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L. T. Daniel Tan

Discipline Leader – Science, Lecturer
DVM, PhD(UPM, Malaysia)

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science

Office No:+60 82 260 678
Fax No:+60 82 260 813
Room No: E326, Building E, FECS
Email: ltdtan@swinburne.edu.my
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Daniel Tan obtained both DVM and PhD at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Having worked on shrimp White Spot Syndrome Virus for his PhD project. While in the university, he had also involved in PCR based diagnostic kit which won multiple awards including Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 2000), Salon International des Inventions de Genève (2001) and International Invention and New Products Exposition (INPEX 2002). Through involvement in aquaculture and food microbiology, his had gain research skill and interests in microbiology and agrobiotechnology. He worked for Sarawak Biodiversity Centre for about seven years, helping to establish the microbiology labs for research on antibiotic producing microorganisms isolated from forest. He continued research on forest microbes with Swinburne, aiming to use these beneficial microbes as biofertiliser for eco-friendly industry forest plantation. He is currently work with Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Sarawak Timber Association, Daitoku Sdn. Bhd. and TKK Agriculture Development Sdn. Bhd.

His research interests revolved around discovering and developing practical applications based on microbiology, such as biofertilizers for planted forest, oil palm, pineapple and other crops, as well as bioremediation, biological control, and other subjects pertaining to biodiversity conservation.

Research Interests

  • Microbial biofertiliser for silviculture
  • Microbial biofertiliser for agricultural crops
  • Animal diseases 

Professional Memberships

  • Editor, Sarawak Veterinary Association
  • Member, Malaysian Biosafety and Biosecurity Association
  • Member, Sarawak Institute of Agriculture Scientists (SIAS) 

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Potential research higher degree candidates are welcome to enquire about postgraduate opportunities in the following areas/ projects:

  1. Biofertiliser for eco-friendly cultivation of pineapple on mineral soils and peat.
  2. Biofertiliser large scale field trial for industry forest plantation.

Please contact Dr. Daniel Tan for more information on the above topics.

Current RHD Supervision

NameDegreeArea of ResearchStart yearRole
Alan ChuaMScApplied microbiology2015Coordinating Supervisor
Mertensia KhoMScOil palm biofertiliser2015Coordinating Supervisor
Wendy OngMScSilviculture biofertiliser2016Coordinating Supervisor
Stanley HoMScSilviculture biofertiliser2016Coordinating Supervisor
John SabangPhDMycorrhizal fungi2015Co-supervisor
Chan Wen LoongMScApplied microbiology2015Co-supervisor
Armstrong Ighodalo OmoregiePhDBiocement2016Co-supervisor
  • Publications


  • Journal paper Choo, J., Annie, N.A., Tan, D., Mujahid, A. and Müller, M. 2015. “Heavy metal resistant endophytic fungi isolated from Nypa fruticans in Kuching Wetland National Park”, Ocean Science Journal. 50(2): 445-453. DOI: 10.1007/s12601-015-0040-2 [SCI]
  • Journal paper Wong, C., Proksch, P., Tan, L.T., Lihan, S., Mujahid, A. and Müller, M. 2015. “Isolation, Identification and Screening of Antimicrobial Properties of the Marine-Derived Endophytic Fungi from Marine Brown Seaweed”, Microbiology Indonesia. 9(4): 141-149. DOI: 10.5454/mi.9.4.1 [SCI]
  • Journal paper Tan, L.T., Soon, S., Lee, K.L., Shariff, M., Hassan, M.D. & Omar, A.R. 2001,’Quantitative analysis of an experimental white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infection in Penaeus monodon Fabricius using competitive polymerase chain reaction’, Journal of Fish Diseases, vol. 24, Issue 6, pp. 315-323, DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2761.2001.00286.x
  • Conference paper Mkwata, H.M., Tan, L.T. and Nissom P.M. 2016. “Assessing the Diversity of Viruses in Soils Obtained from Limestone Caves”, International Peat Congress 2017, Kuching.
  • Conference paper Chua, A.Y.Q., Müller, M., Ginjom, I.R., Sabang, J., Nissom, P.M. and Tan, L.T. 2016. “Exploring Growth Enhancing Rhizospheric Microorganisms for Silviculture of Neolamarkia cadamba”, 33rd Symposium of The Malaysian Society for Microbiology from 14-17th December, 2016 at Ramada Plaza, Melaka.
  • Conference paper Chan, W.L., Müller, M., Ginjom, I.R., Sabang, J., Tan, L.T. and Nissom, P.M. 2016. “Exploring XPLORING Growth Enhancing Rhizospheric Microorganisms for Silviculture of Eucalyptus pellita”, 33rd Symposium of The Malaysian Society for Microbiology from 14-17th December, 2016 at Ramada Plaza, Melaka.
  • Conference paper Kho, M.K.C., Ginjom, I.R., Müller, M. and Tan, L.T. 2016. “Isolation and Characterisation of Microorganisms for the Formulation of Biofertilizer for Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis) Cultivation”, 33rd Symposium of The Malaysian Society for Microbiology from 14-17th December, 2016 at Ramada Plaza, Melaka.
  • Conference paper Ting, J.Y., Ng, Y.H., Tan, L.T. & Yeo, T.C. 2011, ‘Diversity of Actinomycetes Isolated from Paya Maga, Sarawak, Malaysia’, Proceedings International Symposium On Rehabilitation Of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystems 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 24 – 25, 2011, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, pp. 357-363
  • Conference paper Harny, C., Ajuwin, L., Tan, L.T. & Yeo, T.C. 2011 ‘Methods of Maintaining and Preserving of Fungal Cuture to Improve Viability’ Proceedings International Symposium On Rehabilitation Of Tropical Rainforest Ecosystems 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 24 – 25, 2011, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, pp. 263-267.
  • Conference paper Basik, A.A., Ting, J.Y. and Tan, L.T. 2010. “Antimicrobial screening of selected actinomycete strains isolated from Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, Botanical Research Centre, Bako National Park and Gunung Gading National Park”, 2nd International Biotechnology & Biodiversity Conference & Exhibition, 6-8 July 2010, The Zon Regency Hotel, Johor, Malaysia (Abstract).
  • Conference paper Tan, L.T., Shariff, M., Hassan, M. D. & Omar, A. R. 2004, ‘Quantitative study of immune gene mRNA expression in shrimp Penaeus monodon experimentally infected with white spot syndrome virus, Aquaculture Europe 2004 Biotechnologies for Quality, Barcelona, Spain, October 20 – 23, 2004, European Aquaculture Society, Oostende, Belgium, pp. 771-772 (Abstract).
  • Conference paper Shariff, M., Soon, S., Lee, K.L. & Tan, L.T. 1999. ‘Practical problems with PCR detection in Asia: The importance of standardization’, DNA-based Molecular Diagnostic Techniques, Report and Proceedings of the Expert Workshop on DNA-based Molecular Diagnostic Techniques: Research Needs for Standardization and Validation of the Detection of Aquatic Animal Pathogens and Diseases, Bangkok, Thailand, February 7 – 9, 1999, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy, pp. 45-51.
  • Conference paper Lee, K.L., Soon, S., Tan, L.T. & Shariff, M. 1998, ‘White spot virus infection properties determined by a single tube nested and competitive PCR’, Advances in shrimp biotechnology Proceedings to the Special Session on Shrimp Biotechnology 5th Asian Fisheries Forum, Chiengmai, Thailand, November 11 – 14, 1998, Bangkok, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand, pp. 277 (Abstract).
  • Patent An Improved Method for The Detection of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) by Single-tube Nested Deoxyribonucleic Acid Amplification Kit Utilizing the Method (Malaysian Patent Grant No. MY-131536-A, Aug 30, 2007)
  • Scientific Expedition Scientific Expedition to Paya Maga, Heart of Borneo for microbiological prospecting. July – October, 2010.