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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

summary of learning experience in the UK

My alma mater invited me to submit an article for their newsletter. As mentioned ages ago, that i would like to share learning experience in the UK as well as reasons to study here, and also advice to future postgraduate, students who wish to study abroad, etc. Therefore, I have decided to publish the same article here. :-p

Information about Master degree at Glasgow

Glasgow and the UK:

Why did you choose to study in the UK?

I have decided to study in a UK-based university mainly due to the strong research culture, quality of education and standard of education offered. Also, it only spent one year for me to complete a master degree here.

Why you choose to study at Glasgow/ Scotland?

Glasgow University is one of the few institutions that offer various/ diverse research areas in plant science. This university is recognised as one of the leading universities in the research and academic performances (founded in 14th century, 4th oldest institution in the English spoken country, top 100 universities in the world).

Also, Scotland is a lovely place that has a lot of natural sceneries, historical sites and also mixtures of modern and classical buildings. The design and architecture of these buildings are impressive. Besides, life here is relaxing, enjoyable. Glasgow is one of the big cities in the UK, and I have many opportunities to mix/ interact with people throughout the world. People here are nice, helpful.

Your course:

Why did you choose your course—plant science?

My principal research interest lies in the field of plant stress (abiotic and biotic) and the tolerance mechanisms involved. The availability of research experts in this field and also the reputation of plant science group of Glasgow University have prompted me to purse plant science master degree here. My postgraduate study at Glasgow University has provided excellent skills needed to pursue a research career in Plant Science in the future.

What’s the best thing about your course?

This course has introduced me to state-of-the-art experimental approaches and techniques that were required in my research. Further training gained through close supervision from post-docs include forward planning skills as well as design proper experiment and analysis on data obtained from the project. Also, taught modules have given details about recent advances in Plant Science. While weekly research seminars from both divisional and external speakers as well as workshops attended (literature research skills, bibliographic software trainings, etc) have developed my intellectual skills.

Meanwhile, participation in the journal club discussion, taught me presentation skills and to critically discuss findings from the journal. Similarly, research presentation allowed me to discuss project works, trigger new ideas, and improve communication skills. I also have the opportunity to discuss my research works with academic/research staffs here, which are highly regarded as expert in their field of study.

Other than carry out my own research, I also have opportunity to involve in other research projects and publish some interesting results in journals.

Recently one of the research works I involved has been accepted to be published on Plant Journal (impact factor = 6.5), journal which ranked top 10 in Plant Science category. A co-authorship in a high impact peer-review paper will be an excellent kick-start in research career.

Besides, another project I involved at Glasgow is currently being assessed; hopefully I manage to publish second paper as well.

What’s your non-academic commitment in Glasgow?

By involving myself as a volunteer in International Advisory Group, Career Service of Glasgow University, I have various opportunities to work several projects with other international students, improve communication and leadership skills. Also, I have gain various information about the study/ career opportunities in the UK, Europe and even the world.

In addition, I am a volunteer in the e-mentor programme of Glasgow’s student network. I joined e-mentor programme due to the opportunity to interact with new/ prospective students, and share my experiences as an international student here.

What would you change?

Improve English speaking skills, dare to face challenges, confident. Life as a postgraduate is challenging, my master degree at Glasgow trained me to plan and manage time effectively

What advantages will your education give you?

I am aiming to pursue a career in research and academia with special reference to evaluate the impacts of environmental stress on plant growth and tolerance mechanisms involved. I wish to focus on this aspect as environmental stress is a contributing factor to low productivity in crops and subsequently causes famine and low income among poor farmers in the developing world. An excellent master training will serve as a stepping stone for me to purse doctorate degree in the future.

About PhD at Exeter University, England, UK.

What reason prompted me to pursue research in Plant Stress Tolerance?

Global famine/ potential food insecurities in the future. The impact of environmental constraints, e.g. abiotic stress (global warming, i.e. high temperature, drought, ) and biotic stress (pathogen infections on crops) further exacerbate this problem.

Some facts:

In developing countries

>800 million individuals short of food supply

1.3 billion people living less than USD 1 a day

Poor farmers: expensive price of herbicide, pesticide

Projected World human population (2050)

rise from 6.1 billion to 9.3 billion

therefore additional 50% of food production is required

* the sufficient production of crops to accommodate needs of world population in the future is under threat!!!

Therefore, understanding the mechanism of stress tolerance in plants and strategy to develop stress tolerant crop are essential to overcome a potential food crisis.

Research summary at Exeter University

Investigating protein and metabolite profiles of model plant, Arabidospsi thaliana in response to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Employ systems biology approach to integrate the resulting protein and metabolite profiles.

Systems Biology is a cutting edge study that using model and / or network to integrate interaction among biological components such as genes, metabolites, and proteins. This study involved experts from various fields such as mathematicians, engineers, bio scientists, etc.

Background of Exeter University:

· The Times Good University Guide ranks Exeter in 9th position.

· Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction

· Times Higher Education University of the Year 2007/08 · £25 million investment in new laboratories is underway, due for completion by 2010

· The School of Biosciences received substantial funding from the University Science Strategy and now has a next-generation DNA Sequencer and instruments for metabolomics and proteomics research

Your experience & advice:

Any advice for students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies/ study abroad?

Always plan ahead, do more research and seek advice from seniors, families, friends and academician. Also, self-discipline/ motivation, and also proper ways to reduce stress/ challenges are essential.

As researcher, you can’t expect movie every time, some time you have extra academic commitment, therefore self-disciple, great motivation when encountered failure is essential.

I was an average student last time (only fulfil minimum entry requirement to my first degree). However, with the positive attitude and interest on scientific research, I managed to build strong foundation which essential for my research career now.

Remember no matter what you do: PASSION, COMMITMENT, and PROLONGED INTEREST will drive you to achieve goal.

I also shared my life in the UK in the following blogs:-



What are the things that you have enjoyed most about your time here?

Opportunity to meet people across the world (Africa, America, Europe, Asia, etc) knows their culture and life styles.

Strong academic culture

First time I learn how to cook myself, become independent. Opportunity to meet new friend from different courtiers, and try cuisine from their country.

Exciting opportunity travel to many great tourist sports in the UK/ Europe.

Opportunity to visit museums, art galleries which are free-of-charge


Graduation @ UTAR, August 2008


Graduation @ Glasgow University, December 2009




Sunday, December 27, 2009

Fraudulent email—second attemp

I shared previous post about scam message (as showed below) from a local bank in Malaysia.



Two days later, I received another email as follow:


The content of this message as below:


Thank you for banking online at . At Maybank2u online, your security is our primary concern. And in order to safeguard you from the ongoing state of fraud and identity theft involving online account holders, we have recently suspended your maybank2u online banking access we have noticed some invalid logon attempts
Therefore your access was temporarily suspended and we requires you to re-activate your maybank2u access.
Click here to re-activate your online banking access
For security reasons, you are adviced to take an action immediately for your own safety
Transaction Authorisation Code (TAC) maybe required during the process of re-activation.

Thank you.
Maybank2u Online
© 2009 Security Advisor
(Do not reply to this email. Maybank retains the right to send you periodic updates on alerts and services).


I clicked on the link provided in the email, and led me to the following page:


See, not much difference with the legitimate one (below), which I clicked from the bank homepage, right?


The url for false site:


The url for true site:


* webpage for secure transaction will be displayed as https rather than http.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010


have a great celebrations :-p

Thursday, December 24, 2009

lab Christmas party—meal sorted!

following previous post on Christmas's meal menu


i have made choices as illustrated on the top figure.

enjoy this great festive season :-p

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter solstice

winter solstice falls on 22-Dec-09.We eat tangyuan this day.

Tangyuan (rice ball) is a traditional Chinese food made from glutinous rice and served with “sugar water”—water boiled with sugar, etc.

It may or may not contained fillings which made from sesame/ peanut, etc/

Luckily, I managed to get a pack of Tangyuan from oriental market at Exeter. :-p



Friday, December 18, 2009

gift from home

received big parcel from home recently. so touched and make me missed home so much


to show my commitment back home, i have purchased air ticket.


hope to see you guys shortly :-p

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

suspicious emails claiming from Maybank

I received a suspicious email claiming to be from Maybank yesterday. The email message as follow:


From my observations, several suspicious points as follow:

1) Sender email:

**please note the @domain (it’s in which is not the official domain if I guess it right (

**secondly, the bank will not asking for account reactivation/ password update, etc through email.

2) url attached in the email

**url/web address for redirection to the “e-banking site” will be provided in most scam emails. When I moved cursor to the hyperlink, it displayed the following url:

which is totally crap!!!

3) Format of the email itself

**If this email is for me, it should address me (e.g. Dear Mr. Lim, etc).

**every corporate email should have proper html letter head, design layout i.e. maybank logo, colour design etc.

**there should be a disclaimer statement at the bottom of each message.

My Action was:

Submitted the Phishing Report to Maybank.

Please pass this message around and always be alert. Go to the bank directly should you have any queries.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Graduation Ceremony @ Glasgow

Hooray, finally I have graduated from one the prestigious institution in the UK, Glasgow University.

I will share more information after Christmas Break.

Basically, I spent 2 nights at Glasgow, and had gret opportunities to meet colleagues, friends here. It was a great moment to meet you all! Thanks.

Back to Exeter, it’s time to rush my learning contract and progress report..Cheers

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Lab Christmas Party--Menu


I am attending the coming lab Christmas party, and we are allow to choose a 3-course meal from the menu above.


Hmm..thinking what to eat :p

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

website to share-Engage in Research


good revision materials for those want to recall their basic skills in science

visit the following site for more info

Friday, December 4, 2009

ck's convo now!

for more info, feel free visit the following site:

many thanks

Choon Kiat Lim
English Blog:
Chinese Blog:
Research Profile:

**This email and any attachment are intended to the addressee only and should not be forwarded to others without permission. Any views and opinions in this message are my own and do not represent views of any organization.**

invitation to ck's graduation



p/s: click on the image above will lead you to the online broadcast

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Invitation to CK’s Graduation Ceremony

Dear all,

I wish to invite you to attend my graduation ceremony at Glasgow University on 4 December 09 (Friday) @ 11am (Malaysia time: 7pm).

There will be a live webcast of the ceremony on the internet at: 

An archive of previous ceremonies is also available.

In addition, I will make live update through facebook mobile and twitter at:






away from exeter

I am leaving Exeter few days later to attend graduation at Glasgow. Will be there for 3D2N, a hectic and packed journey. I will only stay for a while, simply because I have scheduled meeting with supervisors, and discuss new experimental protcols as well as formal bi-monthly progress meeting that held few days later.

Travel itinerary as follow:

  • gathering with former flatmates
  • graduation and photo session
  • dinner with friends at Glasgow
  • dinner with colleagues
  • meeting with master’s supervisor at Glasgow, to discuss previous findings that will be reporting on journal. Hope get second paper published soon.
  • attending a plant science talk. surprisingly my Exeter’s co-supervisor will be giving a talk at Glasgow while i still at Glasgow too, so certainly i am going to his talk too.
  • squeeze a time slot to watch 2012. :-p

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

career advice from “Careers Blog 4 Int. Student@ Glasgow”

Read a post from Careers Blog 4 Int Student @ Glasgow, and found the following post maybe useful. Feel  free to watch the video on interview technique and other advices.


websites as follow:

Systems Biology Workshop @ Tremough, Cornwall Campus of Exeter

last month I went another campus of Exeter at Cornwall for a Systems Biology Workshop.

Many people in my home country not sure what Systems Biology is, I will describe this in details in the future.

Hopefully one day I will become the pioneer researcher in this field in Malaysia.

More will come, stay tune.


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

ck in the lab

I rarely share pictures (myself) in the lab, and here you are:-

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no much changes compared with few years ago, a typical nerdy look…haha

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

impact of stress (drought) on plant

sequence stress-dry

My PhD project is investigating the impacts of biotic and abiotic stresses on plant. This picture showed the detrimental effect on model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. Since Arabidopsis is a weed, imagine what will happen to our crops, vege(s) that are more “fragile”

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

birthday greetings-thank you!

Thank you for all the birthday greetings and wishes from friends and families.

for privacy measure, i have cropped the pictures below.

once again, many thanks :-p

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Proton in the UK

some pictures taken on our national car, Proton in various locations in the UK

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

paper accepted

My previous project at Glasgow has been accepted and will be published shortly. will share more info in the future, after the paper in press.

opportunity to publish research works is a great kick start for my early career in science.

Look forward to producing more quality and high impact works in my PhD research


Pictures below illustrated research works undertaken on the paper published.

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