Dr. Catelijne Coopmans

Senior Lecturer Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Director of Studies Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Research Fellow Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore

A Dutch national, Catelijne received her first degree from the Arts & Sciences Program at the University of Maastricht, and then moved to the University of Oxford where she obtained a Master's in Social History of Medicine and a D.Phil (PhD) in Management Studies. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London before joining the National University of Singapore in 2008. Initially attached to the Sociology Department, Catelijne joined Tembusu College when it opened in mid-2011. She also holds a joint appointment with the Asia Research Institute.

Catelijne's research is in the field of social and cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine. She is particularly interested in the production and communication of knowledge and evidence – especially visual evidence. Her recent work has focused on medical imaging, and business data visualization. At Tembusu, she teaches a Junior Seminar on 'Fakes', and a Senior Seminar on 'Biomedicine and Singapore Society'. As part of the Third Year Experience, she collaborates with students on projects related to gender/sexism and student-led teaching.

She enjoys playing the piano and periodically performs at Tembusu's classical music nights.

In January 2014, the volume Representation in Scientific Practice Revisited, co-edited by Catelijne Coopmans, Janet Vertesi, Michael Lynch and Steve Woolgar was published by MIT Press.

Catelijne's personal website can be found here.


Biomedicine and Singapore Society
Time and Life
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.