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22 November 2016
SBS Faculty Retreat 
The SBS faculty retreat held on 17 to 18 November 2016 at Capella Singapore in the popular island resort of Sentosa. The 2-day retreat saw more than 50 faculty members coming together to discuss strategic issues facing the academic programmes and research clusters. The school had the honour of having Professor Bertil Andersson, President of NTU, joining in for dinner.   

Long service awards were given out during the retreat to the following faculty members in recognition of the dedication and service to the school.
Long-service award recipients:
Prof Gerhard Grüber - 10 Years
A/Prof Liang Zhao-Xun – 10 Years
A/Prof Surajit Bhattacharyya – 10 Years
A/Prof Sze Siu Kwan, Newman – 10 Years
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Prof Bertil Andersson, President of NTU, giving an informal speech during dinner.
Faculty members having a delightful alfresco dinner.  




(Left to Right) Long Service Award Recepients - Prof Gerhard Grüber, A/Prof Liang Zhao Xun, A/Prof Surajit Bhattacharyya  and A/Prof Sze Siu Kwan, Newman


14 November 2016
Our Graduate Students Jackie Tan, Larry Loo and Everett Koh walked away with $5000 by winning the First Prize of the NTU-Quintiles Challenge 2016!
Following their success at the Singapore Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme Competition, PhD Students Jackie Tan and Larry Loo teamed-up wih Everett Koh for another bio-entrepreneurship competition hosted by Quintiles and NTU. The competition which concluded on 7 November challenged the participants to develop solutions to real world problems encountered in clinical trials. The teams had to tackle one of the three key problems in clinical trials – Taking the Right Medications, Prediction of Patient Quality Risks and Identifying Best Clinical Research Sites.
Team Theragyne made up of Jackie, Larry and Everett addressed the problem of Patient Quality Risk and their solution was a computer app that uses an algorithm to predict clinical trail audit status. Their team outwitted 30 other teams and beat the 9 finalists to clinch the top prize. 
Congratulations to Team Theragyne! 



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28 October 2016
Kudos to our PhD students Jackie Tan, Larry Loo and their team for winning the “Most Original Award” at the 1st Singapore Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme Competition.
Our PhD students Jackie Tan and Larry Loo together with three other team members clinched second place in the 1st Singapore Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) Competition.
Organised by YES Organising Group, Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), A*STAR’s commercialisation arm ETPL and global consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G), the aim of YES is to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas amongst postgraduate researchers.
Of the 28 teams that participated, Jackie and Larry’s team – Temasek Therapeutics made it to the top 5 to enter the finals where they clinched “The Most Original Award” and second place for their business idea to use a phone app to measure skin tone and formulate a personalised skincare product to achieve the ideal skin tone that the user wishes to achieve.
The Temasek Therapeutics team members are (left to right):
-       Jackie Tan, PhD Student, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
-       Larry Loo, PhD Student, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
-       Delon Toh, Post-doctorate Researcher, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR
-       Kenny Low, PhD Student, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR
-       Cally Owh, M.Eng Student, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR



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27 October 2016
Our school would like to congratulate Prof James Tam for receiving the Akabori Memorial Award given by the Japanese Peptide Society in October 2015 at the 53rd Japanese Peptide Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. This award established in 2000 in commemoration of Dr. Shiro Akabori based on the donation by Dr. Rao Makineni recognises individuals for outstanding contribution to peptide science.


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22 August 2016


Prof Joe Yoon Ho Sup, Professor of School of Biological Sciences, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in July 2016. 

Founded in 1841, RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. RSC partners with industry and academia, advises government on policy, and promotes the talent collaboration, innovation, formation and ideas that lead to great advances in science. The Fellow status is awarded to individuals who have "made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of chemical sciences; or to the advancement of the chemical sciences as a profession; or have been distinguised in the mangement of a chemical sciences organisation". The names of newly elected Fellows will be published in The Times (London) newspaper in the near future. 



10 June 2016


The Straits Time featured our biological sciences student Wee Soon Keong & Mohamed Shafiq Mohamed Sahib who are in the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme. They have come up with portable diagnostic tools made from everyday items! These easy-to-assemble equipment will be taken to Philippines as part of their humanitarian trip to help local organic farmers. 


‘Cheap,portable lab tools from everyday items’, The Straits Times, 10 June 2016



8 June 2016


Ridhwan Muzaki who is graduating this year, is one of 4 siblings who have gone through our School of Biological Sciences programme! All 4 are still working or studying in SBS, his near-failure spurred him to succed.

'Moments of near-failure spurred him to succeed’, The Straits Times, 8 June 2016




5 June 2016


Maria Noviani a former undergraduate from our School of Biological Sciences received scroll at Duke-NUS Medical School's sixth graduation ceremony. However, the occassion was bittersweet for Maria who juggled studies and caring for her ailing mum. Read about her story that was featured on The Sunday Times. 

'Glad to graduate, sad that mum missed it', The Sunday Times, 5 June 2016 



1 May 2016


Hey! Magazine front cover feature of our student Neo Wei Yi who had a very interesting internship experien​ce in the Maldives.


‘I was an intern in the ocean’, Hey!, 2016 May-Jun Issue

More internship stories of our students can be fo​und here



20 April 2016 

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has made a steady rise in a global ranking of scientific research, according to the report compiled by Nature Publishing Group. NTU climbed three places to reach the 37th spot this year.

'NTU moves up in global ranking of science research in reputable journals', The Straits Times, 20 April 2016 

19 April 2016 

Our alumni Teo Shun Xie, stunning preformance at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup bags her the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol category. Shun Xie, who is a research officer at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), stellar performance secures her position as a Singapore representative at this year Olypmics! We wish her the very best! 

'Teo's world-class performance', The Straits Times, 19 April 2016 


​30 March 2016 


Assistant Professor Yang Liang and his research team has discovered way to improve effectiveness of antibiotics. 

This research was featured on Channel News Asia Online, 'Discovery boosting effectiveness of antibiotics 'major step forward': NTU scientists', Channel News Asia Online, 30 March 2016


​23 March 2016 


Congratulations to Dr. Sachel Mok from Assoc. Prof Zbynek Bozdech’s lab, for being awarded the prestigious Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowship.


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19 March 2016 

The Straits Times highlighted one of our former biological sciences student – Allister Tham who is part of Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Management Associate (MA) programme to groom new graduates for future leadership roles.


‘Healthcare,tech fields grooming more leaders’, The Straits Times, 19 March 2016



10 March 2016 

Congratulations to two of our faculty member on receiving the Nanyang Awards 2016.

College Award – Assoc. Prof Ajai Vyas
School Award – Asst. Prof Xavier Roca



1 March 2016 

Hey! Feature on ‘Let me tell you about NTU’, showcases one of our year 2 biological sciences student, Ivory Yeo who is in the CN Yang Scholars programme.


'Let me tell you about NTU’, Hey!, 2016 Mar-Apr Issue



29 February 2016

Announcement: "Winners of Symmetry of Life" Photocontest.

We received an overwhelming response from the junior colleges, polytechnics and NTU undergraduates. It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the “Symmetry of Life” photo contest.

1st: Lim Jun You, Broy, School of Art, Design Media, Nanyang Technological University, titled 'Enthrall'

2nd: Lye Hui Li, Jasmine-Victorina, School of Art, Design Media, Nanyang Technological University, titled 'The Last Supper'  

3rd: Aaron Soares, Catholic Junior College, titled 'The Waiting Game' 

Merit 1: Mak Keng Wai, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, titled 'Bilateral Symmetry of a Fern' 

Merit 2: Tang E-Reng, National Junior College, titled 'Drift' 



24 February 2016

MediaCorp Channel 8 programme, Tuesday Report: All in the Family 星期二特写:家庭兵, episode 5 featured our BMS alumni, Yeo Eng Hwee and her husband Chan Chen Chun, a third generation of Chinese physician of the Chan family in Singapore. Watch the episode here on Toggle.

Video: Tuesday Report: All in the Family, Episode 5, 23 Feburary 2016



18 February 2016 

The Straits Times reported on our school’s community herb garden which is home to more than 300 species of Chinese herbs. These medicinal herbs are used for research and are given away free to visitors including people with cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

‘Teaching garden that gives and gives’, The Straits Times, 18 February 2016.



1 February 2016 

The New Paper featured our former double degree student, Zhang Ruifen in biomedical sciences and chinese medicine, on her practice as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician.

Confessions of a tcm practitioner: she’s had a patient drop his pants’, The New Paper, 31January 2016.



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