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I was very lucky to have Professor Chan Soh Ha as mentor throughout my Ph.D. training. The four years of study has been an invaluable time in my life, leading to full independence in research. The Department and the W.H.O. Immunology Centre are excellent places for

Dr. CHEN Zhisong

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, USA

The Department of Microbiology, NUS, is like my second home. I have immensely enjoyed my time as a student (undergraduate and postgraduate) and now an academic staff in the department. I am thankful to many inspiring mentors and lecturers in the department (particularly, Professor Mary Ng and Professor Kemeny), whom have given me countless opportunities and equipped me with the essentials and skills for my current career. The holistic and rigorous research environment in the department of microbiology has also allowed me to discover and develop my passion for research in molecular RNA virology and antiviral strategies development. As an educator and a scientist, I am now working towards my contribution back to the society by making important scientific breakthroughs and imparting knowledge and training students in preparing the new citizenry in Singapore to tackle future challenges and globalization.

Dr. Justin CHU

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, NUS

Stimulating, fulfilling, memorable. These sum up the time I spent in the department. None of these would have been possible without the warmth and dedication of friends, co-workers and staff of the department. Many thanks to the mentors who were with me every step of the way.

Dr. John CHUA

Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany

The Department of Microbiology is where I realized my passion for Microbiology that paved a career path for me in the field of education. The lecturers and staff in the department were knowledgeable, helpful and approachable. Having spent my undergraduate and postgraduate years in the department, many of the staff watched me progressing to what I am today. When I do occasionally return to the department, I still get lots of heartwarming greetings from the lecturers and staff. Thank you.

Dr. HO Phui San

Academic Staff, School of Applied Science, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

I graduated from Prof Mary Ng's laboratory in July 2007. I still remember the performance we put up for the Microbiology Welcome Tea in 2007. This event has added fun and laughter to the stressful Honours year student's life. Till now I still keep a copy of the VCD of our performance that day. It never fails to bring back the memories whenever I review it. Though I have only graduated in just more 3 years, I have achieved lots. I have never forget Prof Ng's teachings when I was still a student in her lab, how we should never stop believing in ourselves and drive ourselves to higher levels each moment we live. As we move into each different life chapters, the people we meet and our environment changes. But the teachings of the wise will always stay in our hearts as they continue to guide us in our quest to a brighter tomorrow. "Thank You!" to Prof and all my seniors in the lab who helped me during my Honours year and for grooming me to who I am today.

Ms. HO Si Rong

Assistant Manager, Radiology department of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Parkway Hospitals Singapore Pte Ltd

I consider myself fortunate to have received a well-rounded training in the department of microbiology, NUS. I fondly remember my interactions with several other students from different backgrounds, cultures, training, and from different parts of the world.

Dr. Sudhir C. KUMAR

Infectious Diseases Consultant, Iowa Health System, Des Moines, Iowa
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa

I joined the department as an undergraduate student in 1989 and did my postgraduate study on Neisseria gonorrhoeae under Profs Poh Chit Laa and Vincent Chow. Things which I learnt still make great impact on my research and teaching. Our head of Department then, Prof Zaman wrote a reference book on Parasitology; our "Three Musketeers" – Profs Yap Eu Hian, Chan Yow Cheong and Mulkit Singh; Profs Lee Yuan Kun, Mary Ng, Nga Been Hen, all are experts in their own fields. Even as I embark on my career as a scientist and lecturer, my professors are always there to guide me as well as to share their experiences, they are like my friends. Although we are "Micro", we are "Mega" in every other ways – our alumni can be found in public and private sector, from Health Care, Research, Education to Banking and Business. May our "Micro" family continue to grow and provide us with more to celebrate in the coming years.

Dr LAU Quek Choon

Senior Lecturer, Course Manager (Biomedical Science) & Technology Development Manager, School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

I was an MSc student with Professor Chan Soh Ha from 1985 till September 1987. During that time the WHO Immunology Centre was the temporary "home" of the early IMCB recruits, Dr. Cynthia Goh and Dr. Law Hai Yang, and also to researchers from other departments, Dr. Lily Chan, Bee Leng and Mr. Chan. I have many precious memories of our lunches in the pantry (we took turns to "tar pao"), tai-chi classes, and Christmas celebrations. Many close relationships were cultivated while in the department, and when time permits, it is always great to be able to drop by to catch up with old friends, Meera, Lini, Soo, Mr. Wee and of course, "boss".

Dr. Ann LEE Siew Gek

Principal Investigator, National Cancer Centre, Singapore

I joined the department as an undergraduate student in 1989 and did my postgraduate study on Neisseria gonorrhoeae under Profs Poh Chit Laa and Vincent Chow. Things which I learnt still make great impact on my research and teaching. Our head of Department then, Prof Zaman wrote a reference book on Parasitology; our "Three Musketeers" – Profs Yap Eu Hian, Chan Yow Cheong and Mulkit Singh; Profs Lee Yuan Kun, Mary Ng, Nga Been Hen, all are experts in their own fields. Even as I embark on my career as a scientist and lecturer, my professors are always there to guide me as well as to share their experiences, they are like my friends. Although we are "Micro", we are "Mega" in every other ways – our alumni can be found in public and private sector, from Health Care, Research, Education to Banking and Business. May our "Micro" family continue to grow and provide us with more to celebrate in the coming years.

Dr. LIM Yoon Pin

Senior Research Scientist, Cancer Science Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
Faculty, NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering Adjunct Scientist, Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR

It was really an exciting phase of my life to be heavily involved in research in the Department of Microbiology under the guidance of Professor Mary Ng. It was never a boring day working in the laboratory with all the enthusiastic members around. There are many lessons i have learnt during the period i spent in the laboratory, but the most inspiring i find is that research really benefits the most when a team displays strong teamwork, sharing each of their own expertise and skills.

PANG Junxiong, Vincent

PhD student, 2nd Batch of Joint NUS-Basel Masters Degree for Infectious Disease, Vaccinology & Drug Discovery Program

I was with the Department of Microbiology from 1991 – 1997, first as a research assistant and then as a post-graduate, both of which was under the supervision of Prof Vincent Chow. We were at that time working on oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes as well as identifying novel human genes. The Human Genome Project was going at full-steam then, and I was frantically checking GenBank almost every day to make sure that they had not sequenced any of our target genes, which thankfully they didn't. It was a great learning experience, taking a research project from start to finish. I learnt a lot about science, and also a lot about patience, perseverance and prayer. The strong support and guidance of Prof Vincent Chow made a lot of difference. So did the many squash sessions with Lee Ching, Catherine, Quek Choon and others, which helped maintained much intellectual sanity. My research interests are in microbial proteomics, as well as the novel use of direct MALDI spectrometry as a detection tool. I am indeed very glad and thankful to have the opportunity to spend those years at the Department.

Dr. QUEK Hung Hiang

Principal Investigator, Proteomics Research Facility, Course Manager for Biotechnology Module, Temasek Polytechnic

As a PhD student I was fortunate to be assigned to work under Prof Chan Soh Ha at the WHO Immunology Center. At that time the Microbiology Department was located at Sepoy Lines. Rather than being in the main building, his lab was located a short distance away along narrow MacAlister Road, in a zinc-roof single storey building about the size of a shipping container. This turned out to be a wonderful place, even though I initially mistook it for a storage hut. Unlike the current sleek new labs (which are nice) the old buildings which once housed Microbiology Department have its distinctive character and atmosphere.

Associate Professor REN Ee Chee

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, NUS

I remember clearly my Microbiology practical lessons as a year 3 medical student. This class challenged all the senses and was wonderfully graphic in presentation. We peered at bacteria, insects and live parasites wriggling under the glare of the microscope lamp. We extracted worms from smelly stool samples. We admired the beautiful cottony floral fungal cultures. Because the hours were long, we had time to explore the many whimsical facets of practical Microbiology and learn how to diagnose infectious diseases at the bench. This fascinated me, and I thank all my former teachers for inspiring my lifelong love of Microbiology.

Dr. SEAH Geok Teng

General Practitioner and Director, Clifford Dispensary Pte Ltd

My association with the Department began in 1992 as a second year Bachelor of Science undergraduate majoring in Microbiology. I fondly recall the insightful lectures by my Professors who impressed me with their intellect and sincerity. Through these teachers, my passion for all things microbiology was sparked. I went on to pursue my PhD studies with Professors Mulkit Singh and Yap Eu Hian, working on the cell biology of an unusual enteric parasite. In 1999, I joined the Department as a Fellow and in 2003 was appointed Assistant Professor. I still continue working on parasites with the same fervor as my predecessors and my lab and research are thriving, due to the strong leadership and support from within and beyond the Department. I still recall the advice given by Prof Chan Soh Ha, then Head of Department, on the day of my academic appointment "find your niche, fill it, and become internationally recognized for it."

Associate Professor Kevin TAN Shyong Wei

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, NUS

My experience as a master's student and later as a PhD student at Dept of Microbiology was one of the most formative years of my life. I gained an immense amount of practical and professional experience through my coursework and interactions with other students, staff, faculty, and peers. My mentors Professor Chan Soh Ha and Ren Eee Chee were very knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging. During the graduate studies, I was given the opportunity to dig deep into my research interests and work with people that share the same passion. I often reflect on my years at Dept of Microbiology because it has prepared me very well for my future career endeavors.

Dr. YU Hong Xiang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Medicine, Stanford University, USA

I have fond memories of the kind and generous people who roused my interest in Microbiology and Immunology through their inspired teaching, and also helped make the Department of Microbiology the most exciting place to perform research in the School of Medicine. These are some names from our department's illustrious past who are no longer working in our department: Profs Viqar Zaman, Mulkit Singh, Yap Eu Hian, and Chan Yow Cheong; Drs. Hernan Chang and Tim Inglish. To these people, and also the other staff members who are still with us, I wish to convey my deepest gratitude.

Dr. Justin WONG

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, NUS