10 questions with… Benjamin Heng


Dr Benjamin Heng is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the lead author of a study published last month in Breast Cancer Research.

The new research has uncovered the ‘secret pathways’ by some aggressive breast cancers to avoid detection, which will likely lead to improved treatments for metastatic breast cancers (those that spread to other parts of the body). Read about this breakthrough in The Lighthouse >>

1) In a nutshell, my job is to…
Work with inspiring colleagues and cancer carers/survivors to look for evidence, like a detective to catch the “culprit” that is causing a dreadful cancer!

2) My definition of success is…
Having a good work-life balance.

3) This year I want to…
…wait, what happened to 2020?

4) The scariest thing I’ve ever done is…
Learn about the evolution of Coronavirus in 2020.

5) As a kid, I was…
Very talkative and always asking questions about many topics around me.

6) My guilty pleasure is…

7) I’m scared of…
Being bored!

8) The most important thing I’ve learned in the last five years is…
Don’t take things for granted, be appreciative of others and always spend time with loved ones.

9) I’m happiest when…
I’m traveling with my wife to explore new cultures and places.

10) If I had the day off today, you would find me…
Buzzing around my garden, planting new plants.





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