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Hi, I'm Szen.

I grew up in Malaysia. I’m currently pursuing my PhD in Biological Sciences as a Wellcome Trust Clincal PhD Fellow supervised by Dr. Mathew Garnett at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK. My research interests lie at the intersection of genomics and computation.

I started teaching myself how to build software in my first year of medical school. Following the conclusion of medical school, I subsequently completed medical Foundation training as an Academic Foundation Doctor at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in Sheffield, UK.

Previously, I worked in the lab of Dr. Dennis Wang at the University of Sheffield on genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, machine learning, and precision medicine research. In his lab, I worked on differentiating the drug response of cancer cell lines using unsupervised machine learning and also establishing the relationship between drug response and uncertainty estimated from Gaussian Processes from published high-throughput drug screens. I also worked on investigating non-coding variants of low-grade serous ovarian cancer patients from the 100K Genomes Project and established factors that influence COVID-19 clinical trial registration with a drug synonym database.

I worked at the Dave Lab at Duke University to develop mobile applications for annotating cancer genomic variants. I received clinical and research training at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.

I've also worked at the Sheffield RNAi Screening Facility and the Brain Research Institute Monash Sunway on topics including long non-coding RNAs and gene editing.

On the side, I co-founded the MedTech Sheffield society and led it as President for 2 years. I led my team to twice organize the HackMed hackathon. If you're interested in my work, please reach out to me!