Youth Programme: Immune Action in Infection and Cancer




Our immune system, including innate and adaptive immunity, is essential for us to survive on the earth. Cellular and humoral mechanisms of the immune system cooperate in fighting against microbial infection and cancer development. This programme will provide knowledge on main principals of the immune system in dealing with pathogens including virus and bacteria and transformed cells. Meanwhile, how microbial pathogens and tumor cells use various strategies to evade host immune system will be discussed. Furthermore, the programme will update on the development of therapeutic strategies in prevention and treatment of infectious disease and cancer.   


Online Youth Programmes
Youth Programme Welcome by Dean 
 Our online youth programmes were launched in Summer 2020 Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE


Students should have basic knowledge of biology.


Undergraduate students major in medicine or biology.


18 hours of hybrid online programme, including asynchronous lessons, tutorials and a final project presentation.


  • Assignments
  • Group project
 Professor Zhang Yongliang

Dr Zhang Yongliang, Associate Professor,
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Dr Zhang Yongliang obtained his PhD in Microbiology in 2002 from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.  He performed his postdoctoral research in the Department of Immunology, University of Washington, USA, and the Department of Immunology, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA. He was an Instructor in the Department of Immunology, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center before he joined the Department of Microbiology and the LSI Immunology Programme, NUS, as an Assistant Professor in 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2017. 

 Prof Liu Haiyan  

Dr Liu Haiyan, Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Dr. Liu Haiyan had her medical training in China, and obtained her Ph.D. from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2000. She has been trained in the lab of Nobel Laureate, Dr. Peter Doherty at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow. She is now an associate professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, National University of Singapore, and a member of Immunology Program, Life Science Institute, as well as a member of National University Cancer Institute. Her laboratory is interested in the immune regulation in the tumor microenvironment and novel therapeutic strategies to improve tumor immunotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and served as an editorial board member for Cancer Immunology Research, Cancer Letters, and Frontiers in Immunology.


Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of participation can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Group Sign-up:
15 January to 27 February 2022
in collaboration with Looker Education Group

For programme enquiries, please fill the form here.

13 January 2022