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Young Budding Scientists Visit CSI


CSI Singapore was host to fifteen students from the Dunman High School (DHS), who visited CSI as part of their elective week on 13 May, as well as seven students in the Science Scholars Program from Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah (MAI) Secondary School on 3 June as part of their school’s enrichment program.

Students learned first-hand from scientists in research groups led by Dr. Takaomi Sanda and A/Prof. Chng Wee Joo, who are Principal Investigator and Deputy Director respectively at CSI Singapore.

Dr. Sanda and his team introduced the DHS students to zebrafish, which the team uses as an effective model organism in studying leukemia. Supervised by the research team, the students toured the zebrafish facility at the Department of Biological Sciences in NUS, and were also given the opportunity to personally participate in some simple experimental procedures used in analysing hematopoietic cells.

Dr. Nurulhuda Mustafa, Research Fellow from A/Prof. Chng’s group, gave the MAI students a comprehensive overview of the equipment and techniques used in scientific research, and how these techniques were relevant to her research work on multiple myeloma. Students examined different types of cancer cells under the microscope, and were given a tour of the facilities at CSI.

We hope that these visits have enhanced the learning experience for these students, and inspired these enthusiastic and budding scientists to pursue their interests in research.