A plant molecular biologist graduated from the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK. He started his first academic position at the Institute of Systems Biology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University Malaysia) upon his graduation in Nov 2011. He has trained himself on the applications of NGS by attending courses and workshops on NGS data analysis. Since then, he has established a Plant Functional Genomics Research Group with focus on crop improvement and molecular exploration of tropical plant species using NGS and functional genomic approaches. In Jun 2014, he was appointed as a Head of Plant Biotechnology Centre, and in July 2016 he becomes the Head of Centre for Bioinformatics Research. His broad range of publication topics include plant development, physiology and environmental metabolomics. Currently, apart from carnivorous pitcher plants he is also working on deciphering the genome and transcriptomes of mangosteen and Rafflesia flower.