Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre

Charlie Yeo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC), a leading state government R&D agency in Sarawak.

SBC was established under the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre Ordinance in 1998.  Its functions include the documentation of Traditional Knowledge of the indigenous communities of Sarawak and R&D on natural products to discover its useful applications.

Charlie and his team systematically collect samples from the rainforest to set up one of the most diverse natural product library in Malaysia.  This library is available for research collaborations to discover novel compounds for drug discovery, health and industrial application.

Charlie received his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at the California State University, Los Angeles in 1991, before he went on to work at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.

In 1993, he attended graduate school at the University of Washington, Seattle and obtained a PhD in Immunology.