Dr Karish​ma Sachaphibulkij

Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Research Fellow Department of Physiology and Immunology Programme National University of Singapore

Dr Karishma Sachaphibulkij obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin, USA in 2004 in Genetics and Biotechnology.  Following that she joined A*STAR at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore, as a Lab Officer in the Gastric Cancer Lab and then joined the ROS and Apoptosis Lab at the National University of Singapore as a Research Assistant. Dr Sachaphibulkij decided to further her education in the biomedical field and obtained her PhD in Cancer metabolism from Griffith University Gold Coast, Australia in 2016. She then joined the Department of Physiology and the Immunology Programme as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the National University of Singapore and is currently a member of the Inflammation and Cancer Lab since 2016.  

Dr Sachaphibulkij's research focuses on the role of immunotherapy in cancer, as well as the role of stress in the occurrence, growth and spread of breast cancer.

In her spare time she loves to go on fun hiking trails, relax at the beach, and draw/sketch.  


Biomedicine and Singapore Society
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.