Director of Genomics Facility
Dr. Qasim Ayub joined Monash University Malaysia as Associate Professor and Director of the Genomics Facility in September 2017. He trained as a clinician and subsequently obtained his doctorate from the University of North Texas, Denton, USA. In Pakistan he assisted in setting up a state of the art molecular biology research facility, the Biomedical and Genetic Engineering Laboratories, in Islamabad, that became the focal point for the Human Genome Diversity Project. Several of the novel male specific markers that were identified during his studies of the Pakistani populations are now routinely used in forensic DNA identification. For this work he was awarded the President of Pakistan’s Medal of Excellence for contributions to science in 2006.
From 2008 until August 2017 he worked at the world renowned Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, near Cambridge, and was a member of the 1000 Genomes Project Consortiums and the gorilla sequencing team that published several high profile papers. His research focuses on human population and evolutionary genomics and over the past decade he has analyzed DNA variation in worldwide ethnic and linguistic groups in order to understand their origins and relatedness. He continues to maintain his interest in South Asian population genetics and high-altitude adaptation in the Himalayas. At Monash University Malaysia he is developing projects in evolutionary and disease genomics. The aim is to analyze DNA variations in humans and other species to ascertain their origins, migration patterns, and improve our understanding of genetic factors involved in the host pathogen interactions.
In May 2019, Dr. Qasim Ayub was appointed as the Deputy Head of School (Research) for the School of Science, Monash University Malaysia. In July 2021, he was promoted to Professor.
Director of Tropical Medicine and Biology Multidisciplinary Platform
Professor Sadequr Rahman is the Director of the Tropical Medicine & Biology Multidisciplinary Platform, which shares expertise and capabilities with the Genomics Facility research infrastructure.
He is a professor of plant genetics and has worked with The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’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.
Dr Aswini did her Masters and PhD in Biotechnology (Molecular Genetic) at Biotechnology Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Her PhD project was on "Genetic diversity of the Green (Chelonia mydas) and Hawksbill (Erethmochelys imbricata) Turtles and the Prevalence of Chelonid Fibropapilloma-associated Herpesvirus (ChHV5) in Mabul Island Sabah, Malaysia" She brings with her experience and technical knowledge in solving problems related to Genetic, Microbiology, Histopathology and Bioinformatics among others. She has experience using next-gen sequencers such as Pacbio Sequencer and the Standard Sanger sequencer. Aswini joined Monash University Malaysia as a Research fellow in September 2020 and is working under the guidance of Assoc. Prof Qasim Ayub. Currently she is responsible for generating a generalized bioinformatic pipeline that can be used for genome analysis.
Assistant Manager, Research and Technical Services
She joined the team in July 2017 and is currently responsible for all of the wet lab assignments; from sample collection, nucleic acid extraction, library preparation up to sequencing. In mid-2021, she was promoted to Assistant Manager to manage the operation of the lab particularly in research and technical services.
Senior Technical Officer
Fong Yoke graduated from Monash University Malaysia with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Genomics and Bioinformatics. She joined Monash University Malaysia Genomics Facility as a casual staff in November 2021. In April 2022, Fong Yoke officially joined the team as a Senior Technical Officer. She is responsible for providing technical services support from nucleic acid extractions, library preparations to sequencing. She also assists in supporting the management of the operations, compliance, and safety of the Genomic Facility.
Technical Officer (Bioinformatics)
Joshua recently graduated from Monash University Malaysia with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Genomics and Bioinformatics. His Honours research work involves investigating a loss-of-function MAGEE2 mutation and its relationship with human cognition under the supervision of Professor Qasim Ayub. He is passionate about analyzing Omics datasets such as variant, transcriptomics, and scRNA-seq data and beliefs in uncovering deep biological insights from them. Currently, he is working as a research assistant to assist in developing bioinformatics pipelines for genome analysis.
Prof Chris Austin - Director
Dr Gan Han Ming - Senior Research Fellow and Manager
Ms Tan Mun Hua - Research Fellow (Bioinformatics)
Mr Gan Huan You, Gary - Assistant Manager
Ms Lee Yin Peng - Assistant Manager
Dr Farhang Aghakhanian - Research Fellow
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