Gisela Garcia-Alvarez
Research Fellow, Programme in Neuroscience & Behavioural Disorders

After my first postdoctoral research stint in Paris, I made the decision to move to Asia as I was not ready to settle down in Europe yet. That was 5 years ago and I still remember my first day at the new Duke-NUS campus. 

Since then, I have worked on the Drosophil and Mice models with Assoc Professors Wang Hongyan and Asst Prof Marc Fivaz respectively under the Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders.

Enjoying a cool morning walk at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Janice Tan,  
Executive, Communications

I joined the lively and exciting Office of Communications, Development and Alumni Relations (OCDAR) at Duke-NUS in 2012 as a member of the Communications team. My day usually starts with media scans for features or mentions of Duke-NUS and developments in the global and local medical and healthcare landscapes. Although the bulk of my time is spent producing Vital Science, I have recently been handed the role of co-managing the school’s social media platforms. 

Since I spend most of my time editing and looking at other people’s writings, The Insider decided to ‘turn the tables’ and invited me to contribute a piece on Earth Hour.

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.

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.