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ONG Choon Nam


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
  • PI, NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI)

Research Areas:

  • Metabolomics, Biomarkers and Environmental Health

Teaching Areas:

  • Toxicology and Environmental Health

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • B.Sc (Hons. IIi, 1972) Nanyang University, Singapore
  • MSc 1974 University of London (London, UK)
  • PhD 1977 University of Manchester (Manchester, UK)

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • 2002 AstraZeneca International Award, Society of Toxicology (USA)
  • 2004 Special Commendation Award (SARS Education), NUS
  • 2004 Public Service Medal (PBM), Singapore National Day Award
  • 2005 Outstanding Science Alumni Award, NUS
  • 2006 Service to Education Award, Ministry of Education
  • 2008 Research Excellence Award, NUHS
  • 2008 Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award, NTU
  • 2016 Public Administration Medal (PPA Bronze), Singapore National Day Award
  • 2016 Outstanding Mentor Award, Singapore Medical Association Charity Fund

Career History:

  • Lecturer, Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, NUS (1978)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, NUS (1983) Tenure
  • Associate Professor, School of Medicine, NUS (1990)
  • Professor, School of Medicine, NUS (1997–2011)
  • Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS (2011–Present)
  • Deputy Director, Office of Life Sciences (2006-2007)/Director, Life Sciences Institute (2008–2009)
  • Director, Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2009–2018)

Administrative Leadership:

  • Member, National University Health System (NUHS) Research Committee (2007–2009)
  • Founding member, Don Quixote International Foundation (2008–present)
  • Deputy Director, Office of Life Sciences (2006-2007)/Director, Life Sciences Institute (2008–2009)
  • Director, NUS Environmental Research Institute (2009–2018)

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Member, World Health Organisation Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Expert Panel (2004-)
  • Chairman, Int'l Expert Panel on NEWater, Ministry of Environment & Water Resources (1999–2003)
  • Advisor, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), China (2006-)
  • Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Urban Environment (2018-)
  • Advisor, Drinking Water Advisory Board, National Water Research Institute, California, USA(2008-2016)
  • Advisory Member, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), USA, (1995-)
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Research (2006–2014)
  • Editorial Board, Carcinogenesis, Oxford University Press (2007–2012)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development (2010–)
  • Associate Editor, Elsevier – Environmental Health (2016–)
  • Member, Research Grant Council of Hong Kong (2007-)
  • Member, External Audit Panel, Public Utilities Board, Singapore (2003–)
  • Member, Scientific Programme Committee, International Water Week (2008 –)
  • Member, Local Review Panel, National Medical Research Council (2007–2011)
  • Member, Fluoride Review Committee, Ministry of Health (2007–2013)
  • Co-PI, Singapore MIT Alliance on Research and Technology (2009–2017)
  • Chairman, Workgroup on Guidelines for Treated Grey Water Quality (2012–2016)
  • Member, Inter-Ministry Committee on Food Security Workgroup 4 (2014–2017)
  • Reviewer, The United Nations Env Programme (UNEP), 6th Global Env Outlook (2015–2017)
  • Academy Fellow, Singapore Water Academy (2016–)
  • Scientific Advisory Panel, Int'l Food & Water Research Centre (2018–)

Selected Publications:

  • Zhang B, Zhang H, Du C, Ng QX, Hu C, He Y, Ong CN. Metabolic responses of Daphnia similis to chronic AgNPs exposure as revealed by GC-Q-TOF/MS and LC-Q-TOF/MS. Water Res. 2017; 114:135-143.
  • Lu Y, Li N, Gao L, Xu YJ, Huang C, Yu K, Ling Q, Cheng Q, Chen S, Zhu M, Fang J, Chen M, Ong CN. Acetylcarnitine Is a Candidate Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarker of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Cancer Res. 2016; 76: 2912-20.
  • Tang DQ, Zou L, Yin XX, Ong CN. HILIC-MS for metabolomics: An attractive and complementary approach to RPLC-MS. Mass Spectrom Rev. 2016; 35: 574-600.
  • Xu YJ, Ho WE, Ong CN. The Recent Development and Applications of Metabolomics in Microbiological Investigation. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 2014: 56: 37-48.
  • Xu Fengguo, Tavintharan Subramaniam, Sum Chee Fang, Woon Kaing, Lim Su Chi, Ong Choon Nam. 2013. "Metabolic Signature Shift in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Revealed by Mass Spectrometry-based Metabolomics." The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 98 (6): E1060-5.

Over 330 international peer-reviewed publications with >23,000 citation. For full list of publication, please click here for the Google Scholar Website. h-index: 84


  • WO 2013/048344 Urinary Metabolomic Markers for Renal Insufficiency.
  • WO 2015/130230 A1 An in-situ real time monitoring system for trace analytes in Water.
  • PCT/SG2018/050431 Production of Nutrigel Materials from Soya Waste (Int'l Patent Application)

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