Science in the Cafe on 14 May 2013


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Science Centre Singapore

cordially invites you


Science in the Café


14 May 2013 at 7:00pm


The Newton Room

Science Centre Singapore


Dr Kevin Tan Shyong-Wei
Microbiology, NUS

who will disclose

Sex, Flies & Tapeworms

A Close-up View of the Parasitic World

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Sex, Flies & Tapeworms: A Close-up View of the Parasitic World

Parasites have been with us since antiquity. These microscopic creatures are a source of fascination and horror to many who come in contact with them. Parasites can cause debilitating, disfiguring and fatal infections, and continue to be a health concern in developing countries. For the scientist, these creatures can teach us a lot about adaptations to the host and also provide clues of how we can cripple their attempts to cause disease. In this Café, I will share my journey as a parasitologist, and include stories of interesting parasites, the disease they cause, and what we are doing to fight back. Caution: Some images may be disturbing to the squeamish, parental guidance is advised!

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Dr Kevin TAN Shyong-Wei

… is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore. He is also the Founding Director of BioLynx Technologies, a local biotech spinoff company focusing on the commercialization of molecular probes as research tools. His curiosity for parasites originated from his graduate student days at NUS and blossomed during his postdoctoral stint at The Rockefeller University, New York City. He is relieved to be awarded tenure in 2011, and can now spend more time on social issues, such as public science education.

Kevin’s research focuses on understanding how parasites commit suicide and exploiting such knowledge to trigger death mechanisms as an anti-parasite strategy. He is also interested in the problem of drug resistance and his team has recently come up with new ways to find drugs that overcome resistance. He hopes that the research from his team will accelerate the finding of new cures for parasitic diseases.

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