Ms Michelle Yee

Graduate Student tutor Tembusu College National University of Singapore
Graduate Student Cancer Science Institute National University of Singapore

Michelle is in her final year of her PhD at the Cancer Science Institute of the National University of Singapore. She received her Bachelor of Science with 2nd Upper Honours specialising in Biomedical Science from NUS in 2015. Her current research interest is in Cancer Biology where she focuses on the role of reactive oxygen species in cancer development and progression. As a budding cancer research scientist, Michelle hopes to contribute to ongoing efforts towards developing effective cancer treatments for breast cancer patients.

Michelle has been a part of Tembusu College ever since it was founded and has subsequently moved to be a Graduate Fellow while undertaking her PhD.

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.