Scientific Programme


Prof Linfa Wang
Programme in Emerging Infectious Disease,
Duke-NUS Medical School

Prof Wang is a Professor in the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

His research focuses on emerging viruses. He played a leading role in identifying bats as the natural host of SARS-CoV. His research then extended from bat-borne viruses to better understanding virus-bat interaction and led an international team carrying out comparative genomic analysis of two bat species and discovered an important link between adaptation to flight and bat’s ability to counter DNA damage repair as a result of fast metabolism and to co-exist with a large number of viruses without developing clinical diseases. Prof Wang’s work has been recognized internationally through various international awards, numerous invited speeches at major international conferences and many top scientific publications including papers in Science, Nature, Lancet. In 2010 he was elected to the Australia Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2021 he was recently elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.

Prof Wang currently serves on multiple WHO COVID-19 Committees to discuss and provide his expertise for the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. He is also involved in several international work groups on the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics against COVID-19.

Programme Details

Day 1, 07 October 2021 , Thursday,
Block 2: What We Learnt from Covid-19?
Track : How Science and Research Impacted Policy and Practice in the Pandemic (Broadcast Date - 19 Nov 2021)
Topic : Evolving Serological Platforms in Responding to COVID-19: From LIPS to sVNT/cPass
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