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Sierin Lim
Associate Dean (Global Partnerships)
Graduate College

Sierin Lim is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the Associate Dean (Global Partnerships) at the Graduate College. Her research group focuses on repurposing biological parts by utilizing protein engineering as a tool for applications in health and environment. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and did a postdoc at University of California Irvine. She founded the Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) Student Chapter and Women@NTU Initiatives. She is the recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Singapore for Women in Science National Fellowships (2013), Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship for Exchange in Engineering (2016), and Outstanding Woman in Biomedical Engineering Venus International Women Awards (2019).

Research Statement

Nature provides us with myriad biological building blocks that can be assembled and repurposed. Our group focuses on engineering these biological building blocks, particularly proteins and carbohydrates, and build systems for applications in health and environment. We derive design principles for building of the systems by combining the knowledge gained through in-depth bio and physicochemical studies with the exploration of real-life problems. We are also interested in multi-disciplinary approaches involving economics and art, as well as other aspects of humanities.

Research One-liner

Engineering biology for health and environment


S Bhaskar, S Lim, “Engineering protein nanocages as carriers for biomedical applications”, NPG Asia Materials (2017) 9 (4), e371-e371; a comprehensive review of the work in the field.

M Sarker, H Lee, RA Gonçalves, YM Lam, H Su, S Lim, “Supramolecular Protein Assembly Retains Its Structural Integrity at Liquid–Liquid Interface”, Advanced Materials Interfaces (2020), 1901674; first report on in-depth study of the subject which was featured as inside back cover.

H Qiu, X Dong, B Sana, T Peng, D Paramelle, P Chen, S Lim. “Ferritin-Templated Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Pt Nanoparticles on a Monolithic Porous Graphene Network for Electrocatalysis in Fuel Cells”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2013) 5 (3), 782-787; interdisciplinary study involving biology and material science for application in energy.

Latest Projects

Biological engineering towards carbon-neutral bio-upcycling; NTU, A*STAR, NUS

Bacterial cellulose for oral wound dressing; NTU and National Dental Center

Protein cages for imaging atherosclerotic plaques

POWERS: Promotion of Women in Engineering, Research, and Science; CoE, CoS, and psychology

Advice to young researchers

Reach out to mentors and build your network early.

Other affiliation(s)

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Expert Areas

Research Interests
Art, Economics, Engineering, Environment, history, Science, Technology

Research Category
Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Research Sub-category
Interface of Biology and Engineering (Engineering in Biology), Materials Science & Engineering, Nanotechnology & Nano-Science
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Circular economy & waste reduction, Tele-health, medicine, rehab & therapeutics
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 4: QUALITY EDUCATION – Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.
GOAL 5: GENDER EQUALITY – Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
09 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020