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CAROLINE LEI WEE

Principal Scientist II (Principal Investigator)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Ph.D. in Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2016)

B.A. Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY (2009)

    Double Major in Biological Sciences (Neurobiology and Behavior) & Psychology 

    Distinction in all subjects

    Summa cum laude

A*STAR NSS (BS-PhD) Scholarship (2006, 2010)

Caroline's research interest is in understanding the fundamental mechanisms governing motivated behaviors such as feeding and stress, with the goal of improving human health and well-being. Towards this goal, she has won several significant fellowships and grants, including the A*STAR National Science Scholarship (NSS BS-PhD, 2006, 2010), National Medical Research Council Young Individual Research Grant (2020) and National Research Foundation Fellowship (Class of 2021). She is also a lead Principal Investigator in A*STAR's Brain-Body Initiative. 

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RUEY-KUANG CHENG

Senior Scientist 

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2010)

M.S. National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan (2002)

B.S. National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan (1999)

Ruey has more than 10 years of experience in both zebrafish and rodent behavioral neuroscience research, and trained in the lab of Dr. Suresh Jesuthasan (NTU-LKC, Singapore). His expertise includes behavioral and in vivo calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and hardware/software development for animal behavior analysis. His research interests include timing and time perception, learning and memory, decision making, and emotional control of behavior.

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VINDHYA CHAGANTY

Scientist 

Ph.D. in Developmental biology, National University of Singapore (2021)

M.Sc. Biotechnology V.I.T University, India (2016)

B.Sc. Biotechnology V.I.T University, India (2014)


During her Ph.D., Vindhya used zebrafish as a model organism to study neurodegenerative diseases. Her current research interest is in understanding the neural circuitry and genetics of appetite control. Her expertise includes microscopy, behavioral analysis, and transcriptomics.

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WEN LIE

PhD Student (joint with Prof. Eric Chan)

A*STAR Graduate Scholarship (Singapore) (2021)

Pharmacist, Singapore Pharmacy Council (2021)

B.Sc. (Pharmacy) with Honours (Highest Distinction), National University of Singapore (2020)


Research Experience:

  • Developed a mammalian expression system expressing SARS-CoV-2 proteins for production of virus-like particles

  • Investigated the metabolizing enzymes and disposition kinetics of two synthetic cannabinoids and their metabolites 


Research Interests:

  • Gut microbiome

  • Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics


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TERUMI NAKASHIMA

PhD Student (Joint with Ajay Mathuru Lab)

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) Scholarship (2023)

M.S. in Microbiology and Parasitology, Universidade Federal Fluminense (2021)

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, Universidade Federal Fluminense (2018)


My previous research experience was to perform diagnosis of parasitic diseases in children in Brazil, focusing on gastrointestinal parasites. During my Master's Degree, I conducted a systematic review and meta analysis on the prevalence of Cryptosporidium species in animals in Latin America

My current research interest is to understand neuroimmune interactions.

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GAYNAH DOBLADO

Laboratory Officer

Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture, Republic Polytechnic (2021)

Research Experience:

  • Intern at the Environmental Engineering cluster in Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), under the integrated theme of Marine Biofilms & Microbiomes. 

  • Research study under Dr Grace Loo to investigate presence of genetic markers in shrimps.


Research Interests:

  • Genetics and Marine Biology

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CHUA KAI XIN

Research Officer

B.S. in Business and Environmental Sciences, Majoring in Aquaculture, James Cook University Singapore (2020)


Research Experience:

  • Research on ciliopathies using zebrafish and mice as animal models

  • Population Dynamics and Phylogenetic Analysis of Canine Parvovirus


Research interests:

  • Physiology of eating disorders and mental health

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DINAH YUSOFF

Research Officer 
Previously Research Assistant (SGUnited Traineeship)

B.Sc. in Pharmacology, Monash University, Australia (2020)

Research Experience:

  • Tableting trials to determine appropriate quality parameters for Diana Food (nutraceutical)

  • Handling of mice in effects of centrally acting drugs on mice behaviour, and neurological and autonomic functions under the Department of Pharmacology, Monash University


Research interests:

  • Drug interactions and Neuropharmacology

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VALARIE THAM

Research Officer

B.Sc. in Molecular Biology, La Trobe University (2018) 

Research Experience:

  • Final Year Project in collaboration with National University of Singapore on the Optimization of a Diagnostic Platform for Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika 

  • Research in Genome Institute of Singapore that targets Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Liver Cancer 


Research Interests:

  • Genetics and Neuromuscular Diseases

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AFSHA NESHA

Research Officer

B.Sc. (Hons) in Biomedical Science, Specialised in Medical Biochemistry, University of Bradford (UK) affiliated with MDIS Singapore (2015)

Nesha became interested in research when she was in A*STAR's Biological Resource Centre, handling and working on lab animals. She has also gained lab experience and skills from working in medical laboratories. Her previous research experience in Dr Adrian Teo’s lab focused on increasing the proliferation rate of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells isolated from rodents and humans.


Her current research interests are in Genetics and Toxicology. 

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MASTER'S STUDENTS

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INTERNS

SEAN PHANG (NTU, FINAL YEAR PROJECT STUDENT AND FORMER A*STAR RESEARCH INTERNSHIP AWARD)

DARREN LAM (NUS PHARMACY, FINAL YEAR PROJECT STUDENT AND FORMER A*STAR RESEARCH INTERNSHIP AWARD)

WEE LENG TAN (NUS, FINAL YEAR PROJECT STUDENT AND FORMER A*STAR RESEARCH INTERNSHIP AWARD)

ELYSE KHOO (SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC)

ALUMNI

SASMITHA SINGH

Graduating with MSc. in Biotechnology, NUS

GUAN ZHEN

Senior Research Officer
Currently Data Scientist at Risk Lighthouse

ASHLEY ANAND

Student Intern (University of Bristol)

SANDRA TAN

Research Officer
A*STAR NSS (BS) scholar
Currently pursuing a PhD on A*STAR NSS (PhD) scholarship

DEVIN TANG

Singapore Institute of Technology (Integrated Work Study Programme)

JOVIAN LIN

Laboratory Officer
Admitted to Nanyang Technological University

HUI LI YEO

Senior Research Officer
Currently Project Manager in ESCAR Lab

DARREN LAM

Student Intern (NUS, A*STAR Research Internship Award)

IGNATIUS HWANG-SHIN

Student Intern (NUS, A*STAR Research Internship Award)

JOLIN TAN

Laboratory Officer (Aquaculture)
Admitted to the University of Queensland

PHOEBE TAN

Research Officer
Currently in Leslie Beh Lab (IMCB)

JENNY ZHANG & YU XIN TAN

Final Year Project Students (NUS Pharmacy)

BECKHAM KANG KUAN YUAN

Student Intern (Singapore Polytechnic)

KENNETH SUHARDJO

Student Intern (Anglo-Chinese Junior College, SSEF Bronze Medalist)

KAI LIN CHUA

Student Intern (National University of Singapore)

FENGLIN LI

Graduated with Msc in Food Science and Human Nutrition, NUS

DINGMING CHEN

Graduated with Msc in Food Science and Human Nutrition, NUS

KELLIE WONG

Student Intern (NUS, A*STAR Research Internship Award)

WEE LENG TAN

Student Intern (NUS, A*STAR Research Internship Awardee)

CHLOE LIN

Student Intern (Singapore Polytechnic, A*STAR Science Awardee)
Currently in NUS (School of Medicine)

RYAN ANG

Student Intern (Singapore Polytechnic, A*STAR Science Awardee)

JAZLYNN TAN

Research Officer
A*STAR NSS (BS) scholar
Currently pursuing a PhD on A*STAR NSS (PhD) scholarship

XIPING LE

H3 Programme Student (Hwa Chong Institution) and SSEF Gold Medalist

YUCHENG JIN

H3 Programme Student (Victoria Junior College) and SSEF Silver Medalist

CHERYL TAN

Research Officer (previously on SGUnited Traineeship) 
Currently pursuing a Masters at the National University of Singapore

DANIAL ASRI

Research Assistant (SGUnited Traineeship)

JERRICK KWAN

Student Intern (Republic Polytechnic, A*STAR Science Awardee)

JERRYL TAN

Student Intern (Republic Polytechnic, A*STAR Science Awardee)

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