Special Programme in Science (SPS)

SPS student Awarded Best Oral Presenter Award at Physiology Symposium

SPS student Sean Yeow was awarded the best oral presenter award at the 6th Models of Physiology and Disease Symposium organised by the NUS Department of Physiology.

The 6th Models of Physiology and Disease Symposium, organised by the NUS Department of Physiology, was held from 23rd to 24th September 2014 at the Centre for Life Sciences. The annual symposium brought together researchers and clinicians to discuss their latest research findings on human health and diseases. Prominent scientists from the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific region as well as local scientists from various fields were invited to the symposium.

Three SPS students - Sean Yeow Qing Zhang, Yeo Xin Yi and Lee Yuan Zhe from the class of 2016, participated in the symposium, building upon the work they had done on neuroscience under SP3172. SP3172 is a research-based SPS module that allows SPS students to embark on supervised research projects at the undergraduate level. Their work was featured in both the oral and poster presentations, and we are proud to announce that Sean Yeow was awarded the best oral presenter award at the symposium.

Here is what they have to say regarding their research:

"Our current work can be said to be the fruit of what we have done in SP2171 and SP3172.

From SP2171, we understand that memory formation occurs through synaptic plasticity, governed by the BCM theory. The theory is the work of the biologists and physicists who are intrigued by the science of memory, just like how our group was formed. Having both life science and physics majors in the same group, we had the privilege of studying the subject from both the biological and mathematical aspects, resulting in some non-conventional perspectives in the field.

As we moved onto the actual research project (SP3172), we were lucky to have met Dr Sajikumar who was willing to translate the physical concepts that we have learned into the biological system. We soon realised that different dendritic compartments show different plasticity behaviour. Our results were promising and we extended our project to elucidate the molecular players involved in the difference.

All in all, we were very fortunate to be given the opportunities to carry the original project that we were working on in SP2171, to our current research project. Without the help from many people, including our SPS mentors and members of Synaptic plasticity and Memory lab, we would not have come this far."

On behalf of everyone in SPS we would like to congratulate Sean once again on winning the best oral presenter award.