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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: E603, Building E, FECS
Email: ltdtan@swinburne.edu.my
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Daniel Tan obtained both his degree in veterinary medicine and PhD at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), a prominent university in Malaysia known for research in agriculture and biotechnology. His PhD project was about molecular biology of shrimp white spot syndrome virus. While in the university, he had involved in developing a 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). After returning to home state Sarawak, he worked for Sarawak Biodiversity Centre for about seven years, helping to establish the microbiology labs for research on antibiotic producing microorganisms. Currently, he continues his research on microorganisms at Swinburne University, focusing on biomass composting and biofertiliser development in the field of agriculture and forestry. His other research interests include plant tissue culture and animal nutrition. His has active collaborations and engagement with governmental agencies as well as the industry, including Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (STROPI), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Sarawak Timber Association (STA), TKK Agriculture Development Sdn Bhd, Satoyama Farm Sdn Bhd, Agroz Group and Biotechnology Diversified Industry Sdn Bhd.

Research Interests

  • Biofertiliser
  • Biomass utilisation
  • Plant tissue culture
  • Smart agriculture
  • Organic agriculture
  • Animal nutrition

Professional Memberships

  • Veterinarian, Malaysian Veterinary Council, Malaysia
  • Member, Malaysian Biosafety and Biosecurity Association (MBBA), Malaysia

PhD/Master by Research Opportunities

Prospective higher-degree research candidates are highly welcome to enquire about research opportunities with Dr Daniel Tan in the listed research areas. For any inquiries, please e-mail ltdtan@swinburne.edu.my for more information.

Research Grants

  • An ecosystem approach towards formulation of a biofertilizer containing growth-enhancing rhizospheric microorganisms for silviculture of Neolamarckia cadamba and Eucalyptus pellita; Sarawak Timber Association, MYR 582,420; 2015 – 2022
  • Rapid Colorimetric Testing Method based on Acetylcholinesterase Inhibition Bioassay for Quality Assessment of Agarwood and Essential Oil Products from Planted Aquilaria Trees; MYR 10,000; 2021 – 2023


  • 2015 3rd Best poster presenter for the technical session of the general category at the 33rd Symposium of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology organised by Malaysian Society for Microbiology, 14-17 December 2016, Ramada Plaza, Melaka, Malaysia.


  • Wong C., Tan, L.T., Mujahid, A, Lihan, S, Lih, JSW, Ting, LF & Műller, M 2018. Biosorption of copper (Cu) by endophytic fungi isolated from Nepenthes ampullaria. Letters in Applied Microbiology (published July 2018), DOI: 10.1111/lam.13049.
  • Chua, AYQ, Müller, M, Ginjom, IR, Sabang, J, Nissom, PM & Tan, LT 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
  • Kho, MKC, Ginjom, IR, Müller, M & Tan, LT 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
  • Choo, J, Annie, NA, Tan, D, Mujahid, A & 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
  • Wong, C, Proksch, P, Tan, LT, Lihan, S, Mujahid, A & 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]
  • Tan, LT, Soon, S, Lee, KL, Shariff, M, Hassan, MD & Omar, AR 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. 24:315-323. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2761.2001.00286.x