ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. HASLINA BINTI MUHAMAD

Haslina Muhamad earned her Bachelor of Science degree (Biology & Psychology) from Deakin University, Australia. Upon graduation, she joined University Malaya as a tutor. In 2006, she went on to study at the Universiti Malaya where she received her Master of Arts (Psychology) degree. In 2007, she served as a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University Malaya. In 2009, she pursued her PhD in Psychology at Monash University, Australia. Haslina is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology with a specialisation in adolescent psychology. She has a special interest in adolescents’ personalities, health and well-being. More specifically her work aims to address the four areas, namely personality, mental health, well-being and high-risk behaviour among adolescents. Her contribution to this field includes: conducting research on mental health behaviour among adolescents and assessing the personality and mental health level among college students. During the past year, Haslina has participated in several community projects such as conducting a mini-workshop on well-being for youths attending Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN). Haslina is presently a member of the Asian Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. Haslina teaches psychology courses to postgraduate and undergraduate students. Administratively, Haslina currently was the Head of the Department of Anthropology & Sociology, University Malaya from 2017 to 2021.

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DR. NIKMAN ADLI BIN NOR HASHIM

I am a researcher in human genetics specialising in copy number variations (CNVs) and the impacts of such genetic variations in human health. I am equipped with a comprehensive research background which include biotechnology (BSc), human molecular genetics, population genetics, genomics, cytogenetics, molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics, high-performance computing and biostatistics (MSc, PhD). My aim is always to promote wellness and lifestyle solutions through scientifically-driven values and tools in providing personalised disease screenings, therapeutics and preventive strategies, specifically using structural genomic variations (and other genetic variations) as potential therapeutic and screening targets for non-communicable diseases, also known as NCDs (i.e. cancer, obesity, diabetes). As an educator, I always believe in the importance of education to create long-lasting awareness in health.  Specifically, I am interested to investigate differential patterns of structural genomic variations in order to identify the plausible causes, or origins of NCDs in our Malaysian population. I am fascinated by the diversity of our ethnic composition and intrigued to see the genetic patterns of such diverse background. Given the opportunity and the right collaborations, it is hoped that together, we could delineate the genomic architecture of our unique population, which could eventually provide more informative data that are beneficial in our fight against such diseases. My previous work thus far has involved the integration of various bioinformatics components in genetic analytics, and I would like to continue doing so since big data technology is becoming a norm in current and future biological scientific research.

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ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. FAISAL BIN AHMAD SHAH

Faisal Ahmad Shah is a Associate Professor at the Department of Qur’an and Hadith, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He obtained his bachelor degree from the Faculty of Hadith of the Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia in 1996. Later on, he came back to his country and achieved his master degree in Islamic studies from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). Due to his research interests, he decided to go to the University of Malaya (UM) to pursue his graduate studies and he could successfully  complete his Ph.D. program in 2007. His Ph.D. thesis entitled “The Hadith Methodology of Shaikh al-Marbawi in the book of Bahr al-Madhi,” is about one of the prominent hadith scholars in the Malay Archipelago (nusantara) named Shaikh al-Marbawi (1896-1989) and his book Bahr al-Madhi published in twenty two volumes. It should be noted that Faisal Ahmad Shah had conducted several projects dealing with hadith studies including Authority of Hadith in Malaysia: Study on the Quality of Argumentation and Translation; Contextual Approach in Understanding Prophetic Hadith: Focus on the Practice of Legal Hadith in the Context of Malaysia; Contribution of India and Pakistan Graduates to the Development of Hadith Studies in Malaysia; Hadith Studies in Malaysia, Indonesia and Southern Thailand; Misunderstanding on Famous Hadith in Malay Society: Research of The Resources and Assessment Review. Furthermore, Faisal Ahmad Shah has authored several books such as: Takhrij Hadith: The Right and Effective Search Techniques of Hadith, Manahij al-Muhaddithin The Method and Approach of Hadith Scholars, Hadith Studies in Malaysia, Hadith Studies in Malay Archipelago, Hadith Studies in India and Its Influence in Malaysia and Appropriate Methods In  Understanding Hadith.In 2014, he was offered to do research for 3 month as Visiting Scholar at the Courant Research Center "Education and Religion" George August University Gottingen Germany and in June 2022 at Istanbul University Turkeye for 2 months

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