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Cheah Hong Leong joined Monash University Malaysia as a Research Fellow (Genomics) in January 2023. He has almost ten years of experience in the fields of microbiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics, as well as seven years of experience as a translator for research writings. Besides, he has a short history working as a quality control microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry. After graduating from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman with a bachelor’s degree in 2011, he continued his postgraduate studies in molecular biology and bacteriology at Universiti Sains Malaysia, and earned a master’s degree in 2014 and a PhD degree in 2022. His doctoral research primarily focused on establishing the transcription start site landscape and small RNA profile of Mycobacterium tuberculosis via RNA-seq analysis. On top of that, he also conducted a similar study on Leptospira biflexa as a side project. In short, his studies have revealed the complexities of regulatory networks and sRNAome that contribute to the survival of these bacteria in hostile environments.

Research interests

Research Interests (Past):

  • Antimicrobial and antifungal drugs screening
  • Designing molecular diagnostics kits for the detection of bacterial pathogens
  • Establishing transcriptomes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Research Interests (Present and prospective):

  • Conservation genomics of endemic species in Malaysia, e.g., sea cucumbers
  • Gut microbiota of sea cucumbers and their ecological roles

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Bacteriology, Doctor of Philosophy, Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science Malaysia)

23 Feb 201719 Oct 2022

Award Date: 19 Oct 2022

Molecular Biology, Master of Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science Malaysia)

28 Mar 201217 Jul 2014

Award Date: 6 Nov 2014

Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Tunku Abdul Rahman University) Perak

1 May 200826 May 2011

Award Date: 9 Sep 2011

Research area keywords

  • Genomics & Transcriptomics
  • Conservation genetics
  • Metagenomics
  • Next-gen sequencing
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbiology
  • Bacteriology


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