Having obtained his MBBS from the National University of Singapore, Professor Aung obtained the Fellowships of
the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 1997. He completed a glaucoma fellowship in the Singapore National Eye Centre from 1999-2000 and, from 2000-2003, he trained at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was awarded a PhD in Molecular Genetics from University College London in 2004.
Professor Aung is a clinician scientist, with clinical practice focusing on glaucoma and research interests in angle closure glaucoma and glaucoma genetics. With >500 publications, Professor Aung has been awarded >US$20 million in competitive research grant funding. He has received numerous awards including the Singapore Translational Research (STaR) Investigator Award in 2014, the Singapore National Medical Research Council-Clinician Scientist Awards in 2005 and 2008, the President’s Science Award in 2009, the Nakajima (2007) and De Campo (2013) Awards from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, the Alcon Research Institute Award in 2013 and the Robert Ritch Award for Excellence and Innovation in Glaucoma from the Glaucoma Foundation in 2017.
Professor Aung is a member of the editorial boards of the following journals: Ophthalmology, Eye, Journal of Glaucoma, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, and six other journals. He is Immediate Past President of the World Glaucoma Association and also serves as a Board member of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society and is Vice President of the Asian Angle Closure Glaucoma Club.