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Song Juha
Assistant Professor
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering

Dr. Song joined the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in April 2016. She obtained her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, with research focus on bioimimetics and biomechanics for an understanding of material design principles of natural exoskeleton systems. She did her post-doctoral training at Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, Seoul National University, where she conducted research on development of hybrid biomaterials for dental, orthopedic, cardiovascular and soft tissue implants, actively working with local biomedical companies. During 2014-2015, she was also a contract professor at Korea University, School of Biomedical Engineering.

Research Statement

Her research broadly covers the experimental and theretical investigations of nature and synthetic composite materials across all length scales, particularly in the field of biomimetic and bioinspired engineering as well as biomedical engineering, covering various topics on nanomechanics, biomechanics, biomimetic design, fabrication and prototyping, biomedical material design, synthesis and evaluation. In particular, ”learning from nature” is a major approach to resolve current issues found in biofabrication and digital manufacturing.  At NTU, her research has focused on how to implement material design principles from nature into various synthetic material systems, mainly using additive manufacturing tools and computational tools. Thus, she has been developing various bioinspired approaches for manufacturing 1) biomedical implants and devices, 2) large artificial tissue constructs, 3) adaptable smart material systems as well as for implementing bioinspired short-term cell storage and delivery solutions used in cell manufacturing and therapy.

Research One-liner

Developing bioinspired systems or platforms to solve various engineering problems

  • F. Fan, S.H. Park, Q. Shi, X. Zhang, Q. Liu, Y.H. Song, H.K. Chin, M.S.B. Ibrahim, N. Mokrzecka, Y. Yang, H. Li, J. Song, S. Suresh, N.J. Cho. (2020) Transformation of Hard Pollen into Soft Matter, Nature Communication, 11(1), 1-10.( co-corresponding)
  • M. Pan, S. Chen, T.-S. Jang, W.T. Han, H.-d. Jung, Y. Li, J. Song. (2019) Plant seed-inspired cell protection, dormancy, and growth for large-scale biofabrication, Biofabrication#, 11 (2), 025008.
  • K.-B. Kim, Y.-J. Lee, A. Costa, Y.-K. Lee, T.-S. Jang^, M.-G. Lee, Y.-C. Joo, K.H. Oh, J. Song, I.-S. Choi. (2019) Extremely Versatile Deformability beyond Materiality: A New Material Platform through Simple Cutting for Rugged Batteries, Advanced Engineering Materials#, 21, 1900206. ( co-corresponding)
Latest Projects
  • 3D freeform printing of slow curing acrylic for customized permanent cranial implants
  • Advanced Manufacturing of wearable microneedle skin patch platforms with 3D printing for transdermal drug delivery
  • Bioinspired 4D Printing of Nanocomposite Hydrogels Coupled with In-Situ Precipitation
Other affiliation(s)

Faculty staff, Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP)

Expert Areas
Biomechanics, Biomedical material design, Biomimetic and bioinspired engineering, Biomimetic design, Fabrication and prototyping, Nanomechanics, Synthesis and evaluation.

Research Interests
Additive manufacturing, Bioinspired design, Biomanufacturing, Biomedical devices, Human-Device Interface

Research Category
Engineering & Technology
Research Sub-category
Materials Science & Engineering
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Tele-health, medicine, rehab & therapeutics
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GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION – Responsible Production and Consumption.
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
05 May 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020