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Cambridge to NTU
Prof Daniela Rhodes has become a fan of NTU. After having done her PhD in Cambridge University under a Nobel laureate and taught there, this structural biologist joined NTU because it "is an ideal environment for study and research". She is world-famous for her work in chromosome biology and wants to work with students on the science of protein-DNA interactions. Are you game to join her and her team?
Students and alumni
• Tay Yu Juan (gold medallist at World Wushu Championships)
• Feng Shu (selected by the Scientific Review Panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to participate in their 61st meeting)
• Lu Chenning (currently doing her PhD at Harvard University)

You have a passion for... living things and the curiosity to find out what makes them tick. You are fascinated by how they interact and by the process of evolution.

Remember how, while others spent their weekends catching spiders or collecting unique leaves and flowers, you spent yours peering under microscopes to look at the cellular structure of these?

You go beyond the superficial and your constant drive to seek what goes on beneath the surface of organisms is something that you take pride in. You know that this world is full of micro-organisms like bacteria and viruses and you seek to harness their powers while others shun them.

Consider the School of Biological Sciences. This is where cures are found. From growing plants that can produce biodiesel to developing a test kit to predict heart attacks, the power to exploit and manipulate living organisms for noble reasons is within your grasp.

The school has superstar professors who are experts in areas like structural genomics and chromosome biology, and under whose tutelage you will thrive.

Daniela Rhodes:

Superstar Structural Biologist

Not all researchers begin their careers studying under the tutelage of a good professor, and even fewer are mentored by a Nobel laureate. Prof Rhodes comes from the University of Cambridge, where she pursued her PhD in biochemistry under the guidance of 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Aaron Klug.

Upon graduating, she continued her scientific career at the world- renowned Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, then headed by Prof Klug, where she became internationally recognised for her contributions to chromosome biology, such as how DNA is packed into chromosomes.

Today, as a professor at NTU, one of her greatest joys is “to have a hand in helping young students and researchers to learn to think for themselves and become passionate about science”. Prof Rhodes has nothing but praise for the School of Biological Sciences, saying that it “provides an ideal environment for study and research”. She adds: “There is a strong will and commitment to do the best possible job of teaching the students.”