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  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (Research Specialty: Allergy)


FRCPCh (UK), MD, MMed (Paeds), MBBS


Dr Lee Bee Wah is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore. She is a paediatrician specialising in clinical paediatric immunology and allergy.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of the World Allergy Organization from 2005 to 2009, Past President of the Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI) (2006 to 2008), and Past President of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore) (2012 to 2013). She is also a member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and a corresponding fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Allergy and Immunology. She is the past President of the College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Singapore (2007 to 2009), and a member of the Expert Committee on Immunisation, Ministry of Health, Singapore. 
Her key research interests include paediatric allergic diseases including food allergy, the role of probiotics and stool microbiota in allergic diseases, epidemiology of allergic diseases, and childhood vaccines. She has published over 200 research articles in peer reviewed journals.

As Principle Investigator
-2011 – 2013: A study of the clinical and molecular aspects of mild crustacean shellfish allergy and the role of the dust mite allergen cross reactivity – A novel inhalant-food allergy syndrome
Funding Agency: SIgN-A*STAR
-2008 – 2010: Molecular evaluation of gut microbiota signatures in infants with eczema
Funding Agency: BMRC
-2005 – 2008: A 2-year prospective study of stool microbiota in 2 diverse cohorts of Asian (Singapore and Indonesia) newborns and its influence on allergy development
Funding Agency: NMRC
-2000 – 2003: Development of diagnostic and therapeutic tools for asthma and allergic disease
Funding Agency: MOE
As Collaborator
-2002 – 2005: Immune responses to allergens in early childhood in relation to environment factors
Funding Agency: BMRC
-2002 – 2005: Influence of probiotics on atopy, atopic disease and immunological responses – A randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial
Funding agency: NMRC


Outstanding University Researcher Award, NUS (1999)
14th Haridas Memorial Lecture (1997)
Young Investigator’s Award, Annual American Academy of Allergy & Immunology (1987)

Journals & Publications

1. Tham EH, Shek LP, Van Bever HP, Vichyanond P, Ebisawa M, Wong GW, Lee BW; Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology & Immunology (APAPARI) (2018). Early introduction of allergenic foods for the prevention of food allergy from an Asian perspective-An Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology & Immunology (APAPARI) consensus statement. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology: Official Publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 29(1):18-27. doi: 10.1111/pai.12820
2. Oh S, Yap GC, Hong PY, Huang CH, Aw MM, Shek LP, Liu WT, Lee BW (2017). Immune-modulatory genomic properties differentiate gut microbiota of infants with and without eczema. PLoS One, 12(10):e0184955. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184955.
3. Ho RH, Chan JCY, Fan H, Kioh DYQ, Lee BW, Chan ECY (2017). In Silico and in Vitro Interactions between Short Chain Fatty Acids and Human Histone Deacetylases. Biochemistry, 56(36):4871-4878. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00508
4. Tham EH, Lee BW, Chan YH, Loo EXL, Toh JY, Goh A, … Shek LP (2017). Low Food Allergy Prevalence Despite Delayed Introduction of Allergenic Foods-Data from the GUSTO Cohort. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In Practice. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2017.06.001
5. Sánchez-Borges M, Fernandez-Caldas E, Thomas WR, Chapman MD, Lee BW, Caraballo L, … Capriles-Hulett A (2017). International consensus (ICON) on: clinical consequences of mite hypersensitivity, a global problem. The World Allergy Organization Journal, 10(1):14. doi: 10.1186/s40413-017-0145-4
6. Soh JY, Huang CH, Chiang WC, Llanora GV, Lee AJ, Loh W, … Lee BW (2015). Anaphylaxis to galacto-oligosaccharides - an evaluation in an atopic population in Singapore. Allergy, 70(8):1020-3. doi: 10.1111/all.12645
7. Thalayasingam M, Lee BW (2015). Fish and shellfish allergy. Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 101:152-61. doi: 10.1159/000375508
8. Thalayasingam M, Gerez IF, Yap GC, Llanora GV, Chia IP, Chua L, … Lee BW. Clinical and immunochemical profiles of food challenge proven or anaphylactic shrimp allergy in tropical Singapore. Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 45(3):687-97. doi: 10.1111/cea.12416

Professional Memberships

College of Paediatrics and Child Health Singapore (Past President 2007 – 2008)
World Allergy Organization – Board of Directors (Member at large 2006 – 2009)
Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Asthma (President 2007 – 2009)
Corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology
Member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

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