Associate Professor Han Kiat HO, Ph.D., DABT, is currently the Deputy Head (Education) at the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) with First Class Honours from the NUS in 2000. Subsequently, he took on the A*STAR Overseas Graduate Scholarship and obtained his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2005, under the tutelage of Prof Sid Nelson. After which, he returned to Singapore for a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Medical Biology with Prof Ullrich, working in the area of tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
In 2009, he started his own research programme in NUS, exploring various aspects of liver diseases including the management of drug-induced liver toxicity, liver fibrosis and liver cancer.
In recent years, he also interfaced the use of nanomaterials to explore the impact on liver regeneration as well as in, and nanotoxicology. Over the years as a faculty member, he has published about 80 papers in internationally recognised journals, and has won multiple University-level teaching excellence awards. He is an editorial advisory board member of Biochemical Pharmacology and a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.
Beyond his academic domain, A/P Ho holds a joint appointment with the University Scholars Programme, and is also an elected fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy. He spent 6.5 years as a Resident Fellow at Raffles Hall, NUS from July 2011 to December 2017. He taught a module on “Exploration in Musical Production” which engaged students to express themselves through a musical production.
A/P Ho labours under the impression that he will only assume duties at OSA on 1 June 2020. He will oversee efforts on student impact and leadership development.