Clinical Research & Innovation Office

Research Laboratories

  • Surgical Sciences
    Training Centre
  • The Infectious Disease
    Research Laboratory
  • The Immunology
    Research Laboratory
  • The Molecular
    Biology Laboratory

The SSTC is a training and research facility co-managed by TTSH and the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), serving researchers of both institutes.

The SSTC organises studies, workshops and courses including medical device applications and training in open or laparoscopic surgical procedures.

Training Facilities

The SSTC provides ample opportunity for surgeons and endoscopists to learn advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic skills on computer simulators and computerised multimedia learning stations.

The training facilities include multimedia classrooms, Surgery Training Lab, Practical Skills Stations and a Virtual Reality Operating Room using high-tech endoscopic and laparoscopic equipment.

Regular courses on laparoscopic surgery are often conducted at the SSTC.


We have a modern and well-equipped research laboratory with a fully equipped Operating Theatre with three operating tables.

The SSTC also has a Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) facility.

TTSH and NNI are constantly investigating new technology and advancing research in minimally invasive surgical techniques, in addition to supporting medical devices development. Being at the heart of innovation, we can quickly translate new discoveries into clinical benefits for our patients.

Contact SSTC

Dr Chua Wei Chong

Contact persons

Mr Gao Hong (Lab Technician)
Tel: 6357 3617

Ms Cindy Lim (Senior Executive, Operations (Surgery),
Tel: 6357 7601

The IDRL of TTSH was set up more than 10 years ago.

It provides laboratory environment and facilities for clinician researchers and scientists to conduct their laboratory-based studies.


Studies performed in this laboratory have so far mainly focused on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and HIV.

Major equipment in the lab:

  • Applied Biosystems 3100-Avant Genetic Analyzer: can provide DNA sequencing, genescaning, and single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis
  • Roche LightCycler Real-Time PCR Instrument: can provide real-time PCR analysis in pathogen detection, gene expression analysis, etc
  • Normal PCR thermocyclers
  • Cell culture incubators
  • Freezers and deep freezer

Contact IDRL

A/P Leo Yee Sin

Contact person
Dr Ng Oon Tek, 


The Autoimmune Research Laboratory (ARL) was set up by the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology in 1994 for the purpose of research in autoimmune systemic rheumatic diseases.

In 1999, the ARL was restructured into the Clinical Immunology Laboratory (CIL) which supports the clinical services of the department and hospital, and the Immunology Research Laboratory (IRL) which supports the department's research in rheumatology, clinical immunology and allergy.

Contact IRL

Head and contact person
Adj A/Prof Kong Kok Ooi,
Tel: 6357 7822 

The MBL is situated in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine (DPLM) at the 2nd floor TTSH.

The activities of this research laboratory very much depend on the users. The work is funded by research grants and driven by researchers. In the recent past, the focus has shifted from histopathology and now to infectious diseases. Resources include bench space and laboratory equipment. Equipment is also funded by individual grants although TTSH supports ongoing maintenance costs and overheads. We depend heavily on DPLM's support. The MBL is open to enquiries and is keen to assist research in any field: it is not limited to the current focus of infection. Please contact Dr Barkham to discuss any ideas or potential research collaboration.

Contact MBL

Director and contact person
Dr Timothy Barkham,
Tel: 6357 8957