Prior to joining Spruson & Ferguson (Asia), Charles was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. His research at A*STAR focused on the molecular and developmental biology of ciliated tissues, and sought to better understand mechanisms underlying chronic respiratory diseases and polycystic kidney disease.
Charles holds a PhD degree in Life Sciences from the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he discovered and characterized a unique small GTPase critical for the survival and proliferation of the parasite T. brucei, the causative agent of the Sleeping Sickness. He obtained his Bachelor of Sciences (Biotechnology) from Sun Yat-sen University in China and obtained undergraduate credits from University of California at Los Angeles where he spent one term studying in the College of Life Sciences. Charles has published multiple first-author articles in well-regarded journals and has presented in international academic conferences in the US and Europe.
At Spruson & Ferguson, Charles is mainly focused on the drafting and prosecution of patents in the field of life sciences and biotechnology.