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Genomics Cluster Leader

Professor Christopher M. Austin

Email: chris.austin@monash.edu

Professor Austin is a professor of tropical biology and the Genomics Cluster Leader for Monash University Malaysia’s Tropical Medicine and Biology Multidisciplinary Program. 

Prior to his current appointment at Monash University in 2011, Professor Austin was at Charles Darwin University, Australia, for 6 years where he was Head of School and was responsible for building research capacity and the Higher Degree by Research student program for the School of Environmental and Life Science. Professor Austin has now established vibrant and productive molecular genetic and genomic research laboratories at three Australian universities over the last 10 years. He has developed and supported courses, workshops and training programs in molecular genetics, genomic, scientific writing, research methods and biostatistics in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Professor Austin’s research interests and expertise are in animal biodiversity and evolution with a major emphasis on genomics, molecular genetics and conservation of aquatic organisms, commercial fish and shellfish species. He has formed many productive collaborations with Australian and international scientists. Over the last 20 years, Professor Austin has authored over 130 publications and reports, the majority of which are articles in refereed international journals. He regularly acts as an expert reviewer for leading journals in the biological sciences. Professor Austin has completed his supervision of 15 postgraduate students and he is currently supervising another 5, most of whom are international students. 

 Director Tropical Medicine & Biology Multidisciplinary Platform

Professor Sadequr Rahman

Email: sadequr.rahman@monash.edu

Professor Sadequr Rahman is the Director of the Genomics Facility which is a part of the Tropical Medicine & Biology Multidisciplinary Platform along with Infection and Immunity and Telemedicine. 

He is a professor of plant genetics and has worked with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) plant industry, Australia for 22 years before joining the Monash University in 2011. His core research interests focus on genes involved in the biosynthesis of novel lipids and polysaccharides in plants, and DNA based identification of avian species in the tropics. However, Prof Sadequr has been expanding his scope of interest in the era of Genomics to microbial and environmental metagenomics resulting in more than 90 published journal articles.

 

 Research Fellow

Dr Han Ming Gan

Email: gan.han.ming@monash.edu

Dr Han Ming Gan received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA (JPA Scholarship) in 2008 and his Ph.D. in Biosciences from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai in 2011. He worked as an Application Scientist in ScienceVision Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Illumina Products, focusing on Next Generation Sequencing projects for two years. He has been self taught in bioinformatics to fully unveil the potential of his genomics research. Combining these two skills with his microbiology backgrund, he has authored more than 70 research papers in ISI-cited journals and forged multiple research collaborations with local and international scientists. He is currently the Associate Editor for BMC Microbiology and a member of the American Society of Microbiology. His research interests are in the areas of microbial genomics, functional gene characterization, phylogenetics, mitogenomics, transcriptomics and metagenomics.

Dr Gan Han Ming's current research projects are Whole genome sequencing, assembly and analysis of classical Agrobacterium stains and Next generation sequencing-based method development for conservation biology, phylogenomics and ecology.

 

Research Fellow

Ms Mun Hua Tan

Email: tan.mun.hua@monash.edu

 Mun Hua received her B. Sc degree in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis, USA in 2008 on a JPA Scholarship. After graduation, she gained laboratory and research experience as part of practical training in industrial biotechnology companies, Life Technology and Intel Corporation for two years. In 2011, she returned home to Malaysia and joined the bioinformatics team at the Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad (MGRC) without any prior extensive bioinformatics experience. During that time, she learned to use linux commands and also to code in shell, Perl and R languages out of interest. At MGRC, she took on various tasks including genome assemblies and annotations, variant identification, microarray and panel designs, phylogenetic studies and RNA-seq analysis. Moving on to Monash University Malaysia, she hopes to further enrich her experience within the research and NGS world through projects and collaborations both within and outside of the university.

 

 

 

Research Associate, Genomics

Ms Yin Peng Lee

Email: lee.yin.peng@monash.edu

Yin Peng received her B.Sc. in Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA under the JPA Scholarship in 2013. During her undergraduate study, she did her research under supervision of Dr. Irene Evans on yeast prion and assess the performance of new Targeted Molecular Imaging Agents (TMIAs) supplied at RIT by Hans Schmitthenner's laboratory using confocal microscopes. She assisted lecturers in handling lab activities in Genomics and Microbiology courses as teaching assistant. She worked in University Malaya as research assistant after she graduated before joining Genomics Facilities of Monash University Malaysia in December 2013.

She is now responsible for most of the wet lab assignments from sample preparation, library preparation, quality control of samples and starting Miseq runs beside managing and handling the welfare of the Genomics lab.

 

Genomics Executive

 

Mr. Wilhelm Wei Han Eng

Email: wilhelm.eng@monash.edu

As a recent graduate from Monash Malaysia with BSc (Biotechnology), Wilhelm had grown fond of the work in Bioinformatics thanks to the guidance of lecturers involved, of which Prof Sadeq and Dr Gan were the main influences. With his interest, together with the support of the Genomics Facility, he had the opportunity to work with the team in 2015 and completed his 6-month internship as a Research Assistant, familiarizing with the pipelines used in the field of Genomics and Bioinformatics while applying all the relevant skills acquired throughout his academics years.

Currently, he has joined the team and is mainly responsible in the management and operation of the lab while serving as a contact point for external liaison too. He also monitors and archives details on sequencing runs and keep record of the purchasing and cash-flow of the platform. Occasionally, he provides Bioinformatics support to staffs and students on post Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. Besides, he is also involved in research projects, applying Comparative Genomics and Metagenomics on Soil bacteria, Dengue virus and Peat samples etc.