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.


Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015

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Science Centre Singapore and Asian Scientist Magazine have co-organized the inaugural Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015 to honor excellent science writing from Asia as well as increase public awareness of the region’s scientific excellence.

The competition will run from 2 April to 30 June, 2015. Prizes include prize money (first prize S$8,000), a certificate of recognition, publication in Asian Scientist Magazine, and deliberation for inclusion in the Best of Scientific Writing from Asia 2015 book.

No professional qualifications are necessary for participation in the competition, and the only requirement is residence and/or work in Asia. The competition will take place in conjunction with the Singapore Science Festival 2015 and Science@50 celebrations.


Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum


I am honored to be elected to the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Many thanks to the World Economic Forum, and congratulations to the 2015 class.

Related articles:
1. World Economic Forum: Meet the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders
2. Asian Scientist Magazine: Asian Scientist Chief Editor Honored As WEF Young Global Leader
3. World Economic Forum: Why Asia needs good science writers (by Juliana Chan)


938LIVEFM chat with Daniel Martin

I had a quick chat with 938LIVEFM’s Daniel Martin today regarding the Science Centre steering committee.

I hope that parents, students, teachers and everyone will chip in with suggestions on the architecture, content and exhibitions of the new Science Centre at Jurong Lake Gardens. Let’s make the new Science Centre cool and educational.


Science Centre Singapore Steering Committee

I’ve joined the steering committee of the new Science Centre. I feel really honored to serve the community of budding scientists out there. We have a great responsibility to provide good recommendations to the Science Centre Board for the architecture, exhibits and content of the new Science Centre.

Ministry of Education press release

Channel News Asia article

TODAY article


Science & Technology in Society (STS) Forum 2014

STS Forum 2014 Future Leaders Program

I attended the STS Forum in Kyoto, Japan, as a representative of Nanyang Technological University and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Ref:

My trip was kindly sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

During that magical week, I fell in love with the beautiful city of Kyoto. I will surely be back!


CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent National Day Observance Ceremony

I was invited by Mr. Stephen Ng (in the left of the picture) to be the guest-of-honor at CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent National Day Observance Ceremony, held together with the school’s annual leadership investiture. I had a wonderful time talking with Mrs Pauline Wong, principal of St. Theresa’s Convent; her two vice principals; the lovely staff and the wonderful student leaders of St. Theresa’s Convent. As a former IJ girl myself, I couldn’t be more happy to attend!

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Her World Magazine August 2014

I’m in Her World Magazine August 2014 issue (Time pullout section). The article is about real watches. Thank you Olivia Hoe for interviewing me and organizing the shoot.

Her World August 2014

Dress: Stella McCartney Shoes: Hermes
Watch: A gift from my parents-in-law


With VIP readers of Asian Scientist Magazine

I am happy to say that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Lawrence Wong are familiar with Asian Scientist Magazine. I was fortunate to be invited to a PA session where I gave both of them a copy of the magazine. I enjoyed meeting many other inspiring people that day!

Left: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong flipping through Asian Scientist magazine. Right: Minister Lawrence Wong and I holding the July 2014 issue of Asian Scientist Magazine.

Left: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong flipping through Asian Scientist magazine. Right: Minister Lawrence Wong and I holding the July 2014 issue of Asian Scientist Magazine.


TR35 Innovators Under 35 Award Ceremony

Receiving a TR35 Innovators under 35 certificate from Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of IDA Singapore, and Kathleen Kennedy, Chief Strategic Officer of the MIT Technology Review, at the Emtech Singapore conference taking place from 20-21 January, 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands.

Thank you, it is such an honor!

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Asian Scientist Featured In The Straits Times & The Star On New Year’s Day

Asian Scientist Magazine was featured in the Straits Times (Singapore) and The Star (Malaysia) on New Year’s Day.

Thank you Mr Feng Zengkun and ST for your kind support!

THE STRAITS TIMES: Scientist starts magazine focusing on Asian research (January 1, 2014)

THE STAR: Scientist starts Asia’s first science magazine (January 1, 2014)


Regional finalist for MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators under 35


Thank you MIT Technology Review, EmTech Singapore and distinguished judges for selecting me as one of the 10 regional finalists from Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand for the 13th annual MIT Technology Review magazine’s 35 Innovators under 35 (TR35) list.


Asian Scientist Magazine On Newsstands

asian scientist on newsstandsAsian Scientist’s inaugural print magazine was launched this week, featuring 2012 Nobel Laureate Shinya Yamanaka of Japan!

Media partners and advertisers for our first issue include NUS, NTU, Hays Life Sciences, Agilent Technologies, Leica Microscopes, PSB Academy, MDIS, Frasers Hospitality, TSI Instruments, Bio-REV, EVT Biotechnology, United Scientific Equipment, Quintech Life Sciences, BioTEK, A*STAR, L’Oreal Singapore and MP Biomedicals!

Can you spot our magazine on the newsstands? Asian Scientist Magazine is now sold all across Singapore at Kinokuniya, Times Bookstore, MPH, POPULAR and Borders.

If you are not based in Singapore, or would like to get a one- or two-year subscription, you can sign up at


Received World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award

Received a 30th World Cultural Council special recognition award from 93-year-old Nobel laureate Edmond Fischer. As a biochemist, I am happy to share the stage with the man who discovered reversible phosphorylation in proteins. Thank you sir!
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Sir Paul Nurse and I at the World Cultural Council ceremony. He is truly an intellectual figure. I just wrote a story on Asian Scientist about his trip to China as president of the Royal Society, and one week later I was meeting him in person. How awesome is that!
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World Cultural Council Special Recognition Award

World Cultural Council

Many thanks to the World Cultural Council for giving me a special recognition award for my work, which comes with a SGD$5000 research grant.

Here is my citation:

Asst Prof Juliana Chan (Science)

Asst Prof Chan engineers targeted hybrid polymeric-lipid nanoparticles that cling to artery walls and slowly release medicine. In her latest work, she has grown 3D capillary beds in microfluidic devices towards applications in tissue engineering and drug testing. In 2013, Asst Prof Chan was awarded the Elite Nanyang Assistant Professorship from NTU and will teach at both the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, jointly setup by NTU and Imperial College London. A recipient of the Singapore Youth Award 2013, Asst Prof Chan founded the Asian Scientist Magazine in 2011. The Magazine has to date produced 2,500 stories.


I’m truly excited to get to meet Professor Sir Paul Nurse, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, who will be receiving the 2013 Albert Einstein World Award of Science at the same award ceremony for his amazing discoveries on the cell cycle.



Prestige Singapore 40 Under Forty 2013

Thank you Lauren Tan, Senior Features Editor at Prestige Singapore, for such a nice write-up on me.

Many thanks also to make-up/hairstylist Benedict and the photography team for taking such a nice photo of me at the A*STAR Biopolis complex.

Scientist, 29

Sept 2013 prestige singapore - largerA kid who used to spend her weekends with her dad at Sungei Buloh and MacRitchie Reservoir, Juliana Chan went on to earn a PhD in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. While abroad, she noticed a vacuum in the coverage of Asian research by Western-centric science magazines and so founded the Asian Scientist magazine in 2011 to give exposure to the growing demographic of scientists, engineers and doctors from Asia.

Reflecting this shifting face of science, Asian Scientist has produced more than 2,500 stories and profiled prominent opinion leaders to Nobel laureates. In April this year, the World Scientific Publishing Company took a minority stake in the venture, pumping in a high six-figure sum that will allow the young start-up to expand its reach.

Chan’s own track record in research — she has designed nanoparticles for drug delivery and grown blood capillary networks in microfluidic devices — has not escaped the attention of the scientific community. She jointly holds three international patents and was recently appointed an adjunct assistant professor at the Nanyang Technological University, which comes with a $1 million research grant.

Despite her personal success, Chan will have you know that women remain “severely under-represented” in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “But while more women are taking up PhDs in general, very few women are the decision-makers in industry, universities, and the corporate sector,” the wise-beyond-her-20-something-years says. “I’ve been quoted before as saying that women in R&D need to work twice as hard to be taken seriously and I still believe so.”

Link to article on Prestige Singapore website