Kimberley Cheam (Malaysia)

I come from the hot and rainy city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. I moved to the UK to pursue a Biochemistry degree at the University of Bath where I designed and created CRISPR constructs to tag an endogenous protein related to Joubert syndrome in stem cells. Moving to rainy Wales, I furthered my interest in stem cells by pursuing a Masters degree from Cardiff University. My project entailed differentiating stem cells into microglia, the immune cells of the brain, to create an in vitro model to study a GWAS-identified Alzheimer’s Disease risk gene. I joined the Anderson team as an Advanced Research Assistant with the goal of understanding the functional role of genetic variants associated with IBD using stem-cell derived intestinal organoids. Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking and cooking (mostly trying my best to recreate yummy Malaysian food!) and exploring new places.