Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL DETAILS

DR. ACGA CHENG

  • Senior Lecturer

  • Institute of Biological Sciences
    Faculty of Science
  •    03-79674351
  •   acgacheng@um.edu.my

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
(Role),(Level),(Duration)
  • COMMITTEE MEMBERS, International, 23/09/2020 to present
  • Academic Advisor, Faculty, 01/09/2020 to 01/09/2022
  • PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, Faculty, 13/08/2020 to 30/09/2022
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
(Qualification),(Field),(Institution),(Year)
  • PGCHE, EDUCATION(HIGHER EDUCATION), UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, NOTTINGHAM, UK
  • PhD Genetics, GENETIK, UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA (UKM)
  • BSc(Hons) Biology, BIOLOGI, UNIVERSITI KEBANGSAAN MALAYSIA (UKM)
MEMBERSHIPS
(Organisation),(Role),(Duration),(Level)
  • Malaysia Board of Technologists , Member, 2021 to 2022 (National)
  • Genetics Society of Malaysia, Member, Since 2009 (National)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (US), Fellow, 2018 to 2019 (International)
  • The University of Nottingham, Others, 2013 to 2016 (University)
SPECIALIZATION
(Area)
Area of Expertise
  • PLANT BREEDING AND GENETICS
  • MOLECULAR MARKER
  • SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
  • TEACHING
    (Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Academic Session)
    Teaching
  • SIO2003 - HIGHER PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2018/2019 - 2 )
  • SIO2008 - BASIC BIOINFORMATICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2018/2019 - 1 )
  • SIX1002 - ETHICS AND SAFETY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 1 2 )
  • SQG7012 - MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES IN CROP PROTECTION, Post Graduate, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 1 )
  • SIO3005 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 1 2 3 )
  • SIO2011 - PLANT BREEDING, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 1 )
  • SIO2007 - MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETIC ENGINEERING, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 2 )
  • SIO3015 - CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 2 )
  • SMX7001 - RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN SCIENCE, Post Graduate, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2019/2020 - 2 )
  • Teaching Activity
  • SIO3015 - CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, Bachelor/First Degree, University Malaya (2021)
  • SQI7011 - FUTURE FOOD SUSTAINABILITY, Master, University Malaya (2021)
  • SIO2011 - PLANT BREEDING, Bachelor/First Degree, University Malaya (2021)
  • PUBLICATIONS
    (Title of publication in APA style)
    WoS
    2022
    • Hanafiah, Noraikim Mohd; Cheng, Acga; Lim, Phaik-Eem; Sethuraman, Gomathy; Zain, Nurul Amalina Mohd; Baisakh, Niranjan; Mispan, Muhamad Shakirin (2022). Novel PCR-Based Multiplex Assays for Detecting Major Quality and Biotic Stress in Commercial and Weedy Rice, LIFE-BASEL. 12(10), . doi:10.3390/life12101542
    • Cheng, Acga; Lim, Wai Yin; Lim, Phaik-Eem; Amri, Affendi Yang; Poong, Sze-Wan; Song, Sze-Looi; Ilham, Zul (2022). Marine Autotroph-Herbivore Synergies: Unravelling the Roles of Macroalgae in Marine Ecosystem Dynamics, BIOLOGY-BASEL. 11(8), . doi:10.3390/biology11081209
    • Cheng, Acga; Mohd Hanafiah, Noraikim; Harikrishna, Jennifer Ann; Eem, Lim Phaik; Baisakh, Niranjan; Mispan, Muhamad Shakirin (2022). A Reappraisal of Polyploidy Events in Grasses (Poaceae) in a Rapidly Changing World, BIOLOGY-BASEL. 11(5), . doi:10.3390/biology11050636
    • Azhar, Natasya Nabilla Hairon; Ang, Desmond Teck-Chye; Abdullah, Rosazlin; Harikrishna, Jennifer Ann; Cheng, Acga (2022). Bio-Based Materials Riding the Wave of Sustainability: Common Misconceptions, Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward, SUSTAINABILITY. 14(9), . doi:10.3390/su14095032
    • Azhar, Natasya Nabilla Hairon; Cheng, Acga; Lee, Siang Yin; Rahman, Nor Mas Mira; Ang, Desmond Teck-Chye (2022). Development of natural rubber with enhanced oxidative degradability, POLYMER BULLETIN. (), . doi:10.1007/s00289-022-04240-z
    • Cheng, Acga; Harikrishna, Jennifer Ann; Redwood, Charles S.; Lit, Lei Cheng; Nath, Swapan K.; Chua, Kek Heng (2022). Genetics Matters: Voyaging from the Past into the Future of Humanity and Sustainability, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES. 23(7), . doi:10.3390/ijms23073976
    • Cheng, Acga; Noor Azmi, Nurul Syafiqah; Ng, Yin Mei; Lesueur, Didier; Yusoff, Sumiani (2022). Appraising Agroecological Urbanism: A Vision for the Future of Sustainable Cities, SUSTAINABILITY. 14(2), . doi:10.3390/su14020590
    Refereed Journals
    2021
    • Sethuraman, G.; Mohd Zain, N.A.; Yusoff, S.; Ng, Y.M.; Baisakh, N.; & Cheng, A (2021). Revamping Ecosystem Services through Agroecology The Case of Cereals. Agriculture, 11: 204. (WoS)
    • Kugan, H.M., Rejab, N.A., Sahruzaini, N.A., Harikrishna, J.A., Baisakh, N. & Cheng, A. (2021) Circadian rhythms in legumes: What do we know and what else should we explore? International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22, 4588. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22094588 (WoS)
    2020
    • Raai, M.N., Zain, N.A.M., Osman, N., Rejab, N. A., Sahruzaini, N. A., & Cheng, A. (2020). Effects of shading on the growth, yield, and development of winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus). Ciencia Rural. v.50:2, e20190570. (WoS)
    • Mohd Hanafiah, N.; Mispan, M. S.; Lim, P. E.; Baisakh, N.; Cheng, A. (2020) The 21st century agriculture: When rice research draws attention to climate variability and how weedy rice and underutilized grains come in handy. MDPI Plants, doi:10.3390/plants9030365 (WoS)
    • Sahruzaini, N.A., Rejab, N.A., Harikrishna, J.A., Khairul Ikram, N.K., Ismail, I., Kugan, H.M. and Cheng, A (2020) Pulse Crop Genetics for a Sustainable Future: Where We Are Now and Where We Should Be Heading. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11,531. (WoS)
    • Lim, W.Y., Lim, P.E., Affendi, Y.A., Song, S.L. & Cheng, A. (2020). Exploring the role of macroalgal traits on the feeding behaviour of a generalist herbivore in Malaysian waters, Botanica Marina. doi:10.1515/bot-2020-0029 (WoS)
    • Azman, A., Ng, K.K.S., Ng, C.H., Lee, C.T., Tnah, L.H., Zakaria, N.F., Mahruji, S., Perdan, K., Abdul Kadir, M.Z., Cheng, A. & Lee, S.L. (2020) Low genetic diversity indicating the threatened status of Rhizophora apiculata (Rhizophoraceae) in Malaysia: declined evolution meets habitat destruction. Scientific Reports, 10: 19112. (WoS)
    2019
    • Wan-Mohtar, W. A. A. Q. I, Klaus, A., Cheng, A., Salis, S. A., Halim-Lim, S. A. (2019) Total quality index of commercial oyster mushroom Pleurotus sapidus in modified atmosphere packaging. British Food Journal, https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-06-2018-0408 (WoS)
    • Cheng, A.; Raai, M. N.; Mohd Zain, N. A..; Massawe, F.; Singh, A.; Wan Mohtar, W. A. A. Q. I (2019) In search of alternative proteins: Unlocking the potential of underutilized tropical legumes. Food Security. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-019-00977-0 (WoS)
    2018
    • Cheng, A. (2018). Shaping a sustainable food future by rediscovering long-forgotten ancient grains. Plant Science, 269: 136-142. (WoS)
    2017
    • Cheng, A.; Ismanizan, I.; Mohamad, O. Habibuddin, H. & Nur Samahah, M.Z. (2017). Rapid and targeted introgression of fgr gene through marker-assisted backcrossing in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Genome, 60(12): 1045-1050. (WoS)
    • Cheng, A.; Mayes, S; Dalle, G.; Demissew, S. & Massawe, F. (2017) Diversifying crops for food and nutrition security - a case of teff. Biological Reviews, 92(1): 188-198. [Impact Factor 2017: 11.7] (WoS)
    2016
    • Massawe, F.; Mayes, S. & Cheng, A. (2016). Crop diversity - an unexploited treasure trove for food and nutrition security. Trends in Plant Science, 21(5): 365-368. [Impact Factor 2016: 11.9] (WoS)
    Book Chapter
    2017
    • Cheng, A. et al. (2017). Molecular marker technology for genetic improvement of underutilised crops. In: Abdullah S., Chai-Ling H., Wagstaff C. (eds) Crop Improvement. Springer, Cham.
    Article in Proceedings
    2021
    • Kugan, H.M., Sahruzaini, N.A., Rejab, N.A. & Cheng, A. (2021) Progress in pulse crop genetics for a sustainable food future. The 14th Malaysia International Genetics Congress (MiGC14). ISBN 978-967-16583-4-5 and eISBN 978-967-16583-5-2.
    RESEARCH PROJECT
    (Project title),(Role),(Duration),(Level)
    United States Department of Agriculture
  • Malaysia: Exploitation of Drought Stress Tolerance-Related Genes for Rice Improvement in the Face of Climate Change, Co-Researcher, 2022 - 2024, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (International)
  • RU Operation
  • Marine Plant-herbivore Synergies: Plant Traits That Predict Consumption Rates And Preferences Of Generalists Herbivores, Principal Investigator(PI), 2017 - 2019 (National)
  • Bantuan Kecil Penyelidikan (BKP)
  • Production of exopolysaccharide by Malaysian-cultivated medicinal mushrooms (MCMM) in a repeated-batch fermentation, Co-Researcher, 2017 - 2019 (National)
  • Growth, physiological, and biochemical responses of winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) to different light regimes, Principal Investigator(PI), 2017 - 2019 (National)
  • UM International Collaboration Grant
  • Molecular evolution of plant organellar (plastid and mitochondrial) genomes, Principal Investigator(PI), 01/08/2022 to 31/07/2024, Research University (Government)
  • Private Funding
  • Exploring The Nutritional Properties Of Spent Mushroom Substrate-based Fodder For Livestock, Co-Researcher, 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2025, Patriots Food Network Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur (Private)
  • Others MOHE - Top 100 (IIRG)-FNW
  • From Science To Society: Exploring The Potential Of Urban Agroecology In Malaysia, Principal Investigator(PI), 07/12/2020 to 06/06/2023, Research University (Government)
  • Dissecting The Interactions Between Legumes And Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi In Urban Habitat Under Climate Change, Co-Researcher, 07/12/2020 to 06/06/2023, Research University (Government)
  • RU Geran - Fakulti Program
  • From Science To Society: Exploring The Potential Of Oxo-biodegradable Rubber And Its Impacts On Soil Functions And Ecosystem Services, Principal Investigator(PI), 15/09/2020 to 14/03/2023, Research University (Government)
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
  • Elucidating The Role Of Circadian Clock Genes In The Tropical Legume Winged Bean (psophocarpus Tetragonolobus), Principal Investigator(PI), 01/01/2019 to 30/09/2021, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) (Government)
  • SUPERVISION
    Postgraduate Student
    (Title of Thesis),(Name of Candidates),(Institution),(Academic Level)
    Completed
    • GROWTH, PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BIOCHEMICAL RESPONSES OF WINGED BEAN (PHOSPHOCARPUS TETRAGONOLOBUS) TO DIFFERENT LIGHT REGIMES, MURTHAZAR NAIM BIN RAAI, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • MARINE PLANT-HERBIVORE SYNERGIES: PLANT TRAITS THAT PREDICT THE CONSUMPTION RATES AND PREFERENCES OF GENERALIST HERBIVORES, LIM WAI YIN, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • POPULATION GENETICS OF Rhizophora apiculata (BAKAU MINYAK) USING MOLECULAR MARKERS, AMELIA BINTI AZMAN, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    Ongoing
    • IDENTIFICATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CIRCADIAN CLOCK GENE IN WINGED BEAN (PSOPHOCARPUS TETRAGONOLOBUS), NURUL AMYLIA BINTI SAHRUZAINI, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • DEVELOPMENT OF OXO- BIODEGRADABLE RUBBERS AND EXPLORATION OF ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT TO ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, NATASYA NABILLA BINTI HAIRON AZHAR, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • Identification and characterization of circadian clock genes ELF4 and LUX in tropical legume winged bean, Hazel Marie Kugan, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • DEVELOPMENT OF MOLECULAR TOOLBOXES FOR SIMULTANEOUS ANALYSES OF MULTIPLE KEY TRAITS IN CULTIVATED AND WEEDY RICE (Oryza sativa L.), NORAIKIM BINTI MOHD HANAFIAH, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • GROWTH AND BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES OF MALAYSIAN RICE SUBJECTED TO CLIMATE CHANGE UNDER POTASSIUM FERTILIZATION, Gomathy A/P Sethuraman, University of Malaya (UM) (Post Graduate Student)
    • ECONOMIC SOCIOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES OF URBAN AGROECOLOGY IN THE MALAYSIAN CONTEXT, Nurul Syafiqah Noor Azmi, University of Malaya (PhD)
    ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
    Academic/Professional Services
    (Contribution),(Duration),(Level),(Role)
  • Symposium, 01/09/2022 to 19/11/2022, International, (Event Organiser)
  • Proposal Defence, 15/02/2022 to 15/02/2022, University, (Internal Assessor)
  • Evaluation Activity
    (Activity),(Duration),(Category)
  • Thesis & Viva Voce (PhD Candidate) , 2020 to 2021 (Thesis)
  • Academic/Technical Contribution
    (Activity),(Organisation),(Duration),(Role)
  • Social Committee Member for the 3rd South China Sea (SCS) Conference, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), 2018 - 2019 (Committee Member)
  • Social Committee Member for the 8th Asian Pacific Phycological Forum (APPF 2017), Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), 2017 - 2017 (Committee Member)
  • Scientific Committee Member for the 3rd International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology 2018, International Institute of Knowledge Management , 2017 - 2018 (Committee Member)
  • Secretariat for the 2nd International Conference on Crop Improvement, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 2015 - 2015 (Committee Member)
  • AWARD AND STEWARDSHIP
    (Name of Award/Stewardship),(Awarding Institution),(Year Awarded),(Type of Award)
    • EXCELLENCE SERVICE AWARD, University of Malaya, 2022 (CERTIFICATE)
    • CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENT SERVICE, University of Malaya, 2021 (CERTIFICATE)
    • Professional Technologist, Malaysia Board of Technologist, 2021 (GENERAL ACHIEVEMENTS)
    • Teknologis Berijazah, Lembaga Teknologis Malaysia, 2020 (OTHERS)
    • The Belt and Road Initiative Advanced Training Program Modern Agriculture and The Future, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2019 (GENERAL ACHIEVEMENTS)
    • Borlaug Fellowship , United States Department of Agriculture, United States , 2019 (DISTINGUISH FELLOWSHIP)
    • Higher Education Academy Fellowship (PGCHE), The Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, 2017 (DISTINGUISH FELLOWSHIP)
    • Travel Award (University of Leicester, United Kingdom), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia, 2011 (RESEARCH)
    • National Science Fellowship, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia, 2009 (OTHERS)
    PAPER PRESENTED
    (Title),(Event),(Date Presented),(Organiser),(Level)
    ORAL PRESENTER
  • Cheng, A. & Rahman, S.A.S.A. (2022). Agriculture in the 21st Century: Where Plant Breeding Meets Agroecology, IPBC2022, 08/03/2022 to 09/03/2022, Genetics Society of Malaysia (International)
  • Cheng, A. (2020). A research paradigm in cereal genetics: En-route to a sustainable future, Climate Change Adaptations in Dryland Agriculture in Semi-Arid Areas, 23/07/2020 to 23/07/2020, NAM S&T Centre (International)
  • Lim, W. Y; Lim, P. E.; Amri, Y. A; Lim, S. C.; Zulkarnai, L. S.; and Cheng, A. (2019). Autotroph-herbivore synergies: Characteristics of macroalgae that predict consumption rates and preferences of generalist herbivores, 3rd South China Sea , 23/06/2019 to 28/06/2019, Kuala Lumpur (International)
  • Cheng, A. (2017). There is far more to underutilised cereals than meets the eye, Global Conference on Plant Science and Molecular Biology, 11/09/2017 to 13/09/2017, Valencia, Spain (International)
  • POSTER PRESENTER
  • Tan, W. Y.; Yeong, H. Y.; Song, S. L.; Cheng, A.; and Phang, S. M. (2019) Isolation and molecular characterization of selected Malaysian thraustochytrids., 3rd South China Sea , 24/06/2019 to 28/06/2019, Kuala Lumpur (International)