Collaborative Research

SCELSE’s has built a research portfolio that incorporates broad research approaches into a highly integrated Research Centre of Excellence. This enhanced research base is reflected in the capacities developed by SCELSE in next generation sequencing, computational biology, advanced bioimaging, bioreactors, experimental biofilm systems and chemical biology. These capacities are further strengthened by collaborations with research universities, institutes, government agencies and industries, both in Singapore and abroad. SCELSE is built across and integrated within Singapore’s two leading universities, NTU and NUS, thus providing access to existing research staff and capacities not available through either university alone.

Moreover, for the same reason, SCELSE’s network expands into extensive interactions with institutions beyond the universities, namely PUB (Singapore’s national water agency), National Environment Agency (NEA), A*STAR institutes, Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), as well as two RCEs, Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and Mechanobiology Institute (MBI). This considerable network provides the skills and technologies to generate the coherence required to achieve effective research outcomes, both fundamental and applied. SCELSE has augmented this substantial local skill set with a cohort of world-class researchers and investigators to provide additional disciplines and skills not previously available in Singapore. To take full advantage of the state-of-the-art technologies available at SCELSE and create an effective platform with obvious added value, the centre has promoted a framework of team collaboration and is continuously expanding its research interactions.

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Danone Nutricia Research

Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition pioneers in specialised nutrition since 1896. We appreciate that pregnant and lactating women, infants and young children have specific requirements and need specialised nutrition to build the foundation for lifelong health. We are committed to providing safe, high quality, science-based nutritional solutions, services and education, which meet parents’ needs and ensure their children a healthy start in life.

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Experimental Biofilms & Synthetic Ecology

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the water agency that manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way. PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). To provide water for all, PUB calls on all to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources. If we all play our part, we can have enough water for all our needs – for industry, for living, for life.

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Urban Water Cycle
ZEISS Microscopy

ZEISS is one of the world-leading manufacturers of microscopes. In addition to excellent light-/ion- and electron microscopes, ZEISS manufactures a diverse range of fluorescence optical sectioning systems as well as high-resolution x-ray microscopes. ZEISS also offers unique technology - such as multiple-beam scanning electron microscopy and helium ion microscopy. ZEISS Microscopy is a leading provider of microscope solutions in the life sciences and materials research markets and Quality Assurance/Quality Control. Microscope systems by ZEISS are much more than just hardware. A dedicated and well-trained sales force, an extensive support infrastructure and a responsive service team enable customers to use their ZEISS instruments to their full potential. More at

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Experimental Biofilms & Synthetic Ecology Bioprocessing Urban Water Cycle Air Microbiomes Host Microbiome (Holobiont) Interactions Biofilm Detection and Control Marine Biofilms & Microbiomes Public Health & Medicine
Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation

The Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation (CMB) is an international leader in both fundamental and applied research in the areas of microbiology and ecology. A particular focus of the CMB’s research is the interactions between microorganisms and eukaryotic host organisms within the holobiont concept. The scientific expertise within the CMB lies in the combined use of ecological and molecular approaches to gain insight into both positive (e.g. healthy development of the host) and negative aspects (e.g. disease) of holobionts. Underpinning these approaches are the CMB’s technical expertises in experimental ecology, analytical chemistry, environmental microbiology and -omics technologies. These combined and cutting-edge skills have the capacity and required resolution to accurately reveal information on holobiont function, both on a broad, environmental scale and a detailed, molecular level.

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Experimental Biofilms & Synthetic Ecology Bioprocessing Marine Biofilms & Microbiomes
Costerton Biofilm Center

The Costerton Biofilm Center is a unique interdisciplinary research center established to explore the field of chronic bacterial infections that are a major health challenge with large global economic and societal implications. The center aims, at the delivery of new approaches to address key challenges within medical biofilm research, to generate fundamental insights into the biology of chronic infections. The ambitious goals require novel integrative approaches that involve the joint effort of leading researchers from complementary research fields.

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Biofilm Detection and Control
Loreal - NTU/SCELSE research collaboration - joint lab

Established in 1990, L'Oréal Singapore comprises a Research & Innovation Center for skin and hair science, foresight and open innovation. Singapore is also the site of the Asia Center of Excellence for Microbiome knowledge studies. Leveraging on the rich scientific ecosystem within SCELSE, the joint lab with SCELSE will conduct upstream research within the scope of skin/scalp microbiome. Researchers in the joint lab will look into functional dissection of the microbiome and possible applications of microbes for cosmetics and dermatology. The partners have already jointly patented new technologies and this initiative will expand and strengthen their collaboration in the future.

Program(s) Involved:

Experimental Biofilms & Synthetic Ecology Host Microbiome (Holobiont) Interactions