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Dr Elizabeth Tham

  • Head & Consultant, Division of Paediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Department of Paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
MBBS (S'pore), MMed (Paeds) (S'pore), MRCPCH (UK), FAMS (S'pore), MCI (S'pore)
Paediatric Allergy & Immunology (Allergy & Immune System Disorders)


Dr Elizabeth Tham graduated with MBBS from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS in 2007 and was awarded the Jane Prize in Paediatrics. She received her specialist training in Paediatrics and Neonatology at NUH and Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKWCH). She is currently Consultant & Head of Division, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, KTP-NUCMI and Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.

In her clinical practice, she sees all General Paediatric conditions with a special focus on children with allergic disorders such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, food and drug allergies. She is particularly passionate about improving the care and quality of life for children suffering from atopic dermatitis (eczema).

She is also a Clinician-Scientist actively involved in research in the field of Allergy, Immunology and the Skin Microbiome in Atopic Dermatitis. She has been awarded several national grants, such as the NMRC-Clinician Scientist –Individual Research grant – New Investigator Grant, the NMRC Research Training Fellowship and the NMRC Transition Award. Her work has also been published in many regional and international journals. Her research interests are in Atopic Dermatitis, Food Allergy, Early Life Immunomodulation and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHAD).

Dr Tham enjoys teaching medical students and her junior colleagues. She was also awarded the Annual Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Paediatrics. As a mother of three children, she understands and empathises with many of the parenting struggles that Singaporean parents face today.

As Principle Investigator
  • 2019 – Present: Skin Microbiome in Early Childhood Atopic Dermatitis
    • Funding Agency: NMRC Transition Award
  • 2017 – 2019: Skin microbiome in maternal and child health and disease
    • Funding Agency: NUHS-NCSP SRP
  • 2016 – 2018: Skin microbiome in children with Eczema and their household contacts
    • Funding Agency: NUHS – NCSP
  • 2012 – 2015: A probiotic-based therapeutic approach to fight handHand, foot Foot and mouth Mouth diseaseDisease
    • Funding Agency: NMRC
  • 2012 – 2013: Pre-clinical evaluation of Lactobacillus reuteri-based probiotics in protecting against Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
    • Funding Agency: EXXONMOBIL-NUS


  •  Nestle Nutrition Young Researcher Award 2017

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. 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
  3. Ang LY, Too HK, Tan EL, Chow TV, Shek LP, Tham EH, Alonso S (2016). Erratum to: Antiviral activity of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis against Coxsackievirus A and Enterovirus 71 infection in human skeletal muscle and colon cell lines. Virology Journal, 13(1):186.

Professional Memberships

• Member, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

• Member, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)

• Member, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

• Member, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore)

• Fellow, Academy of Medicine Singapore

• Junior Leadership Committee, Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI)


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