Lab News

4th Annual Joint Chen-Chng-Kline Lab Holiday Party!

This year, we bowled and BBQed in the jungle!


We are hiring postdocs!

Our campus on the edge of a jungle!
Our campus on the edge of the jungle!

Do you love bacteria? Does studying their pathogenic mechanisms motivate you? Does working in a multicultural, international, biofilm-focused research institute excite you?

If so, join us! We are hiring enthusiastic and motivated postdocs to study the host-pathogen interactions of Enterococcus faecalis.


Research Fellow (Post-doc) in Enterococcal Pathogenesis


We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our research team at the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Science Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. This post will undertake research investigating polymicrobial human infections and aims to evaluate pathogenic mechanisms used by bacteria within the host. Our studies use a variety of approaches, ranging from in vitro biofilm studies to in vivo murine models, and employ technologies including super-resolution imaging, metagenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. The work will be conducted within SCELSE, which has established a strong research platform for the investigation of functional microbial communities, in both environmental and infection contexts, with a specific focus on microbial biofilms.  The center is supported by its in house ‘omics, bioinformatics and systems biology capacities as well as a range of infection models and an in-house imaging facility.


The primary work undertaken in this position is to understand host-pathogen polymicrobial interactions, focusing on our model organism Enterococcus faecalis. In addition, the successful applicant will be encouraged to develop their own complementary research portfolio.


The successful candidate should hold a recent PhD in biology, microbiology, molecular biology, or related field. Specific expertise in cellular or animal models of infection, analysis and interpretation of omics data, and/or analysis of innate responses to infection are preferred. The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

Interested applicants should send a PDF containing the following materials to Kimberly Kline at kkline [at] The subject line should state “2016 Post-doctoral application”.

  1. Cover letter describing relevant experience, specific research interests in our lab, and career goals.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Only successful candidates will be contacted for interviews.



Hellos and Goodbyes

We’re excited to welcome Zeus, previous undergrad researcher in the lab, and our newest PhD student in the lab!

Undergrad Zeus
Undergrad Zeus

As well as JJ, previous undergrad visiting undergrad, who has joined us as a researcher.

JJ from Scotland
JJ from Scotland


We’re equally sad to see other members of the lab family leave, but are excited for the next steps of their careers:

Iris is off to grad school at Cornell in NYC!
Iris is off to grad school at Cornell in NYC!
Nasren got a new job at P&G!
Nasren got a new job at P&G!

Summer of Conferences

The lab has been busy this summer:

Irina represented the lab at the Cell Surfaces GRC.

Anu and Damien went the Toxins and Pathogenicity GRC, and Damien’s poster was picked for an oral presentation!

Finally, Adeline doubled up at both the Stress Response GRC and ISME in Montreal.

Damien’s GRC talk
Adeline and her GRC lobster