The Scientist Whos Enemy is Cancer
Dr Li Jingmei is advocating for better understanding in identifying breast cancer, and is also on a mission to bridge the generation, race and tech gaps when it comes to breast cancer research – but she’s going to need your data.
While most of us get a cursory “have a nice day” when we disembark from our taxis, Dr Li Jingmei gets a more direct proposition whenever she heads for the Genome Institute of Singapore at Biopolis, where she is a senior research scientist. Grab drivers invariably ask her: “So… have you cured cancer yet?” She could cheekily answer: “Well, how much time have you got?” But instead, the scientist sees it as an opportunity to share the strides she’s made and looking to make in her field. “It’s a moving target,” she says, and shares her conviction that prevention is as important as treatment, and lifestyle choices play a big part. “Hopefully, by the time I alight, I’ll have managed to inspire a fellow human being to live healthy and live well.”