Wai Leong TAM (Vice-Chairman)

Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR, Singapore

Wai Leong TAM performed his PhD research at the Genome Institute of Singapore, where he worked on uncovering the bases for the pluripotency of embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. Subsequently, he undertook his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute in MIT, where he concentrated on understanding breast cancer stem cell biology and cancer metastasis. He joined the Genome Institute of Singapore (A*STAR) and the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (NUS) as a Principal Investigator in 2014. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in NUS, the School of Biological Sciences in NTU, and a recipient of the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship. His lab focuses on uncovering and interrogating the emerging paradigms of cancer stem cells, specifically in the areas of cancer metabolism, cell state transitions, and tumor microenvironment.