posted 26 Nov 2012

South-East Asian Zika Virus strain linked to cluster of cases in Singapore, Aug 2016

On 27 August 2016, Singapore reported its first case of local ZIKV transmission and identified an ongoing cluster. This article reports the genome sequences of ZIKV strains from two cases and find through phylogenetic analysis that these strains form an earlier branch distinct from the recent large outbreak in the Americas.  The findings came from work funded by a MOE Tier 3 grant led by Prof Paul Matsudaira.


23 Sept 2016

posted 26 Nov 2012

Paper by A/P Kunchithapadam Swaminathan in Science Advances
A/P Kunchithapadam Swaminathan undertook a study to learn the role of the gene (and protein) C9ORF72 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) during his sabbatical at Prof. Ramin Shiekhattar's lab at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, USA. This work is now published in Science Advances.

6 Sept 2016

posted 26 Nov 2012

$25M boost for marine science research

A new $25 million national Marine Science Research and Development Programme (MSRDP) funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation, with NUS as collaborator, will be led by Programme Director Professor Peter Ng Kee Lin from the Department of Biological Sciences


NUS News Jun 2016

posted 26 Nov 2012

Up close with sharks and dragons

A group of 24 NUS students, led by historian Dr John van Wyhe from Tembusu College and NUS Biological Sciences, conducted an extraordinary expedition through Indonesia from 9 to 20 May to study the state of nature conservation in the wildlife-rich archipelago. LINK

NUS News Jun 2016

posted 26 Nov 2012

A paper on Zika virus in Nature

A/P Lok Shee Mei and team has published a paper on the Structure of the thermally stable Zika virus. Link to the paper

Nature, 19 April 2016

posted 26 Nov 2012

New NUS research programme zooms in on mosquito saliva to fight dengue

A S$10 million research programme fronted by NUS and Duke-NUS Medical School will be set up to understand how mosquito saliva helps in disease transmission. The scientists, led by Prof Kini Manjunatha from the Department of Biological Sciences at NUS Faculty of Science, believe that they can cripple dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses by making the body resistant to mosquito saliva, so that it will no longer be able to spread the diseases efficiently. LINK

The Straits Times, 15 April 2016, Science, pB17

posted 26 Nov 2012

Master of Science by coursework Interest Survey

The Department of Biological Sciences is conducting an interest survey for a Master of Science by coursework degree. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and your response will be held in strict confidence although we do hope you can lend us your support by participating in the survey. The link to the survey can be found here LINK

Thank you.

DBS, 24 Mar 2016

DBS Colloquium and Seminars


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