Fong Mun Yik
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Professor Dr. Fong Mun Yik is an academic staff of the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (UM) in 1998. As an academic, he has been involved in the teaching of Medical Parasitology at diploma, basic and postgraduate levels. Professor Fong’s main research interest is in molecular parasitology, particularly in the areas of molecular epidemiology and development of recombinant antigens for serodiagnosis of parasitic infections. His present focus is on the monkey malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi, which is now considered the fifth malaria parasite that infects human.
Professor Fong was elected as President of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine for 2006-2007. He was again elected as President for 2011-2012. He served as the editor of the MSPTM Newsletter twice, in 2000-2001 and 2005-2006. He was given the honour to chair the organising committee of the joint MSPTM and Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (London) Centenary Celebration Seminar in Kuala Lumpur in 2007. Professor Fong is also active in the promotion of molecular biology and biotechnology in Malaysia. He was the Vice President of the Malaysian Society of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSMBB) from 1999 to 2003, and elected as President for 2007-2009.
Professor Fong was the Managing Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in 2002-2003. He served as member of the Editorial Board of Tropical Biomedicine, Asian-Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine and Frontiers in Parasitology. Professor Fong is a member of the Research Fund Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, National Technical Committee for the Control of Zoonotic Malaria, and Board of Governors of the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW).