Dr Oon Chern Ein did her BSc (1st Class Hons) in Biotechnology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia before securing a scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to further her doctorate studies in Medical Oncology in University of Oxford, United Kingdom. She then trained at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden as a postdoctoral fellow before returning to Malaysia to serve as a senior lecturer at Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She was the sole recipient of the Ranjeet Bhagwan Singh Medical Research Trust Fund 2014. She was also the proud recipient of the Exiqon Young Scientist Award- South East Asia 2014 and L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowship 2015. Chern was also selected by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany in 2015. She was recently awarded the ICRETT Fellowship by Union for International Cancer Control to establish a collaboration with Nanyang Technological University Singapore. Her area of research includes understanding the molecular interactions between cancer cells and the tumour microenvironment which contribute to tumour progression and therapeutic failures. With patents pending for novel anti-cancer agents, she ventures into dissecting the molecular mechanisms conferring to chemoresistance and exploring the benefits of these agents towards the development of new molecular targeted therapies in cancer. Chern is an active ambassador of European Association for Cancer Research (EACR). Serving the community is her passion. She enjoys working with the vulnerable and less fortunates. She currently holds a community outreach grant from Penang Education Council to head science outreach workshops targeting the underprivileged children. In addition, she has also been granted a 2-year community outreach grant from Universiti Sains Malaysia to work with MAKNA National Cancer Council Malaysia to disseminate knowledge to cancer survivors and the public through talks, home visits and motivational workshops.
Chern Ein Oon Research Interests are Molecular Medicine