Dr Chui Pin Leaw was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, on August 22, 1973. She is a senior research fellow of Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya. Her research falls in the field of marine phycology, focusing on the studies of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Her research areas span from taxonomy, molecular systematics and evolution to the genetics and toxigenesis of harmful microalgae. She began her academic career at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), in September 2008, as a senior lecturer DS51 of Faculty of Resource Science and Technology, and a Research Fellow of Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC). She graduated from the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM) with a declared major in Marine Science and holds a First Class BSc. (H), and later received her MSc. and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the same university. As one of the key researcher in Malaysian HABs research, Dr. Leaw has published more than 100 publications, including 35 international and national peer-reviewed papers (30 ISI, 5 SCOPUS), >20 proceedings papers, nine technical papers and training modules, >15 popular writing and outreaches, and ~100 abstracts presented. Her track record in research publications is outstanding. This can be testified by the Publish and Perish Author Impact Analysis with an H-Index of 13 (Web of Science), >350 total citations for over 20 papers (Google Scholar H-index, 16, citations, >750). Most of the scientific papers published are in journals of the highest ISI ranking of Quartile 1 and 2 in Marine and Freshwater Biology. In the six-year working period, she has received more than MYR 2M of funding for her research, by securing a total of nine (9) national and international research grants as PI, with core research supported from MOSTI ScienceFunds, and MOE FRGS, RACE. She is also a co-researcher to additional nine national and international research grants. At the international level, she was invited as speaker to several meetings and workshops, including the Horiba International Conference in 2010; Pacific Science Congress in 2011; and Nippon Foundation-POGO, Alfred Wegener Institute Centre of Excellence: Regional Training Program in 2014. With professional association, she is a member of several professional bodies that related to the field of interest, e.g. the International Society for the study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA), the Phycological Society of America (PSA) and Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). She is also a committee member of UNESCO-IOC/WESTPAC Harmful Algal Blooms and Toxic Marine Organisms projects. She is actively involved in the editorial task, being appointed as reviewer to high impact factor journals (BMC Evolutionary Biology, PlosONE, Harmful Algae, etc.), and had served on the editorial board as associate editor to the Elsevier impact factor journal, GENE, and its sister journal PLANTGENE. Chui Pin involved directly in developing course portfolio and online courses, as well as teaching various undergraduate courses, particularly the core courses of UNIMAS in Molecular Biology. Online learning approach is adopted in her teaching, which gained her an award in 2009 on the UNIMAS Outstanding Online Learning Award for the course Bioinformatics. In the six-years of supervision, she has mentored more than 40 undergraduate students (FYP). Five PhD student and eight MSc students have been completed under her supervision. Currently, she is supervising two PhD and ten MSc students.