QUAH Phaik Ling Elaine
Elaine obtained a degree in the Bachelor of Science majoring in Biotechnology, however her interest was always in clinical disease related studies. So, she chose to do her PhD with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS and spent her PhD project working with the allergy, asthma and immunology laboratory under the Department of Pediatrics (2007-2012). Elaine’s work revolved around the study of the innate immune system of infants at the earliest stage of life using cord blood mononuclear cells in hopes of identifying specific cytokine profiles related to the risk of developing allergic disorders by 2 years of age. Upon completing her PhD studies in 2013, she joined SICS, A*Star in hope to continue to pursue her career in clinical research studies.
Currently, her research involves understanding based from a nutrition stand point how factors in pregnancy and early childhood cause increasing the risks for metabolic disease in adulthood. This study hopes to eventually lead to intervention trials involving nutritional and lifestyle changes to improve the health of expectant mothers and their offspring.
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