As we approach International Women’s Day 2020 we are featuring some of the women who are leaders within our organisation.
We continue this series with Biology Lead, Poh Sim Khoo.
What is your role and what led you there?
Science Lead, Biology
My PhD project involved performing a high throughput screen, which was an aspect that I really enjoyed. This experience led me to my current position in the Drug Discovery Centre at the Children’s Cancer Institute where I am involved in assay development, screening and exploratory work around the biology of our targets. I’ve had the opportunity to step into project management and leadership roles during my time with Cancer Therapeutics.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
I can think of several people along my career path that have been generous with their time and support – for which I am thankful. On a personal level, my Dad always supported my curiosity and encouraged me to follow my interests which played a big role in me now working in science.
Where do the great ideas come from in your organisation?
One of the strengths of our regular project meetings is that they involve the full project team from the partner sites. We all bring different skill sets and experience, and great suggestions have come from all corners of the organisation.
What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Resilience. Sometimes (or in science, often) things don’t turn out as planned. The ability to roll with it and find another solution is important.
What advice would you give someone going into a similar position for the first time?
You will meet and work with people who are experts at what they do. It’s a good chance to ask questions and learn from their experience.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop in your role?
Attending conferences is a great way to hear new discoveries and meet others working in the field. There are also many opportunities to attend courses and networking events to develop other skills, so I try to include these where possible.