Field: Tissue Culture
Position/Level: PhD student
Latest Working Experience: QA Executive/ Auditor
Research Title: Establishment of Hevea Tissue Culture for the Expression of PHA Biosynthesis Genes
Marisa Khoo, obtained both her Bachelor and Master degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from year 1999 to 2006. Her previous research was in extraction and identification of plant active compound for the study of antioxidant activity using DPPH free radical. She gained several years of industrial working experience before joining the Ecobiomaterial Research Lab to further her doctorate degree in USM starting in September 2013.
She was a trained auditor under ISO9001, ISO17025, OECD GLP and ICH GCP during her employment in a pharmaceutical testing company from year 2010 to 2013 and is experienced in conducting audit in function, system and process of daily laboratory and clinical operation in compliance to the accredited quality standard. She too was a Cambridge A-Level Biology Lecturer in a local private college for 2 years conducting lectures and practical classes to pre-university students.
Her current research project for her doctorate degree is to develop Hevea tissue culture for the establishment of PHA biosynthesis gene under the main supervision of Prof. Dr. K. Sudesh Kumar and co-supervise by Prof. Dr. Sompong Te-chato from the Faculty of Natural Resources of Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. While conducting her doctorate research, she is currently assisting Prof. Dr. K. Sudesh Kumar in establishing and to set up a new plant tissue culture lab under the collaboration of USM and a private industrial company from Japan.