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Assistant Professor Ts Dr Loh Jiun Yan

Assistant Professor | Department of Biotechnology
Manager. Global Rankings and Internal Audit

Academic Qualifications

PhD Aquatic Studies & Aquaculture
PGDTT
MSc Biotechnology/Animal Nutrition
BASc Fisheries Science
Dip Fisheries

Areas of Interest
Aquaculture: Development of functional feeds (e.g. probiotics, prebiotics and immunostimulants) and alternative source of protein (insect meal/underutilised crop)for aquafarming; Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) design and aquaculture engineering.
Environmental Bioremediation and Toxicology: Application of biotechnological methods in waste water treatment; Environmental impact assessment in aquatic environment.
Environmental Microbiology: Isolation and characterization of novel microorganisms for industrial purposes.
Research

Research Grants

  1. Name of grant: Research Consortium Grant
    Funder: WWF through the Ministry of Finance (MoF)
    Project Title: Greening Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Aquaculture via Circular Economy in Johor, Malaysia
    Code: MA01MOF1
    Duration: 1 year
    Role: Principle Investigator (Group)
    Amount: RM 1,200,000
    Status: On-going
  2. Name of grant: Conservation Partnership Scheme (CPS) grant
    Funder: WWF
    Project Title: The effects of insect meal substitution on the physiological performances of pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
    Code: CPS-FAS-2021/001
    Duration: 1 year
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Amount: RM 60,000
    Status: On-going
  3. Name of grant: Research Excellent Consortium Grant (High CoE, Center of Excellence)
    Funder: The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE)
    Project Title: Sustainable Bivalve Farming Through Advanced Hatchery Technology for Future Food Security of Malaysia
    Code: REC-FAS-2021/001
    Duration: 2 year
    Role: Principle Investigator (Group)
    Amount: RM 500,000
    Status: On-going
  4. Name of grant: Industrial Grant
    Funder: Industry
    Project Title: Development, characterization and capsulation of hypocholesterolemia and anti-obesity polyherbal formulation (PHF) against multiple cholesterol metabolism targets
    Code: 
    Duration: 3 year
    Role: Co-PI
    Amount: RM 363,000
    Status: On-going
  5. Name of grant: Industrial Grant (In kind)
    Funder: Industry
    Project Title: Commercial scale of Recirculating Aquaculture System
    Code: 
    Duration: 3 year
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Amount: RM 90,000
    Status: On-going
  6. Name of grant: Industrial Grant
    Funder: Industry
    Project Title: Dengue diagnostic biosensor development
    Code: On-going
    Duration: 2 year
    Role: Co-PI
    Amount: RM 31,000
    Status: 
  7. Name of grant: Research Excellence & Innovative Grant (REIG)
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Bioconversion of plastic wastes to edible biomass: The effects of plastic-eating worm substitution and the physiological and nutritional performances on pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
    Code: REIG-FAS-2020/067
    Duration: 3 year
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Amount: RM 43,400
    Status: On-going
  8. Name of grant: Research Excellence & Innovative Grant (REIG)
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Identifying the intestinal microbiota of shrimp impervious to Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Diseases (AHPND) and development of disease-control feed incorporated with indigenous probiotics
    Code: REIG-FAS-2020/020
    Duration: 3 year
    Role: Co-PI
    Amount: RM 48,000
    Status: On-going
  9. Name of grant: Pioneer Scientist Incentive Fund (PSIF)
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: In vitro antimicrobial assessment on potential probiotic bacteria isolated from common farmed fish 
    Code: Proj-in-FAS-031
    Duration: 2 years
    Role: Principal investigator
    Amount: RM25,000
    Status: Completed

 

Current Research Project 

  1. PhD student (Main supervision): Development of insect-based microparticle diets in the hatchery culture of Angelwing Clams (Pholas Orientalis) and Asiatic Hard Clam (Meretrix meretrix)
  2. PhD student (Main supervision): Effects of insect-based diets on the immunity, microflora community and physiological performances of pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei)
  3. Master by Research student (Main supervision): Effects of tiger milk mushroom (Lignosus rhinocerotis) on the physiological performances and immunological responses of pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) against Vibrio infections
  4. PhD student (Co-supervision): Functional feed development and immunity assessment in sea bass (Lates calcarifer)
  5. PhD student (Co-supervision): Elucidation of antagonism activity of Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  6. PhD student (Co-supervision): A dual-pronged approach to increase production of farmed Tilapia using Lactococcal-based vaccination and enzybiotic
  7. PhD student (Co-supervision): Elucidation of intestinal microflora diversity in shrimps that impervious to Early Morality Syndrome (EMS), identification of potential probiotic microbial strains, and the development of a disease-control feed to mitigate EMS.

 

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Publications

  1. Lee, PT, Fernando, Y.Y, Low, C.F., Loh, J.Y.*, Chong, C.M. (2021). Gut immune system and the implications of oral-administered immunoprophylaxis in finfish aquaculture. Frontiers in Immunology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2021.773193
  2. Trung, N.B., Nan, F.H., Lee, M.C., Loh, J.Y., Gong, H.Y., Lu, M.W., Hang, H.T., Lin, Y.L., Lee, P.T. (2021). Fish-specific TLR18 in Nile Tilapia (Oreochromic niloticus) recruits MyD88 and TRIF to induce expression of effectors in NF-kB and IFN pathways in melanomacrophages. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 119 (2021) 587–601
  3. Loh, J.Y.*, Lai, K.S., Lee, P.T., Liew, H.J. and Ting, A.S.Y. (2021). Effects of Artemia nauplii bioencapsulated with Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis CF4MRS and sodium alginate on edwardsiellosis protection and digestive enzyme production in climbing perch larvae, Anabas testudineus (Bloch, 1792), Journal of Applied Aquaculture, DOI: 10.1080/10454438.2021.1935389
  4. Varijakzhan, D.; Loh, J.Y.; Yap, W.-S.; usoff, K.; Seboussi, R.; Lim, S.-H.E.; Lai, K.-S.; Chong, C.-M. (2021) Bioactive Compounds from Marine Sponges: Fundamentals and Applications. Marine Drugs, 19: 246. https://doi.org/10.3390/md19050246
  5. Mohamad, S., Liew, H.J., Zainuddin, R.A., Rahmah, S., Khor, W.H., Ghaffar, W.M.A., Nhan, H.T., Loh, J.Y., Lim, L.S., Chang, Y.M., Liang, L.Q., Boeck, G.D. (2021). High environmental temperature and low pH stress alter gill phenotypic plasticity of Hoven’s carp Leptobarbus hoevenii. Journal of Fish Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14712
  6. Asrul Nizam Wan Abdullah W.M., Tan, N.-P., Low, L.Y., Loh, J.Y., Wee, C.Y., Md. Taib, A.Z., Ong-Abdullah, J., Lai, K.S. (2021). Calcium Lignosulfonate Improves Proliferation of Recalcitrant Indica Rice Callus via Modulation of Auxin Biosynthesis and Enhancement of Nutrient Absorption. Plant Physiology et Biochemistry, 161: 131 – 142.
  7. Khor, A.H.Y., Lai, K.S., Liew H.J. and Loh J.Y.* (2020). Biosorption efficacy of alginate-activated Azolla microphylla in Pb (II) removal from aqueous solution. International Aquatic Research. https://doi.10.22034/IAR.2020.1898177.1043
  8. Low, C.F., Chong, C.M. and Loh, J.Y. (2020). Feasibility of vaccination against Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus infection in giant freshwater prawn. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsi.2020.06.039
  9. Mousavi, S., Zahedinezhad, S. and Loh, J.Y.* (2020). A review on insect meals in aquaculture: the immunomodulatory and physiological effects. International Aquatic Research. 12:100-115
  10. Wan Abdullah, W.M.A.N, Low, L.Y., Mumaiyizah, S.B., Chai, Q.Y., Loh, J.Y., Ong‑Abdullah, J. and Lai, K.S. (2020). Effect of lignosulphonates on Vanilla planifolia shoot multiplication, regeneration and metabolism. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. 42:107
  11. Moo, C.L., Yang, S.K., Osman, M.A., Yuswan, M.H., Loh, J.Y., Lim, W.M., Lim, S.H.E. and Lai, K.S. (2020). Antibacterial activity and mode of action of β-caryophyllene on Bacillus cereus. Polish Journal of Microbiology. 69(1): 49–54
  12. Loh, J.Y.*, Chan, H.K., Yam, H.C., In, L.L.A. and Lim, C.S.Y. (2020). An overview of the immunomodulatory effects exerted by probiotics and prebiotics in grouper fish. Aquaculture International. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10499-019-00491-2
  13. Lim, X.E., Lai, K.S., Liew, H.J. and Loh, J.Y.* (2019). Acute toxicity of glyphosate on various life stages of calanoid copepod, Pseudodiaptomus annandalei. Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. 27(3): 24 – 31.
  14. Chong, W.W., Lim, C.S.Y., Lai, K.S. and Loh, J.Y.* (2019). In vitro antimicrobial assessment on lactic acid bacteria isolated from common freshwater fishes. Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. 27(2): 18 – 25.
  15. Low, L.Y., Ong, J.A., Wee, C.Y., Sekeli, R., Tan, C.K., Loh, J.Y. and Lai, K.S. (2019). Effects of Lignosulfonates on Callus Proliferation and Shoot Induction of Recalcitrant Indica Rice. Sains Malaysiana. http://dx.doi.org/10.17576/jsm-2019-4801-02
  16. Tan, S.W., Lai, K.S. and Loh, J.Y.* (2018). Effects of Food Wastes on Yellow Mealworm Tenebrio molitor Larval Nutritional Profiles and Growth Performances. Examines in Marine Biology and Oceanography. 2 (1) 1 – 6.
  17. Loh, J.Y.*, Kay, G.L. and Ting, A.S.Y. (2018). Bioencapsulation and colonization characteristics of Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis CF4MRS in Artemia franciscana: a biological approach for the control of Edwardsiella tarda in larviculture. Marine Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s10126-018-9813-9
  18. Loh, J.Y.*, Lim, Y.Y. and Ting, A.S.Y. (2017). Bacteriocin-like substances produced by Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis CF4MRS isolated from fish intestine: Antimicrobial activities and inhibitory properties. International Food Research Journal, 24(1): 394 – 400.
  19. Loh, J.Y.* and Ting, A.S.Y. (2016). Effects of potential probiotic Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis on digestive enzymatic activities of live feed Artemia franciscana. Aquaculture International, DOI 10.1007/s10499-016-9991-2.
  20. Loh, J.Y.*, Hii, Y.S., Ong, H.K. and Khoo, G. (2016). The effects of recirculating aquaculture system effluent water on the growth of Moina macrocopa (Straus). International Journal of Zoology Studies, 1(2): 1 – 8.
  21. Loh, J.Y.* and Ting, A.S.Y. (2015). Bioencapsulation of probiotic Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis on Artemia franciscana nauplii: effects of encapsulation media on nauplii survival and probiotic recovery. Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, 11(2) Special Issues 2015, 121 – 127.
  22. Loh, J.Y.* and Ting, A.S.Y. (2015). Comparative study of analogue hormones and the embryonic, larval and juvenile development on the induced breeding of climbing perch (Anabas testudineus, Bloch, 1792). International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies, 2(5): 277-284.
  23. Loh, J.Y.*, Lim, Y.Y., Harmin, S.A. and Ting, A.S.Y. (2014). In vitro assessment on intestinal microflora from commonly farmed fishes for control of the fish pathogen Edwardsiella tarda. Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 38: 257-263.
  24. Loh, J.Y.*, Ong, H.K., Hii, Y.S., Smith, T.J., Lock, M. and Khoo, G. (2013). Impact of potential food sources on the life table of the Cladoceran, Moina macrocopa. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture – Bamidgeh, IJA: 65.2013.820
  25. Loh, J.Y.*, Ong, H.K., Hii, Y.S., Smith, T.J., Lock, M. and Khoo, G. (2012). Highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs) retention quality in freshwater Cladoceran, Moina macrocopa enriched with lipid emulsions. The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture – Bamidgeh, IJA: 64.2012.637
  26. Loh, J.Y.*, Ahmad, M.F., Hii, Y.S., Ong, H.K. and Khoo, G. (2010). Fatty Acids Profile and Growth Performance of Moina macrocopa Reared with Oreochromis niloticus Fish Faecal Materials. Proceeding of IAB-IAS International Symposium 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  27. Ahmad, M.F., Loh, J.Y. and Juari, M.H. (2010). Molecular docking of Sesquiterpenoid derivatives compounds against Trypanosoma active protein: a computational screening of inhibitors to Trypanosoma parasitic disease. Proceeding of IAB-IAS International Symposium 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  28. Loh, J.Y.*, How, C.W., Hii, Y.S., Khoo, G. and Ong, H.K. (2009). Fish faeces as a potential food source for culturing the water flea, Moina macrocopa. Journal of Science and Technology in Tropics, 5: 5-10.
  29. Chuah T.S., Loh J.Y. and Hii Y.S. (2007). Acute and chronic effects of the insecticide-endosulfan on freshwater cladoceran, Moina macrocopa Straus. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 79: 557-561.
  30. Loh, J.Y. and Ting, A.S.Y.* (2017). Bioprospecting gastrointestinal microflora of common fishes for disease control in aquaculture. Kalia, V.C., Shouche, Y., Purohit, H.J., and Rahi, P. (Eds.) In: Mining of Microbial Wealth and Metagenomics. Springer. pp. 161 – 182. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-5708-3_10. Publisher: Springer
  31. Mariah S.R. and Loh, J.Y.* (2021). Insect meal: The Way Towards Sustainable Aquaculture? Aqua Practical. 9(2): 6 – 8.
  32. Loh, J.Y.* (2017). The Role of Probiotic and Its Mechanisms of Action: An Aquaculture Perspective. In: World Aquaculture. World Aquaculture Society.
  33. Loh, J.Y., How, C.W., Hii, Y.S., Ong, H.K and Khoo, G. (2009). Enhancing Moina culture with fish faeces. In: Aquatic Worlds, Donyaye Abzian. Vol. 15: 2-6.

Conferences

  1. AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2020 (Oral Presentation: Metagenomic analysis of gut microbiome in freshwater perch Anabas testudineus, 9 – 12 February 2020, Hawaii Conventional Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. World Aquaculture Society)
  2. LAQUA 16 (Oral Presentation: Effects of potential probiotic Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis on digestive enzymatic activities of live feed Artemia franciscana, November 28- December 1, 2016. Sheraton Convention Centre, Lima, Peru. World Aquaculture Society)
  3. AQUACULTURE AMERICA 2015 (Oral Presentation: Isolation, characterization and bioencapsulation of lactic acid bacteria onto Artemia franciscana to control Edwardsiella tarda, February 19-22. New Orleans Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. World Aquaculture Society)
  4. 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY 2019 (ICMBB2019) (Insect- and weed-based ingredients as a potential protein source in fishmeal substitution towards a sustainable aquaculture production, 24-25th April 2019, UCSI Kuala Lumpur)
  5. ASIAN-PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2017 (Nutritional compositions and growth performance of mealworm Tenebrio molitor cultivated with different agricultural wastes, 24 – 27 July 2017, PWTC, Malaysia)
  6. MALAYSIAN SOCIETY FOR MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (MSMBB) (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis from locally farmed fishes improves digestive enzyme production in Artemia franciscana, 1 – 3 October 2014, Monash University)
  7. INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE MALAYSIAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY (ICMSM)(Isolation and evaluation of intestinal microflora from farmed fishes against edwardsiellosis, 12 – 15 December 2013, Langkawi)
  8. SPRING MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY (Molecular microbiology of farmed freshwater fish: toward coupled sustainable fish and food plant production, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, UK. 29 Mar - 1 Apr, 2010)
  9. ASIAN-PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2009 (Effects of the enrichment time and oil emulsions on the HUFA profile of Moina macrocopa, Kuala Lumpur. World Aquaculture Society)
  10. ASIAN-PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2009 (Life table demography of the freshwater Cladoceran Moina macrocopa in relation to potential diets, Kuala Lumpur. World Aquaculture Society)

Awards and Recognitions

  1. Teaching Excellence Award 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 - Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University
  2. The Best Poster award (International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology, ICMSM 2013)
  3. The Best Presenter Awards for Student's Research Proposal 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
  4. International Visiting Scientist – fully sponsored by the British Council (Research grant: PMI 2)(Institute: Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC), University: Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), Sheffield, United Kingdom)
  5. Monash Higher Degree by Research (HDR) scholarship award

Networks and Collaborations on Research

  1. WWF - (i) Modernization of aquaculture industry in Pulau Kukup, Johor towards responsible farming; (ii) Aquaculture Stewardship Certification (ASC) expert consultation
  2. Venz Holding Sdn. Bhd. - Date pits as the functional feeds for aquaculture
  3. Consulting firm, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates - Due Diligence Survey on Malaysian fish farm
  4. KEA Aquaculture Sdn. Bhd. - Improvement of feed nutrition for freshwater fish farming
  5. Sepang Today Aquaculture Center (STAC) - Student's activities
  6. Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMAC), USM - Aquaculture feed project
  7. HELLAS TF Sdn. Bhd. - Commercial Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS)
  8. National University Malaysia (UKM) and the University of Manchester, UK - Plastic Biodegradation project
  9. Department of Aquaculture, UPM - Functional feed projects
  10. College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran - Postdoc supervision
  11. Institute of Tropical Aquaculture (AKUATROP), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu - Aquaculture projects
  12. School of Science, Monash University Malaysia - Projects in general microbiogy
  13. Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia - Aquaculture projects
  14. Biomedical Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University - Aquaculture projects
  15. Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates - Agricultural projects
  16. Depart of Aquaculture, National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) - Aquaculture projects

Contributions to Society

  1. US, NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION (NCBI): GenBank accession number: KM488626 (Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis strain CF4MRS 16S ribosomal RNA gene, partial sequence), National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA.
  2. Guest Speaker for UTAR Agriculture Technology Seminar Series XX - Host: University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia. Topic: "Advanced Technologies for Sustainable Aquaculture"
  3. Invited Radio FM Broadcast & Interview: Radio station: BFM 89.9 (The Business Station). Topic: Live and Livelihoods of the Malaysian Fishing Industry – In conjunction with the World Ocean’s Day
  4. Invited Webinar Speaker: Seminar on Aquaculture & Fisheries Product: Towards Smart and Sustainable Practices. Topic: Application of Pre- and Probiotics for a sustainable aquaculture. Organizer: SIRIM & Department of Fisheries Malaysia
  5. Invited Seminar Speaker: International Agricultural Trade Show: Aqua Malaysia 2019. Topic: The Application of Probiotics in Aquaculture. Organizer: Malaysia Aquaculture Development Association (MADA)
  6. Invited Radio FM Broadcast & Interview: Radio station: CityPlus FM 106.0. Topic: Probiotic and prebiotic: Their roles in human health; Genetic: The role in human health
  7. Invited Instructor: Villa International High School, Maldives. Workshop: Programme Review & Aquaponic Workshop
  8. Aquaculture Industrial Zone (AIZ) development team member partnership with Department of Fisheries, Iskandar Regional Development Agency, Kukup Fish Farmer Association and WWF-Malaysia
  9. Article reviewer for Scopus and WoS indexed journals
  10. Advisor for Marine Fish Farmer Association Malaysia (MAFFM)
  11. Council member for Malaysia Aquaculture Development Association (MADA)