The Genome Institute of Singapore

Biopolis, Singapore

The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) is a national initiative with a global vision that seeks to use genomic sciences to improve public health and public prosperity. As a center for genomic discovery, the GIS will pursue the integration of technology, genetics and biology towards the goal of individualized medicine. Founded in 2001, the GIS is the national flagship program for the genomic sciences in Singapore. The Agency for Science and Technology Research (A*STAR) is the parent funding body for the GIS and has a long term commitment to create a world-class infrastructure.

Our scientific focus will be to investigate questions in the realm of functional genomics and integrative biology. We will exploit the intersect between genomics, cell biology, and medicine and take advantage of the contrasting genetic history of Pan-Asian populations to uncover fundamental truths. Our biological focuses on cancer biology, stem cell genomics, cellular pharmacology, and host-pathogen interactions are integrated with technology development in order to create novel solutions to difficult problems. Consistent with our remit as a national resource, we will provide the genomic infrastructure for Singapore and train new talent in this emerging field. As the nucleating force for collaborative genomic studies in Singapore, the GIS seeks to unite Singaporean scientists around collective projects of significance and will extend this partnership internationally in both the academic and commercial sectors.

Research Topics Currently Explored at the GIS

  • Bioinformatics
  • Cellular pharmacology
  • Computational biology
  • Expression array technologies
  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Molecular cytogenetics
  • Population genetics
  • Proteomics
  • Stem cell genomics

Contact person for international exchange:

Ms. Winnie Serah LIM
Head of Office of Admin Management & Office of Corporate Communications
Tel: (65) 6808 8013

Ongoing international exchange:

To help raise the level of biomedical research in Singapore, the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) has formed research and training partnerships with the following prestigious research institutions to increase our researchers' knowledge and skills through exposure to world-class research work:

Karolinska Institute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins University
Imperial College, London
University of Washington

Relevant quantitative and systems biology degree programs:

GIS does not administer its own Ph.D. program but trains students and postdocs affiliated with the National University of Singapore (NUS) & Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Further information on participating graduate programs can be found here.