Youth Programme: Microbiome in Health and Diseases

MICROBIOME IN HEALTH AND DISEASES

 

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

Microbiome refers to the community of all microbiota including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Over the past years, emerging evidence have demonstrated the impact of microbiota on human health and many other ecological systems. With improved technologies, we are able to identify these microbiotas and study their association with disease pathogenesis.

Through this program, we will introduce the roles of various microbiota in disease development with special emphasize on host-microbiota interactions. In addition, we will discuss and learn about how the latest technologies, particularly Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) has become the mainstream in microbiome research and the applications if NGS in various fields of medical sciences.

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

Youth Programme Welcome by Dean
Law PP Class
Welcome message from Dean of NUS SCALE Tutorials conducted over Zoom

PRE-REQUISITES

Participants should have basic knowledge on Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Statistics.

Participants should be able to read, write and communicate fluently in English, and understand basic terminologies used in the class.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

University students major in Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Statistics, and are interested to understand and explore the relationship between complex microbiota-host interaction and human health and diseases through suitable NGS workflow and analysis tools.

MODE OF DELIVERY

18 hours of Synchronous sessions including tutorials and final presentation. 

MODE OF ASSESSMENT

  • Group Project
 
 NUS SCALE Online Youth Programme_Microbiome in Health and Diseases Programme_Dr Kevin SW Tan

 

Dr Kevin SW Tan, Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore

Kevin SW TAN is Associate Professor at and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, National University of Singapore. He is also Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Head, Innovation in Graduate Studies, at the National University Health System. His curiosity for parasites originated from his graduate student days at NUS and blossomed during his postdoctoral stint at The Rockefeller University, New York City. He is relieved to be awarded tenure in 2011, and can now spend more time on social issues, such as public science education. Kevin’s research focuses on understanding how parasites commit suicide and exploiting such knowledge to trigger death mechanisms as an anti-parasite strategy. He is also interested in the problem of drug resistance and his team has recently come up with new ways to find drugs that overcome resistance. More recently, his team has embarked on projects focusing on the role of single cell eukaryotes (SCEs) in the host microbiome. He hopes that the research from his team would accelerate the finding of new cures for parasitic diseases.

 NUS SCALE Online Youth Programme_Microbiome in Health and Diseases Programme_Dr Yongliang Zhang  

Dr Yongliang Zhang, Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore

Dr Yongliang ZHANG 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. Research in his laboratory focuses on immune response to microbial pathogens, microbiome in health and diseases, and inflammation & cancer.

 NUS SCALE Online Youth Programme_Microbiome in Health and Diseases Programme_Dr Chí»ng Jun Hong  

Dr Ch’ng Jun Hong, Lecturer
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore

Dr Junhong CH’NG completed his PhD in Microbiology in 2012 from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. He went to Karolinska Institute for his postdoctoral training between 2012 and 2016 before returning to NUS where he is currently a Lecturer. His laboratory is interested in microbial interactions in biofilms and his teaching portfolio includes general microbiology, bacteriology and parasitology.

 NUS SCALE Online Youth Programme_Microbiome in Health and Diseases Programme_Dr Chin Wen Png  

Dr Chin Wen Png, Senior Research Fellow
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore

Dr Chin Wen Png obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences in 2009 from the University of Queensland (Australia). He was a Lecturer and Module Chair for the Immunology module in Republic Polytechnic (Singapore) before continuing his research in NUS where he is currently a Senior Research Fellow. His research interests include understating the functions of key signaling molecules in the pathogenesis of colorectal cancer and the role of microbiome in gastrointestinal diseases.

 

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

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: 
Cert_Sample

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

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Group Sign-up:
17 July - 21 August 2021
in collaboration with Hangzhou Antioch Health Advisory Co., Ltd

For programme enquiries, please fill the form here.

 
14 July 2021