“Many people did not believe that it could work, and they expressed that to me directly. It was difficult for me because I was a young graduate student then, but I persevered because I was excited about the project.”

Yue Wan is a genetics researcher who is best known for the continued development of understanding how RNA in different cellular structures. Her work has published in top academic journals and has helped the production of commercial products. In 2014, she became the first Singaporean to win the Branco Weiss Fellowship. In the following year, she was recognized with Singapore’s Young Scientist Award in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the President’s Science and Technology Awards. Most recently, Wan was one of two recipients of the 2016 L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship.

Nationality: Singaporean

Industry: Science (Genetics)

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring researchers in Asia? (Asian Scientist Magazine)

A: “Try to be integrated into the international community. Believe in yourself and put in 110 percent in whatever you do.”

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