Poh-Choo is a primarily a Business Engagement Manager at Imperial Consultants (ICON). She acts as an interface between academic communities at Imperial College and external organisations to enable, facilitate and promote consultancy opportunities for commercial projects.
Just before her move to Imperial Consultants, Poh-Choo worked as a Corporate Partnerships Officer to support the Head of Corporate Partnerships (Natural Sciences), Dr Rebecca Wilson, to develop research collaborations between Imperial and industry, with a focus on academics within life sciences.
Also prior to her role at ICON, Poh-Choo had been a Post-doctorate Research Associate at Department of Life Sciences, working under Professor Anne Dell and Dr Stuart Haslam. During her time as a postdoc, she did research, teaching, and training on structural glycobiology (glycomics, glycoproteomics, and proteomics) using mass spectrometry to study cell-to-cell recognition in reproduction and immune systems in order to understand how structural sugars on the cell surfaces are involved in human/animal health and disease. She had been a regular Outreach Scientist to communicate her research to the public at events organised by the Royal Society, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust and London International Youth Forum. In addition, she has been a mass spectrometer instrument manager and a health and safety officer for the Dell/Haslam Lab. Poh-Choo is also a qualified first aider.
As a postdoc, she also worked closely with Department of Life Sciences Postdoc Committee and the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre. As a postdoc representative for the department, she helped organise postdoc symposiums, career development training workshops, and networking events. Also, she facilitated communication between postdocs and College upper-level management to influence and enable strategic decision-making for various College policies.
Poh-Choo completed her Imperial College funded Ph.D. in Structural Glycobiology from the Imperial College, and her research was on reproductive glycobiology. Using mass spectrometry, she carried out glycomic studies to elucidate glycomes of several systems (human and mammals) in reproductive biology.
She also holds a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Genetics and Molecular Biology from University of Malaya. Her final year research was on isolation and characterisation of Vibriophages from the environment to search for drug alternatives to antibiotics for the treatment and prevention of pathogenic bacteria infections (supervised by Professor Chong-Lek Koh and Dr Kok-Gan Chan).
Fun fact: she enjoys running/cycling around the parks, baking for friends and absolutely loves jazz.
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