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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Khang Wei, Darryl

Associate Professor,
Faculty of Medicine


  • BSc Biomedical Science (UPM)
  • PhD Pharmacology (NUS)

Teaching & Research Experience:

  • Teaching – QIU (Nov 2013 – now)
  • Research – UPM (2007 – 2008), NUS (2009 – 2013)

Research Interest

  • Metabolic diseases (Obesity, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia)
  • Glucose homeostasis (Insulin-signaling & non-insulin dependent pathways)
  • Glucose and lipid metabolisms in liver, skeletal muscles and adipose tissues
  • Pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and phytoceuticals/natural products
Administrative Appointments /Committee Involvements
  • Advisor, Q Care Club, QIU
Selected Publications
  • Journals:

    • Yong VC, Ong KW, Sidik SM, Rosli R, Chong PP (2009) A modified in situ RT-PCR method for localizing fungal-specific gene expression in Candida-infected mice renal cells. Journal of microbiological methods 79: 242-245.
    • Ong KW, Hsu A, Song L, Huang D, Tan BKH (2011) Polyphenols-rich Vernonia amygdalina shows anti-diabetic effects in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 133: 598-607.
    • Ong KW, Hsu A, Tan BKH (2012) Chlorogenic acid stimulates glucose transport in skeletal muscle via AMPK activation: A contributor to the beneficial effects of coffee on diabetes. PLoS ONE 7.
    • Ong KW, Hsu A, Tan BKH (2013) Antidiabetic and antilipidemic effects of chlorogenic acid are mediated by AMPK activation. Biochemical Pharmocology 85: 1341-1351.

    Book Chapters:

    • Tan BKH, Ong KW (2013) Influence of dietary polyphenols on carbohydrate metabolism; Watson RR, Preedy VR, Zibadi S, editors. US: Elsevier.
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