Prof Tan

Cheemeng grew up in Malaysia and received his B.Eng. degree (first class honors) from National University of Singapore and his M.S. degree in High Performance Computing from Singapore-MIT Alliance. In 2005, he started his doctoral research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University., where he evolved into a hybrid computational and microbial biologist. His Ph.D. thesis focused on implications of bacterial growth on antibiotic treatment and synthetic gene circuits.

After his Ph.D., he worked in the Lane Center in Carnegie Mellon University as a Lane Fellow and Branco-Weiss Fellow. During this time, he established a multiscale method to study the impact of crowded cellular environment on gene expression. He published his research in journals such as Nature Chemical Biology, Molecular Systems Biology, and Nature Nanotechnology. He was awarded the Medtronic Fellowship, the Lane Fellowship, and the Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellowship.

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Email: cmtan at
Office: 530-752-7849
Address: University of California Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering , 2010, Duke University

Master of Science in High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems, 2002, Singapore-MIT Alliance

Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honor), 2001, National University of Singapore


Standing member, June 2024-2028, NIH CMT (Cellular and Molecular Technologies) study section

Editorial Board, 2024-now, Biomimetics

Editorial Board, Jan 2023-now, Academia Biology

Editorial Board, Oct 2022-now, Synthetic Biology and Engineering

Associate Editor, July 2022-now, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology

Associate Professor, July 2019-now, University of California – Davis, USA

Assistant Professor, Aug 2013-July 2019, University of California – Davis, USA

Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow, 2012-now, USA

Lane Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2013, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Research Associate, 2002-2004, Bioinformatics Institute, Singapore

Research Intern, Jan 2002-June 2002, Temasek Laboratories, Singapore

Engineer Intern, Jan 2000-June 2000, Sinotech, Taiwan



UC Davis Chancellor Fellow, 2021

NIBIB Trailblazer Award, 2019

Young Innovator, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2018

Scialog Fellow, 2018

Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellowship, 2012-2017

Lane Fellowship, Nov 2010 – Jul 2013

Medtronic Fellowship, Jan 2009 – June 2009

q-bio Conference Travel Award, 2009 & 2011

BioBricks Foundation SB 4.0 Travel Award, 2008

Singapore-MIT Alliance Graduate Fellowship, 2001-2002

Kuok Foundation Awards, 1997-2001

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