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Dr Song Beng Kah completed a BSc in cell and molecular biology in 1996 and MSc in Genetics in 1999 from National University of Malaysia. Before pursuing the PhD, he was employed as a high school teacher working mainly in the area of science and biology education for about two years. Dr Song then returned to National University of Malaysia to undertake a PhD researching the yield-related genes and comparative genomics of rice species, completing in 2006. While completing his PhD he worked as tutor and graduate research assistant in the National University of Malaysia, and performed one year of research attachment at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Scotland. After graduating, he joined Monash University Malaysia as a lecturer in genetics. Dr Song was an Honorary Research Scientist at the Washington University in St. Louis, USA, researching population genetics and evolution of rice (2011 – 2013, 2016). In 2014, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Dr Song has teaching and research responsibilities in genomics and molecular genetics. In collaboration with local and international institutions, his research focuses on genomics and genetic underlying agronomic traits in rice and other higher eukaryotes. Dr Song serves a number of societies including the Genetics Society of Malaysia and the Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In his spare time, he is involved in TaiJi martial arts activities and occasionally publish series of education- and science-related articles in local dailies.


Next generation sequencing based genetics, genomics, transcriptomics and population studies of plant species (i.e. rice, medicinal plants); molecular evolution, genome analysis of plant and protozoan parasites; comparative genomics as a tool for plant improvement.

Monash teaching commitment

  • GEN3040 (Genomics and its Applications)
  • GEN2052 (Genomics and Population Genetics)
  • BTH3752 (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)

Research area keywords

  • Molecular genetics


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