Taylor's University won more than RM8.5 Million in external research funds. Research & Enterprise is investing more over the next 5 years solely on research. Would you like to be a part of it?
With Key Research Areas, there are different Grants provided. We are recruiting graduate research students immediately for the following projects:
School of Media & Communication
This project seeks to develop a network theory based on social media through understanding motivations of individual behaviours that define the roles of core and periphery within a network structure.
The overarching objective of this study is to develop effective health communication and risk communication strategies for the prevention of childhood obesity by investigating how parents ensure their children abide by healthy eating habits. The focus on childhood obesity is to inculcate good eating habits when young.
This is in line with the positive deviance approach which argues that innovative ideas on maintaining good health is usually found within the system and health communicators should tap ideas from within the system rather than educating passive adopters to buy into a change agency’s prescription as done currently.
School of Bioscience
Though Malaysia is rich in biodiversity, we still face a fundamental challenge in the ‘lack of knowledge’ regarding our biological resources. One deserving example is our local wild gingers Amomum spp. (Zingiberaceae), related to other valuable spice crops such as ginger, turmeric, cardamom, galangal, lengkuas and cekur.
Amomum have long been used as spice, condiment, flavorings and traditional medicinal remedies in South East Asia. Despite possessing bioactive compounds of medicinal and potentially economic importance, limited genomic information is currently available.
These species are also difficult to identify and classify due to paraphyletic relationships and paucity/unreliability of morphological characters. Hence the need to generate and use transcriptomics data for gene discovery and characterization of secondary metabolites biosynthesis genes and pathways, study differential gene expression patterns and resolve species relationships among selected Amomum spp. is necessary.
Comparative transcriptomics sequencing study using RNA-Seq technology will enable to simultaneously reveal and characterize the genes and pathways involved in secondary metabolites biosynthesis and to study the similarities/differences between the selected species from Peninsular Malaysia.
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"Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out."
Charles F. Kettering
Centre for Higher Degrees by Research
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