This year NUS started a new Joint Degree PhD Programme with Imperial College London. Amrita Srivathsan from the Evolutionary Biology Laboratory is one of the five students from NUS selected for this prestigious programme. Congratulations, Amrita!
This joint initiative allows students to benefit from the ‘expertise of two academic research groups with complementary strengths or engaged in an inter-disciplinary collaboration’. Under this programme, students will spend time studying in labs from both NUS and Imperial College London. A joint PhD degree is then awarded by both institutions to the student.
Amrita’s PhD project will be a synergistic fusion of high-tech sleuthwork and good ol’ fieldwork. She aims to determine whether next-generation sequencing can help with conserving tropical biodiversity. This is important for Singapore’s natural heritage, especially when such tools could potentially be used to study the feeding ecology and other biological information of threatened species such as Banded Leaf Monkeys.
Her study will involve a combination of molecular work and computational tools from both the institutions, as well as trundling through our forests collecting samples. She will be supervised by A/P Rudolf Meier in NUS and Prof. Alfried Vogler in Imperial College London. So lets wish her the best!