Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB) is a professional society of microbiologists and other professionals of related interest. Microbiology in Singapore had its origin in the investigation and control of infectious diseases of humans and animals. Both veterinary microbiology and medical microbiology played a significant role in the evolution of the science of microbiology locally.
The formation of the Singapore Society for Microbiology (SSM) in 1972 provided an impetus to the development of microbiology in Singapore. The society was inaugurated by the founder, A/P Chan Yow Cheong at the college of medicine building (now Ministry of Health building). In 1997, the name of the society was changed from SSM to the Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB). This was the logical direction for the society as it moves towards the 21st century and it signals the society’s commitment to expand its agenda to encompass the biotechnology. Today microbiologists and biotechnologists are holding key positions in teaching and research institutions, regulatory authorities and the industries.
SSMB is a constituent member of the Singapore National Academy of Science, and plays an active role in promoting microbiology and biotechnology to schools, universities, industries and the general community.