CURRICULUM VITAE


 

Academic Qualifications

BSc(Agric)(Hons) (University of Western Australia);
PhD
(University of Western Australia)


Professional Experience


 

2012 -
 

Professor,

Dean, Research & Development,

Curtin University Sarawak.

 

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Successfully negotiated a RM2M project from Sarawak Energy Bhd. for Drs. Dodge-Wade and Nagarajan at the School of Engineering (2013)


2008 - 2012

 

Associate Professor,

Manager, Research & Consultancy Office,

Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus.

 

 

2006 - 2008

 

Consultant
Meumax Partners
 

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Completed projects
 

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Fermentation Consultant,

BSES Ltd., Brisbane.
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Project Manager,
Agrifoodasia P/L.

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Visiting Professor,
Department of Microbiology,
Q.-i-A. University,
Islamabad.


 

2002 - 2005
 

Project Manager
Agrifoodasia P/L

 

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Responsible for design and administration of B2B business web portal.

bullet Project analysis, evaluation and development largely in the China market.

1991 - 2002


Senior Lecturer in Industrial Microbiology,

Department of Biological Sciences,
University of Western Sydney, Macarthur

bullet Responsible for under/postgraduate teaching/supervision (honours and PhD), and research in microbiology and fermentation.

bullet Examples of research projects:
bullet "Production of immobilized mycelia of ectomycorrhizal fungi as forestry inoculants;" industry funded project.
bullet "Production of penicillin using immobilized Penicillium chrysogenum;" 3rd Year BSc. Project.
bullet "Aerobic degradation of phenol using Pseudomonas putida immobilized in calcium alginate;" B.Sc. Honours
bullet "Degradation of phenol in continuous culture using immobilized Pseudomonas putida;" Master of Sci.
bullet "Isolation fibrolytic rumen microorganisms and development of a novel production process for the fibrolytic enzymes;" PhD (UWSM/CSIRO project).
bullet "Development of versicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal inocula;" PhD.
bullet "The control of microbial deterioration of fruits and vegetables using naturally-occurring volatiles;" PhD (co-supervision; Uni. Of Newcastle).

bullet Chairman of the B.Tech.Mgt. Course Board responsible for B.Tech.Mgt.(Biotechnology), B.Tech.Mgt.(Instrumentation & Control), and B.Tech.Mgt.(Manufacturing).
bullet Led the accreditation of the honours program in the BTech.Mgt degree.
bullet Led the re-accreditation of the B.Tech.Mgt degrees.
 
bullet Chairman of the Production Floor Sub-Committee (6-monthly rotation). This committee is responsible for the policies for and operation of the Technology Management Facility which comprises laboratories and production processes.
Course Coordinator for B.Tech.Mgt.(Biotechnology).

bullet Subject Coordinator for:
bullet Industrial Microbiology.
bullet Integrating Project (Biotechnology).
bullet Basic Microbiology.

bullet Other teaching contributions:
Bioreactors, & Unit Operations; Microbiological Quality Assurance.

bullet Maintain an interest in the issues surrounding the commercialization and economic evaluation of projects. A subject of my design [Integrating Project (biotechnology)] illustrates this.

bullet Won AUD177000 of research funds between 1991 and 1993.

bullet Member of the design-specification team for a AUD3 million (1990 $) moot manufacturing complex at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur which represents typical R & D and production facilities of a manufacturing enterprise. This building is used for the B.Tech.Mgt. degrees.

bullet Responsible for the identification and procurement of AUD120000 (1991 $) of fermentation equipment for initialing a process train for the Technology Management building.

bullet Proposed the concept for, and co-designed a AUD150000 (1991 $) citric acid crystallization process plant for the Technology Management Building.

bullet Regular referee for manuscripts submitted to Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, published by the Society of Chemical Industry, London.

1987 - 1991


Research and Development Manager,

Interbac Australasia Pty. Ltd. based at the University of Western Australia.
 


Commercial and technical development of a project on fungal inocula for plantation forestry.

Tasks:

bullet to set up and manage a commercially funded three-year research and development program (AUD341037; 1987 $) for obtaining a fermentation process for the production of hydrogel-immobilized ectomycorrhizal fungi and other microorganisms for use as inocula in forestry and agriculture.
bullet to identify and assess economically feasible research and development projects in biotechnology for Interbac Australasia Pty. Ltd.

The scientific responsibilities included the:

bullet elucidation and execution of research strategy encompassing the development of novel processes and techniques, the development of production process to a scale sufficient for the supply of large field trials, field trials, and generally the development of the project to the pilot plant stage.
bullet setting up of research collaborations with the CSIRO Division of Forestry and Forest Products, Alcoa of Australia Ltd., and the W.A. Chip and Pulp Co. Pty. Ltd.
bullet setting up international affiliations by visiting institutions in the United Kingdom and Brazil.
bullet preparation of a design brief for a pilot plant facility.
bullet setting up a fermentation research laboratory.
bullet management of staff (Research Officer and Laboratory Assistant) and a fermentation research laboratory.

The commercial responsibilities included:

bullet the negotiation of research and commercial contracts for the conduct the research, to define scientific integration, for commercial access to and use of scientific data, and for the regulation of royalties. These contracts were negotiated with senior management of the University of W.A., CSIRO Division of Forestry and Forest Products, Alcoa of Australia Ltd. and the W.A. Chip and Pulp Co. Pty. Ltd.
bullet financial control and budgeting (cash flow; profit/loss; cost).
bullet the implementation of market research for determination of market niche and size.
bullet the implementation of cost-benefit analysis of the technology being developed.
bullet the implementation of a valuation of the intellectual property (via cash flow and sensitivity analyses).
bullet assessment and identification of a competent supplier/contractor for the construction of the pilot plant facility;
bullet negotiations for a supply/construction contract.
bullet development of marketing strategy.
bullet liaison with the financial sector.
bullet preparation of information for statutory listing requirements of the stock exchange.

 

1986 - 1987
 

uwa_logo.gif (3066 bytes)Research Associate,
Department of Botany, the University of Western Australia.

Production of beta-carotene in photobioreactors.

Task:

To execute a one-year commercially funded project to examine the technical feasibility of the production of
b-carotene from Dunaliella salina in airlift photobioreactors in a linked photobioreactor-open pond system. The definition of the cultural conditions required for the rapid production of Dunaliella salina biomass was a major task.

Responsibilities:

bullet elucidation and execution of research strategy.
bullet design and commissioning of the airlift photobioreactors and ancillary equipment required for the project.
bullet experimentation and interpretation of results.
bullet liaising with funding company.
bullet setting up a fermentation laboratory.
bullet managing a fermentation research laboratory and directing the work of a graduate technician.



Concurrent Appointments, 1985 - 1990

1991 - 1995

Company Director,
Biosynthetica Pty. Ltd.,
182, Claisebrook Road,
East Perth, W.A. 6004.

Biosynthetica P/L was a start-up biotechnology company which owns proprietary technology in the production of fungal biomass as inoculants.

 

1987 - 1990

 

uwa_logo.gif (3066 bytes)Honorary Research Fellow,
Soil Science & Plant Nutrition, the University of Western Australia.
This position was held during the life of the project on fungal inocula for plantation forestry which was based at the University of W.A.


1985 - 1990

Guest Lecturer in Industrial Microbiology (B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses),
Department of Microbiology, the University of Western Australia.


Research Grants Won
(as Chief Investigator unless otherwise stated)

2010 Nestle through the Brains Sciences Institute (BSI) Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
RM111,292 for managing a 3-month BSI study on the effect of nutritive drinks taken at breakfast on the cognitive skills of children.

2009 Biotech Alliance International Sdn. Bhd. 
RM745,500 for a 2 year project on rapid composting of empty fruit bunches from palm oil processing via inoculation with selected microorganisms. 

  Chief Minister's Department
RM304,000 for the operating costs of 2 in-service training PhD candidates from the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.

2000 UWSM Industry Links Grant. 
The industry partner is Fort Dodge Australia P/L.
AUD10,000 for a 10 month project to initiate investigation into the culture parameters controlling toxin production by Clostridium perfringens for application in the optimisation of toxin titre in vaccine production. Joint award with Dr. M. Laurence of Fort Dodge Australia P/L.

1997 Xylonova R&D syndicate.
AUD150,000 for a 24 month project for the development of inocula of ectomycorrhizal fungi for elite eucalypts for saline environments.

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1993 Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
AUD30,840 for a contract consultancy for a 3-year Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research research project (Project No. 9105) on the extension of postharvest storage-life of fruits and vegetables. The project is based at Chiangmai University, Thailand and the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Biosynthetica Pty. Ltd.
AUD58,000 for a 12-month extension of the project for the development of immobilized fungi for inocula.
1992 Biosynthetica Pty. Ltd.
AUD67,000 for a twelve-month research contract on the further development of immobilized fungi as inocula.

1991 Bunnings Treefarms Pty. Ltd.
AUD42,000 for a three-month project on further development of immobilized fungi for inocula.
1987 Australian Special Rural Research Council.
AUD150,000 for a three-year project on the genetic improvement of ectomycorrhizal fungi (Joint award: Dr. I.C. Tommerup [Chief Investigator]; and N. Malajczuk [Co-investigator]).
1986 Interbac Australasia Pty. Ltd.
AUD341,037 for a three-year research contract on the application of biotechnology to the production of immobilized fungi.

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1985 Rural Credits Development Bank (Reserve Bank of Australia).
AUD58,000 for a two-year project on the production of immobilized fungi for use as inocula (Joint award with Co-Investigator Dr. N. Malajczuk). Offer declined in favor of the grant from Interbac Australasia Pty. Ltd.

 


Papers in Refereed Journals

Bibliometric data from the Web of Science [all databases] (except where indicated) as of 30 June 2017
Sum of the Times Cited: 786
Sum of Times Cited without self-citations: 774
Citing Articles: 744
Citing articles without self-citations: 737
Average Citations per Item: 52.4
h-index: 11

Journal Impact Factors (©Thomson Reuters) reported are 5-year values as of 2012

Wong, C.C.; Wu, S.; Kuek, C.; Khan, A.G., and Wong, M.H. (2007) The role of mycorrhiza associated with Vetiver grown in Pn/Zn contaminated soils: Greenhouse study. Restoration Ecology 15: 60-67. [17 citations][Journal Impact Factor = 2.481]

McCabe, B.K.; Kuek, C.; Gordon, G. and Phillips, M.W. (2003) Production of beta-glucosidase using immobilised Piromyces sp. KSX1 and Orpinomyces sp. 478P1 in repeat-batch culture. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. 30(4):205-9. [1 citation] [Journal Impact Factor = 2.876]

Utama, I.M.; Wills, R.B.; Ben-Yehoshua, S. and Kuek, C. (2002) In vitro efficacy of plant volatiles for inhibiting the growth of fruit and vegetable decay microorganisms. J. Agric. Food. Chem. 50: 6371- 6377. [44 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.239]

McCabe, B.K.; Kuek, C.; Gordon, G. and Phillips, M.W. (2001) Immobilization of monocentric and polycentric types of anaerobic chytrid fungi in ca-alginate. Enz. Microbial Technol. 29:144-149. [6 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 2.936]

Mohammad, A.; Khan, A.G. and Kuek, C. (2000) Improved aeroponic culture technique for production of inocula of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 9: 337-339. [14 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.051]

Khan, A.G.; Kuek, C.; Chaudhry, T.M.; Khoo, C.S. and Hayes, W.J. (2000) The role of plants, mycorrhizae, and phytochelators in heavy metal contaminated land remediation. Chemosphere (Special issue: Environmental contamination, toxicology and health) 41: 197-207. [314 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.613]

Hannaford, A.M. and Kuek, C. (1999) Aerobic batch degradation of phenol using immobilized Pseudomonas putida. J. Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology 22(2):121-126. [45 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 2.786]

Mordocco, A.; Kuek, C. and Jenkins, R (1999) Continuous degradation of phenol at low concentration using immobilized Pseudomonas putida. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 25: 530-536. [61 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.040]

Kuek, C. (1996) Shake flask culture of Laccaria laccata, an ectomycorrhizal basidomycete. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 45: 319-326. [12 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.613]

Kuek, C., Tommerup, I.C. and Malajczuk, N. (1992) Hydrogel bead inocula for the production of ectomycorrhizal eucalypts for plantations. Mycological Research 96: 273-277. [20 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 2.923]

Kuek, C. (1991) Production of glucoamylase using Aspergillus phoenicus immobilized in calcium alginate beads. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 35: 466-470. [16 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.613]

Kuek, C. (1986) Immobilized living mycelia for the growth-dissociated synthesis of chemicals. International Industrial Biotechnology 6: 123-125.

Kuek, C. and Armitage, T.A. (1985) Scanning electron microscopic examination of calcium alginate beads immobilizing growing mycelia of Aspergillus phoenicus. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 7: 121-125. [25 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 3.040]

Kuek, C. and Kidby, D.K. (1985) Determination of glucoamylase in culture filtrates containing other amylolytic enzymes. Starch/starke 37: 161-162. [3 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 1.744]

Kuek, C. and Kidby, D.K. (1984) Screening fungi for improved glucoamylase productivity using buffered dextran broth cultures. Biotechnology Letters 6: 561-566. [9 citations] [Journal Impact Factor = 1.964]


Refereed Papers in Books

Chaudhry, T.M.; Hill, L.; Khan, A.G. and Kuek, C. (1999) Colonization of iron- and zinc-contaminated dumped filtercake waste by microbes, plants, and associated mycorrhizae. In: "Remediation and Management of Degraded Lands", M.H. Wong; J.W.C. Wong and A.J.M. Baker (eds.), CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton; pp. 275-283. [15 citations]

Kuek, C. (1994) Issues concerning the production and use of inocula of ectomycorrhizal fungi. In: “Management of Mycorrhizas in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry", A. D. Robson, L. K. Abbott and N. Malajczuk (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht; pp. 221-230. [Google Scholar citations here]
 

Book

Manurung, R.; Abdullah, Z.C.; Ahmad, F.B. and Kuek, C. (2010) "Biodiversity - Biotechnology: gateway to discoveries, sustainable utilization and wealth creation." Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, Kuching. ISBN 978-983-40638-3-2


Conferences and Posters

Ng, L.T.; Kuek, C. and Yeo, Y.T.C. (2012) Production of prolyl oligopeptidase inhibitor via repeat batch culture of immobilized Fusarium sp. CMI397470. Sixty second Annual Meeting of the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology; 12 - 16 Aug 2012; Washington DC, USA.

Ng, L.T.; Kuek, C. and Yeo, Y.T.C. (2011) Shake flask production of prolyl oligopepetidase inhibitor by Fusarium sp. CMI397470. In: "Proceedings of the International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2011"; 8 - 11 December 2011, Penang, Malaysia; R.A. Rahim; W.Z. Saad; S.C. Chin et al. (eds.), Malaysian Society for Microbiology, ISBN 978-983-99873-1-7; pp. 492 - 495.

Asif, M.; Khan, A.; Khan, M.A. and Kuek, C. (1995) Growth response of wheat to sheared root vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae inoculum under field conditions. In: “Mycorrhizae: Biofertilizers of the Future; Proceedings of the Third National Conference on Mycorrhizae;” 13-15 March, New Delhi, India.

Mordocco, A.; Kuek, C. and Jenkins, R. (1995) Continuous degradation of phenol at low levels using Psuedomonas putida immobilized in calcium alginate. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology, September, Canberra, Australia.

Smitamana, P.; Boonyakiat, D.; Kuek, C.; Warton, M.A. and Yuen, C. (1995) Control of decay microorganims in tropical fruits using ethanol vapor. Australasian Postharvest Horticulture Conference, 18-22 September, Melbourne, Australia.

Utama, I.M.S.; Kuek, C.; Jenkins, R. and Yuen, C. (1995) In vitro screening of volatile compounds for the control of fruit and vegetable decay microorganisms. Australasian Postharvest Horticulture Conference, 18-22 September, Melbourne, Australia.

Thomson, B.K.; Gordon, G.L.R.; Phillips, M.W. and Kuek, C. (1994) Anaerobic fungi as a source of an enzyme mixture for fibre digestion; Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology, 25-30 September, abstracted in Australian Microbiologist 15:A140

Kuek, C.; Malajczuk, N. and Tommerup, I.C. (1990) Hydrogel bead inocula for the production of ectomycorrhizal eucalypts for plantations. 8th Nth. Am. Conf. on Mycorrhizae, Jackson, Wyoming.

Kuek, C.; Malajczuk, N. and Tommerup, I.C. (1988) Inoculation of eucalypts with hydrogel bead inocula of ectomycorrhizal fungi: An efficacious method for the production of mycorrhizal plants. Conference on the Biotechnology of Fungi for Improving Plant Growth, Uni. of Sussex, U.K.


Tommerup, I.C., Kuek, C. and Malajczuk, N. (1987) Ectomycorrhizal inoculum production and utilization in Australia. In: "Proceedings of the 7th North American Conference on Mycorrhizae"; D.M. Sylvia and L.L. Hung (eds.), pp. 293-295.


Theses

"Some factors affecting the rate of ethanol production in rapid batch fermentation.
Honours thesis, Department of Soil Science & Plant Nutrition, the University of W.A., 1978.

"Glucoamylase of Aspergillus phoenicus: Strain improvement and production using immobilized mycelia".
Ph.D thesis, School of Agriculture, the University of W.A., 1985.


Conferences and Consultancies


2012

Prepared the LTT Aquaculture Sdn. Bhd. application for a MOSTI Flagship grant. The project was awarded RM1.5M.

"62nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology"; Aug. 12-16, 2012, Washington, DC.
2011 "International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2011"; 8 - 11 December 2011, Penang, Malaysia
2005
Consultant to BSES Ltd., Brisbane (to 2008) for an artificial seed commercialization project.
2002 Consultant to Fujian Agricultural University, Fuzhou on the development of a rapid testing kit for pesticide residues.
2001 “2nd International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Fungi”, Christchurch, New Zealand, July 3-6.
1999 Invited by the China Overseas Exchanges Association in Beijing, China to join a group of 100 experts convened on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples' Republic of China, to visit institutions in various provinces with a view to technical exchange. Visited the Biotechnology Research Centre at Guangxi University, the Guangxi Forest Research Institute, and the Academy of Forestry in Yunnan. Met with various exchange office officials in Beijing. Sept. 19 to 3 Oct.
1998 United Nations Development Program TOKTEN/STAR consultant to the China Eucalypt Research Centre, Zhanjiang, China; 15-22 Feb. To provide advice on inocula of ectomycorrhizal fungi for plantation eucalypts. un.gif (1151 bytes)
1997
End-of-Project Workshop (ACIAR Project No. 9105), 22-23 May, Chiangmai, Thailand.
1995 "Annual Meeting of the Aust. Centre for Intl. Agric. Res. (ACIAR) Postharvest Research Program," Cunningham Laboratory, St. Lucia, Queensland, 14-15 November. Invited attendance as a consultant to ACIAR Project No. 9105.
1994 "Asia-Pacific Chitin and Chitosan Symposium", 24-27 May, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Attendance to orientate for a new R & D area.
"International Workshop on Postharvest Technology for Agricultural Produce Including Animal Husbandry, Hanoi, Dec. 8-9, 1994. Invited attendance as a consultant to ACIAR Project No. 9105."
Invited by the Guangdong Overseas Chinese Office in China to pay a visit to the Institute for Tropical Forestry, Longdong with a view to establishing technical exchange. 
1993 "International Conference on Postharvest Handling of Tropical Fruit", 19-23 July, Chiangmai, Thailand. Invited attendance as a consultant to an Aust. Centre for Intl. Agric. Res. Project No. 9105."
Microbiology consultant to the Aust. Centre for Intl. Agric. Research (Project No. 9105 - Shelf-life Extension of Fruits & Vegetables) based in Chiangmai, Thailand; 1993 - 1995.
1992 "International Symposium on Management of Mycorrhizas in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry", 28th Sept.- 2nd Oct., Perth, Western Australia. Invited attendance to present a paper entitled "Issues concerning the production and use of inocula of ectomycorrhizal fungi."
1989 "3rd Brazilian Conference on Mycorrhizae", 11-14th Sept., Universidade de Sao Paulo, Piricicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Invited attendance to present an address entitled "Hydrogel Bead Inocula: Developments in Western Australia."
1988 "The Biotechnology of Fungi for Improving Plant Growth", 19-22nd Sept., University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Attended and presented a co-authored poster."


Scholastic awards

Undergraduate
1977 The David Evans Memorial Prize in Agricultural Micro-Economics, the University of Western Australia.

Postgraduate

1982

The University of Western Australia Special Studentship.

1979

The Charles and Annie Neumann Postgraduate Fellowship in Agriculture. Offer declined in favor of another (see immediately below).

1979

The Soil Fertility Research Committee of Western Australia Studentship in Industrial Microbiology.

Postdoctoral

1986

The Charles and Annie Neumann Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Agriculture. Offer declined in favor of a fully funded post-doctoral project (Production of fungal biomass; see below).

 

Other

Resident, 1974 - 1977.
St. Thomas More College,
The University of Western Australia.

Resident Tutor, 1982.
Currie Hall,
The University of Western Australia.
 

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