|Dr Valerie Yang is Clinician-Scientist with joint appointments at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), where she is a Medical Oncologist, as well as at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), where she is a Principal Investigator and Research Clinician.|
She received the National Science Scholarship from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, which granted her a full scholarship to read Medicine and a PhD. She graduated from the Royal Free and University College Medical School with a Distinction in Preclinical Medicine, as well as First Class Honours for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Molecular Medicine. She was conferred the Cluff Memorial Prize and the Goldberg-Schachmann and Freda Becker Memorial Award, and joined the A*STAR Chairman’s Honours List. Dr. Yang then continued with Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, where she was accepted into the MB/PhD Programme. Her PhD was supervised by Dr. Michael Gonzalez and Professor Ronald Laskey, CBE, FRS, where she studied DNA replication, cell cycle regulation and embryonic stem cell pluripotency. Her PhD work won the first prize in Cambridge University’s Graduate Research Symposium, a competition among all Life Science PhD candidates in Cambridge University. This work also led to several publications, as well as oral presentations, including the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory Conference, the Sylvia Lawler Prize Meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as an invitation to speak at the Chromatin, Chromosomal Stability and Genome Maintenance Conference held in Copenhagen. She also held a teaching position in the Cambridge University School of Medicine as an Associate Clinical Supervisor. Upon her return to Singapore, Dr. Yang commenced post-graduate clinical training as a junior doctor. She underwent residency training in Internal Medicine and was accepted to the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), UK, before receiving specialty training in Medical Oncology at the NCCS. She was also conferred the Nurturing Clinician Scientists Scheme Award (NCSS) by SingHealth while concurrently undergoing clinical training. She is now accredited as a Specialist in Medical Oncology and a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore.
Dr. Yang values teaching and mentoring highly. She was an invited lecturer to PhD students, as well as a Clinical Lecturer to medical students at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Duke-NUS Medical School. She also teaches junior doctors, has taken on student attachments at her laboratory and mentors residents. She was the Chairman of the Residents’ Research Committee, National University Health System (NUHS), was selected for the Academic Development Programme at NUHS, and received the Nurturing Clinician Scientists Scheme Award from SingHealth.
She is also a fellow of the 2020 Esco Ventures X-A*STAR “Morphosis” program in biotechnology venture creation.
Dr. Yang believes that interfacing the modifiable gaps in Oncology and the questions that can be answered through evolving technology and innovation, as well as the mentoring of the next generation of young researchers and clinicians, can bring about real change in patient outcomes.
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