I was privileged to be invited for the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) annual scientific retreat last Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the Thursday sessions, but I was very impressed by the work done there. It is virtually all basic science, but the results of the metagenomics and biofilm work suggest that we are literally only scratching the surface in terms of understanding and applying microbiological insights with regards to clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.
SCELSE is one of the five Research Centres of Excellence in Singapore, and the scope of its research falls well beyond healthcare (a very good thing!), extending into biotechnologies for clean water, environment, and public health.
Photos below (apologies for the poor quality – the Hall was pretty dark).