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Welcome to the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2017!

The Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference (MSRC) aims to foster knowledge-sharing amongst Malaysian and Singaporean organisations and postgraduates studying in the United Kingdom, an ideal opportunity for the academic work done by students to translate to fruitful partnerships, collaborations, even employment.

The inaugural conference in 2016 attracted over 160 participants from various UK academic institutions. Following last year’s success, we are keen to explore further collaboration between different disciplines and to provide dedicated sessions for sponsors to interact with participants. This year’s event will begin with plenary sessions by representatives from industry and academia, followed by sponsor-led sharing sessions and a series of student presentations. Academic posters will be on display during networking sessions.

MSRC 2017 celebrates intellectual diversity, covering themes from Science, Engineering, Medicine to the Humanities and Social Sciences. We believe that by bringing people with different backgrounds and experiences together, we can stimulate interesting ideas and synergies. This event provides plenty of opportunities to network with other delegates, speakers and our various sponsors. The day will conclude with a formal dinner at the renowned St John's College in Cambridge.

We look forward to welcoming all of you!

Malaysia Singapore Research Conference 2017

Date : Saturday, 25th March 2017

Registration : 8.30am – 9.30am

Time : 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue : Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK.

Dress Code : Smart

Drinks Reception & Formal Dinner

Drinks Reception : 6.15pm

Dinner : 7.00pm

Venue : St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK.

Dress Code : Formal

Mission & Goals

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To provide a platform to foster knowledge sharing amongst Malaysian and Singaporean organisations and postgraduates currently studying in the UK.




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MSRC 2017's Speakers, Sponsors and Organising Committee


MSRC 2017 Delegates at St.John's.


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Time Programme Venue
0830 Registration Foyer
0930 Welcome Address
Dr. Wen Peng Yong – Programme Coordinator, MSRC 2017
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0945 Keynote Address - Capitalising on Multidisciplinary Integration for Academic and Industrial Progress
Mdm. Shareen Shariza Dato’ Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer, TalentCorp Malaysia
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1020 Panel Session - Present and Future Multidisciplinary Collaboration - How can students contribute?
Dr. Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director, Sunway Education Group and Sunway University
Dr. Khoo Chow Huat, Deputy MD, Sunway Group Healthcare Services & COO, Sunway Medical Centre
Assoc. Prof. Zainal Abidin Sanusi, Director, Education Malaysia United Kingdom & Ireland (EM)
Dr. Koon-Yang Lee, Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London
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1200 Networking Lunch
Lunch will be served
Venue: Foyer
Poster Presentations
Posters will be displayed
in the networking hall
Venue: LR4
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1230 Platinum Sponsor
Sharing Session - Sunway
1315 - -
1400 Presentation Session I Theme 1 – LR 0
Theme 2 – LR 1
Theme 3 – LR 2
Theme 1 Presentations
Chair: Xi Shern Tan
Theme 2 Presentations
Medicine & Biological Sci.
Chair: Zheng Shan Chong
Theme 3 Presentations
Humanities & Social Sci.
Chair: Athirah Mohd Anuar
1520 Break LR4
1540 Presentation Session II Theme 1 – LR 0
Theme 2 – LR 1
Theme 3 – LR 2
Theme 1 Presentations
Chair: Xi Shern Tan
Theme 2 Presentations
Medicine & Biological Sci.
Chair: Zheng Shan Chong
Theme 3 Presentations
Humanities & Social Sci.
Chair: Athirah Mohd Anuar
1700 Prizes & Closing Address
Dr. Wen Peng Yong – Programme Coordinator, MSRC 2017
LR 0
1815 Networking Session & Drinks Reception St. John’s College
1900 Private Dining St. John’s College

Theme 1 – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Theme 2 – Medicine & Biological Sciences

Theme 3 – Humanities & Social Sciences

Session Topics

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Keynote Address

Capitalising on Multidisciplinary Integration for Academic and Industrial Progress

With the advancement of technology, knowledge sharing has never been easier and many innovative ideas emerge from the simple interaction between individuals from different fields. Many examples of successful companies and startups are those that have succeeded in transcending in the “borders” between traditional subjects. In academia, “cross-disciplinary collaboration” is a familiar phrase but more can always be done to improve this. As a rising economy, we must recognise that many modern industries will require a vast range of skills to thrive and with that, we can we mould ourselves to improve our competitive edge. We invite our distinguished Keynote Speaker to share her insight on the challenges we face in driving progress at a national level and how multidisciplinary efforts can assist in that endeavour.


Panel Session

Present and Future Multidisciplinary Collaboration - How can students contribute?

Multidisciplinary integration and collaboration opens many exciting avenues for innovation and ideas. In this panel session, examples of such efforts, in the short- and long-term, from various fields will presented by our distinguished speakers. However, in recent years, there is increasing evidence of the mismatch between the skills students obtain academically and the skills that are demanded by industry. Many modern organisations no longer built on the expertise of one particular academic discipline and efforts from both the academic institutes and industrial organisation have to be synchronized in order to capitalise on the skills and experiences that students bring with them.


Presentation Themes

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Academic diversity ensures a collection of knowledge that is balanced, relevant and practical. Thus, the themes of the MSRC are as follows:


THEME 1 – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

• Mechanical, Aeronautical, Electrical, Chemical Engineering etc.

• Material Sciences, Physics, Robotics etc.


THEME 2 – Medicine & Biological Sciences

• Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Cancer Research etc

• Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Neuroscience etc.


THEME 3 – Humanities & Social Sciences

• Law, Economics, Politics, Public Policy etc.

• Business, Education etc.

Keynote Speaker 2017

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Mdm. Shareen Shariza Dato’ Abdul Ghani

Shareen Shariza was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of TalentCorp on 1 June 2016. Before joining TalentCorp, Shareen was the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Khazanah Nasional Berhad, where she helped shape Khazanah’s Corporate Responsibility strategy and established initiatives such as PINTAR, Yayasan Sejahtera and GEMS Malaysia. Prior to that, she was Chief Operations Officer at MERCY Malaysia, where she served in humanitarian missions to Darfur, Sri Lanka, Iran, Aceh and remote areas throughout Malaysia.

Shareen was a former board member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership and a recipient of the Pingat Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak for her contributions towards humanitarian efforts. She holds a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University and Master in Public Policy from University Malaya.


Panel Speakers 2017

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Dr. Elizabeth Lee

Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen is the Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, Sunway Education Group has grown into a dynamic group of twelve institutions with more than 25,000 students. Educated and trained in the United Kingdom in Multi-Cultural Education, she read her M.Phil. in Education at the University of Cambridge. Elizabeth serves on the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Council, National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and the International Academic Advisory Council (IAAC) of Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. She sits on the Board of Management of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia Education Fund and also the Board of Trustees of MERCY Malaysia. In August 2014, she was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Nottingham and in April 2016, she was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate by Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia for her immense contributions to education in Malaysia. Her other awards include the Visionary Women Leadership Award at the 2nd World Women Leadership Congress & Award (WWLCA) in 2015 and Malaysia Most Impactful Leadership Contribution Award in 2014.

Dr. Khoo Chow Huat

Dr Khoo Chow Huat is the Deputy Managing Director of Sunway Group Healthcare Services and the Chief Operating Officer of Sunway Medical Centre. He has more than 20 years of strategic, operational and investment management experience that includes more than 10 years in healthcare. Prior to joining Sunway Group Healthcare division, he served as the CEO of Orange Valley Healthcare, one of the largest nursing operators in Singapore. During his tenure, Orange Valley Healthcare has won the 2015 Enterprise 50 Award which is considered as the most prestigious award for SMEs in Singapore. His other work experiences include working with a fund management company which invests in healthcare assets in the region and holding the CEO position in Mount Alvernia Hospital and Assisi Hospice, Singapore. Dr Khoo has a Doctorate from Manchester Business School, UK, with his research on ‘Internationalisation of Healthcare Firms’ and a BA in Chemistry (1st Class Honours) from University of Cambridge. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant, and holds an MBA jointly awarded by Northwestern University and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Besides that, he has been a member of various Boards & Councils, including the Health Sciences Authority, Intermediate and Long Term Care Manpower Council, Singapore Hospice Council and Parkway College Advisory Board.

Associate Prof. Zainal Abidin Sanusi

Associate Professor Zainal Abidin has led Centre for Leadership Training at the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) for more than four years, combining strong institutional advancement with a distinguished academic career in International Political Economy and Sustainable Development. Prior to joining AKEPT in 2011, he was a Senior Lecturer in International Politics and a coordinator for Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development at University Sains Malaysia (USM). He is an internationally renowned scholar of sustainable development studies, on which he has advised policy makers. Whilst at USM he received several honours, including the 2011 Endeavor Executive Award, bestowed by the Australian Government. Born in Pahang, Malaysia, he holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Management from Luton University, UK, an MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan, a PhD in International Studies from Waseda University and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Development from the Institute of Advance Studies at the United Nations University.

Dr. Koon-Yang Lee

DR KOON-YANG LEE (KYL) is a Lecturer in Composite Manufacturing in the Composites Centre of the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London (ICL). His work focuses on the manufacturing and development of novel composite materials, with a focus on tailoring the interface between two (or more) phases to bridge the gap between chemistry, materials science and engineering. Prior to this appointment, he was a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London. Earlier, he worked as a senior post-doctoral fellow (Habilitant) at the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Research, University of Vienna and prior to this, as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, ICL (seconded to a carbon fibre multi-axial producer, Formax UK, recently acquired by Hexcel). During this employment, he developed a novel binding technology to bind loose carbon fibres (reclaimed or cut-offs) into robust fibre preforms that possess the required downstream handing strength for use in conventional composite manufacturing techniques, such as vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding. KYL currently has 1 awarded US patent, 1 pending US patent application, (co-)authored 38 peer-reviewed journal articles (incl. Green Chem – highlighted on the journal cover and Comp. Sci. Tech. – the top ranked composites journal), 9 invited book chapters and 6 confidential industrial technical reports for Cytec Engineered Materials UK, Mondelez International and Kennedys Solicitors (as an expert witness). His expertise are in the manufacturing of cellulose (nano)composites, hierarchical composites, polymer foams and lifecycle assessment of composite materials. His work has been recognised for excellence with the Dudley-Newitt Prize (2012) awarded by ICL and the Student Achievement Award (2011), awarded by the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS). KYL is currently the associate editor of the J. Biobased Mater. Bioenergy. His research is supported by several EPSRC grants, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and the European Union (Climate-KIC). He is also a chartered engineer (MIMMM).


Mr. Samsurin Welch

Samsurin Welch is an MPhil candidate in Innovation & Strategy at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to starting his MPhil, he was the Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture for PETRONAS, the national oil & gas corporation of Malaysia. Samsurin advised C-level management on strategic use of digital, and led the innovation team that incubates emerging technologies for value creation to the energy sector. He has over 13 years of experience in digital innovation, technology planning and corporate strategy across multiple sectors including Oil & Gas Upstream & Downstream, Retail & Education, with more recent focus on the applications of Industry 4.0, data science, Internet of Things and robotics.

Samsurin holds a Master’s degree n Management Information Systems from the London School Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University. His current research interests are in disruptive business model innovation for the digital economy.



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Department of Engineering

The Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge is one of the largest departments in the university and it is located on Trumpington Street. This will be the venue for the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2016.

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St. John's College

St. John’s College home to the iconic Bridge of Sighs, a famous landmark in Cambridge. A Private Dining has been arranged at the College for the delegates of the MSRC.

Please see its location marked on the map:


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Theme 1 presentation abstracts available here

Time Presenter Title
1400 Mr. Andrew Foong & Mr. Gan Jia Min
Department of Engineering,University of Cambridge
Modelling Macroscopic Irreversibility
1420 Ms. Yona Falinie b. A. Gaus
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London
BUL in MediaEval 2016 Emotional Impact of Movies Task
1440 Mr. Beng Thye Tan
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
Alteration of spent nuclear fuel and an exposition on offshore floating nuclear power plants
1500 Ms. Xin Yi Ong
Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Surrey
Rehydration of dehydrated food powders: how to avoid lumps
1520 Break
1540 Mr. Mok Zi Hong
Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London
Calcium phosphate nanoparticles for potential application as dental remineralisation agent
1600 Mr. Futra Zamsyah Md Fadzil
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Brunel University London
System Engineering Event Modelling on CUL Machine – A case study
1620 Mr. Jeng Yi Chong
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Graphene oxide membranes in water treatment application
1640 Mr. Valerian Chen
Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
Nuclear Fusion – Challenges and Prospects


Theme 2 presentation abstracts available here

Time Presenter Title
1400 Dr. Zhi Wei Lim
Department of Medicine, University of Southampton
Lymphopenia in treatment-naive relapsing multiple sclerosis
1420 Dr. Monika Sogani
Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge
Bioremediation processes for elimination of emerging pollutants and simultaneous electricity generation
1440 Mr. Xavier Chee
Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge
Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance by Targeting Lipoteichoic Acid Synthase
1500 Ms. Marahaini Musa
Department of Oncology, University of Oxford
The interactions between myofibroblasts and colorectal cancer epithelial cells
1520 Break
1540 Mr. Andre Johan Wijaya
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
Characterization of 2-methylcitrate synthase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
1600 Ms. Kamsia Budin
Department of Environment, University of York
Prioritisation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in the Aquatic Environment
1620 Mr. Muhammad Kaiser Abdul Karim
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge
Modelling white matter diseases with Oligodendrocytes
1640 Mr. Alexander Mok
MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
What Exactly is a Healthy Diet? A Public Health Perspective


Theme 3 presentation abstracts available here

Time Presenter Title
1400 Ms. Yue-Yi Hwa
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Students, skills, and policy failures: On education policy reform in Malaysia
1420 Ms. Helen Sneha Jambunathan
Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Coffeehouses, Authenticity and Change in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown
1440 Dr. Jean-li Lim
Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London
Doktor Desa – Practicing medicine in rural Sarawak
1500 Ms. Lisa Chan
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
The Architectural Possibilities for Naturally Thermally-Regulated Skyscrappers in Equatorial Climates
1520 Break
1540 Mr. Benjamin Ong
School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews
Narratives of Existence and Oblivion: Reimagining the Urban University’s Role as a Living Lab in the Emerging Conservation Matrix
1600 Ms. Audrey See Tho
Department of International Development, University of Oxford
A Comparative Analysis of the Evolution of Migrant Worker Desirability in Malaysia and Indonesia since the 1970s
1620 Ms. Pui May Wong
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Citizen Action for Tigers (CAT): How ordinary people are saving wild Malayan tigers
1640 Mr. Christopher Tan
Department of Law, University of Cambridge
The concept of ‘peoples’ and self-determination in the context of Nusantara

Posters Presenters

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Theme 1 presentation abstracts available here


Mr. Mohamad Fairus Rabuni

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

"Micro-structured Micro-tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (MT-SOFC) for Direct Methane Utilisation"


Ms. Nur Izwanne Mahyon

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Ceramic Hollow Fibre Catalytic Converters for Automotive Emissions Control


Mr. Edward Tan

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Technological Progress Towards Stretchable Electronics


Mr. Eu Meng Chong

Warwick Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick

The Relationship Between Bose-Einstein Condensation and Quantum Entanglement


Ms. Noorol Jannah Binti Daud

Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London

Paper-base Composite Laminates



Theme 2 presentation abstracts available here


Mr. Joshua Wong

Department of Medical Genetics, University of Cambridge

Development of Ultrasound Phantoms with Controllable Acoustic Properties using a Novel Tissue-Mimicking Material


Ms. Nur Hayati Jasmin

Department of Medicine, University College London

Quantifying Manganese-Calcium Interaction for Optimal Cardiac Manganese Enhanced MRI


Dr. Liew Jun Mun

Department of Medicine, Imperial College London

The genomics of cancer progression in adult T-cell leukaemia


Ms. Yi Xin Tan

Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, University College London

Development of a transfersome formulation as a topical ungual drug delivery system


Ms. Nor Ibrahim

Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge

Using synthetic biology to study the regulatory network of B. subtilis


Ms. Jowinn Lim

Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry, University College London

Purification of U1A protein: RNA-binding protein as a RNA Crystallization Scaffold


Dr. Jia Hui Choong

School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester

Factors determining compensation of kidney function in living donor nephrectomy



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Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Supported by

Platinum Sponsor Profiles


Established in 1974, Sunway Group is one of Malaysia’s largest public listed property-construction corporations with a combined market capitalisation of RM12 billion, a 14,000-strong employee base and 12 business divisions across 50 locations worldwide.

The 12 business divisions are Property, Construction, Hospitality, Retail, Leisure, Commercial, Trading & Manufacturing, Building Materials, Quarrying, Healthcare, Education and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Sunway’s innovation and financial performance are constantly balanced with our social and environmental responsibilities as evidenced by more than 200 international and national awards. In 2015, Sunway was named Property Company of the Year- Asia by UK-based World Finance Real Estate Awards 2015, ranked first at The Edge Top Property Developers Awards, clinched “Property Developer of the Year" at the 6th Malaysian Property Press Awards 2015, as well as Malaysia’s Top 10 Property Developerat the BCI Asia Awards 2015 among other wins.

Sunway is currently listed on the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index for its consistent demonstration of socially responsible business practices based on well-defined environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Our core values of Integrity, Humility and Excellencedeeply intertwine with our business framework and operating strategies.

Sunway champions corporate social responsibility (CSR) in three key areas namely Education, Healthcare and C.A.R.E. (Community Aid, Reach-out, and Enrichment) Projects through a host of sustainable programmes with a wide ranging impact on society and the people.

We also take pride in being a Master Community Developer adopting a unique “Build-Own-Operate” business model to create a win-win proposition for all stakeholders. We remain committed to growing alongside our communities in our integrated townships of Sunway Resort City, Sunway City Ipoh, and Sunway Iskandar in Malaysia.


TalentCorp was established on 1 January 2011 under the Prime Minister’s Department to formulate and facilitate initiatives to connect leading employers to talent that Malaysia needs. Collaborating closely with relevant Government agencies and employers in priority economic sectors, TalentCorp develops demand-driven initiatives to enhance graduate employability, optimise Malaysian professionals, engage Malaysians abroad and facilitate foreign talent.



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Wen Peng Yong

Programme Coordinator

Wen Peng is currently working as a Clinical Fellow at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and also at the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience. Upon graduation, he has completed his Foundation Year training in the UK and is interested in Neurosurgery & Interventional Medicine.

Athirah Mohd Anuar

Sponsorship & CR (Malaysia), Event Logistics

Athirah is a lawyer who is currently pursuing her LLM at the Faculty of Law under the King’s Scholarship (BYDPA). She is passionate about human rights issues and current legal affairs not just domestically, but also worldwide.


Zheng Shan Chong

Sponsorship & CR (Singapore)

Shan is a third-year, Graduate School of Life Sciences PhD student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, where she studies the molecular basis of cellular recognition during human development. She is an A*STAR Scholar who has an interest in examining the relationship between scientific research and policy, and its potential.

Jasmine Alexis Doo


Jasmine is currently studying for her MPhil in Management at Cambridge after having obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as an NTU President Research Scholar. While she is currently pursuing a corporate career, she hopes to continue contributing to the academic research community.


Xi Shern Tan

Data Management

Xi Shern is a second year undergraduate studying Chemical Engineering after his first year in the Department of Engineering. He is interested in renewable generation of energy via photovoltaic cells, and recently completed an internship at a gas detection company - calibrating portable gas detectors, learning about international gas detector testing standards and workplace health and safety guidelines.

Siti Aiysyah Tumin

Data Management

Siti is an economist and a Tunku Abdul Rahman Fund scholar at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge. She is interested in the economics of social capital, labour mobility, labour migration, economic history and development of countries in Southeast Asia.


Victor Teh

Design & Publicity

Victor is in his third and final year as a Biological Natural Sciences undergraduate. Although he has spent most of his academic life studying science, he has opted to take Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine (PEM) as his minor subject, and plans to pursue a graduate course in medicine after graduating.

Wen Yao Lee

Webmaster & Technical (2017), Founder & Programme Coordinator (2016)

Wen Yao is a second-year Engineering PhD student at the Whittle Laboratory, studying the aerodynamics of aircraft engines. Before his PhD, he worked as a system designer in the Future Programmes & Strategy team of Rolls-Royce plc. He is currently working on design methods for high pressure turbine blades but has deep interests in aircraft, energy, sustainability and manufacturing.


Adli Ali

Sponsorship & CR (Malaysia)

Adli is a Clinical Lecturer and Paediatric Immunologist presently broadening his learning horizon at University of Oxford. He is passionate to advance the translational medical research between the academia and the industry while enhancing the collaborative effort within the region.

Supporting Partners

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Cambridge University Malaysia Society (CUMaS)

Cambridge University Malaysia and Singapore Association (CUMSA)