Lee Sui Mae

Associate Professor
School of Science

lee.sui.mae@monash.edu
+603 5514 6093
Room 4-8-15
https://orcid.org/

Associate Professor Lee Sui Mae obtained a first-class Honours degree from University Malaya in 2004 and PhD from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2009. Her PhD was based on discovering how antimicrobial-resistant bacteria adapt to environmental stress. In 2010, she was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Science, Monash University Malaysia and as of 2016, as a Senior Lecturer. Her current research interests include the identification and characterisation of novel bioactive compounds from microbes and plants, investigations into antimicrobial resistance with a focus on extended spectrum beta lacatamase (ESBL) bacteria; vancomycin, Enterococci and Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus; the application of antimicrobial compounds to new materials and the role of stress response genes in biofilm formation.

Outside of work, she likes to spend time with family, friends and with her pets, Titus - a leopard tortoise - and Misha, her Frisbee playing puppy. Her hobbies include computer gaming, skydiving, bungee jumping, horse riding and photography.

Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2009

Expertise

Microbiology

Research Interests

  • 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.

Teaching

  • BTH2830 (Fundamentals of microbiology)

Scholarly Journals

Aw, Y.K., Ong, K.S., Lee, L.H., Cheow, Y. L., and Lee, S. M. (2016) Newly isolated Paenibacillus tyrfis sp. Nov., from Malaysian tropical peat swamp soil with broad spectrum antimicrobial activity. Frontiers in Microbiology. [Q1 publication]

Maziyar Makaremi, Chia Xin Lim, Pooria Pasbakhsh, Sui Mae Lee, Kheng Lim Goh, Hengky Chang and Eng Seng Chan. (2016) Electrospun functionalized polyacrylonitrile–chitosan Bi-layer membranes for water filtration applications. RSC advances.  [Q1 publication]

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. [Q1 publication]

Daniel, D. S., Lee, S. M., Dykes, G. A. and Rahman, S. (2015). Public health risks of multiple-drug-resistant Enterococcus spp. in Southeast Asia. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81(18):6090-6097. [Q1 publication]

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

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.

Tan Sin Mei, Lee, S.M., and Dykes Gary.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. March 2015, 12(3): 183-189. doi:10.1089/fpd.2014.1853. [Q1 publication]

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. [Q1 publication]

Tan. S. M., Lee, S. M., and Dykes, G. (2014). A buffering effect of chicken skin and meat protects Salmonellaenterica strains against hydrochloric acid but not organic acid treatment. Food Control. 42C: 329-334. doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2014.02.031. [Q1 publication]

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. [Q1 publication]

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. [Q1 publication]

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. [Q1 publication]

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. [Q1 publication]

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 mutansBiofouling: The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research, 29: 307-318. [Q1 publication]

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.

Announcements

Amy Teh, Lee, S.M. , and Gary Dykes (2016) Draft Genome Sequences of Three Multi-Antibiotic Resistant Campylobacter jejuni strains (2865, 2868 and 2871) Isolated from Poultry at Retail in Malaysia" by (genomeA00331-16)

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

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

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.

Research Grants

  • Lee Sui Mae (lead PI), David Young, Pushpamalar Janarthanan, Song Keang Peng, 2014, Antimicrobial Cyclodextrin containing Polymers, MOHE, RM76k
  • Lee Sui Mae (lead PI), Chow Sek Chuen, 2011, Characterization of the physiological response of Enterococcus faecalis to changes in oxygen tension, MOHE, RM70k

PhD Students (Present)

  1. Wong Chew Ee

PhD Students (Completed)

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

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

Academic/Corporate Community Engagements

Local presentations

Poster presentations

Christina Injan Anak Mawang, Lim Yau Yan and Lee Sui Mae. Biofilm inhibition activity of Dicranopteris linearisextract against Staphylococcus aureus. Monash Science Symposium 2014. 18-19 June 2014. Bandar Sunway, Malaysia.

Liannie Chua, Kumaran Narayanan and Lee Sui Mae. Construction of Enterococcus faecalis mutants to characterise the genes that combat oxidative stress. Monash Science Symposium 2014. 18-19 June 2014.  Bandar Sunway, Malaysia. (Best Poster prize)

Ong Kuan Shion, Catherine Yule and Lee Sui Mae. Antimicrobial producing bacteria isolated from tropical peat swamp soil. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 12-15 December 2013. (2ndplace best student poster)

Daniel-Jambun Delhousie, Yap Sau Wai, Lim Yau Yan and Lee Sui Mae. Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Properties of Etlingera coccinea With Partial Identification of the Bioactive Compounds. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 12-15 December 2013

Daniel-Jambun Delhousie, Lim Yau Yan and, Lee Sui Mae. Antimicrobial Properties of Medicinal Plants Used by Local Communities in Sabah. Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar. 11 May 2013. Subang, Malaysia.

Christina Injan Anak Mawang, Lim Yau Yan and Lee Sui Mae. Antimicrobial activities of the methanol extract of Dicranopteris linearis against biofilms and the non-multiplying cells of Staphylococcus aureus. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 12-15 December 2013

Mei Wei, Lim and Lee Sui Mae. Isolation and characterization of lactic acid bacteria from fish for potential use as probiotic. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 12-15 December 2013. (Best Poster prize)

Har Zi Mei, Catherine M Yule and Lee Sui Mae. Isolation and characterization of cellulose degrading bacteria from tropical peat swamp forest. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 12-15 December 2013.

Tan Yan Lin, Catherine M. Yule and Lee Sui Mae. Isolation and characterization of bacteria with anti-biofilm activity from tropical peat swamp soil. International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 12-15 December 2013.

Aw Yoong Kit, Catherine M. Yule and Lee Sui Mae. Antimicrobial Production and Resistance of Bacteria Isolated from Tropical Peat Swamp. International Congress for Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 6th – 8th December 2013. (First place, Best student poster)

Patric Chua, Yoo Hye Seung, Gary Dykes and Lee Sui Mae. Isolation and characterization of two Paenibacillus sp. isolated from landfill leachate (poster). International Congress for Malaysian Society for Microbiology. 6th – 8th December 2013

Hsein Hooi, Lee, Yau Yan, Lim and Lee Sui Mae. Antibiotic degrading bacteria isolated from stream sediments receiving chicken farm effluent. Symposium of Malaysian Society of Microbiology. 12-15 December 2012. (First place, Best student poster)

International Presentations

Poster presentations

Ong Kuan Shion, Aw Yoong Kit, Yule Catherine, Lee Learn Han, Cheow Yuen Lin and Lee Sui Mae. Optimization of antimicrobial production from a novel bacterium, Burkholderia paludis. International Conference on Beneficial Microbes 2016. 31 May - 2 June 2016. (First place, Best student poster)

Aw Yoong Kit, Cheow Yuen Lin, Catherine Yule and Lee Sui Mae. Novel Isolate, Novel Compound - Lipopeptide from Paenibacillus tyrfis, a Malaysian Tropical Peat Swamp Isolate. ASM Microbe 2016. 15th to 20th June 2016. Boston, USA.

Hsien Hooi, Lee, Yau Yan, Lim and Sui Mae, Lee. Detection of antimicrobial residues in Imperata Cylindrica via high performance liquid chromatography. 4th International Conference for Young Chemists 2013. 30 January-1 February 2013. (First place, Best student poster)

Aw Yoong Kit, Cheow Yuen Lin, Catherine Yule, Lee Sui Mae. Antimicrobial activity of acetonitrile crude extract of Paenibacillus sp. B7.4 isolated from tropical peat swamp soil. International Conference of Natural Product 2014. 18th – 19th March 2014

Awards

2013

  • Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service and Administration, Monash University Malaysia, Employing marketing and advertising strategies to increase Honours student numbers

2012

  • Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Academic Service and Administration, Monash University Malaysia, Successful development and organisation of the MUSC School of Science Honours Induction program Semester 1, 2012 intake