ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. NAZIATY BINTI MOHD YAACOB

Naziaty Mohd Yaacob was born in Bentong, Pahang, 56 years ago. Naziaty Mohd Yaacob was trained in Malaysia and England as an architect. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Universiti Malaya, here she worked since 1997. Previously she taught for 3 years at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Skudai, Johor and had 7 years experience in architecture practice. Naziaty obtained her doctorate in 2009 from the University of Salford. Her PhD thesis is titled: Accessibility to Historic and Listed Public Buildings: Development Control Processes in England and Wales. She teaches architectural design, theory and philosophy, architectural research and universal design. She has taught history of western architecture and design theory. She was the head of two research programs: Learning from the Architectural Design Studio and Grand Challenge collaboration with Kuala Lumpur City Hall entitled: Universal Design and Inclusive Society for Kuala Lumpur Built Environment. She is now conducting a Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education entitled: Inclusive Landscape and Building Design using Gender Mainstreaming and Technopreneur Fund for incubating Universal Design Services and Products. Apart from her academic role, she is a disability advocate in Malaysia since 1998. Her contributions to disability & accessibility advocacy in Malaysia are tremendous speaking in seminars for Public Works Department, Penang City Council and National Planning Congress in 2017. She was one of the National Council Member for the Persons With Disability Act 2008 for the first two terms, 2008-2012 and expert reference in Accessibility and Universal Design for UNESCAP in 2014. She also devotes her time and energy in providing advice, consultations, fieldwork and research on access audits of public and private buildings and sites. Naziaty shares her wealth of knowledge and experience via social media, blogs and articles. She was awarded a special award for her academic work at the National Day for Disabled Persons celebration in 2014. In 2015, she founded ZaSve currently a pre-startup business entity under UM Innovations Sdn. Bhd. which is showcasing the Fit2U-Home mobile app in RISE Hong Kong in July 2018. She recently received the national Labor Day award for best disabled worker in May 2018. Recently she was a facilitator for the Harapan OKU coalition group of persons wth disabilities supported by 100 plus NGOs fighting for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in July 2018.

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PROF. DR. CHUA KEK HENG

Professor Dr. Chua Kek Heng is a professor of molecular biology at the Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. He was the formal Head of Department of Biomedical Science (2014-2016). Prof Chua's research areas include various disease polymorphism studies, mutation investigation studies, characterization of bacterial virulence factors and diagnostic kit development. Professor Chua has attained outstanding achievements in terms of publications, intellectual property rights and patents. His commitment and relentless hard work has led to more than 150 original publications. His contributions in science and technology are not only limited to novel scientific innovations but also allow further understanding between human disease and their association with various genetic factors and microorganisms. Professor Chua is an outstanding scientist, however he does not only concentrate on his own achievements, but he “builds” leaders. He makes it his duty to prepare and train his younger staff, colleagues and students to excel in biological research. In terms of social impact, Professor Chua’s commitment to the study of genotyping of diseases has resulted in the successful mapping of important disease predisposing markers for systemic lupus erythematosus, Crohn’s disease and retinopathy in the Malaysian population. The frequencies and distributions of those polymorphisms or mutations in the three main ethnic groups in Malaysia are vital in disease development prediction and allow early preventive measures. One of his contributions together with other partners has led to a high impact publication, NATURE GENETICS in 2016. Apart from fundamental studies, some of his research have also been translated into applied detection platforms. These innovative approaches, tests and kits allow more cost effective, rapid, sensitive and specific detection and confirmation of human diseases and microbial infections. His efforts have been recognised at the national and international levels as he currently holds more than 1500 intellectual properties which include national and international patents, trademarks and copyrights. PlasmoNex- a diagnostic kit for malaria was developed by Professor Chua. It has been successfully commercialised in 2011. The kit is the world’s first PCR based malaria detection system which is able to detect all 5 different species of plasmodium (malaria parasites) in a cocktail assay. Professor Chua has contributed much to the transfer of scientific knowledge in his capacity as a national committee/panel member for the evaluation of numerous grants/projects, namely Science Fund, FRGS, UMRG, PPP and ERGS. He is also actively involved in organizing national/international workshops to introduce up-to-date technologies to young Malaysian researches and to train young scientists in molecular “bench” skills. To date, he has delivered more than a hundred presentations in various seminars, expositions and conferences. At the international level, he has been a reviewer for many ISI (WOS) publications. External reviewer for International grants in his field and moderator/ advicers for many teaching institutions. Professor Chua has also frequently been selected to represent the University of Malaya in various major national and international exhibitions/competitions such as Bio-Malaysia, International Invention, Innovation and Technology exhibition (ITEX), International Exposition of Research and Invention of Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA), Nuremberg International Invention Fair (IENA), Germany, Biotechnology Asia Expo, International Exhibition of Inventions, New Technology & Products, Geneva, Switzerland and the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF), Korea. To date, he has been awarded with more than 100 prestigious national and international awards not limited to BIOTECHNOLOGY ASIA AWARD 2005, BEST INVENTIONS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AWARD 2006, USA INPEX GRAND PRIX AWARD 2008, Excellent Scientist Recognition in 2005 by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AWARD 2013, WORLD HALAL EXCELLENT INNOVATION AWARD 2013, TOP RESEARCH SCIENTIST MALAYSIA 2017 for his perseverance in research and excellent research innovations. Apart from that, he has also been awarded several times of excellent service awards, Excellent lecturer award in 2014 and Best lecturer for Biomedical Science teaching 2017 for his contributions in academic service and teaching in the University of Malaya.

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ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. ZAILAN BIN SIRI

ZAILAN SIRI was born in Melaka, Malaysia, in 1977. He received the BSc degree in Computational and Industrial Mathematics from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, in 2001, and the MSc in Applied Mathematics from Univeristi Putra Malaysia in 2004. In 2012, he received PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In 2002, he joined the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a Tutor, and in 2004 became a Lecturer. Since July 2012, he was a Senior Lecturer. He has taught a variety of courses in Applied Mathematics at undergraduate programme and supervised some postgraduate MSc and PhD candidate. His current research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, Numerical Methods/Analysis and Mathematical Modelling on Retirement Sheme in Malaysia. He is a Life Member of the Malaysia Mathematics Society and Golden Key Association.

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RECENT PUBLICATION

  • Cai, LM; Xi, ZX; Amorim, AM; Sugumaran, M; Rest, JS; Liu, L; Davis, CC (2019). Widespread Ancient Whole-Genome Duplications in Malpighiales Coincide With Eocene Global Climatic Upheaval. New Phytologist


  • Chew, EGY; Liany, H; Tan, LCS; Au, WL; Prakash, KM; Annuar, AA; Chang, AYY; Lim, SY; Mok, V; Chung, SJ; Song, K; Liu, JJ; Foo, JN; Tan, EK (2019). Evaluation of Novel Parkinsons Disease Candidate Genes in The Chinese Population. Neurobiology of Aging


  • Mohd, NI; Gopal, K; Raoov, M; Mohamad, S; Yahaya, N; Lim, V; Zain, NNM (2019). Evaluation of a Magnetic Activated Charcoal Modified With Non-Ionic Silicone Surfactant as a New Magnetic Solid Phase Extraction Sorbent With Triazine Herbicides as Model Compounds in Selected Milk and Rice Samples. Talanta


  • Wong, SM; Ong, S; Chan, CS; (2019). On-Orbit Spatial Characterization Based On Satellite Image Structure. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing


  • Soltani, S; Rashid, U; Shojaei, TR; Nehdi, IA; Ibrahim, M (2019). Modeling of The Nanocrystalline-Sized Mesoporous Zinc Oxide Catalyst Using An Artificial Neural Network for Efficient Biodiesel Production. Chemical Engineering Communications


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