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Biotechnology student co-authors
high impact journal paper

Yu Hui Xin, a current Year 3 Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT) student, was attached to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for her Overseas Industrial Training Programme (OITP) in 2011. She saw her name as a co-author for the first time in November 2012 when the experimental finding generated during her attachment was incorporated in a paper published by the Journal of Molecular Biology, a peer review journal with a high impact factor.

Hui Xin, together with a group of research scientists from MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering and MIT's collaborators worked on the binding of neutralizing antibodies to gp120, an enveloped protein expressed by the human immunodeficiency virus. These findings add to the understanding of vaccine response.

From Left: Yu Hui Xin, Yap Jun Liang and Dr Jordi Mata-Fink

When asked to comment on the good news, Hui Xin had this to say:

"It was a unique experience to intern at MIT last summer. OITP comes with the excitement of being exposed to a new environment and culture. I'm very thankful for all the valuable guidance my supervisor, Jordi Mata-Fink, had given me during my three months of attachment. Seeing my name in press for the first time is definitely a special moment for me and I feel privileged to be part of the project."


Overseas Training Programme

Julian goes Down Under

Year 3 Diploma in Biotechnology student, Julian Sng, shares his experience during his ten-week long internship in Melbourne.