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).

The retreat was held at the very picturesque Raffles Marina, although getting there was a challenge, especially with the temporary disruption of the Joo Koon – Tuas Link MRT.

Prof Staffan Kjelleberg, director of SCELSE, giving the opening address.

Dr Yang Liang speaking on biofilm disruption.

An unusual topic with intriguing implications presented by Dr Celine Vidaillac.

Dr Gurjeet Singh Kohli presenting on Salmonella work done in collaboration with NAFTEC and others.

A number of presentations on Enterococus, this one on its intracellular aspect by Dr Tay Wei Hong.

Very nice work by Dr Chng Shu Sin on bacterial outer membranes.
A technical talk by Dr Ding that I had trouble following.
Quite interesting and troubling what happens at home after washing…

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