Two-day MOE Science Communication Workshop

When MOE asked me to design, curate and lead a two-day workshop on science communication for JC-level biology teachers, I said — challenge accepted!

I’m glad it went well and I hope everyone enjoyed it. Many thanks to the MOE biology curriculum department for this opportunity.


Moderator at the 2017 Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany

Many thanks to the Falling Walls Foundation team (Lucie, Felix and co) for inviting me to moderate two panels at the Forum Stage for the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin (November 9, 2017). It was such an enjoyable learning experience.

Check out how they illustrated me here:


Singapore Youth Award Central Assessment Board

I’m happy to share that I will serve a two-year term as a member of the Singapore Youth Award Central Assessment Board. As a committee member, I will help to identify and recommend candidates for consideration.

If you know of any suitable candidate for the Singapore Youth Award 2017 or 2018, please let me know via email. Thanks very much!


New US patent

I am an inventor on a new US patent, my fourth to date: Particles with multiple functionalized surface domains

This disclosure relates to particles (e.g., nanoparticles and microparticles) that display multiple functionalized surface domains in a controlled mosaic pattern. The disclosure also provides simple methods to create various particles that have multiple functionalized surface domains while allowing the use of a wide variety of diverse core structures. The multiple functionalized domains provide controllable particle binding and orientation, and controlled and sustained drug release profiles.

More info:


ACS Nano Junior Fellowship 2017

I’m so thrilled to receive the ACS Nano Junior Fellowship, which provided support for me to attend the inaugural ACS Nano Futures meeting on the intersection of precision medicine and the microbiome.

The conference was held from 29-31 March 2017 at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. I thank very much Professor Paul Weiss, the editor-in-chief of ACS Nano; the editorial and publication team of ACS Nano; the staff and students of CNSI and UCLA; and the other amazing fellows whom I met on this trip.


TODAY Newspaper Article in Jan 2017

My chapter from The Birthday Book, published by Ethos Books in 2016, was syndicated in TODAY newspaper as a commentary piece on 12 January 2017.

Here’s the link:


Editorial feature in Dec 2016 Singapore Tatler

Many thanks to Chong Seow Wei and Susanah Cheok of Singapore Tatler for featuring me and my work in their Dec 2016 magazine.


A*STAR Science Communications Workshop


I gave two science communications workshops at A*STAR on August 3 and 4, 2016. Many thanks to Lia and Kostas of A*STAR’s OSCAR for the invitation.


Harper’s BAZAAR August 2016

Many thanks to Dana Koh, lifestyle editor at Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, for featuring me on their annual power list 2016.

harpers bazaar august 2016 juliana chan


Science Communications Masterclass at One-North Festival

I will be giving a science communications masterclass titled “Science Communications: How-to Guide, Business Models & Career Opportunities” at the A*STAR One-North Festival on the 3rd and 4th of August.

3rd August – Biopolis, Singapore
4th August – Fusionopolis, Singapore

Registration is free, but space is limited. Register here:

one-north festival juliana chan science comms masterclass


World Economic Forum ASEAN 2016

I moderated a panel session on universal healthcare coverage at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016. Panel speakers were the Asia heads of Novartis, UNFPA and Royal Philips, as well as the Minister of Health of Malaysia.


Singapore Science Survey

I carried out a survey with Associate Professor Shirley Ho of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications at NTU on people’s views towards science and technology issues in Singapore.

The study, a first of its kind, involved close to 1,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents who responded to 80 questions online.

The public report can be found here: Public Views and Attitudes Towards Science and Technology Issues in Singapore

Coverage in the Singapore Straits Times


Nobel Prize Series 2015

I was a panelist on the future of learning at the inaugural Nobel Prize Series 2015 this week.

From L-R: NTU vice-president Lee Sin Kong, NTU chairman of the board of trustees Koh Boon Hwee, Nobel Laureates Harry Kroto and Ada Yonath, and Juliana Chan.

Nobel Prize Series


SG50 Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers book launch

The non-commercial book Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers, sponsored by grants from the SG50 Celebration Fund and Nanyang Technological University, is dedicated to all scientists in Singapore, past, present and, most of all, aspiring.

The book was launched on August 29, 2015, at a private event with Professor Lim Pin, former vice-chancellor of the National University of Singapore, as the guest-of-honor. Senior scientists and management from academic and scientific organizations across Singapore attended the book launch.

SG50 book launch


MIT Technology Review feature

Thanks so much to Peter Dunn and MIT Technology Review for the lovely feature in the Sept/Oct 2015 print magazine (alumni edition). It is also available online here.

MIT Technology Review - Juliana Chan


Elle Singapore – August 2015

Many thanks to Michelle Bong of Elle and photographer Joel Low for this lovely photoshoot for Elle Singapore’s August 2015 print magazine.

Juliana Chan Elle Singapore August 2015


Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015 award ceremony

A big shout-out to co-organizers Science Centre Singapore, sponsor World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd and supporting organizations NTU, NUS, SMU, SUTD, SIT, Pilot Pen,, SMART, A*STAR and NYC for making it a big success.

I would also like to thank Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat for being our guest-of-honor for the award ceremony.
11412073_877763978926663_4230952625690061395_oL-R: Steven Miller, vice provost (research) at Singapore Management University; Shirley Ho, associate professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications at Nanyang Technological University; me; Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Here’s a video of the award ceremony highlights:


Interview with Singapore Tatler

Singapore Tatler

Thank you Melissa Gail Sing for the lovely article on me for Singapore Tatler.


Two reviews published from my lab

It has been exactly one year since I joined Nanyang Technological University as a Nanyang Assistant Professor. Here’s two papers that we recently published, and hopefully more to come!

1. Chan JM, Wong KHK, Richards AM, Drum CL. Microengineering in cardiovascular research: new developments and translational applications. Cardiovascular Research (2015) in press. [pdf]

2. Krishnamurthy S, Vaiyapuri R, Zhang L, Chan JM. Lipid-coated polymeric nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery. Biomaterials Science (2015) in press. [pdf]


Class 95TV interview for International Women’s Month

A video interview I gave to Class95TV for International Women’s Month. Thanks Ms Freda Jamaluddin, producer for Mediacorp’s Class 95FM, for coming all the way to my office to conduct the interview.

In the interview, I discuss my research, Asian Scientist Magazine, and how I (try to, sometimes unsuccessfully) achieve work-life balance.