Name: Lin Kooi Ong, PhD (Medical Biochemistry)
Hometown: Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia
Current Position: Lecturer, Monash University Malaysia; Conjoint Fellow, The University of Newcastle
Q: What made you interested in a career in stroke?
A: I am fascinated about the brain, and I also want to contribute to people’s lives. I have family members and friends who suffer from stroke and neurodegenerative disorders. I feel that this is a rewarding career to investigate how the brain works and how to fix it when it fails.
Q: What has been your career path into this field?
A: I am passionate to undertake my research along discovery science to clinical translation with clear research impact not only academically but also to the society, economy and culture.
Q: Who is your stroke mentor or stroke hero?
A: Prof. Peter Dunkley, Prof. Michael Nilsson, Prof. Julie Bernhardt, Dr. Heidi Janssen, and many more, and a special shout-out to all the stroke survivors who participated in our studies. A stroke hero once said, “plateau” is a term you use for landscape but not in stroke recovery.
Q: What is a piece of advice you would give to a trainee?
A: Work hard, work smart, and work collaboratively. Be dedicated and passionate about what you do, and surround yourself with good people.
Q: What is your favorite hobby or way of de-stressing?
A: Outdoor activities, scuba diving, travelling, hanging out with friends, and some neuroprotective drinks.
Q: What is your favorite place to travel to?
A: I would recommend the Maldives for a relaxing holiday. Penang, Malaysia, is also an amazing spot.