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Human migration in SE Asia is driven by sea-level rise, impacting genetic ancestry

By combining the population history inferred from the genome data and the history of geography, SCELSE, ASE & EOS are able to show the cause of the human migration and ethnic diversity of the Southeast Asia. This provides insights into how human genetic profile were impacted by climate change during a time of similar global warming,” said Prof Kim Hie Lim, lead author of the study.

Congrats SCELSE recipients of the National Award (Covid-19)

A great pleasure to kick-start 2023 with a congratulatory message to our SCELSE experts who have contributed to Singapore’s fight against Covid-19 and awarded the prestigious National Award (Covid-19).

Congratulations Prof Staffan Kjelleberg on receiving the prestigious Nanyang Research Award 2022

The Nanyang Research Award is presented in recognition of his outstanding contributions in extending the frontiers of knowledge in biofilms and microbiomes, through the establishment and success of SCELSE over the past decade.

Singapore scientists discover ‘future-proof’ method using bacteria to remove phosphorus from wastewater

SCELSE scientists have developed a technique to remove phosphorus from wastewater at higher temperatures than is possible using existing techniques, by using bacteria to store the chemical.

Launched! A new card game "Lockdown!" by SCELSE & NUS

SCELSE PI A/Prof Yann Boucher and Dr Anna Szucs from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine have created a family-friendly card game to raise public awareness…

SCELSE’s Research Structure

Mission: To discover, control and direct the behaviour of microbial biofilm communities and microbiomes
for sustainable environmental, engineering, public health and medical applications.

Environmental Engineering Cluster

Understanding microbial communities in engineered and environmental settings and provide translational outcomes for harnessing of biochemical transformation processes in several key systems.


Meta-'omics & Microbiomes Cluster

The development and application of cutting edge, high resolution, ‘omics, and analytical technologies to understand microbial communities and microbiomes in natural or engineered systems to the level where informed control can be applied.


Biofilm Biology Cluster

Unravelling the mechanisms behind biofilm establishment, development, structure and function to understand and control key aspects of biofilm biology in all settings, including natural and engineered urban environments, host-microbe interactions, public health and medical contexts.


Integrative Analysis Unit

The Integrative Analysis Unit (IAU) provides analysis and interpretation expertise, guiding and advising SCELSE researchers on metagenome analysis and related methods, as well as experimental design, data analysis and statistics.