MEDIA RELEASE - Anti-cancer Smart 'Bomb' Scientist Elected Fellow at Fitzwilliam
Dr Loh is developing an anti-cancer biomaterial drug delivery system that limits collateral damage to healthy cells during cancer treatment. Made up of tiny multi-stimuli responsive exploding bubble-like micelles, these anti-cancer smart 'bombs' can be guided to their target to release chemotherapeutic drugs, just like how today’s precision munitions work. The main difference here is that Dr Loh’s anti-cancer smart ‘bombs’ can differentiate friend from foe, and explode only at sites with cancerous cells, limiting damage to healthy cells. Dr Loh Xian Jun, a researcher from A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), was recently elected a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam College. Some of the College’s very notable alumni include Nobel Prize winner Albert Szent-Györgyi, who discovered Vitamin C and Singapore's first Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who is an honorary Fellow at the college. Dr Loh is also a Visiting Professor at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, where his study on the anti-cancer smart biomaterials is being done.