Dr Michelle Yee

Research Fellow Life Science Institute National University of Singapore
Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Michelle received her Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Biomedical Science and her PhD in Cancer Biology from the National University of Singapore. Her PhD research focused on understanding the role of reactive oxygen species in carcinogenesis. Michelle is currently a research fellow in the Immunology Program at the Life Science Institute, where she investigates the role of stress, and its effects on signalling pathways in breast cancer development and progression. Her research interests lie in translational and personalised medicine, and she hopes to establish animal and clinical models that are useful for the identification and development of effective cancer therapies.
 
Michelle has been a part of Tembusu College ever since it was founded and has subsequently moved to be a Graduate Fellow, and Graduate Teaching Fellow while undertaking her PhD at the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, NUS.
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.