December 2013 | ISSUE 9
Building a World-Class Research Faculty




Esabelle Yam, Assistant Manager
Research Administration and Support Services

Having worked for a couple of years in a local research institute, I jumped at the chance to join LKCMedicine when the opportunity presented itself a year ago. The School was starting to build up its research and needed staff to provide the full suite of administrative services to support the development of research laboratories and programmes. Indeed, it was exciting to join a start-up organization with the invaluable opportunity to learn and work in a variety of job functions that a normal 9-5 job in a MNC could not offer.

To date, the School has welcomed top professors and distinguished scientists to establish research programmes with active participation from clinician scientists, researchers and industry players. The research programmes currently comprise 37 researchers under 21 renowned professors working in laboratories established at NTU, Biopolis and Academia Building, Outram Campus. These laboratories are equipped with state of the art equipment and facilities, and amongst the latest developments are the establishment of the multiphoton microscopy at Academia SGH and histology core facility at NTU. Monthly LKCMedicine Lectures and Brown Bag Seminars bring together researchers of similar and interdisciplinary interests in the local research communities to explore new collaborations and strengthen existing relationships.
Our professors and researchers are supported by the Research Administration and Support Services (RASS) team which provide support in the form of research operations, collaborative project scoping, grant application and award administration, research integrity compliance and research outreach. My role as an Assistant Manager in RASS requires me to interact with the professors and researchers on a daily basis, and the journey so far has been extremely enriching. I have not looked back since, especially working with such great colleagues!

To witness the transformation of empty laboratories to enclaves of intense scientific activities and exchanges gives me great joy, and even more so when we celebrategrant awards and publications in high impact journals. Riding on this momentum, I am confident that many more milestones will be achieved and I am honoured to be involved in the birth of a medical school that will push the frontier of translational and clinical research, redefine medicine and transform healthcare.