In 2011 Professor Staffan Kjelleberg extended the reach of UNSW researchers into Asia with the establishment of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE).
SCELSE is a unique interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE) that explores and translates the life of microbial biofilms into environmental solutions with significant economic benefits.
SCELSE’s vision is to gain understanding and informed control of biofilm communities, and enable the development of biotechnologies for clean water, a sustainable environment, and human health.
The Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation’s (CMB) link with SCELSE offers the opportunity to participate in the rapid growth in scientific research and infrastructure in Asia, providing access into this emerging hub through educational and research collaborations.
UNSW and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the main host of SCELSE, have agreed to establish a joint PhD program, initially in the SCELSE domain, enabling UNSW students to gain experience from the expertise offered by SCELSE.
As with much of the CMB’s research, the focus at SCELSE revolves around the formation or disruption of biofilm communities, the manipulation of which is pertinent to broad reaching applications. For SCELSE these include water quality, bioremediation of contaminants and resource recycling, future point-of-use multi-functional bioprocess engineering and environmental management for mitigation of human pathogens.
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