October 2013|Issue 8
LKCMedicine Welcomes PhD Students

In August 2013, three PhD students – Kelvin Chen, Sim Zhi Wei and Tejas Canchi – joined LKCMedicine to pursue their PhDs under the supervision of professors from LKCMedicine, NTU’s School of Biological Sciences and School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The areas of research pursued by the students are aligned with several of LKCMedicine’s research themes, namely Metabolic Disease, Developmental Biology and Bioengineering.

Specifically, Kelvin will study about immunology in metabolic diseases with regards to the involvement of immune response in liver fibrosis leading to cancer development while Tejas’ biomedical engineering research will explore the mechanisms and pathology of the genesis, growth and rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Zhi Wei’s research focuses on autophagy, a physiological process that deals with cell destruction in the body as well as liquid metabolism and hedgehog signaling.

PhD students undergoing LKCMedicine's orientation programme.

The students went through an orientation programme conducted by LKCMedicine where they had the opportunity to meet the Chair of the PhD Taskforce Committee, Professor of Developmental Biology Philip Ingham, and their supervisors. They also learnt more about LKCMedicine, laboratory safety guidelines, and library resources and services available to them. The orientation ended with a tour of the research labs at Research Techno Plaza, followed by a reception where they met and mingled with the inaugural cohort of medical students.
 
Says Zhi Wei, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with other researchers and have received much guidance from the post-doctoral researchers in Professor Ingham's laboratory over the past few weeks. They are always ready to give a helping hand and they often give me guidance on how to conduct experiments better. I am definitely looking forward to working with researchers from other fields during my time here.”