I recently joined Aziz’s lab as a Research Fellow. Prior to that, I was an Assistant Professor at UTAR where I taught several undergraduate modules and provided pastoral support to students. For my PhD, I researched on plant metabolism and the circadian regulation of several clock outputs involved in redox homeostasis. Because of my background in plant biology, I feel the need to widen my knowledge of advanced methodologies in animal models in order to gain a more comprehensive skill set to prepare for a career as an independent researcher. Hence, for my postdoctoral training, I decided to take on a change in research direction to work with flatworm models that have adult stem cells and excellent regenerative capability. I am mainly interested in investigating how stem cells behave in these worms and how they affect regeneration and ageing in flatworms that are not immortal. Hopefully I will be able to gain a broader understanding of the evolution of regenerative processes and also to deliver something significant that will be of benefit to the broad biological sciences. I learn new things everyday, either when I’m in the lab or out and about. So follow me on twitter where I usually tweet about my experiences! 

Selected publications

Lai, A.G., Doherty, C.J., Mueller-Roeber, B., Kay, S.A., Schippers, J.H.M. & Dijkwel, P.P. (2012) CIRCADIAN CLOCK-ASSOCIATED 1 regulates ROS homeostasis and oxidative stress responses. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 109: 17129–17134.

Schippers, J.H.M., Lai, A.G., Mueller-Roeber, B. & Dijkwel, P.P. (2013) Could ROS signals drive tissue-specific clocks? Transcription 4 (5): 0-2.




PhD in Plant Biology, Massey University, New Zealand (2012)

BSc (Hons) Biotechnology, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia (2008)


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Selected Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia (Feb 2013 – Dec 2013)

Visiting Graduate Student, University of California San Diego (Lab of Professor Steve Kay), USA (July 2011 – October 2011)

Laboratory Officer, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia (June 2008 – Jan 2009)