David pursued his chemistry studies at the National University of Singapore and received his B.Sc. degree with first class honours in 2009. In 2010, he accepted a scholarship offered by the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) and moved to Ulm under the supervision of Prof. Tanja Weil. David graduated with summa cum laude in 2014 and worked as a junior group leader in the Institute of Organic Chemistry III at Ulm University. He subsequently moved to the MPIP and leads the synthetic life-like systems group focusing on precision (bio)macromolecules and assembly in living cells. He is featured in 2019 and 2022 in international peer-reviewed journals as an emerging key figure for material science at the chemistry/biology interface.



Feb 2021 - Present: Head of BioCore Facility, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Aug 2020 - Present: Group Leader (Permanent), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
May 2016 - July 2020: Group Leader (Fixed Term), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Jan 2014 - Apr 2016: Junior Group Leader, Ulm University

Other Academic Appointments

Dec 2020 - Dec 2021: Evaluator, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (USA)
Aug 2018 - Present: Editorial Board, PLOS One
May 2016 - Present: External Lecturer, Ulm University
Jul 2017 - Aug 2018: Evaluator, EU Horizon 2020

Education / Research Experience

Jun 2010 - Jan 2014: Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude), MPI for Polymer Research/Ulm University, Germany
Aug 2009 - May 2010: Research Assistant, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Aug 2006 - Jul 2009: B.Sc. Hons. (1st Class), National University of Singapore, Singapore


2018 - Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physiology & Medicine): Young PI Representative from the Max Planck Society
2019 - ChemBioTalents (ChemBioChem): Emerging key figures at the interface of chemistry and biology
2022 - Emerging Investigator (J. Mater. Chem. B): Rising stars of materials chemistry research.

Go to Editor View