Personal Details

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Ms. Yuri Shona PEK

Senior Specialist II


Polymer Composite (PMC) Department


2 Fusionopolis Way. Innovis, Singapore 138634

Research Details

Composites, Drug Delivery

2017-present: Institute of Materials Research Engineering

2003-2017: Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001


2014   Inspiring Research Mentor Award, NUS High School (Singapore)

2008   Outstanding Poster Award, A*STAR Scientific Conference (Singapore)

2004   Outstanding Mentor Award, Youth Research Program (IBN, Singapore) 

2001   Certificate of Honor: Perfect 5.0 GPA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

2001   Best Undergraduate Thesis Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

2000   Whitaker Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Award

2001-present: Member, Sigma Xi Research Honor Society

1999-present: Member, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Y. S. Pek, H. Wu, S. T. Mohamed, J. Y. Ying, "Long-Term Subconjunctival Delivery of Brimonidine Tartrate for Glaucoma Treatment Using a Microspheres/Carrier System," Adv. Healthc. Mater., 5[21] (2016) 2823-2831


Y. S. Pek, H. Wu, E. P. Y. Chow, J. Y. Ying, "Transparent Nanostructured Photochromic UV-Blocking Soft Contact Lenses," Nanomedicine, 11[12] (2016) 1599-1610


Y. S. Pek, P. Pitukmanorom and J. Y. Ying, "Sustained Release of Bupivacaine for Post-Surgical Pain Relief using Core-Shell Microspheres," J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2 (46), 8194-8200


Y. S. Pek, A. C. A. Wan, "Characterization of Early Extracellular Matrix Secretions in a Three-Dimensional Thixotropic Cell Culture System," Acta Biomaterialia, 7[11] (2011) 3981-3987


E. Tamariz, A. C. A. Wan, Y. S. Pek, M. Giordano, G. Hernández-Padrón, A. Varela-Echavarría, I. Velasco, V. M. Castaño, "Delivery of Chemotropic Proteins and Improvement of Dopaminergic Neuron Outgrowth Through a Thixotropic Hybrid Nano-Gel," J. Mater. Sci.: Mater. Med., 22 (2011) 2097-2109


Y. S. Pek, A. C. A. Wan and J. Y. Ying , "The Effect of Matrix Stiffness on Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation in a 3D Thixotropic Gel," Biomaterials, 31 (2010) 385-391


Y. S. Pek, M. Kurisawa, S. Gao, J. E. Chung, J. Y. Ying, "The Development of a Nanocrystalline Apatite Reinforced Crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid-Tyramine Composite as an Injectable Bone Cement," Biomaterials 30 (2009) 822-828


Y. S. Pek, A. C. A. Wan, A. Shekaran, L. Zhuo, J. Y. Ying, "A Thixotropic Nanocomposite Gel for Three-Dimensional Cell Culture", Nature Nanotechnology 3 (2008) 671 - 675 


Y. S. Pek, S. Gao, M. S. Mohamed Arshad, K.-J. Leck, J. Y. Ying, "Porous Collagen-Apatite Nanocomposite Foams as Bone Regeneration Scaffolds," Biomaterials 29 (2008) 4300-4305


Y. S. Pek, M. Spector, I. V. Yannas, L. J. Gibson, "Degradation of a Collagen-Chondroitin-6-Sulfate Matrix by Collagenase and by Chondroitinase", Biomaterials, 25 (2003) 473-482


A. U. J. Yap, Y. S. Pek, P. Cheang, "Physico-Mechanical Properties of a Fast-Set Highly Viscous GIC Restorative," Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 30 (1) (2003) 1-8 


A. U. J. Yap, Y. S. Pek, R. A. Kumar, P. Cheang, and K. A. Khor, "Experimental Studies on a New Bioactive Material: Haionomer Cements," Biomaterials, 23 (2002) 955-962


T. Freyman, I.V. Yannas, Y. S. Pek, R. Yokoo, and L. J. Gibson, "Micromechanics of Fibroblast Contraction of a Collagen GAG Matrix," Experimental Cell Research, Advances in Bioengineering, ASME, 269 (2001) 140-153

E. Chow, J. Y. Ying, Y. S. Pek, "Fast-Response Photochromic Nanostructured Contact Lens," Japan Patent Granted April 2016


J. Y. Ying, Y. S. Pek; P. Pitukmanorom and S. T. Mohamed, "Core-Shell Polymer/Polymer-Inorganic Microspheres for Tunable Delayed Release of Drugs, Proteins and Active Ingredients," Singapore and US Patents Granted October 2015


Y. S. Pek, A. C. A. Wan and J. Y. Ying, "Mechanically Reversible Gel," France and Germany Patents Granted July 2015; Japan Patent Granted January 2013; Singapore Patent Granted November 2009


J. Y. Ying, Y.S. Pek, S. Gao, M.S. Mohamed Arshad, P.L. Mao, "Porous Collagen-Inorganic Tissue Scaffolds for Orthopaedic and Other Load-Bearing Application," European Patent Granted November 2012


J. Y. Ying, Y. S. Pek, "Process for Isolating Biomaterial from Tissue and an Isolated Biomaterial Extract Prepared Therefrom," US Patent Granted September 2012; Singapore Patent Granted January 2010


J. Y. Ying, Y. S. Pek, M. Kurisawa, J. E. Chung, "Curable Bone Cement," Singapore Patent Granted July 2009


J. Y. Ying, S. Pek, S. Gao, M. S. M. Arshad, P. L. Mao, "Porous Biomaterial-Filler Composite and Method for Making the Same," Singapore Patent Granted August 2009


S. Y. Pek, P. L. Mao, Y. H. Yu and L. Liu, "Implantable Biomaterial and Method for the Preparation Thereof (Implantable Natural Bone Scaffolds Using Processed Animal Bone)," Singapore Patent Granted November 2007

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