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WORLD AQUACULTURE SINGAPORE 2022

Dec 2, 2022

At World Aquaculture Singapore 2022, Caroline presented two back-to-back talks on our aquaculture-related research projects - one on stress in Asian Sea bass and the other, led by Dinah Yusoff, on using zebrafish to identify nutritional interventions for gut health. 

Our Asian Sea bass project, funded by A*STAR's A2HTPO seed fund, is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort between Republic Polytechnic, the Institute of Materials Research (IMRE) and Engineering, and our lab. We haven't managed to get everyone in the same photo, but there should be many more team pics to come! 

From left to right: Caroline, Shubha Vij (RP), Xiaodi Su (IMRE), Marie Tan (RP), Jolin Tan (IMCB). Missing Laura Sutarlie from IMRE.

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SINGAPORE SYMPOSIUM ON METABOLIC DISEASES 2022

Nov 22, 2022


The Singapore Symposium on Metabolic Diseases and Asia-Pacific Diabetes and Obesity Study Group Annual Conference was held at A*STAR from 21-22 November, and featured many international speakers from around the region. 

Caroline chaired a session and also presented ongoing work in the lab led by postdoc Vindhya Chaganty on characterising appetite-regulating circuits in the zebrafish hypothalamus. It was the only zebrafish talk at the conference, but as always, we were excited to share the importance of the model in neurobehavioral research!

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LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW AND NEW LAB MEMBERS

Aug 23, 2022

Last Friday, Caroline was interviewed by Yasmin Jonkers for the XXFiles on CNA837, on our work in zebrafish and the Brain-Body Initiative in understanding the control of appetite and dietary decisions. You can tune in to the podcast here: 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/listen/xx-files/solving-hunger-crisis-2888906 (starts 17:15)

We also bid farewell to our summer interns, and welcome new staff / interns: Sandra, Jovian, and Beckham!

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RESEARCH UPDATE: NEW PROJECTS, PAPERS, AND PEOPLE!

Jun 28, 2022

This summer, we welcome new lab officer Jolin and intern Kai Lin, as we embark on an exciting and ambitious aquaculture project with collaborators from Republic Polytechnic and IMRE (A*STAR). This project is funded by A*STAR's Agritech and Aquaculture Horizontal Programme Office (A2HTPO) Seed Fund. 

We also welcome A*STAR Research Internship Awardees Tan Wee Leng and Kellie Wong, as well as Kenneth Suhardjo from ACJC who will explore diet-microbiome-immune interactions in zebrafish.

Finally, we have published a review article and companion brief report on how zebrafish can be used to model mental health. Check them out on our publications page.



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FIRST LAB PARTY

May 27, 2022

To commemorate the 1st anniversary of our lab, we had a BBQ party for both existing lab members and alumni. The lab has grown rapidly over the last year, but continues to be a tight-knit and collaborative team focused on pursuing exciting new science. We welcome interns particularly under A*STAR programs such as the A*STAR science award and ARIA. For other potential opportunities, please click here.

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CHANNEL NEWSASIA FEATURE

Mar 10, 2022

As hinted earlier, our lab's research was featured in a Channel NewsAsia series called "Food to Change the World", hosted by Chef Ming Tan. In the first episode, we demonstrate the utility of the zebrafish model in dissecting dietary effects on physical and mental health, as well as the potential links between them.

It was a collective effort from the entire lab, culminating in the segment which you can watch here (starting 12:10)

Many more scenes were cut unfortunately, including some of the mating / egg laying process and in vivo calcium imaging. However, overall I hope this will generate more interest in the zebrafish model and our lab's research! 

Photo credit: Yeo Hui Li

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LAB MEMBER UPDATE 2022

Feb 16, 2022

Happy New Year from the CW Lab! 


In January, we bade farewell to Jazlynn, who moved across the street to the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) to learn new cutting-edge imaging / analysis methods. For her farewell party we played Pictionary using Skribbl.io, which Jazlynn introduced during her time here. 

Ryan from Singapore Polytechnic also just completed his internship. We had a fun lab quiz mainly centered on Ryan, and based on the questions it looks like he will be dearly missed ;) Not surprisingly, he was also the ultimate winner! 

Our H3 students Xiping and Yucheng have also returned to school, after having spent their December holidays churning out their research reports and SSEF submissions. It was a lot of work (experiments, analyses) within quite a short period of time, but they have hopefully acquired valuable skills for the future. Wishing them all the best for their upcoming presentations! 

Our next batch of interns / students will be arriving from May onwards. Additionally, our lab has received funding for an aquaculture-related project. Stay tuned for more updates...

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

Nov 4, 2021

This month, Caroline was featured in the International Zebrafish Society's (IZFC) newsletter.

Caroline was also quoted in a recent article on zebrafish as a model for neuroscience research. 

Additionally, Channel News Asia just filmed a segment for an upcoming TV series in our lab!  It's under wraps for now, but should be out by early next year.

Photo Credit: Yeo Hui Li

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LAB MEMBERS UPDATE

Jul 30, 2021

Danial, who was on an SGUnited Traineeship, is leaving to further his studies in university.

Jazlynn, an A*STAR scholar, will be doing her one-year research attachment in our lab.

Wen will be joining as our lab's very first PhD student, under the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship.

Congrats to all! 

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JERRICK'S FAREWELL LUNCH

Feb 21, 2021

Jerrick's last day was on Feb 19, wishing him all the best in his future scientific career!

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NEWS COVERAGE FOR NRF FELLOWSHIP

Dec 22, 2020

The lab will be partially funded by the National Research Foundation Fellowship, recently awarded to Caroline.

Here is a news feature describing our work and that of fellow awardees from A*STAR.  

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WE'RE OPENING SOON!

Dec 17, 2020

Our official start date is April 2021. However, research is already ongoing. We also have many open positions - please inquire if you are interested in joining our team.

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EXCITING FINDINGS AT CAROLINE WEE LAB

April 12, 2025

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