The following article was published by Burnaby now on March 15, 2013.
BY JENNIFER MOREAU, BURNABY NOW
The drive to succeed.
City woman’s childhood leads her to excel in the expanding field of stem cell research.
Living at home wasn’t easy for Burnaby resident Poh Tan, but one thing she knew for certain – she would never be like her parents.
Tan came from a broken home, with her mother and father constantly fighting and calling on the kids to watch. She started seeing a counsellor in Grade 10, after the family had moved from Malaysia to Burnaby years before.
“I was told when bad things happen you keep it in the family,” she says.
Close to Tan’s graduation, her parents finally split up, and the young woman focused on her provincial exams and getting into university. Her determination to excel and be better than her parents kept her focused. She was accepted to SFU to study biology and then the University of B.C. to do her PhD on stem cell research. Stem cells can reproduce themselves and make virtually any other cell in the body. She worked in a biotech company till she started her own consulting business in 2011, advising companies around the world how best to apply their technology in the stem cell field. Keep reading…