Lisa NG Fong Poh
Lisa's research interest focuses on the immune responses of viral diseases that are epidemic or highly endemic in the tropical region. These include chikungunya virus, dengue virus, Zika virus and other related viruses. More recently, her team has made significant contributions to COVID-19. Her team has published in top tier scientific journals and made several key important findings to move the human immunology field forward in controlling chikungunya virus and Zika virus infections. For her previous work and contributions to SARS, she was voted “Most Inspiring Woman” at the Great Women of Our Time Awards for Science and Technology in 2005, and was conferred the Junior Chamber International (JCI) “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World” Singapore 2013 Scientific and/or Technological Development Award. In recognition of her meritorious research and development efforts on Asia’s infectious diseases, she was conferred the highly prestigious ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) “International Young Scientist and Technologist Award” in 2008. In recognition of her mentoring work for graduate students and scientists, she received the A*STAR “Most Inspiring Mentor Award” in March 2013. She was appointed Deputy Executive Director at the A*STAR Graduate Academy in 2017, and then as Executive Director from 2018 – 2020. She was recently appointed Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council. In her academic role, Lisa holds a secondary appointment at the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK as Chair and Professor since 2013. She also holds adjunct Professorships with the Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore NUS, and at the ‘Duke-NUS’ Graduate Medical School. Lisa is also appointed by Wellcome Trust in the International Interview Committee, where the committee interviews candidates shortlisted for the various International Fellowships. She also serves as an expert for the European Union Horizon H2020 proposals. Lisa also serve as the Academic Editor for several international scientific journals. She has organised and chaired numerous local and international meetings on scientific research, such as the Gordon Research Conferences and EMBO workshops.