Roger Foo, Genome Institute of Singapore

Friday 28 June 2019, 16:00
Room 217 (plenary room)
Dutch Heart Foundation Lecture

Roger Foo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), and Senior Consultant lead for the Cardiac Genetics Clinic, National University Heart Centre. He is a graduate of the Medical School at NUS, but spent 20 years abroad before returning to Singapore in 2013.

His specialist training was undertaken at Kings College Hospital, London, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He was awarded the Wellcome Trust Fellowship to pursue research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, and returned to Cambridge as a British Heart Foundation Fellow and Consultant Physician, before eventually returning to Singapore.

His lab was the first to publish an epigenomic map of the failing human heart in 2012. Recently, his lab has found a long noncoding RNA, called Singheart, which regulates key cardiac gene expression. The lab is now deep diving into the epigenome of heart failure, using advanced technology such as single cell transcriptomics and Crispr-genome editing to explore frontiers, with continuing aspirations to discover novel avenues for therapies or biomarkers.

Roger is also a strong advocate for the clinical application of genomics and leads the BMRC Rare Disease research programme, SUREkids. SUREkids aims to develop a clinical pipeline for whole exome sequencing for babies in Singapore.