Cell Biology and Technology Unit
What are your goals or dreams as Researcher?
I want to be involved in the development of useful drugs that will help people who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. One day, hopefully, I will be able to say that I have worked on a commercially available drug that has benefitted a lot of patients.
What is a typical day at work like for you?
I start my day by checking emails. Mornings are usually dedicated to running experiments. I like to start as early as possible, especially since some experiments can take a few hours of incubation. Afternoons are usually reserved for meetings and discussions, analyzing the data from the experiments, and planning my schedule for the few days. This may include preparing experiment plans and protocols, or checking and ordering items. Before I leave work, I will usually take a quick glance at my calendar to check my schedule for the next day.
Did you encounter any challenges when you first joined CPR? How did you overcome them?
I joined CPR after a decade in academia. I had previously spent 5 years as a post-doctoral researcher and 5 years as a PhD student. My role at CPR is my first in the pharmaceutical industry. When I initially joined, I had to learn how to adapt to a new working culture because there are different norms, expectations and working styles. CPR’s working culture is a unique blend of Japanese and Singaporean working culture. Thanks to my incredibly supportive colleagues, the transition was easy and I was able to adapt quickly to my new work environment.
What do you like most about CPR?
I like that my work is meaningful with a clear purpose. When I first joined, I was amazed by the top-notch lab facilities with excellent equipment and resources. This creates a conducive environment for conducting research.