Clinical Associate Professor Leo currently heads the Department of Infectious Diseases of Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She also holds the concurrent appointment as the Clinical Director of Communicable Disease Centre, Singapore. She has over the last decade, led her team through a number of infectious disease outbreaks and is well-known for her handling of the SARS crisis in Singapore (2003). For her dedication and effort, she was conferred the most prestigious National Day Award “The Public Service Star”.
Professor Leo graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1983 and obtained her Masters of Medicine and MRCP in 1989. Her sub-specialty fields in infectious diseases include HIV medicine, communicable diseases and outbreak management. Besides her busy clinical practice, she is also actively involved in teaching and research. Topics of her research interest include dengue, influenza, emerging infections, and HIV. She has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and is widely accepted as an outstanding Clinician-Researcher in Singapore.
In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious 25 million-dollar Translational Clinical Research grant to lead the study on dengue as the Principal Investigator where she will spearhead a team of researchers from the public and private institutions, to focus on overcoming the major gaps in the treatment and management of the dengue disease through the translation of the bedside to bench to bedside research over the next 5-years.