Mixture of the pop song from the radio and the ventilation noise from the tissue culture hood fills the air of a small, rectangular-shaped room. The most precious tool within the laboratory, the pipette, was firmly-held in his left hand while various other flasks, tubes, containers were shifted intensively. Hands gloved and labcoated, Justin had been manipulating the cancerous cells since the crepuscular hours. The cells had to be grown in a sterile environment – confined within plastics or glasses – the living conditions tantamount to those endured by the Bubble Boy1. His nose inadvertently came in contact with the window glass of the hood, leaving a spot of sebum that partially blurred the vision, forcing him to abandon whatever he held within the hood to clear up the spot with 70% ethanol.
One year ago before I came to CERN I had no idea what the Higgs boson was, I thought a wormhole is where birds are sent to when they die and Quark is a kind of food I like. I thought life was the biggest concoction of coincidental and wicked confusion, until one day someone tried to explain the string theory to me.
Scientific Malaysian is created as a platform to connect Malaysian scientific researchers across the world to discuss research issues in Malaysia, to promote collaboration and…
Perdana University, a medical university established in collaboration with the John Hopkins University School of Medicine was recently launched in Malaysia. Dr Patti Gravitt, an Associate Professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Vice Dean of Research of Perdana University Graduate School Of Medicine, gives us an overview of the university’s research missions. Dr Gravitt also highlights the importance of translational medicine and how the School of Medicine at Perdana University aims to bring the advances in research from bench to bedside.
The rapid growth in the demand of access to higher education has sparked the demand for information on academic quality across the globe. The university rankings system has so far served as a rough guide to help prospective students make informed choices. Besides, the lucrative business in the higher education sector has induced global competition to attract the highest quantity and quality of students, and the university rankings system has assumed one of the key roles in achieving this prospect.