Dr Lau Yee Ling is at present an Associate Professor in the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine at University of Malaya (UM). She started her academic career as a junior lecturer at Monash University Sunway Campus while waiting for her PhD viva in 2008. During her time as a lecturer in Monash University, she was awarded two Monash University Research Grants in which she was able to continue her research in the field of molecular parasitology. She then returned to her alma mater as a Senior Lecturer in 2009. She was awarded tenure in 2010 and promotion to associate professor in 2013.
Dr Lau’s scientific career has been dedicated to the study of protozoan parasites, including Plasmodium knowlesi and Toxoplasma gondii, the causative agents of malaria and toxoplasmosis respectively. These parasitic diseases exact enormous social and economic burdens. Her research interest mainly focuses on using molecular methods for the detection and characterization of the parasites infecting humans and animals. She has collaborated with other local and international researchers, leading to publication of more than 142 ISI journals, with total citations index of 1467 and H-index of 19. This research excellence has enabled her to acquire and be a part of many research grants, i.e., High Impact Research Grant, University of Malaya Research Grant, FRGS, E-science, LRGS and others, with her cumulative research funding amounting to at least RM5 million. These were followed by several intellectual property rights under her belt. Since 2009, 14 Masters and 18 PhD students completed their studies with success under her guidance. Currently, they are 10 postgraduate students under her supervision. Her students are competent in conducting good research in diverse fields of molecular biology and parasitology, following the footsteps of their supervisor.
Due to her experience in grant management, she had held several administrative posts such as the Head of Grant Management Unit and Head of Research Management Center, besides being a committee member in evaluating applications for FRGS, UMRG and the Science Fund in University of Malaya. Through her contribution to the field of science, she is a reviewer for a number of international journals such as PLosOne, Parasites & Vectors, Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, International Journal of Tropical Disease & Health and others. Currently, she is also the Editor-in-Chief for the SCOPUS-indexed-Journal of Health and Translational Medicine (JUMMEC) for University of Malaya and ISI-indexed-Journal, Tropical Biomedicine of Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM). She is acknowledged as an experienced researcher in the field of molecular biology and has been providing consultative services locally and internationally. Currently, Yee Ling is an active council member of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine and the President of Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSMBB).
When organizing a class, she makes sure that she incorporates the latest material. Her teaching is entertaining. She made lecture easy to understand and used news articles to show the day-to-day importance of the subject. She prepares lectures for her audience, incorporating clinical relevance and laboratory tips for better understanding. Due to her enthusiasm in teaching, she has volunteered to be the PBL Phase II coordinator and have been continuing to be the coordinator for several years. Recently, she has been actively participating in organizing PBL training workshops for UMMP program.