Rohit Anthony Sinha,  
Senior Research Fellow, Program in Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disorders

My mum would have never guessed that her chubby toddler, who grew up in the eighties, playing with G.I. Joe action figures, would one day grow up to be a scientist. 

I grew up in the historic multicultural Indian city of Lucknow, famous for its music, poetry and food. 

By: Viji Vijayan 
Director, Research Operations

My eldest daughter, Deepa, has always had a conscience about our planet. As a child, Deepa and her younger sister Lavenya loved receiving gifts as much as any other child. Both of them had a penchant for recycling whatever surrounded the gift — the boxes, the wrapper, the ribbons, and even the little bits of tape that held everything together. Both my girls developed a keen sense of craft, building beautiful things, breathing fresh life into items that were otherwise destined for the bin. These are memories of pure pride that any parent would feel privileged to possess. And I am proud to say that my daughters are my inspiration for going green.

Getting to know Ashley
Official title: Analyst, Risk Management
Industry Experience: 5 years

The Insider (TI): You majored in biomedical science, what drew you to a risk management career?

Ashley Tan (AT):I was exploring different types of careers when I first graduated. Then, I was offered an opportunity in Risk Management in the private healthcare sector. I have been in Risk Management ever since, and it still proves to be an eventful career after so many years. 

My job includes setting in place a systematic approach to identifying, assessing, mitigating and ongoing monitoring of risk - the uncertainty that occurs in every walk of life, every industry and every enterprise. Being a part of the risk management team, especially in Duke-NUS, has allowed me to grow, both personally and professionally. 

The Values Ambassador Awards is an annual staff recognition scheme that celebrates positive staff work attitudes and promotes a positive work culture that enhances staff engagement, appreciation and belonging.   Over a period of 6 weeks, staff nominated colleagues who exemplified the values and demonstrated positive work behavior. A total of 46 nominations were received during the qualifying period and a judging committee comprising representatives from different Offices  eventually picked the 5 Values Ambassadors after a careful and rigorous evaluation.
Here are our 5 winners: -


Erica Neves,
Research Assistant, Programe in Emerging Infectious Diseases

The Insider: Erica joined Duke-NUS as a Research Assistant with the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in May 2012.  Her primary responsibility is identifying pathogens (a biological agent that causes diseases or illness to it’s host) present in the small mammals in Singapore. She reports to Professor Gavin Smith and her desk is located in the postdoc area on Level 9.


Erica and her two dogs, Lola and Bella

I was playing “Truth or Dare” and someone once asked me: “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” Without hesitation, I answered: “To talk to animals.”

By: Lye Weng Kit, 
Associate, Centre for Quantitative Medicine

I am from Penang, one of the states in Malaysia that contributes to the “go green” movement. I joined Duke-NUS in December 2012 as an Associate in the Centre for Quantitative Medicine. My awareness and interest in green issues grew as the Penang state government launched a number of campaigns throughout the past five years. I started incorporating  green practices one at a time, and now taking care of the environment has become a very good habit.  


Getting to know Wilson Xin  
Standardized Patient Program Trainer, Clinical Performance Center
Industry Experience: 8 years (2.5 years in Duke-NUS)

The Insider (TI): You majored in Information Systems, what drew you to the standardized patient program in Duke-NUS?  

Wilson Xin (WX): My passion for acting actually stemmed from loving literature as I was growing up.

By: Ms Prassanna Raman,  
Research Assistant, Program in Health Services and Systems Research

Soap suds, shiny cars, and Bingo – the Program in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR) retreat had it all. 

The HSSR program organizes different events each year to encourage staff and faculty members to engage in meaningful and stimulating activities outside of work. This year’s retreat, which took place on March 1, was designed to enhance team bonding and promote community engagement 

Getting to know Karen,  
Senior Associate Dean, Office of Corporate Services
Industry experience: 25 years

The Insider (TI): Karen, it has been almost a year since you joined Duke-NUS. How has it been? 

Karen Chang (KC): Indeed, it has been the most exciting period for me. I have kept a quick pace since coming on board last April. 2012 has been a year of tremendous growth for the school. The Academic Medicine (AM) partnership, launch of the Academic Medicine Education and Research Institutes (AM.EI and AMRI), and the formation of Academic Clinical Programs (ACPs) lent some new complexities that necessitated changes to workflows and setting up of new systems within the Office of Corporate Services (OCS). 

Dickson Lim,   
Deputy Director, Development 

Nothing to Prove, Nothing to Lose, Nothing to Hide. Crafted by my pastor, these are values I hope to live by as they reflect an internal posture of rest, security and authenticity.

I majored in Engineering and spent the first nine years of my career in the semiconductor industry, forging partnerships with equipment manufacturers for exclusive distributorships in Asia. I was then approached to lead my church’s young adults’ group and its community service work, which launched me into a fulfilling eight-year stint in three non-profit organizations before joining Duke-NUS.