Area of Current Research Interests
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of cell injury and death in human disease and in response to toxins.
The role of antioxidants in nutrition, health and disease.
Natural and synthetic antioxidants as therapeutic agents, especially for neurodegenerative disease.
Fundamental mechanisms of the ageing process
Head of Biochemistry Department, King’s College (1988-1990).
Professor of Medical Biochemistry in the Division of Pharmacology, University of London, King’s College, 1998-2000.
Deputy Director, Office of Life Science, NUS 2001-03
Head, Department of Biochemistry, NUS 2000-2007.
Executive Director, NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences & Engineering, 2003-2008.
Deputy President (Research & Technology), NUS, 2006-May 2015.
Senior Advisor to the President
NUS, Jun 2015-May 2018
Award from the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Top Cited Scientist in the United Kingdom in Biomedical Sciences, 1999.
Chosen as a founder member of the ISI database of the world’s most influential scientists in Biology and Biochemistry, 2000.
Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Scientist (cross-field)
Awarded by Thomson Reuters as one of the world’s most highly-cited researchers in Neurobiology & Behaviour, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biology and Biochemistry.
Awarded lifetime membership of the Oxygen Club of California, 2002.
Awarded the status of “most cited scientist” in Agricultural Sciences, ranked 16 out of 1663 worldwide in ISI database, 2003.
Awarded Research Excellence Award, School of Medicine, NUS, 2005.
Laboratory ranked number 1 worldwide by highest citation score in Free Radical Research, 2007.
Awarded “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine in the USA, 2008.
Awarded by FEBS Letters as top reviewer for 2009-2010.
Awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the President of Singapore for contributions to Singapore, 2010.
Awarded by Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) as a “Campus Leader Who Cares” in 2011
Awarded the Ken Bowman Research Award for outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular research from the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (Canada) in 2011.
Awarded status of “Redox Pioneer” by the high impact journal Antioxidants & Redox Signaling in 2011.
Two research papers were recognized as Citation Classics by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) and a commentary published in Current Contents.
Awarded NUS University Award – Outstanding Researcher Award in 2012.
Recognised as a Fellow of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine for outstanding contributions made to the association as well as the field of free radical chemistry, redox biology and antioxidants, 2012.
Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012.
Awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the President of Singapore “for distinguished sustained and exceptional contributions to Singapore’s Science and Engineering landscape”, 2013.
Received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Singapore Neuroscience Association, 2014.
Received the Society of Nutrition and Food Science Advances in Nutrition Research Award, 2015.