Head of Department
Department of Physiology
Physiology is the investigations of how organisms work. It requires the integration of knowledge gained from multidisciplinary approaches to the discovery of new information at the molecular, systems and particularly whole animal level. The essence of research and teaching in Physiology requires an enquiring mind anchored on a global and integrative perspective to the understanding of how things work in a living organism.
We are committed to help equip and infuse in our students a life-long love for learning, the excitement of discovery and a keen sense of curiosity about the chemical, physical and biological functions of life. In research, we work towards being a leading NUS global department where we aim to contribute significantly to the advancement of scientific and medical knowledge.
Indeed 2017 is a watershed or turning point year for the Department as we expect to welcome a new HoD. When I joined Physiology as an adjunct staff in 2000, I was first interviewed by Professor Peter Hwang and then Professor Hooi Shing Chuan who became HoD. In 2008, I took over the baton from Prof Hooi to build on the solid foundation laid by my two predecessors. Now is the time to pass the baton on.
Our vision is to be a leading NUS global department. We aspire not only to be a big fish in a small pond, but to also swim in the wide ocean alongside with the dolphins and whales; but, hopefully not with the sharks! We are intentional to compete at the international arena, to gain recognition not only in Singapore and Asia but also to the world beyond. To do so, we need to harness the integrative genius and inter-disciplinary collaborative efforts of those who work with us both locally and internationally. Our mission is to be a vibrant learning community, making a difference to science and the practice of medicine. Curiosity drives efforts, moulds creativity, feeds into our passion and steels our resilience. Building and nurturing a culture to be curious and to stay curious certainly lends well towards establishing a vibrant learning community. We celebrate all efforts, big or small, that contribute towards making a difference in science and the practice of medicine. In this regards, we should encourage each other along the way, and collectively we will do better. When we look back after we left Physiology, it is the relationships we have formed that we are likely to cherish. Likely, the memories of when we struggle together, of when we succeed and celebrate together and of when we overcome the odds together that will etch deeply into our minds.
In September 2016, the Visiting Committee came to evaluate the Department. I would like to share a few of their comments. The VC commented that Physiology has a strong faculty of committed and enthusiastic teachers and that our graduate courses are popular and well received. The VC observed that our research students are enthusiastic and committed to their studies and they especially complimented the PGSS and JASS as being particularly successful. The VC also expressed that the junior faculty we have recruited are of very high quality and the VC commended the Department as the Department enjoyed considerable success in its research with significant funding in the last two years. Lastly, the VC indicated that the Department seems energised and proactive with respect to its academic and research activities and that our staff demonstrated a strong and unified position.
May I take the opportunity to wish for a 2017 that will bring to you fulfilment, happiness, good health and every success and blessing in your personal and professional life.
To be a vibrant learning community, making a difference to the science and practice of medicine.
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