Jenny Wong

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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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Ongoing Project

September 2022 - Present

Molecular phylogenetics of bee hummingbirds (Mellisugini) 

Ongoing Project

November 2021 - Present

Autonomous Behaviour Recording and Analytics of Captive Orangutans using Machine Learning

Research Assistant

January 2022 - May 2022

Plasmid Extraction, Ligation, Transformation and Transconjugation of E. coli (DH5⍺ & S18)

I assisted in a doctoral research by Neoh Soon Zher in the Ecobiomaterial Lab. I perform tasks related to bacterial DNA.

Past Project

October 2021 - December 2021

Population Study of Migratory Shorebirds in Teluk Air Tawar – Kuala Muda Using Secondary Data from Open- Source Databases 

I have been supervising the manuscript writing process of my peer’s thesis (Rabiatul Adawiyah). I help extract the scientific information that is concise to academia and proofreading. 


August 2021 - December 2022

Emergency Remote Learning (ERL): Challenges and Practices in Life Science Programs in Malaysian Universities

I conducted quantitative and qualitative survey in social science. I also co-wrote manuscript.


January 2021 - May 2021

Can plants fool artificial intelligence? Using machine learning to compare between bee orchids and bees 

I successfully published a paper on dishonest signals of bees and bees orchids in Plant Signaling and Behavior, a Q2 peer-reviewed journal. I wrote part of the manuscript of this study. I learned the fundamentals of machine learning, data analysis, scientific writing, and scientific thinking.

Bachelor's Thesis

August 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

September 2022 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy (Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology)

September 2017 - August 2021

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)

Work Experience

Roles & Responsibilities

Research Assistant

The Ecobiomaterial Laboratory, USM

January 2022 - May 2022

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.

Research Assistant

Division of Industry & Community Network (BJIM), USM  

August 2021 - January 2022

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

Kingsley Advisory & Strategic Initiatives Sdn. Bhd., Penang

December 2021

I recorded, transcribed and translated speeches from prominant panelists such as the Prime Minister in the Global Chinese Economic Technology Summit 2021.

Programme Coordinator

PENJANA Career Advancement Program 

Octorber 2021 - December 2021

I assisted in multiple projects, notably Career Advancement Program by Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. I coordinated training programmes and classes for fresh graduates.

Project Reviewer  

Sudents Development Affairs and Alumni Division (BHEPA), USM

September 2021

I conducted interviews and background research. I reviewed and wrote a report on USM H.E.B.A.T. Agenda.

Science Tutor


October 2020 - December 2020

I taught Chemistry, Biology and Physics to students aged 17 for Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM).

September 2020 

I assisted in medical check-up of sun bears. I helped manage bear house to maintain the welfare of rescued sun bears.  

English Tutor

Pusat Bimbingan Kanak-Kanak Sri Berrykids Tuition Centre

February 2020 - August 2020

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.


Professional Competencies

Industry Skills

Laboratory Operation (Gas & Gel Chromatography, Plasmid Extraction, Ligation, Transformation, Electrophoresis, Spectrophotometer, Starch Analysis etc.)

Field Skills

Genetic Analysis (MEGA X, Arlequin, POPGENE)

Biostatistics & Quantitative Analysis (SPSS)

Scientific Writing

Soft Skills

Project Management

Interpersonal Communication 

Science Communication 

Team Leadership 

Environmental Awareness 

Public Speaking

Public Relations

People Management

Critical thinking

Other Skills

Microsoft Office

Google Suite

Video Editing (Adobe Premier Pro)

Digital Marketing

PADI certified Scuba Diving 


Effective Communication

Mother Tongue

Mandarin Chinese   Proficient

Other Languages

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   

Tan Su Lin, Renard Siew, Ili Nadiah Dzulfakar, Law Yao Hua, Kevin Bathman, Ungku Luqman ‘Arifin Jofintha Josha Anak Joseph & Jenny Wong (2021) PANAS! Communicating Climate Change for Media, Science Media Centre Malaysia. Accessible from


Tan Su Lin & Jenny Wong (2021) [EXPERT REACTION] Should I be worried about the brands of COVID-19 vaccines I take? Science Media Centre Malaysia. Accessible from  


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