Yi Ling is currently a 3rd year PhD student at Monash University, working under A/Prof Joseph Nicolazzo and Dr. Jennifer Short. Her PhD project is focused on investigating the role of a specific fatty acid chaperone, fatty acid-binding proteins, in microglia, a brain immune cell that plays an important role in neuroinflammation. The work that she is doing is very lab-orientated, where she spends 90% of the time at a lab bench, working with different cell cultures and performing biological assays.
Aside from PhD-related work, Yi Ling is also part of the Employability Intensive committee at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), under the supervision of Dr Laurence Orlando. In this role, she organises various events and sessions for undergraduate students to interact with industry representatives from pharmaceutical companies all around Victoria (e.g. Aesop, GSK, CSL). Apart from this, she is also the current president of the AAPS Monash University Student Chapter. She has helped organised various events in this role, such as co-hosting a virtual symposium with the National University of Singapore, organising seminars with individuals working at the TGA etc.
When she is not working, Yi Ling is a self-proclaimed foodie – she loves going out for brunches and enjoying a good cup of coffee, either with a bunch of friends, or just with a good book.