Welcome to Prof James P Tam Lab


James P. Tam
Lee Wee Nam Professor
Director, Synzyme and Natural Products Center
School of Biological Sciences
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

James P. Tam was the founding dean and the founding director of biological research center of the School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Currently, he is the Lee Wee Nam Professor and Director of the Synzyme and Natural Products Center.

He received his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA and held appointments as Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University, USA (1982-1991), Professor at Vanderbilt University, USA (1991-2004) and The Scripps Research Institute, USA (2004-2008). His research work focuses on the discovery, design and development of therapeutics, particularly orally active biologics. 

Professor Tam has published more than 330 papers in these areas of research. For his contribution in peptide sciences, he has received the Cathay Award by the Chinese Peptide Society (CPS), Vincent du Vigneaud Award, the Rao Makineni Award, the Merrifield Award by the American Peptide Society (APS), the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Akabori Memorial Award by the Japanese Peptide Society (JPS), and the Josef Rudinger Memorial Lecture Award by the European Peptide Society (EPS). He was elected as Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science in 2018. He was elected as Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science in 2018.

In addition to his scientific research, he has also been active in the peptide community. Besides serving on many editorial boards, he organizes international peptide and protein symposia and was a co-founder of the past ten International Chinese Peptide Symposia. He received the Cathay Award from the Chinese Peptide Society, China in 1996. He was also honored as Honorary Professor at Peking University and Peking Union Medical College.​​​​​​​​