I graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Malaya in 2001, and subsequently obtained a Master of Public Health with distinction in 2008. Following a fellowship award from the European Union, I completed my masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology with cum laude, followed by a PhD in Cancer Epidemiology from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands in 2011.
Currently employed as an Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Malaya, I am tasked to teach clinical epidemiology, and research methods to medical undergraduates and postgraduates, and serve as a research consultant to clinical professionals in University Malaya Medical Centre.I am also a research consultant for the Ministry of Health Malaysia, and undertake part time teaching in Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom.
My research career has a clear focus on optimizing life after cancer through research on cancer prognosis/ survival, treatment outcomes, and patient-centered outcomes in Asian settings. I am currently the principal investigator of phase III of the ACTION (Asean CosTs In ONcology) study, which comprise close to 10,000 cancer patients from eight low- and middle income member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN). The phase III of ACTION study is expected to provide evidence for Southeast Asian nations to prioritize policies that will reduce financial loss and premature deaths associated with cancer.
I coordinate the Singapore-Malaysia Breast Cancer Working Group, comprising epidemiologists, breast surgeons, and oncologists from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, which aims to improve the understanding on breast cancer in Asian women. Am a member of the CONCORD working group, which examines disparities in cancer survival across the globe (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/eph/ncde/cancersurvival/research/concord/). I am also actively involved in research activities within the European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Cohort Study, looking at the association between diet, nutrition and physical activity and risk of cancer (http://epic.iarc.fr/).