Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Appoints Executive Director

15-May-2011 | News-Press Release

Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and National University of Singapore (NUS) are pleased to announce that Professor Chan Soh Ha has been appointed the Executive Director of TLL with effect from 18 April 2011. He will work closely with TLL's Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board to develop TLL into a world-class research institution.

Professor Chan is an Emeritus Professor of NUS. He was previously the Director of WHO Immunology Centre in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS from 1976 to 2006, and was the Director of the National University Medical Institutes from 1999 to 2002. He headed the Department of Microbiology from 1991 to 2002 and was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1999 to 2001. 

As an expert in the field of microbiology, Professor Chan has made major scientific contributions to the understanding of vaccination against infectious diseases in Singapore and the pathogenesis and host immune response to Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC).  Professor Chan has also helped to establish Singapore as a leading centre for tissue typing in the Asian region. Some of his greatest achievements have been the discovery of a new Chinese tissue type antigen called Singapore-2 and more recently, the new tissue type antigen called DR11CCY.

Professor Chan Soh Ha says, “It is my great privilege to join TLL and the management to build upon the achievements that TLL has made since its inauguration. I look forward to upcoming developments and working with the TLL community to bring about success for the institution.”

Said Prof John Wong, Deputy Chief Executive of National University Health System and Dean of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, “I am happy that Prof Chan is taking on the additional leadership role as Executive Director of the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory. His vast experience will undoubtedly help position and push TLL as a world leading research facility.”

Dr Tan Guong Ching, Chairman of TLL says, “We are extremely proud of Prof Chan Soh Ha’s appointment as TLL’s Executive Director. His credentials and achievements are outstanding and internationally recognized. We firmly believe that he will provide great leadership and foresight at TLL.”

Professor Chan has received several awards and accolades such as the Asia Pacific Society of Medical Virology Excellence Award in 2006.

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