Lian Chee Foong


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  • Organization
    University Tunku Abdul Rahman

  • Employment Status
    University / College Staff

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interest is to study the biosynthesis pathways, pathway genes, and enzymes of plants that typically possess medicinal properties. I am particularly interested in investigating important secondary metabolites biosynthesis pathways in molecular aspect. My educational background and research experiences in biochemistry, plant molecular biology, cell biology, microscopy and functional characterization of genes have provided a foundation on which productive research can be conducted.

  • Which of the following best describes your career stage?
    Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Profile Question 1
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    There's always a reason behind a particular phenomenon in our everyday's life. It is fun to explore and unravel the principle of science. Then, that's coming to the part where our imagination and creativity could take place and put them into applications. Isn't it amazing? We wipe off the fear of being innocent and learn about how to appreciate life and lives by understanding both the living and non-living things on earth.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Impatiens balsamina, also known as garden balsam, is a tropical ornamental plant. The fun part about the plant is its impulsive burst of the capsule. When the capsule turns to mature stage, it burst and release the seeds immediately whenever I touch. The flowers can be used to grind into liquid, and then could be used to paint the nail. It is always one of the childhood games especially in the rural area in Malaysia.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    There's still a lot of things pending to discover and we are yet to understand. Especially when it comes to a specific topic in scientific research, the scarce of the literature review sometimes could make it difficult to infer and carry on. However, it is the interesting part that we could contribute something little to extend the circle of scientific knowledge, or to fill the gap in our understanding towards certain topics.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)
    Foundations of Genetics (traits, variation and environment in rapidly cycling Brassica)
    Genetics in Arabidopsis (investigation with a model species to track transmission of traits)
    The Wonder of Seeds (seed germination and growth)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    What about Pollen? (pollen and pollination)
    Celery Challenge (plant anatomy, osmosis and diffusion)
    C-Fern in the Open (sexual reproduction, alternation of generations)
    Plants Get Sick, Too!
    Tree-mendous Trees

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

Recent Posts

spongebob square plants Lian Chee Foong

Dear Team,

Oh good to hear that there is one that growing...The different in the results showed that the coffee powder does definitely affecting the plant growth, maybe by providing some precious mineral nutrients or helping in a way that to…

potato piggies Lian Chee Foong

One other reason that I postulated is that the sugar water has lesser concentration of the water, causing the water refuse to go into the plants....the principle of what's call "osmosis".

Anyway, it's great to hear…

Hispanic Foursome Lian Chee Foong

It's great to hear that you all having fun with the experiment. The next time when you are eating the vegetables or watering the plants you could think about the interesting things that you could do with your plants. It was glad to be your…


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