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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie

Currently, Dr Lai's goal is to foster the next generation of young scientist. So that one day, they will be ready to carry on passing the torch of knowledge to the next generation.

In 2010, he graduated from Monash University Malaysia, School of Science with Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience) (Hons). The next year, he was given the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in Monash University, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He successfully obtained his doctoral degree in 2016.

Research interests

My primary research interest is a study on the aetiology of Parkinson’s disease. In the elderly, Parkinson’s disease developed due to a pathological decrease in dopamine levels. The decrease in dopamine levels is the result of the loss of dopamine producing neurons within the substantia nigra region of the brain. My intention is to study the molecular pathway for the development of PD so as to identify new possible ways of reducing the risk of developing PD.

Monash teaching commitment

  • ANT1800 (Introduction to anatomy and medical terminology)
  • PHY2810 (Physiology of human body systems)
  • PHY2820 (Physiology of human health)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences , PhD, The Role of Melatonin on Brain Iron Homeostasis and Its Relation to Parkinson's Disease, Malaysia Jeffrey Cheah Sch of Med & HS

1 Sept 201112 Jul 2016

Award Date: 5 Oct 2016

Research area keywords

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Molecular Biology