Electron Microscopy Unit - NUS Medical Sciences Cluster

EMU

Welcome Message

A very warm welcome to you from the Electron Microscopy Unit, NUS Medicine!

The mission of the EM Unit is to provide high quality EM solutions for biomedical researchers in NUS Medicine, National University Health System, National University of Singapore, and the scientific community. We have the state-of-the-art scanning and transmission electron microscopes, sample preparation and ultramicrotomy equipment, and a core group of highly skilled and experienced staff to provide training and support for staff and students to learn and apply electron microscopy in their work.

Together, the state-of-the-art microscopes and combined expertise and experience of a ‘community of microscopists’ at the EM Unit ensure that we have the hardware, software, and know-how to support in-depth microscopy research.

Please contact us to discuss how the EM Unit’s facilities may be of help in your research, and let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

W.Y. Ong

Professor Ong Wei Yi

Director, Electron Microscopy Unit

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

National University of Singapore

About Us

The Electron Microscopy Unit is a central facility in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Our mission is to provide high quality EM solutions for biomedical researchers in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Health System, National University of Singapore, and the scientific community.
Staff in the EM Unit conduct in-house training in EM usage, and ensure that equipment is in optimal working condition, and the laboratory is a safe and comfortable place to work in. We also provide ultramicrotomy service, and test out new sample preparation techniques to facilitate visualization using the different microscopes.

Besides providing facilities, the Unit also engages in collaborative research projects. Examples of some collaboration partners include AVA, SERI, EHI, SGH, TTSH, NIE. Electron Microscopy Unit has also co-organized many scientific seminars and workshops with vendors to introduce new equipment and technology.

Our History

The Electron Microscopy Unit has come a long way to be what it is now.

It is set up in 1971, under the management of Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine. Mr. Chan Heng Leong is the pioneer in building up the laboratory and establishing the techniques. The very first microscope to serve the users was a Hitachi HS-8 and since then, a lot of upgrading and reviewing has been done to ensure the high quality service of the unit. When the Unit was first started, it was under the supervision of a EM Committee, consisting of six members and a Chairperson from the different major departments in the Faculty. The members are Professor Leong Seng Kee (Anatomy), Professor Chan Soh Ha (Microbiology), Professor Lee Yoke Sun (Pathology), Professor Raja Sinniah (Pathology), Professor Ling Eng Ang (Anatomy) and Associate Professor Mary Ng Mah Lee (Microbiology), with Professor Lee Eng Hin (Orthopaedic Surgery) chairing the committee.

In 1994, Associate Professor Mary Ng was appointed as the Director of the Unit and the EM Committee acted mainly in the advisory capacity for the purchase of new equipment.

In 2015, the EM Unit was relocated from MD5 to Tahir Foundation Building, 12 Science Drive 2. Associate Professor Wei-Yi Ong was appointed as the Director of the Unit, after Professor Mary Ng’s semi-retirement.

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