Juliana M. Chan

From Wikitia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Juliana M. Chan
Juliana M. Chan.jpg
Chan Shu Ping Juliana Maria

(1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 41)
EducationNatural sciences
bachelor’s degree in biochemistry
master’s in molecular biology
PhD in Biology
Alma materVictoria Junior College
CHIJ Katong Convent
University of Cambridge
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spouse(s)Chester Drum

Dr. Chan Shu Ping Juliana Maria (born February 11, 1983), better known as Juliana M. Chan is a Singaporean scientist, entrepreneur, educator, blogger and a communicator of science. She is the publisher, and former Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Scientist magazine. Juliana is also the founder, and CEO of Wildtype media group.[1][2][3]

Juliana left her career as a researcher to communicate science in 2018.[4] Before leaving the academic world she had four patents to her name with commercial licenses.[5]

Early life and education

Juliana was educated at CHIJ Katong Convent and Victoria Junior College. When asked about her passion for science she describes herself as nerdy.Sing, Melissa Gail (2015-05-07). "Juliana Chan: Putting Asia's Ground-breaking Scientific Research on a World Stage". Tatler Singapore. Retrieved 2020-03-20.

From her childhood, Juliana was inclined towards writing and communication. Juliana and her sister used to make a magazine with a collection of songs, poetry, pictures, and drawings for the three readers in their family.bryantc@st (2018-10-05). "The science of effective communication". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-03-20.

Initially, Juliana's parents wanted her to take up medicine as a career. Although interested in science, Juliana decided on her two-week stretch at the Changi general hospital that the career in medicine was not meant to be. Juliana pursued her affinity for biology and landed up with an A* star scholarship in 2002 with an acceptance letter for her undergraduate studies at Cambridge University.

Thus, she studied natural sciences from 2002 through 2005 at Cambridge, UK. She obtained a first-class honors bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Subsequently, she also received a master’s in molecular biology, with first-class honors.

Following her studies at Cambridge University, Juliana moved to the USA where she obtained her doctorate(PhD) in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at MIT for a period of 1 year.

Career and research

Juliana spent her years at MIT researching nanomedicines: nanoparticles and their role in delivering drugs to the required organs for conditions like cancer and heart diseases. For her PhD., she worked in the Biotechnology lab of Professor Robert Langer, ScD ‘74. Consequently, for her Post-Doc, she conducted her studies along with Professor Roger Kamm, SM’73, PhD ’77 in his Biological engineering lab.Dunn, Peter. "Juliana Chan, PhD '10, Leads Biotech Lab and Asian Scientist Magazine". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2020-03-19. Her work with Professor Robert Langer and Professor Roger Kamm inspired her research on the utility of nanomedicines in treating skin and cardiovascular diseases along with a six-member team at her multi-disciplinary lab at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.[6]

Her lab came into existence owing to a fellowship at the city-state’s agency for Science, Technology, and research. The fellowship provided her with an assistant professorship at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and a startup grant of a total sum of $750,000.

Talking about the significance of her dermatological research in Asia she says -

“ because conditions like eczema and psoriasis are very common and the current standard of care is steroid creams, which can thin the skin, nanoparticles could deliver greatly reduced dosages directly to inflamed tissue, leading to better results with lower risk."

Juliana also synthesized Monocyte cell membrane-derived nanoghosts for targeted cancer therapy while she was at National Technological University.[7]File:Asian Scientist Magazine.png|thumb|265x265px|Juliana M. Chan is the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Scientist Magazine.Chan’s research has been brought to light by several including the BBC.[8], MIT Technology Review, Singapore Straits Times, World Economic Forum, South China Morning Post[9], and the Singapore Tatler

Eventually, she quit her career as a researcher and closed her lab in 2017-2018 to become a full-time Editor and Publisher of her magazine Asian Scientist and consequently, CEO of Wildtype Media.

Currently, she is also a part of the faculty of science at the National University of Singapore as an adjunct assistant Professor.

Her magazine the Asian Scientist is a product of her blog Asian Scientist, which she began writing while she was at MIT.


Juliana has written, edited, and published 3 books in total.

Juliana’s first book along with Grace Chua, Shuzhen Sim, and Rebecca Tan was a non-commercial work- 'Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers'. The book was funded by grants from Nanyang Technological University and SG50 Celebration Fund. The publication was aimed at bringing all the scientists of Singapore from past, present and aspiring to limelight and celebrate them.[10][11][12]

Juliana edited the book 'Bugs and Quarks', again, with Shuzhen Sim and Rebecca Tan. The book features stories from Asian Science writing prize 2015 written by twenty-five authors. The book has stories about the human body, technology, nature, as well as future predictions.[13]

Her third work was published in 2016 and was based on her research in nanoparticles titled ‘Perspectives in micro and nanotechnology for biomedical applications'. She, along with Chenjie Xu edited the book.[14]

Awards and Fellowships

Juliana, throughout her career, has won several awards and fellowships including:

ACS Nano Junior Fellowship, 2017.[15]

She was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum in 2015.[16][17]

EmTech TR35’s 10 Innovators under the age of 35(Asia),2014[18]

Listed in The Prestige Singapore forty under forty[19][20]

Recipient of the Singapore Youth Award, 2013 with a community grant of $8000[21][22][23].

Winner of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Singapore’s 10 Outstanding Young Persons Of The Year, 2013.[24][25]

Received a grant of $30,000 as a winner of 2011-2012 L’Oreal- UNESCO For Women In Science(FWIS) National Fellowships (Singapore),2012.[26]

Personal life

Juliana M Chan grew up in a household with three other family members including her father, mother, and sister. Her parents initially wanted her to pursue a career in medicine, but she wasn’t interested in a medical career.

Juliana met her husband Chester Drum, a cardiologist while she was at MIT working in Professor Langer’s lab. She is a mother of two, as of now. Her eldest daughter is named Heather.[27]

In the media


External links


  1. "Juliana Chan".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Juliana M. Chan | The Marketing Society". www.marketingsociety.com. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  3. "Home". Juliana M. Chan, Ph.D. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  4. T, Generation (2018-05-10). "Juliana Chan". Generation T. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  5. "Authors". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2020-03-20. She is a part of the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader and is involved in the working of the WEF Pioneer Selection committee as an Agenda Contributor since 2015. As of April 2018, Juliana is also an adjunct assistant professor at National University of Singapore (NUS)."Staff". www.dbs.nus.edu.sg. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  6. Cheok, Susanah (2016-12-14). "Why Juliana Chan Has No Patience For Bad Behaviour". Tatler Singapore. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  7. "Nanoghosts". www.scbe.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 2020-03-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Nano device targets artery damage". 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  9. "Nanomedicine could outdo surgery". South China Morning Post.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. Juliana Chan, Grace Chua, Shuzhen Sim, Rebecca Tan. Singapore's Scientific Pioneers. Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Limited. ISBN 9810958943.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. "Singapore's scientific pioneers SG50 celebration fund".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "She's got it down to a science - HEY! The NTU Magazine". www.hey.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  13. Juliana M. Chan, Rebecca Tan, Shuzhen Sim (2016). Bugs and Quarks. Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Limited. ISBN 9810979584.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. Chan Juliana M, Xu Chenjie (2016). Perspectives in micro and nanotechnology for biomedical applications. World Scientific. ISBN 1783269626.
  15. "ACS Nano Junior Fellowship 2017". Juliana M. Chan, Ph.D. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  16. "Juliana Chan- Young Global Leaders".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "Community". The Forum of Young Global Leaders. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  18. "EmTech Singapore's 10 Under 35 Innovators Revealed". Asian Scientist. 20 November 2014.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "Prestige Singapore 40 Under Forty 2013". Juliana M. Chan, Ph.D. 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  20. "40 Under 40 2013 - Prestige Online - Society's Luxury Authority". Prestige Online. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  21. Singapore Youth Award 2013, retrieved 2020-03-21
  22. "Singapore Youth Award 2013". Juliana M. Chan, Ph.D. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  23. "6 presented with Singapore Youth Awards". TODAYonline. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  24. "Academic Record". Juliana M. Chan, Ph.D. 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  25. "Past Winners | JCI Singapore". jcisingapore.cc. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  26. Chan, Juliana (2011). "L'Oreal For Women In Science" (PDF).{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. "She's got it down to a science - HEY! The NTU Magazine". www.hey.ntu.edu.sg. Retrieved 2020-03-20.

This article "Juliana M. Chan" is from Wikipedia. The list of its authors can be seen in its historical. Articles taken from Draft Namespace on Wikipedia could be accessed on Wikipedia's Draft Namespace.