Theam Soon is a Penang born lad with a passion to try new things.
He obtained his degree in resource chemistry from UNIMAS, Malaysia before continuing his postgraduate studies in Pharmaceutical Technology at USM.
He was then off to Germany where he carried out his doctoral thesis on antibody phage display at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and graduated with a doctorate degree in Molecular Biology from Freie Universitat Berlin.
He returned to work at INFORMM, USM where he served as an academic staff and later as the Deputy Director.
Theam Soon is currently an Associate Professor heading a research group on antibody engineering at USM.
He is also the principal researcher of the Antibody Program under the Higher Institutions Centre of Excellence program under the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
He is working on the generation of new human antibody libraries with an emphasis on infectious diseases.
His work includes development of human antibodies for infectious disease research, diagnostics and therapy.
Another field of work is the application of DNA structures for DNA sensing applications in diseases.
He has published several publications in peer-review journals and edited several books on antibody phage display technology.
He is also active in industrial collaboration as well as academic research with projects related to antibody generation and modification.