Taylor’s University Students Win Top Honours at 26th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar

Six students from Taylor’s University (TU) School of Biosciences (SBS) took part in the 26th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar (IBS) held at Monash University. This year’s theme was “Emerging Frontiers in Biochemistry and Life Sciences: Progress for a Better Tomorrow”, an event co-jointly organised with the Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB). Contestants were tasked to identify the current and future global issues which can be resolved through biochemistry and molecular biology.

The seminar served as a platform to exchange scientific knowledge between local public and private higher education institutions including – University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Tengku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), UCSI University, Asian Institute of Medicine, Science & Technology (AIMST) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) to name a few.

During the event, five students prepared poster presentations on their research while the remaining participated in the oral presentation competition. At the end of the seminar, three students stood triumphant - named as one of the top three speakers in the oral presentation and two spots given in the top 10 best posters. Winning the oral presentation was Joey Yip, undergoing his degree in Bachelor of Biomedical Science, for his topic on “The Effects of Glycyrrhizic Acid and Glabridin in the Regulation of CXCL5 Inflammation Gene on Acceleration of Wound Healing”. Along with his peers, Soe Hui Jen in Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Michelle Lim in Bachelor of Science (Food Science with Nutrition) were voted in the top 10 best posters for their topic in “The Combinatory Effects of Glabridin and Tamoxifen on Estrogenicity and Cell Proliferation in Ishikawa and MCF-7 Cell Lines” and “Response Surface Optimisation for the Extraction of Fucoxanthin and Antioxidant Capacities of Malaysian Seaweed (Sargassum siliquosum and Sargassum polycystum)” respectively.

According to Joey, “I am very thankful to be part of this opportunity. It was great to witness local scientific discoveries amongst my peers. I feel that we are progressing towards the right direction. It was definitely an eye-opening experience to be able to exchange ideas with my associates.”

An experience which will stay with him was the opportunity to meet and network with graduates and professionals from local and private institutions in Malaysia, “I was inspired by avid speakers, whom helped me realise that one should never stop learning and improving their skills and knowledge in this field for continuous development,” he said.

For Hui Jen and Michelle, they were both pleased to be recognised for their work in the Best Poster Awards. “During the seminar, I was able to apply my skills garnered throughout my course in SBS and with the help of my mentor and lecturer, Dr Adeline Chia, I was successful in getting my messages across to the judges,” said Hui Jen.

“I am grateful that the School provides a constructive opportunity in participating for the IBS poster presentation. I was given the chance to interact with peers in the same field and shared our experiences in research. Other than that, I have learnt to promote my work effectively to visitors, which has helped me enhance my communication skills,” quipped Michelle.