Derrick ONG Sek Tong

National University of Singapore

Derrick obtained his Bachelor in Science (1st class Honors) and Masters in Biology  at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Ph.D. (Chemical Biology) at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), USA, where he trained under Prof. Jeffery Kelly, a pioneer in the field of proteostasis. Next, he was mentored by Prof. Ronald DePinho, a world expert in aging and cancer, first at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Harvard Medical School, and then at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UT MDACC), USA, for his postdoctoral training. Derrick joined the Department of Physiology at NUS as the President’s Assistant Professor in 2017. His research interests lie in the area of brain stem cell biology, focusing on understanding how aberrant brain stem cell behavior contributes to aging and cancer. Derrick has also received a number of awards, including the Skaggs-Oxford Scholarship (TSRI/Oxford University), Odyssey Fellowship (UT MDACC), President’s Assistant Professorship (NUS), NUS Early Career Research Award and the highly competitive National Research Foundation Fellowship (class of 2017).