Duke-NUS PhD Student Believed to have Killed Herself by Inhaling Nitrogen Gas in Biopolis Laboratory


Slovakian national Katarina Chlebikova, a PhD student at the Duke-NUS Medical School, was found dead this morning at a laboratory in Biopolis.

The 26-year-old is believed to have killed herself by inhaling nitrogen found in the laboratory.

Chlebikova was reportedly an intern at the Claridge-Chang Lab, which is affiliated with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Police and SCDF responded to the incident at 10.45am.

The incident has been classified as a case of unnatural death and investigations are ongoing.

Chlebikova graduated with a degree in biological natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.

She worked at the lab in 2013 before pursuing a master’s degree at Edinburgh University, and had returned to Duke-NUS to pursue her doctorate.



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