Understanding the Genetic Predisposition of Diabetes

Understanding the Genetic Predisposition of Diabetes

14 September 2019

11:00AM - 11:45AM

45mins

INFUSE Theatre, Connexis South, Level 14


Currently, more than 400 million people in the world live with diabetes. In Singapore, we have one of the highest rates of diabetes at >11 %, as compared to a world average of 9 %. In view of the debilitating effects of diabetes, its widespread impact on diabetic complications, and overall healthcare burden on society, diabetes has come under immense spotlight in Singapore in the past few years.

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Speaker

Dr Adrian Teo

Dr Adrian Teo

Principal Investigator
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR

Dr Adrian Teo is currently a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Medicine, NUS. He obtained his B.Sc. (1st Class) from NUS and then worked on human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) with Ray Dunn, Ph.D., and Alan Colman, PhD at ES Cell International Pte. Ltd. In April 2008, he joined the laboratory of Ludovic Vallier, Ph.D., at the University of Cambridge to pursue his PhD under the AGS(O) scholarship and honorary Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship.  After obtaining his PhD, Dr Teo joined the laboratory of Rohit Kulkarni, M.D. Ph.D., at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, under a JDRF fellowship. At A*STAR, he runs the Stem Cells and Diabetes Laboratory with a major focus on differentiating human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) into pancreatic cells and cell types affected in diabetic complications.