Ms. Kim Hyoju

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Hyoju is a first-year PhD student in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Cancer Science Institute of Singapore. She has developed her interest for research in the area of translational Biology and human physiology and disease over the course of undergraduate studies. She has stayed in Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore among which Singapore is the place she stayed the longest so far. She is currently studying Mandarin in NUS to achieve her dream of learning all East Asian languages.

Her hobbies include nail art and trekking. Hyoju opens her nail parlour once in a semester for those who want to polish their nails before the formal dinner. She has been staying in ORA house for the past 4 years and has served the house as a house committee member and as a Residential Assistant, and she is happy to serve her house and her college again this year as a Graduate Fellow.

Her door will definitely be opened to anyone who would like to come and have a chit-chat, or even would like their nails to be painted.

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.