An internationally-acclaimed biochemist, Professor Barry Halliwell is currently the Deputy President (Research and Technology) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He will become Senior Advisor to the President of NUS from 1 June 2015, and will continue to run his top-ranked research laboratory at the University.
Prof Halliwell is known especially for his seminal work on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in biological systems. He has been identified as one of the top 400 biomedical research scientists globally, and has a Hirsch Index of 141. Prof Halliwell's book Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine published by Oxford University Press, now in its fifth edition, is regarded worldwide as the authoritative text in the field.
Prof Halliwell was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2010 by the President of Singapore for contributions to Singapore, as well as the President’s Science and Technology Medal 2013 from the President of Singapore “for distinguished sustained and exceptional contributions to Singapore’s Science and Engineering landscape”.
The high impact journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling accorded Prof Halliwell the status of "Redox Pioneer" in 2011. He has received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine in the USA for overall sustained excellence in the field, the Ken Bowman Research Award for outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular research from the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences in Canada, as well as the Outstanding Researcher Award at NUS, among other accolades.
Prof Halliwell's research focuses on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in human disease, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders such as stroke, and the ageing process. His interest in identifying the most important antioxidants in the human diet and in developing novel antioxidants has critical bearing on treating human diseases and understanding how diet might cause or prevent them. Prof Halliwell's research laboratory at NUS - ranked number one worldwide by highest citation score in Free Radical Research - is pursuing research in optimal nutrition in Asians, and how diet and lifestyle can prevent the onset of dementia.
Prof Halliwell graduated from the University of Oxford with BA (First Class) and DPhil degrees. He holds a DSc degree from the University of London. He was a faculty member with the University of London, King’s College, from 1974 to 2000 and held a prestigious Lister Institute Research fellowship. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Visiting Research Professor of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry with the University of California, School of Medicine, Divisions of Cardiology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Prof Halliwell was a Visiting Professor of Biochemistry to NUS from 1998 to 2000. He was Head of the University's Department of Biochemistry from 2003 to 2007 and was Deputy Director, Office of Life Sciences from 2001 to 2005. From 2003 to September 2008, he was Executive Director of the NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences and Engineering.
Prof Halliwell is a Fellow of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine, as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of several editorial boards including FEBS Letters, and Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.
Prof Halliwell is a lead speaker at prestigious events worldwide, and a member of several expert advisory panels to leading universities, companies and government agencies.