Vice-Dean (Research) and
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore
Associate Professor Teo Yik Ying is currently the Vice-Dean (Research) at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Concurrently, he is also the Domain Leader of the Biostatistics Domain in the School, and holds the Directorship of two Centres: the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research in the National University Health System. He also holds a joint appointment at the Department of Statistics & Applied Probability, NUS Faculty of Science, and is an Associate Faculty Group Leader with the Genome Institute of Singapore.
Assoc Prof Teo is a statistician and obtained a First Class Honours degree from the Imperial College, UK, graduating top of his cohort on a Singapore Government Scholarship awarded by the Public Service Commission. He was subsequently awarded a Shell Centenary Scholarship to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with distinction. Awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Postgraduate Scholarship by the Public Service Commission and the NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship, Assoc Prof Teo continued with his PhD training at the University of Oxford, where he subsequently bagged another two scholarships – one from the Jesus College in Oxford and other, the Overseas Research Student Scholarship. He found his passion in statistical genetics and has gained international recognition for his work in genomics.
He has won numerous teaching and research achievement awards, such as the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from NUS in 2004, 2011 and 2013, the Exceptional Merit Award from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford (2007), the Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Oxford in 2006 and 2008, the National Research Foundation Research Fellowship (2010), the Young Scientist Award from the Singapore National Academy of Science (2010), and the Singapore Youth Award (highest accolade in youth for Science and Technology category) conferred by the Singapore National Youth Council (2011).
Assoc Prof Teo has developed several landmark statistical methods and genomic databases, and these have elevated genomics research in Singapore to international standards. He is best recognised as an enabler and a facilitator of high-impact genomics research, such as the development of the Singapore Genome Variation Project. This has served as a foundational element to the success of many subsequent genetics projects in Singapore. He has also been exceptionally active in building research capacity both locally and regionally, having organised genomics training workshops in Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.
For his distinguished achievements and contributions towards genomics research, Associate Professor Teo Yik Ying is awarded the Young Achiever Award.