KENNY VOON GAH LEONG

Designation/Title: Lecturer III
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Education and Training

PhD (Medical sciences in Virology) IMU, Malaysia 2011
MSc (Virology) UPM, Malaysia 2005
BSc (Biomedical Science) UPM, Malaysia 2001

 

Research projects/grants:

External as Principal Investigator

  • MSTF Functional analysis of Pteropine orthoreovirus p17 protein as immunological modulation protein 2012-2014 RM 20,000
  • FRGS Deciphering of cellular receptor responsibile for Pteropine othoreovirus gaining entry into host 2013- 2016 RM 100,000

 

IMU Internal as Principal Investigator

  • Molecular Characterization of Two Novel Orthoreoviruses isolated in Malaysia. 2006-2008. RM40,000
  • Genetic comparison of Novel Othoreoviruses isolated in Malaysia with respect to Nelson Bay virus isolated in Australia. 2008-2009. RM15,000
  • Prevalence of Pteropine orthroreovirus infection in patients presenting with influenza-like illness- 2012-2013. RM20,000
  • Regulation of interferon III and its receptor by inner capsid protein sigma 2/A Pteropine Orthoreovirus in human cell line. 2013-2014. RM20,000
  • Detection of DNA viruses in the soil from Serendah village. 2014. RM6000
  • Detection of RNA viruses in the soil from Serendah village. 2015. RM12,000

 

Supervision of Postgraduates (MSc/PhD)

  • Deciphering of cellular receptor responsibile for Pteropine othoreovirus gaining entry into host – Tan Yeh Fong, MSc Project, 2014 onwards (Co-supervisor)
  • Expression of edible human rotavirus VP6 subunits in Agrobacterioum- medicated transformed Centella asiatica cells. – Wong Ying Pei, PhD project, 2013 onwards. (Co-supervisor)

 

Supervision of Undergraduates

  • Prevalence of Pteropine orthroreovirus infection in patients presenting with influenza-like illness- Tan Yeh Fong, B. MedSci, 2012-2013. (Main supervisor)
  • Regulation of interferon III and its receptor by inner capsid protein sigma 2/A Pteropine Orthoreovirus in human cell line. Ng Sue Lin, BMedSci 2013-2014 (Main supervisor)
  • Detection of DNA viruses in the soil from Serendah village. Lim Chai Ying, Yeow Xue Ling, B Pharm 2014. (Main supervisor)
  • Detection of RNA viruses in the soil from Serendah village. Chow Chai Sia, Everlyn Hii Shin Yee, Kher Pui Yong, Lim Jing Soon, B Pharm 2015. (Main supervisor)
  • Functional characterization of cytochrome P450 2C19 allelic variants CYP2C19*23 and CYP2C19*24. Lau Pui Shen BMedSci 2012 (Co-supervisor)
  • Detection of Dengue virus and Wulbacia sp in Aedes larve in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Colin Teo BMed Sci 2014 (Co-supervisor)

 

Professional affiliations:

  • International Society for Infectious Disease –member
  • Australasian Virology Society- member
  • Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine- member
  • Malaysian Biosecurity and Biosafety Association- member

 

Recent publications
(last 5 years – 2010-2014)

  • Chua KB, Voon K, Yu M, Wan Ali WNA, Kasri AR, Wang LF, Saffold virus infection in children, Malaysia, 2009. Emerg. Infect. Diseases. 2011: 1562-4 (ISI IF: 7.35; H-index: 154; Tier: Q1)
  • Chua KB, Voon K, Yu M, Keniscope C, Abdul Rasid K, Wang LF. Investigation of a potential zoonotic transmission of orthoreovirus associated with acute influenza-like illness in an adult patient. PLoS One. 2011; 6(10): e25434 (ISI IF: 3.68; H-index: 127; Tier: Q1)
  • Voon K, Chua KB, Malik Y, Crameri G, McEachern, Yu M, Wang LF. Evolutionary relationship of the L- and M-class genome segments of bat-borne fusogenic orthoreoviruses in Malaysia and Australia. J. Gen. Virol. 2011 92(12): 2930-6 (ISI IF: 3.61; H-index: 122; Tier: Q1)
  • Voon K, Ng QM, Yu M, Wang LF, Chua KB. Genetic analysis of Saffold virus-Penang in relation to other newly discovered Saffold viruses. The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health 2012; 43(4): 917-26 (ISI IF: 0.66; H-index: 33; Tier: Q3)
  • Fong JH, Voon K, Ambu S. Mak JW. Phylogenetic analysis and identification of Sarcocystic spp. found in rodents in Peninsular Malaysia. International e-Journal of Science, Medicine and Education (IeJSME), 2014; 8(1): 12-17. (MyCite IF: 0.024).
  • Chem YK, Chua KB, Malik Y, Voon K. Monoclonal antibody-escape variant of dengue virus serotype 1: Genetic composition and envelope protein expression. Tropical Biomedicine June 2015 (accepted) (ISI IF: 1.06; H-index: 16; Tier: Q3)

 

VIII. Abstracts in Proceedings

International Meetings/Congresses

  • Voon K, Chua KB, Malik Y, Wang LF. 2010: Different genetic lineage between Pteropine orthreoviruses isolated in Malaysia and Australia. The 4th International Symposium on Emerging Viral Diseases. Wuhan, China 24-27 Oct 2010. (oral presentation)
  • Voon K, Chua KB, Yu M, Wang LF, 2012: Molecular analysis of Saffold virus isolated in Malaysia. 15th International Congress of Infectious Diseases. Bangkok, Thailand 13 - 26 June 2012 (poster presentation)
  • Tan YF, Voon K, Ujang K, Mohd Anas NN, Gunnasekaran R, Kamaruddin SR, Teng CL. 2013: Pteropine Orthreovirus infections in patients with upper respiratory tract infection. 7th Australasian Virology Society Meeting. Queenstown, New Zealand 8-11 December 2013 (poster presentation)
  • Fong JH, Voon K, Ambu S, Mak JW. 2014: A study on phylogenetic relationships among Sarcocystis spp. Identified in rodents in Peninsular Malaysia. 6th ASEAN Congress of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 5-7 March 2014 (poster presentation)

 

 

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