Our People

FRESH comprises laboratory and office facilities housed and supported by NTU. Managed jointly by NTU and A*STAR we are building a core team of food safety scientists in the fields of food analytics, toxicology, microbiology, exposure and risk assessment.

Headed by Dr Benjamin Smith as Director and Prof. William Chen as Scientific Director, FRESH is strongly positioned to contribute to food safety science and foster collaborations with all players across the ecosystem.

DR BENJAMIN SMITH | ๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ

Dr Benjamin Smith is a risk assessor and toxicologist who has worked across industry, academia and government. He is a strong proponent of collaborative research and the importance of embedding safety across the entire food chain. His current research interests extend across a range of different areas broadly linked to the development of risk-benefit frameworks for novel foods and the integration of human-relevant and socially responsible safety methodologies into the regulatory assessment processes for new ingredients.

Dr Smith is affiliated with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singaporeโ€™s lead agency for scientific innovation and holds adjunct faculty positions within the School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at NTU and the Tropical Research Institute of James Cook University Singapore. 


PROF WILLIAM CHEN | ๐’๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ

Professor William Chen is the Michael Fam Chair of Food Science and Technology at NTU. He is a leader in the development of sustainable food systems and food security solutions. His current research interests extend across a range of different areas including microbial fermentation, green extraction of nutrients and bioactives in food, foodomics and waste valorisation. Professor Chen leads the Food Science and Technology Programme at NTU and oversees NTUโ€™s teaching and research efforts in food science.


Colin Lim 2023

COLIN LIM | ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ

Colin oversees FRESH corporate strategy, business development, operations and partnerships. Colin is a seasoned public servant with over a decade of hands-on experience in shaping scientific strategy and developing multi-agency R&D programmes in Singapore. He is passionate about building a conducive regulatory environment for Singapore and enabling a future-ready food innovation ecosystem.


Serynn Guay 2023

SERYNN GUAY | ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ, ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ

Serynn is responsible for FRESH's communications strategy and initiatives. With over a decade of experience in regional marketing and corporate communications in the media and events sectors, she adopts a hands-on approach to building both digital and physical presence through thought leadership, stakeholders' engagement and social media platforms.


DR ZHANG JIANHUA | ๐‹๐š๐› ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ & ๐€๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐‹๐ž๐š๐

Dr Zhang is responsible for the management of the FRESH lab. He has more than 20 years of research experience involving cell biology, molecular biology, synthetic biology, and omics biology. Prior to joining FRESH, he was a research fellow working on engineering bacterial for cancer therapy, and also in charge of GCMS LCMS usage at NTU. 


DR LIM HUI KHENG | ๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐“๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ

Dr Lim is the project lead of FRESHโ€™s in vitro (gut) toxicology platform with expertise in epithelial biology, genetic toxicology and molecular biotechnology. She has years of experience in both translational and basic research with CRO. Her main duties in FRESH involve developing assays, proposing, and implementing new project ideas (New Approach Methodologies, NAM) to aid in the framework/guideline development for toxicological evaluations of novel food proteins. She is also actively participating in research collaboration with cross-functional R&D teams and regulatory agencies in the space of food safety science.  


DR CUI XI | ๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ (๐Œ๐ข๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ)

Dr Cui is a researcher with interdisciplinary background that crosses food, microbiology, and material science. Her role in FRESH involves leading research projects that focus on providing solutions for issues on food security, toxicology, and risk assessment, thereby supporting and enhancing Singaporeโ€™s food safety. Her research interests extend across a range of areas, including food safety, food risk assessment, and sustainable food economy.


CHRISTOPHER HUGHES | ๐’๐ž๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ซ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐’๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐“๐จ๐ฑ๐ข๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ

Chris is a scientist with a strong background in genetic toxicology, safety assessment, as well as assay development and validation with nearly 20 years of experience. With prior roles as a scientist and study director at CROโ€™s performing and overseeing regulatory and novel gentox assays for clients.  At FRESH, the mainstay of his work focuses on the use of alternative in vitro models and methods to better predict adverse outcomes and risks to human health from consumed materials such as novel foods and their components.


TAYA HUANG | ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ

Taya is responsible for material review and desktop research within the FRESH team. She graduated from the University of Eastern Finland with a MSc. in General Toxicology and Environmental Health Risk Assessment and spent a year as trainee with the Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks Unit of the European Food Safety Authority. Prior to joining FRESH she worked as a chemical product steward.


EMILY LAU | ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ

Emily is responsible within the FRESH team for providing consultancy in novel food safety assessment to food industry players. She is a chemistry graduate with industrial experience in quality control and food safety risk assessment in the pharmaceutical and food sectors respectively. Through this role, she aspires to contribute to Singapore's '30 by 30' food security goal, while continuing to develop extensive knowledge through interaction and exposure with food safety experts in Singapore and beyond.


CHARLOTTE FOO | ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ซ

Charlotte is mainly involved in project collaboration through the analysis and detection of compounds in foods of interest. Having graduated from the University of Queensland with a Major in Food Science and Technology, she has experience in various aspects of food science, including food product development, food microbiology and analytical food chemistry. Through her role in FRESH, she aims to contribute to the food safety scene through the development of rapid and greener methods for food analysis.


Joseph Tan

JOSEPH TAN | ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ซ

Joseph is mainly responsible for working on FRESHโ€™s in-vitro (gut) toxicology platform assays. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Major in Chemistry with two years of experience working in metabolomics and biochemistry. Joseph hopes to be able to constantly learn new methods and techniques through his role in FRESH to be able to contribute to the development of novel food safety science for Singapore's 30 by 30 vision.

Srishti Gupta

SRISHTI GUPTA | ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ซ

Srishti brings to FRESH a strong skill set in computational chemistry and machine learning. Her research is focused on the pairing of high resolution mass spectrometry data with in-silico models for toxicity to improve the chemical characterisation of complex biological mixtures. She also has experience in the lab with wet chemistry techniques and is building out new skill sets in in-vitro toxicology.

Elton Goh

ELTON GOH | ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ซ

Elton is a research scientist with experience in a range of analytical tools (HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS, spectroscopy). As a graduate from the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) in Biomedical Engineering, he comes with a strong background in safety procedures, processes, and regulations, and leverages exceptional laboratory knowledge for in-depth research studies. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for scientific discovery, Elton is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the world around us.

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EXCO Chair - Partner Rep

Dr Benjamin Toh

Deputy Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Partners (2)
EXCO Member - Partner Rep

A/Prof Joanne Chan

Centre Director (Food Safety Division), National Centre for Food Science (NCFS), Singapore Food Agency (SFA)

Partners (1)
EXCO Member - Partner Rep

Prof Lim Kah Leong

Associate Vice President (Biomedical and Life Sciences), President's Office, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

EXCO Member

Prof Zhou Weibiao

Head of the Department of Food Science & Technology, National University of Singapore (NUS)

EXCO Member

Ms Cindy Koh

Executive Vice President, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

EXCO Member

Ms Bernice Tay

Director of Food Manufacturing, Enterprise Singapore

EXCO Member

A/Prof Siti Noorbaiyah Abdul Malek

Associate Professor, Food, Chemical, and Biotechnology Cluster, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

EXCO Member

Dr Allan Lim

Chairman, Food Standards Committee (FSC)

EXCO Member

Matt Kovac

CEO, Food Industry Asia (FIA)