Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL DETAILS
BIOGRAPHY

Professor Dr. Chua Kek Heng is a senior professor and the Head of the Department of Biomedical Science (2014-2016; 2021-2023), Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Prof Chua's research areas include various disease polymorphism studies, mutation investigation studies, characterization of bacterial virulence factors, and diagnostic kit development.

Professor Chua has attained outstanding achievements in terms of publications, intellectual property rights, and patents. His commitment and relentless hard work have led to more than 200 original publications. His contributions in science and technology are not only limited to novel scientific innovations but also allow further understanding between human disease and its association with various genetic factors and microorganisms. Professor Chua is an outstanding scientist, however, he does not only concentrate on his own achievements but he “builds” leaders. He makes it his duty to prepare and train his younger staff, colleagues, and students to excel in biological research.

In terms of social impact, Professor Chua’s commitment to the study of genotyping of diseases has resulted in the successful mapping of important disease predisposing markers for systemic lupus erythematosus, Crohn’s disease, and retinopathy in the Malaysian population. The frequencies and distributions of those polymorphisms or mutations in the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia are vital in disease development prediction and allow early preventive measures. One of his studies has led to a high-impact publication, Nature Genetics in 2016. Apart from fundamental studies, some of his research has also been translated into applied detection platforms. These innovative approaches, tests, and kits allow more cost-effective, rapid, sensitive, and specific detection and confirmation of human diseases and microbial infections. His efforts have been recognized at the national and international levels as he currently holds more than 1500 intellectual properties which include national and international patents, trademarks, and copyrights. PlasmoNex- a diagnostic kit for malaria was developed by Professor Chua. It has been successfully commercialized in 2011. The kit is the world’s first PCR-based malaria detection system that can detect all 5 different species of plasmodium (malaria parasites) in a cocktail assay.

Professor Chua has contributed much to the transfer of scientific knowledge in his capacity as a national committee/panel member for the evaluation of numerous grants/projects, namely Science Fund, FRGS, UMRG, PPP, and ERGS. He is also actively involved in organizing national/international workshops to introduce up-to-date technologies to young Malaysian researchers and to train young scientists in molecular “bench” skills. To date, he has delivered more than a hundred presentations in various seminars, expositions, and conferences. At the international level, he has been a reviewer for many ISI (WOS) publications. External reviewer for International grants in his field and moderator/ advisor for many teaching institutions.

Professor Chua has also frequently been selected to represent the University of Malaya in various major national and international exhibitions/competitions such as Bio-Malaysia, International Invention, Innovation, and Technology Exhibition (ITEX), International Exposition of Research and Invention of Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA), Nuremberg International Invention Fair (IENA), Germany, Biotechnology Asia Expo, International Exhibition of Inventions, New Technology & Products, Geneva, Switzerland and the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF), Korea. To date, he has been awarded more than 100 prestigious national and international awards not limited to Biotechnology Asia Award 2005, Best Invention in Biotechnology Award 2006, USA INPEX Grand Prix Award 2008, Excellent Scientist Malaysia in 2005 by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, National Intellectual Property Award 2013, World Halal Excellent Innovation Award 2013, Top Research Scientist Malaysia 2017 for his perseverance in research and excellent research innovations. Apart from that, he has also been awarded several times of excellent service awards, Excellent lecturer award in 2014, and Best lecturer for Biomedical Science teaching 2017 for his contributions to academic service and teaching at the University of Malaya. With his contributions, he has the distinct honor of having been featured in the "Successful People in Malaysia" (2019) by British Publishing House Ltd and who's who in civil service Malaysia (2021).

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
(Role),(Level),(Duration)
  • Head of Department, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 03/03/2021 to present
  • Penal Kenaikan Pangkat, Faculty, 01/12/2019 to present
  • Jawatankuasa Pemeriksa bagi Ijazaah Sarjana Sains Perubatan, Faculty, 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020
  • AJK untuk Tabung UMSC, Faculty, 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020
  • AHLI JAWATANKUASA PENILAI HARTA INTELEK UNIVERSITI MALAYA, University Malaya, 01/07/2018 to 30/06/2020
  • AJK Penilai Geran Fakulti, Faculty, 22/07/2019 to 22/08/2019
  • Penal FRGS Institute, University Malaya, 08/07/2019 to 08/08/2019
  • Penal FRGS FOM, Faculty, 16/04/2019 to 30/04/2019
  • Penal Reviewer for IIRG, University Malaya, 07/03/2019 to 31/08/2019
  • Jawatankuasa kajisemula kurikulum, Faculty, 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2019
  • Jawatankuasa Rayuan Fakulti, Faculty, 08/11/2017 to 31/12/2019
  • Reviewer, National, 20/12/2018 to 20/12/2018
  • PANEL PEMANTAUAN DAN PENILAIAN FRONTIER RESEARCH GRANT, University Malaya, 05/09/2018 to 05/09/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 20/07/2018 to 20/07/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 11/06/2018 to 11/06/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 10/05/2018 to 10/05/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 29/04/2018 to 03/05/2018
  • National penal for FRGS evaluation, National, 23/04/2018 to 27/04/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 23/04/2018 to 23/04/2018
  • Penal for BKP fund, Faculty, 28/03/2018 to 30/03/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 16/03/2018 to 16/03/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 15/03/2018 to 15/03/2018
  • COORDINATOR, Faculty, 28/02/2018 to 31/12/2018
  • Panel Committee for UMRG monitoring and evaluation, University Malaya, 12/02/2018 to 12/02/2018
  • PANEL COMMITTEE FOR UMRG MONITORING AND EVALUATION, University Malaya, 12/02/2018 to 12/02/2018
  • Penal Committee for FRGS evaluation (UNIVERSITY), University Malaya, 01/02/2018 to 30/04/2018
  • Jawatankuasa ijazah dasar, Faculty, 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018
  • AHLI JAWATANKUASA PENILAI HARTA INTELEK UNIVERSITI MALAYA, University Malaya, 01/05/2016 to 31/05/2018
  • Expert penal - intellectual property review, University Malaya, 01/05/2016 to 31/05/2018
  • Advisor - I2U diagnostic accelerator, University Malaya, 26/02/2016 to 25/02/2018
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 09/10/2017 to 09/10/2017
  • Technical evaluator -equipment in I2U building, University Malaya, 05/10/2016 to 04/10/2017
  • Head of Department, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 01/08/2014 to 31/07/2016
  • Committee member for International student selection, Faculty, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Committee member- appeal cases, Faculty, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Expert Penal- BKP, University Malaya, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Expert penal -Science Fund, University Malaya, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Committee member for first degree student intake, Faculty, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Head of Department, University Malaya, 01/08/2014 to 31/07/2016
  • PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, Faculty, 01/08/2014 to 30/06/2016
  • Committee member for JKITJ, Faculty, 01/08/2014 to 30/06/2016
  • Exam committee member(Biomedical Science), Faculty, 01/08/2014 to 30/06/2016
  • Committee member for JKITF, Faculty, 01/08/2014 to 01/06/2016
  • Penal Committee for TRGS, University Malaya, 29/09/2015 to 29/09/2015
  • Organizing committee for PECIPTA 15, National, 01/06/2015 to 09/12/2015
  • Penal Committee for Intellectual Property, University Malaya, 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015
  • Penal Committee for UMRG, University Malaya, 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015
  • committee member for curriculum Review, Faculty, 01/08/2014 to 01/12/2015
  • Acting Head of Department, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 01/07/2014 to 31/07/2014
  • Acting Head of Department, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 01/02/2014 to 30/06/2014
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, University Malaya, 01/07/2014 to 31/07/2014
  • Asasi intake- Interviewer, University Malaya, 14/03/2014 to 15/08/2014
  • First degree intake- Interviewer, Faculty, 14/03/2014 to 15/08/2014
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, University Malaya, 01/02/2014 to 30/06/2014
  • ScienceFund- evaluation committee , University Malaya, 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
  • Course coordinator MTEB 2108: Principles of Molecular Biology, Faculty, 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
  • PPP-evaluation committee, University Malaya, 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
  • FRGS evaluation committee, University Malaya, 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
  • BPK-evaluation committee, University Malaya, 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, University Malaya, 26/12/2013 to 06/01/2014
  • Course coordinator MTEB 4401: DNA cloning , Faculty, 25/10/2013 to 14/01/2014
  • JKITF- Department representative, Faculty, 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2014
  • JKITJ coordinator, Faculty, 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2014
  • Reasearch Penal- HTM, University Malaya, 29/05/2014 to 31/12/2013
  • Acting Head of Department, Faculty, 01/11/2013 to 06/11/2013
  • Acting Dean- Research Cluster HTM, University Malaya, 28/10/2013 to 01/11/2013
  • Penal for PPP and BPK, University Malaya, 30/09/2013 to 31/12/2013
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 02/07/2013 to 02/07/2013
  • Penal- first degree intake, University Malaya, 06/05/2013 to 31/12/2013
  • HEAD OF UNIT, University Malaya, 01/02/2013 to 31/12/2013
  • ACTING HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, Faculty, 28/01/2013 to 31/01/2013
  • Course coordinator MTEB 2401/MBEB 2108, Faculty, 16/01/2013 to 16/03/2013
  • JKITJ coordinator, University Malaya, 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013
  • HEAD COORDINATOR, Faculty, 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2013
  • course coordinator- Principles of Molecular Biology, Faculty, 01/02/2012 to 01/04/2013
  • Pricing evaluation committee: FPLC, University Malaya, 12/02/2012 to 12/02/2012
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 08/02/2012 to 10/02/2012
  • course coordinator- Immunology, Faculty, 01/02/2012 to 01/04/2012
  • Bright Sparks- Representative (Faculty of Medicine), University Malaya, 01/10/2009 to 30/09/2012
  • Technical review committee- Purchase of a thermal cycler (M.M05/2011/11/413), University Malaya, 30/11/2011 to 30/11/2011
  • Evaluation committee, University Malaya, 17/11/2011 to 17/11/2011
  • Technical review committee - 1 unit Real time PCR machine, University Malaya, 08/09/2011 to 08/09/2011
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 29/06/2011 to 30/06/2011
  • Pricing and Tehcnical evaluation committee, Faculty, 01/05/2011 to 30/06/2011
  • Invigilator for various courses, Faculty, 01/01/2003 to 31/12/2011
  • Ating program coordinator, Faculty, 14/10/2010 to 14/10/2010
  • Tender committee, Faculty, 26/08/2010 to 26/08/2010
  • Acting Program coordinator, Faculty, 26/08/2010 to 30/08/2010
  • Pricing review committee, Faculty, 16/04/2010 to 16/04/2010
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 09/04/2010 to 15/04/2010
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 24/12/2009 to 24/12/2009
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 21/12/2009 to 21/12/2009
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 11/12/2009 to 11/12/2009
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 30/11/2009 to 30/12/2009
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 16/10/2009 to 16/10/2009
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 16/10/2009 to 16/10/2009
  • Pricing evaluation committee- thermal cycler, Faculty, 15/06/2009 to 15/06/2009
  • Course coordinatior: laboratory Mathematics, Faculty, 01/01/2009 to 31/12/2009
  • Course coordinatior: Principles of Molecular Biology, Faculty, 01/01/2009 to 31/12/2009
  • Course coordinatior: Basic Immunology, Faculty, 01/01/2009 to 31/12/2009
  • HEAD COORDINATOR, Faculty, 01/05/2008 to 01/08/2008
  • Technical review committee for purchase of high computing system, Faculty, 27/09/2007 to 25/04/2008
  • Course Coordinator for Basic Immunology (MTEB 2204) , Faculty, 15/06/2004 to 31/12/2008
  • Asset condemn committee member , Faculty, 28/01/2004 to 31/12/2008
  • Review committee for a few postgraduate applications , Faculty, 01/01/2004 to 31/12/2008
  • Technical review committee for purchase of Gel documentary system, Faculty, 16/08/2007 to 16/09/2007
  • Technical review committee for purchase Real-Time PCR Thermalcyaler., Faculty, 16/08/2007 to 16/09/2007
  • Acting program coordinator, Faculty, 03/07/2006 to 03/07/2006
  • Course Coordinator: Diagnostic Clinical Chemistry (MTEB 1304) , Faculty, 15/06/2004 to 29/05/2006
  • Course Coordinatorfor Analytical Chemistry (MTEB 1303) , Faculty, 15/06/2004 to 29/05/2005
  • Course Coordinator for Current Topics in Biomedical Sciences (MTEB 3303) , Faculty, 13/11/2003 to 19/02/2004
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
(Qualification),(Field),(Institution),(Year)
  • PhD(2003) (UM), BIOTECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITI MALAYA (UM)
  • MSc(1999) (UM), VIROLOGI(VIROLOGI), UNIVERSITI MALAYA (UM)
  • BSC(1996) (UM), MIKROBIOLOGI(MIKROBIOLOGI), UNIVERSITI MALAYA (UM)
MEMBERSHIPS
(Organisation),(Role),(Duration),(Level)
  • Penal Examiner (Segi), Committee Members, 2019 to 2021 (National)
  • External Examiner Segi, Others, 2019 to 2021 (University)
  • (External Examiner) Segi, Academic Advisor, 2019 to 2021 (National)
  • Penal Assessor for academic promotion exercise (USM), Committee Member, 2019 to 2019 (National)
  • UM, Examiner, 2019 to 2019 (University)
  • Penal Assessor for academic promotion exercise (UNIMAS), Committee Member, 2019 to 2019 (National)
  • Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Ordinary Member, 2018 to 2019 (University)
  • Ministry of Education (National Penal FRGS), Committee Member, 2018 to 2019 (National)
  • Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, Reviewer, 2018 to 2018 (National)
  • MSPTM, Reviewer, 2018 to 2018 (National)
  • Majlis Professor Malaysia, Committee Members, 2017 to 2018 (National)
SPECIALIZATION
(Area)
Area of Expertise
  • DIAGNOSTICS (Kit design)
  • GENE PROBES (Probe design)
  • IMMUNOGENETICS (Immunology)
  • TRANSGENIC PLANT (Biotechnology)
  • Molecular Genetics (Molecular Biology)
  • TRANSGENIC STUDIES (Transgenic)
  • BACTERIOLOGY (Microbiology)
  • BACTERIOLOGY (bacteria)
  • Research Interest
  • Characterization and Virulence Gene Screening in Various Types of Bacteria (Virulence Gene)
  • SNP and Mutation Screening of Human Genetic Diseases (Screening)
  • Epitope/Mimotope Mapping and scFv Synthesis through Phage Display and Biopanning (Phage display)
  • Production of Pharmaceutical Product in Transgenic Plants (Transgenic Plants)
  • TEACHING
    (Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Academic Session)
    Teaching
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2009/2010 - 1 3 )
  • MTEB2401 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (B), First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2009/2010 - 2 )
  • MTEB2404 - Diagnostic Clinical Chemistry I, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 2 )
  • MTEB1304 - LABORATORY MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2009/2010 - 3 )
  • MBEB2108 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2010/2011 - 2 )
  • MBBS - PBL, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - 2 )
  • MBEB2108 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2012/2013 - 1 )
  • Master of Oncology, Post Graduate, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - 1 )
  • MBEB2108 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2013/2014 - 2 )
  • MBEB4401 - DNA CLONING TECHNIQUES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2013/2014 - 1 )
  • MBEB4401 - DNA CLONING TECHNIQUES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2014/2015 - 1 )
  • MBEB2108 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, First Degree (2014/2015 - 2 )
  • MBEB2108 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2015/2016 - 2 )
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2008/2009 - 1 3 )
  • MBEB1103 - CELL BIOLOGY AND INTRODUCTORY GENETICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2010/2011 - 1 )
  • MTEB2204 - BASIC IMMUNOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2008/2009 - )
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2010/2011 - 1 3 )
  • MTEB1102 - INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY 11, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - 2 )
  • MTEB2202 - CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR GENETICS (B), First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2010/2011 - 1 )
  • MTEB1304 - LABORATORY MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - 2 )
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - 3 )
  • MTEB2204 - Basic immunology, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2007/2008 - 1 )
  • SBBS2201 - Instrumentation I (Bridging Program), Diploma (If Applicable), UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 1 )
  • MTEB1102 - INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY 11, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 2 )
  • DMLT2031 - Immunology, Diploma (If Applicable), UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 1 )
  • MKEB2404 - COURSE IN DIAGNOSTIC CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 1 (B), First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 2 )
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2006/2007 - 3 )
  • MIX2001 - APPLICATIONS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2017/2018 - )
  • MTEB1304 - LABORATORY MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2006/2007 - 2 )
  • MKEB2404 - COURSE IN DIAGNOSTIC CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 1 (B), First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2003/2004 - 2 )
  • MTEB1102 - INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY 11, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2003/2004 - 2 )
  • MTEB3303 - CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2003/2004 - 2 )
  • MTEB1304 - LABORATORY MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 3 )
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 3 )
  • MTEB1304 - LABORATORY MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 3 )
  • MTEB1102 - INTRODUCTORY BIOCHEMISTRY II, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 2 )
  • DMLT2301 - IMMUNOLOGY, Diploma (If Applicable), UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 3 )
  • MTEB1303 - ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 3 )
  • MTEB2401 - PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (B), First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 2 )
  • MTEB3303 - CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 2 )
  • MTEB2204 - BASIC IMMUNOLOGY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 1 )
  • MTEB2180 - RESEARCH PROJECT IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 3 )
  • MTEB1303 - ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY, First Degree, UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2005/2006 - 3 )
  • SBBS2202 - Instrumentation II (Bridging Program), Diploma (If Applicable), UNIVERSITY MALAYA (2004/2005 - 1 )