Visiting Professors

Martin Hibberd - Toh Chin Chye visiting Professorship

Martin Hibberd is Professor for emerging infectious disease at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and in addition to the visiting professorship in Microbiology & Immunology, also holds honorary positions at the National Institutes of Health, the University of the Philippines Manila and at the Genome Institute of Singapore – where he was previously associate director, from 2003 to 2017.

Prof Hibberd has made important contributions in the field of Infectious Disease; that over the last 15 years has concentrated on genomic applications. His interests aim to identify molecular mechanisms that describe the diverse clinical outcomes that follow infection; and cover both pathogen and host aspects of infectious disease, understanding how microbial agents causes the observed disease (including pathogen identification and sequence characterization), why some individuals are susceptible to the disease (genomic association studies); together with host and pathogen response expression profiling (utilizing RNA sequencing) in both in patients and model systems, to highlight interactions. This work aims to identify key host responses to specific pathogens that could be targeted by new therapies. His latest work seeks to integrate the analysis of pathogen and human genomes to gain new insights into host-pathogen interactions. He currently has more than 160 publications, in journals with an average impact factor of 10, with more than 11,000 citations (1,600 in 2017), resulting in an h-index of 56.

Prof. Hibberd is seeking to build closer connections between the NUHS and the LSHTM, with the establishment of parallel appointments for academic staff between the two institutes.

Thomas Dick - Toh Chin Chye Visiting Professorship

Dr Dick has 20 years of experience in mycobacteriology, antibacterial drug discovery and R&D program management. His research focuses on Tuberculosis (TB) and Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections. Dr Dick holds a Toh Chin Chye visiting professorship at the Department and manages the TB drug discovery project portfolio of the National University’s SPRINT-TB tuberculosis program which he co-founded with Drs Alex Matter and Nick Paton in 2014. Since 2017 he is Director of Antimicrobial Drug Discovery and Associate Professor at the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) and the Department of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University. Prior to his current appointments he served 5 years as Director of the BSL3 Core Facility and Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore. Before he joined the National University Dr Dick worked for eight years in the pharmaceutical industry where he established and led the TB disease area at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, Singapore. At Novartis Dr Dick was responsible for the discovery portfolio from target identification to preclinical development. Dr Dick completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore, where he became principal investigator heading the Mycobacterium Biology Laboratory. He studied biochemistry, genetics and microbiology at the University of Heidelberg where he obtained his PhD in molecular bacteriology.

Mike Kemeny

Prof Mike Kemeny's research is in Immune Inflammatory Diseases, Allergy and has published extensively in international journals. Prior to his appointment as Visiting Professor, Prof Kemeny was a staff member, having served 11 years with the Department.

Mary Ng

Prof Ng's research is in Virology and has published extensively in international journals. Prior to her appointment as Visiting Professor, Prof Ng was a staff member, having served 32 years with the Department.

Ehud RAZIN (Microbiology) – Programme Leader, HUJ-NUS NRF CREATE Programme

Prof Ehud Razin received his B.Sc in Biology and M.Sc in Microbiology from the Hebrew University and his PhD in Immunology from the WIS. He performed his post-doctoral research in Sloan Kettering and Harvard University. Prof Razin has for many years been a major contributor and leading scientist in the field of mast cell biology. He was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2005-2009).

Emanuel HANSKI (Microbiology)

Dr Hanski received his PhD in 1979 in biochemistry from HUJ. He is currently a professor in the Dept of Clinical Microbiology at the Institute of Microbiology. In 2003, he received a Sarov award for excellent achievements in medical microbiology and in 1997, was made an honorary fellow of the Israeli MOS. For his scientific achievements he was nominated by The Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an International Scholar in Infectious Diseases.

Ophry PINES (Microbiology)

Prof Pines received his BSc and PhD degree in Microbiology (1984) from Tel Aviv University. He served as the Head of the Department of Molecular Biology up until 2007. He is now an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include Targeting, translocation across membranes, folding and subcellular distribution of proteins in yeast as a model for eukaryotic cells.

David ENGELBERG (Biochemistry)

Prof Engelberg received his PhD in 1991 in Biological Chemistry from HUJ. He is currently an Assoc professor from the Dept of Biological Chemistry. He founded Jexys Pharmaceuticals which recently has signed a strategic research and development agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. The company developed a unique high throughput drug discovery platform in yeas

Yechiel FRIEDLANDER (Public Health)

Dr Friedlander is a Professor in Genetic-Epidemiology at the Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Public Health. He received his PhD degree in Genetic Epidemiology in 1985 from the Hebrew University. Between 1996 and 1999 he served as the Director of the Hebrew-University School of Public Health. In 2003, Dr Friedlander was appointed as the incumbent of the Jerrold M. Michael Chair in Public Health at the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine.