Ms Ginette Puah

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Ginette is a second year PhD student in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. She is an EDB-industrial programme trainee and a member of both Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI) and WIL@NUS Corporate Laboratory. During her undergraduate years, she was trained in chemistry, while later exposure to molecular biology and microbiology sparked her interest in the multidisciplinary field of synthetic biology. With a strong interest in gut microbiome research, she believes in the importance of the relationship between intestinal flora and human health outcomes. Ultimately, she hopes to be able to improve the quality of lives through her work.


During her free time, she enjoys exercising (HIIT and Yoga), indulging in delicious food (has a special love for fermented food) and watching YouTube videos. Ginette is glad for the opportunity to be a Graduate Fellow and she hopes to be able to contribute to Tembusu College to the best of her ability, helping to make it an excellent environment to live, learn, socialize and grow. She warmly welcomes anyone who wants to have a discussion about science or about life!

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.