I am a PhD student in the University of California, Riverside (UCR) since September 2022. My study focus is on evolutionary genomics of hummingbirds. I have a diverse work experience that includes in research, writing, project management, translation, teaching and various independent projects. In addition to my academic pursuits, I am also interested in technology, sustainability, mental health, climate change, biodiversity loss, and other related environmental issues. I am a writing, reading and science communication hobbyist. Personally, I grew up in an inland town in Malaysian Borneo.
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Research ExperienceStay curious
Ongoing ProjectSeptember 2022 - Present
Molecular phylogenetics of bee hummingbirds (Mellisugini)
Ongoing ProjectNovember 2021 - Present
Autonomous Behaviour Recording and Analytics of Captive Orangutans using Machine Learning
Research AssistantJanuary 2022 - May 2022
Plasmid Extraction, Ligation, Transformation and Transconjugation of E. coli (DH5⍺ & S18)
Past ProjectOctober 2021 - December 2021
Population Study of Migratory Shorebirds in Teluk Air Tawar – Kuala Muda Using Secondary Data from Open- Source Databases
PublishedAugust 2021 - December 2022
Emergency Remote Learning (ERL): Challenges and Practices in Life Science Programs in Malaysian Universities
PublishedJanuary 2021 - May 2021
Can plants fool artificial intelligence? Using machine learning to compare between bee orchids and bees
Bachelor's ThesisAugust 2020 - August 2021
Development of Species Recognition Models Using Machine Learning on Shorebirds and Waterbirds at Teluk Air Tawar, An Important Bird Area
I utilised machine learning (Google’s Teachable Machine) to build species recognition models as my undergraduate thesis. I obtained an A for this project. The poster of this project also won the Transdisciplinary Grand Challenge 2021, a Final Year Project competition. The manuscript has been submitted for review.
Learning & Living
Doctor of Philosophy (Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology)
Bachelor of Science (Hons.) (Animal Biology)
Minor: English for Professionals
First Class Honour (CGPA-AT: 3.87)
International Summer School Program (Spanish Level B1.1)
International Summer School (China's Economy)
Roles & Responsibilities
I conduct routine laboratory work to assist in sustainability related research, particularly polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) as bioplastics. I perform tasks related to bacterial DNA (Plasmid Extraction, Ligation, Transformation and Transconjugation) and starch assay. I also help update website content.
I worked closely with smart poultry farming industry partner, KP Asli Company. I develop conceptual paper and research methodology on smart poultry farming.
Rapporteur & Translator
I assisted in multiple projects, notably Career Advancement Program by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. I coordinated training programmes and classes for fresh graduates.
I taught Chemistry, Biology and Physics to students aged 17 for Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM).
I assisted in medical check-up of sun bears. I helped manage bear house to maintain the welfare of rescued sun bears.
I taught English to a diverse range of students, including students (5 - 12 years old) from Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh, many of which were refugees. I also conducted science experiments for teaching.
Mandarin Chinese • Proficient
English • Proficient (TOEFL: 108)
Malay • High Intermediate
Spanish • Low Intermediate (A2)
Hard work & Perseverance
[Peer-reviewed] Ooi, S., Hanafiah, K. M., Wong, J., & Da Wan, C. (2022). Learning Practical and Research Skills through Emergency Remote Learning (ERL): Insights from Life Science Programs in Malaysian universities during the Covid-19 pandemic. International STEM Journal, 3(2).
[Peer-reviewed] Jenny Jenn Ney Wong & Nik Fadzly (2022) Development of species recognition models using Google teachable machine on shorebirds and waterbirds, Journal of Taibah University for Science, 16:1, 1096-1111, DOI: 10.1080/16583655.2022.2143627
[Peer-reviewed] Nik Fadzly, Wan Fatma Zuharah & Jenny Wong Jenn Ney (2021) Can plants fool artificial intelligence? Using machine learning to compare between bee orchids and bees, Plant Signaling & Behavior, 16:10, DOI: 10.1080/15592324.2021.193560