Dr Ling Ka Yi

Chief Scientific Officer & Co-founder of Shiok Meats

Dr Ling Ka Yi is a developmental biologist with over 10 years expertise in tracing and studying stem cells during development. Ka Yi received the prestigious A*STAR’s National Science Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


She worked closely with stem cell and developmental biology experts like James Thomson, Davor Solter and Barbara Knowles. Following graduation, Ka Yi did her postdoc at IMCB, A*STAR. She is an active science communicator since her days in Madison and frequently takes part in Singapore’s science outreach events. She also did a podcast called “Science Now” and “Life after PhD” with fellow scholar. Ka Yi is passionate about marrying her experience in biotech research and her love for food to produce sustainable food products.


In August 2018, she co-founded a cell-based crustaceans startup called Shiok Meats, along with Dr Sandhya Sriram.

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