Board of Scientists

Dr. THAM Seng Kong

GROUP CEO, CHIEF SCIENTIST

PhD. , MD (PRC)

Dr. THAM earned his Bachelor of Medicine from Xiamen University, Doctor of Medicine (MD) Integrated Chinese Medicine & Western Clinical Medicine (Oncology) from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) and Doctor of Medicine (PHD) in Biomedical Engineering. 

He is involved in ongoing extensive research on anti-aging cellular therapy since 2006. He works very closely with his Swiss and Asian counterparts in advancing the human understanding of cellular therapy and is eager to share his experiences in this field.

He also actively participates in cancer research. One of his important scientific breakthroughs is the discovery of penetrating tyrosinase inhibitor to reduce the production of melanin for skin beauty and whitening. He also described in his recent publication on the successful construction of retroviral transfection system that could be developed as a means of gene therapy for hepatic carcinoma.

Dr. Tham as Group Chief Executive Officer and Group Chief Research Scientist will be the main personality leading and driving the ALPS Group to greater heights towards recognition as a global biotechnology company serving humanity.

Prof. DING Kexiang

RESEARCH PROFESSOR

Ding Kexiang, male, 56 years old, national expert, professor, post-doctorate. He is currently a professor and chief expert on research topics at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine of the Southern Medical University of China (see the school’s official website www.smu.edu.cn for details); at the same time, he also serves as the American Institute of Biomedical Technology in Virginia, USA ( ABTRI) Director of molecular medicine laboratory and chief professor and chief scientist. Before studying in the United States (before 1999), he served as a visiting doctoral tutor at the Basic Medical College of Bethune Medical University and a member of the echelon of doctoral tutors at the Institute of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Sun Yat-sen Medical University. When studying in American universities, he was a senior visiting research scholar and visiting professor at the University of Virginia, a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and a postdoctoral research scholar at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine.

Prof.Ding won the title of “National Young and Middle-aged Scientific and Technological Experts with Outstanding Contribution” awarded by the Chinese government in 1992 and won the “Special Government Allowance Expert” awarded by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in the same year (1992) special government subsidy issued by the State Council; moreover, they were also awarded the “First China Young Scientist Entrepreneurship Award” by the China National Youth Federation, the “Bioengineering Expert” awarded by the Chinese People’s Association, and the formerly recognized research professor of the National Science and Technology Commission of China , The research professor appraised by the Chinese Academy of Management Sciences, and the “6th Top Ten Outstanding Young People in Guangzhou (ranked at the top of the list of top ten outstanding young people according to personal achievements)” awarded by the Guangzhou Municipal Government of China. Awarded “Top Ten Rookie of Science and Technology”. Note: Both China’s Guangzhou City and Wuhan City are China’s super international cities (super-large cities), and their urban populations exceed 10 million people.

In 2006, he was specially appointed as the lifelong chief scientist by the International Nutrition and Hygiene Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, and as the lifelong honorary chairman by the Canadian International Institute of Health Sciences and Technology. In 2003, he was awarded the lifelong honorary chairman by the North American Beauty and Health Association in Vancouver, Canada. Specially appointed as a visiting professor and academic advisor by Tai E College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Quebec, Canada; and has been the chairman of the expert committee of the Organizing Committee of the Southeast Asian Regional Medical Aesthetic Conference since 1995; Counselor, expert committee member of CIDESIC SECTION in Hong Kong, academic adviser of Taiwan Free Radical Biomedical Research Center; concurrently serves as vice chairman of China Anti-aging Science and Technology Society, expert committee member of China Health Care Association, vice chairman of China Beauty Industry Association, etc .; on Free Radical Biomedicine, editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief of Chinese Journal of Gerontology, the most authoritative academic journal of Chinese geriatrics, executive editor-in-chief and deputy editor of Chinese classic medicine “Chinese Anti-aging Medicine” medical Journals of Science, Practical Geriatrics, Modern Geriatrics, Microcirculation, Chinese Cosmetics Magazine, Chinese Science and Beauty Journal, American Toiletries Magazine (Chinese version), Taiwan Free Radical Biomedical Journal, etc. Magazine’s expert editorial board and other posts.

Geriatrics and biology, molecular diagnostics of geriatrics, medical biochemistry and cell physiology; main research directions before studying in the United States: aging free radical biology and medicine, anti-aging preparations and pharmacology, animal tissue and intracellular anti-aging Active protein (including enzymes) and peptide extraction, separation and purification technology, etc .; the main research directions in the United States: recombinant genes for early diagnosis of cancer and nanoparticle targeted therapy, early intervention of cells and genes and clinical treatment; after returning to the United States Main research directions:

  1. Biological and medical research on antioxidants and free radical scavengers;
  2. Research on transdermal drug delivery system and nano emulsion delivery system;
  3. Extraction and purification of marine bioactive peptide factors and natural plant active ingredients applied research on facial beauty and skin anti-aging subjects;
  4. Research on intelligent light control and temperature control skin ultraviolet protection system and slow / controlled release system;
  5. Recombinant human fat cell receptor agonist hNPY and its receptor antagonist NPYR in human fat redistribution;
  6. Research on molecular diagnostic technology and detection system of cancer early genes;
  7. Clinical application research of autologous plasma fibrin cell scaffolds and mesenchymal stem cell proliferation induction and differentiation promotion;
  8. Application research on skin anti-aging;
  9. Molecular mechanism of skin photo-aging and anti-skin aging preparations. In addition, the research on the biomedical mechanism of tumour free radicals, the early diagnosis of tumour marker genes and the research of intelligent integrated sensitive system, etc.

Dr. ZUO Xia-Lin

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CELESTIALAB

BSc. (PRC), MD. (PRC), PhD. in Medicine (Pharmacology) (PRC)

Prof. Zuo graduated from Southwest China Medical University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in 2007. He also graduated from South China University of Medical Pharmacy with a degree in medical in 2010. Besides, he graduated with a doctorate in Medicine from Southern Medical Pharmacology in Jun 2013.

Prof. Zuo had hosted the National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Project and China Post-doctoral Science Foundation projects. He had also participated in the China National Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong province and China Natural Science Foundation research project of Guangzhou city which is a scientific and technological research. Prof. Zuo participated in publishing more than 10 papers of thesis; he is also the first author who has published SCI thesis for 8 papers.

Prof. Zuo has also participated in 25 patency applications of which 12 of them is related to invention patency. He had won the national doctoral research scholarship in 2012 and “Hong Kong Scholar” award in 2016.

Dr. TAN Jun Jie

CONSULTANT, CELESTIALAB

BSc in Biomedical Science (UPM), DPhil (Oxford), PostDoc (Harvard)

Dr. TAN Jun Jie graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2007 majoring in Biomedical Sciences (First class) and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford (UK) in 2011 with his study in Cardiosphere-derived stem cells and regenerative medicine.

He was also a Visiting Research Fellow in King’s College London in 2014 and a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (US) in 2016.

He was awarded the excellent service award in 2015 by Universiti Sains Malaysia and received the recognition for molecular medicine with the ‘Young Investigator Award’ twice (in 2013 and 2015); for his work in harnessing bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells for enhancing c-kit cardiac stem cell functions.

Dr. TAN is currently serving Universiti Sains Malaysia at Advanced Medical and Dental Institute in Kepala Batas, Penang, as a senior lecturer to continue his research venture on heart tissue engineering and regeneration using human-derived induced pluripotent stem cells. He is also looking into the concept of re-utilising the native extracellular matrix scaffold in organ from cadaveric donor as the blueprint with preserved architecture for homing cellular blocks to make engineering functional organ possible.

His current work focuses on derivation of proepicardial cells, sinoatrial-like pacemaker cells and ventricular cardiomyocytes from iPSCs to their potential in therapeutic applications.

Dr. Heilly Chong

VICE PRESIDENT / HEAD OF SCIENTIST

BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry/ Biotechnology (UM), PhD in Biochemistry/ Biotechnology (UM)

Dr. Heilly received her PhD (Biochemistry/Biotechnology) in 2005 from University of Malaya. In the same year, she joined Malaysia’s first biopharmaceutical company as Senior Research Scientist. Since then her research and industrial experiences grew in many disciplines. She has over 15 years of biotechnology research experiences which includes (but not limited to): biologics (monoclonal antibody) drug development; antibody/protein engineering; assay/diagnostic development; molecular biology (high expression system in mammalian cells), cell culture technology (establishment of production cell line, CHO platform), cell characterization & banking, bioprocess/biomanufacturing (upstream/downstream), CGTP manufacturing (CAR-T).

She is also well versed in the cGMP, cGLP & cGCP regulatory requirement. Previously, she has also been actively involved (and completed) in several MOSTI-approved R&D projects which in total received over RM3 Million worth of research grants. She has written/co-written many papers which has been published in international journals. She is also GCP certified by MOH (NPRA).

Dr. TAN Shi Wei

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATION & QUALITY ASSURANCE, CELESTIALAB

BSc in MicroBiology (UPM),
MSc in Immunobiology (UPM),
PhD in Immunobiology (UPM)

Dr. TAN Shi Wei graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She proceeded to delve deeper in her research studies gaining her Master’s degree & PhD in Immunobiology.

She has extensive and varied research experience, obtained several awards; 3rd International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) School of Neuroscience, Monash University, 3rd International Neuro Malaysia Symposium, & ‘Gift Her with Life’ Education Grant (MMICARE). In her professional career life, she has numerous publications & papers on mesenchymal stem cells, bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells/ Cell Immunology/ Immunopharmacology / Neuroinflammation.

Dr. Veronica Sainik Ronald

SENIOR EXECUTIVE, QUALITY CONTROL
CUM SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CELESTIALAB

BBM (Hons.) in Biomedicine (MSU, Malaysia),
M.DSc in Dental Science (UM),
Ph.D.DSc in Dental Science (Hiroshima University, Japan),
PostDoc (Hiroshima University, Japan),
PostDoc (UKMMC)

Veronica Sainik Ronald is currently a Senior Scientist at CelestiaLab. She obtained her Ph.D at Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences under Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department in September 2014 under Twinning Program supported by Advanced Dental Medicine Promotion in Southeastern Asia. 

She has been Post-Doctoral Researcher at Hiroshima University, Japan with collaboration between Kyoto University, Tissue Engineering Centre UKMMC and Department of Physiology, UKMMC. She received Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships. 

She also participated and established her networks/collaborations with national and international research institutes and universities. Veronica actively involved in scientific/research activities as a reviewer, invited speaker, judge/scientific committee and facilitators. 

She had experience in clinical trial project for leukaemia patient, Cancer Biobank projects, writing research proposals, conducted short Neuroscience project and assisting graduate student from national and international university. 

Her research interests on molecular biology and biochemistry, stem cell, tissue engineering, biomaterial, cancer, natural product and neuroscience. Moreover, she also versed more than 10years in the operation of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and familiar with cell and gene therapy regulations. 

Currently, she appointed as a senior scientist cum research scientist at CelestiaLab.

Dr. Pukana a/p JAYARAMAN

SENIOR EXECUTIVE, QUALITY CONTROL CUM RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CELESTIALAB

B. in Biomedicine (Hons), Master of Health Science (Biomedical Science) (UKM), PhD in Regenerative Medicine (UM)

Pukana Jayaraman is a PhD graduate in regenerative medicine from Universiti Malaya. She completed her studies in 2017 with a number of research papers. Prior to this she has completed her Master of Health Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 2010 and Bachelor in Biomedicine from University College of Technology & Management Malaysia in 2006. Her research background includes regenerative medicine, molecular biology, life sciences and her interest in stem cells research has brought her to contribute her skills and experience in quality control of stem cells production. Apart from academic, she has experience as a lecturer in biomedicine in Jakarta and quality control in a stem cell manufacturing industry. She is an ambitious person with interest in molecular biology and animal research studies.

She has attended two different symposiums in International Society of Stem Cell and Research (ISSCR) Sweden and Stem Cell Society Singapore (SCSS) upon completing her studies.

Dr. TAN Chye Ling

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry/Microbiology (UPM), PhD in Molecular Genetics (UKM), MBA (Taylor’s University), Project Management Professional (PMP) ®

Dr. Tan Chye Ling received her PhD (Molecular Genetics) in 2004 from National University of Malaysia. She has 15 years of biotechnology research experience relating to cancer biology, cell metabolism, cell cycle, oncogenic viruses, liquid biopsies, molecular diagnostics, allergy and anti-aging.

On the technical aspect, she possesses exceptional skills particularly relating to molecular techniques, sequencing, real-time PCR, Immunoblotting, Immunofluorescence, cell culture, protein-protein interaction, histology and immunohistochemistry, vector cloning, circulating tumour cells isolation and characterization, as well as advance microscopy imaging. She has published numerous peer-reviewed reports and has been actively presenting in local and international conferences. She is also experience in managing clinical and commercial research projects with various multinational companies in Malaysia and Singapore.

Dr. ZAHIAH binti Mohamed Amin

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

BSc in Biotechnology (UPM),
MSc in Food Biotechnology (UPM),
PhD in Cancer Biology and Oncology (UPM)

Dr. ZAHIAH graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia as Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Master of Science in Food Biotechnology and Doctor of Philosophy in Cancer Biology and Oncology. She has vast experience in the areas of cancer biology, immunology, cell culture and virology. 

Dr. ZAHIAH is also knowledgeable in the cancer research study and pre-clinical cancer research trial project management. She is driven with passion for cancer research and devoted to every science aspect including bench work, educating and scientific research presenting. Throughout her years of research, she gained in-depth knowledge in cancer development and potential vaccine treatment for cancer patients in the future.

Also, through Good Practice interpersonal skills, she received an award as the “Best Oral Presenter” on the Emerging of Infectious Diseases, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Dr. Sajjarattul Nurul NADIA Asyura

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

BSc in Microbiology (UPM), PhD in Cancer Biology & Oncology (UPM)

Dr. Sajjarattul Nurul NADIA Asyura graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia as Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Microbiology (2012) and Doctor of Philosophy in Cancer Biology and Oncology (2017).

She has gained 5 years working experience as a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia; in the areas of cancer biology, molecular biology and toxicology. Post-graduation, she gained 2 years and 7 months of working experience as a researcher in the Animal Science Research Institute, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development (MARDI), Serdang. Overall, her research mainly focused on the para-clinical study of anti-tumour of herbal extracts in the leukaemia- lymphoma-bearing rats. Dr. NADIA has valuable experience in cancer research study and project management, particularly in the para-clinical trial for cancer research. She has a strong passion for cancer research and an overall enthusiast in every aspect of science including bench work, project management, educating and presenting scientific research.

During her professional career, she gained in-depth knowledge of the different mechanism in cancer development as evidenced by 6 scientific publications in the highly reputable journal and 13 scientific proceedings. She has excellent skills in managing research professionals as evidenced by four interdepartmental and one institute collaboration in leukaemia-lymphoma research. She also received an award as the best presenter in the clinical pathology at Asian Veterinary Pathology Congress, Bangalore, India. With her professional skills, Dr. NADIA is responsible for developing and managing research and laboratory protocols in the MyGenome Molecular Institute as a modern and well-managed genome institute facility in Asia.

Dr. NORHAZWANI binti Mohd Suhimi

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

BE (Hons) in Biochemical Engineering,
MSc in Chemical & Process Engineering,
PhD in Chemical & Process Engineering

Dr. Norhazwani graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Biochemical Engineering, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Process Engineering. Her research specialized in food process technology, mainly in producing halal hydrolyzed collagen and gelatin.

She is also experienced in analyzing molecular weight of protein by using SDS-Page Electrophoresis method and knowledgeable about size exclusion chromatography. Prior to this, Dr. Norhazwani had served with one of the subsidiary company of UKM Technology Sdn. Bhd. for 2 years where she gained hands on skills experiences in planning and monitoring activities in production lines for producing Halal Hydrolyzed Collagen product. Besides that, she was also involved in technology transfer as one of the engineers to commercialize halal hydrolyzed collagen product from small scale to industrial scale and part of research team for project “Novel Intensified Process for Production of Gelatine and Hydrolyzed Collagen from Agriculture Resources” which won the Silver Medal for Biolnno Awards 2010 at BioMalaysia 2010.

Dr. Nurul Syahirah binti AHMAD SAYUTI

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

B. Clinical Laboratory Science (Hons) (UKL), Master of Science (Clinical Pathology) (UPM), PhD in Clinical Pathology (UPM)

Nurul Syahirah binti Ahmad Sayuti graduated from Universiti Kuala Lumpur in Bachelor of Clinical Laboratory Science in 2015, Master of Science (Clinical Pathology) from Universiti Putra Malaysia and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pathology.

For the past 5 years, she has gained experience as a graduate research fellowship and research assistant at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Universiti Putra Malaysia), Animal Research Complex (Universiti Sains Malaysia) and Animal Livestock Research Centre (MARDI). She has experienced in animal studies includes toxicology, leukaemia-lymphoma and bone-implant surgery. Throughout her years of research, she has presented her research paper in local and international proceedings such as in ASEAN Scientific Veterinary Pathology (Bangalore and Hanoi) and has won the best presenter (ASVP, Bangalore) and ‘Young Research Scientist’ (ICMST, Malaysia). To date, she has published in three international conferences and published several papers. Particularly, she is interested in molecular study on eliciting the therapeutic agents in various diseases especially cancer diseases.

Ms. Robiatul Azilah binti ZAINUDIN

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

Dip. In Medical Laboratory Technology, B. in Bioinformatics (Hons), MSc in Bioinformatics and System Biology

Robiatul Azilah Zainudin graduated with a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from Advanced Management and Technology Centre in 2007, Bachelor in Bioinformatics from Management & Science University in 2010 and Master of Science majoring in Bioinformatics and Biology System from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2021. Her research project focused on the establishment of inducer-free yeast expression system for the production of heterologous enzyme using latest advancement of bioinformatics approach.

Throughout her working experience as a bioinformatician in ACGT Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Genting Plantation) and Quantum Beez Sdn Bhd (UPM-MTDC) since 2010, she has constructed a mathematical prediction model and semantic database in a collaborative project “Dengue Genome: Dynamics of Dengue Viruses Antigenic Epitopes in Recurring Dengue outbreaks” with University of Malaya and University of Science. She has also involved in a poster presentation entitled “A Simulation Comparison of Alignment-based and Alignment-free Algorithms for Phylogenetic Tree Construction of Ganoderma and other Basidiomycetes” in The Malaysian Palm Oil Board International Palm Oil Congress (PIPOC 2013).

In 2016, she was selected under Graduate Research Fellowship to assist and conduct Biochemistry classes in Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, UPM. She has also successfully submitted the genome of Meyerozyma guilliermondii strain SO in The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) database which were published in several research journals. Her specialization is in whole genome shotgun (WGS) pipeline, for both wet and dry laboratory.

Ms. ZEINABsadat Masoudian

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

BSc in Biology (Azad University),
MSc in Biotechnology (UM)

Zeinabsadat Masoudian holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from Azad University, Iran and Master of Science in Biotechnology from University of Malaya (UM) with specialization in Bioprocess Engineering to develop recovery and purification process of proteins.

Upon graduation, Zeinab served as a researcher in Stem Cell Technology at the dental faculty in UM with areas of focus including Gene expression profiling, microRNA and conditioned media of primary Mesenchymal stem cell derived from Human Wharton Jelly, Dental Pulp and Periodontal Ligament.

Prior joining MyGenome, she has served the Ministry of Finance Incorporated Biopharmaceutical Company- Inno Biologics Sdn Bhd as an executive planning position where she was responsible for transferring technology of Biosimilar monoclonal antibodies (Mabs)’s production, registration and reporting in accordance with the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

She also received an award as the “Best Poster Presentation’ at the 19th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress, National University of Singapore (NUS).

Ms. Nur Ainaa Nabihah binti MOHD GHAZALI

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGIST, MYGENOME MOLECULAR INSTITUTE

BSc Resource Biotechnology (Hons) (UNIMAS), MSc Medical Microbiology (UPM

Nur Ainaa Nabihah graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) with a Bachelor of Science (Resource Biotechnology) and completed her Master of Science in Medical Microbiology from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Prior joining MyGenome, Ainaa worked as a research assistant at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in UPM. Her Master’s research mainly focused on developing a specific conjugation inhibitor containing high poly-unsaturated fatty acids for preventing antibiotic-resistant gene transfer.

Throughout her research study, Ainaa collaborated with a few other international researchers from University of Western Australia, University of Waterloo and Ehime University. She also attended Molecular Pathology course on the Management and Technical Requirement for ISO15189 Medical Molecular Testing organised by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Ministry of Health Malaysia.