As was my opinion in countless other threads of such nature, I maintain that Ph.D in life science especially from NUS/NTU isn't really useful despite what the government likes to say. Singapore, despite whatever, is not a research hub and probably never will be because we are small, our education system do not encourage out of the box thinking and simply because this is not a research hotbed.
Have u all ever been to the university campus of MIT/Harvard or Cambridge? Their very air sizzles with innovation. I am not joking. Have u ever been to NUS or NTU?In Singapore people do a Phd because they are worried that with just a life sci degree they can only wash test tubes, or they are attracted by the idea of a 3K salary not knowing what else to do. It's very different from other good research universities in the world where people do PhDs REALLY because they like to know more about something. These folks spend 7-8 years doing their phd without an attractive pay B/c they really want to learn from some really smart profs in an area they are really interested in.