Dr Serena Seah

Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Lecturer Department of Pharmacology YLLSOM National University of Singapore

Dr Serena Seah is a lecturer with a joint appointment with the Department of Pharmacology (NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine). She is currently pursuing her passion as an educator and focusing on pedagogical research and interdisciplinary education especially in healthcare. She believes education is a journey, not a race or destination, preparing students with the skills and knowledge for the challenges that have yet to exist.

Serena received her PhD and BSc (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. Trained as a biomedical scientist, she has worked with various laboratories including the Cancer Science Institute Singapore, where she was working on novel therapeutics and predictive biomarkers in breast cancer.

Serena teaches Biomedicine and Singapore Society, exploring the changing scientific paradigms and their social and ethical implications.

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.