Distinguished Visitor Programme

The BMRC DVP aims to foster stronger ties between the local scientific community and internationality renowned scientists, as well as prominent personalities in the global Biomedical Sciences scene. It also strives to bring greater awareness of Singapore's Biomedical Sciences initiative to the international community.

The BMRC Distinguished Visitor is invited to Singapore to participate in a one-week visit programme, customised to best suit his/her specific research interests and promote interaction with the local research community.

Alim Louis Benabid

6 Mar 2017 – 9 Mar 2017
Professor Emeritus of Biophysics, Joseph Fourier University,
Chairman, Clinatec Institute, Grenoble

Research Interest

  • Neuroscience as a neurosurgeon with a special interest in brain tumours, functional neurosurgery in epilepsy and movement disorders and stereotactic surgery and robotisation
  • Neuroscience as a neuroscientist in electrophysiology and molecular biology

Thomas Sudhof

26 Oct 2014 - 29 Oct 2014
Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and by courtesy in Neurology, and in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University

Research Interest

  • Presynaptic neuron, synaptic transmission

Patrick Maxwell

29 Oct 2014 – 2 Nov 2014
Professor of Medicine and Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London

Research Interest

  • Medicine

Shinya Yamanaka

2 Apr 2013
Director/Professor, Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University

Research Interest

  • iPS Cell Research, regenerative medicine

David Naylor

17 Jan 2011 - 18 Jan 2011
President, University of Toronto

Research Interest

  • Medicine

Dennis Ausiello

15 Sep 2010 - 17 Sep 2010
Chief of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Interest

  • Hypertension management, renal disease

Sir John Savill

19 Jul 2010 - 22 Jul 2010
Chief Executive, UK Medical Research Council

Research Interest

  • Apoptosis, glomerulonephritis, tubulointerstitial nephritis

Tomaso Poggio

13 Sep 2009 - 19 Sep 2009
The Eugene McDermott Professor Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, McGovern Institute

Research Interest

  • Brains and Computers

Iain W. Mattaj

05 Aug 2009 - 08 Aug 2009
Director General European Molecular Biology Laboratory, EMBL

Research Interest


John Parrish

08 Mar 2009 - 15 Mar 2009
Executive Director, Centre for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology

Research Interest

  • Translational research

Bruce Alberts

15 Sep 2008 - 21 Sep 2008
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California-San Francisco

Research Interest

  • Protein machines that catalyse DNA replication

Karl Tryggvason

21 Jun 2008 - 13 Jul 2008
Dean of Research Professor in Medical Chemistry

Research Interest

  • Extracellular Matrix : Studies of matrix proteins and their functions, as well as involvement in human disease.

Thomas Steitz

07 Jan 2008 - 12 Jan 2008
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University

Research Interest

  • X-ray crystallography to determine the structures of proteins and nucleic acids

Joan Steitz

07 Jan 2008 - 12 Jan 2008
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University

Research Interest

  • Function of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) (which occurs only in higher cells and organisms)

Patrick Sissons

26 Mar 2007 - 30 Mar 2007
Regius Professor of Physic School of Clinical Medicine University of Cambridge Addenbrooke's Hospital

Research Interest

  • Biology of cytomegalovirus and other herpes viruses

Thomas Sudhof

10 Aug 2006 - 19 Aug 2006
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Director, Center for Basic Neuroscience Professor of Molecular Genetics Gill and Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chairs in Neuroscience

Research Interest

  • Formation of presynaptic terminals during synaptogenesis
  • Release of neurotransmitters
  • Degeneration of presynaptic terminals in neurodegenerative disease

Michael Kastan

24 Jul 2006 - 31 Jul 2006
Member, St. Jude Faculty Cancer Center Director Chair, Hematology-Oncology Director, Molecular Therapeutics Division Co-Director, Molecular Oncology Program

Research Interest

  • Radiation biology
  • DNA damage and repair
  • Tumor suppressor genes
  • Determinants of chemosensitivity and radiosensitivity
  • Ataxia-telangiectasia
  • Causes of cancer - genetic predisposition and environmental contributions

Peter Doherty

06 Jul 2006 - 12 Jul 2006
Laureate Professor, The University of Melbourne

Research Interest

  • Immune system

Ferid Murad

22 Mar 2006 - 28 Mar 2006
Professor and Chairman, Department of Integrative Biology & Pharmacology, The University of Texas Health Science Center

Research Interest

  • Nitroglycerin and related drugs worked by releasing nitric oxide into the body

Susumu Tonegawa

06 Mar 2006 - 09 Mar 2006
Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience Director of the Picower Center for Learning and Memory

Research Interest

  • Understand the molecular, cellular, neuronal circuitry, and neural systems mechanisms underlying learning and memory and associated cognitive functions

Terrence J. Sejnowski

24 Oct 2005 - 26 Oct 2005
Head of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Research Interest

  • Computational Neuroscience

Beatrice Golomb

24 Oct 2005 - 26 Oct 2005
Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Research Interest

  • Mitochondrial function and aging

Elizabeth H. Blackburn

22 Oct 2005 - 30 Oct 2005
Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology, University of California, San Francisco

Research Interest

  • A variety of organisms and human cancer cells, with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology

Arnold J. Levine

26 Sep 2005 - 02 Oct 2005
Professor, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Research Interest

  • Roles of nutrition, longevity, sexual hormones and stress upon the functions and communication between key pathways in a cell that play a central role in breast cancers

Donald A. Henderson

25 Jun 2005 - 01 Jul 2005
Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Research Interest


Marye Anne Fox

10 Apr 2005 - 15 Apr 2005
Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

Research Interest

  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Organic photochemistry
  • Organic electrochemistry
  • Chemical reactivity in non-homogeneous systems
  • Heterogeneous photocatalysis
  • Lectronic transfer in anisotropic macromolecular arrays

Frank McCormick

02 Apr 2005 - 08 Apr 2005
Director, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Comprehensive Cancer Center & Cancer Research Institute

Research Interest

  • Cancer Cells

Joseph Nadeau

27 Mar 2005 - 03 Apr 2005
Chair, Department of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interest

  • Comparative mapping and mouse models of human disease

Raymond Dwek

20 Mar 2005 - 25 Mar 2005
Director of Glycobiology Institute, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Research Interest

  • Structural and conformational analysis of oligosaccharides glycopeptides and glycoproteins

Lucy Shapiro

13 Mar 2005 - 19 Mar 2005
Director, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research & Director, Beckman Center in the School of Medicine, Stanford University

Research Interest

  • Understanding the control of the bacterial cell cycle and the establishment of cell fate

Harley McAdams

13 Mar 2005 - 19 Mar 2005
Associate Professor (Research), Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Interest

  • Nature of the control systems that cells create from biochemical and genetic components.

Peter Gruss

02 Mar 2005 - 04 Mar 2005
Member, BMS IAC (2004-) President, Max Planck Society, Germany (2002-) Honorary Professor, University of Göttingen, Germany (1990-)

Research Interest

  • Control mechanisms in the development of vertebrates, Hox genes, Pax genes
  • Brain development

Colin Blakemore

27 Feb 2005 - 05 Mar 2005
Member, BMS IAC (2005-2007) Chief Executive, Medical Research Council, UK (2003-) President, British Neuroscience Association (1997-2000) President, British Association for the Advancement of Science (1997-1998)

Research Interest

  • Early development of the brain

Yung-Chi Cheng

21 Feb 2005 - 25 Feb 2005
Henry Bronson Professor of Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine

Research Interest

  • Cancer & Viral Chemotherapy

Lucio Luzzatto

09 Jan 2005 - 16 Jan 2005
Scientific Director, Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro Consultant, Department of Human Genetics and Division of Hematologic Oncology Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Research Interest

  • Molecular Biology
  • Human Genetics

Richard J. Roberts

06 Jan 2005 - 13 Jan 2005
Research Director, New England Biolabs

Research Interest

  • Restriction endonucleases
  • DNA methylases
  • Computational molecular biology

Kurt. Wuthrich

06 Dec 2004 - 11 Dec 2004
Professor of Biophysics, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Research Interest

  • Molecular structural biology
  • Structural and functional proteomics

Ravinder Maini

21 Nov 2004 - 27 Nov 2004
Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Imperial College London

Research Interest

  • Immunotherapy
  • Autoantibody production
  • Measurement
  • Pathogenesis

Michael Longaker

07 Nov 2004 - 13 Nov 2004
Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor Director, Children's Surgical Research Program Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Interest

  • Wound Healing
  • Bone Healing
  • Tissue Engineering

W. Geoffrey Owen

03 Oct 2004 - 09 Oct 2004
Dean of the Biological Sciences Division in the College of Letters & Science and Professor of Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest

  • Retina's photoreceptors, the cells that absorb light and provide input to the other cells of the retina and the brain, where the visual world is interpreted

Allan Balmain

15 Aug 2004 - 21 Aug 2004
Barbara Bass Bakar Endowed Chair in Cancer Genetics, Cancer Research Institute and Biochemistry, University of California at San Francisco

Research Interest

  • Identifying Genes Responsible for Cancer Susceptibility

GertJan B. van Ommen

22 Jul 2004 - 27 Jul 2004
Head, Department of Human Genetics, Center for Human and Clinical Genetics Director, Center for Medical Systems Biology, Leiden University Medical Center

Research Interest

  • Genomics and genetic disease and hereditary cancer etiology
  • Diagnostics and prevention
  • Societal implications of genetics
  • Genome research/li>

Elaine Fuchs

16 May 2004 - 21 May 2004
Laboratory Head of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, The Rockefeller University

Research Interest

  • Skin Biology

Owen Witte

25 Apr 2004 - 01 May 2004
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics President's Chair in Developmental Immunology, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interest

  • Development of the immune system and leukemia
  • Cell growth regulation/differentiation in hematopoiesis

David Patterson

14 Apr 2004 - 18 Apr 2004
President & Senior Fellow, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research, University of Denver

Research Interest

  • Genetics of Down Syndrome and familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Louis Reichardt

28 Mar 2004 - 04 Apr 2004
Professor, Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco

Research Interest

  • Control of Neuronal Development and Synapse Formation

Martin Evans

14 Mar 2004 - 20 Mar 2004
Director of School of Biosciences and Professor of Mammalian Genetics, Cardiff University

Research Interest

  • Mammalian genetics

Robert Tjian

14 Mar 2004 - 21 Mar 2004
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest

  • Mechanisms of Gene Regulation in Animal Cells

Arturo Falaschi

08 Feb 2004 - 14 Feb 2004
Director-General, The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Research Interest

  • Isolation and characterisation of DNA replication origins from human cells
  • Purification and characterisation of several human DNA helicases
  • Applications of human molecular genetics to medicine

Thomas L. James

05 Feb 2004 - 12 Feb 2004
Chairman, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Research Interest

  • Structural biology
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Nucleic acids - Proteins
  • In vivo NMR

Louis M. Kunkel

01 Feb 2004 - 08 Feb 2004
Chief, Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital Boston

Research Interest

  • Molecular Genetics of Neuromuscular Disease

Carol Reiss

11 Jan 2004 - 17 Jan 2004
Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University

Research Interest

  • Viral infection of the CNS
  • Role of innate immunity in the host response

Jerry Shay

30 Nov 2003 - 06 Dec 2003
Professor and Southland Corporation Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Research Interest

  • Role of telomeres and telomerase in human aging

Gerald Rubin

23 Nov 2003 - 28 Nov 2003
Vice President and Director of Planning for Janelia Farm Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Genetics and Development, University of California, Berkeley Director, Drosophila Genome Center

Research Interest

  • Biological Annotation of the Drosophila Genome

Ernest Beutler

08 Nov 2003 - 15 Nov 2003
Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute

Research Interest

  • Genetic Disorders

Esther M. Sternberg

26 Oct 2003 - 01 Nov 2003
Director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program, National Institute of Mental Health and National Institutes of Health

Research Interest

  • Central nervous system - immune system interactions

Douglas Green

04 Oct 2003 - 12 Oct 2003
Head, Division of Cellular Immunology, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Research Interest

  • Roles and central mechanisms of apoptosis in the immune system

Peter K. Vogt

26 Sep 2003 - 02 Oct 2003
PProfessor, Department of Molecular & Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute

Research Interest

  • Molecular Genetics of Cancer

John Kuriyan

17 Jul 2003 - 23 Jul 2003
Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interest

  • Structural Biology of Cell Signaling
  • DNA Replication

Colin Hopkins

17 Mar 2003 - 22 Mar 2003
Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Department of Biological Studies, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Research Interest

  • Route Selection by Trafficking Membrane Proteins

David Cox

10 Mar 2003 - 16 Mar 2003
Chief Scientific Officer, Perlegen Sciences, Inc

Research Interest

  • Development of reagents for tracking human haplotypes in disease

Richard O. Hynes

02 Mar 2003 - 08 Mar 2003
Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interest

  • The Molecular Basis of Cell Adhesion in Normal and Pathological Situations

Charles F. Stevens

08 Feb 2003 - 15 Feb 2003
Professor in Molecular Neurobiology, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Research Interest

  • Mechanisms of synaptic transmission

Harvey Lodish

12 Jan 2003 - 18 Jan 2003
Professor of Biology, Professor of Bioengineering, Whitehead Institute and MIT

Research Interest

  • Membrane Biology

Tak Wah Mak

12 Nov 2002 - 15 Nov 2002
Professor, Dept of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital

Research Interest

  • Co-discovery of the T-cell receptor Development of knock out mice for the analysis of gene function

Paul Nurse

03 Nov 2002 - 09 Nov 2002
President, The Rockefeller University

Research Interest

  • Molecular machinery that drives cell division and controls cell shape

Leland Hartwell

27 Oct 2002 - 02 Nov 2002
President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001

Research Interest

  • Cancer Biology
  • Evolution, Genetics
  • Maintenance and expression of genetic variation in yeast

John Tooze

13 Oct 2002 - 19 Oct 2002
Executive Director of Research Integration and Services, Cancer Research UK

Research Interest

  • Molecular Biology of Tumor Viruses
  • Principles of protein structure

Arthur Kornberg

03 Oct 2002 - 06 Oct 2002
Professor and Executive Head, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1959

Research Interest

  • Biochemistry - enzyme chemistry and synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid. (DNA)

George K Radda

12 Aug 2002 - 17 Aug 2002
Professor, University of Oxford

Research Interest

  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study biochemistry of living tissues

Karl J. Friston

04 Aug 2002 - 10 Aug 2002
Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Research Interest

  • Human brain mapping

Mark Walport

28 Jul 2002 - 03 Aug 2002
Head, Rheumatology Section, Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith Hospital

Research Interest

  • Immunology and the genetics of rheumatic diseases

Andrew H. Wyllie

08 Jul 2002 - 13 Jul 2002
Head of Department and Professor of Pathology, University of Cambridge

Research Interest

  • Molecular genetics of cancer
  • Programmed cell death
  • Apoptosis

Alan Hall

02 Jun 2002 - 08 Jun 2002
Professor of Molecular Biology and Director MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology & Cell Biology Unit, University College London

Research Interest

  • Cell signalling
  • Cell motility
  • Actin cytoskeleton

Salvador Moncada

29 Apr 2002 - 04 May 2002
Director, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research

Research Interest

  • Nitric oxide work

Ron Laskey

01 Apr 2002 - 07 Apr 2002
Honorary Director, MRC Cancer Cell Unit, Hutchison/MRC Research Center

Research Interest

  • Eukaryotic DNA replication
  • Nuclear protein import

Murray Sachs

11 Mar 2002 - 16 Mar 2002
Director, Whitaker Biomedical Engineering, John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Research Interest

  • Neural mechanisms of auditory perception
  • Mathematical models for signal processing in the nervous system

Richard Frackowiak

18 Feb 2002 - 24 Feb 2002
Professor and Co Head of Department, Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology

Research Interest

  • Imaging Neuroscience: Methodological advances and applications to cortical plasticity and functional recovery

Alfred Wittinghofer

04 Feb 2002 - 09 Feb 2002
Director, Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund

Research Interest

  • Regulation of Ras, Ran and Rho

Kay-Tee Khaw

18 Dec 2001 - 22 Dec 2001
Professor of Gerontology, Head of Clinical Gerontology Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

Research Interest

  • Community medicine
  • Chronic disease epidemiology