Kok Keng Tee
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dr. Tee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine in University of Malaya and an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University in Malaysia. His research interest focuses on the genetic and evolutionary characterization of blood-borne (HIV, HCV, HBV) and respiratory viruses (RV, CoV, PRV, EV, influenza viruses). With years of experience in pathogen surveillance, genomic technology and microbial diversity, his research team has discovered more than a dozen novel virus strains (or genotypes) circulating in the region. He also developed computational tools for phylodynamic and transmission networks that allow for regular monitoring of the spread of infectious diseases, designing evidence-based strategies for effective disease management, control and prevention. He is also involved in innovating cutting-edge diagnostic assays for rapid viral detection and studying the impact of viral diversity in disease pathogenesis.
Dr. Tee has published over 110 research articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals, with an h-index of 27 and over 2,600 citations. He has delivered over ten plenaries and invited lectures and presented over 60 papers in local as well as international conferences. His work has also produced six patents, copyright and utility innovation. He has been serving as a contributing member or expert panel for several regional and international societies and research networks, including the WHO-UNAIDS Network for HIV Isolation and Characterisation and the International Network for the Sequencing of Respiratory Viruses (INSPIRE). He is currently the Section/Academic/Associate Editor for various international journals including PLoS One, ASM Science Journal, Virology Journal, Genes, Current HIV Research, and Frontiers in Microbiology.
His achievements have been recognized through several national and international awards, including the Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (2022), American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Country Ambassador (2022), UM Excellence Award (Outstanding Young Researcher) (2017), 10th National Academic Award (nomination) (2016), Daiwa Adrian Prize (2010) and the 15th CROI Young Investigator Award (2008), among others. He was selected as Fellow by the Malaysian Scientific Association (MSA) and the Ministry of Higher Education in the CEO Faculty Programme.