Ms. Michelle Yee

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Michelle is a second year PhD student working under at the Cancer Science Institute of the National University of Singapore. She recently received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Science (with a specialisation in Biomedical Science) from NUS in 2015. Her interest in Biology, and hands-on learning, has been growing since her polytechnic through her undergraduate days, particularly after having undertaken the year-long Final Year Project; which eventually spurred her to pursue cancer research, where she focusses on the role of reactive oxygen species in cancer. As a budding cancer researcher, she hopes to not only to satisfy her innate curiosity but also to contribute to ongoing efforts towards finding effective forms of cancer treatment.

Being one of the pioneer cohort of students, Michelle had the opportunity to read 'C.S.I. 101: Truth from Evidence' during her first semester in Tembusu, where she got to debunk popular TV crime shows myths, and the CSI effect. Another of her favourite module is 'Biomedicine and Singapore Society'. This topic is not only close to her heart, but has also been an eye opening experience for her as she explored a key question through, and using, different perspectives.

Learning and gaining new insights about the world — people, culture and language — is something Michelle thoroughly enjoys. As an undergraduate, she participated in the German Immersion Program in Münster, Germany, where she lived and honed her German speaking skills with a local host family. She also completed a semester abroad in Dundee, Scotland, under the Student Exchange Programme.

Being one who favours spontaneity, and enjoys spending time and connecting with people, Michelle was actively involved in college life. She was involved in many of the college's inaugural events such as the Grease Musical, Lipdub video as well as the (now annual) Halloween night. She also served in the organizing committee for Tembusu Orientation Camps during her time in the college. Her time in Tembusu was nothing short of amazing; and it is indeed the best part of her undergraduate life, and something she will never forget. Tembusu College is not just a place where she resides and read modules, but rather it is a vibrant home that encourages diversity, intellectual curiosity. Perhaps more importantly, it is one filled filled with awesome people who make up a supportive community.

She looks forward to reconnecting with old friends whilst getting to know more Tembusians!

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.