Adeline Ting

Professor, Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Please have a look at my research interest, and what we do as a team. Let's connect via email, if you would like to have further discussions on potential research projects.


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Personal profile


Professor Adeline Ting has a strong background in plant and microbial interactions. She completed her Bachelor of Horticultural Science, Masters of Agricultural Science (Plant Pathology), and PhD (Plant Pathology) at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her first teaching career was with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman from 2005 to early 2010. She joined Monash University Malaysia in March 2010 as a Lecturer, progressing to Senior Lecturer in 2013, then as Associate Professor in 2017, and finally a Professor in Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2022. Her  interests are in Applied Microbiology, primarily in bioprospecting and harnessing of microorganisms (with special interest on endophytes) for use as biocontrol agents (plant disease control), as agents for bioremediation (toxic metal and dye removal), and as valuable sources of novel bioactive compounds. Her interest is essentially on harnessing microbes as solutions to agricultural and environmental issues in the face of climate change.

Adeline is highly research-active throughout her academic career. She has successfully secured 16 external grants throughout her career, with 10 of these as the Principal Investigator. Her funding comes from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI), the industry, and non-profit organizations. In addition, together with her PhD students, they were awarded the Nagao Environment Fund from Japan (2018) and two TORAY Research Grant Awards (2018/2019, 2021/2022). She has published more than 100 refereed journal articles, 20 invited book chapters, and produced a single-authored book. Adeline has received several prestigious awards, including the National Outstanding Researcher Award (Biological Science) (2018) conferred by the Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia. She is  twice the recipient of Monash University Malaysia’s PVC’s Award-for Research Excellence-for Postgraduate Supervision (2019) and Early Career Researcher (2013). Additionally, her early contributions to Teaching and Research has also been awarded the PVC Awards for Education and Research in 2012.  Her innovative research work has also been recognized by two Gold Medals in ITEX 2022, ITEX 2018 and a Silver Medal in ITEX 2021. She was also the recipient of the Gold Award and the Outstanding Innovation Award in the MTE SDG 2023 innovation competition. 

Adeline is currently the Head of Discipline (Biological Science). Her other portfolio roles include the Associate Head (Graduate Studies) from 2017-2019, and coordinatorship of various programmes and initiatives (Undergraduate Research, Internship, Sessional Teaching Essentials Program, Peer-Assisted Studies Program). She is an active member of the School Senior Management Committee, School Research Committee, and School Education Committee. She is also actively engaged in other scholarly activities with external communities, serving as one of the EXCO members for the Malaysian Society for Microbiology since 2019. 

Adeline loves working with students, believing every student has great potential to accomplish great things in life. She believes that "inspiration works both ways". She is also a firm supporter of work-life-balance, and strives to maintain this while keeping up with excellence in her research and teaching career.

Research interests

My research interest is in the biodiversity discovery of bacteria and fungi (with special interest on endophytes) and realising their potential for applications as solutions to agricultural and environmental issues. Applications include control of plant diseases, toxic metal and dye removal, hydrocarbon degradation and plastic degradation. I am also interested in sourcing for valuable compounds and derivatives (enzymes, metabolites) from these microbes for various uses. To achieve this, I integrate microbiological, biochemical, and biological methods, with instrumentation, and molecular approaches into the research studies. It is my hope to ultimately discover more sustainable means of managing the issues that we have in the environment, so that agricultural and food production, and waste management is managed more efficiently. In short, I seek solutions to agricultural and environmental issues through the use of humble microbes. 

Supervision interests

I would love to work with students who share the same research passion and interest as I do. I welcome expressions of interest from students at undegraduate, Honours and postgraduate (HDR) levels. Please visit our team's  website to know more. Let's get connected!  

Monash teaching commitment

  • BTH2820 (Crop Science)
  • BTH3732 (Environmental Microbiology)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Pathology, PhD, “Endophytic microorganisms for improvement of banana vigour and tolerance to Fusarium wilt”, Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

Award Date: 31 Jan 2006

Research area keywords

  • Applied microbiology
  • Bioactive Compounds
  • Bioremediation
  • Endophytes
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Mycology
  • Bacteriology
  • Plant science
  • Plant pathology
  • Biocontrol
  • Soil microbiology
  • Microbial ecology
  • Biopesticide
  • Bioprospecting
  • Biosourcing

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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