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TALENT TIMES A*STAR

SCIENCE. BENEFITS. ENTERPRISE.

Discover how our Talent and their research create value for the industry.

VOLUME 5

SCI E NCE . B E NE F I TS. ENTERPRISE . The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s le ad public sector agency that spe arhe ads economic-oriented research to advance scientific discovery and develop innovative technology. A*STAR also plays a vital role in nurturing and developing talent who contribute significantly to the scientific ecosystem. Through a symbiosis of collaborations between our rese archers and the ind ustry, A*STAR fosters innovation and development in local enterprises. This cre ates a multitude of technologies that benefit not only the companies we work with, but also the consumers. This issue of A*STAR Talent Times showcases a selection of talent who have successfully collaborated with the industry. With varying interests and personalities, our pool of diverse talent has one guiding mission – to work with partners to collectively unlock possibilities and impact lives through science. By sharing their thoughts and ideas, we hope to give you a glimpse into what inspires and motivates them, and their pursuit for a better future.

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UNCOVERING HIDDEN POTENTIAL Dr. Wan Yue, Junior Principal Investigator, Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)

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THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS Dr. Meng Yusong, Scientist II, National Metrology Centre (NMC )

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REVOLUTIONARY RESEARCH METHODS Dr. Samuel Gan, Assistant Principal Investigator, Bioinformatics Institute (BII), Product Development Lab; Adjunct Researcher, p 53 Lab

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 D E C O D I N G N A T U R E Dr. Shawn Hoon, Senior Research Fellow, Molecular Engineering Lab (MEL)

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 THE STUDY OF LIGHT Dr. Shawn Tan, Scientist II, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)

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  T H E T- U P EXCELLENCE AWARDS

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 B R I D G I N G T H E G A P Dr. Sidney Yee, CEO, Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD)

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A* S TA R TA L E N T T I M E S

A*S TA R TA L E N T In this issue, Talent Times sits down with some of the A*STAR Talent to gain an inside look into their fields of work, and their resonating impact.

DR. SHAWN HOON

DR. WAN YUE

DR. MENG YUSONG

Senior Research Fellow, Molecular Engineering Lab (MEL)

Junior Principal Investigator, Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)

Scientist II, National Metrology Centre (NMC )

Hailing from different fields, meet the people who share one unifying vision — to better the world through science.

DR. SAMUEL GAN Assistant Principal Investigator, Bioinformatics Institute (BII) Product Development Lab; Adjunct Researcher, p 53 Lab

DR. SHAWN TAN Scientist II, Institute of Materials Re s e arc h and Engineering (IMRE)

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For Dr. Wan Yue, science has always been a series of stepping stones. The Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) biologist at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) speaks fondly of a childhood surrounded by her parents and mentors who continuously encouraged her curiosity and interest in the workings of the biological world. Yue immediately took up the opportunity of the A*STAR National S c i e n c e S c h ola rs h i p w h e n i t c a me a lon g. H e r re a s on i ng w as s tra i g h tf or w a rd : “ We h ave n ot s e e n or kn ow n e n oug h o f the world, to be able to plan or know what will actually benefit you in the long run. The only way is to try your best , embracing any opportunities that come by.” As a n A* S TAR s c h ola r, Yue p urs ue d f ur th e