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Yee Lian Chew Dr

Lecturer

  • Lecturer - School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience

Overview


Yee Lian Chew obtained her PhD under the supervision of Dr Hannah Nicholas/Professor Juergen Goetz at the University of Sydney. She moved to Cambridge, UK as a Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow in 2015, and later a European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) in the lab of Dr William Schafer at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. She is currently a Lecturer at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience at UOW, and is based at IHMRI. Her research focuses on mapping neuromodulator networks and functionally characterising their roles in C. elegans adaptive behaviour.

The lab is actively seeking enthusiastic and curious Honours/Masters/PhD students. If you are interested, please get in touch! Happy to assist with writing AGRTP/UPA applications. Email: ylchew@uow.edu.au

UPDATE: The Chew lab has a fully-funded PhD project currently being advertised: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/mapping-neuromodulator-networks-in-real-time-in-the-model-organism-caenorhabditis-elegans/?p112218. If you are interested in this project, please apply through the link. Thank you!

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • Dr Yee Lian Chew has been involved in science outreach and public engagement since her the early days of her scientific career as a PhD student. During her PhD, she was selected to be a national finalist in Fresh Science 2013, a scicomm initiative by Science in Public (<a href="https://freshscience.org.au/2013/nationalfinaldetails" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://freshscience.org.au/2013/nationalfinaldetails</a>) through which she participated in public lectures at the Museum of Victoria, wrote a magazine article for Australasian Science and gave a short talk at a pub! Her work was also featured on the Facebook page ScienceAlert, where her story received over 4500 likes! During her postdoctoral research in Cambridge UK, she was an enthusiastic STEM ambassador, being involved in the institute Open Day (2017), the Cambridge Science Festival (2017-2018) and visits to school science clubs. In 2018, she co-created a YouTube video on her research (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQB_3fpwh-g" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQB_3fpwh-g</a>) that has been viewed >800 times.<br />Now an independent researcher and lecturer at UOW, Dr Chew continues to be passionate about science communication and is involved in several events during the Sydney Science Festival (August 2019). She is one of 12 women participating in Soapbox Science (Aug 10), an initiative to raise the visibility and profile of women in STEM, where she will speak about her research (standing on a literal soapbox!) among passersby at the very busy Circular Quay, Sydney (<a href="http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2019-sydney/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2019-sydney/</a>). She also has speaking engagements at the Australian Museum and the Campbelltown library (<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-a-worm-can-teach-us-about-our-brains-tickets-61669014683" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-a-worm-can-teach-us-about-our-brains-tickets-61669014683</a>).<br />Dr Chew plans to continue her public engagement in the future through podcasts, social media and public lectures.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Undergraduate and Honours projects:
    1) Luqin-like peptides: sex specific roles in feeding and mating?
    2) De-sensitisation pathways via dopamine signalling
    3) The role of a lipid-binding small molecule in octopaminergic (adrenergic) signalling.

Teaching Activities


  • BIOL343 Subject coordinator and Lecturer 2019 -
  • CHEM325 Lecturer 2019 -

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Molecular Mechanism of Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis Influenced by Dietary Fibre Types Wang, Zhizhen

Keywords


  • neuroscience, neuropeptides, neuromodulators, dopamine, model organisms, C. elegans, learning, animal behaviour

Full Name


  • Dr Yee Lian Chew

Mailing Address


  • Illawara Health and Medical Research Institute

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute  

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • Dr Yee Lian Chew has been involved in science outreach and public engagement since her the early days of her scientific career as a PhD student. During her PhD, she was selected to be a national finalist in Fresh Science 2013, a scicomm initiative by Science in Public (<a href="https://freshscience.org.au/2013/nationalfinaldetails" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://freshscience.org.au/2013/nationalfinaldetails</a>) through which she participated in public lectures at the Museum of Victoria, wrote a magazine article for Australasian Science and gave a short talk at a pub! Her work was also featured on the Facebook page ScienceAlert, where her story received over 4500 likes! During her postdoctoral research in Cambridge UK, she was an enthusiastic STEM ambassador, being involved in the institute Open Day (2017), the Cambridge Science Festival (2017-2018) and visits to school science clubs. In 2018, she co-created a YouTube video on her research (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQB_3fpwh-g" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQB_3fpwh-g</a>) that has been viewed >800 times.<br />Now an independent researcher and lecturer at UOW, Dr Chew continues to be passionate about science communication and is involved in several events during the Sydney Science Festival (August 2019). She is one of 12 women participating in Soapbox Science (Aug 10), an initiative to raise the visibility and profile of women in STEM, where she will speak about her research (standing on a literal soapbox!) among passersby at the very busy Circular Quay, Sydney (<a href="http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2019-sydney/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2019-sydney/</a>). She also has speaking engagements at the Australian Museum and the Campbelltown library (<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-a-worm-can-teach-us-about-our-brains-tickets-61669014683" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/what-a-worm-can-teach-us-about-our-brains-tickets-61669014683</a>).<br />Dr Chew plans to continue her public engagement in the future through podcasts, social media and public lectures.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Undergraduate and Honours projects:
    1) Luqin-like peptides: sex specific roles in feeding and mating?
    2) De-sensitisation pathways via dopamine signalling
    3) The role of a lipid-binding small molecule in octopaminergic (adrenergic) signalling.

Teaching Activities


  • BIOL343 Subject coordinator and Lecturer 2019 -
  • CHEM325 Lecturer 2019 -

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Molecular Mechanism of Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis Influenced by Dietary Fibre Types Wang, Zhizhen

Keywords


  • neuroscience, neuropeptides, neuromodulators, dopamine, model organisms, C. elegans, learning, animal behaviour

Full Name


  • Dr Yee Lian Chew

Mailing Address


  • Illawara Health and Medical Research Institute

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Located In Facility


  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute