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SCELSE Open House 2018
When: 29 August 2018 (12:00 - 5:00pm)
Where: SCELSE, SBS-01N-27, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Type: Others

How do microbes rule our world? Take a close look at our ongoing research projects, tour our laboratories and facilities and speak to our researchers and staff at the SCELSE Open House event. Sign up for our Open House now to receive a goodie bag! Keep updated on the Open House and other exciting SCELSE happenings and findings on our Facebook page and Twitter too!

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Here's what you can expect at our Open House this year.

  • Gain an understanding of SCELSE’s research clusters and how you can play a part in them
  • Explore your future research and career opportunities at SCELSE
  • Hear from our dedicated PhD students about their journey at SCELSE
  • Tour our labs and facilities
  • Get an insight into our ongoing research projects (more info below)
  • Have a chat with our researchers
  • Ask away at the closing seminar Q & A with our staff and students

Our researchers will be presenting several projects that you could perhaps join one day, too! Step into the incredible world of microbes with our booth presentations of SCELSE's research projects.

Air Microbiomes

SCELSE researchers studying changes to the air microbiome confined to an enclosure (Jurong Bird Park Penguin Coast exhibit) with different mechanically controlled temperatures.

You may not be able to see them but you take in microorganisms every day, minute and second from the air you breathe. Get to know the airborne microorganisms in your bedroom and the different ones at high altitudes. At this booth, check our air samplers that collect these cells for DNA/RNA extraction and genome sequencing, and learn more about our urban air microbiome projects to truly understand the invisible but essential around us.

Bioreactors and Rhizosphere Biofilms

One of SCELSE’s laboratory scale replicated bioreactors – a sequencing batch reactor for enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR).

Find out what bioreactors are and how they are changing our understanding of the biological “black box” of water treatment processes. For hundreds of years used water treatment has been the domain of engineers, despite the work being done by microbes.

Career Options for SCELSE Graduates

There are many careers an environmental life sciences engineer can pursue. Why not try your luck with our careers game wheel and see what you can land?

Want to be a microbial ecologist? Marine biologist? Bacterial geneticist? With our interdisciplinary approach through the life sciences, engineering and natural sciences, unearth the multiple career paths SCELSE can take you on. 

Aquatic Microbes

Pond water may appear clear, but it is teaming with microscopic life, including bacteria and their protozoan predators (amoeba, flagellates).

See bacteria in a different light! Bacteria generally exist as complex communities attached to surfaces, known as biofilms. However, it is not easy to visualise these biofilms and the microorganisms that interact with them as they exist on a microscopic level. Dr Stan Chan Siew Herng shares his knowledge on biofilms and the microorganisms that interact with them at this stall, where you can also try out the light microscope on wastewater and marine sediment samples to see what our aquatic environments really contain!

Corrosion & Microbial Sensors

SCELSE has developed a high-pressure chamber to understand the microbial activity and bioelectrochemical mediated processes involved in microbially inducedcorrosion of engineered structures at ocean depths.

Learn how bacteria are key agents in industrial corrosion and the holistic approach SCELSE takes to mitigate the problem. Strategies involving electrochemistry, materials science and microbial ecology are applied to understand and control microbially influenced corrosion and develop sensors for real-time monitoring.

Chemical Biology & Biofilms

Reduction of intracellular c-di-GMP prior to antimicrobial treatment has the potential to restore drug efficacy by increasing the synergistic effect of antimicrobial combinations.

Don’t be scared away by pathogens! The Kline Lab at SCELSE focuses on understanding mechanisms of bacterial factors that aid in invasion, colonisation, and persistence of Enterococcus facecalisand related pathogens. Get in on their recent findings on enterococcal virulence factors and the pathogenesis of E. faecalisand learn about other bacteria behind a few common infections. Visit this stall to keep a close eye on pathogens and find out more about the Kline Lab and research opportunities available.

Marine Biofilms & Microbiomes

SCELSE participates in Singapore’s Marine Science R&D Programme with studies such as the ecological ‘green’ engineering of Singapore’s seawalls to enhance biodiversity in the coastal environment.

Seawater is full of life! Have a glimpse at the diversity of marine microbial species present in our local waters with the FlowCam dynamic fluid imaging system demonstrated at this booth. SCELSE researchers from the St. John’s Island National Laboratory, Singapore’s only offshore marine research facility, will be displaying water samples and are on hand to talk to anyone interested in the richness of life out in the waters.

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