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TECH EXPERTS

Strengthen in-house capabilities with our technical experts

Enterprises searching for the technical expertise to enhance or complement their in-house capabilities can widen their network and tap into a pool of experienced technical experts from different sectors and domains. Businesses can consult and engage our tech experts to solve technical challenges that are encountered in various stages of their product development journey.   


 

Samuel Aw

Senior Manager

Foods

Republic Polytechnic

Samuel Aw currently heads the Formulation & Nutrition Science Technology Centre at Republic Polytechnic. He possesses both academic and industrial expertise in food formulation, processing and packaging. He has worked with many food companies for the past 25 years in the area of product, process and packaging development. Samuel had set up the Food Packaging Laboratory for Singapore Polytechnic and was instrumental in the training of food packaging technologists in Singapore and ASEAN countries. He also worked in Nestle R&D Centre and Alfa Laval South East Asia, Convenience Foods & Packaging Division.   Samuel obtained an MSc in Packaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA. He was also a Kikkoman Award Prize winner under the Advanced Diploma in Food Technology, Singapore Polytechnic.  
Dr Susmita Bandyopadhyay

Senior Lecturer (Industry)

Chemicals
Healthcare

Republic Polytechnic

Dr Susmita Bandyopadhyay is currently Senior Lecturer (Industry) at the School of Applied Science in Republic Polytechnic, leading a dynamic research team in her department. She has over 20 years of research experience in synthesis, analysis and formulation of novel chemical compounds for various applications such as antimicrobial, insecticidal, feed, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, with special interest in the development of light-activated compounds. Her research interests include natural antimicrobial agents for various applications including food, packaging, paint, coating, fabric, and other consumer products; formulation of feed from agro-biproducts; formulation of pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals; and functional product development for applications such as mosquito larvae control, insect repellent. As Principal Investigator, she has secured numerous research grants and is actively involved in scientific research addressing global and national issues related to public health, such as creating a more affordable treatment for cancer for the public, more effective and safer control of mosquitoes to fight against the mosquito-borne diseases, and novel disinfection technology for high contact surfaces. Her invention was granted a PCT patent in Singapore and Australia. Dr Susmita shares her knowledge and expertise with local SMEs to help them develop innovative products or solutions through consultancy projects and technology licensing. Her projects have won several external and internal awards such as MOE Innergy Award and Republic Polytechnic’s Most Innovative Project Award. She is also a recipient of “Outstanding Innovator Award 2018” from MOE. Dr Susmita holds a PhD in Chemistry and has postdoctoral research experience at University of California (Santa Barbara).
Dr Gu Keyu

Lecturer

Life Sciences

Republic Polytechnic

Dr Gu Keyu has a BA in Agronomy and PhD in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Nanjing Agricultural University of China. Prior to joining Republic Polytechnic, he has various positions at the Institute of Molecular Agrobiotechnology (IMA) and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL), National University of Singapore. As a senior Post-doctoral Fellow, he published about 20 papers as first authors or co-authors in journals such as Theoretical and Applied Genetics, Plant Cell Report, Nature, Molecular Plant Pathology, BMC Research Notes, Plant Science, PLOS ONE, Plant Cell, Biotechnology for Biofuel, BMC Plant Biology, MPMI etc.  His current research interests are in vegetable growth promotion and heat/drought stress tolerance, substrate-based hydroponics production, plant disease resistance, and hydroponic plant nutrient recipe formulations etc.
Dr Ritu Bhalla

Senior Conexus Manager

Life Sciences

Republic Polytechnic

Dr Ritu Bhalla is currently the Senior Conexus Manager for the Agriculture Research and Innovation (AGRI) Centre at Republic Polytechnic. At the centre, she drives multidisciplinary projects leveraging on plant science, advanced systems for production, automation and IoT to support increased production of food.  Ritu is leading industry collaborations and R&D, looking particularly into research investigations leading to improving the crop quality. She has over 20 years of research experience in understanding the pathways that lead to the production of natural products in plants; and understanding the functional genomics of plants that influence primary functions of growth and yield, as well as secondary functions such as production of essential oils and flavonoids. She has also been involved in projects about the use of plant products in functional food formulations. She has worked on many plants such as scotch mint, lemongrass, rice, jatropha curcas, basil, coriander, leafy vegetables, etc. She is well versed in techniques like plant tissue culture, biochemical assays, plant mutagenesis, hydroponics and plant metabolomics. She also has several papers and patents to her credit.
Dawn Ong

Senior Manager

Chemicals
Materials

Republic Polytechnic

Dawn has over twenty years of experience working in various industries including chemical industries, semi-conductor component assembly as well as flexible electronic circuits manufacturing prior to her teaching career with Republic Polytechnic. Having graduated with a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the National University of Singapore, she wishes to impart her knowledge and experience to inspire the young in the School of Applied Science. Her areas of expertise include product development of new materials, adhesive formulations, additive manufacturing of polymers and cementitious materials, fabrication of silk fiber reinforced composites and electrolytic and electroless surface passivation and electroplating. As a Conexus Senior Manager, Dawn works with various industry sectors to collaborate on projects related to sustainable materials, functional materials, additive manufacturing, and specialty chemicals as well as supporting students for industry immersion programs. Together with her students, she aims to solve problems by applying their knowledge and developing skills necessary to support industry partners.
Dr Sun Guang Wen

Lecturer

Life Sciences

Republic Polytechnic

Dr Sun Guang Wen is Lecturer at School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic with 15 years of experience in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, immunology and microbiology. His current research interests include regulation of antibody response, production of recombinant antibodies, and development of quality assurance assays. In addition to education, Dr Sun is also an industrial consultant and provide advice in product development and quality assurance.  Prior to joining Republic Polytechnic, Dr Sun was Research Fellow at National University of Singapore and was involved in cutting edge research in emerging infectious diseases. His PhD and postdoctoral research were on the molecular and genetic basis of bacterial pathogenesis. His research experience also includes antibody engineering; gene knockout using CRISPR-Cas9; product quality analysis based on biochemical and molecular assays; and development of real-time PCR based human DNA detection method.  Dr Sun obtained his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and BSc in Biochemistry from National University of Singapore.  
Dr Gabriel Lee

Senior Lecturer

Chemicals
Materials

Republic Polytechnic

Dr Gabriel Lee is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Science at Republic Polytechnic (RP). He is actively involved in the New Materials Technology Centre (NMTC), where extensive research work is carried out on various aspects of materials and coatings innovation. He leads industrial research projects on the development of tunable surface solutions as well as smart materials to increase sustainability and functionality for the built environment.  He has more than 20 years of experience leading research and development efforts as well as product and technology development. His areas of research interest include nanostructured materials, carbonaceous materials, advanced composites, 2D materials, smart coatings, chemometrics, sustainability in the built environment and environmental degradation studies.  
Yashna M. Harjani

Founder and Director

Foods

VeVeva Nutrition Pte Ltd

Yashna M. Harjani is currently the Founder and Director of  VeVeva Nutrition Pte Ltd, a nutrition consultancy in Singapore. She works closely with the food and beverage industry in the Asia Middle East and North Africa region, to guide nutrition innovations from ideation to launch phase and beyond. She supports concept development; guides product design, claims and communication; chalks out research and communication road maps; and defines influencer and advocacy strategy. She is also collaborating with other food industry experts to roll out training programs, to support capability building in the nutrition food and beverage space.  With more than 25 years of experience with NGOs, the food industry and the consultancy world, Yashna brings to the table considerable experience. Prior to setting up her consultancy in Singapore, Yashna worked with PepsiCo for 14 years in Bangkok, Shanghai and Dubai. She led internal nutrition innovation, product design, product renovation strategy; defined claims & communication road maps; and drove research and external influencer strategy for Pepsico in Asia, Middle East and North Africa markets. Having lived and worked in different countries, Yashna thinks multi-country opportunities. Yashna has worked with multiple big brands e.g. Pepsi, Lays, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Sunbites, Aquafina, Sting and Herbalife, supporting a wide portfolio of food and beverage products - carbonated beverages, snacks, grain-based foods especially oats, sports drinks, juices, dairy, soy milk and other soy products, energy drinks, weight loss supplements, tea, tuna, vitamin and herbal waters. She is especially passionate about plant-based nutrition and the power of beans. 
Dr Suchitra Derebail

Lecturer

Healthcare
Life Sciences

Republic Polytechnic

Dr Suchitra Derebail is an experienced scientist and lecturer with over 19 years of experience in research work in the areas of virology, molecular biology, and stem cell biology, and 10 years of experience in teaching/training. Suchitra spearheaded several funded research projects in the areas of virology, stem cell regeneration, novel drug testing, and bioprinting of therapeutic cells. She is experienced in gauging translational potential of related research technologies such as lentiviral reprogramming of stem cells, baculoviral research tools, bioprinting etc. She also possesses international exposure in the US, India and Singapore and experience working with diverse stakeholders from varied backgrounds.  
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