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STEM Series Part 2: A Success Story of a Young Singaporean Scientist

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In Part 2 of our STEM Series on how CSI Singapore supports the pursuit of STEM related courses and careers, we feature our very own CSI Singapore Principal Investigator, Dr Tam Wai Leong.

Dr Tam is a young and promising Singaporean scientist who was educated and trained in Singapore. He was recently featured in The Straits Times Scholars’ Choice 2016. Having had a deep interest in Biology since the early days of his tertiary education in the National University of Singapore, he began his research journey and embarked on a lifelong quest in the boundless world of science and research to unravel the mysteries surrounding cancers.

His career began with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science Degree while holding a scholarship from The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Fuelled by his passion, he obtained a PhD in Stem Cell Biology from NUS and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT).

In 2015, Dr Tam received the prestigious National Research Foundation Fellowship. This award aims to provide opportunities for early career researchers to carry out independent research in Singapore.

Today, CSI Singapore is glad to have Dr Tam Wai Leong as one of our Principal Investigators. Dr Tam’s research interest lies in integrating the fields of cancer, cancer stem cells (CSCs), targeted therapy and disease modelling to translate biological findings about CSCs into innovative, targeted cancer therapies. Our Institute fully supports Dr Tam in his endeavor to uncover the underlying causes and potential treatment for cancer.

Read more about the success story of this young Singaporean scientist here.