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A QUICK GLANCE AT WHAT WE ’ RE WORKING ON …

MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY FOR CANCER
We ’ re screening local medicinal plant-derived phytochemicals , which allow safe and continued ingestion , to develop treatments for life-threatening cancer diseases .
NATURAL PRODUCTS
With artificial food colourants linked to potentially dangerous health consequences , we ’ re looking for healthier alternatives in natural dye from plants .
CROP IMPROVEMENT
We ’ re testing various bacteria and fungi that may benefit plant growth by improving their vegetative growth and overall vigour .
PATHOGENIC MECHANISMS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
We were the first to identify introns in Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans , an anaerobic bacteria that causes periodontal disease , furthering our understanding of the disease ’ s onset .
FOOD ENCAPSULATION AND PROCESSING
We ’ re collaborating with industry partners to develop new food products that are safe , nutritious and wholesome . This includes investigating the effects of processing and pretreatments on fruits and vegetables .
BIODIVERSITY AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Monash is the first in the region to study the impacts of oil palm agriculture and climate change on Malaysian aquatic ecosystems .
The learning environment in Monash highly encourages people from all walks of life to interact , communicate and bond with each other . Such a dynamic ecosystem drives us to spark new ideas and tackle issues from different perspectives , making us resourceful and resilient .”
DR CHENG HONG SHENG
Bachelor of Science ( Honours ) Doctor of Philosophy ( in the area of Medical Bioscience ) Postdoctoral Research Fellow , Nanyang Technological University ( NTU )
Hong Sheng is part of a team at NTU ’ s School of Biological Sciences in collaboration with National Neuroscience Institute Singapore that ’ s studying the cellular behaviours , drug responses and evolutionary progression of glioblastoma , a highly aggressive brain cancer , with the aim of improving the clinical outcome of the disease . He ’ s also involved in research projects on metabolic diseases , wound healing , inflammatory diseases and transcriptomics study .
Hong Sheng sees research as a way to dig deeper into the true nature of human diseases like cancers , ageing , and chronic illnesses . He hopes to address real-world health issues by offering solutions that allow more accurate diagnosis , more precise prediction of disease progression , as well as better therapeutic strategies .
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