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Hi everyone! I’m Bernice, a first year student in the Duke-NUS Integrated Biology and Medicine (IBM) program, pursuing my Ph.D. in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases under the supervision of Dr David Silver.

After graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science in 2007, I started working at the National Cancer Centre as a Research Officer under the supervision of Prof Teh Bin Tean. In my 6 years working in a cancer laboratory, my love for research grew, and I decided it was time to challenge myself by embarking on this new journey.

In our first semester, students are required to complete a core course entitled “Molecules to Medicine”, which is conducted on a team-based learning platform. Lectures were pre-recorded and had to be reviewed prior to class, and through discussions and interactions with our lecturers and group members, I was able to benefit from this collaborative learning environment. What I enjoyed most was to be able to review current scientific literature and to be encouraged to think critically.

I am Javier, a first year PhD student in the Duke-NUS IBM (Integrated Biology and Medicine) program and am currently working in the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology department.

My interest and current area of research lies in cancer metabolism, which involves unravelling part of the mystery of how cancer cells sustain themselves. Before embarking on my PhD journey, I obtained a Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree from University of Western Australia and spent two years living in Tokyo doing volunteer work and travelling in Japan.

During those years, I was fortunate enough to experience the medical diagnostics and paediatric surgery field while interning at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Singapore, and as a research student in Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Perth. These hospital internships allowed me to better understand the need for translational medicine, which in turn fuelled my passion to pursue a career in research. Duke-NUS offers such an opportunity, especially in the area of translational medical research.

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