Lee Sui Mae


Senior Lecturer

PhD (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Telephone: (+603) 5514 6000,
Ext: 46093 (DID: 5514 6093)
Room number: 4-8-15 (Building 4, Level 8, No. 15)


  • Isolation and characterization of antimicrobial compounds from microbes and plants. 
  • Application of antimicrobials (e.g. coating of antimicrobials on nanofibrous filter membranes, incorporation of antimicrobials in wound dressings etc)
  • The role of bacterial oxidative stress response genes in biofilm formation.

De Silva, R., Pasbakhsha, P., Lee, S. M., and Aw, Y. K. (2015). ZnO deposited/encapsulated halloysite–poly (lactic acid) (PLA) nanocomposites for high performance packaging films with improved mechanical and antimicrobial properties. Applied Clay Science. 111: 10–20. doi:10.1016/j.clay.2015.03.024

Tan, J. B. L., Y. Y., Lim, and S. M. Lee. (2015). Antioxidant and antibacterial activity of Rhoeo spathacea (Swartz) Stearn leaves. Journal of Food Science and Technology. 52: 2394-2400. DOI: 10.1007/s13197-013-1236-z

Chua, P., Har, Z. M., Austin, C.M., Yule, C.M., Dykes, G.A., and Lee, S.M. (2015). Genome sequencing and annotation of Aeromonas sp. HZM. Genomics Data. 5:38-39. doi: 10.1016/j.gdata.2015.05.008

Chua, P., Har, Z. M., Austin, C.M., Yule, C.M., Dykes, G.A., and Lee, S.M. (2015). Genome sequencing and annotation of Cellulomonas sp. HZM. 5:40-41. Genomics Data. doi: 10.1016/j.gdata.2015.05.009

Wang, Y., Lee, S. M., and Dykes, G. (2015). Growth in the presence of sucrose may decrease attachment of some oral bacteria to abiotic surfaces. Annals of Microbiology. 65: 1159-1163. doi: 10.1007/s13213-014-0883-2.

Chua, P., Yoo, H.S., Gan, H.M., and Lee, S. M. (2014). Draft genome sequences of two cellulolyticPaenibacillus sp. strains, MAEPY1 and MAEPY2, from Malaysian landfill leachate. Genome Announcement. 2(1):e00065-14. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00065-14.

Tan, J.B.L., Lim, Y.Y., and Lee, S. M. (2014). Rhoeo spathacea (Swartz) Stearn leaves, a potential natural food colorant. Journal of Functional Foods. 7: 443–451. doi: 10.1016/j.jff.2014.01.012.

Tan. S. M., Lee, S. M., and Dykes, G. (2014). A buffering effect of chicken skin and meat protects Salmonella enterica strains against hydrochloric acid but not organic acid treatment. Food Control. 42C: 329-334. doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2014.02.031.

Wang, Y., S. M., Lee, and Dykes, G. (2014).The physicochemical process of bacterial attachment to abiotic surfaces: Challenges for mechanistic studies, predictability and the development of control strategies. Critical Reviews in Microbiology. 0:0, 1-13. doi:10.3109/1040841X.2013.866072.

Teh,  A.M. H., Lee, S. M., and Dykes, G.  (2014). Does Campylobacter jejuni form biofilms in food-related environments? Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 80:5154-60. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01493-14.

Chan, E.W.L., Gray, A.I., Igoli, J. O., Lee, S. M., and Goh, J. K. (2014). Galloylated flavonol rhamnosides from the leaves of Calliandra tergemina with antibacterial activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Phytochemistry. 107:148–154, doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.07.028.

Aw, Y.K., Ong, K.S., Yule, C. M., Gan, H.M., and Lee S.M. (2014). Draft Genome Sequence of Paenibacillus sp. Strain MSt1 with Broad Antimicrobial Activity, Isolated from Malaysian Tropical Peat Swamp Soil. Genome Announcements. 2(5):e01024-14. doi:10.1128/genomeA.01024-14.

Ong, K.S., Aw ,Y.K., Gan, H.M., Yule, C.M., and  Lee, S.M. (2014). Draft genome sequences of two antimicrobial-producing Burkholderia sp. strains, MSh1 and MSh2, isolated from Malaysian tropical peat swamp forest soil. Genome Announc. 2(5):e01032-14. doi:10.1128/genomeA.01032-14.

Tan, S., Lee, S.M., and Dykes, G. (2014). Fat contributes to the buffering capacity of chicken skin and meat but enhances the vulnerability of attached Salmonella cells to acetic acid treatment. Food Research International. 66:417-23. doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2014.10.007.

Tan, J.B.L.., Yap, W.J., Tan, S.Y., Lim, Y.Y., and Lee, S.M. (2014). Antioxidant content, antioxidant activity, and antibacterial activity of five plants from the Commelinaceae family. Antioxidants. 3: 758-769. doi:10.3390/antiox3040758.

Yi Wang, Sui M. Lee, Gary A. Dykes (2013), Potential mechanisms for the effects of tea extracts on the attachment, biofilm formation and cell size of Streptococcus mutans, Biofouling: The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research, 29: 307-318.

Wang, Y., Chung, F.F., Lee, S.M., Dykes, G.A. (2013), Inhibition of attachment of oral bacteria to immortalized human gingival fibroblasts (HGF-1) by tea extracts and tea components, BMC Research Notes, 6: 1-5.

Shehani Tissera and Sui Mae Lee (2013), Isolation of Extended Spectrum ß-lactamase (ESBL) Producing Bacteria from Urban Surface Waters in Malaysia, The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 20: 14- 22.

PhD Students (Present)

  1. Liannie Chua 
  2. Christina Anak Mawang 
  3. Patric Chua 
  4. Delhousie Daniel Jambun 
  5. Aw Yoong Kit 
  6. Ong Kuan Shion 
  7. Wong Chew Ee 

Honours Students (Present)

  1. Lau Lik Sing
  2. Loh Chi Fung
  3. Lim Chia Xin

Honours Students (Completed)

  1. Christina Anak Mawang
  2. Shehani Tissera
  3. Tan Yingxuan
  4. Aw Yoong Kit
  5. Lee Hisien Hooi
  6. Lim Swee Yen
  7. Lim Mei Wei
  8. Hing Tze Wei
  9. Tan Yan Lin
  10. Ong Kuan Shion
  11. Har Zi Mei
  12. Goh Yee Cheng
  13. Choo Kar Bee
  14. Wong Chew Ee
  15. Irene Lau
  16. Low Su Phing
  • Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service and Administration 2013
  • Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service and Administration 2012

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