Résumé

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  1. Education
  2. Research experience
  3. National Service
  4. Work experience
  5. Co-curricular & volunteer activities
  6. Workshops, courses & other achievements
  7. Skills

EDUCATION

B.Sc. in Biological Sciences; Philosophy minor (Aug 2015 – Present)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Diploma in Biomedical Science (Apr 2010 – Apr 2013)
Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore


 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Intern (Jul – Aug 2015)
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

  • Employed quantitative PCR and immunostaining techniques to detect Epstein-Barr viral biomarkers in blood samples with nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells.
  • Troubleshot cell counting and DNA quantification methods for post-PCR analysis to accurately quantify the copy number of viral DNA in blood samples.

Intern (Jun – Nov 2012)
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

  • Investigated the effect of metformin on colorectal cancer (CRC) based on common genetic alterations in CRC, using different means of cell growth and proliferation assays.
  • Designed and conducted bioenergetic profile studies using mitochondrial stress assays to evaluate CRC’s sensitivity to metformin’s drug activity.
  • Consulted colleagues and superiors for feedback and recommendations for experiments to produce meaningful scientific data.
  • Initiated a side-project in attempt to establish an ex vivo CRC model, using patient tissue samples, for personalised medicine.

 NATIONAL SERVICE

Lieutenant, Field Engineer Officer (Jun 2013 – Jun 2015)
4th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, Singapore Armed Forces

  • As platoon commander: planned and conducted trainings for the soldiers of the Pioneer platoon to ensure their operational readiness by end of their National Service.
  • As specialist staff officer: developed and coordinated engineer plans at the Battalion level (~500 soldiers) during major exercises and helped the unit achieve commendable performance for the Army Training Evaluation.

 WORK EXPERIENCE

Freelance writer (Aug – Nov 2016)
MIMS.com

  • Communicated healthcare news through online articles tailored to patients and healthcare professionals such as general practitioners, specialist doctors, pharmacists, and nurses.
  • Wrote 5 to 7 curated articles (500 to 700 words each) per week to generate sufficient digital content for the regional team in Southeast Asia.

Store Assistant (Mar 2016 – Present)
General Store at School of Biological Sciences, NTU

  • Ensuring smooth operations by providing the right type of item and quantity to the laboratory users and purchasers, and maintaining the store’s orderliness.
  • Accounting for the store’s inventory for the store to pass the stock checks and audits.

Service staff (Apr – Jun 2013)
IPPUDO SG

  • Proactively served customers by pre-empting their wants and needs through friendly conversation to find out what foods or drinks they prefer and give recommendations.
  • Contributed to team meetings by offering areas of improvement and suggestions to enhance customer service and boost revenue to hit daily sales targets.

 CO-CURRICULAR & VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Sub-committee member (Apr 2010 – Apr 2013)
Temasek Polytechnic, Applied Science Studies Club

  • Led a class of 18 freshmen as an Orientation Leader for the Week 0 Freshmen Orientation’s team-building activities.
  • Collaborated with non-profit organisations in community events such as the Blood Donation Drive (2011) at Temasek Polytechnic and Health Mapping Exercise (2010) at residential estates.

Volunteer Sep 12 – 17, 2011
Juara Turtle Project (Tioman Island, Malaysia)

  • Researched on information regarding the endangered sea turtle species and gave oral presentations to visitors at the sea turtle sanctuary.
  • Conducted day-to-day tasks such as the night/morning beach patrols and monitoring the turtle eggs in the hatchery to safeguard eggs from poachers and natural predators.
  • Planned, organised, and built an obstacle course within 3 days for visitors to gain awareness about sea turtle conservation.

 WORKSHOPS, COURSES & OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

MOOC: Introduction to Bioethics (May – Jun 2014)
Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

  • Understanding core philosophy concepts in bioethics and gaining historical literacy around important bioethical cases and developments.
  • Developed a capacity for reflective and respectful engagement with others on polarising issues.
  • Certificate of Accomplishment obtained; grade achieved: 82.0%.

Essay Competition 2011, on ‘Personalised Medicine: Hype or Hope’  (Sep 2011)
Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • Wrote an essay (less than 3000 words) that argued for the benefits of personalised medicine.
  • Learnt in the process: writing in a scholarly style, reading and summarising skills, writing critiques, and constructing arguments.

Future Filmmakers Workshop (Mar – Jun 2011)
Tisch School of the Arts Asia, New York University

  • A 12-week workshop geared towards learning the fundamentals of storytelling, screenwriting and filmmaking.
  • Directed and produced a short film (in crews of 3 people) and an observational documentary (independent work) as final assignments.

 SKILLS

Laboratory

  • Cell culture, cell viability assay, clonogenic assay, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and Western blotting.

Computer

  • Scientific tools: PyMOL, IBM SPSS Statistics, ImageJ.
  • Others: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Final Draft.

Languages

  • English, Chinese, and Japanese (proficient).