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A symposium was held in Singapore – August 15 – 16, 2019

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A symposium was held in Singapore – January 14 – 15, 2019

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September 4, 2018 – SMART Meet the Community

“SMART Meet the Community” Event was held on September 4th. DiSTAP, represented by Tedrick Salim Lew (Graduate Student, MIT), Zhen Jie (Research Fellow, NUS), SeonYeong Kwak (Scientific Director, DiSTAP), and Michael S. Strano (IRG Head, DiSTAP) showcased some of the latest work that was done throughout the year. DiSTAP engaged the community through 4 posters and video streams, raising awareness of the deep collaborative work done on Food Security and Precision Ag between MIT and Singapore.

June 12, 2018 – Technology That Matters Series #4

Professor Rajeev Ram shared about DiSTAP’s work with broader members of the community, totalling about 50, including scientists, students, investors and administrators.

Food security is a growing global concern. Singapore, as an island city-state with little to no arable land, is almost completely dependent on other nations to feed its population. Globally, 15% of the world’s 7.4 billion person population currently lacks access to sufficient calories or micronutrients and is malnourished. Professor Rajeev Ram’s seminar, “Deep Tech at the Dinner table”, covered the use of novel methods and technologies for the efficient and sustainable production of foodstuffs to ensure both Singapore’s, and global food security.

“Deep tech at the dinner table” covered the use of spectroscopic and various sensor techniques to understand plants, and to engineer them to meet food security needs of Singapore.
Venue: CREATE Singapore

May 28, 2018 – DiSTAP Training Session for Nanosensor Utilization

DiSTAP held a training session on May 28, 2018 at the CREATE Laboratory to educate and train end users on how to use plant nanobionic sensors for biochemical monitoring of living plant systems in real time. More than 15 scientists from the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and other collaborator labs attended classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations that included colloidal nanoparticle sensor characterization, spectroscopic quality, plant infiltration and application, and the use of stand-off spatial/temporal imaging using a novel InGaAs detector setup now operative in the DiSTAP laboratory. Colloidal characterization of such nanosensors is an integral part of their utilization. The training event marks the establishment of facilities within DiSTAP, now online, for fabricating, purifying characterizing and applying nanosensors to a wide range of plant systems. Current work during the summer of 2018 will examine spatial and temporal measurement of plant immune signaling in real time.

Michael Andrew Lee (center, MIT Graduate student, Strano laboratory) and Freddy Nyugen (not shown, MIT Research Fellow, Strano laboratory) delivered, along with Professor Michael Strano, a laboratory tutorial on nanoparticle characterization to a group of over 15 collaborating scientists working in DiSTAP.