Adeline Ting

Professor, Associate Professor

Accepting PhD Students

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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. She was affiliated with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman from 2005 to early 2010. She joined Monash University Malaysia in March 2010 as Lecturer B, progressing to Senior Lecturer in 2013, and to Associate Professor in 2017, and now a Professor in Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2022. Her current 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 bioremediative agents (toxic metal and dye removal), and as valuable sources of novel, active compounds and derivatives (enzymes, metabolites). 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 15 external grants throughout her career, with 9 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), Sunway University, 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 Award (2018/2019, 2021/2022). She has published more than 100 refereed journal articles, 15 invited book chapters, and produced a single-authored book. Adeline has received several prestigious awards; the National Outstanding Researcher Award (Biological Science) (2018) conferred by the Private Education Cooperative of Malaysia, and 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.

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, School Graduate Studies Committee and School Education Committee. She is also actively engaged in other scholarly activities with external communities. 

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 exploring and harnessing various bacteria and fungi (with special interest on endophytes) for use as biocontrol or bioremediation agents. Applications include control of plant diseases, toxic metal and dye removal, hydrocarbon degradation and waste recyling. 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. Let's connect!  

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Pathology, PhD, Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

Award Date: 31 Jan 2016

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


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