Like many nations around the world, Singapore has felt the direct impact of COVID-19. The pandemic continues to put a strain on our health system, on the economy, and on the livelihoods of all Singaporeans.

In these unprecedented times, universities have a responsibility to lend expert opinion that guides public policy, and at the same time, dedicate their research capabilities towards finding solutions that will enable society to overcome this global crisis.

Researchers from NUS, Duke-NUS and NUHS have enthusiastically stepped forward to face these challenges.

COVID-19 Resources from our Schools and Faculties

Several NUS researchers, including Associate Professor Alex Cook, from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and Professor Paul Tambyah, from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSOM), have become leading voices in the local media on the COVID-19 related issues. Through their commentaries, they have provided regular and expert guidance on the implementation of mitigation strategies designed to prevent viral transmission, including social distancing, school closures, quarantine measures and the distribution and use of face masks.

For access to these and other commentaries visit NUS News or the following websites from our schools and faculties.

A multidisciplinary approach

The urgent and multifaceted nature of COVID-19 warrants interdisciplinary research and the rapid development of innovative solutions. To facilitate such research, NUS is investing its research efforts in methods to detect and test for COVID-19, behavioural studies and intelligent data modelling, and the development of improved PPE.

The NMRC has also funded research led by Associate Professor Alex Cook, who will undertake modelling and analytics for the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore; Prof Wang De Yun from YLLSOM, who will investigate the transmission and pathogenesis of (SARS-CoV-2) in the airways; and Associate Professor Raymond Seet from YLLSOM, who will undertake a seroepidemiology study among healthcare workers in Singapore.

NUS is engaged in the following COVID-19 related research projects and initiatives:


Asst Prof Shao Huilin

iHealthtech and Faculty of Engineering

Point of Care Rapid Diagnostics

About the Project
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Prof Chwee Teck Lim

iHealthtech and Faculty of Engineering

Serological Rapid Diagnostics

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Prof Linfa Wang and Asst Prof Danielle Anderson

Duke-NUS Medical School

Serological Test for Case Connections and Vaccine Development

About the Project

Prof Robert Morris, Prof John Eu-li Wong and Colleagues

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

COVID-19 Symptom Checker 

About the Project
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Prof Jerry Fuh and Dr David Allen

Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS) and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

3D Printed Nasopharyngeal Swabs

About the Project

Assoc Prof Paul MacAry

Life Sciences Institute and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Vaccine Development

About the Project

Prof Dean Ho

N.1 Institute for Health (N.1)

IDentif.AI - AI to determine combinations of therapeutics

About the Project

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Assoc Prof Alex Cook and Asst Prof Hannah Clapham

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Epidemiological Modelling


About the Project
JeremyLim HusoYi

Assoc Prof Jeremy Lim and Asst Prof Yi Huso

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Modelling Social Interactions of Migrant Workers in Singapore

About the Project

Ensuring trustworthy information around COVID-19

An important aspect in defeating COVID-19 is society’s response to the pandemic. In particular, the adoption of recommended policies on telecommuting and social distancing. Such measures can only succeed if people trust and rely on the information that reaches them. To this end, the Centre for Trusted Internet and Community (CITC), have launched a number of projects, and published several commentaries, aimed at identifying and addressing false information within the media related to COVID-19. Their work also focuses on identifying the prevailing concerns of society from social media activity.

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Establishing minimum standards for COVID-resilient dormitories

Researchers from Saw Swee Hock School of Public Policy, School of Design and Environment and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine are collaborating to establish minimum standards to minimise and enhance control of COVID-19 infections in Singapore's dormitories. 


Bioethics in health resource allocation

Together with the National Centre for Infectious Diseases and the National Medical Ethics Committee, researchers from the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics are initiating discussion on the creation of a national ethics framework to address health resource allocation during COVID-19

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