Clinician Scientist and Principal Investigator at the National Neuroscience Institute
Ph.D. student in training at IMCB 1998-2002
20 years ago, when I first visited IMCB, I had no idea what basic research was. Before that, I was a trained neurosurgeon, treating patients with brain tumor and head injury every day. When I decided to pursue my PhD degree in NUS, my supervisor, Professor Timothy Lee from Department of Surgery NUS, selected Dr. Benjamin Li from IMCB to co-supervise my project on DNA methylation in brain tumor. So theoretically I was not an IMC employee, but I spent over 3 years in the Chemical Carcinogenesis Laboratory at level 4 of IMCB on Kent Ridge hill. As I was staying at Kent Ridge Hall which was close to the university swimming pool, I could walk back to the lab after dinner and stay there late at night during my early career in research. With the help of my colleagues in the lab, Linda, Tong-wey, Hui Kian, and Alvin, I learnt many techniques in molecular and cell biology, as the name of IMCB suggests. The happiness when I obtained my first Western Blot result and the frustration when I was processing hundreds of brain specimen still remain fresh in my memory. 20 years have passed. Now I am leading my own laboratory in National Neuroscience Institute, training my own students and staff to study stroke, traumatic head injury and other CNS diseases. The knowledge and training I obtained 20 years ago in IMCB is still helping me every day.
In front of Kent Ridge Hall, 1998.
Ping LIAO’s current lab at NNI.
Read more about Ping LIAO’s lab here. https://www.nni.com.sg/research/our-laboratories/Calcium-Signalling-Laboratory/Pages/Home.aspx