University of Dundee

Life Sciences graduate’s search for COVID-19 treatments

26 Jun 2020

When Ashley Giam left Singapore for the UK, she could not have imagined that the move would lead to her working on potential treatments for the deadliest pandemic the world has seen for a century.

Back in 2016, Ashley came to the University of Dundee to study for a Biomedical Sciences degree. Ashley fell in love with research during that time, and the offer of a PhD place at the University in the School of Medicine was the reward for her stellar academic performance.

“I came to Dundee to do a two-year degree after completing my diploma at Singapore Polytechnic with no thought of staying beyond that and I certainly had no idea of what I would be working on a few years later,” said Ashley.

Working in the laboratory of world-renowned respiratory physician and researcher, Professor James Chalmers, at the School of Medicine meant Ashley has been able to continue working and contribute to the most pressing medical need of our time – the search for Covid-19 treatments.

“As part of my degree I was required to do a research project and that’s when I met James and really became interested in pursuing research. When a PhD post opened up within his lab, he encouraged me to apply for it and I was lucky enough to get it.”

Professor Kim Dale, University Academic Lead for International activity in the ASEAN region, said “I am absolutely delighted to see Ashley’s wonderful success story and wish her the very best in her future. This story is one of many which acts as clear testimony to the very productive, effective and valuable relationship we hold with our esteemed partner Singapore Polytechnic. We ensure graduates that take this route to Dundee can develop the skills to ensure they are highly competitive in the Bioscience career market.”

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