact solutions in the biomedical industry.
Whitney is an undergraduate student from NUS, pursuing a B.Eng degree in Engineering Science, Engineering Science in Medicine. With an interest in the healthcare industry, in particular the development of medical devices, she is looking to explore deeper into the field and gain real-world understanding. She hopes to positively impact the community in the work she does.
Cyrus is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering with a second major in Innovation & Design from NUS. He has a great interest in the medical sciences and its advancements in research and desires to gain real-world, hands-on experiences to better understand the challenges and opportunities entailed in this field. In this way, he hopes to contribute back to the healthcare and innovation community, both in his current projects and in his future career.
TIAN Wen Yi
Wen Yi is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Management at NUS. She is interested in both medical biology and engineering and has a strong passion in the healthcare industry. This sparks her interest in wanting to contribute back to the medical industry in the future and make a difference to people’s lives through new innovations and a better understanding on the various applications in this field.
Rachael has recently completed her A-Levels and is keen on pursuing science at university. With varied interests ranging from biology and medicine to engineering, she remains open to exploring different scientific facets. In the future, she hopes to positively impact lives through working in healthcare. Rachael also enjoys volunteering and visiting museums in her free time.
Chloe is currently studying for her A levels in Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College). She is interested in biology and computing, with a strong interest in physics and engineering. In the future, she hopes to be able to give back to society as much as possible, as a token of appreciation for everything society has given her. Outside of her studies, Chloe also enjoys dancing and exploring new places.
Siddarth is a high school student currently studying for his IB exams. With a keen interest in science, he is looking to further study disciplines of Biology and Physics in university. In his career, he would like to make a meaningful impact when tackling modern-day issues by contributing to cutting-edge research in the lab. In his free time, Siddarth enjoys listening to and making music.