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Dr Tan graduated with a BSc (Biotechnology) with Honours in 2008, and joined Monash as a lecturer in 2013 following completion of his PhD in phytochemistry. His research interests are in the area of biologically-active natural product discovery, particularly phenolic compounds. This includes identifying extracts and compounds that exhibit desirable properties such as antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anticancer, and antioxidant activity; as well as practical applications for natural products, such as anthocyanin-based food colorants and organic corrosion inhibitors.

Research interests

  • Biological activity of organic compounds, with particular focus on anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activity.
  • Bioprospecting for novel bioactive compounds

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHM1051 (Chemistry I advanced)
  • SCI2010 (Scientific practice and communication)
  • CHM2962 (Food chemistry)

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
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Bioactive natural products, PhD, Bioactivity and chemical constituents of Rhoeo spathacea and Rhoeo discolor, with emphasis on Rhoeo spathacea, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 10 Oct 2013

Research area keywords

  • Natural products
  • Natural products chemistry
  • phytochemicals and their bio-activities
  • Phytochemicals
  • Metabolic dysfunction
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Metabolic disease
  • Antibacterials
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Antibiotic resistance in bacteria

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