Team Leader and Senior Research Scientist
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN)
Bioinformatics Institute (BII)
A*STAR AI, Analytics and Informatics Horizontal Technology Centre
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.
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.
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.