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NUS researcher wins Singapore's highest youth accolade

29 June 2011

Assoc Prof Teo is recognised for his impactful research and inspiring mentoring of students

Mr Cheung, a successful entrepreneur, is also an investor and advisor to local start-ups
Assoc Prof Teo Yik Ying from the NUS Departments of Statistics & Applied Probability and Epidemiology & Public Health is one of the five winners of this year's Singapore Youth Award (SYA). He is recognised for his achievements and contributions to the community in the fields of Science and Technology.

"News of the award came as a pleasant surprise," said Assoc Prof Teo. Finding it also a humbling experience, he added: "I shall certainly try my best not to disappoint the people who have believed in me and have nominated me to inspire and motivate young people in science."

As a statistical geneticist, Assoc Prof Teo has developed several novel and important methodological solutions to challenges encountered in discovering the genetic causes to diseases such as diabetes, obesity and malaria. For his outstanding research achievements and projects, he has received many substantial grants and prestigious fellowships and awards, including the 2010 Young Scientist Award conferred by the Singapore National Academy of Sciences, and teaching excellence awards by the University of Oxford and NUS.

Besides Assoc Prof Teo, a research scientist, the other four winners of SYA 2011 include a film-maker, a community youth leader, a team of cyber wellness trailblazers, and an entrepreneur Mr Darius Cheung.

Mr Cheung, an NUS alumnus, has been actively providing guidance to the local start-up community. He co-founded tenCube, former NUS incubatee company, with three other graduates of the University. Attracted by its highly acclaimed breakthrough product "WaveSecure", tenCube was acquired by global security giant McAfee late last year.

The SYA winners will receive their awards from Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, at the awards ceremony on 3 July 2011.