After completing his degree in Mechatronics Engineering, Clarence went on to pursue a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University. During that time, he was exposed to the power of advanced light microscopy and its ability to further the understanding of biology in stem cells. It was during his DPhil at Oxford University where he picked up an old experimental technique but with so far untapped potential. Light could be used to, not only interrogate biology, but also manipulate and interact with it in a process called ‘Optoporation’. This is how he became involved in using lasers to introduce foreign ‘cargo’, such as novel drugs, into cells for testing.
At the Structural Genomics Consortium, Clarence’s main research interests involve using microscopy to find drugs that can further our understanding of what the proteins in our cells actually do. Apart from his primary research duties, he manages the Botnar Research Centre’s microscopy facility where he has been assisting in the department’s annual efforts to inspire school leavers towards a career path in science and medicine. A semi-professional composer and filmmaker, Clarence also hopes to one day produce a full-featured epic action film to showcase the exciting science around his department to schools.