Sadequr Rahman

Professor of Plant Genetics, Director of Tropical Medicine & Biology Multidisciplinary Platform
School of Science

Secondary: +603 5514 6083
Room 4-8-01D


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry, University of London, 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1979


  • Molecular biology, genetics and genomics.

Research Interests

Applications of molecular biology, genetics and genomics for food security and environmental health.


  • GEN3051 (Medical and forensic genetics)
  • BTH3820 (Plant biotechnology)


Regina A, Rahman S, Li Z, Morell M.  Starch. In Encyclopedia of Food Grains. (Elsevier, in press) Ed. Corke, Faubion, Seetheraman, Wrigley

Scholarly Journals

Farheena Iqbal, Qasim Ayub, Beng Kah Song, Robyn Wilson, Muhammad Fahim, Sadequr Rahman. 2020. Sequence and phylogeny of the complete mitochondrial genome of the Himalayan jungle crow (Corvidae: Corvus macrorhynchos intermedius) from Pakistan. Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 5(1), 348-350

J.M. Lee, R.J. Wasserman, J.Y. Gan, R.F. Wilson, S. Rahman, S.H. Yek. 2019. Human activities attract harmful mosquitoes in a tropical urban landscape. EcoHealth, -, 1-12.

Chrystine Zou Yi Yan, Christopher M Austin, Qasim Ayub, Sadequr Rahman, Han Ming Gan. 2019. Genomic characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus from Pacific white shrimp and rearing water in Malaysia reveals novel sequence types and structural variation in genomic regions containing the Photorhabdus insect-related (Pir) toxin-like genes. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 366(17), fnz211.

Kanagesswari Muniandy, Mun Hua Tan, Beng Kah Song, Qasim Ayub, Sadequr Rahman. 2019. Comparative sequence and methylation analysis of chloroplast and amyloplast genomes from rice. Plant Molecular Biology, 100(1-2), 33-46.

Chrystine Zou Yi Yan, Christopher M Austin, Qasim Ayub, Sadequr Rahman, Han Ming Gan. 2019. Genomic characterization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus from Pacific white shrimp and rearing water reveals novel sequence types and multiple introductions of Photorhabdus insect-related (Pir) toxin-like genes into Malaysia. bioRxiv, 714626.

Yiing Yng Chow, Sadequr Rahman, Adeline Su Yien Ting. 2019. Evaluating the host defense responses in oil palm to complex biocontrol endophyte–pathogen–host plant interaction via Fluidigm® real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Biological Control, 129, 148-157.

Yiing Yng Chow, Sadequr Rahman, Adeline Su Yien Ting. 2018. Interaction dynamics between endophytic biocontrol agents and pathogen in the host plant studied via quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) approach. Biological Control, 125, 44-49.

Nurul Arneida Husin, Sadequr Rahman, Rohini Karunakaran, Subhash Janardhan Bhore. 2018. A review on the nutritional, medicinal, molecular and genome attributes of Durian (Durio zibethinus L.), the King of fruits in Malaysia. Bioinformation, 14(6), 265.

Tan MH, Gan HM, Horner S, Rodriguez Moreno PA, Rahman S, Austin CM.(2018).  More limbs on the tree: mitogenome characterisation and systematic position of ‘living fossil’species Neoglyphea inopinata and Laurentaeglyphea neocaledonica (Decapoda : Glypheidea : Glypheidae) Invertebrate systematics.  32, 448-456

Krzeminska U, Morales HE, Greening C, Nyari AS, Wilson R, Song BK, Austin CM, Rahman S(2018)  Population mitogenomics provides insights into evolutionary history, invasion pathways and diversifying selection in the house crow (Corvus splendens). Heredity 120, 296-309.

Daniel DS, Gan HM, Lee SM, Dykes GA, Rahman S (2017). Draft genome sequences of six Enterococcus faecalis strains isolated from Malaysian clinical and environmental origins.  Genome Announc 5:e00553-17.

Omar Macha NB, Wilson, RF, The SH, Krzeminska U, Hassan SS, Song BK, Rahman S. (2017) Genetic diversity of chickens in Malaysia.  Malaysian Journal of Applied Biology  46(2), 1-6.

Daniel DS, Lee SM, Gan HM, Dykes GA, Rahman S (2017)  Genetic diversity of Enterococcus faecalis isolated from environmental, animal and clinical sources in Malaysia.  Journal of Infection and Public Health 10,617-623

Chow YY, Rahman S, Ting A (2017). Understanding colonization and proliferation potential of endophytes and pathogen in planta via plating, polymerase chain reaction and ergosterol assay. Journal of Advanced Research 8, 13-21.

Tan MSF, Rahman S, Dykes GA (2016). Sonication Reduces the Attachment of Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028 Cells to Bacterial Cellulose-Based Plant Cell Wall Models and Cut Plant Material. Food Microbiology 62, 62-67.

Tan MSF, Moore SC, Tabor RF, Fegan N, Rahman S, Dykes GA (2016). Attachment of Salmonella strains to a plant cell wall model is modulated by surface characteristics and not by specific carbohydrate interactions. BMC Microbiology 16, 212

Tiwari GJ, Liu Q, Shreshtha P, Li Z, Rahman S (2016). RNAi-mediated down-regulation of the expression of OsFAD2-1: effect on lipid accumulation and expression of lipid biosynthetic genes in the rice grain. BMC Plant Biology 16, 189-

Tan MSF, White AP, Rahman S, Dykes GA (2016). Role of fimbriae, flagella and cellulose on the attachment of Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028 to plant cell wall models. PloS one 11 (6), e0158311

Tiwari GJ, Chiang MY, De Silva JR, Song BK, Lau YL, Rahman S (2016) Lipase genes expressed in rice bran: LOC Os11g43510 encodes a novel rice lipase, J. Cer Sci 71, 43-52.

Krzeminska U, Wilson R, Song BK, Seneviratne S, Akhteruzzaman S,   Gruszczynska J, Swiderek W, Huy TS, Austin CM, Rahman S (2016). Genetic diversity of native and introduced populations of the invasive house crow (Corvus splendens) in Asia and Africa.  Biological Invasions 18, 1867-1881

Ng XY, Tiwari GJ, Rahman (2016).  Identification and Expression Analysis of Putative SDP 1 Homologue in Rice (Oryza sativa L. subsp. Indonesia Black and BD 192). Acta Biologica Malaysiana 4 (2), 51-58

Tan SF, Rahman S, Dykes (2016). Relationship between cell concentration and salmonella attachment to plant cell walls. Food Control 67, 119-126

Tan, S.F., Rahman S, Dykes, G.(2016). Pectin and Xyloglucan influence attachment of Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes to bacterial cellulose derived plant cell wall models. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 82(2), 680-688.

Krzeminska U, Wilson R, Rahman S, Song BK, Seneviratne, S,  Gan HM, Austin CM (2016)   Mitochondrial genomes of the jungle crow Corvus  macrorhynchos  (Passeriformes: Corvidae) from shed feathers and a phylogenetic analysis of genus Corvus using mitochondrial proteins genes. Mitochondrial DNA 27(4),2668-2670

Krzeminska U, , Wilson R, Rahman S , Song BK, Gan HM, Tan MH, Austin CM (2016). The complete mitochondrial genome of the invasive house crow Corvus splendens (Passeriformes: Corvidae). Mitochondrial DNA 27(2) 974-975

Muniandy K, Al-Ajli FO, Ng XY, Mohd Yazid MH, Tiwari GJ, Rahman S (2015) Genes involved in the biosynthesis of grain components in wheat and rice: characterization using molecular and cytogenetic techniques.  Nucleus 58,185-190.

Daniel, D., Lee SM, Dykes D, Rahman S (2015). The public health risks of multiple-drug resistant (MDR) Enterococcus spp. in Southeast Asia. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81,6090-6097.

Research Grants

  • Prof Sadequr Rahman, 2013, Identification of genes required to produce slowly digested rice for diabetes management, MOSTI, RM191k
  • Prof Sadequr Rahman, 2013, How small are RNAs in the rice embryo influenced by heat stress, MOHE, RM88k

PhD Students (Present)

  1. Farheena Iqbal (Main Supervision)
  2. Chrystine Yan Zou Yi (Main Supervision)
  3. Farooq Omar Maan Al-Ajli (Main Supervision)
  4. Vani Juliyanti (Main Supervision)
  5. Mohd Syamil bin Abdul Razak
  6. Nazmul Hasan Muzahid (Main Supervision)
  7. Gurpreet Kaur Jarnail Singh (Main Supervisor)
  8. Mohd Syamil bin Abdul Razak
  9. Cheng Wai Teng
  10. Maggie Sudo Pui San

PhD Students (Completed in last three years)

  1. Diane Daniels (2017)
  2. Urszula Krzeminska (2017)
  3. Gopal Ji Tiwari (2016)
  4. Mohana Eswari Ragu (2018)
  5. Ishrat Jabeen (2018)
  6. Kanagesswari Muniandy(2019)
  7. Lee Jin Min (2020)

Honours Students (Present)

  1. Saiyara Shehnaz
  2. Imadh Abdul Azeez

Honours Students (Completed in last three years)

  1. Vani Juliyanti (2017)
  2. Hafiz Mohd Yazid (2015)
  3. Kanagesswari Muniandy (2015)
  4. Farooq Omar Maan Al-Ajli (2015)

Professional Association

Membership in Academic Editorial Committees

  • Associate Editor - 3 Biotech