Professor Chua Nam-Hai joined the Group as the Chief Scientific Advisor in September 2007. Professor Chua has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology at Rockefeller University in the United States of America since 1988. He has served and continues to serve on advisory boards of government-related and private institutions in 16 countries worldwide, including the Unites States of America, the PRC, India, the United Kingdom, France and Singapore. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, a Foreign Academician of the China Academy of Sciences and of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Professor Chua is an Honorary Research Professor of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Honorary Professor of Peking University and several research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology and the Kunming Institute of Botany. In 2005, he received the International Prize in Biology from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, and in 2007 he was awarded an Einstein Professorship of the Chinese Academy of Science. Professor Chua received from the Singapore Government the National Science and Technology Medal in 1998 and a Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2002. In recognition of his scientific achievements, the Nanyang Technology University, Singapore conferred upon him an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 2008. In 2010, The American Society of Plant Biologists honoured him with The Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research. Professor Chua obtained his PhD in biology from Harvard University.