University Awards
Recognising Excellence

Scientific Achievements

  • Directed an active research laboratory that made contributions to understanding Parkinson's disease and defined the molecular mechanisms through which hexane and carbon disulphide exposure result in damage to the nervous system
  • Published some 120 peer-reviewed articles, 17 book chapters and was editor for two books
  • Attracted generous competitive funding from national research institutions

Academic And Service Achievements

  • Served as director of Duke-NUS' Body and Disease course, the longest of four interdisciplinary basic science courses in Duke-NUS' first-year curriculum, and also worked to achieve parity between these courses with those at Duke
  • Instrumental in bringing about TeamLEAD (Learn, Engage, Apply, Develop), a learning model that focuses on peer teaching, collaboration and self-directed learning, and which has attracted keen interest from universities, hospitals and governments from around the world
  • Introduced the Duke-NUS Advisory Colleges modelled after the Advisory Dean System he instituted at Duke in 1987 to offer mentoring and support as well as facilitate relationship-building among students and foster opportunities for recreation and community service
  • Helped generate interest in Duke-NUS at leading universities, promoting it as a graduate medical school of choice and the unique strengths and opportunities it offers
  • Visiting Professor and Course Director, Body and Disease, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (2006 – 2013)
  • Member, Admissions, Curriculum and Promotions Committees, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (2007 – 2013)
  • Member, National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, US National Institutes of Health (1993 – 1996)
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (1998 – 2001, 1993, 1981)
  • Associate Editor of
    • Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1986 – 1987)
    • NeuroToxicology (1982 – 1984)
  • Member, Editorial Board of
    • Neurodegeneration (1991 – 1993)
    • Chemical Research in Toxicology (1987 – 1990)
    • NeuroToxicology (1981 – 1984; Associate Editor between 1982 – 1984)
    • Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health (1979 – 1983)
  • Visiting Professor and Course Director, Body and Disease, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (2007 – 2013)
  • Member, Admissions, Curriculum and Promotions Committees, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (2007 – 2013)
  • Dean's Award, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (2011)
  • Founder's Award, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (2011)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Duke Medical Alumni Association (1997)
  • Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award, US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (1989 – 1999)
" To support the mission of Duke-NUS by participating in the recruitment of outstanding applicants for admission and by serving as a liaison between Duke-NUS and Duke University School of Medicine."