Chiea Chuen KHOR

Group Leader


Many a time, we observe (and sometimes even comment) that a friend's child bears a striking resemblance to his/her parent. This is a profound testimony to the contribution of hereditable elements which shape our being. We now go one little step further and ask: 'Are some of the diseases afflicting us linked, in one way or another, to our genetic makeup?"

Although I qualified as a medical doctor, I realized that my calling was to pursue medical research in a full-time manner. My interest has always been to study the determinants which predispose otherwise healthy human beings to disease, and to see if the information so gathered can be used to help patients. Unfortunately, we do not fully understand how disease processes work. I enjoy conducting genetic studies because more often than not, the findings illuminate medical science, and have an opportunity to change clinical practise for the better in the long term.

My laboratory practise spans many areas of human genetics studied across diverse human traits and disease conditions, with the long term goal of translating genetic findings into predictive medicine to improve healthcare in Singapore.

Team members

Zheng Li, M.D., PhD (Research Associate / Senior Postdoc)
Robert K Valenzuela, PhD (Post-Doctoral Fellow, on joint appointment with Dr. Teo Yik Ying)
Xie Zhicheng, PhD (Senior Research Officer)
Meah Wee Yang (Assistant Laboratory Manager)
Sim Kar Seng (Assistant Bioinformatics Manager)
Chen Xiao Yin (Senior Research Officer; Illumina lead)
Heng Khai Koon (Senior Research Officer; Affymetrix lead)
Soo Hui Meng (Senior Research Officer; Sequencing Library Preparation)
Zhang Zhenshui (Senior Research Officer)
Peh Su Qin (Senior Research Officer)
Mok Shi Qi (Research Officer)

Dennis Tan Eng Kiat (Research Officer)
Current position: PhD student, University of Western Australia

Wong Chang Hua (Senior Research Officer; Sequenom lead)
Goh Yufen (Research Officer)
Masahiro Miyake, M.D. (Visiting Scholar from Kyoto University)

Toh Kai Yee (Research Officer)
Current Position: Executive, School of Public Health, National University of Singapore


  • 2007 Gold medal and book prize in Ophthalmology

    2013 Singapore National Academy of Science Young Scientist Award for Biological and Biomedical Sciences

    2015 EMBO Young Investigator Programme Award

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