Final-year Undergraduate Capstone Students
Charita Gandarikota Siva, Class of '23 - "Biomolecular Condensates and their Implications for Human Health"
Mahika Mukherjee, Class of '23 - "Evolution of Bill Colouration in Old and New World Warblers"
Prabhjeet Singh, Class of '22 - "Diversity of non-songbird vocalizations"
Deesha Jeppu, Class of '23 - "Functional genomics of avian self-assembling keratins"
Lab Alumni (Yale-NUS College)
Dr. Cédric Finet, Research Fellow (Now in Antonia Monteiro's group)
Cédric is interested in understanding how developmental processes evolve and generate such a great animal and plant diversity. More generally, Cédric has a strong interest in the relationship between ontogeny and phylogeny. His work therefore fits into the field of evolutionary developmental biology or evo-devo.
Cédric completed a PhD in plant evo-devo (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2008), then he moved to the insect world, always leading projects at the interface between developmental biology (the Sanson lab, University of Cambridge) and evo-devo (the Carroll lab, University of Madison-Wisconsin; the Khila lab, University of Lyon).
Outside the lab, Cédric indulges in playing with words and watching indie movies.
Dr. Venugopal Edakkal, Research Fellow (2018-2019)
Dr. Venu received his M.Sc. in Physics from Union Christian College, Alwaye, Kerala affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam in 2006. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Sciences from CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune under ACSIR, New Delhi in 2016. He was recently working as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad
Research Interests: The research interests include colloidal self assembly, lipid based liquid crystalline phases, light scattering, small angle scattering.
Kwi Shan Seah, PhD. DBS, NUS
Prior to joining Vinod’s lab, Kwi Shan was working as a research assistant at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in NUS on (epi)genetic changes and chromatin changes in human cancer cells upon chemotherapeutic drug treatment.
Her love for wildlife and interest in evolutionary biology motivated her to pursue a PhD degree in NUS. For her project, Kwi Shan studied the development of structural coloration in insects using materials science and molecular biology techniques. She is currently doing a postdoc in Rong Li's lab at the Mechnobiology Institute (MBI) at NUS. During her free time, Kwi Shan enjoys reading and travelling. She also likes to watch Tom and Jerry.
Laura Berman, PhD. DBS, NUS (co-supervised with Frank Rheindt)
Laura studied the phenology and breeding biology of birds. Before joining Vinod’s lab, Laura worked at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute developing cryopreservation techniques, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute assessing the impacts of hypoxia on marine communities, with the US geological service studying sage grouse, and with the University of Maryland studying caribou migration patterns. Her interests are in vertebrate ecology and conservation.
Gabrielle Charis Tagtag (Class of 2023), Yale-NUS College
Charis, from the Philippines, is a sophomore studying in Yale NUS College. While no declared major yet, she is leaning towards pursuing a major in Physical Sciences, with a minor related to the field of public policy or urban planning. She is passionate about the intersections of materials science and community transformation, and hopes to be able to return to the Philippines after university to be able to spread this advocacy.
Lin Jing Yi, Class of 2020, DBS, NUS
For my UROPS project, I investigated the diversity in structural colours and their corresponding nanostructures present in bees, focusing particularly on three genera present in Singapore. For my Final Year Project (FYP), I expanded on my UROPS project to cover bees from around the world.
Adam Goh Hong Yong, Class of 2018, Yale-NUS College
Adam is a graduate of Yale-NUS College. He is interested in plant systematics and evolution, and has spent time in Singapore, New Haven, Miami and Someido and most recently at Oak Spring Garden Foundation exploring plant diversity. As an RA, he worked on a project researching the evolution of structural coloration in fruits and on the innate fruit color preferences in Cassowaries for his Lifescience Major Capstone project. In his free time, he likes to play Ultimate Frisbee, search for good and cheap food, and watch Formula 1 and the NFL.