Derrick obtained his Bachelor in Science (1st class Honors) and Masters in Biology at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Ph.D. (Chemical Biology) at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), USA, where he trained under Prof. Jeffery Kelly, a pioneer in the field of protein homeostasis. Next, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Ronald DePinho, a world expert in telomerase, aging and cancer, at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Harvard Medical School, USA, for his postdoctoral training. The laboratory subsequently relocated to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UT MDACC) when Prof. DePinho assumed the role of President of the largest cancer center in USA. Derrick joined the Department of Physiology at NUS as the President’s Assistant Professor in 2017. His research interests lie in the area of brain stem cell biology, focusing on understanding how aberrant brain stem cell behavior contributes to aging and cancer.