August 2013|ISSUE 7
From the Research Office

The LKCMedicine spoke to Professor of Cell Biology David Becker and Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine Wang Xiaomeng, two members of LKCMedicine’s international research faculty, who shared
their thoughts and aspirations in being part of Singapore’s newest medical school.

They are looking forward to establishing links and embark in interdisciplinary research with experts from different fields such as engineers, biologists and clinicians in order to drive translational research
which seeks to improve healthcare.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to carry out great research which will make a difference to Singapore and the rest of the world! My first impressions are that I have entered into a large new family, with teams of people helping me to integrate into different aspects of this new environment which is very much appreciated,” says Professor Becker.

From left to right: Professor David Becker, Assistant Professor Wang Xiaomeng

Both researchers were impressed with the School’s well-equipped laboratories, modern learning and teaching facilities, as well as the professional way the School operates.

“I’m intrigued by the idea of contributing to a new medical school in Singapore by two of the world’s top universities- Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University. To me, it is more than a great starting point for my own career as an independent researcher. It is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in building a legacy of transforming healthcare and advancing medical research in Singapore,” says Assistant Professor Wang.

The move to Singapore was admittedly daunting at first but they are determined to adapt. Professor Becker says, “Moving from London to the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has been quite a dramatic
change for me in terms of climate and culture – it is going to be a challenge but it is also a very exciting one!”