Prof Alexander BERSHADSKY

Principal Investigator
alexander. bershadsky


Naila Omar Khayyam ALIEVA

Group Manager

Research interests
Actin cytoskeleton, formin based actin polymerization, filopodia dynamics, myosin 10

Previous education/experience
Diploma in Biochemisty, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
PhD in Cell Biology, Cancer Research Center, Moscow, Russia
2001-2005 Whitney Laboratory, University of Florida, US
2005-2009 Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas, US

Naila also manages the OpenFreezer repository for MBI.


HU Shiqiong

Postdoctoral fellow

Research interests
Actin myosin dynamics, self-organization, cell adhesions dynamics

Previous education/experience
2001 Bachelor’s degree in Pysics, Jiangxi Normal University
2001-2004 Teaching, East China Jiaotong University
2007 Master in Biophysics (honour), Ecoles Normales Supérieures and East China Normal University
2010 PhD in Biophysics (très honorable), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)
2011-present Postdoc in Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore      



Postdoctoral Fellow (jointly with Prof Tony Kanchanawong)

Research interests
Coordination between microtubules and focal adhesions, Matrix metalloproteases, Extracellular Matrix

Previous education/experience
B.Sc. in Biology, Ochanomizu University, Japan
Ph.D. in Arts and Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan with Dr. Issei Mabuchi
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan with Dr. Yonemura Shigenobu
The Scripps Research Institute and NHLBI, NIH, USA with Dr. Clare M. Waterman


TEE Yee Han

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests
Cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, actin cytoskeleton self organization

Previous education/experience
2005 Bachelor of Science (Hons), Life Sciences, National University of Singapore
2005-2006 Research Intern, Bioprocessing Technology Institute, A*Star, Singapore
2012 PhD, School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


ZHAO Lieu Zi, Robert

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests
Membrane trafficking, cytokine secretion in immune cells, regulation of Golgi apparatus, formin and microtubule motor

Previous education/experience
2000 Diploma in Biotechnology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
2004 Bachelor of Science (Hons), Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Melbourne
2008 PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, University of Melbourne
2008-2010 Postdoc at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne with Professor Paul Gleeson


Meenubharathi NATARAJAN

Research Assistant

Research interests
Expression levels of Formins - Real Time PCR, Western Blot

Previous education/experience
2003 Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Univerity of Madras, India
2004 Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, Madras Medical Mission Hospital, India
2005-2007 Microbiologist, Madras Medical Mission Hospital, India
2008-2010 Project Officer,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore



Research Assistant

Research interests
Actin cytoskeleton self organization, cell polarization

Previous education/experience
2007 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering, Bharath Engineering College, India
2010 Masters in Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2010-2011 Research Assistant in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 


HU Xian Edna

PhD Student (jointly with Prof Michael Sheetz)

Research interests
Focal Adhesion, Talin mechanosensing, Talin Vinculin interaction

Previous education/experience
B.Sc. with honors in Life Sciences, National University of Singapore
Minor in Information Systems,National University of Singapore
Lab Manager National University Medical Institute, Confocal Core
Microscope Facility Manager, Mechanobiology Insititue Singapore
PhD in Mechanobiology Institute Singapore



PhD Student (jointly with Prof Virgile Viansoff)

Research interests
Adherens junction assembly/disassembly, actin cytoskeleton self organization, cell polarization, intracellular trafficking

Previous education/experience
2012 BEng in medical engineering, The University of Hong Kong
2012-present PhD in Mechanobiology, National University of Singapore


Nisha Bte Mohd RAFIQ

PhD Student (jointly with Prof Paul Matsudaira)

Research interests
Cell adhesion, podosomes, membrane traffic, small GTPases

Previous education/experience
2011 Summer Research programme, King’s College London, UK
2012 B.Sc. with honours in Life Sciences, National University of Singapore
2012-present NUS-King's College London Joint PhD Programme


SHAO Xiaowei

PhD Student (jointly with Prof Shivashankar)

Research interests
Dynamic actin remodelling, actin regulation by formin mDia2, actin-nucleus coupling

Previous education/experience
2009 B.Sc. in Life Sciences, Beijing Normal University, China
2009-present Ph.D in Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore


SHI Shidong

PhD Student

Previous education/experience
2014 BSc in Biological Sciences, Nanjing University
2014-present PhD in Mechanobiology, National University of Singapore 


YANG Bo (Beverly)

PhD Student (jointly with Prof Michael Sheetz)

Research interests
Cell spreading, force generation and cell rigidity sensing

Previous education/experience
2011 BSc in Quantitative Economics and BSc in Biological Science, Xiamen University, China
2011-present PhD in Mechanobiology, National University of Singapore 



PhD Student (jointly with Prof Yan Jie)

Research interests
The effects of mechanical forces on formin mediated actin polymerization, the roles of formin mechanical sensing in filopodia formation

Previous education/ experience
2008 BSc in Biotechnology, Nankai University, China
2011-present PhD in Mechanobiology, National University of Singapore 


LI Wehong (Tina)


Research interests
Actin cytoskeleton, focal adhesion dynamics, Matrix metalloproteases,
extracellular matrix

Previous education/experience
Bachelor of Engineering with honors in Computer Science, University of
Edinburgh, U.K.
Master of Philosophy in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise,
University of Cambridge, U.K.



Dr Neftali Flores RODRIGUEZ


Cell Cycle Unit, Children’s Medical Research Institute



LUO Weiwei


Research fellow, Duke-NUS graduate medical school, Shirish Shenolikar lab