Curriculum Vitae

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Queensland, Australia

Thesis: Insect-plant interactions: diamondback moth oviposition and larval feeding behaviour

Completed: 2017

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Michael Furlong, Prof Meron Zalucki, Dr Paul Cunningham

Scholarship: UQ International Tuition Fee and Living Scholarship

Bachelor of Science (Honours Class I), The University of Queensland, Australia

Major: Zoology

Completed: 2013

Thesis: Pest and parasitoid behavioural responses to temporal herbivore-induced changes in host plants

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Michael Furlong, Prof Gimme Walter

Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland, Australia

Major: Zoology

Completed: 2012

Major projects: parasitoid prey location, temperature and starvation induced stress on susceptibility of insects to pathogens, insect movement responses to plant cues, temperature effects on insect growth and development

Diploma in Biotechnology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Completed: 2008

Final Year Project: Development of animal protein detection kits using immunisation and cell culture techniques in mice

Supervisor: Dr Chai Kim Kheong

Cambridge GCSE O Levels, Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), Singapore

Completed: 2004

Employment

Current / Ad-hoc

Engagement Officer, Science Engagement Unit, Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland, Australia

Tutor, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia

Currently for Semester 1, 2018: AGRC1040 Food for a Healthy Planet, BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology, BIOL2010 Ecology, BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour, BIOL3370 Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions

Past tutoring positions: 

Semester 2, 2017: BIOL2204 Zoology, CONS6009 Conservation and Wildlife Biology

Semester 1, 2017: BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology, BIOL2010 Ecology, BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour, BIOL3370 Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions

Semester 2, 2016: BIOL2204 Zoology, CONS6009 Conservation and Wildlife Biology

Semester 1, 2016: BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology, BIOL2010 Ecology, BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour

Semester 2, 2015: BIOL2204 Zoology, BIOL3208 Applied Insect Biology, CONS6009 Conservation and Wildlife Biology

Semester 1, 2015: BIOL2010 Ecology, BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour, BIOL3214 Applied Ecology

Semester 2, 2014: BIOL2204 Zoology, BIOL3208 Applied Insect Biology, CONS6009 Conservation and Wildlife Biology

Semester 1, 2014: BIOL2010 Ecology, BIOL3207 Animal Behaviour, BIOL3214 Applied Ecology

Semester 1, 2013: BIOL1030 Global Challenges in Biology, BIOL2010 Ecology

Semester 1, 2012: BIOL1030 Biodiversity and the Environment

Research Assistant, Biodiversity Research Group, The University of Queensland, Australia

Administrative role

Past

Preparation Assistant, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia

Mass production of insects for practical classes

Research Assistant, Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research, Australia

Research and administrative role for integrated pest management projects in the South Pacific, but based in the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia

August 2013 to January 2014

Speech Instructor, Speak to Peak Pte Ltd, Singapore

Facilitated oral presentation workshops with a focus on effective oral communication techniques at various tertiary education institutions

September 2010 to July 2011

Administration Support Assistant, Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore

Supported the administrative needs of full-time military medical staff as part of Singapore's mandatory two year military national service

September 2008 to September 2010

Teacher, Asian School of Education, Singapore

Taught English as a second language to non-native adult speakers, and secondary school science and mathematics to prospective international students who wished to pursue secondary education in Singapore

January 2008 - September 2008

Research Assistant, Biomedical Research and Support Services, Singapore

Prepared materials and maintained laboratories for purposes of bacterial identification, sterility testing, microbe monitoring and DNA extraction

September 2006 to December 2006

Presentations at Conferences

Teaching Undergraduate Biology: Ideas for your Classroom

Workshop at the Conference of the Science Teachers' Association of Tasmania 2018

Empowered by Research

Guest Speaker at the Conference of the Science Teachers' Association of Tasmania 2018

Transitioning from high school STEM to higher education STEM: problems, progress, and prospects

Guest Speaker at the 4th Chinese and Foreign High School Headmasters' Seminar, 2017, Zhengding, Hebei, China

 

Effective Communication to Change Behaviour

Guest Speaker at Pilot Agricultural Capacity Building Program, Queensland Farmers Federation, Brisbane, Australia

Pokemon: are they biologically possible?

Public Masterclass at the Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition Hong Kong 2017, Mongkok, Hong Kong

Marvellous Mini-Beasts: New Educational Outcomes from Entomology

Breakfast Talk at the Conference of National Australian Science Teachers' Association 2016, CONASTA 65, Brisbane, Australia

Menage a trois: complicated three way interactions between plant, pest, and parasitoid

General Contributed Papers Symposium at the Australian Entomological Society Conference 2014, Canberra, Australia

Received best student oral presentation award 

Trichogramma chilonis Ishii: a potential biological control agent of Crocidolomia pavonana in Samoa

Biological Control in the Asia-Pacific Region Symposium at the Australian Entomological Society Conference 2014, Canberra, Australia

Received travel award from the International Organisation of Biological Control

Host Plant Volatiles and Responses in Specialist and Generalist Parasitoids

Student Award Category Symposium at the International Chemical Ecology Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia

Received student award to present at symposium

Menage a trois: three way relationships involving predatory wasps

The First Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research 2012, Sydney, Australia

Received 1st runner-up for best paper

Do predatory wasps communicate in a three-way conversation?

The University of Queensland Undergraduate Research Conference 2012, Brisbane, Australia

Received 'Highly Commended' award 

Professional Memberships

International Society of Chemical Ecology, 2013

Queensland Entomological Society, 2014-2015

Australian Entomological Society, 2014-2015 (Board Director, Student Relations)

International Organisation for Biological Control, Asia Pacific Regional Sector, 2014-2015

Media and Public Appearances

4BC Breakfast Radio, Brisbane, 23 March 2014

Discussed cabbage pests and the role of parasitoids as biological control agents

4BC Breakfast Radio, Brisbane, 21 September 2014

Discussed Pieris rapae as a major backyard cabbage pest and how to identify Cotesia glomerata, its parasitoid

ABC Gardening Australia Channel, Australia, 25 October 2014

A short feature on friends and foes in our backyard, how to identify natural enemies of cabbage pests, and the potential use of trap crops in organic pest management

ABC Gardening Australia Channel, Australia, 5 September 2015

A short feature on Queensland Fruit Fly, and how life-stage specific control measure should be employed for permaculture

Science Says! by the Science Nation, Brisbane, 23 November 2016

An event of science and comedy in a panel show style

Convince Me debates by the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2017, 19 and 26 March 2017

Participated in public debates 

Convince Me debates by the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2018, 4 and 18 March 2017

Participated in public debates 

Other Achievements

Crawford-in-Queensland Postgraduate Award, Crawford Fund, 2015

Entomological Society of Queensland Student Award, 2014

The University of Queensland Future Leader Award, 2013

Dean's List for High Achievement, 2011 to 2012

Summer Research Scholarship, 2011

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