Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr James Woon

Lecturer (Non-Clinical)



Dr. James Woon graduated from the National University of Malaysia with a PhD in Biochemistry. He obtained his BSc in Microbiology in the same university. Trained to be a biochemist, James is specialised in recombinant protein expression and enzyme characterisation. 

Prior to his enrollment in NUMed Malaysia, he was a part-time lecturer in HELP College of Arts and Technology. James was the module leader for General Biological Sciences, a core subject for this American Degree Program. 

James is also a weekly columnist of Sin Chew Daily since 2018, the largest circulating Chinese newspapers in South East Asia. Occasionally, he gives pre-recorded commentaries for Ai FM, a local Chinese radio station on a wide range of current topics. 



PG.Cert. (Medical Education) - Newcastle University

Ph.D. (Biochemistry) - National University of Malaysia 

B.Sc. (Microbiology), First-class honours - National University of Malaysia 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Teaching - BMS and MBBS
  • Administrative roles - Internal auditor for Malaysia Research Assessment (MyRA), Member of NUMed Research and Innovation Committee                                         

Impact and Award

2018 - Nominated for Newcastle Teaching Excellence Awards  (3 nominations)


Biomedical Sciences 

BMN1001 Biochemistry (Module Leader)

BMN1002 Cell biology

BMN1004 Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences

BMN1006 Pharmacology

BMN1007 Physiology

BMN1008 Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2


Year 1:  Diabetes - Energy production, protein metabolism, inter-relationships of metabolic pathways


Current Interest

Assessment of antimicrobial property of Hedyotis diffusa (white flower snake-tongue grass) extracts

Previous Experience

Molecular cloning, expression and characterisation of novel cellobiohydrolases for efficient biomass conversion. 

Research Profiles