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About me

I was born in Singapore in 1988 and was raised in Sydney, Australia. From 2007-2010, I took over a BSc. (Adv) Hons. at the University of Sydney, Australia, in Physical / Organic Chemistry. In 2012 I obtained an MSc. in Polymer Chemistry from the same institution under the supervision of Professors Sebastien Perrier and Maxwell J. Crossley. From 2013 to 2016, I was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to take during PhD studies under Professor Jonathan Nitschke at the University of Cambridge. My PhD thesis explored the covalent post-assembly modification of self-assembled metal-organic architectures.

From February 2017, I will be undertaking a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Stevens Group at the Karolinska Institute. My work will focus on the preparation of self-immolative stimulus-responsive hydrogels for accelerating skin wound healing.


Doctor of Philosophy , Inorganic / Supramolecular Chemistry,
Trinity College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Gates Cambridge Scholar (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Master of Science , Polymer Chemistry,
University of Sydney, Australia 

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) , Honours Class 1 and The University Medal
University of Sydney, Australia

Teaching portfolio

  • [2017-present] Course teacher and laboratory supervisor, General and Organic Chemistry (Bachelor of Biomedicine), Karolinska Institutet
  • [2013-2016] Chemistry Supervisor (equivalent to course tutor), Trinity College, University of Cambridge (Churchill and St. Catherine's College)
  • [2013-2016] Laboratory Demonstrator, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • [2011-2012] Post Graduate Teaching Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
  • [2010] Laboratory Demonstrator, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Independent Organisations:

  • Reaxys International PhD Prize (2017), Finalist
  • Solvay-IUPAC International PhD Thesis Prize (2017), Honorable Mention
  • Association of British–Turkish Academics Doctoral Researcher Award (2015)

  • BHP Billiton Science Award (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Winner (2004)

Cambridge University:

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Cambridge University (2012-2016)
  • Trinity College Rouse Ball and Eddington Fund Award (2015)
  • Trinity College Ashton Fund Bursary (2013 and 2014)

​University of Sydney:

  • Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship, University of Sydney, (2011-2012)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, the Australian Government, (2011-2012) 
  • University Medal in Chemistry, University of Sydney (2010)
  • Edna Maude Goulston Prize in Organic Chemistry (2010) 
  • C. H. Wilson Prize for First Class Honours in Organic Chemistry (2010)
  • Dean's List for Academic Excellence (2008, 2009)
  • Inglis Hudson and Walter Burfitt Scholarships in Chemistry (2009)
  • Arthur Hollis Memorial Prize in Chemistry (2008)
  • Summer Research Scholarship (2008)
  • Sydney University Entrance Scholarship (2007)
  • University of Sydney Farrand Science Faculty Scholarship (2007)
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