VISIT BY DR. PRIYADARSHAN
Friday, 28th July 2017 – The Centre for Chemical Biology (CCB) hosted a visit by Dr. P. M. Priyadarshan, formerly deputy director of Rubber Research Institute of India, who had a one-day official visit to Universiti Sains Malaysia. The much anticipated book Biology of Hevea Rubber, recently released at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on 4th August commemorating 140 years of the arrival of first rubber seeds at Singapore was authored by Dr. Priyadarshan. CCB has greatly benefited from the immense knowledge and ideas shared by Dr. Priyadarshan during his visit especially on the direction and future of rubber research at CCB. CCB has formerly published the first draft genome of Hevea rubber in 2013 and subsequently a second draft of the rubber genome in 2016. The director of CCB, Professor Dr. Alexander Chong Shu Chien, led a tour of the centre and explained research projects that CCB currently focusing. Dr. Priyadarshan then proceeded with a visit to School of Biological Sciences which was led by Professor Dr. Sudesh Kumar to explore research projects conducted at the newly established rubber tissue culture laboratory.