YEONG Foong May

Associate Professor


Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Fellow, NUS Teaching Academy
Core member, Institute for the Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET), NUS
Section Editor, Journal for Biology and Microbiology Education, American Society for Microbiology
Editorial Board Member, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Degree and Institution Year(s)
Masters in Research, Education and Social Research, Institute of Education, University College London, UoL 2012-2015
University of Vienna, Austria, PhD (Medical Biochemistry) 1995-1999
National University of Singapore, BSc, Hons (Microbiology) 1990-1994

Professional Experience

Position and Institute Year(s)
Biology Scholars Program, National Science Foundation/American Society for Microbiology, USA 2014-present
Assistant Professor, NIE, NTU 2001-2003
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore 1998-2001

Research Interest

Foong May’s research laboratory focuses on:
* Exit from Mitosis
* Spindle dynamics
* Fungal pathogensis

Education Interests:
* Problem-solving
* Collaborative-learning
* Active-learning

Selected Publications

  1. Yeong FM, Chin CF, Tan AL. (2019) Use of a competency framework to explore the benefits of student-generated multiple-choice questions (MCQs) on student engagement. Pedagogies: An International Journal, accepted.

  2. Lee, S.C. and Yeong, FM. (2018) Fostering student engagement in a Cell Biology module: Perspectives from using online, collaborative reading assignments mediated by Perusall. The Asia-Pacific Scholar, Vol. 3 No. 3.

  3. Augustine B, Chin CF, Yeong FM. Role of Kip2 during early mitosis - impact on spindle pole body separation and chromosome capture. J Cell Sci. 2018 Jun11;131(11). pii: jcs211425. doi: 10.1242/jcs.211425.

  4. Chin, CF, Tan, K, Onishi, M, Chew, YY, Augustine, B, Lee, WR and Yeong FM. Timely endocytosis of cytokinetic enzymes prevents premature spindle breakage during mitotic exit. PLOS Genetics 2016 Jul 22;12(7):e1006195. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006195.

  5. Yeong, FM. Use of Constructed-response Questions to Support Learning of Cell Biology during Lectures. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2015 May 1;16(1):87-9. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v16i1.890.

  6. Chew, Y. Y., Chin, C. F., & Yeong, FM. Simulating an investigative study of clinical cancer samples: use of tissue slides and PCR-based promoter-hypermethylation analysis. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 2015 Jan-Feb;43(1):39-46. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20835.

  7. Yeong FM. Using Primary Literature in an Undergraduate Assignment: Demonstrating Connections among Cellular Processes. Journal of Biological Education, 2015 49(1): 73-90

  8. Yeong, FM. Science Students and Social Sciences: Strange Bedfellows? Higher Education Research & Development. 2014 33(5), 1078 – 1080.

  9. Yeong FM. Multi-step down-regulation of the secretory pathway in mitosis: a fresh perspective on protein trafficking. Bioessays. 2013 May;35(5):462-71. doi: 10.1002/bies.201200144.

  10. Yeong, FM. Using primary-literature-based assessments to highlight connections between sub-topics in cell biology. Journal of the NUS Teaching Academy. 2014 3(1), 34-48.

  11. Sanbhnani S, Yeong FM. CHFR: a key checkpoint component implicated in a wide range of cancers. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2012 May;69(10):1669-87. doi: 10.1007/s00018-011-0892-2.

  12. Yeong FM. Moving Away from Dogmatic Knowledge Dissemination in a Cell Biology Module: Examples from Singapore. Bioscience Education. 2012 20, 106-115.

  13. Chin CF, Bennett AM, Ma WK, Hall MC and Yeong FM. Dependence of Chs2 ER export on dephosphorylation by cytoplasmic Cdc14 ensures that septum formation follows mitosis. Mol Biol Cell. 2012 Jan;23(1):45-58. doi: 10.1091/mbc.

  14. Chai CC, Teh EM and Yeong FM. Unrestrained spindle elongation during recovery from spindle checkpoint activation in cdc15-2 cells results in mis-segregation of chromosomes. Mol Biol Cell. 2010 Jul 15;21(14):2384-98. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E09-07-0637.

  15. Chin CF, Yeong FM. Safeguarding entry into mitosis: the antephase checkpoint. Mol Cell Biol. 2010 Jan;30(1):22-32. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00687-09.

  16. Teh EM, Chai CC, and Yeong FM. Retention of Chs2p in the ER requires N-terminal CDK1-phosphorylation sites. Cell Cycle. 2009 Sep 15;8(18):2964-74.

  17. Zhang G, Kashimshetty R, Ng KEA, Tan HB and Yeong FM. Exit from mitosis triggers Chs2p transport from the endoplasmic reticulum to mother-daughter neck via the secretory pathway in budding yeast. J Cell Biol. 2006 Jul 17;174(2):207-20.

  18. Yeong FM. Severing all ties between mother and daughter: cell separation in budding yeast. Mol Microbiol. 2005 Mar;55(5):1325-31.

  19. Yeong FM. Anaphase-promoting complex in Caenorhabditis elegans. Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Mar;24(6):2215-25.

  20. Yeong, FM, H Hombauer, K S Wendt, T Hirota, I Mudrak, K Mechtler, T Loregger, A Merchler-bauer, K Tanaka, J-M Peters and E Ogris, Identification of a subunit of a novel Kleisin-beta/SMC complex as a potential substrate of protein phosphatase 2A. Curr Biol. 2003 Dec 2;13(23):2058-64.

  21. Hwa Lim H, Yeong FM, Surana U. Inactivation of mitotic kinase triggers translocation of MEN components to mother-daughter neck in yeast. Mol Biol Cell. 2003 Nov;14(11):4734-43.

  22. Yeong FM, Lim HH, Wang Y, Surana U. Early expressed Clb proteins allow accumulation of mitotic cyclin by inactivating proteolytic machinery during S phase. Mol Cell Biol. 2001 Aug;21(15):5071-81.

  23. Wei H, Ashby DG, Moreno CS, Ogris E, Yeong FM, Corbett AH, Pallas DC. Carboxymethylation of the PP2A catalytic subunit in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is required for efficient interaction with the B-type subunits Cdc55p and Rts1p. J Biol Chem. 2001 Jan 12;276(2):1570-7.

  24. Yeong FM, Lim HH, Padmahree GG, Surana, U. (2000) Exit from mitosis in budding yeast: biphasic inactivation of the Cdc28-Clb2 mitotic kinase and the role of Cdc20. Molecular Cell. 5(3): 501 - 511.