Poh is an entrepreneur, a stem cell biologist, an educator, a volunteer and a mother. Poh’s current focus is on inspiring young children and their educators to use scientific thinking as a tool to open up their world and courageously walk into a bright future full of limitless possibilities.
Poh obtained her first PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC focusing on the biology of blood stem cells. Her experience led her to a successful career in the biotechnology sector and eventually, helped her become an entrepreneur with two businesses. After becoming a mother, she found her true passion – science education in the early years. Yearning to learn more about how preschoolers learn, she decided to pursue a second PhD to understand early learners development to hopefully one day, see the world as her children see it every day – as a fascinating and new place to learn. Her research is focused on understanding the development of scientific literacy through self-study, relational ontology and Hawaiian epistemology. She is a two time TEDx speaker and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals and is an author of two children's books.
Poh is part of the Community Scientist Initiative and Scientist in Schools Programs at the Telus World of Science, a graduate writing facilitator for the SFU library, an industry mentor for the Beedie School of Business and is active on the scientific panel at the Rare Genomics Institute. In addition, she expresses her creative side through the practice of hula. Poh has been a hula dancer and a student of Hawaiian cultural practices for over 13 years.