Professor Ng Huck Hui was appointed Executive Director of A*GA on 1 April 2017. He oversees AGA’s talent management and development strategy, and initiatives to nurture young STEM talent as well as a strong Singaporean scientific pipeline of talent.
Professor Ng is concurrently the Executive Director of GIS. He joined A*STAR as Group Leader (Biology) in GIS in 2003, before assuming the appointment as Acting ED GIS in January 2012 and ED GIS in October 2012. Under his leadership, GIS has grown to be a home for over 250 researchers working on different aspects of Human Genomics (Human Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Cancer Therapeutics and Stratified Oncology, Human Disease Models, Translational Genomics, Computational and Systems Biology).
Prior to joining A*STAR, Professor Ng was a postdoctoral fellow with Harvard Medical School under the prestigious Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Postdoctoral Fellowship. Professor Ng is renowned in the field of stem cells, having spent more than a decade in research to understand and uncover the intricacies of gene regulation and how they relate to cell biology. He was also the President for the Stem Cell Society Singapore, which is a major platform for educating the public on stem cell research. In 2016, Professor Ng was elected to be an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), making him the only associate member to be based in Singapore.
In recognition of his scientific contributions, Professor Ng has received numerous local and international honours and awards, including the Young Scientist Award in 2004, National Science Award in 2007 and President's Science Award in 2011.
Outside of A*STAR, Professor Ng is very active in the local universities and institutes, and holds adjunct positions at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS Faculty of Science, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Biological Sciences, and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI).
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