Dr Tu Ting Yuan
National Cheng Kung University
Dr. Ting-Yuan (TY) TU is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of Biomedical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan. In collaboration with Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre (SMART), he received his Ph.D. in Mechanobiology from National University of Singapore in 2015, in Singapore. Prior to joining NCKU, he was an Application Scientist at Clearbridge Biomedics, in which his role was focused on developing downstream assays for analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) isolated from patients’ peripheral blood. In addition to studies on CTCs, another aspect of his current research interest lies in the development of better biomimetic tumor microenvironment for cancer drug discovery, such as in vitro tumor models and 3D tumor invasive co-culture microfluidic platforms.
The research interests of Dr. Tu’s lab are focused on the development of better three-dimensional (3D) biomimetic culture systems for studying the mechanics of cells and tissues. Current research directions mainly lie in utilizing in vitro tumor model for integration of microfluidics for a series of development of platforms in cancer drug discovery. This includes development of 3D in vitro tumor model for therapeutic treatments, development of 3D co-culture invasive models using microfluidic system for small molecule drug discovery, and understating the mechanics of 3D tumor invasion and migration in hydrogel environment.