Dr Tan is currently an Editorial Board Member of Molecular Biotechnology (MOBI), Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (APJMBB), and Discover Food. He is also an Honorary Secretary for the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSMBB), council member for the Malaysian Proteomics Society (MAPS) and Asia Oceania Agricultural Proteomics Organization (AOAPO), and eLife Community Ambassador.
His interests span the fields of plant molecular biology and biochemistry. His current research aims to combine proteomics and molecular approaches to understanding the regulatory mechanism of transcription factors in drought-stressed crops. His research interests fall into two main areas: first, identifying transcription factor genes from drought-stressed crops, and secondly, the functional analysis of the identified transcription factors. In addition, Dr Tan is also interested in analysing and enhancing some useful plant secondary metabolites via metabolic engineering.