Professor Roger Foo

MD (UK), MBBS (Sing), FRCP (UK), FACC (USA), FAHA (USA), FAMS (Sing)

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Professor of Medicine, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Director, NUHS Cardiovascular Disease Translational Research Programme

Dy Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI), NUHS

Asst Dean (Research), NUS YLL School of Medicine

Senior Consultant, National University Heart Centre, NUHS

Senior Group Leader, Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR

Phone:+65 6601 1036
Email: roger.foo(at)nus.edu.sg

Roger is the inaugural chair holder of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Professorship of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Director of the NUHS Cardiovascular Disease Translational Research Programme, Senior Consultant at the National University Heart Centre Singapore (NUHCS) where he is Clinical Lead for the Cardiac Genetics Service, Deputy Director at the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI), and Senior Group Leader at the A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS). He is now also Asst Dean (Research) at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Upon graduation at NUS, Roger undertook his post-graduate clinical training at King College Hospital London (SHO rotation) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge (Specialist Registrar traineeship). For his research training, he worked in the labs of the late Professor David de Bono (BHF Chair of Cardiology, Leicester), Professor Morris Brown (past president British Hypertension Society, and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Cambridge), Professor Martin Bennett (BHF Chair of Cardiovascular Sciences, Cambridge) and Professor Rick Kitsis (The Dr. Gerald and Myra Dorros Chair in Cardiovascular Disease, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC), funded by both The Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation with fellowships and project grants. All together, Roger trained and worked in Cambridge, UK, for over 20 years at the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine (University of Cambridge) and also at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital NHS Trust before moving his lab to Singapore in 2013. Here, he has come to establish Singapore’s first Cardiac Genetics clinical service, and has since been leading in the Molecular Epigenetics Theme for many of the largest Cardiovascular grant awards in the country.

Research in the lab makes use of genomic technology to study the cardiac epigenome and hunt for novel Heart Failure mechanisms. Roger enjoys reading scientific, historical and current affairs literature. He keeps as much as possible to a daily swimming regime, and uses WhatsApp and Instagram to keep up with the dizzy lives of his teenager children who live abroad.

Honours & Awards

  • Associate Editor, J Mol Cell Cardiol
  • Member, International Human Epigenome Consortium
  • Co-Chair, Gordon Research Conference for Epigenetics of Cardiovascular Diseases, HK 2019
  • Member, EpiGeneSys an EU-initiative for Epigenetics Systems Biology Research
  • Member, National University of Singapore Institutional Ethics Review Board
  • Member, Singapore Ministry of Health Taskforce for Cardiovascular Research
  • Member, Singapore Ministry of Health Genetic Testing Advisory Committee
  • Member, Singapore Ministry of Health Specialist Accreditation Board Research Committee Research Review Panel
  • Member, Singapore NMRC Grant Review Panel
  • Member, Science Health and Policy-relevant Ethics in Singapore (SHAPES), an initiative of the Centre of Biomedical Ethics (CBmE)
  • NUS Research Excellence Award 2017, NUS School of Medicine
  • Research Fellowship Award 2005-2013, British Heart Foundation
  • Louis and Arnold Katz Basic Science Research Award Finalist 2006, American Heart Association
  • Overseas Research Fellowship Award 2003-2005, The Wellcome Trust
  • Philip White Award 2003, British Cardiac Society
  • Oral Abstract Prize 2001, London Medical Research Society
  • Grimshaw-Parkinson Trust Award 1999, University of Cambridge

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