Slovakian student at Duke-NUS Medical School found dead at Biopolis lab: report

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A 26-year-old foreign doctorate student was found dead at a laboratory in Biopolis on Tuesday morning, ChannelNewsAsia reported.

Katarina Chlebikova, 26, was a PhD student at Duke-NUS Medical School from Slovakia.

She is understood to have killed herself by inhaling nitrogen gas found in the lab, the report said.

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Chlebikova was 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 said they were alerted to a case of unnatural death at 61, Biopolis Drive, at around 10.45am.

The police said they are investigating the case as an unnatural death, the report said.

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 returned to Duke-NUS as a PhD student.

The lab's website has been removed, but a cached page can still be viewed.

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This article was first published on January 17, 2018