August 28, 2017 Chun Wie, Chong

Designation/Title : Lecturer
Department: Life Sciences, School of Pharmacy
Tel: +603 2731 7456, (BJ) 2768
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Education and Training

PhD University of Malaya 2011
BSc University of Malaya 2005


Research interests:

  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Human and animal microbiome
  • Infectious Diseases

Research Projects/Grants:

  • ‘Modulation of human immune responses by cohabitation of intestinal helminths and gut bacteria’ – FRGS (RM147,920), Co-investigator (2017-2020)
  • ‘Establishing the regional Genomic and Phenomic database for carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates for research and clinical impact.’ – CLMV Grant (RM 70, 000), Co-investigator (2016-2016)
  • ‘System biology comparison between mice with single and co-infection from Toxoplasma gondii and/or Trypanosoma evansi’- Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (RM162,000), Co-investigator (2015-2017)
  • ‘Longitudinal study of the impact of changing trends in genotypes and phenotypes of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infection in a Tertiary Teaching hospital in Malaysia’ - International Journal of Infectious Diseases (ISID) Research Grant (USD 7000), Co-investigator (2015-2016)
  • ‘Biomarkers of polar and lower latitudes microbes in relation to heavy metal stress’ -Antarctic Flagship Programme (RM 819,902), Co-investigator (2015-2016)
  • ‘Effect of coaggregation on the pathogenicity of Vibrio cholerae’ - Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (RM145,400), Principle Investigator (2014-2016)
  • ‘Crosstalk between gene expression and metabolism revealing the dynamics of microbial response to antibiotics’ - Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (RM136,850), Co-investigator (2014-2016)
  • ‘Gastrointestinal health of animal handler with special emphasis on potential zoonotic transmission of bacterial infection’ - UMHIR (RM200, 000), Co-Investigator (2013-2015)
  • ‘Does the variation in biofilms’ microbial diversity affects the integration and detachment of Vibrio cholerae in natural environments?’ - Malaysia Toray Science Foundation (RM25,000), Principle Investigator (2012 -2014)
  • ‘Assessment of Antarctic Antibacterial Gene Diversity Using Culture-Independent Approach’ - International Medical University Research Grant (RM 24,000), Principle Investigator (2012 - 2014)
  • ‘Microbial Responses To Global Change And The Connectivity Between Tropical And Polar Environment’ - University of Malaya Research Grant (RM 220,000), Co-Researcher (2012 – 2015)
  • ‘Antarctic Soil Bacterial Community and Their Responses to the Global Warming’ - Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation (RM100, 000), Principle Investigator (2013-2015)

Supervision of Postgraduates (MSc/PhD)
(Last 5 years – 2012 - 2017)

  • Helen Tang Hooi Chia (PhD) (Completed - 2017)
  • Mohd Asrore Mohd Shaufi (PhD) (Completed - 2017)
  • Kho Mee Teck (PhD) (On-going)
  • Toh Yien Shin (MSc) (On-going)
  • Yasoga Supramaniam (MSc) (Completed - 2017)
  • Yeoh Soo Ling (MSc) (On-going)
  • Chin Yuee Teng (MSc) (On-going)
  • Premmala A/P Rangasamy (MSc) (Completed - 2016)

Professional affiliations:

  • Malaysia Antarctic Research Programme (MARP)
  • Malaysia Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (MBBA)

Academic Awards:

  • University of Malaya BrightSpark Candidate 2010-2011
  • Sultan Mizan Antarctic Fellowship 2012

Recent publications 
(last 5 years – 2012 - 2017)


  • Low, Y. M., Yap, I.K.S., Abdul Jabar, K., Md Yusof, M. Y., Chong, C. W., Teh, C.S.J. (2017) Genotypic and metabolic approaches towards the segregation of Klebsiella pneumoniae strains producing different antibiotic resistant enzymes. Metabolomics 13: 65.
  • Low, Y. M, Yap. P. S. X., Abdul Jabar, K., Ponnampalavanar, S., Karunakaran, R., Velayuthan, R., Chong, C.W., Abu Bakar, S., Md Yusof, M. Y., Teh. C. S. J. (2017) The Emergence of Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella Pneumoniae in Malaysia: Correlation between Microbiological Trends with Host Characteristics and Clinical Factors. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 6: 5.
  • Tricarico, S., McNeil, H.C., Cleary, D. W., Head, M. G., Lim, V., Yap, I. Y. K., Chong, C. W., Tan, C. S., Nor Norazmi, M., Aziah, I., Cheah, E. S. G., Faust, S. N., Jefferies, J.M.C., Roderick, P.J., Moore, M., Ho, M. Y., Newell, M., McGrath, N., Doncaster, C. P., Kraaijeveld, A.R., Webb, J.S., Clarke, S.C. (2017) Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine implementation in middle-income Countries. Pneumonia 9: 6.
  • Yap, P. S. X., Ahmad Kamar, A., Chong, C. W., Yap, I. K. S., Thong, K. L., Choo, Y. M., Md Yusof, M. Y. and Teh, C. S. J. (2016). Intestinal carriage of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria in preterm-infants during hospitalization in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Pathogens and Global Health, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/20477724.2016.1229884
  • Supramaniam, Y., Chong, C. W., Silvaraj, S. and Tan, I. K.-P. (2016). Effect of short term variation in temperature and water content on the bacterial community in a tropical soil. Applied Soil Ecology, 10, 279-289.
  • Chin, Y. T., Lim, Y. A. L., Chong, C. W., Teh, C. S. J., Yap, I. K. S., Lee, S. C., Tee, M. Z., Siow, V. W. Y. and Chua, K. H. (2016). Prevalence and risk factors of intestinal parasitism among two indigenous sub-ethnic groups in Peninsular Malaysia. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 5, 1-15.
  • Kho, M. T., Chong, C. W., Lim, E. S. H., Ismail, N. H., Draper, L. O., Yam, W. K., Lim, P. K. C., Mak, J. W. and Yap, I. K. S. (2016). Systems biology analyses of the dynamic host response to Toxoplasma gondii infection in a murine model. Parasitology Open, 2: e9.
  • Zulkefli N. J., Mariappan V., Vellasamy K. M., Chong C. W., Thong K. L., Ponnampalavanar S., Vadivelu, J., Teh C. S. J. (2016). Molecular evidence of Burkholderia pseudomallei genotypes based on geographical distribution. PeerJ, 4: e1802.
  • Chong C.W., Pearce, D.A., Convey, P (2015) Emerging spatial patterns in Antarctic prokaryotes. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 1058.
  • Chong, C.W., Ahmad, A.F., Lim, Y.A.L., Teh, C.S.J., Yap, I.K.S., Lee, S.C., Chin, Y.T., Chua, K.H (2015) Effect of ethnicity and socioeconomic variation to the gut microbiota composition among pre-adolescent in Malaysia. Scientific reports 5: 13338.
  • Lim, P.K.C., Yamasaki, H., Mak, J.W., Wong, S.F.., Chong, C.W., Yap, I.K.S., Ambu, S., Kumarasamy, V (2015) Field evaluation of a rapid diagnostic test to detect antibodies in human toxocariasis. Acta Tropica, 148: 32-37.
  • Shaufi M.A.M., Sieo C.C., Chong C.W., Gan H.M., Ho Y.W (2015) Deciphering chickens gut microbial dynamics based on high-throughput 16S rRNA metagenomics analyses. BMC Gut Pathogen In press
  • Yap I.Y.K., Kho M.T., Lim S.H.E., Ismail N.H., Yam W.K., Chong C.W (2015) Acclimatisation-induced stress influenced host metabolic and gut microbial composition change. Molecular BioSystems 11: 297-306.
  • Chong C.W., Goh Y.S., Convey P., Pearce D. A., Tan I. K. P (2013) Antarctic biogeography: What can we learn from bacterial isolates. Extremophiles, 17: 733-735
  • Chong C.W., Pearce D. A., Convey P., Yew, W. C., Tan I. K. P (2012c) Patterns in the distribution of soil bacterial 16S rRNA gene sequences from different regions of Antarctica. Geoderma 181-182: 45-55
  • Chong C.W., Pearce D. A., Convey P., Tan I. K. P (2012b) The identification of Key environmental parameters which could influence soil bacterial community compositionies on the Antarctic peninsula – a statistical approach. Antarctic Science  24: 249–258
  • Chong C.W., Convey P., Pearce D. A., Tan I. K. P (2012a) Assessment of soil bacterial communities on Alexander Island (in the maritime and continental Antarctic transitional zone). Polar Biology 35: 387-399