Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Wendy Liu Ying Ying

Deputy Dean - Faculty of Integrated Life Sciences


  1. PhD (Molecular Microbiology)- Lincoln University, New Zealand (NZ)
  2. BSc (Hons) Biotechnology- University of Sunderland, United Kingdom (UK)

Teaching and research experience :


  • Senior Lecturer – School of Biological Sciences, QIUP (2018 to present)
  • Lecturer- School of Biological Sciences, QIUP (2016-2017)
  • Tutor & laboratory demonstrator, Faculty of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Lincoln University, New Zealand (2011- 2015)
  • Courses: Bioinformatics, Quantitative Genetics, Research Methodology & Data Analysis, Nutrition & Food Science, Biodiversity & Ecosystems, Genomics & Proteomics, Plant Science, Biometrics, Bioexperimentation


  • Characterisation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria associated with Leucaena leucocephala, a potential biomass energy source in Malaysia
  • Effect of nutrient priming on the germination, growth and nutritional values of Amaranthus cruentus
  • Role of Carica papaya WRKY transcription factors in response to high salinity stress
  • Phylogenetic analyses of rhizobial housekeeping and symbiosis genes
  • Plant nitrogen (N) nutrition of legumes (15N natural abundance, 15N isotope dilution)
  • Rhizobial tolerance to environmental stress
  • Mechanism of action of plant growth promoting bacterium on barley
  • Effect of biofertilisers on dry matter production of vegetables under different external [N]

Molecular identification of fruit flies via cytochrome C subunit I (COI) gene sequence

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Positive plant-microbial interactions, biofertilisers, seed priming, molecular phylogenetics, population genetics

  • Malaysian Technology Expo (MTE) 2020, Bronze Award (RhizoBac Biofertiliser)
  •  Science & Technology Research Grant (MTSF), Toray Science Foundation, Japan (2018 -2020) – Principal Investigator
  • Project Title: Characterisation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria associated with Leucaena leucocephala, a potential biomass energy source in Malaysia.
  •  Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (2018 – 2021) – Co-researcher
  • Project Title: Investigation of the role of Carica papaya WRKY transcription factor in response to abiotic stress
  • Research Writing Scholarship, Lincoln University, New Zealand (2015)
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Lincoln University, New Zealand (2011 – 2014)
  • Doctoral Scholarship, Meadow Mushroom Ltd., New Zealand (2012)
  • New Zealand Plant Protection Society Travel Grant (2012)

  • Malaysian Journal of Microbiology. Reviewer
  • Malaysia Board of Technologists. Technologist
  • Technological Association of Malaysia. Member
  • Asian Federation of Biotechnology. Member
  • Genetics Society of Malaysia. Member
  • Malaysian Society of Microbiology. Member
  • Malaysian Society of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Member
  • European Federation of Biotechnology. Member


  • Head of School of Biological Sciences (2019 – present)
  • Chairperson, Biotechnology Curriculum Development Committee (2019 to present)
  • Chairperson, Environmental Technology Curriculum Development Committee (2019 to present)
  • Head of Research Cluster, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Steering Committee (2020)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee member (2018)
  • Centre for Research & Innovation Curriculum Committee member (2018 to present)
  • Centre for Research & Innovation Assessment Committee member (2018 to present)



  • Programme Coordinator – BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology (2017 -2020)
  • Biosafety Officer (2016- 2018)
  • Occupational, Safety & Health Committee member (2016-2018)
  • Joint Research & Animal Ethics Committee member (2016-2018)
  • Biotechnology Club Advisor (2016 – 2018)

Books & Book Chapters

  • Liu, W. Y. Y. & Poobathy, R. (2020). Biofertilizer Utilization in Forestry, in Inamuddin, R. B., Abdullah M. A. (Eds.) Biofertilizers: Study and Impact. USA: Wiley-Scrivener. (Manuscript accepted)
  • Contributor for textbook: Microbiology: An Introduction (13th global edition) by Tortora, Funke & Case (Pearson) (To be published in Year 2020)

Journal Articles

  • Hodge S., Ward, D. F., Merfield, C. N., Liu W. Y. Y. & Gunawardana, D. (2017). Seasonal patterns of drosophilid flies and parasitoid wasps attracted to rotting fruit and vegetable baits in Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist, 1-9.
  • Liu, W. Y. Y., Premaratne, M., Creswell, R., Dash, D., Jack, D. & Andrews, M. (2016). Gorse is a ‘facultative’ nitrogen fixer. Journal of New Zealand Grasslands, 78, 181-184.
  • Sheu, S. -Y., Chen, M. -H., Liu, W. Y. Y., Andrews, M., James, E. K., Ardley, J. K., De Meyer, S. E., James, T. K., Howieson, J. G., Coutinho, B. G., & Chen, W. –M. (2015). Burkholderia dipogonis sp. nov., isolated from root nodules of Dipogon lignosus in New Zealand and Western Australia. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 65, 4716-4723.
  • Wigley, K., Liu, W. Y. Y., Khumalo, Q., Moot, D. J., Brown, D. S., & Ridgway, H. J. (2015). Effectiveness of three inoculation methods for lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) in two Canterbury soils. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 58(3), 292-301.
  • Liu, W. Y. Y., Ridgway, H. J., James, T. K., James, E. K., Chen, W. M., Sprent, J. I., Young, J. P. W., & Andrews, M. (2014). Burkholderia sp. Induces Functional Nodules on the South African Invasive Legume Dipogon lignosus (Phaseoleae) in New Zealand Soils. Microbial Ecology, 68, 542-555.
  • Liu, W. Y. Y., Ridgway, H. J., James, T. K., Premaratne, M., & Andrews, M. (2012). Characterisation of rhizobia nodulating Galega officinalis (goat’s rue) and Hedysarum coronarium (sulla). New Zealand Plant Protection, 65, 192-196.

Others (Thesis & Newsletter)

  • Liu, W. Y. Y. (2014). Characterisation of rhizobia and studies on nitrogen fixation of common weed legumes in New Zealand. Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand.
  • Liu, W. Y. Y., Ridgway, H., James, T., Larsen, S., & Andrews, M. (2014). The South African invasive legume Dipogon lignosus has brought Burkholderia rhizobial symbionts into New Zealand. Trilepidea, 126, 7. Retrieved from http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/publications/Trilepidea-126-140529.pdf

Conference Proceedings

  • Sarannia T., Fauziah A.B., Liu, W.Y.Y., and Kamariah H. (2019). The Role of Carica papaya WRKY Transcription Factors in Response to High Salinity Stress. Quest International University Science Symposium, 2019, 13-14 November 2019, Perak, Malaysia.
  • Tay, K. Z., Selvaneru, R., Ow, Y.W., & Liu, W. Y. Y. (2018). Host Specificity and Efficacy of Rhizobial Symbionts of Leucaena leucocephala (petai belalang) in Ipoh, Malaysia. Asian Federation of Biotechnology Malaysia Chapter International Symposium 2018, 18- 21 August 2018. Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • Black, A. D., Ryan-Salter, T. P., Liu, W. Y. Y., Moot, D. J., Hill, G. D. & Andrews, M. (2015). Bradyrhizobia with a distinct nodA gene nodulate the exotic Lupinus polyphyllus L. in New Zealand soils. Proceedings of the XIV International Lupin Conference, 21- 26 June 2015. Milan, Italy.
  • Andrews, M., Ardley, J. K., Liu, W. Y. Y., James, T. K., Ridgway H. J., James, E. K., & Sprent, J. I. (2014). Similar strains of Burkholderia spp. nodulate the South African invasive legume Dipogon lignosus in New Zealand and Australian soils. Proceedings of the 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, 29 September- 2 October 2014 (pp. 96-97). Adelaide, Australia. 
  • Wigley, K., Liu, W. Y. Y., Moot, D. J., & Ridgway, H. (2014). Nodulation frequency of a naturalized rhizobia in lucerne and its effect on dry matter production. Proceedings of the 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, 29 September- 2 October 2014 (pp. 73-74). Adelaide, Australia. 
  • Liu, W. Y. Y., Williams, L., Carter, N., & Andrews, M. (2009). The mechanisms of action of the cereal growth promoting Rhizobium radiobacter strain 204: an assessment. Aspects of Applied Biology, 98, 183-188.
  • Liu, W. Y. Y., & Thynne, B. (2009). The ability of Rhizobium radiobacter strain 204 to inhibit the growth of Fusarium culmorum. Aspects of Applied Biology, 98, 217-220.

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