Deepak is a passionate Research Scientist and Deputy Manager at the highly interdisciplinary Biomanufacturing Technology Group at BTI A*STAR, Singapore. He received his PhD in Bioengineering from National University of Singapore in 2012. His major research interests involve: edible scaffolds/biomaterials and biofabrication processes for CM applications, biomanufacturing of ECM, tissue engineering, bioinks development and organ-on-chips. Over the years, he has worked with mammalian cells, animal tissues, plants, drosophila and zebrafish models. Recently, he has published a Cover Story article on “The business of cultured meat” in Trends in Biotechnology which catalogued CM companies, meat focus, funding landscape etc. His dogged pursuit for understanding CM space has led him to opine three more detailed analyses in 2020: (i) Need for accurate nomenclature in CM space, (ii) Exploiting 3D printing to design personalized CM products and (iii) Commercialization of plant-based meat alternatives. Over the years, Deepak has received competitive grants worth S$2 Mil and has 4 patents and >25 publications to his credit. One of his recently awarded grant (0.5 S$M) is geared towards developing plant-based low-cost customized scaffolds for cultured meat applications. His first patent on creating a platform (VivoAlign) for cell alignment/ differentiation has been licensed. Deepak dreams to be a technopreneur in near future and invest his energy in building biotech/biomedical start-ups bringing higher value of his research to the society and local SG economy!
Scientist & Deputy Manager
BTI, A*STAR, Singapore