Staff profile: Chin Wee Tan

Staff profile: Chin Wee Tan

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June 2018

Dr Chin Wee Tan
Dr Chin Wee Tan is researching how healthy cells can turn
cancerous in the hope of making a difference in the lives of

Dr Chin Wee Tan

Describe your job…My work involves studying cellular processes and proteins responsible for how the intestine works in order to understand how healthy cells can turn cancerous. I apply different techniques and methodologies from disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, engineering and biology.

Why do you enjoy what you do? Science is enlightening. I take pleasure in using my expertise to contribute to the growth of knowledge in my field and to improve the standard of care and treatment outcomes for patients with cancer.

What is your favourite thing about the Institute’s culture? The collaborative nature of the research teams here, from across different areas of biomedical science.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Back when I was living in Singapore, I used to play in a classical guitar ensemble and represent my school in basketball.

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself? Be less stubborn and more flexible to change. This will lead to fewer regrets along the way. Life is about learning!

What do you want to be remembered for? Making a difference to people’s lives. In particular, the patients suffering from the cancers I’m trying to understand.