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Centre for BioImaging Sciences officially opens

07 December 2010

CBIS OFFICIAL LAUNCH: (From left) NUS Faculty of Science Dean Prof Andrew Wee, Dr Lim Hwee Leng, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Agency for Science, Technology and Research Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh, NUS Centre for BioImaging Sciences Director Prof Paul Matsudaira and NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye
The NUS Centre for BioImaging Sciences (CBIS) was officially opened by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh on 6 December 2010. The S$24 million centre will pioneer leading-edge development and application of novel imaging techniques and computational methods to solve the most significant problems in life sciences, medicine, environment and energy. It will house the state-of-the-art FEI Titan Krios cryo transmission electron microscope designed for life science research. The microscope is the first to be installed in Singapore and the third in Asia.

At the CBIS launch, Mr Lim highlighted the importance of Bioimaging. He said: “Bioimaging has the potential to play a pivotal role in translational research especially when used to visualise molecular interactions, cancer function, metabolism and genetic expression in tissues as well as animal models of disease.” He added that the establishment of CBIS is a timely move by NUS to help Singapore grow in its bioimaging capability and to attract some of the best talent in this research area to Singapore.

Agreeing with Mr Lim, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Over the past decade, NUS has developed a range of world-class imaging resources to facilitate cutting-edge research at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Engineering and the Mechanobiology Institute. The Centre for BioImaging Sciences will complement this effort by bringing unique top-of-the-line technologies, in particular cryoelectron microscopy, to catalyse research breakthroughs in life sciences and other disciplines. The expertise of the Centre will be a valuable resource not only for NUS, but also for the Singapore research community.”

CBIS researchers will be embarking on highly interdisciplinary research in critical areas of investigation. This includes the study of trypanosome, a major infectious disease parasite; the identification of how antibodies can be used to block formation of the Dengue virus as well as the study of how the nervous system degenerates and the role of stem cells and plant hormones in the growth of rice plants.

In addition to research, the Centre will develop a new biological imaging graduate programme with the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering and the Biophysical Sciences Programme of the Department of Biological Sciences.

Concurrent with the official opening of CBIS, the Centre is also hosting the 6th Structural Biology and Proteomics Conference, in collaboration with the NUS Department of Biological Sciences and the NUS Life Sciences Institute.