Tamis the founding dean of School of Biological Sciences and director of the Biosciences Research Centre and Drug Discovery Centre of Nanyang Technological University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and postdoctoral training under the late Dr. Bruce Merrifield at Rockefeller University. In 1982 he became an associate professor at Rockefeller, where his research focused on protein chemistry. From1992 to 2004 he was a full professor of microbiology and immunology and professor of biochemistry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. In thelast 12 years, he has trained 150 doctors and initiated dual-degree program in biological medicine and traditional Chinese medicine in comprehensive universities in Singapore.
(James P. Tam)
His research interests also include peptide and protein chemistry; abiotic proteinsynthesis; and peptide chips for proteomics He has published 287 academic papers and holds 16 patents on various inventions. In 2005 he received the highly prestigious Ralph F. Hirschmann Award for his outstanding contributions to peptide and protein chemistry. In addition to his scientific research, he has been active in the peptide community. In addition to serving on many editorial boards and as associate editor of J. Peptide Research, he organizes international peptide and protein symposia and is a co-founder of the International Chinese Peptide Symposium.