PERSONAL DETAIL


DR. HII KIENG SOON

Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences
Deputy Vice Chancellor(Research & Innovation) Office
 
  hiiks@um.edu.my
 Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Deputy Vice Chancellor(Research & Innovation) Office, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, W.Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
ResearcherID Link
  http://www.researcherid.com/rid/R-2176-2017

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
(Qualification), (Institution).



PROFESSIONAL
(Organisation), (Role), (Year), (Level).


  • Persatuan Genetik Malaysia, Oridinary Member, 2010 to 2018, (National)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)-Coastal Marine Science, Active Member, 2016 to 2019, (International)
  • Malaysian Biosafety and Biosecurity Assiciation, Committee Members, 2017 to 2019, (National)
  • Mate Domestic, Less Than 500gt, Domestic Trade Voyages (restricted), Obtain License , 2018 to 2023, (International)
  • International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA), Membership, 2018 to 2020, (International)
  • Malaysian Nature Society, Committee Member, 2019 to 2020, (International)

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
(Role), (Level), (Start date),(End Date).


  • Ahli Jawatankuasa Penganjur (Teknikal)- The South China Sea Conference 2019 (SCS 2019), International, 24/06/2019 to 28/06/2019
  • Ahli Jawatankuasa bengkel Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network , International, 19/06/2019 to 21/06/2019
  • Ahli Jawatankuasa penganjuran Bengkel Harmful Algal Blooms (2018), International, 08/07/2018 to 14/07/2018
  • Ahli jawatankuasa pelupusan harta benda di BMRS IOES UM, Faculty, 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2019
  • Ahli Jawatankuasa Penggubalan kurikulum Program Sains Marin dan Teknologi, Faculty, 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018
  • Techincal Committee member of the 5th China-Southeast Asian Countries Marine Cooperation Forum, International, 14/11/2017 to 17/11/2017
  • Secretariat HICoE Seminar, National, 12/09/2017 to 12/09/2017

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
(Area).


  • Harmful Algal Blooms (Habs) and Molecular Genetic (Molecular Systematic and Pjylogenetics, Genetic Comparative, Transcriptome and Molecular Toxigenesis)


RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
(Publication).


Book

2019
  • Leaw, C.P., Lim, P. T., Chan, A.A., Hii, K.S., Gu, H. Lee., L.K., Lim, Z.F. 2019. Technical Report: Exploring the diversity of zooxanthellae associated with corals of Perhentian Islands Marine Park by deep sequencing approach. Marine Park and Resource Management Division, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry, Putrajaya, Malaysia. 40pp. 
Chapter in Book

2019
  • Hii, K.S., Teng, S. T., Law, I.K., Lau, W.L. S., Adam, A., Mohammad Noor, N., Leaw, C. P., Lim, P.T. 2019. Phytoplankton composition of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia with emphasis on several potential harmful species. In. Mohd Akhir M.F (eds.). National Scientific Cruise Expedition 2016-2017. UMT Press. 
  • Hii, K.S., Law, I.K., Lau, W.L. S., Leaw, C. P., Lim, P.T. 2019. Wide distribution of toxic marine dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamiyavanichii along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia In. Mohd Akhir M.F (eds.). National Scientific Cruise Expedition 2016-2017. UMT Press. 
Article in Academic Journals

2019
  • Lim, Z.F., Luo Z., Lee, L.K., Hii, K.S., Teng, S.T., Chan, L.L., Chomerat, N., Krock, B., Gu, H., Leaw, C.P., Lim, P.T. (2019) Taxonomy and toxicity of Prorocentrum from Perhentian Islands (Malaysia), with a description of a non-toxigenic species Prorocentrum malayense sp. nov. (Dinophyceae). Harmful Algae. 83, 95-108. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Liow GR, Lau WLS, Law IK, Hii KS, Mohammad Noor N, Leaw CP, Lim PT. 2019. Phytoplankton community changes in Kuantan Port (Malaysia), with emphasis on the paralytic-shellfish toxin-producing dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamiyavanichii, Regional Studies in Marine Science, 26: 100504 (ISI-Indexed)
  • Hii, K.S., Lim, P.T., Kon, N.F., Usup, G., Gu, H. & Leaw C. P., 2019. Transcriptional and physiological responses to inorganic nutrition in a tropical Pacific strain of Alexandrium minutum: Implications for nutrient uptakes and assimilation. Gene. 711: 143950 (ISI-Indexed)

2018
  • Hernández-Becerril, Lau W.L.S., Hii K.S., Leaw C.P., Varona-Cordero F., Lim P.T. 2018. Abundance and distribution of the potentially toxic thecate dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamiyavanichii (Dinophyceae) in the Central Mexican Pacific, using the quantitative PCR method. Frontiers in Marine Science (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2017
  • Lau, W.L.S., Law, I.K., Liow, G.R., Hii, K.S., Usup, G., Lim, P.T., & Leaw, C.P., 2017. Life-history stages of natural bloom populations and the bloom dynamics of a tropical Asian ribotype of Alexandrium minutum. Harmful Algae 70, 52-63. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Kon, N. F., Lau, W. L. S., Hii, K. S., Law, I. K., Teng, S. T., Lim, H. C., Takahashi, K., Gu, H., Lim, P. T. and Leaw, C. P. (2017), Quantitative real-time PCR detection of a harmful unarmoured dinoflagellate, Karlodinium australe (Dinophyceae). Phycological Research. doi:10.1111/pre.12186 (ISI-Indexed)

2016
  • Hii, K.S., Lim, P.T., Kon, N.F., Takata, Y., Usup, G. (2016). Physiological and transcriptional responses to inorganic nutrition in a tropical Pacific strain of Alexandrium minutum: Implications for the saxitoxin genes and toxin production. Harmful Algae 56, 9-21. (ISI-Indexed)

2015
  • Kon, N.F., Teng, S.T., Hii, K.S.,Yek, L.H., Mujahid, A., Lim, H.C., Lim, P.T., Leaw, C.P. (2015). Spatial distribution of toxic Alexandrium tamiyavanichii (Dinophyceae) in the southeastern South China Sea-Sulu Sea: A molecular-based assessment using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay. Harmful Algae 50, 8-20. (ISI-Indexed)

2014
  • Lim, H.C., Leaw, C.P., Tan, T.H., Kon, N.F., Yek, L.H., Hii, K.S., Teng, S.T., Razali, R.M., Usup, G., Iwataki, M., Lim, P.T., (2014). A bloom of Karlodinium australe (Gymnodiniales, Dinophyceae) associated with mass mortality of cage-cultured fishes in West Johor Strait, Malaysia. Harmful Algae 40, 51-62. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Law, I. K., Hii, K. S., Takata, Y., Lim, P. T., Leaw C. P. (2014) Screening of O-carbomoyltransferase gene, A potential gene involved in the saxitoxin biosynthesis pathway of Alexandrium species (Dinophyceae). Malaysia Journal of Science 33 (2). (SCOPUS-Indexed)

2012
  • Yek, L.H., Hii, K.S., Tan, T.H., Lim, P.T. & Leaw, C.P. (2012). Rapid detection of toxic dinoflagellate, Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae) using whole-cell fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Malaysia Journal of Science. 32 (SCS Sp Issue): 65-80. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Kon, N.F., Hii, K.S., Tan, T. H., Yek, L.H., Lim, P.T. & Leaw C.P. (2012). First Record of marine dinoflagellate, Alexandrium tamutum (Dinophyceae) from Malaysia. Malaysia Journal of Science. 32 (SCS Sp Issue):81-88. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
Proceeding

2019
  • Hii KS, Law IK, Lau WLS, Lim ZF, Luo Z, Gu H, Leaw CP, Lim PT. (2019) Revealing the distribution and relative abundance of harmful algae species in the South China Sea using metagenomics analysis. 18th Proceeding of ICHA. Nantes, France. 

2018
  • Lee LK, Lim PT, Neo ML, Lim ZF, Hii KS,Lim HC, Gu H, Leaw CP. (2018) TABURAN, KEPADATAN DAN STRUKTUR GENETIK POPULASI DUA SPESIES KIMA (CARDIIDAE: Tridacna) DARI TAMAN LAUT PULAU PERHENTIAN. Proceeding Jabatan Taman Laut Malaysia (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)

2012
  • Hii, K.S., Lim, P.T., Tan, T.H. & Leaw, C.P. (2012). Characterization of the saxitoxin biosynthetic starting gene, sxtA in the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamiyavanichii. The Proceedings of the 12th Symposium of the Malaysia Society of Applied Biology, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, 1-3 June 2012. pp. 196-202. (Electronic Copy). (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
  • Hii, K.S., Tan, T.H., Chai, H.C., Leaw, C.P., Along, N.Z., Lim, P.T. (2012). Occurrence of three Alexandrium species, A. affine, A. tamutum and A. tamiyavanichii kuching waters. The proccedings of 4th Regional Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics (NTrop4), Kuching, 19-20 September 2012. pp. 165-171. (Electronic Copy) (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
  • Tan, T.H., Leaw, C.P., Hii, K.S. & Lim, P.T. (2012). Morphology of two Harmful Procentrum (Dinophyceae) from Malaysian Bornea. The Proceedings of the 12th Symposium of the Malaysia Society of Applied Biology, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, 1-3 June 2012. pp. 294-300. (Electronic Copy). (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
Extended Abstract

2018
  • Lee LK, Lim PT, Neo ML, LIm ZF, Hii KS, Lim HC, Gu H, Leaw CP. (2018) Distribution and population structure of two giant clam species (Cardiidae: Tridacna) of Perhentian Islands Marine Park, Malaysia. 4th Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium. Cebu City, Philippines. (Non-ISI/Non-SCOPUS)
Article in Non-Refereed Journals

2018
  • Lim HC, Teng ST, Hii KS, Leaw CP, Lim PT. (2018) SEAFDEC-MFRD Regional Training Course on Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Studies. Harmful Algae News. 61, 22-23. 

AREAS OF RESEARCH
(Project title), (Role), (From)-(Until), (Level), (Source).


  • Genetic Diversity of Coral Symbionts in Selected Scleractinian Corals at the Fringing Reefs of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Consultant, 2019 - 2021, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), (National)
  • Revealing the Genetic Connectivity of Endangered Giant Clams Tridacna (Cardiidae) in Malaysia for Transboundary Conservation, Consultant, 2019 - 2021, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), (National)
  • Mechanisms Of Red Tides And Hypoxia As Ecological Marine Disasters And Technologies For Its Early Warning Along The Malaysian Waters, With Emphasis On Johor Strait, Consultant, 2018 - 2021, International Funding, (International)
  • Mechanisms Of Red Tides And Hypoxia As Ecological Marine Disasters And Technologies For Its Early Warning Along The Malaysian Waters, With Emphasis On Johor Strait, Consultant, 2018 - 2021, International Funding, (International)
  • Ensuring Seafood Safety And Biosecurity Through Sustainable Mariculture And Fisheries, Consultant, 2018 - 2020, RU Geran, (National)
  • Investigating The Coral Resilience In Perhentian Island Based On The Diversity Of Zooxanthellae Symbiodium Species (dinophyceae), Consultant, 2018 - 2019, Government Agency, (National)
  • Assessing Plankton Composition Shift In Sungai Geting, Tumpat In Relation To Harmful Algal Blooms Using Metagenomics, Principal Investigator(PI), 2018 - 2019, RU Geran, (National)
  • Distribution Of Toxic Dinoflagellate In East And West Coast Of Peninsular Malaysian Waters, Principal Investigator(PI), 2017 - 2018, RU Geran, (National)
  • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of harmful algal blooms (HABs) species in ships ballast water using molecular tools, Others, 2012 - 2013, ScienceFund, (National)
  • Development of species specific microsatellite markers for species characterization Pseudo-nitzschia species, Others, 2009 - 2011, ScienceFund, (National)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
(Name of Award), (Awarding Institution), (Year Awarded), (Level).


  • [Travel Support]: by Jfit-Unesco. Ioc/Westpac 9th International Scientific Symposium. Sheraton Hotel, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. (2014) , by Jfit-Unesco. Ioc/Westpac 9th International Scientific Symposium., 2014, (International)
  • Best Oral Presenter, Bioinformatics. 12th Symposium of The Malaysia Society of Applied Biology 2012, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, 1-3 June 2012., 12th Symposium of The Malaysia Society of Applied Biology 2012, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, 2012, (National)

PRESENTATIONS
(Title), (Event), (Date Presented), (Organiser), (Level).


ORAL
  • Characterization and analysis of the paralytic shellfish toxin biosynthetic gene encoding an O-carbomoyltransferase in marine dinoflagelltes (Dinophyceae). , 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress (MGC9), 2011-09-28 to 2011-10-30, University Malaysia Sarawak, (National)
  • Discovery of ammonium transporter in marine dinoflagellate based on whole-genome sequences. , International conference on sustainable development of tropical coastal zones, 2013-09-05 to 2013-09-06, MOSTI, UPM, (International)
  • Analysis of a putative saxitoxin biosynthetic gene, sxtI of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae). , IOC/WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium, 2014-04-22 to 2014-04-25, IOC/WESTPAC, (International)
  • Influences of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorous on the transcriptional levels of nutrient transporters and genes in a tropical Pacific strain of Alexandrium minutum (Dinophyceae). , The Third Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences, Xiamen, China, 2017-01-09 to 2017-01-11, Xiamen University, (International)
  • Transcriptional responses of saxitoxin and nutrients genes in a tropical Pacific strain of Alexandrium minutum to excessive nitrate and ammonium concentrations , 10th WESTPAC International Scientific Conference, Advancing Ocean Knowledge, Fostering Sustainable Development From the Indo-Pacific to the Globe., 2017-04-17 to 2017-04-20, WESTPAC , (International)
  • Abundance and distribution of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamiyavanichii in the central Mexican Pacific, 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae, 2018-10-21 to 2018-10-26, ISSHA, (International)
  • The role of nutrient-related genes in understanding the saxitoxin production of Alexandrium minutum, 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae, 2018-10-21 to 2018-10-26, ISSHA, (International)
POSTER
  • Phylogeny of toxic dinoflagellates, Alexandrium (dinophyceae) based on ITS2 transcripts. , 2nd Conference for Regional Cooperation in Ocean and Earth Science Research In the South China Sea, 2012-10-22 to 2012-10-26, University Malaya, (National)
  • Revealing the distribution and relative abundance of harmful algae species in South China Sea using metagenomic analysis, 18th International Conference on Harmful Algae, 2018-10-21 to 2018-10-26, ISSHA, (International)
  • Wide distribution of benthic diatom, Nitzschia navis-varingica (Bacillariophyceae) at mangrove forests along the strait of Malacca., 18th International conference on Harmful Algae, 2018-10-21 to 2018-10-26, ISSHA, (International)