Tam Wai Leong

Wai Leong TAM received his Bachelor’s degree from the NUS in 2003. He began his research career as a graduate student in the laboratory of Prof. 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. He was awarded his PhD in 2008 and continued in the same lab for a short postdoctoral stint. In 2009, Wai Leong began his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Prof. Robert Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute in MIT, where he concentrated on understanding breast cancer stem cell biology and cancer metastasis. He joined GIS as a Principal Investigator in 2014, and 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. In 2015, he was awarded the Singapore NRF Fellowship.