Research Officer and SSDA PhD Candidate
Patrick graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) majoring in both Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2008, he worked in the laboratory of the current GIS Executive Director, Dr. Ng Huck Hui. He joined Dr. Judy Sng’s laboratory in 2009 as her first research officer when she was starting her lab. Being relatively inexperienced then, Patrick learnt a lot from her and other colleagues during the process of setting up the laboratory. During the first few years, Patrick has won travel awards to conferences such as Neuro2010 and IBRO (2011). He enjoyed his time here and decided to take up a part-time PhD because it was the natural thing to do. He became the first awardee of “Scientific Staff Development Award” (SSDA) in 2011 in SICS to pursue his PhD.
He is happily married to his wife, Tiffany, who also works for A*STAR. She is a laboratory manager in the laboratory Dr. Frank McKeon at GIS. When he is not doing “science-type stuff”, he enjoys playing a whole range of sports such soccer, cycling, SCUBA diving, swimming.
His research interest in the laboratory is the critical period, specifically of the visual cortex. He is intrigued by the brain and the how little we know about the processes that go on. In particular, what are the epigenetics that govern the critical period plasticity and what is the interplay with the environment? Also, are they specific neurons that are play more crucial roles in the critical period?
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