Associate Professor Ts Dr Teo Swee Sen

Associate Professor | Department of Biotechnology

Academic Qualifications

PhD Genetic Eng & Molecular Biology
MSc Genetic Eng & Molecular Biology
BSc (Hons) Biology


Areas of Interest
Seaweed Cultivation and Omics Research
Aquaponic system using food waste
Sustainable waste water treatment

Research Grant

  1. Name of grant: UCSI University Research Excellence & Innovation Grant (REIG)
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Elucidation of Synergistic Effects of Microbial Consortia Isolated from Fermented Biowaste and Pseudomonas sp on Biodegradable Expanded Plystyrene
    Code: REIF_FAS-2021/036
    Duration: 2 Years
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 45,400
    Status: In progress
  2. Name of grant: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
    Funder: Malaysia
    Project Title: Mechanisic Understanding and Evaluation of Anti-imflammatory, Toxicity and Wound Healing Activities of Cassia alata Leaves Polyphenols using Atopic Dermatitis Models
    Code: FRGS/1/2021/STG02/UCSI/02/1
    Duration: 3 Years
    Role: members
    Amount: RM 168,000
    Status: In progress
  3. Name of grant: CERVIE
    Funder: UCSI University
    Project Title: Bioethanol and biofertilizer production from seaweed biomass
    Code: -
    Duration: 3 Years
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 24,800
    Status: -
  4. Name of grant: River Care Fund
    Funder: Yayasan Hasanah
    Project Title: Orang Asli River Hydroponic System
    Duration:  1 Year
    Role: PI
    Amount: RM 5,000
    Status: -
  5. Name of grant: Khind StarFish Foundatiom
    Funder: Khind StarFish Foundatiom
    Project Title: Feel and Heal: compost
    Code: -
    Duration: 1 Year
    Role: Advisor
    Amount: RM 3,700
    Status: -

Current Research Project

  1. Elucidation of synergistic effects of microbial consortia isolated from fermented biowaste and Pseudononas aeruginosa on biodegradable expanded polystyrene
  2. Periodic changes in the physico-chemical characteristics of water bodies infested with Salvinia molesta associated with chlorophyll and carotenoids content
  3. Using Seaweed Biowaste as bioindicator in bioremediation
  4. Development of Anti-Inflammatory, Wound Healing and Skin Whitening /SPF Protection Cream  and Hydro Gel from carrageenan from Kappaphycus alvarezii
  5. Designing prototype micro-technology for sustainable management of Natural Water Resource
  6. Investigate on the efficiency of Eco-Enzyme produce on waste water.


  1. Ming Li, Ning Han, Xi Zhang, Shuo Wang, Man Jiang, Awais Bokhari, Wei Zhang, Marco Race, Zhangfeng Shen, Ruofei Chen, Muhammad Mubashir, Kuan Shiong Khoo, Swee Sen Teo, Pau Loke Show (2022) Perovskite oxide for emerging photo(electro)catalysis in energy and environment. Environmental Research. Apr 1;205:112544
  2. Mun Wei Se Hoo, Swee-Sen Teo. Investigation on the Efficiency of Effective Microorganisms for Polluted Water Treatment. Applied Microbiology: Theory & Technology.
  3. Wong F.H, Lim, L.H. and Teo S.S. (2021) Identification of Bacteria Species in Aquaponics System using RapID System and 16S rRNA sequencing. Research Journal of Biotechnology
  4. Low C.W, Regina Leong Z.L. and Teo S.S. (2021) Effective Micoorganisms in Producing Eco-Enzyme from Food Waste for Wastewater Treatment. Applied Microbiology: Theory & Technology, Volume 2 Issue 1
  5. Vi Sion Chang and Swee Sen Teo. (2021) The Potential of  Kappaphycus alvarezii Carrageenan Waste in Bioethanol Production by using Diluted Acid Hydrolysis Pretreatment Method and Ferment with Brew Yeast, Bread Yeast or Tapai Yeast. Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment 25(1) 
  6. Regina, LZL and Teo SS (2020) Aquatic Bioindicator- Potential Marine Microinvertebates as Bioindicator in Assessing Marine Environmental Health. Journal of Bio Innovation
  7. Vi Sion Chang and Swee Sen Teo. (2020) The Potential of  Kappaphycus alvarezii Carrageenan Waste in Bioethanol Production. World Research Association
  8. Yap, Q.C. and Teo, S.S. (2019) Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) Growth Performance in Saltwater, Soil and Aquaponic System. Agriculture and Food Sciences Research
  9. Regina, LZL and Teo SS (2019) Designing Prototype Micro-technology for Sustainable Management of Natural Water Resource in Batu Pahat River, Johor. International Journal of Marine Science and Research
  10. Regina, LZL and Teo SS (2019) Designing Prototype Micro-technology for Sustainable Management of Natural Water Resource in Batu Pahat River, Johor AsPac J. Mol. Biol. Biotechnol. 2019. Vol 27 (2) Suppl.
  11. Lim, W.M. and Teo SS (2019) Identification of Antioxidant Properties of Morus rubra. International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine 12(1): 31-34
  12. Wijaya Viorenda Thery and Swee Sen Teo. (2019) Evaluation of Eggshell as Organic Fertilizer on Sweet Basil. Resources, Conservation and Recycling
  13. Tay, F.R.X. and Teo, S.S. (2019) Interactive effects of storage temperatures and packaging methods on sweet basil. MOJ Food Processing & Technology 7(1): 16-20
  14. Xin Qi Chuah, Patrick Nwabueze Okechukwu, Amini Farahnaz and Swee Sen Teo (2018) Eicosane, Pentadecane and Palmitic acid: the effects in in vitro wound healing studies. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 8(10): 490-499  
  15. Lim, L.H., Regina, L.Z.L., Soh, Y. T and Teo, S.S. (2018) Monitoring the Water Quality of Indoor and Outdoor nano tank System – Phosphate, Ammonia and Chlorine. International Journal of Aquaculture 
  16. Regina LZL, Teo SS, Tennant A. and Lim LH (2018) A mini project: monitoring and assessment for water quality of study area, Gombak river.
  17. Lee, JW. Wang, JH and Teo, SS. (2017) Antidiabetic Effect of Kappaphycus alvarezii Extract on Streptozotocin-Induced Type II Diabetic ICR Mice. Annals of pharmacology & pharmaceutics
  18. Vi Sion Chang and Swee Sen Teo. (2017) Growing of Ipomoea aquatic in seaweed supplemented hydroponic system and identifying possible genera of microbe in the system. SM Journal of Environmental Toxicology 3(1): 1007
  19. Regina Leong Zhi Ling, Tennant Andrew, Lim Lai Huat and Teo Swee Sen (2017) Kuala Sepetang Estuary: Current use and Long-Term Sustainability. JSM Environmental Science and Ecology 5(3): 1051-1055 
  20. Xin Qi Chuah, Wenlynn Mun, Swee Sen Teo (2017) Comparison Study of Anti-Microbial between Crude extract of Kappaphycus alvarezii and Andrographis paniculata. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 7(7):
  21. Chua, S.L and Teo, SS. (2017) Analysis of Saccharin and Benzoic Acid in Regular and Diet Cola-Flavoured Carbonated Soft Drinks. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition 2(4): 58-64
  22. Jia Hui Wang, Jian Wei Lee, Lai Huat Lim and Swee Sen Teo. (2017) Multiplexing Detection and Measurement of Diabetes Biomarkers in Mice Treated with Kappaphycus alvarezii Extract. Journal of Applied Phycology DOI: 10.1007/s10811-017-1121-7
  23. Vi Sion Chang, Patrick Nwabueze Okechuwu and Swee Sen Teo. (2017) The Effect of Kappaphycus alvarezii on mammary carcinogenesis in rats.  Journal of Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy
  24. Vi Sion, Chang and Swee Sen, Teo (2016) Evaluation of Heavy Metal, Antioxidant and Anti-tyrosinase Activities of Seaweed (Eucheuma cottonii). International Food Research Journal
  25. Xin Qi Chuah and Swee Sen Teo (2016) Evaluation of Sub-Chronic Toxicity And Heavy Metal Toxicity of Kappaphycus alvarezii In-Vivo. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences And Research Vol. 7(2): 573-578 
  26. Lee, JW., Wang, JH., Ng, KM., Tan, CH and Teo, SS (2015) In-vitro anticancer activity of Eucheuma cottonii extracts against hela cell line, human lung carcinoma cell line (sk-lu-1), human colon carcinoma cell line hct-116) and fibroblast. International Journal of Current Multidisciplinary Studies 1(2):69-73 
  27. Sophia Ogechi Ekeuku, Patrick Nwabueze Okechukwu, Gabriel Akyirem Akuwoah, Teo Swee Sen, Stepfanie Namatama Siyumbwa, Gabriele Anisah Froemming  (2015) Plasma glucose lowering activity of Palmatine and its effect on liver, kidney and antioxidant enzymes parameters in STZ induced diabetic rat model. Current Bioactive Compounds Journal 11(4): 256-263. 
  28. Sophia Ogechi Ekeuku, Teo Swee Sen, Gabriel Akyirem Akuwoah, Gabriele Anisah Froemming and Patrick Nwabueze Okechukwu. (2015) Antidiabetic Effect of Partially Purified Fraction E from the Stem Extract of Coscinium fenestratum. Global Journal of Pharmacology
    9 (4): 316-325
  29. Hooi-Ting Lim and Swee-Sen Teo (2015) Comparison of protein extraction protocols for proteomic analysis of red algae, Eucheuma cottonii.  Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science 38(2):279-293
  30. Chern Huay Tan, Vi Sion Chang and Swee-Sen Teo (2014) Cytotoxic Activity Of Eucheuma cottonii On MCF-7 Human Breast Cancer. Malaysian Journal of Science
  31. Nur AnizaHanoum Naseron, Kok-Ang Lim, Seow-Ling The, Swee-Sen Teo, Adam Thean Chor Leow, Parameswari Namasivayam and Chai-Ling Ho. (2013). Molecular characterization and homology modelling of a short-chain reductase/dehydrogenase from Gracilaria changii (RHODOPHYTA). Journal of Applied Phycology Vol.26 (1), pp.665-674 
  32. Jian-Wei Lee and Swee-Sen Teo (2013) In-vitro cytotoxicity and anticancer activity of Eucheuma cottonii extracts against HeLa cell line. Malaysian Journal of Science  32 (SCS Sp Issue) : 213-220
  33. Baharum, H., Chu, W-C., Teo, S-S., Ng, K-Y., Rahim, R.A. and Ho, C-L. (2013). Molecular cloning, homology modelling and site-directed mutagenesis of vanadium-dependent bromoperoxidase (GcVBP01) from Gracilaria changii (RHODOPHYTA). Phytochemistry
  34. Rouh-San Siow, Seddon Teoh, Swee-Sen Teo, Mohd. Yunus Abd. Shukor, Siew-Moi Phang and Chai-Ling Ho, (2013). Molecular Cloning and Characterization of GDP-mannose-3#,5#-epimerase from Gracilaria changii. Journal of Applied Phycology 25(5):1309-1318
  35. Rouh-San Siow, Swee-Sen Teo, Wan-Yong Ho,  Mohd. Yunus Abd. Shukor, Siew-Moi Phang and Chai-Ling Ho, (2012). Molecular Cloning and Biochemical characterization of Galactose-1-phosphate Uridylyltransferase from Gracilaria changii (RHODOPHYTA). Journal of Phycology 48(1) :155–162.
  36. Kar-Mun Chung, Sze-Sze Soo, Swee-Sen Teo, Siew-Moi Phang (2011). Analysis of Native an Alkali-treated Agar from Species of Gracilaria (Gracilariaceae, Rhodophyta) Collected from Morib, Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Science 30 (2): 83-91
  37. Chai-Ling Ho, Swee-Sen Teo, Raha Abdul Rahim and Siew Moi Phang, (2010). Transcripts of Gracilaria changii that improve copper tolerance of Escherichia coli. AsPac J. Mol. Biol.Biotechnol. 18, 315-319 
  38. Teo, S-S., Ho, C-L., Teoh, S., Rahim. R.A. and Phang, S-M. (2009). Transcriptomic analysis of Gracilaria changii (Rhodophyta) in response to hyper- and hypoosmotic stresses. Journal of Phycology 45: 1093-1099. 
  39. Ho, C.L., Teoh, S., Teo, S.S., Rahim, R.A., Phang, S.M. (2008). Profiling the transcriptome of Gracilaria changii (Rhodophyta) in response to light deprivation. Marine Biotechnology 11: 513-519.
  40. Phuoc Dang Nguyen, Chai-Ling Ho, Swee-Sen Teo, Jennifer Ann Harikrishna, Raha Abdul Rahim. (2008). Sequence and Transcript Analyses of Antioxidant Genes from Acanthus ebracteatus Vahl. Tree Genetics & Genomes (4):705-713
  41. Wong, Y-Y., Ho, C.L., Nguyen, P.D., Teo, S.S., Harikrishna, J.A., Rahim, R.A., Wong, M.C.V.L. (2007). Isolation of salinity tolerant genes from the mangrove plant, Bruguiera cylindrical by using suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) and bacterial functional screening. Aquatic Botany 86: 117-122
  42. Teo, S.S., Ho, C.L., Teoh, S., Lee, W.W., Tee, J.M., Rahim, R.A., Phang, S.M. (2007). Analyses of expressed sequence tags from an agarophyte, Gracilaria changii (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta).  European Journal of Phycology 42: 41-46
  43. Chan, C.X., Teo, S.S., Ho, C.L., Othman, R.Y., Phang, S.M. (2004). Optimisation of RNA Extraction from Gracilaria changii (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta). Journal of Applied Phycology 16: 297-301.


  1. International E-conference on Aquaculture and Marine Biology, 15 February 2022, Zoom. United Research Forum-- As speaker for "The potential of Biowaste erived from Kappaphycus alvarezii as Biofertilizer in Aquaponic System
  2. Designing Prototype Micro-technology for Sustainable Management of Natural Water Resource in Batu Pahat River, Johor.24th – 25rd April 2019.  ICMBB Malaysia,UCSI University. 
  3. In Vitro and In Vivo Wound Healing Potential of Carrageenan from Kappaphycus alvarezii. 8th – 13rd October 2017. 8th Asian Pacific Phycological Forum (APPF 2017), Pullman Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 
  4. Potention Wound Healing Activities on Human Dermal Fibroblast Stimulated by Eicosane, Pentadecane and Palmitic Acid In Vitro . 16th-17th August 2017. 28th National Scientific Conference

Awards and Recognitions

  1. 16th Asian Biohydrogen and Biorefinery Symposim & Sustainbility Challenge 2021 (15th and 17th Dec 2021)
  2. 32nd International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition, Malaysia. ITEX 2021 Silver Medal "Cosmetic Gel of Kappaphycus alvarezii Extract in Solid Lipid Nanopartical: Preparation and Evaluation
  3. Aquatic Science Student Association, Highly commended review from United Nation, Annual Green Gown Award in 2019
  4. Best Lecturer, UCSI University, 2015
  5. Teo SS, Ho CL, Othman RY and Phang SM (2009)Analyses of Expressed Sequence Tags From an Agarophyte Gracilaria changii (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta) (Bronze Medal)
  6. Teo SS, Chan CX, Ho CL, Tan SH, Othman RY and Phang SM (2003) “Functional genomics on a Malaysian red seaweed, Gracilaria changii (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta)- An expressed sequence tag (EST) 8-10 July 2003 Universiti Putra Malaysia (Bronze Medal)
  7. Best Lecturer 2017, UCSI University

Contributions to Society

  1. Kuala Sepetang- Water analysis 2018, Perak
  2. Gombak orang asli- Develop aquaponic system, 2018, Selangor

Networks & Industry Linkages

  1. MOU with B4ITHappens
  2. MOU with OBBRO Rakan Niaga
  3. MOA with Dr Yeong, IOES, University Malaya
  4. Research Agreement with Mr Jeffery, Standardmark laboratory (

Contributions to Society

  1. Monitoring and assessment for water quality of study area, Gombak river. 2018 (April- Oct). River Fund
  2. Kuala Sepetang Estuary: Current use and Long-Term Sustainability. 2017. Aquatic Science Student Association