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Biography

Dr Kenny Voon found his interest in virology since his undergraduate studies in Universiti Putra Malaysia. He continued his postgraduate studies in virology in International Medical University. He was given the opportunity to complete part of his Ph.D. work in Australian Animal Health Laboratory, a BSL4 laboratory in Geelong, Australia. He is also a team lead for COVID-19 testing in other teaching institute prior joining University of Nottingham Malaysia. As the team leader for COVID-19 testing, he has organized a dedicated team, plans and setup the testing laboratory. He is a registered Professional Technologist under Malaysian Board of Technologist.

Teaching Summary

Dr Kenny Voon teaches microbiology related subjects in undergraduate and graduate students in pharmacy and biomedical sciences.

PHAR2009- Pharmaceutical Microbiology (module convener)

PHAR2012 - Laboratory Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2

LIFE2102- Medical Microbiology and Parasitology

LIFE3111- Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Informatics

Research Summary

Dr Kenny Voon research focusing on the discovering novel viruses from bats such as Pteropine Orthoreovirus and establishing this emerging virus as one of the respiratory viruses in Malaysia. His… read more

Recent Publications

  • TUNE, BERNADETTE XIN-JIE, LING, ANNA PICK-KIONG, VOON, KENNY GAH-LEONG and WONG, YING-PEI, 2022. THE EFFECTS OF ORIENTIN ON THP-1 CELLS INFECTED BY DENV2 JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD SCIENCES. 11(5),
  • LOH, ALSON, SHAIBIE, NUR ADANIA, CHAN, PO QHUAN, LEONG, POOI POOI, SEGERAN, SHARRADA, TAN, BOON KEAT, WONG, SIEW TUNG, KOH, RHUN YIAN, CHYE, SOI MOI and VOON, KENNY, 2022. Pteropine Orthoreovirus, PRV7S (Sikamat Virus) Demonstrates Oncolysis in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Cell Lines FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE-LANDMARK. 27(4),
  • CHAN, P. Q., CHOOK, J. B., SAM, I. C., CHAN, K. G., VOON, K. and TEE, K. K., 2022. Pteropine orthoreovirus of Bat Origin: An Emerging Pathogen Associated with Cases of Acute Respiratory Infections INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 116, S90-S90
  • LEONG, WAI J., QUEK, XIN F., TAN, HUI Y., WONG, KIM M., MUHAMMAD, HARIZ S., MOHAMED, NURUL A., WONG, SIEW T., ABDULLAH, MOHD L., LEONG, POOI P., WANG, LINFA and VOON, KENNY, 2022. Seroprevalence of Pteropine orthoreovirus in humans remain similar after nearly two decades (2001-2002 vs. 2017) in Tioman Island, Malaysia JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY. 94(2), 771-775

Current Research

Dr Kenny Voon research focusing on the discovering novel viruses from bats such as Pteropine Orthoreovirus and establishing this emerging virus as one of the respiratory viruses in Malaysia. His research enables him to publish in several reputable journals such as PLOS, PNAS, JMV and others. He found his interest in virology during his undergraduate study and continue to work on virology discipline related projects as in postgraduate's studies. He is currently investigating the potential of this novel orthoreovirus as oncolytic virus to treat cancer.

He also ventured into environmental viruses and isolating mimivirus-like viruses from soils in Malaysia and different continent, including Antarctica.

  • TUNE, BERNADETTE XIN-JIE, LING, ANNA PICK-KIONG, VOON, KENNY GAH-LEONG and WONG, YING-PEI, 2022. THE EFFECTS OF ORIENTIN ON THP-1 CELLS INFECTED BY DENV2 JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD SCIENCES. 11(5),
  • LOH, ALSON, SHAIBIE, NUR ADANIA, CHAN, PO QHUAN, LEONG, POOI POOI, SEGERAN, SHARRADA, TAN, BOON KEAT, WONG, SIEW TUNG, KOH, RHUN YIAN, CHYE, SOI MOI and VOON, KENNY, 2022. Pteropine Orthoreovirus, PRV7S (Sikamat Virus) Demonstrates Oncolysis in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Cell Lines FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE-LANDMARK. 27(4),
  • CHAN, P. Q., CHOOK, J. B., SAM, I. C., CHAN, K. G., VOON, K. and TEE, K. K., 2022. Pteropine orthoreovirus of Bat Origin: An Emerging Pathogen Associated with Cases of Acute Respiratory Infections INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 116, S90-S90
  • LEONG, WAI J., QUEK, XIN F., TAN, HUI Y., WONG, KIM M., MUHAMMAD, HARIZ S., MOHAMED, NURUL A., WONG, SIEW T., ABDULLAH, MOHD L., LEONG, POOI P., WANG, LINFA and VOON, KENNY, 2022. Seroprevalence of Pteropine orthoreovirus in humans remain similar after nearly two decades (2001-2002 vs. 2017) in Tioman Island, Malaysia JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY. 94(2), 771-775
  • CHONG, YOONG MIN, CHAN, YOKE FUN, JAMALUDDIN, MOHAMAD FADHIL HADI, HASAN, M. SHAHNAZ, PANG, YONG KEK, PONNAMPALAVANAR, SASHEELA, OMAR, SHARIFAH FARIDAH SYED, VOON, KENNY GAH LEONG and SAM, I-CHING, 2021. Detection of respiratory viruses in adults with suspected COVID-19 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia JOURNAL OF CLINICAL VIROLOGY. 145,
  • TUNE, BERNADETTE XIN-JIE, LING, ANNA PICK-KIONG, VOON, KENNY GAH-LEONG and WONG, YING-PEI, 2021. THE EFFECTS OF ORIENTIN ON THP-1 CELLS INFECTED BY DENV2 JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD SCIENCES.
  • YAP, YIING JYE, CHOWDHURY, MD EZHARUL HOQUE, KOH, RHUN YIAN, CHYE, SOI MOI, VOON, KENNY GAH LEONG, OTHMAN, IEKHSAN and NG, KHUEN YEN, 2021. Development of ATP13A2-deficient In vitro Model for PARK9 Parkinson's Disease Current Signal Transduction Therapy. 16(3), 280-292
  • VOON, KENNY, JOHARI, NUR ALIA, LIM, KHAI LONE, WONG, SIEW TUNG, KHAW, LOKE TIM, WONG, SHEW FUNG, CHAN, ELAINE W. L., CHAN, KOK KEONG, TAN, BOON KEAT, RAMZI, NURUL HANIS, LIM, PATRICIA K. C. and SULAIMAN, LOKMAN H., 2021. COVID-19 Sample Pooling: From RNA Extraction to Quantitative Real-time RT-PCR BIO-PROTOCOL. 11(9),
  • LIM, KHAI LONE, JOHARI, NUR ALIA, WONG, SIEW TUNG, KHAW, LOKE TIM, TAN, BOON KEAT, CHAN, KOK KEONG, WONG, SHEW FUNG, CHAN, WAN LING ELAINE, RAMZI, NURUL HANIS, LIM, PATRICIA KIM CHOOI, HAKIM, SULEIMAN LOKMAN and VOON, KENNY, 2020. A novel strategy for community screening of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): Sample pooling method PLOS ONE. 15(8),
  • LIM, YEONG HUI, OO, CHUAN WEI, KOH, RHUN YIAN, VOON, GAH LEONG, YEW, MEI YENG, YAM, MUN FEI and LOH, YEAN CHUN, 2020. Synthesis, characterization, and anti-cancer activity of new chalcone derivatives containing naphthalene and fluorine moieties DRUG DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH. 81(8), 994-1003
  • THEINT, H. T., WALSH, J. E., WONG, S. T., VOON, K. and SHITAN, M., 2019. Development of an optical biosensor for the detection of Trypanosoma evansi and Plasmodium berghei SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY. 218, 348-358
  • JOHARI, NUR ALIA, VOON, KENNY, TOH, SHEN YUNG, SULAIMAN, LOKMAN HAKIM, YAP, IVAN KOK SENG and LIM, PATRICIA KIM CHOOI, 2019. Sylvatic dengue virus type 4 in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in an urban setting in Peninsular Malaysia PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES. 13(11),
  • JOHARI, N. A., TOH, S. Y., VOON, K. and LIM, P. K. C., 2019. Detection of Zika virus RNA in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus larvae in Klang Valley, Peninsular Malaysia TROPICAL BIOMEDICINE. 36(1), 310-314
  • TAN, YEH FONG, LIM, CHAI YING, CHONG, CHUN WIE, LIM, PATRICIA KIM CHOOI, YAP, IVAN KOK SENG, LEONG, POOI POOI and VOON, KENNY, 2018. Isolation and Quantification of Mimivirus-Like and Marseillevirus-Like Viruses from Soil Samples in An Aboriginal (Orang asli) Village in Peninsular Malaysia INTERVIROLOGY. 61(2), 92-95
  • SASMITA, ANDREW OCTAVIAN, LING, ANNA PICK KIONG, VOON, KENNY GAH LEONG, KOH, RHUN YIAN and WONG, YING PEI, 2018. Madecassoside activates anti-neuroinflammatory mechanisms by inhibiting lipopolysaccharide-induced microglial inflammation INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR MEDICINE. 41(5), 3033-3040
  • TEO, C. H. J., LIM, P. K. C., VOON, K. and MAK, J. W., 2017. Detection of dengue viruses and Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus larvae from four urban localities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia TROPICAL BIOMEDICINE. 34(3), 583-597
  • TAN, YEH FONG, TENG, CHEONG LIENG, CHUA, KAW BING and VOON, KENNY, 2017. Pteropine orthoreovirus: An important emerging virus causing infectious disease in the tropics? JOURNAL OF INFECTION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. 11(3), 215-219
  • KRISHNAPPA, PURUSHOTHAM, KONG, HONG MUN, MOHAMAD, IBTISAM BINTI, VOON, KENNY and SOMANATH, SUSHELA DEVI, 2017. CD40 polymorphism in cervical carcinoma in a subset of Malaysian population JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY RESEARCH. 43(5), 923-928
  • CHIEW, MEN YEE, BOO, NEM YUN, VOON, KENNY, CHEONG, SOON KENG and LEONG, POOI POOI, 2017. Generation of a MLL-AF9-specific stem cell model of acute monocytic leukemia LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA. 58(1), 162-170
  • VOON, KENNY, TAN, YEH FONG, LEONG, POOI POOI, TENG, CHEONG LIENG, GUNNASEKARAN, RAJASEKARAN, UJANG, KAMSIAH, CHUA, KAW BING and WANG, LIN-FA, 2015. Pteropine orthoreovirus infection among out-patients with acute upper respiratory tract infection in Malaysia JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY. 87(12), 2149-2153
  • CHEM, Y. K., CHUA, K. B., MALIK, Y. and VOON, K., 2015. Monoclonal antibody-escape variant of dengue virus serotype 1: Genetic composition and envelope protein expression TROPICAL BIOMEDICINE. 32(2), 344-351
  • TANG, LEON I. C., LING, ANNA P. K., KOH, RHUN Y., CHYE, SOI M. and VOON, KENNY G. L., 2012. Screening of anti-dengue activity in methanolic extracts of medicinal plants BMC COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE. 12,
  • VOON, KENNY, NG, QI MEI, YU, MENG, WANG, LIN-FA and CHUA, KAW BING, 2012. GENETIC ANALYSIS OF SAFFOLD VIRUS-PENANG IN RELATION TO OTHER NEWLY DISCOVERED SAFFOLD VIRUSES SOUTHEAST ASIAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH. 43(4), 917-926
  • VOON, K., CHUA, K. -B., WANG, L. and YU, M., 2012. Molecular analysis of saffold virus isolated in Malaysia INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 16, E117-E117
  • CHUA, KAW BING, VOON, KENNY, YU, MENG, ALI, WAN NOR AZLINA WAN, KASRI, ABDUL RASID and WANG, LIN-FA, 2011. Saffold Virus Infection in Children, Malaysia, 2009 EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 17(8), 1562-1564
  • VOON, KENNY, CHUA, KAW BING, YU, MENG, CRAMERI, GARY, BARR, JENNIFER A., MALIK, YASMIN and WANG, LIN-FA, 2011. Evolutionary relationship of the L- and M-class genome segments of bat-borne fusogenic orthoreoviruses in Malaysia and Australia JOURNAL OF GENERAL VIROLOGY. 92, 2930-2936
  • CHUA, KAW BING, VOON, KENNY, YU, MENG, KENISCOPE, CANADY, RASID, KASRI ABDUL and WANG, LIN-FA, 2011. Investigation of a Potential Zoonotic Transmission of Orthoreovirus Associated with Acute Influenza-Like Illness in an Adult Patient PLOS ONE. 6(10),
  • CHUA, KAW BING, VOON, KENNY, CRAMERI, GARY, TAN, HUI SIU, ROSLI, JULIANA, MCEACHERN, JENNIFER A., SULURAJU, SIVAGAMI, YU, MENG and WANG, LIN-FA, 2008. Identification and Characterization of a New Orthoreovirus from Patients with Acute Respiratory Infections PLOS ONE. 3(11),

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