Dr. Nicholas Khong Mun Hoe


School of Pharmacy

+603 5514 4459
Room  2-5-35

Dr Nicholas Khong is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technology from the School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia. He completed a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry & Microbiology and a PhD in Medical Biotechnology at Universiti Putra Malaysia, during which he received the Khazanah Watan Leadership Award 2010, the Kanazawa Research Fellowship Award 2011 and represented Malaysia in several occasions to present in China, Thailand and Taiwan. His broad research interests covers from converting nuisance organisms into biofunctional components through to the stabilization of various sensitive bioactive compounds for the development of nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and pharmaceuticals. Dr Nicholas consulted several companies for product registration, halal certification, GMP, ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 17025: 2017.


- Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Biotechnology, University Putra Malaysia, 2015

- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Microbiology (Hons), University Putra Malaysia, 2009

Employment History

Aug 2019 - Present: Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Technology, School of Pharmacy, Monash University Malaysia

Nov 2018 - July 2019: Head, Research & Development, Lipidware Sdn. Bhd.

Oct 2015 - Oct 2018: Post-doctoral Researcher, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Awards and Honours


  • Outstanding Young Researcher Award 2019, ASEAN Fisheries Education Network, 19 Nov 2019
  • Anugerah Inovasi dan Pengkomersialan Produk, Anugerah Akademik Negara 2019, 29 Oct 2019


  • WIPO Medal for Inventors 2018
  • Gold Award, Patent Category, National Intellectual Property Award 2018


  • Gold Medal & USA-INPEX Award of Excellence, International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2017

Dr Nicholas applies Blue and White Biotechnology to provide for nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical solution and remedies. His research interest is in experimental dermatology and immunobiology, specifically towards the production of functional biomaterials, development of anti-inflammatory components and understanding of immunomodulatory molecules. His research experstise involves microbiological valorization, particularly probiotic bacteria, fungi and microalgae; validation and development of analytical & biochemical methods; as well as pilot production and commercial establishment of active components.

Scholarly Journals (Refereed Only)


Foo, S. C., Yusoff, F. M., Imam, M. U., Foo, J. B., Ismail, N., Azmi, N. H., . . . Ismail, M. (2019). Increased fucoxanthin in Chaetoceros calcitrans extract exacerbates apoptosis in liver cancer cells via multiple targeted cellular pathways. Biotechnology Reports, 21, e00296. IF: 4.57 (2019)


Chan, K.W., Ismail, M., Mohd Esa, N., Alitheen, M., Banu, N., Imam, M.U., Ooi, D.J. & Khong, N.M.H. (2018) Defatted Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) Seed Meal and Its Phenolic-Saponin-Rich Extract Protect Hypercholesterolemic Rats against Oxidative Stress and Systemic Inflammation via Transcriptional Modulation of Hepatic Antioxidant Genes. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Article ID 6742571, 11 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/ 6742571. IF: 4.593 (2016)

Chan, K. W., Ismail, M., Esa, N. M., Imam, M. U., Ooi, D. J., & Khong, N. M. H. (2018). Dietary supplementation of defatted kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) seed meal and its phenolics–saponins rich extract effectively attenuates diet-induced hypercholesterolemia in rats. Food & Function 9: 925-936. IF: 3.247 (2016)

Khong, N.M.H., Yusoff, F.M., Jamilah, B., Basri, M., Maznah, I., Chan, K.W., Armania, N. & Nishikawa, J. (2018) Improved collagen extraction from jellyfish (Acromitus hardenbergi) with increased physical-induced solubilization processes. Food Chem. 251: 41-50. IF: 4.529 (2016)


Lai, W.T., Khong, N.M.H., Lim, S. S., Hee, Y. Y., Sim, B. I., Lau, K. Y., & Lai, O. M. (2016). A review: Modified Agricultural By-products for the Development and Fortification of Food Products and Nutraceuticals. Trends in Food Science & Technology 59: 148–160. IF: 5.150 (2015)

Foo, S.C., Yusoff, F.M., Ismail, M., Basri, M., Yau, S.K., Khong, N.M.H., Chan, K.W. & Ebrahimi, M. (2017). Antioxidant capacities of fucoxanthin-producing algae as influenced by their carotenoid and phenolic contents. J. Biotechnol. 241: 175-183. IF: 2.667 (2015)

Foo, S.C., Yusoff, F.M., Ismail, M., Basri, M., Yau, S.K., Khong, N.M.H., Chan, K.W. & Ebrahimi, M. (2017). HPLC fucoxanthin profiles of a microalga, a macroalga and a pure fucoxanthin standard. Data in brief 10: 583-586.

Books / Book Chapter

Foo, S. C., Khong, N. M., & Yusoff, F. M. (2019). Manipulation of Microalgal Lipid Production: A Genetic Engineering Aspect In Microalgae Biotechnology for Development of Biofuel and Wastewater Treatment (pp. 179-209): Springer.

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Food Chemistry




Food and Bioprocess technology


Food Composition and Analysis


Federation of Chinese Physicians and Acupuncturists Association of Malaysia (APC: 3441)


Persatuan Tabib Tionghua dan Perubatan Tradisional Cina Negeri Johor