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Principal Investigator

Andrea was born in Italy and studied Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
He was awarded the Interpolytechnic Fellowship in 2009 and joined a joint Ph.D. program with MIT in Biomedical and Biomechanical Engineering.
In 2012, he moved to Singapore to work as a Post-doc at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) that is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) in Roger Kamm lab. 
Andrea is a co-founding team member of AIM Biotech Pte ltd which provides organotypic assays with animal model-like complexities for research, drug discovery & diagnostics.
Andrea is also a graduate of the ESSEC Business School with a master in healthcare management.
In 2017, he joined the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) in A*STAR as a Junior Investigator. 
His research is now focused on microfluidic models to study adoptive cell-mediated cancer immunotherapies in tumor microenvironment models.



Research Fellow

Maxine studied in Singapore, and was awarded the A*STAR NSS BS-PhD scholarship.
She graduated with a BSc in Natural Sciences, majoring in Genetics, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was then accepted into the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Developmental and Stem Cell biology at University College London, where she investigated the role of tissue tension on cell division using Drosophila as a model system.
She then did a short post-doc at the Institute of Cancer Research studying the role of cellular biomechanics in cancer extravasation.
She is currently working on developing physiologically relevant 3D models for cancers. 



Research Fellow

Jyothsna graduated with a Bachelor's in Biotechnology from SRM University in India, followed by a Master's in Biomedical Engineering in NUS. She was then accepted into a joint PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering from SUTD and NUS, where she investigated the influence of matrix stiffness on cancer cel migration decisions. She then did a short post-doc at NTU where she developed 3D printed biomaterial shuttles for treating spinal cord injuries. Before joining the lab, she also worked at Dynacyte Biosciences as an Applied Biologist where she trained and applied multis-scale object detection networks for detecting cell in microscopic images using a transfer learning approach.
She is currently working on using the organ-on-chip technology for investigating cancer-immune system interactions. 


Senior Research Officer

Joey graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2017 with a degree in Biological Sciences and has since been in Andrea's lab.

This is her first job and she handles the lab's every day function: handling orders, making sure consumables are stocked up, maintaining cell cultures, as well as helping out with experiments.

She is currently aiding in the development and validation of 3D microfluidic models.



Senior Research Officer

After graduating from the National University of Singapore, he joined Antonio Bertoletti's lab as a Research Officer.

He was involved in projects dealing with chronic HBV patients, elucidating the differences in the immune population between nucleot(s)ide analogue therapy responders and non-responders.

He met Andrea during their collaboration in another project and learnt of his intent to start a lab.

Spotting an exciting and challenging opportunity, he joined Andrea and together they started the 3D Tumour Microenvironment lab.

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