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Prof. Chester Lee Drum

Principal Investigator

Chester Drum is a multidisciplinary physician scientist with a passion for connecting technology to evidence-based clinical outcomes. Chester received his MD and PhD from the University of Chicago and has held positions at UCSD, Mass General Brigham Hospital and MIT where he was the Director for Translational Medicine at the Centre for Biomedical Innovation.

At NUS, Dr. Drum has made fundamental contributions in the fields of nanomaterials, pharmacology and biomarker discovery. In his current role as a Senior Consultant in the Division of Cardiology and an Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Dr. Drum most enjoys bringing together diverse science, technologies and people to solve real-world clinical problems, while still taking time to care for patients in his weekly cardiology clinic.

Honors & Awards


2017: BCLS and AED certification
2015: BCLS and AED certification
2013: Promoted from Associate Consultant to Full Consultant, Department of Cardiology
2012: Certified SMC Cardiology
2012: Certified SMC Internal Medicine
2009: Board Certified, Cardiology, ABIM
2008: Cardiology fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
2007: Board Certified, Internal Medicine, ABIM
2005: Internal Medicine Residency, Univ. Calif. San Diego
2003: Ph.D. (Neurobiology), University of Chicago
2003: M.D., University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
1994: B.A., University of Chicago

Awards & Grants

2016 SMART Innovation Award, SMART, Singapore (250,000 SGD)
2014 Saphire (2,100,000 SGD)
2014 SMART Innovation Award, SMART, Singapore (250,000 SGD)
2013 SMART Innovation Award, SMART, Singapore (250,000 SGD)
2012 Clinician Scientist Award, NMRC, Singapore (675,000 SGD)
2009 Burroughs Wellcome CAMS Award, USA (250,000 USD)
2008 Leadership Council in Cardiology Award, USA (50,000 USD)
2003 Harold Lamport Award for the Top Dissertation Submitted to the Biological Sciences
University of Chicago, USA
2002 Award for Difficult Structure Determination of the Year, Gordon Conference, USA
1995 Summer Research Award, University of Chicago, USA
1994 Graduation with Honors, University of Chicago, USA

Years of Experience

  • Cardiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Therapeutic Discovery