IMG_3799 (5) Dr. Andrew A. Ngadin

Andrew is a lecturer of mycology in the Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science at the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. His research interests focus on the biodiversity, phylogeny and taxonomy, molecular biology and biochemistry of microfungi, especially white rot-fungi, Phenorachaete chrysosporium, Schizophyllum commune and Penicillium sp. Other interests include also ecology of macrofungi and fungal conservation.

 Dr. Kamal Associate Prof. Dr. Kamaludin – Collaborator

University of Malaya

Dr. Kamaludin is an Associate Professor at the University of Malaya and his major research interest focuses on Molecular Marker, Mutation Breeding and Tissue Culture.

 Milos Stupar photo Dr. Milos Stupar – Visiting Scientist from University of Belgrade, Serbia

He is a research assistant in the Faculty of Biology at the Institute for Botany and Botanical Garden “Jevremovac”, Belgrade, Serbia. He had obtained his Ph.D degree in Mycology at same University under supervision of Prof. Milica Ljaljević Grbić and Prof. Jelena Vukojević. His research area are mainly on diversity and morphology of micromycetes and potential application of natural products as fungicides. He had spent one month at the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu as a visiting scientist under supervision of Dr. Andrew A. Ngadin and working on potential of microfungi as an indicator of water quality.

 IMG_8206 (3) Amanda Tas – Volunteer from Sweden

I contacted Dr. Andrew as I am very interested in mycology. Prior to this, I have worked with environmental and forest biodiversity issues in Sweden for several years. I have studied how fungi dependent on dead wood are affected by forest fragmentation in Scandinavia, a work I did with University of Helsinki and I had also managed to identify some tropical microfungi in Malaysia

 IMG_8208 (3) William Smedley – Volunteer from Pennsylvania, the USA

William is a volunteer and learned about this opportunity while traveling in Myanmar and decided it would be a great chance to further explore my interest in Mycology. In the past I had done work with fungi and I’m quite happy to be able to work and gain more experience in such an interesting field

 IMG_7666 (2) Ramya Sundaresan – Ph.D Student

She is working on glutathione s-transferases (GSTs) of Penincillium sp. collected from aquaculture ecosystem.

 IMG_7701 (3) Nurul Razali – Master Student

She is working on wild mushrooms collected from two islands in East coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

 PHOTO Anais KERAVAL – Intern student from Université de Bretagne-Sud (UBS)

She is working on potential use of microfungi as an indicator of water quality and wastewater treatment

 IMG_3949 (2) Fatin – Undergraduate Student

Working on Microfungi from Mangrove areas located in West coast of Peninsular Malaysia

 UK 28217 AL ISMAIL BIN AHMAD (2) Ismail – Undergradute Student – Marine Science

He is working on on Decolorization of Azo dyes by Talaromyces sp. collected from Bidong Island. This project is to observe the interaction activity between Talaromyces sp. and Azo dyes

 IMG_9926 Stephanie – Visiting Scientist (Mycologist) from University of Hawaii, USA (May – June 2014)

She is working on Fungal Diversity of Malaysia particularly in Terengganu. She has had some years of experience on Hawaiian soil fungal diversity and provides baseline data necessary to understand the functioning and dynamics of soil fungal communities in Hawaii

 Pic-EGarcia - Copy Emery Garcia – Journalist Scientist from University of Hawaii, USA (May – June 2014)

I have worked closely with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Hawaii where I have covers topics from the the fascinating evolution of endemic tree species to the plight of the sea turtle. I had originally fallen in love with mushrooms in my home state of Oregon, but at University of Hawaii worked on a diversity study for several years that showed me how important these organisms really are. I was offered the opportunity to visit UMT and learn a little about what is going on in their fungal research, and as a journalist always looking for the next big story, I could not resist. I learned about two of Dr. Andrew’s research projects, one in fungal conservation, and another in bio-remediation