Professor Teh Bin Tean is currently the Deputy Director (Research) of the National Cancer Centre of Singapore and Deputy Director of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine (PRISM). Professor Teh obtained his MBBS (1992) from the University of Queensland, Australia and his PhD (1997) from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Bin Tean’s laboratory has been focusing on Genomics and Epigenomics of Asian Prevalent Cancers and has made seminal discoveries in the fields of hepatobiliary cancer, herbal carcinogen-related cancer and fibroepithelial tumors of the breast. These include the novel discovery of the genes responsible for these tumors and their clinical implications. Bin Tean is a recipient of the 2015 Singapore President Science Award. In recognition of Bin Tean and his team’s works on Asian cancers, they won the prestigious American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award in 2018. He was also a plenary lecturer at the 2019 American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting, the world’s largest cancer research meeting. Bin Tean has dedicated his last 30 years in cancer research but very recently, as part of his interest in the King of Fruits (Durian), he and his team completed the world’s-first Durian genetic map and unraveled the gene that causes its pungent smell.
As of today, Bin Tean has published close to 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers in numerous high-impact journals. He has mentored over 100 PhD students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Clinicians, and Senior Scientists internationally. Most of his discoveries have been translated into multiple clinical tests that have significantly impacted the management of cancer patients and formed the basis for future novel diagnostic tools and therapeutic agents. Apart from this, Bin Tean has received grant support from various sources to continue his cancer research that hopefully will generate more novel discoveries. His group has been collaborating with international cancer centres and research institutions in achieving these goals.
The education, values, and culture of PCGS instilled during my childhood has certainly formed the foundation for my future development and success.