On 20 June 2017, CSI Singapore hosted a visit by 19 aspiring students from Nanyang Girls’ High School (NYGH). The Secondary 3 girls are part of the extended classroom program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). NYGH aims to provide e-learning journeys for their students to engage more with the iconic institutes and centres in Singapore and their STEM- related work. CSI Singapore is honoured to be given the opportunity to inspire them and play a part in their learning journey.
The NYGH girls were warmly welcomed by Dr. Yvonne Tay, Chair of the Pre-Graduate Student Committee, and her team members. Dr. Tay kick-started the visit with an introduction to the Institute followed by a presentation on Cancer Biology and what her lab focuses on.
During the lab tour, Dr. Fadieieva Anastasiia, Dr. Rajendra Babu Kamesh and Desi demonstrated the different techniques that are used to study the oncogenic potential of a gene, and explained how animal models can be used in cancer research and more. The girls were given a hands-on experience on the microscope to see the live development of zebrafish embryos and were exposed to Agarose Gel Electrophoresis demonstrations.
The visit was educational and a rewarding experience for the girls. They asked intriguing questions and had keen engagement with the researchers about their research work.