Ho Han Kiat

Ho Han Kiat


I think the ART of good teaching is firmly anchored on the HEART for teaching. One must first enjoy the process of teaching in order to be motivated to improve, to innovate, and even to re-invent. To fuel that passion, we should adopt a learner’s mindset unceasingly, gaining new insights along the way. In so doing, I hope we can all rediscover the joy of apprenticeship, and help others achieve the ends of the learning without compromising on the means to get there.

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Dr. Han Kiat Ho is an assistant professor at the Department of Pharmacy, appointed since July 2009. He received his Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) with First Class Honors from NUS in 2000, having also won the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and Chalmers Medal in 1999 as one of the top and most proficient graduate of the programme. In 2000, he received the inaugural EDB overseas postgraduate scholarship in life sciences, and was subsequently inducted into A*STAR as the pioneer batch of overseas PhD scholars. With this award, he obtained his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2005, investigating the molecular mechanisms of specific drug-induced liver toxicity (under the mentorship of Prof Sid Nelson). After which he returned to Singapore for a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship with Prof Axel Ullrich, investigating the roles of tyrosine kinases in various malignancies. In July 2009, he started his assistant professorship at NUS, and began building his own research program focusing on drug-induced liver toxicity, as well as exploring new drug targets for liver cancer. He also directs a toxicology division within a newly founded Drug Development Unit in NUS and is a young member of the NGS program. He has published more than 38 papers in internationally recognized journals, and has won multiple teaching excellence awards, culminating with the Honour Roll placements at both Faculty and University level in 2013/2014. Recently, he was appointed a fellow of the prestigious NUS Teaching Academy.

About being a part of the Academy…

Being part of the Academy is accepting a call to greater commitment towards teaching. I believe Teaching Academy plays a key role in NUS as a conduit to advocate good teaching practices and influence education policies so that our graduates can become more workforce-ready and future-ready. Beyond that, it is a champion for scholarship in teaching through leading by example and equipping the rest of the academic community with the know-how to do so.

 Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching (AY2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding teaching (AY2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Honor Roll (AY2012/13)
  • Annual Teaching Excellence Honor Roll (AY2012/13)
  • Liew Weng Chee Scholarship 2013 provided for overseas training (including teaching engagements) at the Institute of Drug Safety Sciences, University of North Carolina
  • Inducted into the NUS Teaching Academy (2014-2017)