Living a better understanding of the human

Living in the age of scientific advancement makes me feel fortunate to witness the progress we are making.

However, it is saddening to see societies plagued with poverty; unable to benefit from science when they need it the most. I believe that those possessing the resources to understand science and harness its advancements should use it to benefit the underprivileged so that we may all have opportunities to advance. I hope that by studying biomedical sciences, I can attain a better understanding of the human body and the ways in which we combat and react to disease. Certainly my passion for science will lead me to help the disadvantaged.My curiosity for science piqued when frequently accompanying my grandmother to hospitals for various podiatry, ophthalmology and endocrinology appointments. Over time, I was perceptive towards understanding the science behind her suffering and keen on accompanying her to know the latest verdicts from the doctors.

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These experiences made me eager to learn about human diseases and their treatments. I recognized the potential of seeking customised treatments for individuals and exploring this area through research so patient-specific treatments may be more accessible.Studying Biotechnology gave me the opportunity to understand its utility in a clinical setting. My final year project involved employing various Biotechnology procedures, where my team genetically modified E. coli to produce electricity in a Microbial Fuel Cell. Our project was chosen to be presented at the Young Scientists’ Symposium organised by the Singapore Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This intrigued me about using Biotechnology to discover solutions to worldwide problems, such as sustainable energy and potentially treating diseases. Recently, the CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing technology has emerged as an option to treat a myriad of previously incurable genetic disorders, much to my amazement.

Despite ethical concerns, I believe in the right hands, this technology has the ability to transform countless lives of those suffering from disorders such as cystic fibrosis and HIV. I interned at the Cardiovascular Research Institute in National University of Singapore and worked on biomarker assay development. I gained an appreciation for the effort that scientists put-in behind-the-scenes of developing medical treatments. Tasked with performing experiments independently, I emerged a better communicator and problem solver and constantly sought ways to troubleshoot problems.My leadership experiences and volunteering stints have instilled in me the tenacity to embark on a study of biomedical sciences. I was President of Biotech Student Chapter where we organised events for the course students.

I was also in the committee for my student club, Krav Maga. Undertaking leadership roles made me outgoing and approachable, further developing my interpersonal skills. I train in Classical Indian Dance as it keeps me rooted to my culture. Volunteering at the Institute of Mental Health and spending time with long-stay patients has enhanced my communication skills. I often share my experiences of interactions with the patients to help fight stigmas surrounding mental illness.Graduating with a degree in biomedical sciences, I hope to use this new-found knowledge to impact communities with low access to healthcare. I aim to use my past knowledge of biotechnology and merge it with biomedical sciences to facilitate treating the underprivileged. I cannot completely eradicate poverty, but I believe utilising my knowledge to help treat the disadvantaged is the most I can do with my privilege.

Seems highly idealistic but only if I aim for the stars, can I land on the moon.

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