Medical Sciences Cluster

Inspiring Science For Health


In 1983, Associate Professor Chung Ching Ming, Maxey joined National University of Singapore (NUS) as a lecturer with the Department of Biochemistry. When he first joined, the department was still in the midst of shifting from the former location at Sepoy Lines to the current campus in NUS now. Fast forward 35 years, A/Prof Chung is now Deputy Head of Biochemistry, Deputy Chair of Medical Sciences Cluster, NUS, and President of the Asia Oceania Human Proteome Organisation (AOHUPO). We met and listened to his inspiring journey with NUS Medicine.

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When describing what first drew him to field of lipidomics, Professor Markus Wenk explained, “For me, I was always interested in reactions that occur at interfaces. In many scientific fields, incredibly interesting things happen at the boundary between two phases. As it happens, in biology, interfaces are often defined by membranes, and membranes are made of lipids.”

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SYNGO, a collaboration of 15 expert labs worldwide and the Gene Ontology (GO) Consortium, has released an online portal, which aims to represent the current scientific knowledge about synapses in structured frameworks, called ontologies. The release of SYNGO 1.0 is supported by the first scientific publication in the leading journal Neuron.

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In 2018, Dr Hong Hui Qi completed her post-graduate doctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr Polly Chen and Professor Daniel Tenen. Her research interest lies in RNA biology which is inspired by her final year project supervisor in Nanyang Technological University. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow working in Professor Gene Yeo’s laboratory.

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Sheau Yng’s scientific journey started in 2012 when she worked as a research assistant in Associate Professor Veronique Angeli’s laboratory.  In 2017, she received the Singaporean Society for Immunology (SgSI) travel award for her conference presentation titled “The Origin and Maintenance of LYVE-1-Expressing Macrophages” at the Keystone Symposia on Mononuclear Phagocytes in Health, Immune Defense and Disease Meeting.

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Liming with Prof Shen and Prof Yap
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We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Dr Wang Liming (Department of Physiology) who won the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Best Graduate Research Publication Award 2019. The award serves to recognise the graduate students’ contributions towards research in the School. These winners have published experimental findings from their graduate studies as first authors in high impact journals in 2018

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A collaborative study led by Professor A. Vathsala and Associate Professor Paul MacAry on organ recipient immune system interaction with transplanted organ offers new insights into chronic organ rejection.

People are and will always be our greatest asset. Join in in celebrating our colleagues from the Medical Sciences Cluster who received recognition for their long service and outstanding contributions towards education and research.

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