Siow Lee Fong

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Currently, I am recruiting a Malaysian PhD student to undertake the following government-funded project:

"Interaction of Cyclodextrin Tocotrienol Host-Guest Complexes and Elucidation of its Release Mechanism for Functional Foods Applications"
Please email me at [email protected] if you are interested.

International students can approach me for other research projects.


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Personal profile


Associate Professor Siow Lee Fong obtained Bachelor of Technology (Food Technology) with First Class Honours from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2002 and PhD from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2008. Prior to her PhD study, she worked in a multinational food company, gaining necessary experience in the food industry. She joined Monash University in 2008 and currently an Associate Professor. As a result of her expertise, she was appointed as the Head of Discipline, Food and Physical Sciences. Her research interests are in microencapsulation and controlled release, frozen food chemistry, thermal behaviour of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. She is also interested in food product development and waste conversion to value-added products including plant-based foods. 

She publishes in relevant journals to her field including Food Chemistry, LWT,  International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Food and Bioprocess Technology, and Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. She received the PVC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching yearly from 2008 to 2013. She led the invention of "PLANT B" to receive a gold medal in the 34th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition (ITEX) 2023. Earlier in 2022, the "Beyond Juice" invention that she led received a silver medal in ITEX 2022. She has completed the supervision of more than 30 honours and third-year research students and more than 20 postgraduate students.  Currently, she has a group of PhD students. She received the "Career Coach" award from the School of Science Appreciation Awards 2022 organized by Monash University Postgraduate Association (MUPA).

Research interests

Study of microencapsulation and the controlled release kinetics of bioactive compounds in different food matrices and in vitro; determination the physical and thermal properties of fats and oils and their products; determination of effect of freezing, frozen storage or drying on the physical, chemical and sensory attributes of food, development of functional food products using by-products/wastes.

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHM2962 (Food Chemistry)
  • FST3850 (Food Product Development)

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

Education/Academic qualification

Food Science, PhD, Effect of Cryoprotecting Agents on the Freeze Injury of Liposomal Membrane Model System

Award Date: 30 May 2008

Research area keywords

  • Frozen Food Chemistry
  • Microencapsulation and Controlled Release
  • Plant Based Proteins
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Fats and Oils

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