Adjunct Prof Stella Tan

Forensic science has shaped the world of justice and developments in the field have introduced many vital crime-solving techniques over the past few decades. The field of forensic science has also captured the interest of students from different disciplines.


In 2005, the Dean of Science Faculty invited our alumna, Adjunct Prof Stella Tan Wei Ling to start a Forensic Science module in NUS. In 2008, she helped to start the Forensic Science minor in NUS, the first programme of its kind in Singapore.


NUS’ Forensic Science minor programme provides opportunities for undergraduates to build up expertise and practical experience in forensic science and criminal investigations, with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles behind the application of scientific techniques to forensic investigations and to the criminal justice system. Students read modules covering a broad scope of topics from basic science and analysis techniques to criminal law and procedures for evidence collection.


Adjunct Prof Tan has a M.Sc. in Cell & Molecular Biology (2001) and a Law degree (2004) from NUS. She also has a M.Sc. in Forensic Science (2012) from the University of New Haven, USA, where she graduated top of her postgraduate class under the tutelage of the world's foremost forensic expert, Dr Henry LEE.


Adjunct Prof Tan said, “My experiences in forensic sciences and the law taught me to be systematic, inquisitive, to think out of the box, have a healthy attitude towards learning, be resilient in the pursuit of the truth, to demonstrate an acute proclivity for challenges and not be intimidated or discouraged by failures.”


She holds the appointment of Deputy Senior State Counsel and Deputy Director (Criminal Justice Division - Sex Crimes) at the Attorney-General's Chambers.


Read about Adjunct Prof Tan’s work to understand how forensic scientists apply rigorous and robust scientific principles, methods and evaluations in their daily work to ensure sound conclusions and authoritative evidence-based decisions.