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.
As a graduate from Monash Malaysia with BSc (Biotechnology), Wilhelm had grown fond of the work in Bioinformatics during his final year of studies. With his interest, together with the support of MUMGF, he had the opportunity to work with a project right after he finished his final exams in Dec 2014. He then continued working as a Research Assistant in 2015, familiarizing with the pipelines used in the field of Genomics and Bioinformatics while applying all the relevant skills acquired throughout his academics years.
He has then joined the team in December 2015 as the Genomics Executive, handling the management and operation of MUMGF while serving as a contact point for external liaison and potential clients. He also manages events for the Genomics Facility, from local to international scale. In 2021, he has expanded his role into the Operations Office of School of Science, handling internal grant requisition, and providing induction and orientation for incoming staff and students.
Senior Technical Officer
Zarul started as an intern in MUMGF in mid-2016. Although he majors in medical bioscience and biotechnology, he quickly discovered his love for Genomics and Bioinformatics soon after he started the internship. He managed to survive the steep learning curve with plenty of self-learning instances, some grueling but very rewarding. It finally bore fruit in the form of a publication in October 2018, titled "Microbiome analysis of Pacific white shrimp gut and rearing water from Malaysia and Vietnam: implications for aquaculture research and management". He then graduated in November 2018, making him one of the very few in Monash Malaysia who published a research article before graduating.
After spending a few more months as a research assistant, he officially joined MUMGF in April 2019, assisting the Research Associate and Research Fellow in the wet-lab operations and also bioinformatics analysis respectively.
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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