Members: Prof. Sunil K Lal, A/Prof. Song Keang Peng, A/Prof. Adeline Ting, A/Prof. Lee Sui Mae (adjunct)

Microbiology is the scientific discipline that examines microscopic organisms – bacteria, protozoal parasites, fungi and viruses. An understanding of microbiology enables us to advance our knowledge in molecular biology and in eradicating important pathogens of humans, animals and plants. Staff in the School of Science have research interests and expertise in a wide areas of microbiology.

Professor Sunil Lal’s laboratory focuses on molecular virology and infectious diseases. He is interested in the molecular biology of host-virus interactions especially that of influenza viruses. He is also interested in understanding the viral strategies to overcome host innate immune responses.

Associate Professor Song’s research focus is on the pathogenic mechanism of infectious diseases. He is particularly interested in elucidating the molecular pathogenesis and epidemiology of periodontal diseases. He also works on understanding the pathogenic mechanism of pseudomembranous colitis caused by Clostridium difficile.

Dr Adeline Ting has an extensive research interest in environmental microbiology. She explores the potential use of bacteria and fungi as biocontrol and bioremediative agents. She is also keen in sourcing for compounds and enzymatic/metabolic derivatives from microbes for industrial applications such as control of plant diseases, removal of toxic metal and dye, and management of compost.

Dr Lee Sui Mae’s expertise is on medical microbiology. Her laboratory engages various molecular techniques to elucidate the oxidative stress response of Enterococcus faecalis. She also has a general interest on studying antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens such as MRSA and VRE.