Our Consultants

Prof. DING Kexiang

RESEARCH PROFESSOR

Ding Kexiang, male, 56 years old, national expert, professor, post-doctorate. He is currently a professor and chief expert on research topics at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine of the Southern Medical University of China (see the school’s official website www.smu.edu.cn for details); at the same time, he also serves as the American Institute of Biomedical Technology in Virginia, USA ( ABTRI) Director of molecular medicine laboratory and chief professor and chief scientist. Before studying in the United States (before 1999), he served as a visiting doctoral tutor at the Basic Medical College of Bethune Medical University and a member of the echelon of doctoral tutors at the Institute of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Sun Yat-sen Medical University. When studying in American universities, he was a senior visiting research scholar and visiting professor at the University of Virginia, a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and a postdoctoral research scholar at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine.

Prof.Ding won the title of “National Young and Middle-aged Scientific and Technological Experts with Outstanding Contribution” awarded by the Chinese government in 1992 and won the “Special Government Allowance Expert” awarded by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in the same year (1992) special government subsidy issued by the State Council; moreover, they were also awarded the “First China Young Scientist Entrepreneurship Award” by the China National Youth Federation, the “Bioengineering Expert” awarded by the Chinese People’s Association, and the formerly recognised research professor of the National Science and Technology Commission of China , The research professor appraised by the Chinese Academy of Management Sciences, and the “6th Top Ten Outstanding Young People in Guangzhou (ranked at the top of the list of top ten outstanding young people according to personal achievements)” awarded by the Guangzhou Municipal Government of China. Awarded “Top Ten Rookie of Science and Technology”. Note: Both China’s Guangzhou City and Wuhan City are China’s super international cities (super-large cities), and their urban populations exceed 10 million people.

In 2006, he was specially appointed as the lifelong chief scientist by the International Nutrition and Hygiene Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, and as the lifelong honorary chairman by the Canadian International Institute of Health Sciences and Technology. In 2003, he was awarded the lifelong honorary chairman by the North American Beauty and Health Association in Vancouver, Canada. Specially appointed as a visiting professor and academic advisor by Tai E College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Quebec, Canada; and has been the chairman of the expert committee of the Organising Committee of the Southeast Asian Regional Medical Aesthetic Conference since 1995; Counselor, expert committee member of CIDESIC SECTION in Hong Kong, academic adviser of Taiwan Free Radical Biomedical Research Center; concurrently serves as vice chairman of China Anti-aging Science and Technology Society, expert committee member of China Health Care Association, vice chairman of China Beauty Industry Association, etc .; on Free Radical Biomedicine, editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief of Chinese Journal of Gerontology, the most authoritative academic journal of Chinese geriatrics, executive editor-in-chief and deputy editor of Chinese classic medicine “Chinese Anti-aging Medicine” medical Journals of Science, Practical Geriatrics, Modern Geriatrics, Microcirculation, Chinese Cosmetics Magazine, Chinese Science and Beauty Journal, American Toiletries Magazine (Chinese version), Taiwan Free Radical Biomedical Journal, etc. Magazine’s expert editorial board and other posts.

Geriatrics and biology, molecular diagnostics of geriatrics, medical biochemistry and cell physiology; main research directions before studying in the United States: aging free radical biology and medicine, anti-aging preparations and pharmacology, animal tissue and intracellular anti-aging Active protein (including enzymes) and peptide extraction, separation and purification technology, etc .; the main research directions in the United States: recombinant genes for early diagnosis of cancer and nanoparticle targeted therapy, early intervention of cells and genes and clinical treatment; after returning to the United States Main research directions:

(1) Biological and medical research on antioxidants and free radical scavengers;

(2) Research on transdermal drug delivery system and nano emulsion delivery system;

(3) Extraction and purification of marine bioactive peptide factors and natural plant active ingredients applied research on facial beauty and skin anti-aging subjects

(4) Research on intelligent light control and temperature control skin ultraviolet protection system and slow / controlled release system;

(5) Recombinant human fat cell receptor agonist hNPY and its receptor antagonist NPYR in human fat redistribution;

(6) Research on molecular diagnostic technology and detection system of cancer early genes;

(7) Clinical application research of autologous plasma fibrin cell scaffolds and mesenchymal stem cell proliferation induction and differentiation promotion;

(8) Application research on skin anti-aging;

(9) Molecular mechanism of skin photo-aging and anti-skin aging preparations. In addition, the research on the biomedical mechanism of tumour free radicals, the early diagnosis of tumour marker genes and the research of intelligent integrated sensitive system, etc.

Dr. Zuo Xia-Lin

RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CELESTIALAB

BSc. (PRC), MD. (PRC), PhD. in Medicine (Pharmacology) (PRC)

Prof. Zuo graduated from Southwest China Medical University with a degree of Bachelor of Science in 2007. He also graduated from South China University of Medical Pharmacy with a degree in medical in 2010. Besides, he graduated with a doctorate in Medicine from Southern Medical Pharmacology in Jun 2013.

Prof. Zuo had hosted the National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Project and China Post-doctoral Science Foundation projects. He had also participated in the China National Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong province and China Natural Science Foundation research project of Guangzhou city which is a scientific and technological research. Prof. Zuo participated in publishing more than 10 papers of thesis; he is also the first author who has published SCI thesis for 8 papers.

Prof. Zuo has also participated in 25 patency applications of which 12 of them is related to invention patency. He had won the national doctoral research scholarship in 2012 and “Hong Kong Scholar” award in 2016.

Dr. TAN Jun Jie

CONSULTANT, CELESTIALAB

BSc in Biomedical Science (UPM), DPhil (Oxford), PostDoc (Harvard)

Dr. TAN Jun Jie graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2007 majoring in Biomedical Sciences (First class) and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Oxford (UK) in 2011 with his study in Cardiosphere-derived stem cells and regenerative medicine.

He was also a Visiting Research Fellow in King’s College London in 2014 and a postdoctoral research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (US) in 2016.

He was awarded the excellent service award in 2015 by Universiti Sains Malaysia and received the recognition for molecular medicine with the ‘Young Investigator Award’ twice (in 2013 and 2015); for his work in harnessing bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells for enhancing c-kit cardiac stem cell functions.

Dr. TAN is currently serving Universiti Sains Malaysia at Advanced Medical and Dental Institute in Kepala Batas, Penang, as a senior lecturer to continue his research venture on heart tissue engineering and regeneration using human-derived induced pluripotent stem cells. He is also looking into the concept of re-utilising the native extracellular matrix scaffold in organ from cadaveric donor as the blueprint with preserved architecture for homing cellular blocks to make engineering functional organ possible.

His current work focuses on derivation of proepicardial cells, sinoatrial-like pacemaker cells and ventricular cardiomyocytes from iPSCs to their potential in therapeutic applications.

Dr. TAN Shi Wei

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATION & QUALITY ASSURANCE, CELESTIALAB

BSc in MicroBiology (UPM),
MSc in Immunobiology (UPM),
PhD in Immunobiology (UPM)

Dr. TAN Shi Wei graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She proceeded to delve deeper in her research studies gaining her Master’s degree & PhD in Immunobiology.

She has extensive and varied research experience, obtained several awards; 3rd International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO) School of Neuroscience, Monash University, 3rd International Neuro Malaysia Symposium, & ‘Gift Her with Life’ Education Grant (MMICARE). In her professional career life, she has numerous publications & papers on mesenchymal stem cells, bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells/ Cell Immunology/ Immunopharmacology / Neuroinflammation.

Dr. Veronica Sainik Ronald

SENIOR EXECUTIVE,
QUALITY CONTROL CUM SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CELESTIALAB

BBM (Hons.) in Biomedicine (MSU, Malaysia), M.DSc in Dental Science (UM),
Ph.D.DSc in Dental Science (Hiroshima University, Japan), PostDoc (Hiroshima University, Japan), PostDoc (UKMMC)

Veronica Sainik Ronald is currently a Senior Scientist at CelestiaLab. She obtained her Ph.D at Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences under Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department in September 2014 under Twinning Program supported by Advanced Dental Medicine Promotion in Southeastern Asia. 

She has been Post-Doctoral Researcher at Hiroshima University, Japan with collaboration between Kyoto University, Tissue Engineering Centre UKMMC and Department of Physiology, UKMMC. She received Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships. 

She also participated and established her networks/collaborations with national and international research institutes and universities. Veronica actively involved in scientific/research activities as a reviewer, invited speaker, judge/scientific committee and facilitators. 

She had experience in clinical trial project for leukaemia patient, Cancer Biobank projects, writing research proposals, conducted short Neuroscience project and assisting graduate student from national and international university. 

Her research interests on molecular biology and biochemistry, stem cell, tissue engineering, biomaterial, cancer, natural product and neuroscience. Moreover, she also versed more than 10years in the operation of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and familiar with cell and gene therapy regulations. 

Currently, she appointed as a senior scientist cum research scientist at CelestiaLab.

Nur Afiqah binti Mohamad

SENIOR EXECUTIVE, PRODUCTION CUM RESEARCH SCIENTIST, CELESTIALAB

BSc in Biotechnology (University of Queensland, Australia)

Nur Afiqah Mohamad is currently a Senior Executive (Production) cum Research Scientist at Celestialab Sdn Bhd. She graduated from University of Queensland (UQ), Australia with a degree in Biotechnology. Previously she has served as Production Executive in GMP certified stem cells-based company for 2 years.

She has experience in prioritising, planning, scheduling, monitoring and supporting overall production operational, documentation and administration in accordance with the requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

She also involved in clinical trial for Osteoarthritis. She has been exposed to national (NPRA) and international (PIC/S, US FDA, EMA and ICH) regulation in cell and gene therapy.

Dr. Benjamin GEORGE Jr.

Medical Director, ALPS Medical Centre
Senior Consultant, Plastic, Aesthetic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeon

MB.BCh.BAO. (Ireland), LRCP & SI (Ireland), FRCS (Edinburgh),
AM (Malaysia), Dip. Psych. (Singapore), LCP. Plastic Surgery (Malaysia),
National Specialist Register (Plastic Surgery)

MMC. :29745

Dr. Benjamin GEORGE Jr is the eldest son of Dr. Benjamin GEORGE Sr. He attended National University of Ireland (NUI), and was conferred his MB.BCh.BAO, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics and simultaneously received his LRCP & SI, Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin in 1983. In 1990, he received his postgraduate degree at the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Edinburgh in Scotland, one of the oldest surgical fellowships founded in 1505 by King James IV that fosters the highest standard of surgical practice.

Dr. GEORGE Jr. started his illustrious career at the Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale, England, initially as a House Officer in General, Vascular Surgery and later Renal Medicine. He went on to become the Senior House Officer at the internationally recognised Royal Preston Hospital, where he was a Doctor in General Surgery, Urology, Orthopedics and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

He is currently Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur and George Plastic Surgery Clinic. He is also a visiting Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Pantai Cheras Medical Centre. Armed with more than 30 years of experience as a doctor in various fields and more than 22 years specialising in plastic surgery, Dr. GEORGE Jr. is undoubtedly a well sought-after doctor, having served in many outstanding hospitals, both internationally and locally. Local television networks have on numerous occasions tapped on his expertise to speak on plastic surgery.

Dr. GEORGE Jr. was bestowed an Honorary Fellowship in 1995 at the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AM/FAMM). He also obtained his Diploma in Psychology, specialising in counselling at the Lee Community College in Singapore, the Best Private College for Psychology and Counselling programmes cited by Edupoll.

Dr. Siti Aminah PAWANCHIK

Aesthetic Medical Practitioner, ALPS Medical Centre

MD (USM), Dip. Aesthetic Medicine (USA),
LCP. Aesthetic Medical Practice (Malaysia)

MMC No. : 31894

Dr. Siti Aminah PAWANCHIK, graduated from University Sains Malaysia with a degree in Doctor of Medicine (MD). She holds a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). She is fully certified by the Malaysian Ministry of Health as an Aesthetic Medical Practitioner (Letter of Credentialing & Privileging) since 2018.

Dr Siti is a member of the Society of Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine Malaysia (SAAARMM), Malaysian Society of Aesthetic Medicine (MSAM), American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). Well experienced in the aesthetic field, she had performed numerous aesthetic procedures such as dermal filler and botulinum toxin injection, lasers, light therapy, non-surgical facelift, hair treatment etc with great success. She had also undergone special training on body sculpturing surgery in Korea. Her special interest is in anti-aging and cell therapy.

Dr. Aruen KANAGARATNAM

Aesthetic Medical Practitioner, ALPS Medical Centre

MD (Ukraine), Dip. Aesthetic Medicine (USA),
Professional Diploma Aesthetic Medicine (AAA | EU, Paris)

MMC No. : 60425

An aesthetic doctor who specialises in cosmetic, laser, and procedural dermatology; Dr. Aruen is an expert in non-surgical facial sculpting and body contouring procedures. Dr. Aruen’s main area of interest in on Botulinum Toxins, Dermal Fillers, Laser Procedures and Mesotherapy. He has completed compulsory training in the government hospital and is fully registered with the Malaysian Medical Council. 

Dr. Aruen’s true passion is connecting with and helping others. He considers himself lucky to be in a position to be able to help others with his medical and aesthetic skills. He underwent several trainings on aesthetic medicine and non-invasive facial sculpting and body contouring procedures throughout his career and has numerous practical skills in injectable procedures. 

Although Dr. Aruen loves the artistry and complexities of aesthetic medicine more than any other activities, he has several other interests as well. From a young age he was deeply interested and has been practicing Krav Maga, as it trains him to be motivated, focused and disciplined.

Juliana LEE Mei Har

Genetic Counsellor, ALPS Medical Centre

FHGSA (Genetic Counselling), BSc. In Genetics (UKM),
Grad. Dip. In Genetic Counselling (Melbourne),
Master Of Counselling (UM)

Ms Lee is a genetic counsellor certified by Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). As a pioneer genetic counsellor in Malaysia, she has taken on various roles that has contributed to the development of genetic counselling practice in Malaysia and across Southeast Asia.  The experience gathered over the years has led her to start private practice in 2015 with the set-up of GCA. Apart from conducting genetic counselling sessions, she consults organisations that require training and genetic counselling support services.

Her pursuit to become a genetic counsellor began in 2002 after obtaining her Bachelors in Genetics from National University of Malaysia and completing her Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling at the University of Melbourne in 2003. In 2009, she graduated with Master of Counselling from University Malaya and is also a licensed counsellor with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors.

Ms Lee began practice in 2004 at University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur as Medical Social Worker providing genetic counselling and support services to families affected with genetic conditions­. She worked with Professor Dr M.K. Thong, the first clinical geneticist in Malaysia and has managed cases that ranged from paediatric genetics, inborn error metabolism, rare disease, reproductive genetics to hereditary cancer. In 2014, she joined the private industry as a genetic counsellor in a molecular diagnostics company offering the latest genetic tests in Southeast Asia. This role gave rise to opportunities for her to provide genetic counselling services across Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam.

Throughout her career, she has presented talks and published articles to promote the role of genetic counsellors, highlighting the need to develop a career pathway and to train more genetic counsellors in Malaysia. She is the Secretary of Genetic Counselling Society Malaysia and President of the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia (PSGCA).