Michinao Hashimoto Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

2013 Postdoc (Chemical Engineering), MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital
2009 Ph.D. (Chemical Physics), Harvard University

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Michinao Hashimoto is the principal investigator of the group. His overarching research theme is microfluidics, both fundamentals and applications. Ongoing research topics include multiphase microfluidics, biomaterials formation, drug delivery, and development of medical and diagnostic devices. He is also interested in reducing the cost of science and technology, and making them accessible to broader range of people. Along this line, his research interest is on low-cost device fabrication and their application in point-of-care setting. Michinao enjoys traveling around, learning new languages, and doing science. To date, he has served as visiting scholars at multiple international institutions, including Polish Academy of Science (Poland), University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), National Tsinghua University (Taiwan), the University of Tokyo (Japan), and Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia). Michinao received his B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry/Biophysics from Oregon State University (2003), and Ph.D. degree from Harvard University (2009) under the guidance of Prof. George Whitesides. Prior to joining SUTD, he completed his postdoctoral training at MIT and Children’s Hospital Boston under the guidance of Prof. Daniel Kohane and Prof. Robert Langer.

Rahul Karyappa Ph.D.

Postdoc

2015 Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

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Rahul is a DManD Postdoctoral Research Fellow supervised by Prof Michinao Hashimoto. His research interests are in issues related to Fluids. He aims to develop new 3D printing techniques by dispensing of fluids which will add creativity, clarity and most importantly versatility in 3D fabrication of individual hard as well as soft materials and multimaterials. He intends to work with thermoplastics (hard), polysiloxanes (soft), hydrogels, ceramics, glass etc. In this process, he aims to design and develop advanced materials for various applications which can add tailored functionalities to the materials. Rahul received a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at Shivaji University (India) and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Chemical Plant Design) from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. after this he joined National Chemical Laboratory as a project assistant to work on Monte Carlo (MC) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) studies of Polymers in solution. Following this he worked as a Research Fellow and a Lecturer at Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, India. His interest in research made him to pursue his PhD at Indian Institute of Technology under the guidance of Prof. Rochish Thaokar. During his PhD he worked on Electrohydrodynamics of Drops and Microcapsules. After finishing his PhD he worked as a Sr. Research Scientist at Reliance Industries Limited, India where he learned the skills of Project Management and Data Analytics.

Kento Yamagishi Ph.D.

Postdoc

2018 Ph.D. (Engineering), Waseda University

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Kento Yamagishi is a postdoctoral research fellow at Digital Manufacturing and Design (DManD) Centre, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) under the supervision of Prof. Michinao Hashimoto. His research focus is on developing biomaterials and biomedical devices for wearable/implantable applications.
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Justin Tan PhD

Postdoc

PhD, National University of Singapore

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Justin Tan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Hashimoto’s lab at Singapore University of Technology and Design. Justin graduated from the National University of Singapore in the area of pharmaceutical sciences relating to drug screening and building of 3D co-cultures for hair follicle engineering. He has published around 8 publications relating to biomaterials, tissue engineering, 3D printing and drug discovery. He now focuses on developing of scaffolds through additive manufacturing and in-vitro cultures of clean meats.

Jon Yi Hoo

Research Assistant

2019 Bachelor (Food Technology), University of Queensland

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Jon Yi is a research assistant in Prof. Michinao’s research group. Her research would focus on 3D printing of food materials. Ideally to create a range of food prints suitable for elderly patients in the hospital, to meet their dietary needs and requirements. Research and development of food ingredients and products are areas that interest her, including sensory science correlating with consumer acceptance. With some industrial and research experience, her goal is to improve on food sustainability and create changes with her research.

James Ng

PhD Candidate

2013 M.Sc. (Biomedical Engineering), Nanyang Technological University

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James Ng is a Ph.D. student in Hashimoto group. He was previously a research associate in Prof. Xu Chenjie’s Lab at Nanyang Technological University.

Sindhu Vijayan

PhD Candidate

2016 M.Eng. (Chemical Engineering / Industrial Pollution Control), National Institute of Technology – Karnataka, India

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Sindhu Vijayan is pursuing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Michinao Hashimoto since 2016. She received her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Industrial Pollution Control) from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. She had done research on thin film bioreactors using Ansys Fluent for her master’s dissertation. Her research interest includes hydrodynamics and reaction kinetics of chemical engineering systems and product development for environmental applications. At present she is working on fabrication of microfluidic channels for various applications using additive manufacturing process.

Terry Ching

PhD Candidate

2016 B.Eng (Engineering Product Design / Mechanical Engineering Focus), Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Terry Ching received his bachelor’s degree from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate under a joint program between SUTD and the National University of Singapore (NUS). His research focuses on novel 3D printing methods to fabricate biomimetic vasculature.

Cheng Pau Lee

PhD Candidate

2016 B.Eng Engineering Product Design (Focus track: Mechanical Engineering), Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Cheng Pau is currently pursuing his Ph.D in the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), under the supervision of Prof. Michinao Hashimoto. He received his B.Eng in Engineering Product Development, specialized in Mechanical Engineering, from the Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2016. His research focus is in 3D Food Printing.

Nidhi Nagaraju

PhD Student

M.Eng., VIT University

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Nidhi Nagaraju is a doctoral candidate at Singapore University of Technology and Design. His current work focuses on the microfluidic synthesis of polymeric particles for biomedical applications. Nidhi graduated from RGUKT, Nuzvid with a bachelors in materials and metallurgical engineering. And he also has a master’s degree from VIT University, Vellore in ceramics, his work specifically on zirconia-based ceramics for the application of thermal barrier coatings. His dissertation examines the effect of rare earth oxide content on mechanical and thermal properties of zirconia ceramics. After his masters, Nidhi joined Hashimoto group where he is focusing his research efforts on developing various polymer microparticles for drug delivery applications.

Arunraj Chidambaram

PhD Student

2020 Bachelor of Engineering (Material Science & Engineering), Nanyang Technological University

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Arunraj is a new PhD student in PI Hashimoto‘s group and will be researching in the field of 3D printing. Previous he worked on 3D printing of carbon polymer for his Final Year Project in NTU and impacting testing of 3D printed graphene polymer during his professional internship in Temasek Laboratories @ NTU.

Martin Tan B.Eng

PhD Student

2019 BEng Electrical Engineering, Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Martin Tan is a PhD student in this research group. His interests lie in bioprinting and AI for biomedical research and drug trial applications. Some of his hobbies include electronics, programming, cycling, and outdoor camping.

Jian Yi Mervin Ng

Masters Student

2019 B.Sc (Architecture & Sustainable Design), Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Mervin received his Bachelors degree in Architecture & Sustainable Design in Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Innovation by Design. His research focus is on 4D printing of Shape Memory Polymers and he aims to implement it as a new approach for his entrepreneurship project. With this approach, he aims to develop a tool that can aid designers and users of Additive Manufacturing processes such that material deformations can be more creatively and purposefully utilized.

Nicole Chian B.Eng

Masters Student

2018 B.Eng Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Nicole Chian is primarily interested in research regarding biomaterials. Her post undergraduate career involved her role as a Design Engineer to design consumer products in the health and beauty field in a prominent company.

Sahad Zahir

UROP

Undergraduate, Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Sahad is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies at SUTD. He is involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP). His is working with Prof. Hashimoto to develop 3D printers.

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