University of Nottingham Malaysia
Faculty of Science

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Chiew Foan Chin

Associate Professor,


  • workRoom B1A14 Block B1
    Malaysia Campus
    Jalan Broga
    43500 Semenyih
    Selangor Darul Ehsan
  • work+6 (03) 8924 8216
  • fax+6 (03) 8924 8018

Expertise Summary

  • Plant molecular genetics - the isolation and use of DNA markers to screen for important traits in commercial crops
  • plant tissue culture - bulking up of elite plant materials and for production of valuable products in plants
  • marker-assisted selection - improvement of commercial crop species through the use of DNA technology
  • plant genome studies - Manipulation of the plant genomes for production of useful secondary metabolites

Teaching Summary

I am the coordinator for the following teaching modules: Current Issues in Biotechnology, Basic Introduction to Omic Technologies, Molecular Biology and the Dynamic Cell

My research interests are on plant genomic and proteomic studies, molecular genetics and plant growth and development

Research Summary

I am a plant biologist. So anything that are related with plants will interest me. Currently, my research involves identification of DNA markers linked with important traits of commercial crops such… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

I am a plant biologist. So anything that are related with plants will interest me. Currently, my research involves identification of DNA markers linked with important traits of commercial crops such as oil palm and vanilla orchids. Since DNA molecules do not change very much during the life cylce of an organism, it can be used as a tool to screen for desirable traits when the organisms are at an early stage of development. This technology is particularly useful for long generation crops. My research team is working on Ganoderma resistant gene marker funded by FELDA research grant worth RM230 600 and somatic embryogenic related gene markers funded by eScience (RM110 000, project number: ABI(P)-1). I am also interested in using advance molecular techniques such as proteomic analysis to investigate the somatic embryogenesis process in plant cell development. This project is funded by MOA (RM122 000, project number:05-02-12-SF1006)

Future Research

My future research plan include collaborating with the Arabidopsis group at Nottingham University UK in order to adopt the extensive research which has been carried out in Arabidopsis (the model plant) to the commercial crops that I am working with

  • LAWSON, TAMUNONENGIYEOFORI, LYCETT, GRANTLEY W., ALI, ASGAR and CHIN, CHIEW FOAN, 2019. Characterization of Southeast Asia mangoes (Mangifera indica L) according to their physicochemical attributes SCIENTIA HORTICULTURAE. 243, 189-196
  • LAWSON, T., MAYES, S., LYCETT, G.W. and CHIN, C.F., 2018. Plant Rabs and the role in fruit ripening Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews. 34(2), 181-197
  • CHEE, MARCUS JENN YANG, LYCETT, GRANTLEY W. and CHIN, CHIEW FOAN, 2018. Development of a direct transformation method by GFP screening and in vitro whole plant regeneration of Capsicum frutescens L. ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY. 34, 51-58
  • NAGAPPAN, JAYANTHI, CHIN, CHIEW FOAN, ANGEL, LEE PEI LEE, COOPER, RICHARD M., MAY, SEAN T. and LOW, ENG-TI LESLIE, 2018. Improved nucleic acid extraction protocols for Ganoderma boninense, G-miniatocinctum and G-tornatum BIOTECHNOLOGY LETTERS. 40(11-12), 1541-1550
  • CHEE, M.J.Y., LYCETT, G.W., KHOO, T-J. and CHIN, C.F., 2017. Bioengineering of the plant culture of Capsicum frutescens with vanillin synthase gene for the production of vanillin. Molecular Biotechnology. 59(1), 1-8
  • TAN, HOOI SIN, JACOBY, RICHARD P., ONG-ABDULLAH, MEILINA, TAYLOR, NICOLAS L., LIDDELL, SUSAN, CHEE, WONG WEI and CHIN, CHIEW FOAN, 2017. Proteomic profiling of mature leaves from oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) ELECTROPHORESIS. 38(8), 1147-1153
  • TAN HOOI SIN, SUSAN LIDDELL, MEILINA ONG ABDULLAH, WONG WEI CHEE and CHIN CHIEW FOAN, 2016. Differential proteomic analysis of embryogenic lines in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) Journal of Proteomics. 143, 334-345
  • KAM, MELISSA YIT YEE, CHAI, LI CHIN and CHIN, CHIEW FOAN, 2016. The biology and in vitro propagation of the ornamental aquatic plant, Aponogeton ulvaceus. SpringerPlus. 5(1), 1657
  • CHIEW FOAN CHIN, 2016. The Proteome of Orchids. In: GHASEM HOSSEINI SALEKDEH, ed., Agricultural Proteomics: Crops, Horticulture, Farm Animals, Food, Insect and Microorganisms Springer. 117-127
  • TAN B.C. and CHIN C.F., 2015. Vanilla planifolia: An economically important orchid and its propagation Minerva Biotechnologica. 27(2), 107-116
  • SUBHRA CHAKRABORTY, GHASEM HOSSEINI SALEKDEH, PINGFANG YANG, SUN-HEE WOO, CHIEW FOAN CHIN, CHRIS GEHRING, PAUL A. HAYNES, MEHDI MIRZAEI and SETSUKO KOMATSU, 2015. Proteomics of Important Food Crops in the Asia Oceania Region: Current Status and Future Perspectives Journal of Proteome Research. 14(7), 2723−2744
  • JENN YANG CHEE and CHIEW FOAN CHIN, 2015. Gateway Cloning Technology: Advantages And Drawbacks Journal of Cloning & Transgenesis. 4, 1-3
  • CHIN CHIEW FOAN, 2015. Rapid development of genic microsatellite markers for the endemic Elettariopsis species using next generation sequencing technology In: International Conference on Crop Improvement, UPM, Selangor.
  • CHIN CHIEW FOAN, 2015. Proteogenomic analysis of oil palm In: Proceeding of the 7th International Symposium on Frontier in Agriculture Proteome Research, Korea.
  • TAN B.C., CHIN C.F., LIDDELL S. and ALDERSON P., 2014. Protein extraction for callus and node cultures of Vanilla planifolia Andrews Minerva Biotechnologica. 26(3), 115-126
  • TAN B.C., CHIN C.F., LIDDELL S. and ALDERSON P., 2013. Proteomic Analysis of Callus Development in Vanilla planifolia Andrews Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 31(6), 1220-1229
  • BOON CHIN TAN, CHIEW FOAN CHIN and PETER ALDERSON, 2013. Effects of sodium nitroprusside on shoot multiplication and regeneration of Vanilla planifolia Andrews In Vitro Cell.Dev.Biol.—Plant. 49(5), 626-630
  • HO W.K., OOI S.E., MAYES S., NAMASIVAYAM P., ONG-ABDULLAH M. and CHIN C.F., 2013. Methylation levels of a novel genetic element, EgNB3 as a candidate biomarker associated with the embryogenic competency of oil palm Tree Genetics and Genomes. 9(4), 1099-1107
  • CHIN CHIEW FOAN, LEE Y.W., TAN J.S. and SHARIFAH SHAHRUL RABIAH SYED ALWEE, 2012. Amplification and sequencing of partial-length disease resistance gene homologues coding for NBS-LRR proteins in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. 20(1), 25-31
  • LE VINH THUC, NORASHIKIN SARPAN, HUYNH KY, SIEW-ENG OOI, SUHAIMI NAPIS, CHAI-LING HO, MEILINA ONG-ABDULLAH, CHIEW FOAN CHIN, PARAMESWARI NAMASIVAYAM, 2011. A novel transcript of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), Eg707, is specifically upregulated in tissues related to totipotency Molecular Biotechnology. 48(2), 156-164
  • BOON CHIN TAN, CHIEW FOAN CHIN and PETER ALDERSON, 2011. Optimisation of plantlet regeneration from leaf and nodal derived callus of Vanilla planifolia Andrews Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culure. 105, 457-463
  • BOON CHIN TAN, CHIEW FOAN CHIN, PETER ALDERSON, 2011. An improved plant regeneration of Vanilla planifolia Andrews Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology. 21(1), 27-33
  • TAN HOOI SIN, MEILINA ONG ABDULLAH, CHOO CHIN NEE, WONG WEI CHEE, SUSAN LIDDELL, CHIN CHIEW FOAN, 2011. Optimisation of protein extraction methods for 2DE proteomic analysis using oil palm leaves In: The MPOB International Palm Oil Congress.
  • TAN HOOI SIN, MEILINA ONG ABDULLAH, WONG WEI CHEE, SUSAN LIDDELL, CHIN CHIEW FOAN, 2011. Proteomic Analysis of Callus Proliferation Rate in Tissue Culture of Oil Palm In: Proceedings of International Symposium “Frontier in Agriculture Proteome Research: Contribution of proteomics technology in agricultural sciences”.
  • YAP CHENG LOCK, TAN HOOI SIN, TAN BOON CHIN, WONG WEI CHEE, CHIN CHIEW FOAN, 2011. Proteomic analysis of callus culture in oil palm In: Proceedings of International symposium on functional genomics and structural biology.
  • CHIN CF, HO WK, ONG-ABDULLAH M, OOI SE, MAYES S AND NAMASIVAYAM P, 2010. Development of biomarkers for screening oil palm tissue culture clones In: Paper presented at ISOPB, Yogjakarta, Indonesia.
  • TAN, B. C, LINH T. L. T and ALDERSON, P. G. AND CHIN, C. F., 2009. In vitro Plant Regeneration via Indirect Shoot Organogenesis and Optimisation of Genetic Transformation in Vanilla planifolia In: Proceedings of 18th MSMBB Scientific Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • SEAN MAYES, FLORIAN STADLER, GRACIA RIBAS-VARGAS, SHRAVANI BASU, FESTO MASSAWE,, 2009. Marker-assisted breeding in crops?: wheat and bambara groundnut as two contrasting examples of progress In: ISOPB, KLCC, Malaysia.
  • LINH THUY LE THI, BOON CHIN TAN, KOK SONG LAI AND CHIEW FOAN CHIN, 2009. Optimization of particle bombardment parameters in Vanilla planifolia axillary bud culture In: Proceedings of 9th Interantional Congress of Plant and Molecular Biology. St Louis, Missouri, USA.
  • TAN JOON SHEONG, CHIN CHIEW FOAN, FESTO MASSAWE, SEAN MAYES AND, 2009. Identification of Ganoderma bonensis resistance/tolerance genes by NBS profiling method In: Proceedings of The MPOB International Palm Oil Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • HO WK, CHIN, CF, OOI SE, MAYES S, MEILINA O-B AND NAMASIVAYAM P, 2008. Candidate Molecular Markers Associated With Prolific Clones of Oil Palm In: 17th MSMBB Scientific Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • NORASHIKIN S, NAMASIVAYAM P, OOI SE, ONG-ABDULLAH M, HO CL AND CHIN CF, 2008. Validation of Potential Oil Palm Biomarkers for Oil Palm Tissue Culture Industry In: 17th MSMBB Scientific Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • CHIN CF AND ROFINA YASMIN O, 2006. In vitro direct shoot organogenesis and regeneration of plantlets from leaf explants of Sentang (Azadirachta excelsa) Biotechnology. 5(3), 337-340
  • CL HO, K HARIKRISHNA, KI KANDASAMY, CF CHIN AND SS ABDUL RAHMAN, 2003. Variation in turfgrasses demonstrated by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. 11(1), 51-55
  • PT SEE, SS ABDUL RAHMAN, CF CHIN AND K HARIKRISHNA, 2003. Identification of differentially expressed genes during somatic embryogenesis of Axonopus compressus by restriction fragment differential display-coupled FSD Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. 11(2), 21-25
  • CHIN CF, S AZIZ, HARIKRISHNA JA AND KANDASAMY KI, 1999. An estimation of relatedness of Nepenthes spe-cies in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah using Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technology In: Poster presentation at Symposium on Genetic Resources of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
  • NORAINI S AND CHIN CF, 1997. Higher content of Azadirachtin detected in in vitro culture of Sentang (Azadirachta excelsa) than the natural stand trees UPM Research newsletter. 1(15),
  • CHIN CF AND LEUNG DWM, 1997. Seed as potential source of explants for in vitro shoot culture of Taxus baccata L In: Oral presentation at 12th Biennnial Conference of the New Zealand branch of the International Association for Plant Tissue Culture.

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University of Nottingham Malaysia
Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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