TAM Wai Leong

Genome Institute of Singapore

Wai Leong TAM received his Bachelor’s degree from the NUS in 2003. He performed his graduate studies in the laboratory of Bing Lim 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. In 2009, Wai Leong began 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 Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (NUS) and the Genome Institute of Singapore (A*STAR) as a Principal Investigator in 2014. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. His lab currently focuses on uncovering and interrogating the emerging paradigms of cancer stem cells, and designing rational strategies to specifically target cancer stem cells as a part of cancer therapy.