20 May 2019

Monkol Lek - Changing the genetics game

From Afternoons, 3:11 pm on 20 May 2019
Monkol Lek

Monkol Lek Photo: Supplied/Yale

For most of his life, Cambodian refugee Monkol Lek seemed to have a guardian watching over him. His family was able to flee Cambodia during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge to live a peaceful life in Australia.

He was Dux at school, went to university and got a lucrative job with IBM.

Then he was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. He decided that if someone was going to come up with a cure, it would have to be him. He went to medical school and now he has his own  genetics lab at the prestigious Yale University. 

Monkol Lek shares his story and his ground breaking work.