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ONE DUST MITE'S PROTEIN IS MAN'S ALLERGY

1 Nov 2015 — Dr Teh Aik Hong, in collaboration with UKM, recently described the characteristics of an allergen isolated from a common house dust mite, a microscopic creature living in our homes. An allergen is a substance, which can be a protein, that causes an immune response such as sneezing, itching and even shortness of breath. Unlike other similar dust mite allergens, this particular allergen, Der f 21, appeared to form a dimer. The allergen has also been crystallized, and ongoing structural studies will be an important step towards understanding how it causes an immune reaction at the molecular level.

A MINI PREDATOR’S GPS

After describing the whole genome of an interesting marine predator bacteria isolated from waters near Queensbay, Penang, Dr Go Furusawa is currently trying to understand the secrets behind the predatory behaviour of this species. In this recent publication, Dr. Furusawa showed the importance of calcium in guiding many of the movements related to this bacteria, such as aggregation, adhesion and ixotrophy. This is a rare study showing calcium playing a role of guiding these phenomena.

http://mic.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/micro/10.1099/mic.0.000158

NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING TECHNOLOGY IS POSSIBLE FOR YOUR RESEARCH

CCB is offering services for Genome Sequencing, Transcriptomic profiling, metagenomics and other NGS based analysis. Talk to us to understand the process and see how we can provide solutions for sample preparation to downstream bioinformatics analysis Kindly email uswatun@ccbusm.edu.my for further details!

CONGRATULATIONS ON GRADUATING

Congratulations to Dr. Kuah Meng Kiat and Dr. Ira Aryani Wirjon for receiving Doctor of philosophy degree and Yue Keong Choon for his Master degree on USM 52nd Convocation ceremony held recently. We wish you happy memories, bright beginnings and all the success in your new challenges.

MINISTRY OF RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND HIGHER EDUCATION OF INDONESIA VISIT

Monday, 16 November 2015 – The Centre for Chemical Biology (CCB) received a visit from the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia, Professor Dr. Mohamad Nasir. The visit is accompanied by Professor Dato’ Dr. Omar Osman, Vice Chancellor of USM, Professor Dato’ Dr. Muhamad Jantan, Deputy Vice Chancellor of USM and Professor Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Director of Sains@USM Campus. The Director of CCB, Professor Dr. Alexander Chong Shu Chien led a tour of CCB’s Genomic Lab for the delegation. The visit continued with a lab tour of the Centre for Herbal Standardization (CHEST) and Institute of Nano Optoelectronics Research and Technology (INOR), before they had a meeting at Sains@USM.