Dr Sean Wen: Oxford, Onward and Upward

He urges current students to be mindful of the time they have in IMU and to constantly keep the big picture in mind. He points out that the Biomedical Science programme offers a variety of modules in the life sciences, and it would be most beneficial to identify which module speaks the most to you be it laboratory, entrepreneur or research based. As shared earlier, industry placement should be given serious thought as it could turn out to be a platform that launches your career. Sean also encourages the idea of having conversations to refine the idea of which pathway will be the best fit for the student.


With regards to his experience of studying overseas, Sean confides that as far as scientific equipment and infrastructure goes, Malaysia is not too far behind. The edge lies in expanding one’s horizons and cultivating new experience and most importantly developing talent outside of our comfort zone. Above all, Sean insists that when deciding to further studies overseas it must first be done for the right reasons and for him it would be wanting to develop as a scientist and the desire to return to Malaysia and share the knowledge gained to bring Malaysia’s research game to the next level.


Sean fondly remembers that IMU encourages continuous learning, and this is especially true in the field of life sciences and medical sciences. In an arena where change is constant, to remain relevant one must endeavor to constantly develop professionally and improve.


Sean concludes our session by stressing on enjoying the journey rather than the destination. The lessons learnt throughout the journey may just be even far more illuminating.


As a true research specialist, he leaves us with a quote inspired by Thomas Edison regarding failed experiments that are the parts and parcels of a scientist’s life, “I have not failed. I have just found 100 ways that don’t work”. As Sean puts it simply “every day is a good day to begin again”.

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