Monkol Lek is a trailblazer who always shows superhuman commitment to his chosen cause. From his humble beginnings in Blacktown, growing up as a Cambodian refugee, to running a research lab at Yale – one of the world's leading universities – Monkol’s story is simply extraordinary.
Faced with an uncertain future after being diagnosed with a rare muscular dystrophy, Monkol quit his job as a computer engineer and decided to retrain at the University of Sydney. He undertook a PhD in human genetics and informatics to try to understand the cause of his limb girdle muscular dystrophy. Here he also met his wife, Angela, who now collaborates with him at Yale, at the forefront of a new frontier of medical research to identify and correct faulty genes. Their findings so far have been personally life changing for Monkol and have the potential to be game changing for a number of diseases.
Monkol has been announced as one of TEDxSydney’s featured 2019 speakers. Sydney Ideas is pleased to partner with TEDxSydney to welcome our pioneering alumnus, Monkol Lek, back to the University. Join us to hear him talk about his research findings and personal tale of perseverance. His work pushes boundaries, crosses new frontiers and resonates with people around the world.
Monkol is an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Yale University. He leads a research group focused on researching the genetics of neuromuscular diseases and development of therapies.
He trained at the Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School, developing resources and methods to improve the genetic diagnosis of rare diseases. The includes building a resource that has been accessed more than 15 million times by rare disease researchers. He still calls Australia home and owes his success and strong work ethic to being raised as a Cambodian refugee, the youngest of seven children and educated in the public schools of Blacktown in the western suburbs of Sydney.
He did his higher education at the University of New South Wales and a PhD at the University of Sydney. In his spare time, he likes to play with his dogs, complain about anything, binge watch on Netflix and play computer games.
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