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  • Principal Investigator
      Gooley, Joshua J
      Associate Professor
      joshua.gooley@duke-nus.edu.sg

      PhD
      Harvard University, USA
      Dr. Gooley joined Duke-NUS Medical School in 2008 as an Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program. He is Principal Investigator of the Chronobiology and Sleep Laboratory, located in the SingHealth Investigational Medicine Unit at Singapore General Hospital. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard Medical School (HMS), where he studied neural pathways that mediate entrainment of circadian rhythms. During his postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, USA) and HMS, his research focused on effects of light on circadian rhythms and melatonin secretion. His current research program at Duke-NUS focuses on understanding the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in regulating human performance and physiology. (link to Dr. Gooley’s publications)

  • Staff
      Chee Ming Siang David Jeremiah
      Research Assistant
      davidjeremiah.chee@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BSc (Hons) Life Science
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      Within the field of biology, my attention has been grabbed by the intricacies of neuroscience, in particularly learning and memory as well as sleep. Memory and sleep are such integral parts of our life and I want to grasp a better understanding of these components so as to combine these knowledge to craft out novel ways to treat cognitive deficits. As a member of the CSL, I hope to improve my analytic reasoning and statistical skills. During my spare time, you would find me in a quiet corner with a book in my hand.

      Chee Yin Shan
      Research Assistant
      yinshan.chee@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BSc (Hons) Psychology
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      Despite spending a large portion of my life sleeping, I find myself unenlightened about the mechanisms behind sleep and how it affects the way I learn, play and behave. I have always been attracted to areas of science that can be applied to anyone's daily life, and the study of sleep is no exception. Through my stint at CSL, I wish to refine my research abilities, implement my existing knowledge, contribute to our understanding of sleep, and hopefully change my night owl habits. I adore crafting, designing and eternalizing memories through photos, and am always dreaming (heh) of my next adventure.

      Christina Salendu Erwin (Misya)
      Research Assistant
      christina.se@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BSc Neuroscience
      New York University Shanghai, China
      I’ve been fascinated with sleep since my first lab attachment as an undergrad, where I studied the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in major depressive disorders. Since then, I have found myself asking more and more questions surrounding sleep and our biological cycle - why do we sleep? How does it affect the way we feel for the rest of the day? Why do we need so much of it? I’m particularly interested in the effects of sleep deprivation on mood and cognition, which I look forward to investigating as part of CSL. When I’m not doing science, you can find me eating my way through the beautiful island of Singapore while binge-listening to podcasts.

      Keren Lee
      Research Assistant
      keren.lee@duke-nus.edu.sg

      Bachelor of Psychology (Hons)
      James Cook University, Singapore
      Sleep plays a significant role in our lives, and its mysteries fascinate me to no end. I am most interested in sleep deprivation and its effects on learning, memory and mood. Besides this, the field of cognitive neuroscience has always truly captivated me, and I enjoy using technology in cognitive research. As a member of CSL, I hope to continue its good work in deepening our understanding of sleep. Outside the lab during my free time, I enjoy travelling, playing the piano, and picking up new skills. I am always ready for an adventure, and love a good laugh every now and then.

      Su Sandar Tun
      Research Assistant
      su.tun@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BA Psychology
      University of California, Berkeley, USA
      I have been fascinated with the fact that different people need different amounts of sleep while there is a standard amount of sleep hours for people at certain ages. I wonder: “Does everyone really need 8 hours of sleep every night?” or “What if I can still perform my daily activities well even though I don’t have 8 hours of sleep regularly?” Also, with my strong interest in social and interpersonal relationships, I am also passionate to learn more about sleep deprivation relating to social skills in school and work environments. In my free time, I love playing badminton, searching for new hiking trails and planning for my next trips.

      Swathy Karamchedu
      Research Assistant
      swathy.k@duke-nus.edu.sg

      MBBS (Clinical Medicine)
      Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India

      MSc. Medical Research
      Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
      My research interests are centered around sleep and its role in cognitive functioning. I’d like to explore sleep’s role in associative memory, creative problem-solving and explore the underlying neural correlates of these processes. At CSL I’m looking to develop a good grounding in research methodology and broaden my understanding of the field. I’m also interested in popular science writing and communication. When I’m not at lab or sleeping, I’m usually listening to music while reading, taking a walk or lindy-hopping.

      Twan Chao Kuan Derek
      Research Assistant
      derek.twan@duke-nus.edu.sg

      B. Soc. Sci. (Hons) Psychology
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      My interest lies in the deterioration of human performance after sleep deprivation, and the possibilities to mitigating such decrements. The thought that such knowledge could be applied to military personnel, or cabin crews, is quite exciting for me. I am also very drawn to the idea that sleep and metabolism are closely related. It is another avenue to channel effort into as Singapore moves towards a healthier society. Through my time at the lab, I hope to hone my research and analytical skills in order to prepare myself for further studies. In my free time, you can find me keeping myself fit or chasing island paradises. I love the outdoors, and can proclaim to have trekked the forests, dived the oceans, and jumped from a perfectly working plane into the clear blue sky.

      Yee Wai Kiat Shaun
      Research Assistant
      shaun.yee@duke-nus.edu.sg

      B. Soc. Sci. (Hons) Psychology
      National University of Singapore, Singapore
      In sleep, we dream, we recover, and we rise again stronger tomorrow. I stumbled onto sleep research by chance and subsequently developed a profound interest in the effects of sleep and lack thereof. The integral role of sleep in life calls out to me like a lighthouse in dark waters. As an attachment student who returned as a full-fledged member of CSL, I hope to carry on the lab's excellence in research and take our understanding of sleep to greater heights.
      I have an obsession for pizza - there is something undoubtedly amazing about the fiery marriage of cheese, tomato and dough that brings about an overwhelming sense of happiness and fulfillment. At other times, I am a picky reader, an avid player (of videos games and sports), and occasionally, a reclusive dancer.


      Litali Mohapatra
      Research Assistant
      litali@duke-nus.edu.sg

      BSc(Hons) Zoology
      Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India

      MSc. Microbiology
      Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India
      I am interested in the role of sleep and circadian cycles in health and cognition. I am a micro-biologist by training. Previously I had worked on effectiveness of skin disinfection in blood donation phlebotomy at NIMHANS - India. Other than assisting with experiments, as a research assistant, I am interested in understanding the role and durinal variation of microbes in the body. At CSL, I hope to gain experience in neuro-cognitive experiments, collection and management of data, understand study protocols and help with recruitment.
      I love sketching, dancing, cooking, crafting, taking tonnes of selfies, travelling and meeting new people and blogging. My passion is to be a pilot one day and fly an Airbus A380 across the pacific.


  • Student
      Mathias Joel Joshua
      Thesis Student
      a0124409@u.nus.edu

      Undergraduate, B.Sc. (Hons) Life Sciences
      National University of Singapore
      Sleep is underrated. By that I mean that the importance of sleep in our daily lives is often easily overlooked. Through my course of study I have developed a strong interest in human physiology, particularly in the field of neuroscience. I love questioning and understanding how and why our body reacts or performs in a certain way. During my attachment at CSL, I am especially interested in learning about the relationships between sleep, learning and memory. I enjoy spending my free time reading, exploring nature and riding my bike out on the road. I have also recently developed a passionate desire to explore underwater flora and fauna around the world after getting my diving certification.

      Lim Swee Yan
      Thesis Student
      limsweeyan@u.nus.edu

      Undergraduate, B.Sc. (Hons) Life Sciences
      National University of Singapore
      For me , I am interested to know how sleep affects human performance in general . It is quite intriguing to know why and how sleep deficiency affects the daily life of humans, be it performing simple tasks like operating machines or higher level tasks that require a certain level of cognitive function.
      During my leisure time, my hobbies include going to the gym to workout and playing video or computer games.


      Lim Weiyu
      Thesis Student
      limweiyu@u.nus.edu

      Undergraduate, B.Sc. (Hons) Life Sciences
      National University of Singapore
      I think sleep is fascinating because we spend so much time of our life asleep yet we still don’t know enough of it. Through my attachment at CSL, I want to learn more about how sleep affects memory and learning. During my free time, I like to dabble in hand lettering, journaling and drawing.


Alumni

Staff

  • Eric Chua
    Research Fellow (Senior)

  • Huang Sha
    Research Fellow

  • Yeo Sing Chen
    Research Assistant (Senior)

  • Anna Mini Jos
    Research Assistant

  • Mo Di
    Research Assistant

  • Vivian Eng
    Research Assistant

  • Aadya Deshpande
    Research Assistant

  • Grace Ang
    Research Assistant

  • Ivana Ong
    Research Assistant

  • Sherley Kuncoro
    Research Assistant

  • Teoh Jian Hung, Harry
    Research Assistant

  • Lee Tian Guang, Ivan
    Research Assistant
Students
  • PhD Student

    • Rukmini
      2013

    • Ivan Ho Mien
      2009
  • Thesis Student

    • Guo Wei
      2017

    • A Mohamed Riyaas
      2016

    • Bay Wan Qin Cherie
      2016

    • Lin Jia
      2016

    • Magdalene Loh Yin Shing
      2015

    • Ng Choon Wee, Shawn
      2015

    • Ngoh Yoke Ting
      2015

    • Jessica Ong Hui Shi
      2014

    • Teo Yi'An
      2014

    • Wee Lay Kit , Jasmine
      2014
  • Attachment Student

    • Deborah Teo Hwee Ching
      2017

    • Loi En Qi Janine
      2017

    • Noel Lee Ji Shen
      2017

    • Geraldine Pang Yi Han
      2016

    • Glen Poh Hong Yi
      2016

    • Ruth Lew En-Yi
      2016

    • Shaun Yee
      2016

    • Hannah Wee Su-Ann
      2015

    • Koo Yan Ni Cheryl
      2015

    • Lee Ming Hui
      2015

    • Ong Yuki
      2015

    • Shereen Tan Ming Yan
      2015

    • Tricia Tan Mei Xuan
      2015
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