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Supporting hawksbill turtles' conservation through DNA analysis

Secrets unveiled by SCELSE, from DNA of hawksbill turtles could succeed for the first time, in tracking exactly where they go to nest and forage. More in The Straits Times.

SCELSE business development team to propel SCELSE’s impact forward

From lab to market – this significant stage has gotten one step closer to home for researchers – as a new business development & partnership unit within SCELSE will be launched on 1 Jun 2023.

SCELSE Scientists grow fish food from microbes cleared by food processing plants

A win for sustainable food! SCELSE scientists have found a way to convert microbes in used water from food processing waters into fish food. The study, led by former PhD student Vethathirri Ramanujam Srinivasan will be published in the journal ‘Science of the Total Environment’ in May.

SCELSE Scientists analyse wastewater to detect Omicron spread

Playing an important role in the SARS-Cov-2 fight are SCELSE scientists who found a way to detect the spread of the Omicron variant within two days through wastewater surveillance.

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.