Yung Shwen Ho

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



Building 2, Level 2, Office 3326-WS13


Dr. Shwen Ho’s research aims at understanding why certain wild tomatoes and Salicornia species can thrive in high salinity condition. Genomics and modern bioinformatics methods are used to elucidate the mechanism behind salinity tolerance with the aim to accelerate its applications into forward genetics. His other research interests include plant genomics, de novo genome assembly, visual analytics and bioinformatics.

Research Interests

With the recent advancement in next generation sequencing technologies, I am interested to use genomics and bioinformatics as a tool to help accelerate scientific discovery both in the field of plant science and on a broader scale across life sciences. Particularly in the integrative approach of combining genomics with powerful genetics and statistics methods to in big data problems.

Selected Publications

  • Exome and Transcriptome Sequencing of Aedes aegypti Identifies a Locus That Confers Resistance to Brugia malayi and Alters the Immune Response. P. Juneja., C. V. Ariani., Y. S. Ho., J. Akorli., et. al. PLoS Pathogens, (2015).
  • Assembly of the Genome of the Disease Vector Aedes aegypti onto a Genetic Linkage Map Allows Mapping of Genes Affecting Disease Transmission. P. Juneja., J. Osei-Poku., Y. S. Ho., C. V. Ariani., et. al. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, (2014).
  • Adaptation of the genetically tractable malaria pathogen Plasmodium knowlesi to continuous culture in human erythrocytes. R. W. Moon., J. Hall., F. Rangkuti., Y. S. Ho., et. al. PNAS, (2013).
  • Glycosylation in HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein and its biological implications. Y. S. Ho., N. K. Saksena. Future Virology, (2013).
  • Complete Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium fortuitum subsp. Fortuitum Type Strain DSM46621. Y. S. Ho., S. A. Adroub., F. Aleisa., H. Mahmood., et. al. Journal of Bacteriology, (2012).


  • Ph.D (Computational biology) University of Sydney, Australia.
  • MAppSc (Bioinformatics) University of Sydney, Australia
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science, University of New South Wales, Australia

Professional Profile

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST
  • NGS Bioinformatics officer, AGRF, Australia
  • Teaching Experience:
         - Co-lecturer in Pathogen genomics course (2012- Current). KAUST, KSA.
         - Invited lecturer. Application of Bioinformatics in Modern Molecular Biology. Oct 2013. ICGEB, New Delhi, India.


  • 2009 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship, Department of Education, Australia.
  • 2008 1st place, University of Sydney Research Conversazione, Australia.
  • 2007 Young Investigator Award, CROI, USA.
  • 2006 Junior Investigator Award (1st place), Westmead Hospital, Australia.

Research Interests Keywords

Plant genomics Bioinformatics Big Data Visualization Computational Biology