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Super Killers... of Superbugs, That Is
Two young NTU professors are leading the world on a killer mission. Asst Profs Matthew Chang and Poh Chueh Loo have re-engineered a common bacterium to kill a superbug that can cause many illnesses. Be part of a world-beating team and make our lives better...

Students and alumni
•Li Peng (PhD student who has published in Nature journals and commercialised inventions)
• Bernice Oh (First Class Honours student who is on the NTU-Imperial College London Joint PhD Programme)
• Liu Andong (PhD fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The power in you... You have always been curious about life, how it begins and why people get sick. You often wonder if one day you could be the one with the cure for cancer.

In school, you were always pushing the limits in lab experiments, going beyond what the textbooks teach. To satisfy your curiosity, you have conducted more than one "unorthodox" experiment.

Diagrams of processes come naturally to you. You draw them when in doubt and they never fail to help you make sense of what is happening in a situation.

Then, why not consider the School of Chemical & Biomedical engineering, where you can learn how to turn common chemicals into fuels using sunlight, be involved in a range of cutting-edge techniques that allow you to manipulate things at a subatomic level, and create biomedical devices and artificial organs or limbs to give others a fighting chance. Here, you can use top-of-the-line equipment (such as Transmission Electron Microscopes to create nano-art) and even get a hands-on experience at the school's distillation towers, a smaller version of the petroleum refinery plants used by companies like Shell and ExxonMobil.

Matthew Chang and
Poh Chueh Loo:

Superbug Heroes

These two young dons are leading the world in the ways of bioengineering bacteria. Last year, they managed to re-engineer a common bacterium to kill a superbug, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause a whole range of infections in humans.

Both professors share a desire to innovate for the betterment of society. As Asst Prof Poh (left) puts it: "Research means being at the forefront of something new and exciting that could potentially make our lives better." The NTU alumnus, who graduated from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, says seeing hospital patients suffer makes him wonder how he can help them. To this end, he is also developing new biomedical systems, including medical imaging technologies that can help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer and other diseases. He adds that teaching students at NTU "is one way of imparting knowledge and skills, and inspiring them to innovate and engineer new technologies that will improve healthcare".

Asst Prof Chang, who graduated from Seoul National University before doing a PhD in the United States, wants to pay it forward, having received help from others when he was younger. "Just as people have helped me, I hope to help others through my research." He enjoys sharing his passion with the next generation, saying: "I am particularly proud that Chueh Loo and I led teams of undergraduates to medals at the 2008 and 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (where students have to design and build biological systems), held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."