Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology

BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM) Inter-Disciplinary Research Group

  • BioSyM brings together a multidisciplinary team of faculties and researchers from MIT and the Universities and Research Institutes of Singapore. Our research deals with the development of new technologies to address critical medical and biological questions applicable to a variety of diseases. We aim to provide novel solutions to the healthcare industry and to the broader research infrastructure in Singapore.

  • The guiding tenet of BioSyM is that accelerated progress in biology and medicine will critically depend upon the development of modern analytical methods and tools that provide a deep understanding of the interactions between mechanics and biology at multiple length scales – from molecules to cells to tissues – that impact maintenance or disruption of human health.


BioSyM Highlights

A new way to diagnose malaria

SMART-BioSyM team has now come up with a possible alternative. The researchers have devised a way to use magnetic resonance relaxometry (MRR), a close cousin of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to detect a parasitic waste product in the blood of infected patients. The paper describing the technique in the Aug. 31 issue of Nature Medicine.

SMART- BioSyM Press Release

Worldwide News coverage on our Malaria diagnosis technique

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BioSyM Friday Seminar by Dr.Peng Weng Kung

Date: September 19, 2014, 3.30 pm @ Enterprise Level 5 Perseverance Rooms, CREATE

Title: "System biology: How true is the ambient glucose in diabetic patient reflecting the risk prediction of secondary complication?"


Recent Publications

  1. Micromagnetic resonance relaxometry for rapid label-free malaria diagnosis, Nature Medicine
  2. Metastable Tight Knots in Semiflexible Chains, Macromolecules
  3. Direct In Vivo Electrochemical Detection of Haemoglobin in Red Blood Cell, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing)
  4. Talbot Holographic Non-scanning (THIN) Fluorescence Microsocpy”, Laser and Photonics Reviews
  5. Dynamic remodeling of microbial biofilms by functionally distinct exopolysaccharides", mBio
  6. Chemoenvironmental modulators of fluidity in the suspended biological cell Soft Matter
  7. Reassignment of Scattered Emission Photons in Miltifocal Multiphoton Microscopy", Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing)
  8. "In vivo, label-free, three-dimensional quantitative imaging of liver surface using multi-photon microscopy", Applied Physics Letters 

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Our people

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Our research

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