Sudipto ROY - STAR Employee Award
The STAR Employee Award is to reward staff who “best embodies A*STAR’s corporate values: Action, Speed, Teamwork, Agility, Resolve and Integrity (“A*STAR and I”). This individual, should be an outstanding contributor, a positive influence on the organization, and a role model for all.”
A/Prof Sudipto Roy works in a cutting edge and internationally competitive field where he investigates the molecular machinery and underlying mechanisms governing various developmental processes and tissue regeneration in response to injuries using zebrafish as a model organism. As an independent PI, he has published several excellent papers in high impact journals (including Nature Genetics, Current Biology and Genes & Development) and has earned international acclaim. Sudipto has been recognised as being among a handful of young talents poised to become world leaders in the scientific community. He also engages in translational research and has active collaborations with pediatricians in Singapore and Germany.
Sudipto is an adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore as well as the School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. In addition, he has recently taken up the position of a visiting scientist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Genetics, Biology Open, PLoS One and The Scientific World Journal.
In IMCB, he oversees the functioning of the IMCB zebrafish facility and the electron microscopy suite. He also serves in various committees at IMCB: the IMCB Junior Investigator Program Committee, PI recruitment committee, Purchasing committee, Seminar and Conference committee and is a mentor to IMCB Early Career Researchers.
Sudipto Roy ensures that IMCB produces excellent and impactful research and has a world-class zebrafish facility. With the mentorship of early career researchers, he lays a solid foundation to build the next generation of scientific talent. His research has incited several ground-breaking discoveries and won him and IMCB international recognition as a leading laboratory in the study of ciliopathies.
IMCB congratulates Sudipto on winning this year’s STAR Employee Award.
Boon Hui TAY – Go-the-Extra-Mile-for-Service (GEMS) Award
This award recognises staff who have demonstrated exemplary service or are active participants of quality/ skills improvement activities.
Boon Hui is the longest-serving Lab Biologist in IMCB. After graduating from Singapore Polytechnic, she joined the Comparative and Medical Genomics Laboratory in May 1992 as a Laboratory Biologist and is presently a Laboratory Manager. She has performed exceptionally well throughout all these years and is a role model. Her day in the lab starts before 8.30 am and ends after 6 pm. She is not only thorough with most of the molecular biology techniques but also an excellent laboratory manager. She never hesitates to try out new techniques and to upgrade her skills in line with the new developments in the field. She is a co-author of many papers published in peer reviewed journals including Cell, Genome Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA and PLoS Genetics.
She is an excellent mentor. She has gone beyond her duty to train not only fresh laboratory biologists but also graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She displays great patience when imparting knowledge on laboratory techniques and is always ready with a clear answer to enquiries. Whenever past students and Postdocs visit the lab, the first person they look for is Boon Hui. As one of the oldest labs in IMCB (~22 years old), over the years, the lab members have generated huge resources of genomic (BAC and cosmid libraries) and cDNA libraries for a large number of animals (human, pufferfish, elephant shark, coelacanth, lamprey, etc.). In addition, they have also built up a collection of tissues and genomic DNA of more than 300 fishes and other vertebrates that are stored in -80°C freezers or fridges. Boon Hui is the only person in the laboratory who knows where these resources are located and is glad to fish out the clones, tissues or DNA samples within minutes when required by any laboratory member at any time of the day. She richly deserves this award and much more.
IMCB congratulates Boon Hui on winning this year’s GEMS Award.