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Precision Medicine – Engineering Group

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DESCRIPTION

In the early 90’s, as the first human genome project was initiated, an extensive effort has been placed on mapping the role of genes in the onset of disease. Genetic contribution to different diseases however, were found to be varies and often very little, with non-genetic factors (e.g., environmental hazards, diet, microbiome) having much greater attributable risks, and thereby producing ‘stochastically’ large phenotypic pool. The key goal to understanding human health and disease is to access the ‘genotype-phenotype’ correlogram, and the success of translating technological innovations into clinical research.

Weng Kung is the Group Leader for Precision Medicine – Engineering Group (PME) under the Department of Nanoelectronic Engineering, INL. The team group interest focuses on developing and translating technological innovations (e.g., NMR-based POCT, machine learning) for the next generation of Precision Medicine. Some of his team successful projects include the rapid and label-free malaria screening, high-throughput molecular phenotyping of oxidative stress in diabetes mellitus, sub-stratification of endometriosis, and multidimensional spectroscopy for molecular phenotyping in hemoglobinopathies.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PME logo

With advances in microelectronics technology, magnetic resonance community sees the emergence of portable and compact spectrometer (i.e., pulse programmer, trans-receiver, and digital signal processing) on a highly integrated circuit platform (e.g., field programmable gate array, complementary-metal-oxide semiconductor) targeting on in-situ applications such as disease diagnosis/monitoring, precision agriculture, and geological studies at point-of-use setting. This project aiming at designing and developing the  first integrated, scalable single chip, low field NMR spectrometry.

Development of microscale, in-situ NMR system. First generation benchtop sized NMR system, which utilizes a low-cost 0.5 Tesla permanent magnet, and a microcoil radio-frequency probe. Proton nuclei spin relaxations of water molecules can be used as a highly sensitive and specific molecular probe in biological fluids (e.g., red blood cells, tissues). (left) Less than 1µL of analyte is needed, and analysis typically completes in less than 5 minutes. (right) The second generation handheld micro NMR system roughly the size of a tablet. The system is controlled by using a field programmable array, powered by a 1 Watt amplifier chipset and a low-noise pre-amplifier.

This project focuses on introducing the next generation of molecular phenotyping by exploiting the ultrafast, multidimensional NMR spectroscopic (in time and frequency domain) to produce highly unique ´molecular fingerprinting´ of biological fluids obtained non-invasive directly from clinical patients. Interested in particularly for down-stream medical research in chronic disease diagnosis (e.g., diabetes mellitus, oxidative stress), in which we run several clinical studies over in Europe, China, and Southeast Asia.

Weng-Kung


High resolution mapping magnetic resonance relaxogram of a single drop blood using 2D NMR Correlational Spectroscopy. 

machine learning

Machine-learning assisted NMR-based POCT in making medical decision.

Development of CMOS-chip Electron-Nuclei for Spin Quantum Entanglement. This proposal focuses on the physical realization (e.g., (pulsed)-excitation and readout) by designing and developing of a single CMOS/FPGA chip to manipulate quantum state between electron and nuclei spins state (preferably) at room temperature and low magnetic field (<1 Tesla). Novel class of structures (e.g., 2D materials) will be investigated using ENDOR scheme.

Supervisor: Weng Kung Peng (INL), Joaquin Fernandez Rossier (UA)

Studies of non-trivial Quantum effect in Biology and Medicine. We hypothesized that many biological processes such as photosynthesize and malaria infection is mediated by quantum process. For example, researchers recently reported using the two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy, observing simultaneous excited states — quantum weirdness akin to a cat being alive and dead at the same time. The goal of this project is to validate the processes in malaria infection using micro- and radio-wave frequency to communicate with the electron and nuclei spins, respectively. To counter for possibly complex biological system, numerical modulated pulse will be used to generate feedback from the living organism.  

Supervisor: Weng Kung Peng (INL), Maria Veiga Isabel  (UMinho)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

W.K. Peng*, L. Chen, B. Boehm & T.P. Loh.
Molecular Phenotyping of Oxidative Stress in Diabetes Mellitus with point-of-care NMR system.
npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease 6, 11 (2020)

logo-npjamd

W.K. Peng*, D. Lim, T.T. Ng & T.P. Loh.
Machine Learning assistive Rapid and Label-free Molecular Phenotyping in Hemoglobinopathies.
Communications Biology 3, 535 (2020)

commsbio-logo-sq

MI Veiga, WK Peng*
Rapid phenotyping towards personalized malaria medicine
Malaria Journal 19 (1), 68 (2020)

Clustering NMR: Machine learning assistive rapid (pseudo) two-dimensional relaxometry mapping
WK Peng*
bioRxiv 69195 (2020)

A Sundaram, JS Ponraj, C Wang, WK Peng…
Engineering of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides MXenes for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics
Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2020

AE Moutaouakil, M Belmoubarik, WK Peng*
Graphene in the fight against malaria
arXiv preprint arXiv:2008.13605, 2020

AE Moutaouakil, S Poovathy, M Belmoubarik, WK Peng
Graphene-based biosensor for Viral Detection
arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.11881, 2020

A. Dupré, KM. Lei, P.I Mak, RP Martins, W.K. Peng*
Micro- and nanofabrication NMR technologies for point-of-care medical applications–A review
Microelectronic Engineering 209, 66 (2019)

Perspective: Cellular and Molecular Profiling Technologies in Personalized Oncology
A Cruz*, WK Peng*
Journal of Personalized Medicine 9 (3), 44 (2019)

Omics meeting Onics: towards the next generation of spectroscopic-based technologies in personalized medicine
WK Peng*, D Paesani
Journal of Personalized medicine 9 (3), 39 (2019)

IN THE NEWS

16 Dec 2020 :  Featured in The Sun Daily,  Molecular Fingerprint milestone

A Malaysian, Dr Peng Weng Kung, is leading an international research group in developing a new technique to map out “molecular fingerprints” of a single drop of blood, which is akin to generating a medical “QR-code” for an individual.

25 Nov 2020 :  Featured in myDiabetes A single drop of blood stress provides insight into diabetes

Estudo mede o stress numa gota de sangue para tratar diabetes
Uma equipa de investigadores, coordenada pelo investigador Prof. Doutor Weng Kung Peng, do Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia (INL), em Braga, desenvolveu uma nova técnica para medir o stress oxidativo dos glóbulos vermelhos, oferecendo mais um indicador útil para acompanhar doentes com diabetes e otimizar o controlo da diabetes.

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21 Nov 2020: Featured in Portuguese Publico.Pt

Medir o stress numa gota de sangue para tratar diabetes
Equipa internacional, coordenada por investigador Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia, em Braga, desenvolveu uma nova técnica para obter informação sobre os glóbulos vermelhos e que pode ser útil para tratar diabetes

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08 Oct 2020: INL researchers discovered new insights into diabetes

02 Oct 2020: Featured in BomdiaEuropa

30 Sept 2020: Featured in´INL Group Leader´
28 Sep 2020: INL team developed QR-code for blood

Nova técnica desenvolvida no Laboratório Ibérico de Nanotecnologia
Olhamos para uma técnica que está a ser desenvolvida no Laboratório Ibérico de Nanotecnologia que permite através de uma gota de sangue identificar e antecipar o desenvolvimento de várias doenças. Declarações de Weng Kung Peng, investigador
In RTP 1 – Bom Dia Portugal | 29-09-2020

Equipa do INL em Braga criou equipamento que pode substituir ressonância magnética
Imagine que com uma única gota de sangue era possível identificar e até antecipar o desenvolvimento de várias doenças. A imaginação torna-se realidade graças a um pequeno equipamento e a uma técnica que está a ser desenvolvida no Laboratório Ibérico de Nanotecnologia, em articulação com uma equipa de Singapura
In RTP Online | 29-09-2020

27 June 2020: Featured in Correio do Minho.pt

04 Dec 2017:  China 1000 Youth Talents Award.
18 Nov 2014:
List Of The Top 100 Global Thinkers Making A Difference In The World: 2014 FP Edition.

18 Nov 2014: Five Locals Make Foreign Policy’s ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’ List.
18 Nov 2014: CWRU malaria researcher named Foreign Policy leading global thinker
18 Nov 2014: A World Disrupted: For Using Magnets to Beat Malaria
28 Oct 2014:
New Device to Diagnose Malaria in Minutes.

12 Sept 2014: Breakthrough in rapid diagnostics: using magnets to test for malaria
09 Sept 2014: Rapid malaria detection with just a drop of blood.
2 Sept 2014: Groundbreaking Technique for Early and Rapid Malaria Diagnosis Developed by Scientists in Singapore
2 Sept 2014: Low-cost field detection system can detect malaria infection within minutes with just a drop of blood.

2 Sept 2014: New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria.
1 Sept 2014: New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria.
1 Sept 2014: Early malaria diagnosis.
31 Aug 2014: A new way to diagnose malaria: Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite’s waste products in infected blood cells.
31 Aug 2014: New way to diagnose malaria by detecting parasite’s waste in infected blood cells
31 Aug 2014: Quick test for malaria shows promise: Magnetic detection method is more portable and less error-prone than conventional tests.

AWARD HIGHLIGHTS

2020 : Featured in 100 Scientist Malaysia

2018 : China 1000 Youth Talent Award
The Youth Thousand Talents Program is a talent recruitment program established by the Government of China in 2008. The program, which was established in the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, exists to recruit highly skilled university professors and researchers to China. It has the same prestigious as European Research Council Fellowship, and Australian Research Council Fellowship.

2014 : 100 Leading Global Thinker: A World Disrupted – Category ‘HEALERS’

Researchers have long known that malaria parasites feeds on iron-laden haemoglobin. So for the past few years, the race has been on to design a magnetic device that, to put it simply, can detect the “iron laden poops” that malaria parasites left behind, as one reporter wrote in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. Each with their own prototype device in hand, Weng Kung and John Lewandowski, who refined his technology from an original concept developed by Brian Grimberg, are now eyeing to finish the line. This technologies are currently under development, but could save thousands from one of the world’s biggest killer.

About the Publisher: Chevron Corporation´s Foreign Policy magazine recognizes the world’s pre-eminent thought leaders and public intellectuals in an annual issue, “100 Leading Global Thinkers”. The editors of Foreign Policy select the 100 global thinkers based on their standout contributions over the previous year and their ability to translate ideas into action that change and shape the world. The list has become one of Foreign Policy’s most-read features. Honourees include a range of leaders, advocates, innovators, artists, government officials, and visionaries from around the world, such as Jennifer Doudna (CRISPR), Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and Jack Ma (Alibaba.com).

2014             Altmetric Top 10 Articles Ranking in 2014 Category Nature Medicine
2014             Altmetric Top 1000 Articles Ranking in 2014, Category Open
2014             2nd Prize Oral Award SMART Annual Scientific Meeting
2013             2nd Prize Poster Award SMART Annual Scientific Meeting
2012             Bronze Medal in Singapore TechVentureLab Pitching Forum
2011             SMART-MIT Technology Ignition Award
2009             SMART Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship
2003             Japanese Science and Technology Ministry Scholar Award
1996             International Olympiad Physics Competition (Distinction)
1996             Australian National Chemistry Quiz (Distinction)

GROUP LEADER

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THE TEAM

PhD Students:
Victor Goncalves (USantiago, incoming Jan 2021)
Master Students:
Beatriz Andrade, Tiago Sardo (UPorto)
Engineer: Vitoria Baptista (UMinho)
Alumni:
Antoine Durpe, PhD (Postdoc, France)
Daniele Paesani (Intern, Italy)
Meng Niu, PhD (Visiting, CMU China)
Jianxiong Li (UTsinghua)

 

News Update

27 Nov 2020: Invitation as Guest Editor to a special issue ´Emergence of Machine Learning in Biosensor´ of Biosensors, MDPI

26 Nov 2020: Elected to Journals Topic Board of Diagnostics, MDPI

diagnostic mdpi

24 Nov 2020: Elected to Journals Topic Board of Biosensors, MDPI

biosensors

Nov 2020:  Interviewed by RTP Online, Bom Dia Portugal, INL Corporate Team, 100 Scientist Malaysia, MBIOS, UM Physics Alumni and Malaysia China Press

Nov 2020: PhD Fellowship La Caixa Foundation

La Caixa Foundation Logo

La Caixa PhD fellowship

Oct 2020: Victor Goncalves won the PhD studentship award FCT foundation

FCT logo

Sept 2020: PhD Fellowship Quantum-Portugal Initiative

QUANTUM-PTI_2nd Call__Video Thumbnail for Youtube- 1280 x 720 px

Feb 2020: Invitation for Guest Editor in Diagnostics, MDPI

diagnostic mdpi

Nov 2018: Invitation for Guest Editor in Journal of Personalized Medicine, MDPI

2019-08-29_JPM_journal-banner-for-media-partner-300x172

May 2018: Open call for Marie Curie Fellowship

6 Dec 2017: Open call for Marie Curie Fellowship

1 Dec 2017: We are hiring ! Several positions based in Braga and China are available.

Candidates are expected to have PhD. in electrical engineering, material science, biochemistry or related fields. Relevant experience in multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, metabolomics NMR, instrumentation development (e.g., radiofrequency probe, gradient field), clean room microfabrication, or/and disease model (e.g., endometriosis, diabetes mellitus, and oxidative stress) is highly preferred. Interested candidates may send his or her CV and cover letter to Weng Kung.

20 Nov 2017: A new research group focusing on translating technological innovations to clinical research, known as “Precision Medicine – Engineering Group” was formed.

 

DESCRIPTION

In the early 90’s, as the first human genome project was initiated, an extensive effort has been placed on mapping the role of genes in the onset of disease. Genetic contribution to different diseases however, were found to be varies and often very little, with non-genetic factors (e.g., environmental hazards, diet, microbiome) having much greater attributable risks, and thereby producing ‘stochastically’ large phenotypic pool. The key goal to understanding human health and disease is to access the ‘genotype-phenotype’ correlogram, and the success of translating technological innovations into clinical research.

Weng Kung is the Group Leader for Precision Medicine – Engineering Group (PME) under the Department of Nanoelectronic Engineering, INL. The team group interest focuses on developing and translating technological innovations (e.g., NMR-based POCT, machine learning) for the next generation of Precision Medicine. Some of his team successful projects include the rapid and label-free malaria screening, high-throughput molecular phenotyping of oxidative stress in diabetes mellitus, sub-stratification of endometriosis, and multidimensional spectroscopy for molecular phenotyping in hemoglobinopathies.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PME logo

With advances in microelectronics technology, magnetic resonance community sees the emergence of portable and compact spectrometer (i.e., pulse programmer, trans-receiver, and digital signal processing) on a highly integrated circuit platform (e.g., field programmable gate array, complementary-metal-oxide semiconductor) targeting on in-situ applications such as disease diagnosis/monitoring, precision agriculture, and geological studies at point-of-use setting. This project aiming at designing and developing the  first integrated, scalable single chip, low field NMR spectrometry.

Development of microscale, in-situ NMR system. First generation benchtop sized NMR system, which utilizes a low-cost 0.5 Tesla permanent magnet, and a microcoil radio-frequency probe. Proton nuclei spin relaxations of water molecules can be used as a highly sensitive and specific molecular probe in biological fluids (e.g., red blood cells, tissues). (left) Less than 1µL of analyte is needed, and analysis typically completes in less than 5 minutes. (right) The second generation handheld micro NMR system roughly the size of a tablet. The system is controlled by using a field programmable array, powered by a 1 Watt amplifier chipset and a low-noise pre-amplifier.

This project focuses on introducing the next generation of molecular phenotyping by exploiting the ultrafast, multidimensional NMR spectroscopic (in time and frequency domain) to produce highly unique ´molecular fingerprinting´ of biological fluids obtained non-invasive directly from clinical patients. Interested in particularly for down-stream medical research in chronic disease diagnosis (e.g., diabetes mellitus, oxidative stress), in which we run several clinical studies over in Europe, China, and Southeast Asia.

Weng-Kung


High resolution mapping magnetic resonance relaxogram of a single drop blood using 2D NMR Correlational Spectroscopy. 

machine learning

Machine-learning assisted NMR-based POCT in making medical decision.

Development of CMOS-chip Electron-Nuclei for Spin Quantum Entanglement. This proposal focuses on the physical realization (e.g., (pulsed)-excitation and readout) by designing and developing of a single CMOS/FPGA chip to manipulate quantum state between electron and nuclei spins state (preferably) at room temperature and low magnetic field (<1 Tesla). Novel class of structures (e.g., 2D materials) will be investigated using ENDOR scheme.

Supervisor: Weng Kung Peng (INL), Joaquin Fernandez Rossier (UA)

Studies of non-trivial Quantum effect in Biology and Medicine. We hypothesized that many biological processes such as photosynthesize and malaria infection is mediated by quantum process. For example, researchers recently reported using the two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy, observing simultaneous excited states — quantum weirdness akin to a cat being alive and dead at the same time. The goal of this project is to validate the processes in malaria infection using micro- and radio-wave frequency to communicate with the electron and nuclei spins, respectively. To counter for possibly complex biological system, numerical modulated pulse will be used to generate feedback from the living organism.  

Supervisor: Weng Kung Peng (INL), Maria Veiga Isabel  (UMinho)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

W.K. Peng*, L. Chen, B. Boehm & T.P. Loh.
Molecular Phenotyping of Oxidative Stress in Diabetes Mellitus with point-of-care NMR system.
npj Aging and Mechanisms of Disease 6, 11 (2020)

logo-npjamd

W.K. Peng*, D. Lim, T.T. Ng & T.P. Loh.
Machine Learning assistive Rapid and Label-free Molecular Phenotyping in Hemoglobinopathies.
Communications Biology 3, 535 (2020)

commsbio-logo-sq

MI Veiga, WK Peng*
Rapid phenotyping towards personalized malaria medicine
Malaria Journal 19 (1), 68 (2020)

Clustering NMR: Machine learning assistive rapid (pseudo) two-dimensional relaxometry mapping
WK Peng*
bioRxiv 69195 (2020)

A Sundaram, JS Ponraj, C Wang, WK Peng…
Engineering of 2D transition metal carbides and nitrides MXenes for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics
Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2020

AE Moutaouakil, M Belmoubarik, WK Peng*
Graphene in the fight against malaria
arXiv preprint arXiv:2008.13605, 2020

AE Moutaouakil, S Poovathy, M Belmoubarik, WK Peng
Graphene-based biosensor for Viral Detection
arXiv preprint arXiv:2006.11881, 2020

A. Dupré, KM. Lei, P.I Mak, RP Martins, W.K. Peng*
Micro- and nanofabrication NMR technologies for point-of-care medical applications–A review
Microelectronic Engineering 209, 66 (2019)

Perspective: Cellular and Molecular Profiling Technologies in Personalized Oncology
A Cruz*, WK Peng*
Journal of Personalized Medicine 9 (3), 44 (2019)

Omics meeting Onics: towards the next generation of spectroscopic-based technologies in personalized medicine
WK Peng*, D Paesani
Journal of Personalized medicine 9 (3), 39 (2019)

IN THE NEWS

16 Dec 2020 :  Featured in The Sun Daily,  Molecular Fingerprint milestone

A Malaysian, Dr Peng Weng Kung, is leading an international research group in developing a new technique to map out “molecular fingerprints” of a single drop of blood, which is akin to generating a medical “QR-code” for an individual.

25 Nov 2020 :  Featured in myDiabetes A single drop of blood stress provides insight into diabetes

Estudo mede o stress numa gota de sangue para tratar diabetes
Uma equipa de investigadores, coordenada pelo investigador Prof. Doutor Weng Kung Peng, do Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia (INL), em Braga, desenvolveu uma nova técnica para medir o stress oxidativo dos glóbulos vermelhos, oferecendo mais um indicador útil para acompanhar doentes com diabetes e otimizar o controlo da diabetes.

logo_488x77

21 Nov 2020: Featured in Portuguese Publico.Pt

Medir o stress numa gota de sangue para tratar diabetes
Equipa internacional, coordenada por investigador Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia, em Braga, desenvolveu uma nova técnica para obter informação sobre os glóbulos vermelhos e que pode ser útil para tratar diabetes

publico.svg

 

08 Oct 2020: INL researchers discovered new insights into diabetes

02 Oct 2020: Featured in BomdiaEuropa

30 Sept 2020: Featured in´INL Group Leader´
28 Sep 2020: INL team developed QR-code for blood

Nova técnica desenvolvida no Laboratório Ibérico de Nanotecnologia
Olhamos para uma técnica que está a ser desenvolvida no Laboratório Ibérico de Nanotecnologia que permite através de uma gota de sangue identificar e antecipar o desenvolvimento de várias doenças. Declarações de Weng Kung Peng, investigador
In RTP 1 – Bom Dia Portugal | 29-09-2020

Equipa do INL em Braga criou equipamento que pode substituir ressonância magnética
Imagine que com uma única gota de sangue era possível identificar e até antecipar o desenvolvimento de várias doenças. A imaginação torna-se realidade graças a um pequeno equipamento e a uma técnica que está a ser desenvolvida no Laboratório Ibérico de Nanotecnologia, em articulação com uma equipa de Singapura
In RTP Online | 29-09-2020

27 June 2020: Featured in Correio do Minho.pt

04 Dec 2017:  China 1000 Youth Talents Award.
18 Nov 2014:
List Of The Top 100 Global Thinkers Making A Difference In The World: 2014 FP Edition.

18 Nov 2014: Five Locals Make Foreign Policy’s ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’ List.
18 Nov 2014: CWRU malaria researcher named Foreign Policy leading global thinker
18 Nov 2014: A World Disrupted: For Using Magnets to Beat Malaria
28 Oct 2014:
New Device to Diagnose Malaria in Minutes.

12 Sept 2014: Breakthrough in rapid diagnostics: using magnets to test for malaria
09 Sept 2014: Rapid malaria detection with just a drop of blood.
2 Sept 2014: Groundbreaking Technique for Early and Rapid Malaria Diagnosis Developed by Scientists in Singapore
2 Sept 2014: Low-cost field detection system can detect malaria infection within minutes with just a drop of blood.

2 Sept 2014: New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria.
1 Sept 2014: New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria.
1 Sept 2014: Early malaria diagnosis.
31 Aug 2014: A new way to diagnose malaria: Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite’s waste products in infected blood cells.
31 Aug 2014: New way to diagnose malaria by detecting parasite’s waste in infected blood cells
31 Aug 2014: Quick test for malaria shows promise: Magnetic detection method is more portable and less error-prone than conventional tests.

AWARD HIGHLIGHTS

2020 : Featured in 100 Scientist Malaysia

2018 : China 1000 Youth Talent Award
The Youth Thousand Talents Program is a talent recruitment program established by the Government of China in 2008. The program, which was established in the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, exists to recruit highly skilled university professors and researchers to China. It has the same prestigious as European Research Council Fellowship, and Australian Research Council Fellowship.

2014 : 100 Leading Global Thinker: A World Disrupted – Category ‘HEALERS’

Researchers have long known that malaria parasites feeds on iron-laden haemoglobin. So for the past few years, the race has been on to design a magnetic device that, to put it simply, can detect the “iron laden poops” that malaria parasites left behind, as one reporter wrote in Cleveland’s Plain Dealer. Each with their own prototype device in hand, Weng Kung and John Lewandowski, who refined his technology from an original concept developed by Brian Grimberg, are now eyeing to finish the line. This technologies are currently under development, but could save thousands from one of the world’s biggest killer.

About the Publisher: Chevron Corporation´s Foreign Policy magazine recognizes the world’s pre-eminent thought leaders and public intellectuals in an annual issue, “100 Leading Global Thinkers”. The editors of Foreign Policy select the 100 global thinkers based on their standout contributions over the previous year and their ability to translate ideas into action that change and shape the world. The list has become one of Foreign Policy’s most-read features. Honourees include a range of leaders, advocates, innovators, artists, government officials, and visionaries from around the world, such as Jennifer Doudna (CRISPR), Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and Jack Ma (Alibaba.com).

2014             Altmetric Top 10 Articles Ranking in 2014 Category Nature Medicine
2014             Altmetric Top 1000 Articles Ranking in 2014, Category Open
2014             2nd Prize Oral Award SMART Annual Scientific Meeting
2013             2nd Prize Poster Award SMART Annual Scientific Meeting
2012             Bronze Medal in Singapore TechVentureLab Pitching Forum
2011             SMART-MIT Technology Ignition Award
2009             SMART Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship
2003             Japanese Science and Technology Ministry Scholar Award
1996             International Olympiad Physics Competition (Distinction)
1996             Australian National Chemistry Quiz (Distinction)

GROUP LEADER

Photo_2018

THE TEAM

PhD Students:
Victor Goncalves (USantiago, incoming Jan 2021)
Master Students:
Beatriz Andrade, Tiago Sardo (UPorto)
Engineer: Vitoria Baptista (UMinho)
Alumni:
Antoine Durpe, PhD (Postdoc, France)
Daniele Paesani (Intern, Italy)
Meng Niu, PhD (Visiting, CMU China)
Jianxiong Li (UTsinghua)

 

News Update

27 Nov 2020: Invitation as Guest Editor to a special issue ´Emergence of Machine Learning in Biosensor´ of Biosensors, MDPI

26 Nov 2020: Elected to Journals Topic Board of Diagnostics, MDPI

diagnostic mdpi

24 Nov 2020: Elected to Journals Topic Board of Biosensors, MDPI

biosensors

Nov 2020:  Interviewed by RTP Online, Bom Dia Portugal, INL Corporate Team, 100 Scientist Malaysia, MBIOS, UM Physics Alumni and Malaysia China Press

Nov 2020: PhD Fellowship La Caixa Foundation

La Caixa Foundation Logo

La Caixa PhD fellowship

Oct 2020: Victor Goncalves won the PhD studentship award FCT foundation

FCT logo

Sept 2020: PhD Fellowship Quantum-Portugal Initiative

QUANTUM-PTI_2nd Call__Video Thumbnail for Youtube- 1280 x 720 px

Feb 2020: Invitation for Guest Editor in Diagnostics, MDPI

diagnostic mdpi

Nov 2018: Invitation for Guest Editor in Journal of Personalized Medicine, MDPI

2019-08-29_JPM_journal-banner-for-media-partner-300x172

May 2018: Open call for Marie Curie Fellowship

6 Dec 2017: Open call for Marie Curie Fellowship

1 Dec 2017: We are hiring ! Several positions based in Braga and China are available.

Candidates are expected to have PhD. in electrical engineering, material science, biochemistry or related fields. Relevant experience in multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, metabolomics NMR, instrumentation development (e.g., radiofrequency probe, gradient field), clean room microfabrication, or/and disease model (e.g., endometriosis, diabetes mellitus, and oxidative stress) is highly preferred. Interested candidates may send his or her CV and cover letter to Weng Kung.

20 Nov 2017: A new research group focusing on translating technological innovations to clinical research, known as “Precision Medicine – Engineering Group” was formed.

RESEARCH

DEPARTMENTS
RESEARCH GROUPS
SystemsEngineerings
nanodevices
spintronics
BTN_PME