Fook Tim Chew
Associate Professor CHEW Fook Tim is currently the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at National University of Singapore (NUS), overseeing the Science Undergraduate Curriculum and International Study Abroad Programs. He also oversees the Undergraduate Curriculum of the combined College of Humanities and Sciences at the University. He is an Associate Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, teaching both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Molecular Genetics, and Crop Biotechnology; and the Principal Investigator of the Functional Genomics Laboratories. His key areas of research are in the Genetics of Allergic and Skin Diseases, as well as Large-Scale Crop and Animal Breeding. He is the lead scientific consultant to several major Agri-Businesses including Sime Darby, First Resources, Genting Plantations and Olam International, where he works on the Genetics of Major Crops, and the Commercialization of the Molecular Breeding and Seed Production Programs. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Governing Board of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) as well as the Governing Board member of the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology. In addition, he has been the Principal Investigator for collaborations with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Danone-Nutricia, Nestle-Galderma, Proctor & Gamble, and Syngenta. He also serves as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Associate Editor of the Frontiers in Allergy and several other journals. For his contributions to teaching, research and service, he has been awarded multiple National and University Awards, including the National Day - Long Service Medal, the Singapore Youth Award (for contributions in Science and Technology) and NUS Excellent Teachers (Teaching Excellence Award).