Dr Tan Tin Wee

Dr Tan Tin Wee
Independent Director

Dr Tan has more than 25 years of experience in academia, the biomedical, Internet technology and bioinformatics sectors.

Dr Tan is currently the Director of the National Supercomputing Centre of Singapore (NSCC) and Chairman of the A*STAR Computational Resource Centre. He is on secondment from the Department of Biochemistry at the National University of Singapore where he has been carrying out bioinformatics research for the past 27 years. He has recently built a national petascale supercomputer and pioneered award winning projects on international supercomputer interconnections using InfiniBand, as well as helped a Singapore fish farm produce a fish vaccine and developed a machine learning system for predicting influenza virus tropism. For the past 20 years, he has been involved widely in the information and communication technology sector. For his wide ranging industry contributions in the Internet, he was inducted into the World Technology Network in 2000 and the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. Besides pioneering key Internet technologies in Singapore, from Gopher, Web, multilingual Internet, VRML, multicasting, CERTs, internationalised domain names, his achievements included the founding and board leadership of many international, regional and national organisations including the Multilingual Internet Names Consortium and the International Forum for IT in Tamil, where he has been a key pioneer of the Internationalised Domain Name system of the Internet.

In the 90s until recently, as a bioinformatics pioneer, he was also founder of the Singapore Bioinformatics Centre (BIC), Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet), and nurtured the International Conference on Bioinformatics for 15 years. He has served on the board of the International Society for Computational Biology and Association for Medical and Bioinformatics Singapore, where he has promoted education in Internet and bioinformatics technologies respectively. He was also an early pioneer in 2000s of free online bioinformatics education including online problem-based learning in the S* Alliance. He has been accorded numerous awards for these contributions.

He has been involved in a number of university spin-offs including Pacific Internet, I-DNS.net International, and has served as Master of Eusoff Hall and Fellow of Sheares Hall at the National University of Singapore. Dr Tan also previously served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Eu Yan Sang International Ltd, the VWO Capabilities Fund panel of the National Council of Social Service and as Focal Point of the ASEAN SubCommittee on Biotechnology (SCB), and more recently to date, the SubCommittee on Infrastructure and Resource Development (SCIRD). Dr Tan is currently an academic advisory board member for Nanyang Polytechnic and the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).

Dr Tan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Natural Sciences) from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, a Masters in Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from University College London under the Trinity College Traveling Studentship award and a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh under the UK Overseas Research Award.

 

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