Receiving the University’s most prestigious scholarship award for graduate students, Ms Yeli Wang is able to focus on research in diabetes.
What is the subject of your PhD thesis?
My PhD focuses on using different blood biomarkers to predict or
understand the mechanisms of developing type 2 diabetes. My PhD
thesis will generate knowledge that could be applicable to disease
prevention, or identify risk biomarkers that could be developed for early detection or screening of type 2 diabetes.
Why do you enjoy doing research?
I enjoy doing research very much because research is tackling existing
problems, therefore, it can make the world a better place to live in. In
addition, I like the process of exploring unknown things and I really enjoy working with a group of smart and kind people. Moreover, research offers me an opportunity of constant learning and it keeps reminding me to be humble, because there are so many things I do not know.
What difference has the Scholarship made to you?
First of all, this Scholarship is a great honour for me and has brought a
lot of recognition and attention since starting my PhD study. Second of
all, it has brought me more opportunities and responsibilities. Recently, I was selected as the student representative in our School for Masters
and PhD students, to bring the student body together, and this is a great
opportunity to serve the students and exercise my leadership ability.
Additionally, living in Singapore is quite expensive, and thanks to the
Scholarship, all my basic needs are met and I can focus more on research.
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