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Assistant Professor Dr Michelle Soo Oi Yoon

Deputy Dean | Department of Biotechnology

Academic Qualifications

PhD Fish Parasitology & Molecular Biology
BSc Ecology & Biodiversity

Areas of Interest
Environmental Biotechnology (Bioremediation)
Material Science

  1. Name of grant: FRGS
    Funder: MOE
    Project Title: Interaction of Acinetobactor venetianus and Cycloclasticus pugetii with acetylated Kapok cotton fibres and their ability to degrade crude oil.
    Code: FRGS/1/2019/STG05/UCSI/03/1
    Duration: 2 years 8 months
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Amount: RM 127,800
    Status: On-going
  2. Name of grant: PSIF
    Funder: UCSI
    Project Title: Seaweeds as microhabitats to faunal invertebrates: An association Study
    Code: Proj-In-FAS-060
    Duration: 1 Dec 2018 - 1 Dec 2020
    Role: Co PI
    Amount: RM 25,000
    Status: On-going

Current Research Project

  1. Formulation of monolith from kapok fibres for oil remediation
  2. Formulation of PCTBs (porous cellulose triacetate beads) from kapok fibres for oil remediation
  3. Solid state catalysts for the optimisation of kapok fibres in oil spill absorption
  4. Documentation of land planarians from Malaysia


  1. Zachariah, JA, Ispal, MR & Soo OYM (2021). Analysis of copper removal using different seafood wastes by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). AsPac J. Mol. Biol. Biotechnol. Vol. 29 (2): 1-7
  2. Soo OYM & Tan WB (2021). Hamatopeduncularia Yamaguti, 1953 (Monogenea: Ancylodiscoididae) from catfish off Peninsular Malaysia: Description of two new species and insights on the genus. Parasitology International, 81 (2021) 102282
  3. Chan EWC, Soo OYM, Tan YH, Wong SK and Chan HT (2020) Nobiletin and tangeretin (citrus polymethoxyflavones): an overview on their chemistry, pharmacology and cytotoxic activities against breast cancer. Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences, 29 (7), 443-454.
  4. Soo OYM (2018) A new species of Haliotrema (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalidae (sensu lato) Bychowsky & Nagibina, 1968) from holocentrids off Langkawi Island, Malaysia with notes on the phylogeny of related Haliotrema species. Parasitology International 68 (1),  Impact factor: 2.055
  5. Khang TF, Soo OYM, Tan WB and Lim LHS (2015) Monogenean anchor morphometry: Systematic value, phylogenetic signal and evolution. PeerJ 4, Impact factor: 2.2
  6. Soo OYM and Lim LHS (2015) A description of two new species of Ligophorus Euzet & Suriano, 1977 (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalidae) from Malaysian mugilid fish using principal component analysis and numerical taxonomy. Journal of Helminthology, 89 (2): 131-149. Impact factor: 1.421
  7. Soo OYM, Tan WB and Lim LHS (2015) Three new species of Ligophorus Euzet & Suriano, 1977 (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalidae) from Moolgarda buchanani (Bleeker) off Johor, Malaysia based on morphological, morphometric and molecular data. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 63: 49-65. Impact factor: 0.927
  8. Soo OYM and Lim LHS (2012) Eight new species of Ligophorus Euzet & Suriano, 1977 (Monogenea: Ancyrocephalidae) from mugilids off Peninsular Malaysia. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 60 (2): 241-264. Impact factor: 1.19


  1. 4th ICMBB 2021, 1-3 June 2021,Organiser: MSMBB Oral and Poster presentation. Oral Presentation Title: Immobilisation of oil degrading bacteria on cellulose triacetate beads formed from Kapok fibres and their role in oil spill remediation. Poster title: Modification of Kapok fibres into porous beads for marine oil spill remediation efforts.
  2. World Conference in Marine Biodiversity (2020) Poster Presentation, 13-16 Dec 2020, Organiser: University of Auckland, New Zealand Poster title: Monogenean anchor morphometry: systematic value, phylogenetic signal, and evolution.
  3. STEM in a Disruptive Environment, NUS Singapore, 23-24 May 2019, Organiser: Faculty of Science, NUS

Award and Recognition

  1. Silver Medal (Category: Biotechnology), 32nd International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition, Malaysia (ITEX 2021) for the invention Oil Remover Raft (OR2).
  2. PEW Funding Award by World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2020.

Networks and Collaborations on Research

  1. CORAA (Centre for Research in Advanced Aquaculture (Co-Chair)
  2. IMBER-UCSI Partnership