Bent on finding a cure for cancer

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Locally and internationally, Prof Teo Soo-Hwang is well known as a cancer researcher and has received many accolades for her untiring work in this area of science. Recently she took time off to share with our journalist SHAMIRA SHAMSUDDIN on her long journey to becoming a world recognised science researcher and CEO of Cancer Research Malaysia.

HOW did you end up in cancer research?
I secured a Sime Darby Foundation scholarship to study science at the University of Cambridge. I did very well in my undergraduate degree and came on top of my class consistently. I was then offered Wellcome Trust scholarship to do my PhD. I decided to go into something related to human health. I chose to work on DNA repair processes, that was when the introduction of cancer research came about. Upon completion of my PhD in
1996, I wanted to focus on cancer research and joined Professor Stephen Jackson at the Cancer Research UK Institute of Cancer and Developmental Biology. Together, we identified new genes which were previously not implicated in cancer.