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

Prof. C.T.Lim of NUS, one of the BioSyM PIs, is elected to be inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite by The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

BioSyM research published in Nature Protocols, Jan 2016 issue: Ultra-fast, label-free isolation of circulating tumor cells from blood using spiral microfluidics, Majid Ebrahimi, et al.,

Overview of CTC isolation using spiral microfluidics. (a) Schematic of CTC enrichment by a spiral channel. CTCs are focused near the inner wall, whereas WBCs, RBCs and platelets are focused closer to the outer wall at the outlet because of the combined effects of inertial lift force and Dean drag force. (b) Left, optical image of single and multiplexed spiral biochips for high-throughput CTC isolation from lysed blood. Right, schematic illustrating the possible downstream techniques for functional characterization of CTCs isolated using a spiral biochip.

Protein folding and DNA condensation are two important instances that a biopolymer undergoes a conformation change from a coiled state to a globular state. Such coil-globule transition often occurs in confined space due to cell membranes.BioSyM researchers have found that confinement makes the transition easier and faster, because the coiled conformation is disfavored in confined space. The details are published in Scientific Reports(Nature Publications)



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BioSyM Focused Seminar Series

From Biomolecules to Biofilms

11 April — 6 June 2016

25 April 2016, Monday, 4 pm

Dr. Durgarao Guttula (SMART)

Mechanical response of biofilm associated proteins

Location: CREATE Enterprise Level 5, Perseverance Rooms, UTown


Recent Publications

  1. "On-Chip Assessment of Human Primary Cardiac Fibroblasts Proliferative Responses to Uniaxial Cyclic Mechanical Strain", Biotechnology and BioEnginering
  2. "Intraoperative cell salvage in metastatic spine tumour surgery reduces potential for reinfusion of viable cancer cells", Eur. Spine J.
  3. "Single-cell profiling approaches to probing tumor heterogeneity", International Journal of Cancer
  4. "Advances in microfluidics in combating infectious diseases", Biotechnology Advances
  5. "Loss of Endometrial Plasticity in Recurrent Pregnancy Loss", Stem Cells
  6. "Ultra-fast, label-free isolation of circulating tumor cells from blood using spiral microfluidics", Nature Protocols
  7. "Cellobiohydrolase 1 from Trichoderma reesei degrades cellulose in single cellobiose steps", Nature Communications
  8. "Coil-globule transition of a single semiflexible chain in slitlikeconfinement", Scientific Reports (Nature Publications)

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Our people

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Our research

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