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Dr. Wendy Liu Ying Ying

Senior Lecturer & Programme Coordinator for Biotechnology,
School of Biological Sciences


  1. PhD (Molecular Microbiology)- Lincoln University, New Zealand (NZ)
  2. BSc (Hons) Biotechnology- University of Sunderland, United Kingdom (UK)

Teaching and research experience :


  • Lecturer- School of Biological Sciences, QIUP ( March 2016-present)
  • Tutor & laboratory demonstrator for Plant Science, Biometrics and Bioexperimentation modules (Casual), Faculty of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Lincoln University, New Zealand (March 2011- Feb 2015)


  • Phylogenetic analyses of rhizobial housekeeping and symbiosis genes
  • Plant nitrogen (N) nutrition of legumes (15N natural abundance, 15N isotope dilution)
  • Rhizobial tolerance to environmental stress
  • Mechanism of action of plant growth promoting bacterium on barley
  • Effect of biofertilisers on dry matter production of vegetables under different external [N]
  • Molecular identification of fruit flies via cytochrome C subunit I (COI) gene sequence

Professional memberships:

  • Asian Federation of Biotechnology. Member.
  • Genetics Society of Malaysia. Member
  • Malaysian Biosafety & Biosecurity Association. Member.
  • Malaysian Society of Microbiology. Member.
  • Malaysian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Member.
  • European Federation of Biotechnology. Member.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Plant-microbial interactions (particularly on plant growth promotion via N2 fixation, phytopathogen inhibition and hormone production); plant invasion ecology; phylogenetics; biofertilisers
Administrative appointment / committee involvement
  • Programme coordinator for BSc (Hons) Biotechnology (2017 to date)
  • QIU Biosafety Officer
  • Member of QIU Occupational, Safety and Health (OSH) Committee
  • Member of QIU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
  • Member of QIU Joint Research Animal Ethics (JREC)
  • Advisor for QIU Biotechnology Club
  • Course coordinator (Bioinformatics 1, Quantitative Genetics, Nutrition & Food Science, Biostatistics)
  1. Hodge S., Ward, D. F., Merfield, C. N., Liu W. Y. Y. & Gunawardana, D. (2017). Seasonal patterns of drosophilid flies and parasitoid wasps attracted to rotting fruit and vegetable baits in Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist, 1-9.
  2. Liu, W. Y. Y., Premaratne, M., Creswell, R., Dash, D., Jack, D. & Andrews, M. (2016). Gorse is a ‘facultative’ N2 fixer. Journal of New Zealand Grasslands, 78, 181-184.
  3. Sheu, S. -Y., Chen, M. -H., Liu, W. Y. Y., Andrews, M., James, E. K., Ardley, J. K., De Meyer, S. E., James, T. K., Howieson, J. G., Coutinho, B. G., & Chen, W. –M. (2015). Burkholderia dipogonis nov., isolated from root nodules of Dipogon lignosus in New Zealand and Western Australia. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 65, 4716-4723.
  4. Wigley, K., Liu, W. Y. Y., Khumalo, Q., Moot, D. J., Brown, D. S., & Ridgway, H. J. (2015). Effectiveness of three inoculation methods for lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) in two Canterbury soils. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research58(3), 292-301.
  5. Black, A. D., Ryan-Salter, T. P., Liu, W. Y. Y., Moot, D. J., Hill, G. D. & Andrews, M. (2015). Bradyrhizobia with a distinct nodA gene nodulate the exotic Lupinus polyphyllus L. in New Zealand soils. Proceedings of the XIV International Lupin Conference, 21- 26 June 2015. Milan, Italy.
  6. Liu, W. Y. Y., Ridgway, H. J., James, T. K., James, E. K., Chen, W. M., Sprent, J. I., Young, J. P. W., & Andrews, M. (2014). Burkholderia sp. Induces Functional Nodules on the South African Invasive Legume Dipogon lignosus (Phaseoleae) in New Zealand Soils. Microbial Ecology68, 542-555.
  7. Andrews, M., Ardley, J. K., Liu, W. Y. Y., James, T. K., Ridgway H. J., James, E. K., & Sprent, J. I. (2014). Similar strains of Burkholderia spp. nodulate the South African invasive legume Dipogon lignosus in New Zealand and Australian soils. Proceedings of the 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, 29 September- 2 October 2014 (pp. 96-97). Adelaide, Australia.
  8. Wigley, K., Liu, W. Y. Y., Moot, D. J., & Ridgway, H. (2014). Nodulation frequency of a naturalized rhizobia in lucerne and its effect on dry matter production. Proceedings of the 17th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference, 29 September- 2 October 2014 (pp. 73-74). Adelaide, Australia.
  9. Liu, W. Y. Y., Ridgway, H. J., James, T. K., Premaratne, M., & Andrews, M. (2012). Characterisation of rhizobia nodulating Galega officinalis (goat’s rue) and Hedysarum coronarium (sulla). New Zealand Plant Protection65, 192-196.
  10. Liu, W. Y. Y., Williams, L., Carter, N., & Andrews, M. (2009). The mechanisms of action of the cereal growth promoting Rhizobium radiobacter strain 204: an assessment. Aspects of Applied Biology, 98, 183-188.
  11. Liu, W. Y. Y., & Thynne, B. (2009). The ability of Rhizobium radiobacter strain 204 to inhibit the growth of Fusarium culmorumAspects of Applied Biology, 98, 217-220.

Liu, W. Y. Y., Ridgway, H., James, T., Larsen, S., & Andrews, M. (2014) The South African invasive legume Dipogon lignosus has brought Burkholderia rhizobial symbionts into New Zealand. Trilepidea126, 7. Retrieved from http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/publications/Trilepidea-126-140529.pdf

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