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28 January 2014
Biotechnology Student Published Research Paper During Internship

While many students relish the real world experience that an internship provides, Biotechnology graduate Chan Weng Tat took it a step further - his research resulted in a publication in which he is the first author. What's even more interesting is that he was mentored by another Biotechnology alumnus, Dr Samuel Gan, during the internship at A*Star. Dr Gan is a team leader at A*STAR's Bioinformatics Institute.

Weng Tat's study focused on identifying the best chemical method for transforming frequently used bacteria strains. Put simply, his findings will enable researchers to facilitate cloning and protein production.

Weng Tat loves meeting and interacting people. He enjoyed meeting peers from the biotechnology field during his stint at A*Star. He found the interaction with fellow interns, researchers, mentors and senior post-doctorate scientists most enriching. Weng Tat also had the privilege to meet with peers from various countries like Russia and India.

Aside from meeting people, Weng Tat thrives on the challenges of experiments, which he feels is a journey into the unknown. There is no certainty to the results of each experiment even when repeated several times and the researcher often needs to troubleshoot on his own to narrow down the factors influencing the results.

When asked what his thoughts about publishing his first paper were, Weng Tat shared that there was a lot of work that went on behind the scenes for over a year before the paper was finally released.

Fortunately, Weng Tat's time in TP had equipped him with broad knowledge for the biotechnology industry, and the Problem-based Learning techniques that he picked up were also applicable to his lab research.

Weng Tat's advice for fellow students of Biotechnology is to embrace internship and learn as much from it as possible. He humbly refers to his research paper as more of a learning experience than a milestone or achievement.



 
 
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