Mookkan Prabakaran, Ph.D, Principal Investigator

Mookkan Prabakaran obtained his M.Phil in Biochemistry from University of Madras, India in 1999 and subsequently worked at the Department of Animal Biotechnology, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (1999-2001). In 2006, he obtained a Ph.D in Immunology at Madurai Kamaraj University, India, under a bilateral programme with Hannover Veterinary School, Germany. After post-doctoral training in immunology and gene therapy at I-Shou University, Taiwan, he joined Prof. Jimmy Kwang’s lab in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory as Post-doctoral fellow (2007-2009) and subsequently as Research Fellow (2009-2011). In 2011, he was promoted to Strategic Research Program (SRP) Manager. He is now a Principal Investigator in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory and his laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis and developing novel recombinant vaccines against infectious viral diseases.

You may wish to contact Dr Mookkan Prabakaran at: Tel: (65) 6872 7000, 6872 7473 (DID) or 6872 7474 (lab) Email:

Research Interests

  • Molecular pathogenesis of emerging and zoonotic infectious viruses
  • Development of recombinant multivalent vaccines for infectious viral diseases

Research Projects

Molecular characterization and pathogenesis of Orthomyxoviruses (i.e Influenza viruses) and Picornaviruses (i.e Human cardioviruses). Animal models for human viral diseases. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of virus replication and pathogenesis, and application of acquired knowledge to the development of high-yield attenuated vaccine strains and anti-virals.

Development of virus-vectored multivalent vaccines against economically important animal infectious viral diseases. Development of broadly protective mucosal vaccines against human infectious viral diseases.