A biomedical engineer by training, Dr Bi Renzhe shared with us more about his role at the Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging (IBB) and the projects he is working on at the Translational Biophotonics Lab (TBL). Q: What does a typical day at IBB look like for you?A: My work involves working closely with my colleagues in TBL, clinicians and our industry partners. I spend some time in the lab doing experiments to test hypotheses and to solve technical issues with the prototypes of the biomedical devices we developed. On some days, I head down to the hospitals for clinical trials and to meet with clinicians.Q: Tell us more about your team and the research projects you are currently working on.A: Our team is made up of scientists and engineers who are trained in the fields of optical engineering, electrical engineering, biology and chemistry. As a team, we work on photoacoustic imaging, Raman spectroscopy, diffuse optical technologies and their biomedical or clinical applications.Q: What are some of your most notable achievements?A: We made the first dual-wavelength confocal Raman spectroscopy system with a flexible handheld probe called Auretek. This innovation has many applications in dermatology as the probe measures the relative changes in skin constituents, like water and ceramide, that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and hydrated. It can improve clinical management and treatment of skin disorders, such as eczema. We are also working on a hybrid photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system, which could aid diagnosis of breast tumors with higher accuracy and lower false-positive rates. Q: What does good leadership mean to you?A: Personally, I feel that good leadership means pointing the right direction for the team, setting an example for others, providing the necessary resources for people who work in the frontline, and inspiring everyone’s desire for success. Q: What are some hobbies you enjoy outside of work?A: When I am not at work, I enjoy watching movies and reading books.Q: What keeps you motivated in your career?A: Currently, workflows in healthcare are not optimised and I am motivated to make a positive impact in healthcare. I want to improve the outcomes and reduce healthcare workers’ workload by inventing new technologies and devices. Q: What kind of skills would one need to join TBL?A: To join TBL, one would require a background in optical engineering, electrical engineering, programming (Python, Matlab, LabVIEW) or image processing. If you have these skills and you would like to explore a career with us, you can visit A*STAR’s Career Portal.If you would like to explore potential collaboration with IBB, please contact Alex via WhatsApp at +65 9062 9842.