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Thameem Dheen

Associate Professor Thameem Dheen

Associate Professor Dheen is currently the Head of Department of Anatomy, NUS Medicine. Prior to joining his alma mater as a Faculty member in 1999, he had obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from the Faculty of Medicine, NUS, in 1995 and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is currently the elected President of Singapore Neuroscience Association (since 2009), Governing Council member of International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), the Council Member of Federation of Asian-Oceanian Neuroscience Societies (FAONS) and the National Coordinator of International Brain Bee Challenge. He also served as the President of Microscopy Society Singapore from 2003-2008. From 2013-2016, he served as the Assistant Dean (Graduate Studies) at NUS Medicine.

He has been actively involved in teaching gross anatomy and neuroscience to medical, pharmacy students, and training graduate students pursuing their MSc and PhD degrees.

A/Prof Dheen has carved a niche area in neural stem cells and microglia research especially on the key roles these cells play in neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases and neurological disorders, and is extending his research to the translational aspects of these cell types. The ultimate goal of this research is to promote development of gene-based therapeutics for neurological disorders.