Professor Lim currently holds joint appointments at both the Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also a Principal Investigator at the Mechanobiology Institute as well as a Faculty Fellow of the Singapore-MIT Alliance Center for Science & Technology. Professor Lim heads the Nano Biomechanics Lab which conducts basic and applied research in the mechanobiology of human diseases as well as the development of microfluidic biochips for the detection and diagnosis of cancer.
Prof. Lim has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers (including over 30 invited/review articles and 12 ISI highly cited papers), 20 book chapters and delivered more than 200 plenary/keynote/invited talks. He is currently on the editorial boards of 11 international journals. Prof. Lim is also a Council Member of the World Council for Biomechanics. He has co-founded 3 start-ups that exploit inventions that he has developed in his lab.
Prof. Lim and his team have won several research awards and honors including the Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) 2012, Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award 2012, TechVenture Most Disruptive Innovation Award 2012, Asian Entrepreneurship Award (First Prize) 2012, President’s Technology Award 2011, Faculty Research Award 2011, IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2010, Tan Kah Kee Young Inventor’s Award 2009, highly cited author award as well as Best Paper and Best Poster awards in international conferences. His research was cited by the MIT Technology Review magazine as one of the top ten emerging technologies of 2006 that will “have a significant impact on business, medicine or culture”.
Dr. Tan is one of the rising stars in the field of nanobiomechanics. He is the co-inventor for the Circulating Tumour Cell (CTC) Microfiltration BioChip – an innovative device which allows clinicians to isolate and enumerate circulating tumour cells from whole patient blood and, most impressively, retrieve wholly intact, viable circulating tumour cells. Dr. Tan is currently the Technical Advisor of Clearbridge Biomedics and the Technical Director of Clearbridge Accelerator.
Dr. Tan is a recipient of the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship which is awarded only to the top graduates in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering. He has also won several awards, including the Young Investigator Award at the 6th World Congress on Biomechanics and the prestigious Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award.
The author/co-author of several scientific publications, Dr. Tan has been invited to present his work at both local and international conferences, such as the International Conference on Biocomputation, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Technologies and also at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.
Dr. Tan holds a B.Eng (First Class Honours) and his PhD from the National University of Singapore.