THE STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY NEW GROUP MEMBERS
The Structural Biology group of CCB welcomes four new MSc students. Three of them, Chung Boon Tiong, Syafiqah Diana Bt Subandi and Nurul Liana Bt Suardy, will identify novel proteins from the Mangrovimonas bacteria isolated by Dr Go Furusawa's group for functional and structural studies. Yeap Kean Heng, meanwhile, will investigate the interaction between the component proteins of the mTOR signalling pathway of human.
NATURAL RUBBER DEGRADATION
Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sudesh Kumar, Nanthini Jayaram and colleagues have successfully published a genome announcement paper entitled ‘Complete genome sequence of Streptomyces sp. strain CFMR 7, a natural rubber degrading actinomycete isolated from Penang, Malaysia’. This strain was found to produce clear zones on latex overlay agar as per reported in the previous study. The genome of this strain was sequenced using Pacific Biosciences’ single molecule sequencing technology (SMRT) and the de novo assembly was carried out using Hierarchical Genome Assembly Process (HGAP) workflow. Two full-length latex clearing protein (lcp) genes were identified from these sequences from the bioinformatics analysis. Genome sequencing of Streptomyces sp. strain CFMR 7 will provide more insights into the rubber-degradation mechanism, which can be utilized for better rubber waste management.
DR. VEERA'S NEW TEAM MEMBERS
CCB welcomes three new researchers, Wan Nur Fatanah Bt Wan Mohammad, Muhammad Fazli B. Khalid and Siti Nurfazilah Bt. Abdul Rahman. Wan Nur Fatanah will be developing and characterizing novel polymorphic microsatellite markers from the genome of a blood-sucking ectoparasite, Cimex hemipterus for her MSc degree, under the supervision of Dr. G. Veera Singham. Fazli will be investigating the circadian regulation of insecticide susceptibility in the common bed bugs, Cimex lectularius for his MSc degree. Siti Nurfazilah is currently pursuing her PhD degree and will be involved in drafting a transcriptome profile for the commercially important para rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis based on the RNA-Seq approach.
NEW ASSISTANT REGISTRAR
We are delighted to receive Nurul Amira Mohd Ali who is joining the team as an Assistant Registrar starting from 1st October 2015. Amira will play a crucial role in handling administrative, student and academic matters in CCB.
Centre for Chemical Biology (CCB USM) would like to wish a very warm welcome to Uswatun Bahirah Bt Ahmad Hisham for joining CCB USM as Research Officer starting from 15th September 2015. Uswatun will manage all CCB services which are DNA sequencing, Protein X-ray, Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and DNA extraction (16s Conventional Method). Kindly contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further enquiries regarding CCB services.