Singapore Center of Excellence


Director, Professor Linfa Wang, PhD, Duke-NUS Medical School

The GVN Singapore Center of Excellence is led by Duke-NUS and is a composite of university, city, and country-wide researchers committed to monitoring, containing and treating major infectious diseases. Prof. Linfa Wang, Director of the GVN Singapore Center, continues the work of his predecessor, Professor Duane Gubler, who initiated the infectious diseases research program at Duke-NUS. Prof. Wang is a renowned expert of identifying emerging viral diseases of bat origin. He was instrumental in leading a three-nation five-institute team to successfully identify bats as the natural reservoir of SARS-like viruses in a One Health approach.

There are more than ten PIs in this GVN Center with expertise from outbreak response, pathogen discovery to diagnostics, pathogenesis and medical countermeasures. They conduct research on many different viruses, including MERS, Nipah, Dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever, avian influenza, Chikungunya and enteroviruses.

For an overview of GVN Centers of Excellence, click here.

Duke-NUS Medical School

8 College Rd. Singapore 169857

Professor Linfa Wang, PhD is the Director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School. His research group studies the bat’s innate defense mechanisms to understand their ability to live long and co-exist with viruses largely free of clinical diseases.  His other major research focus is to develop novel molecular and serological platforms for discovery-driven diagnosis of infections with unknown etiology. The Duke-NUS Medical School is a collaboration between Duke University and National University of Singapore. The programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases is one of the Signature Research Programmes in the school with the mission to conduct cutting-edge infectious diseases research that will enhance healthcare in Singapore and the region.

Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), A*STAR

8A Biomedical Grove
Levels 3 & 4
Immunos Building
Singapore 138648

Professor Lisa Ng, PhD is a Senior Principal Investigator at Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), which is part of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Her research focuses on the immune responses of arthrogenic arboviruses that are epidemic or highly endemic in the tropical region with a strong focus on Chikungunya virus. The aim is to expand the knowledge base in immunology research and translate research discoveries into clinical applications.

Environmental Health Institute (EHI) –  National Environment Agency

40 Scotts Road
#13 - 00 Environment Building
Singapore 228231

Professor Lee Ching Ng, PhD is the Director of National Environment Agency’s Environmental Health Institute (EHI) in Singapore and a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Reference and Research of Arbovirus and their Associated Vectors. She is a regular Temporary Advisor to the WHO – especially in the areas of dengue and chikungunya surveillance and control. The centre has contributed to regional capacity building through hosting ad-hoc attachments of public health practitioners at EHI, and organising a series of Asia-Pacific Dengue Workshops.

National Public Health Laboratory – Ministry of Health Singapore

9 Hospital Drive, Block C Level 4

Associate Professor Raymond Lin, MBBS, FRCPA, MSc is the head and Senior Consultant of the National Public Health Laboratory under Singapore’s Ministry of Health. The laboratory supports surveillance and outbreak investigation of communicable diseases in the country and will be co-located at the new National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

Lee Kong Chian Medical School – Nanyang Technological University

Headquarters & Clinical Sciences Building
11 Mandalay Road
Singapore 308232

Assistant Professor Dahai Luo, PhD, BSc is a faculty of the Lee Kong Chian Medical School, Nanyang Technological University. The main objective of his laboratory is to study the molecular biology of RNA and RNA-protein complexes, branching into two interrelated directions: (1) A complete and dynamic view of the viral RNA biogenesis; (2) Systematic study of the intracellular pathogenic RNA sensing and response. (http://www.lkcmedicine.ntu.edu.sg)

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine –  National University of Singapore

Associate Professor Justin Chu, PhD is the Director of the BSL3 Core Research Facility and a faculty member at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on molecular RNA virology and antiviral strategies and high content imaging platform technology. His current projects include human virome discovery, system biology approaches to study viral-host interactions, immunopathogenesis of viral infection and viral diagnostic approaches.   (http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/mbio/About-Us/Academic-Staff.html)

Defence Science Organisation (DSO) National Laboratories

12 Science Park Drive
Singapore 118225

Boon Huan Tan, PhD is the Director of the Defence Science Organisation (DSO) biological defence programme. The DSO national laboratories are the national defence research agency of Singapore. It conducts research in diagnostics and countermeasures. (https://www.dso.org.sg/)