University Awards
Recognising Excellence

Scientific Achievements

  • Published several seminal papers which have defined the functional significance of microglia
  • Pioneer in demonstrating that microglial cells in the brain are derived from monocytes, a finding that sparked enthusiasm in microglial research and profoundly impacted the field of neuropathology
  • Devised different experimental models to study the response and functions of microglial cells in the brain, furthering understanding of microglial cells now known to be implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases and disorders
  • Outstanding contributions to the field of neuroscience with over 350 publications and a sought-after reviewer and editorial board member of leading international journals

Academic And Service Achievements

  • Distinguished scholarship, competent academic leadership and sustained service to the University spanning more than four decades since joining NUS in 1972
  • Raised the level of achievement and visibility of the Department of Anatomy to new heights as Head of Department, developing it to become known for quality research and growing the Anatomy Museum into one of the world's leading learning resource centres
  • Member, National Medical Research Council Neuroscience Subcommittee, Singapore (2002 – 2006)
  • Member, Advisory Editorial Board of
    • Current Medicinal Chemistry
    • Journal of Anatomy
  • President, Singapore Neuroscience Association (1994 – 1998)
  • Member, Senate Delegacy (since 2009)
  • Member, University Senate (since 1990)
  • Head, Department of Anatomy (1998 – 2008)
  • Member, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine's
    • Faculty Teaching Excellence Committee
    • Electron Microscopy Committee
    • Graduate Programme Committee
    • Department Evaluation Committee
    • Panel of Research Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Member, Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Long Service Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (2013)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Singapore Neuroscience Association (2012)
  • Research Excellence Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (2006)
  • Honorary Professor, Kunming Medical University, China (2003)
  • National Day Long Service Award (2009)
"To dedicate more time to teach and teach well, so that all medical and dental undergraduate students are fully equipped with a sound knowledge in human anatomy and a solid foundation in basic medical sciences before they move on to their clinical training."