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Associate Professor Song Keang Peng completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1988 from Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan before undertaking a PhD at the Health Sciences Center, Texas Tech University, USA in 1995 in the areas of medical and dental microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. His current research interests are in the molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases, in particular periodontal diseases and pseudomembranous colitis.

Associate Professor Song's leadership roles within the School are varied. He was Head of the School of Science (2008-2012) and currently serve as Deputy Head of School (Education). Externally, he has served as a member of an expert panel - APEC project meeting on DNA-analysis for human health in the post genomic era, Thailand (2003), and an expert scientist on anaerobic bacteriology - Water quality program on reclaimed water, Singapore National NEWater project (1999-2002).

Research interests

Microbiology, molecular biology, molecular pathogenesis of bacterial diseases, regulation of bacterial toxin expression, epidemiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases.

Monash teaching commitment

  • BIO1022 (Life on Earth)
  • BTH2741 (Biochemistry)
  • BTH3722 (Medical Microbiology)

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

  • Microbiology
  • molecular biology
  • molecular pathogenesis of bacterial diseases
  • regulation of bacterial toxin expression
  • epidemiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases

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