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CHEAH Peh Yean


  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Adjunct)
  • Senior Scientist and Co-Director at the Colorectal Cancer Research Laboratory, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (Primary)

Research Areas:

Cheah's laboratory focuses on colorectal cancer (CRC) genomics and pathology. Recent work has entailed the discovery of new tumor suppressors for APC mutation-negative familial CRC patients via high-density genotyping arrays; biomarkers to predict metastasis in early stage CRC via genome-wide expression, mutation and miRNA profiling as well as genome-wide association study to identify risk loci associated with differential response to environmental insults for sporadic CRC.

Teaching Areas:

  • Supervisor to Ph.D. student
  • Mentor to third year Duke-NUS medical student research project

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (Genetics), University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, 1989
  • M.Ed. (Curriculum Planning), University of Malaya, 1985
  • B.Sc. (Ed.) Hons 1st Class (Biologogy, Chemistry and Education), Science Unviersity of Malaysia, 1982

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • Singapore General Hospital 20 years Long Service Award 2016
  • SingHealth/Dukes-NUS Scientific Congress 2010 – Allied Health Scientist (Best Oral Paper) Award
  • MOH-SingHealth Critical Talent Special Recognition Award (CTSRA) 2011

Career History:

  • Post-doctoral fellow, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, USA
  • Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, NUS
  • Senior Scientist/Co-Director, Colorectal Cancer Research Laboratory, Singapore General Hospital

Administrative Leadership:

  • Co-Director, Colorectal Cancer Research Laboratory, Singapore General Hospital
  • Co-Chairman, Genetics Symposium, 20th International Colorectal Scientific Congress, Singapore (Nov 17-20, 2009).
  • Department EHS Coordinator for workplace safety management.
  • Department Representative on  SingHealth Tissue Repository Committee

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Grant reviewer and adjudicator for  National Medical Research Council (NMRC), MOE AcRF Tier 1, SingHealth Foundation and Singapore Cancer Society Grant exercises
  • Academic editor for international peer-reviewed journal
  • Peer reviewer for international journals
  • Invited speaker for international cancer conference; invited reviewer and commentary writer
  • PhD thesis examiner
  • Judge - Science Research Program, Singapore General Hospital  Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore Science & Engineering Fair (SSEF)
  • Speaker for public talk on cancer awareness

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Adjunct Associate Professor
Tel (65) 6326 5365
Email cheah.peh.yean@sgh.com.sg


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