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Postgraduates

CAROLINA UN LAM

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery, Universidad Catόlica de Honduras
Embarking on: PhD
Department of Preventive Dentistry, NUS
Starting date: Jan 2009
Project title:  Early Childhood Caries and Oral-Systemic Health Links among Infants and Toddlers in Singapore

About myself:
Life is full of possibilities and I am very thankful for the ones I have chosen and experienced so far.  Different countries, different people, and different cultures… no matter where you come from, remember who you are and make a difference.  I have been taught from young that all knowledge and experience acquired throughout the years should be utilized for appropriate reasons, in appropriate circumstances, and in an appropriate way.   Remember to represent something new, something unique, and something “I”.

I choose to work with DevOS because oral health and overall health come hand in hand.

IVES LIM

Education:  BSc (Hons) in Life Science s (Molecular Cell Biology) (Graduated Jul 2010)
Embarking on:  PhD
Department: Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUS
Starting date:  Jan 2011
Project title:  DNA methylome of infants with different birth outcomes - parity, birthweight, maternal GDM

About myself:
I enjoy hearty scientific dialogues, good food and full-bodied coffee, preferably served together with excellent company.  Having said that, I get a curious kick out of working hands on to prove hypotheses that excite me.  Lastly, a nice relaxing vacation somewhere with wide open spaces, would be divine to prepare me for the next hearty scientific dialogue!

I choose to work with DevOS because I have always been interested in fetal origins of health and disease.  This programme is like a godsend to pursue my research interests.

 

LI LING JUN

Education:  MBBS, and MSc in Microbiology
Embarking on:  PhD in Epidemiology & Public Health
Department:  Epidemiology & Public Health (School of Public Health, 1 Apr 2011), NUS
Starting date:  Aug 2009
Project title:  Risk factor for retinal vasculature among children and pregnant women

About myself: 
I am a doctor from China, and majored in the study of infectious diseases.  After four years’ residency, I went to Peking University for a Masters in Microbiology in 2006.  However, I think that a good doctor with complete knowledge should be backed up not only with clinical and laboratory skills, but also with an epidemiological mindset.  This is why I continue to pursue my dream for a PhD in public health. 

I choose to work with DevOS because it is a great opportunity to broaden my scope in advanced academic research

ANTONY HARDJOJO

Education:  BSc
Embarking on:  PhD
Department: Department of Paediatrics, NUS
Starting Date:  Jan 2011
Project Title:  Phenotypes Of Persistent Rhinitis In Young Children - The Role Of Respiratory Viruses

About myself:
During my undergraduate studies, I found myself keenly interested in virology and drug discovery.  My PhD thesis involves the role of viruses in development of persistent nose problems.  I hope the knowledge and skills I will obtain can be beneficial for the future of myself and children everywhere.

I choose to work in  DevOS because it presents an opportunity for me to study respiratory allergy in children.  As I am also affected by the burden of this disorder, I am willing to take part in the research to combat this disease so that one day, children will not have to suffer from it.  DevOS also provides me the chance to experience a type of research I have not yet worked on - clinical research.

IZZUDDIN ARIS

Education:  BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences
Embarking on:  PhD
Department: Department of Paediatrics, NUS
Starting Date:  Jan 2011
Project Title:  Determinants of Physical Growth in young Singaporean Children

About myself:
I am an outgoing individual who enjoys everything and anything about science, and am passionate about research.  I enjoy music and use it as my form of “escapism” from the daily pressures of work.

I choose to work with DevOS because I believe that the knowledge acquired through various projects in this TCR programme would be beneficial and useful to the Singapore society in the future, in preventing common diseases faced by Singaporeans such as diabetes and obesity.  Through birth cohort studies, we can understand what controls and determines growth patterns in children and possibly predict the future development of the child as well his/her susceptibility to these common diseases.  This allows for design of intervention strategies to reduce the burden of these diseases in society.

JOLENE ZHOU XUANYI

Education: BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences, with particular focus on Biomedical sciences
Embarking on:  BSc (Hons) Final Year Project
Department: Department of Anatomy, NUS
Starting date:  May 2010
Project title:  Relationship between SDC1, FLRT3, SIRT1, SLC45A4, CA1 in the human umbilical cord and the birth weight of newborns

About myself:
I like some challenge in my life.  This is why I sometimes take paths that nobody else has trodden.  I also enjoy interacting with different people and learning through experience.  Of the many things that I believe in, the thing that I believe most is that one day I will make a difference.

I choose to work with DevOS because I hope that one day research can find a cure for diabetics, and return them some form of normality.

TAMMY SONG LIN LIN

Education:  BSc in Life Sciences
Embarking on:  MSc and working towards PhD
Department: Department of  Medicine, NUS
Starting date:  Aug 2010
Project title: The impact of Ethnicity on Energy expenditure in the resting and post-prandial state considering body composition, nutrient handling and muscle physiology.

About myself:
I am a fun loving, bubbly person.  I’d like to debunk the stereotype that scientists are boring and have no life.  I aspire to be renowned scientist and professor one day with many publications in international journals, under her belt!

I choose to work with DevOS because I want to pursue my PhD in the area of adult obesity and type II diabetes and DeVos research goals are in line with my research interests.  Being part of this inspiring, hardworking, committed, fun, whacky team is icing on the cake!

DR MYA THWAY TINT

Education:  MSc
Embarking on:  PhD
Department: Department of Paediatrics, NUS
Starting date:  Aug 2010
Project title:  Body composition in newborns: Methods and Clinical Significance

About myself:
I’m originally from Myanmar and came to Singapore in 2004 to pursue a career in clinical research. I completed an MSc (NUS) on the response of Asian type 2 diabetics to anti-diabetic drugs.   I am presently undertaking my doctoral research into body composition in Asian Neonates.

I choose to work with DevOS because its life course multi-disciplinary study, GUSTO, provides a myriad of learning opportunities.  I am convinced that GUSTO can contribute towards improving maternal and fetal health outcomes which will translate into a “better quality of life” for families.

CHEN LING WEI

Email:  a0030685@nus.edu.sg
Education:  BSc in Life Sciences
Embarking on:  PhD
Department: Department of  Epidemiology & Public Health (School of Public Health, 1 Apr 2011), NUS
Starting date:  Aug 2010
Project title:  The influence of maternal nutrition on birth outcomes

About myself: 

I am from Malaysia and 23 as I start my PhD.  I am involved in GUSTO’s Nutrition Domain, mainly researching maternal nutrition.  In my free time I enjoy watching nice movies, listening to and playing the harmonica, reading and swimming.  I enjoy learning new languages, particularly Japanese!

I choose to work with DevOS because it is an exciting project with a bunch of amazing people.

TRISSE GOH

Education:  BSc
Embarking on:  MSc
Department:  Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUS
Starting date:  Jan 2010
Project title:  Birthweight percentile by gestational age and maternal factors that affect birthweight in Singapore

About myself: 
I am a motivated individual interested in Science, and persevere in this area with the hope of advancing in my career.  I am enthusiastic about learning more regarding new technologies in Science so I can keep up, and with time improve in my research area.  I was interested to take on this MSc as the project is relevant to my research in the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS).

I choose to work with DevOS because it is a great opportunity to broaden my scope in advanced academic research

DIAZ ADI UTAMA

Education:  BSc
Embarking on:  PhD
Department: Department of Paediatrics, NUS
Starting date:  Jan 2011
Project title:  Physiology: Actigraphy, EEG, and ECG

About myself:
It would be fair to say that I’m quite an extrovert as I love meeting people and befriending those I've never met before.  Moreover, I like Biology - especially Physiology, and that's why I choose to pursue this PhD.  It will deepen my knowledge in a field that I like.

I choose to work with DevOS because it provides me a platform, which is filled with a bunch of people who will support me, for pursuing my PhD.

TAN YONG CHEE

Education:   BSc Bioscience (completed Dec 2010)
Embarking on:   MSc
Department: Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUS
Starting date:  Jan 2011
Project title:   Regulation of adipose tissue metabolism and body fat distribution in normal and insulin resistant subjects

About myself: 
I love to acquire knowledge for use in my daily life.  Although I am also good with business management and computers, Life Sciences pique my curiosity about how humans and living matter operate, thus driving my research pursuits in the area of the human body.

I choose to work with DevOS because the area of research fits like a glove with my research interests.

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