A final year International Medical University (IMU) medical biotechnology student, Tan Siew Zhuan, had the opportunity to present her final year project entitled “Anti-inflammatory Properties of Canarium odontophyllum on Lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 Macrophages” at the 13th World Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology IAPB 2014. The final-year project was conducted under the supervision of Dr Anna Ling Pick Kiong, Dr Koh Rhun Yian and Ms Wong Ying Pei. “In this congress, I feel honoured to be given the opportunity to present my research finding through a poster presentation. During various plenary lecture and concurrent symposia, I was able to gain a lot of advanced knowledge and experience which I believe will be beneficial in my future studies and working life. For instance, I was able to broaden the knowledge of plant genes and their construction when I was attending the plenary lecture with the title of “Regulatory Gene Network in Drought Stress Response and Tolerance”.”
” Besides that, I found that the plenary lecture entitled “Metabolic Engineering in Crops for Comparative Nutrition and Health-promoting Foods” and one of the symposia entitled “Metabolic Engineering of Flower Colour: From Research to Marketplace” were very interesting because I was able to broaden my knowledge and experience in the plant metabolic engineering as well as its potential applications in the medical field.”
“I really gained a worthwhile and great experience in this congress, not only with the knowledge on plant biotechnology and plant science, but also the ability to build a wonderful network and make new acquaintances from various countries, including Australia, United States, Nepal and so on. ” The 13th World Congress of the International Association for Plant Biotechnology IAPB 2014 was held in Melbourne from 10-15 August 2014.