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Assistant Professor Dr Tan Yong Hui

Head of Department, Biotechnology | Department of Biotechnology

Academic Qualifications

MSc Biotechnology
BSc (Hons) Biotechnology

Areas of Interest
Neurite stimulative and neuroprotection of mushroom extracts
Oil degarding of kapok fiber
Dye decoloarisation properties of mushroom enzyme
Market survey of purchse intention of products
Sensory analysis and food product development
Professional Affiliation

  1. Member of International Society for Mushroom Science (ISMS)
  2. Member of Mushroom Association of Malaysia


  1. Name of grants: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    Project Title: Molecular characterization of CRISPR-Cas elements in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and its potential role for early diagnosis of breast infections caused by MRSA
    Code: FRGS/1/2021/STG01/UCSI/03/1
    Duration: 36 MONTHS
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 166,000
    Status: SECURED
  2. Name of grants: REIG Grant
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Transcriptomic Analysis of multidrug resistant Escherichia coli pMG309 strain treated with peppermint essential oil
    Code: REIG-FAS-2020/043
    Duration: 24 MONTHS
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 50,000
    ​Status: SECURED
  3. Name of grants: PSIF Grant
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Neuritogenic and neuroprotective properties of mushrooms
    Code: PROJ-IN-FAS043
    Duration: 24 MONTHS
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 25,000
    ​Status: SECURED

Current Research Project

  1. Cell migration properties of Fish Biomaterials
  2. Neurite stimulative and cytoprotective properties of Lignosus rhinocerotis
  3. CRISPR-cas element from S.aureus
  4. Dye decolorisation capacity of different macrofungi


  1. Kong AS, Maran S, Yap PXS, Lim SHE, Yang SK, Cheng WH, Tan YH, Lai KS, 2022. Anti- and Pro-Oxidant Properties of Essential Oils against Antimicrobial Resistance. Antioxidants. 11(9): 1819. 
  2. Tan YH, Lim CSW, Wong KH, Sabaratnam, V. Cytoprotective Effects of the Tiger’s Milk Mushroom Lignosus rhinocerotis (Agaricomycetes) Sclerotia Against Oxidative Stress in PC12 Cells. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. 24, (12), p1-17.
  3. Cheah YET, Yam HC, Nwabueze, Tan YH, 2022. Identification of Bacteria Contamination in APRE-19 cell culture using 18S rRNA Amplicon Sequencing. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. 24 (3), p54 – 58.
  4. Tan YH, Lim CSY, Wong KH, Sabaratnam V, 2021. Neuritin Protein is Positively Correlated to Neurite Outgrowth Induced by Tiger Milk Mushroom Lignosus rhinocerotis (Agaricomycetes) in PC12 Cells an In Vitro Model. International journal of medicinal mushroom, 23(6), 1-11. (Impact factor: 1.423).
  5. Tan Y H, Chan E W C, Hii S L, Woo K K (2018). Behavioral properties of Acinetobacter species in degrading oil. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. 21 (3), p72 – 76. (Impact Factor: 0.120)
  6. Tan Y H, Soekwanto J, Tan W K, Lim C S Y, Yim H S (2018). Antioxidant capacity and protein content of Pleurotus djamor cultivated on rice husk. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 21 (1), p9-13. (Impact Factor: 0.120)
  7. Eunice CYT, Yam HC, Okechukwu PN, Tan YH (2021). Identification of bacteria contamination in APRE-19 cell culture using 16SrRNA amplicon sequencing. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 3, 54-58.
  8. Khoo H S, Ismail N, Logis J, Tan W K, Woo K K, Lim C S Y, Tan Y H (2019). Charaterisation and decolorization capacity of laccase from Termitomyces heimii. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. 22 (1), p110 – 117. (Impact Factor: 0.120)
  9. Chan EWC, Wong CW, Tan YH, Foo JPY, Wong SK and Chan HT (2019). Resveratrol and pterostibene: A comparative overview of their chemistry, biosynthesis, plant sources and pharmacological properties. Journal of Applied pharmaceutical science. 9(07), p124-129. (Impact factor: 0.620

Conference Proceedings

  1. Khoo, H. S., Tan, Y.H. & Woo, K. K. (2013). Laccase Enzyme from Mushroom. Paper presented at The 24th Intervarsity Biochemistry Seminar, Taylor University, Malaysia, (pp.32 )
  2. Soekwanto, J., Tan, Y. H. & Yim, H.S. (2012, August). Quantification of DPPH radical scavenging activity, total phenolic and protein contents of cultivated pink oyster mushroom (Pleurotus salmoneostramineus) on different rice husk percentages. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 18th Congress of the International Society for Mushroom Science (China), Beijing (pp. 642-646)
  3. Tan, Y.H, Hii, S.L. & Woo, K.K. (2007) Isolation and characterization of isolated oil degrading bacteria. Abstract presented at 32nd Annual conference of the Malaysian society for biochemistry and molecular biology (Malaysia)
  4. Tan, Y.H, Hii, S.L. & Woo, K.K. (2007). Isolation and characterization of locally isolated oil degrading bacteria. Paper presented at 12th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress, Malaysia, 17-19 December 2007 (pp. 222) 


  1. IBRO-APRC-BHU 2022, Vanarasi India. Abstract title: “Effect of fish collagen on pheochromocytoma cell (PC12) viability and average neurite lengths”. Oral presenter. 
  2. Neuro 2022, Okinawa Japan. Abstract title: “Cytoprotection properties of Lignosus rhinocerotis (Cooke) Ryvarden extract”. Poster presenter.
  3. Malaysia Anatomical Association Conference 2019, Marina Putrajaya, Malaysia. Abstract title “Neuritin abudance in PC12 pheochromocytoma cells upon medicinal mushroom Lignosus rhinocerotis (Cooke) Ryvarden extract treatment”. Oral presenter.
  4. 11th International Mycological Congress “Mycological discoveries for a better world” 2018 San Juan Purto Rico. Abstract title “Investigation of neurite stimulatory properties of Hericium erinaceus”. Poster presenter.
  5. CDB Symposium 2018 “Dynamic homeostasis: From Development to Aging”, RIKEN CDB Kobe, Japan. Abstract title “Pros and cons of neuritin gene regulation”. Poster presenter.

Awards and Recognitions

  1. Travel award to attend “43rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society 2020”, Japan.
  2. Bursary award to attend “Molecular Neurodegeneration” advanced course in Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge UK, 2-6 December 2019. (900 pound)
  3. Travel award from International Mushroom Association to attend International Mushroom Congress in San Juan Purto Rico 2018. (USD 3000)
  4. Scholarship to Protein Workshop in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on 28 Oct to 1 Nov 2013

Networks and Collaborations on Research

  1. International Society for Mushroom Science, Life Member
  2. International Society of Neurochemistry
  3. Asia Pacific Society of Neurochemistry

Contributions to Society

  1. Local Organizing committee for MyNeuro2017 in Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Technical Team for the virtual 4th International Conference on Molecular Biology &Biotechnology (ICMBB2021) 
  2. Reviewer to journals
  3. Instructor for Scientific English short course 2021
  4. Club Advisor for UCSI Wushu Club 2011
  5. Committee member for UCSI Food Fair 2010 (Sponsor team)
  6. Committee member for UCSI Food Fair 2011 (Logistic)
  7. ASW 2012 (Charity)
  8. ASW 2013 (Charity)