Duke-NUS Approved Mentors

The mentored research experience provides a unique advantage to Duke-NUS medical students. Students interact one-on-one with research faculty, participate in cutting edge biomedical research, develop grant writing skills, contribute to the scientific literature, and refine presentation skills. Here are our Duke-NUS approved research mentors:


 Dr Amos Loh 

Research interests: 

  • Clinical and translational research in paediatric solid tumors, in particular, the development of models of paediatric solid tumors for the conduct of preclinical trials of novel potential treatment strategies
  • Discovery of biomarkers for prognostication and therapeutic stratification of paediatric solid tumours



Assoc Prof Brian Goh 

Research interests:

  • Clinical outcomes after pancreatic and liver resections and oncological outcomes of liver and pancreatic malignancies.
  • Performs mainly clinical cohort studies and systematic reviews in this field



Dr Emile Tan

Research interests:

  • Functional disorders of the colon and rectum
  • Colorectal cancer survivorship and outcomes
  • Surgical technology



Assoc Prof Gopal Iyer

Research interests:

  • Clinical and translational research on individualizing treatment in patients with head and neck cancers
  • Identification of novel pathways and compounds to target cancer cells in various in vitro models including cancer stem cells



Assoc Prof Cheah Peh Yean 

Research interests:

  • Translational research on colorectal cancer (CRC) with a focus on genomics.
  • Discovery of new tumor suppressors for APC mutation-negative familial CRC syndromes via high-density genotyping arrays; potential biomarkers for early-onset non-symdromic CRC patients as well as early stage CRC via genome-wide expression profiling.



Prof Pierce Chow

 Research interests:

  • Clinical Trials and outcomes research in hepato-pancreato-biliary cancers
  • Genomics and immunology of hepatocellular carcinoma and applications to personalized medicine
  • Brachytherapy and novel delivery platforms in solid organ cancers
  • Patient tumour-explant xenografts and novel models in experimental oncology
  • Metabolic liver disease and the microbiome



Assoc Prof Lee Ser Yee

Research interests: Clinical and translational aspects of hepato-pancreato-biliary cancers and diseases


Dr Teo Jin Yao

 Research interests: Developing the field of evidence-based care for hepato-pancreato-biliary and transplant surgery patients



Assoc Prof Melissa Teo 

Research interests:

  • Gastrointestinal cancers and peritoneal metastases
  • Pelvic malignancies
  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GIST)
  • Melanomas

Dr Tan Hiang Khoon

Research interests:

  • Prognostic/risk stratification in head and neck carcinomas
  • Utilization of epigenetic/genetic changes to predict metastatic potential or treatment response
  • Clinical trials that can answer pertinent clinical questions
  • New surgical techniques or devices that may improve the surgical outcome of head and neck patients.

Dr Wong Ting Hway


Research interests: 

  • Injury outcomes in older patients
  • Emergency surgery in aging populations 

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