Dr. Markus Wenk | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Markus R Wenk

Dr. Markus R. Wenk (PhD)

College of Health and Life Sciences


Dr. Markus Wenk is the Dean College of Health and Life Sciences. He fills other key roles at the moment; he is a Visiting Toh Chin Chye Professor and the National University of Singapore, an Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopaedia in Lipidomics (Springer), and a privatdozent in the faculty of science in the University of Basel.

Wenk has been interested in the structure and function of membranes since his time as a student at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel in 1994. During his time at Yale, he introduced new techniques to study how cells metabolize phospholipids. He's been a leader in using advanced methods to study lipids (lipidomics), earning recognition such as the European Lipid Science Award in 2018. Markus founded the Singapore Lipidomics Incubator (SLING) and the international Singapore Lipid Symposium (iSLS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), focusing on innovation, education, and collaboration in lipid research. Lately, he's been working on incorporating precise molecular analysis into medical research for personalized health. 

Prior to his assumption of the role  in HBKU, Markus led the Department of Biochemistry at NUS from 2015 to 2022 and also directed the NUS Precision Medicine Translational Research Programme from 2020 to 2023.

Research Interests

  • Function of Membranes
  • Lipidomics



Precision Medicine Translational Research Program, National University of Singapore

2020 – 2023
  • Provost’s Chair

    Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

    2016 – 2023
  • Full Professor

    Department of Biochemistry, National University of Singapore

    2016 – 2023
  • Visiting Scientist

    The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

    2013 – 2015
  • Assistant Head and Chairman

    Department of Biochemistry, National University of Singapore

    2007 – 2009


Ph.D. Biophysics

Biozentrum University of Basel

1994 - 1997
  • Diploma in Biology

    University of Basel

    1990 - 1994

Selected Publications