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    December 06, 2002

    The Ideal PhD Mentor--A Student's Perspective

    "Ideally, the supervisor should be an expert teacher, a mentor, and a facilitator to catalyze the student's professional growth, such that the student's accomplishment is limited only by the extent of his or her ability."

    October 05, 2001

    Protection of Biotech Intellectual Property Rights: A Singapore Perspective

    As most researchers are not legally trained and may not be well versed with IPRs, it is wise to constantly educate the researchers on such issues.

    November 09, 2001

    Singaporeans Abroad: East Meets West Through Science

    As science is a global endeavour, I believe I will continue to interact with researchers in different regions of the world when I return to Singapore.

    August 02, 2002

    The Art and the Science of Naturopathy: An Australian Perspective

    The text of this article is currently under review.

    March 10, 2006

    Getting Women Scientists Back on the Career Track in Japan

    Reposted with permission from
    Science, 3 March 2006

    September 13, 2002

    Fighting Trachoma--The Disease of the Poor

    “It can be very satisfying, both professionally and personally, to contribute to the effort to fight diseases of the developing world.” --Anthony Solomon, Clinical Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

    December 21, 2001

    The Life Science Economy and the Role of the Private Sector

    While grooming a whole new generation of entrepreneurial professionals, the question arise as to how we can encourage these professionals to start up their own companies and, at the same time, persuade private investors to place their bets on them.

    December 20, 2002

    Juggling Work and Study

    "It will remain difficult for individuals to juggle work and study, but if you are determined and willing to beat all the odds, what you will gain in the end is well worth every sacrifice and effort."

    August 16, 2002

    Practicing Ayurvedic Medicine--More Than Just a Respectable Profession

    "Regardless of its antiquated reputation, Ayurveda is a highly regarded system of medicine, and careers in Ayurvedic medicine are more than just respectable."

    September 13, 2002

    Science and Technology in Pakistan: The Way Forward

    "Only when we have high-quality basic research in various fields and can work at the cutting edge of knowledge will we have the capacity to absorb frontier technologies and adapt them for our use."

    August 05, 2005

    Overcoming Boundaries and Borders

    People don't need advice, they need opportunities. It's a long struggle, but if I can help establish a lab, start a graduate course, or find fellowships [for students], I will be happy.

    May 03, 2002

    Scientific Translation for Nature Japan

    As a person responsible for communicating science faithfully across language and culture, you have to learn to live with uncertainty.

    August 02, 2002

    Offering the Best of East-West Medicine

    “I hope in time to come there will be wider acceptance and greater sharing of knowledge between practitioners in the two medical fields.”

    February 28, 2003

    Financing Your Postgraduate Education

    "... there are many ways to overcome the financial burden that comes with your pursuit of higher education."

    May 31, 2002

    Medical Writing Careers--A Singaporean's Perspective

    "With the increasing numbers of pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations setting up offices in Singapore in recent years, I foresee bright prospects for people aspiring to be medical writers in Singapore in the years ahead."

    February 14, 2003

    Industry Careers: The Transition to Management

    A PhD will prepare you to do research at the bench.

    December 21, 2001

    Environmental Science and Engineering in Singapore--An Outlook on R&D (Part II)

    Unlike other environmental issues, air pollution crosses national borders. So to address these issues it is crucial for the governments and scientists from neighboring countries to work closely.

    November 01, 2002

    Postdocs Get Primer on How to Survive Abroad

    "The U.S. approach to intellectual property rights is foreign to many Japanese scientists. But ignoring it could mean jail."

    October 18, 2002

    Singapore: Scientists in Venture Capital Industries

    "Unlike employees with a financial or a business background, a scientist can understand the underlying technology and will be in a position to evaluate the potential of the technology."