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Dr Wee Kiat Ong | Lecturer in Pharmacy (Pharmacology & Therapeutics)

wee kiat ongDr Wee Kiat Ong completed his PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and worked at Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) before joining the School of Pharmacy at UoRM. He is a registered pharmacist in Malaysia and currently also holds an adjunct senior research fellow position at SBIC.

Wee Kiat is passionate about teaching and integrating science and practice in pharmacy education. His research interests include hormone and metabolism, stem cells derived from different fat depots and the physiological relevance of these stem cells in fat metabolism and their therapeutic potential. He is also interested in current regulatory challenges, the role of healthcare providers and the public perception of stem cell therapy.


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Speciality areas

Cellular biology
Stem cell medicine

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD, University of Strathclyde

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

MPharm 2+2

Research interests

Stem cell and regenerative medicine
Hormone and metabolism
Natural products and drug discovery

Current projects

Adipose-derived cells with extended multipotency

Recent publications

Takeda, K., Sriram, S., Derryn Chan, X. H., Ong, W. K., Yeo, C. R., Tan, B., Lee, S.-A., Kong, K. V., Hoon, S., Jiang, H., Yuen, J. J., Perumal, J., Agrawal, M., Vaz, C., So, J., Shabbir, A., Blaner, W. S., Olivo, M., Han, W., Tanavde, V., Toh, S.-A. and Sugii, S. (2016) 'Retinoic acid mediates visceral-specific adipogenic defects of human adipose-derived stem cells.' Diabetes 65: 1164-1178. [Impact Factor 2015: 8.095]

Ong, W. K., Tan, C. S., Chan, K. L., Goesantoso, G. G., Chan, X. H. D., Chan, E., Yin, J., Chia, R. Y., Khoo, C. M., So, J. B. K., Shabbir, A., Toh, S., Han, W. and Sugii, S. (2014) 'Identification of specific cell surface markers of adipose-derived stem cells from subcutaneous and visceral fat depots'. Stem Cell Reports 2: 171-179. [Impact Factor 2014: 5.365]

Lim, M. H., Ong, W. K. and Sugii, S. (2014) 'The current landscape of adipose-derived stem cells in clinical applications.' Expert Review in Molecular Medicine 16: e8. [Impact Factor 2014: 5.152]

Yaligar, J., Gopalan, V., Ong, W. K., Sugii, S., Shui, G., Lam, B. D., Henry, C. J., Wenk, M. R., Tai, E. S. and Velan, S. S. (2014) 'Evaluation of dietary effects on hepatic lipids in high fat and placebo diet fed rats by in vivo MRS and LC-MS techniques.' PLOS ONE 9: e91436. [Impact Factor 2014: 3.234]

Smith, G. C., Ong, W. K., Costa, J. L., Watson, M., Cornish, J., Grey, A., Gamble, G. D., Dickinson, M., Leung, S., Rewcastle, G. W., Han, W. and Shepherd, P. R. (2013) 'Extended treatment with selective PI3-kinase and mTOR inhibitors has effects on metabolism, growth, behaviour and bone strength.' FEBS J 280: 5337-5349. [Impact Factor 2013: 3.986]

Ong, W. K. and Sugii, S. (2013) 'Adipose-derived stem cells: fatty potentials for therapy.' Int J Biochem & Cell Biol 45: 1083-1086. [Impact Factor 2013: 4.24]

Smith, G. C., Ong, W. K., Rewcastle, G. W., Kendall, J. D., Han, W. and Shepherd, P. R. (2012) 'Effects of acutely inhibiting PI3K isoforms and mTOR on regulation of glucose metabolism in vivo.' Biochem J442: 161-169. [Impact Factor 2012: 4.654]

Ong, W. K., Gribble, F. M., Reimann, F., Lynch, M. J., Baillie, G. S., Houslay, M. D., Furman, B. L. and Pyne, N. J. (2009) 'The role of the PDE4D cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase in the regulation of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) release.' Br J Pharmacol157: 633-644. [Impact Factor 2009: 5.204]

Furman, B. L., Ong, W. K. and Pyne, N. J. (2009) 'Cyclic AMP signalling in pancreatic islets.' Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology: The Islets of Langerhans: 281-304. [Impact Factor 2009: 2.02]

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