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Biography

Dr Jodi Law Woan-Fei is a research fellow with several years of experience in microbiology research at Monash University Malaysia. She is a science graduate who received first class for her honours degree of Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience) from Monash University. Currently, she holds a PhD in Medicine (Biomedical Science), awarded by Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University in 2019. The research Dr Jodi Law conducted for her PhD involved discovering the diversity and biosystematics of novel Streptomyces from mangrove in Sarawak. As a research fellow, she actively involves in various research activities and mentoring roles. She is a passionate researcher with great interest in expanding her research. She has been studying microbes of environmental origins, and now she is looking forward to exploring the microbes from the human body (human microbiome).

Research interests

Dr Jodi Law embarked on her research journey in 2014 with her honours degree project, focusing on detecting foodborne pathogens from seafood. During her honours study, she found her passion in research, which eventually sparked her interest in pursuing her PhD, with a project focusing on discovering beneficial and novel microbes from nature—mangrove forest in her hometown Sarawak.

She completed her doctoral thesis entitled “Diversity and Biosystematics of Novel Streptomyces from Mangrove in Sarawak”. The significant outcomes of her research include the discovery of two novel Streptomyces strains: Streptomyces monashensis (referring to Monash University) and Streptomyces colonosanans (referring to colon-healing) with potent anti-colon cancer and antioxidant activities.

Her main research interests involve studying the biosystematics of streptomycetes and exploring their beneficial biological activities (e.g., anticancer, antioxidant, antibacterial, probiotic strains), which can be the sources of potential drug candidates to improve human health and wellbeing.

Recently, she is venturing into human microbiome research by investigating its relationships with health and disease as well as its therapeutic implications. Additionally, she firmly believes that it is crucial to detect and identify bacterial pathogens from the human microbiome/environmental microbiome and examine their antibiotic resistance profile to gauge the prevalence of multidrug-resistant strains and to generate potential solutions for this issue.

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

Research area keywords

  • Microbial Systematics
  • Microbial Taxonomy
  • Microbiome
  • Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens
  • Cancers & Drug Discovery

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