Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief   Khatijah Yusoff, FASc, FIAS, FTWAS; PhD; DSc (hon causa) (La Trobe)
Khatijah has over 32 years’ experience investigating the molecular virology of Newcastle disease virus. Her current research interest is in the development of NDV as a therapeutic oncoviral vaccine through the use of reverse genetics. She is also involved in the molecular biology of other organisms, in particular on the use of nanobiotechnology, surface display technology and phage therapy. She is currently in the Vice-President of World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); and sits in the Councils for the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, TWAS, and the Council of Science Advisers (CSA) of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).  
Managing Editor  Suet Lin Chia , PhD
Suet Lin obtained his Ph.D. in the field of Medical Biotechnology from Universiti Putra Malaysia in year 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Khatijah Yusoff. He underwent a two-year post-doctoral training in the Seymour’s lab in the University of Oxford. His field of interest is to develop a potent oncolytic Newcastle disease virus for the treatment of cancer. Currently, his research involves genetic modification of NDV genome to reduce the virus pathogenicity towards birds. In addition, he is also working on cloning immunostimulatory genes into the virus backbone to enhance the oncolytic properties of the virus. 




Editorial Board Member  Oi Ming Lai, PhD
Lai Oi Ming is a Professor in Enzyme Technology from the Department of Bioprocess Technology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Bioscience, UPM. She is the coeditor of Healthful Lipids (AOCS Press) and lead editor of Palm Oil: Production, Processing, Characterization, and Uses (AOCS Press) book, author or co-author of more than 170 referenced SCI publications, more than 10 book chapters and the holder of 16 patents. Oi-Ming’s research program includes the development and improvement of structured lipids such as diacylglycerols (DAG), medium- and long-chain triacylgycerols (MLCT), product diversification of various phytonutrients and oilseed by-products, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals development. She has led numerous research projects, completed two Technofund projects from MOSTI worth USD 2.5 million and completed the building of a fully operational coenzyme Q10 production plant (API at 99% purity) and has commercialized two of technologies including the recent RemdiiTM Sensitive, targeting very dry and inflamed skin conditions. In 2008, she won WIPO’s (World Intellectual Property Organization) Best invention by Woman Award and was the recipient of the Top Research Scientists of Malaysia award from the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia in 2012. She also sits on the Editorial Board of the Food and Bioprocess Technology Journal, Peer J, Planters, Pertanika Journal of Scholarly reviews and others. Her h index is 24 as of 1 March 2017. She is a Guest Professor at the Department of Food Science and Engineering, Jinan University, China. She is a member of the UPM’s Intellectual Property Evaluation Committee, under the purview of the Putra Science Park and also serves as a committee member of the Research Working Committee on Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing. She is also on the Executive Council panel of Experts for Malaysian Laboratories for Academia-Business Collaboration (MyLAB).
  Wen Siang Tan, PhD
Wen Siang TAN is a professor of molecular virology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He did his PhD at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Prof. Sir Kenneth Murray, who developed the first effective recombinant vaccine against hepatitis B virus. Wen Siang is an enthusiast of phage display and virus-like particles as well as their practical uses in the development of multi-component vaccines, drug delivery systems and immunological reagents. He loves to share his findings and inventions with scientific communities, so far he has published over 140 papers in leading scientific journals. He is one of the inventors for 17 patents and 3 trademarks have been registered under his name. He had completed the supervision of 25 PhD and 35 MSc students. In 2005, he was awarded the Norken Stiftung Research Fellowship to study structural biology in the laboratory of Prof. Malcolm Walkinshaw. In 2012, he was awarded the Top Research Scientists of Malaysia by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. 
  Bambang Purwantara, DVM, MSc, PhD

Prof Purwantara is currently a full professor at the Department of Clinic, Reproduction and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor Indonesia. He actively involved in the advisory boards of master and doctorate degrees in a number of universities. Beside his current position as the Director of Indonesian Biotechnology Information Centre (IndoBIC), Prof Purwantara was former Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP, a leading Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology. He is currently also President of the Indonesian Society for Agricultural Biotechnology (ISAB/PBPI), President of the Indonesian Association for Animal Reproduction (IAAR/ARHI), member of Biosafety Commission for Genetically Engineered Products (KKH PRG), member of National Expert Working Group on Food Security – Indonesian Food Security Council (Pokja Ahli DKP) 2014-2017. Prof Purwantara currently is the Director of Centre for Collaborative Research on Animal Biotechnology and Coral Reef Fisheries (CCR ANBIOCORE) IPB operated under USAID SHERA Project, partnering seven Indonesian and two US universities.

Prof Bambang Purwantara has long been working on the area of animal reproduction with special interest on reproductive biotechnology particularly in large ruminants. He has been developing basic and applied researches on sperm physiology and preservation of the bovine, sheep, goat and horses.
  Fook Tim Chew, PhD
  Dr Chew Fook Tim is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS), taking care of the Undergraduate Programmes and Student Life sections, and an Associate Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS, teaching Epidemiology, Genetics and Immunology. He is an Editorial Board Member of several key scientific journals such as the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and has published more than 150 major international scientific publications, holds several patents, and presented at more than 300 international and regional conferences, with more than 150 invited talks, particularly in the areas of allergies, public health, genetics and plant breeding. He is a Governing Board Member of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Governing Board Member of the Southeast Asian Ministry of Education Centre for BioTropical Research (Biotrop), Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board for the School of Life Sciences at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Board Member of Operation Hope Foundation, and Consultant & Scientific Advisor to Several Major Agribusiness and Biomedical Companies, including Sime Darby, Olam International, First Resources, etc.
  Teruna J. Siahaan, PhD
  Dr. Teruna J. Siahaan is the Aya & Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas (KU) and a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). His research is focused on improving drug delivery to the brain and immune cells; he published 200 papers, obtained 12 patents, and edited two books. He serves as the Director of Global Health Education & Research Center, School of Pharmacy, KU; Co-Program Director of the T32 NIH Biotechnology Training Program, KU; and the Executive Board of Directors the Globalization Pharmaceutics Education Network (GPEN) Organization. He has received several honors and awards, including Self Faculty Scholar, KU; Pfizer Research Scholar Award; 2013 Mentor of the Year, KU; and 2014 PhRMA Foundation Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutics.
  Mohd Ali Hassan, PhD
  Professor Mohd Ali Hassan obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering at The University of Leeds, United Kingdom and PhD in Environmental Biotechnology from University of Okayama, Japan. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience. In 2002 he was promoted to the post of Professor at University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the field of Environmental Biotechnology. He has worked extensively on international biomass, bioenergy and zero-emission projects throughout his career, particularly with Japan and Korea, in collaboration with the palm oil industry in Malaysia. He has succeeded in obtaining R&D funding from local and international agencies and companies. He managed to set up the Serdang Biomass Town and Biorefinery in UPM campus, since 2012. He heads an international SATREPS project on biomass and zero emission project at the palm oil mill funded by JICA-JST (Japan) and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. He was Dean, Faculty of Biotechnology, UPM from 2007-2014. Now he heads the Industry and Community Relations Unit at The Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences UPM. He has published more than 180 journal papers, has several patents, book chapters, national and international awards. He has completed 10 research projects, with 2 commercialised products, and has supervised and graduated many postgraduate and undergraduate students. He was awarded the Top Research Scientist of Malaysia by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2013, and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2016. He has also received the Research Exchange Award from the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, the Malaysia Research Star Award 2017 and the Malaysian Microbiology Award 2017. Currently he is Vice President of Asia Federation of Biotechnology, President of Asia Federation of Biotechnology Malaysia Chapter and a Committee Member of Biomass Asia Association. His current h index (Scopus) is 31, with more than 3000 citations.
  Margaret Duffy, PhD
  Margaret Duffy is a Research Fellow of the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, pursuing research into haematological malignancies with a focus on multiple myeloma. Margaret achieved a 1st class honours degree in Biomedical Science from the National University of Ireland Galway, before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD studies centred around viral:host interactions and improving the stability of adenoviral vectors in blood. Her subsequent postdoctoral research was focused on developing adenoviruses as tools for gene therapy, vaccination and oncolytic applications. Margaret also spent time working as a Marie Curie IAPP researcher at a biotech company in the Netherlands, specialising in adenovirus vectorisation and production. Now based at the Department of Oncology University of Oxford, her research is based on developing new oncolytic viruses for blood cancers.

 

 

List of Associate Editors

 
Associate Editor
Field of interests
MS Kanthimathi, PhD
Natural products, Antioxidants, Free radicals, Biochemistry
Lionel In Lian Aun, PhD
Molecular Oncology, Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapeutics, Molecular Biology
Wang Seok Mui, PhD
Virology, Molecular Diagnostics
Amirah Amir, PhD
Medical parasitology, Malaria, Malaria culture, Anopheles colonization
Tang Thean Hock, PhD
RNA-Biology, Nucleic Acid Aptamer, Mol. Diagnostic
Siti Sarah Othman, PhD
Infection & Immunity, Bacterial pathogenesis, Microbiology, Molecular Biology
Crystale Lim Siew Ying, PhD
Gene expression, Host-pathogen Interaction, Antibiotic Resistance, Tumorigenesis
Boon Chin Tan, PhD
Plant Molecular Biology, Proteomics, Metabolic Engineering
Noor Hana Hussain, PhD
Antibiotic resistance, Bacteriophage Biocontrol, Bacterial Phytopathogens, Quorum Sensing Inhibition
Lau Yee Ling, PhD
Malaria, Molecular Parasitology
Mas Jaffri Masarrudin, PhD
Nanobiotechnology, Drug Delivery, Anticancer Therapeutics, Microbial-synthesis of Nanomaterials
Adelene Song Ai Lian, PhD
Molecular Biology, Metabolic Engineering, Lactic Acid Bacteria, Microbial Cell Factory
Saila Ismail, PhD
Microbiology, Virology, Immunology
Cheong Fei Wen, PhD
Proteomics and Vector Borne Diseases (Malaria)
Irwan Hanish Warsanah, PhD
Microbiology, Immunology
Jeremy Ryan de Silva, PhD
Medical Parasitology, Clinical Microbiology, Immunology
Mohd Termizi Yusof, PhD
Biological Sciences, Mycology
Nik Mohd Afizan, PhD
Molecular Biology, Animal Cell Biotechnology
Tan Yee Shin, PhD
Mycology
Wong Pooi Fong, PhD
Genomic, Molecular Pharmacology, Virology
Zetty Norhana Balia Yusof, PhD
Plant Metabolism, Algae and Plant Biotechnology
Yuka Hara, PhD
Immunology, Microbial Genomics and Molecular Biology
Ng Siew Kit, PhD
Antiviral Innate Immunity, A-to-I RNA Editing, Antioxidant
 Citartan Marimuthu, PhD
 Aptamers and Sensors, Non-protein coding RNA, Molecular Diagnostics
 Siti Hawa Ngalim, PhD
 Cell Migration, MSC, Nanobiotech
 CV Suresh Gupta, PhD
 Transcriptome, ncRNA, Bioinformatics
 Hazrina Yusof, PhD
 Bioinformatics
 Ronald Teow, PhD
 Biomarker, Epigenetics, Microbiome, Cancer
 Tye Gee Jun, PhD
 Immunology, Vaccine Development, Mammalian Cell Expression
 Pui Liew Phing, PhD
 Food Biotechnology
 Michelle Soo, PhD
 Systematics and Taxonomy Research
 Bimo Tejo, PhD
 Biochemistry, Biotechnology, In silico Protein Structure, Peptidomimetics
 Lee Sau Har, PhD
Cancer Stem Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Virology, Traditional Medicine and Natural Products

 

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