Personal profile


Dr. Tan Ji Wei completed his BSc in 2011 (Biomedical Science), MSc in 2013 (Cell Biology) and PhD (Immunopharmacology) in 2016 from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Shortly after his PhD graduation, Dr Tan was appointed to a lecturer position in the School of Science in January 2018. During his PhD study, he managed to develop a mast cell stabilizer from a synthetic compound originated from a natural plant. His current research interest is still focusing on the capabilities of natural products as an alternative treatment against various human ailments including allergic diseases, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, he is exploring how a natural compound play its beneficial role within a cell by looking at the cellular and molecular signalling pathways.

Research interests

  • Discover the potential health benefits of phytochemical compounds against various human diseases including inflammation, allergy, cancer and neurotoxicity.
  • Explore a compound’s capability at the cellular and molecular level within a cell.

Monash teaching commitment

  • PHA3800 (Fundamentals of Toxicology)
  • BTH2752 (Cellular Metabolomics of Macronutrients)
  • MBS3800 (Medical Bioscience Internship)


Honours Students (Present)

  1. Hoong Wei Jun
  2. Cheah Ann Sze
  3. Tan Zi Swan

Honours Students (Completed)

  1. Elvia Ramawy
  2. Fahmida Islam
  3. Hong Hui Jing
  4. Wong Jia Fei
  5. Siti Mahirah
  6. Lee Zi Sheng 
  7. Ashley Yip Jia Wen
  8. Teh Yi En
  9. Hanushree Arumugam
  10. Carisa Wong Su-Ann
  11. Chen Shuyu
  12. Natasha Lee Yun Zhi
  13. Michaela Ivana Lim
  14. Choy See Neng
  15. Loo Wei Wei
  16. Chin Siau Wui

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

Education/Academic qualification

Immunopharmacology, Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 31 Oct 2018

Cell Biology, Master of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

Award Date: 31 Oct 2013

Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia (University Putra Malaysia)

Award Date: 31 Oct 2011

Research area keywords

  • Immunopharmacology
  • Experimental therapeutics of human diseases using phytochemical compounds
  • Cellular and molecular signaling pathways
  • Natural drug discovery

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