Working in a new state-of-the-art building with scientists from all over the world was an attractive proposition for Dr Yap Pang Chuan. Since completing a PhD at AIBN, Dr Chuan has worked in research as a post-doctoral research fellow and in industry as a senior process development engineer at Lonza Biologics in Singapore. He takes time to look back on his AIBN studies...

When I finished my Chemical Engineering degree I decided to pursue a Research Higher Degree in the area of nanotechnology. A simple search on Google immediately brought up AIBN, which (at that time) was to be housed in a $75 million world-class research facility for scientists from all over the world. AIBN provides unique opportunities for researchers to interact easily with scientists from different, but related, fields. Such close multi-disciplinary interactions are the key to modern research and help young AIBN researchers in developing new and exciting ideas.

I was able to easily obtain expert advice on problems I encountered in my project, which significantly shortened any delays and allowed me to complete my PhD in good time. During my PhD, I published my results on virus-like particle research in international journals such asBiotechnology and BioengineeringProtein Expression and ;Purification, Journal of the Royal Society Interfaceand Archives of Virology. I was also given the opportunity to present my work at international conferences in New Zealand, Malaysia and the US while studying. 

The institute provided me the training and experience which are valuable for a successful research career. They included experimental skills and other important qualities such as the abilities to think critically and communicate my ideas clearly and effectively.