Asst Prof John Ho Wins Singapore Young Scientist Award


Asst Prof John Ho Wins Singapore Young Scientist Award

  • December 18, 2020

Photo credit: The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

iHealthtech Asst Prof John Ho has won the Young Scientist Award in recognition of his excellent achievements in science and technology. Asst Prof John Ho’s research focuses on developing bioelectronic tools such as applying wireless powering, sensing, and communication technologies within living systems to address important scientific and biomedical challenges in human health. One of his latest innovative inventions is to use a smartphone to power sensors attached to a sport suit and to monitor various vital signs.

His work on delivering light devices into deep regions of the body to activate light-sensitive drugs for cancer treatment has also won the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2020. During the Covid-19 period, he was involved in the effort supported by both Temasek Foundation and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) to build an automated wireless system to monitor blood oxygen of dormitory workers to tackle the pandemic.

The Young Scientist Awards is administered by the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) and supported by the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR). The prestigious annual awards were launched in 1997 to publicly recognize highly innovative and productive Singapore-based scientists and engineers who are at the age of 35 or under who have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise.

Related links:
Top national honours for research excellence (by NUS news)
Wireless Bioelectronics Group
NUS Engineers recognised at IES Achievement Awards 2020 (by NUS news)
NUS team develops smart suit wirelessly powered by a smartphone (by NUS news)/ [video]
This smartphone-powered suit can track body temperature, posture (by CGTN)/ [video]
New weapon added to Singapore’s arsenal against Covid-19: An automated wireless system to monitor blood oxygen (by The Straits Times)