Born and raised in Singapore, I was awarded a scholarship to complete a one year accelerated A levels programme in the United Kingdom. I later completed my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and subsequently, a Master of Research in Reproduction and Pregnancy at the University of Manchester. My MRes research focused on the effects of manipulating hexosamine biosynthesis pathway on embryo implantation and invasion. Following which, I was appointed as a research project officer at National Technological University, Singapore, where I investigated the roles of histone methyltransferase enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) in cerebellum ataxia.
I returned to the UK on a sponsored scholarship to pursue a DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine under the supervision of Prof Paul Lesson, Dr Adam Lewandowski and Dr Mariane Bertagnolli. My DPhil research focuses on a unique population of endothelial progenitor cells - endothelial colony forming cells, to investigate underlying mechanisms for cardiovascular disease development in children and young adults of different birth histories and varying blood pressure profiles. I am an investigator on the TEPHRA (Trial of Exercise to Prevent HypeRtension in young Adults) and the CHAPTER (Cardiovascular Health Assessment of Preterm and TERm-born children) studies.
Trial of exercise to prevent HypeRtension in young adults (TEPHRA) a randomized controlled trial: study protocol.
Williamson W. et al, (2018), BMC Cardiovasc Disord, 18
The Role of Neuropeptide Y in Cardiovascular Health and Disease.
Tan CMJ. et al, (2018), Front Physiol, 9