DR. MUHAMMAD FAZRIL BIN MOHAMAD RAZIF

Dr. Muhammad Fazril Razif became a member of the Department in March 2014. He completed his undergraduate education at Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) in 2007 with a double degree: BSc (Biomedical Science/Molecular Biology) and BSc in Forensic Biology and Toxicology (Minor in Criminology). He subsequently embarked on a one year research degree where he graduated with first class Honours with his thesis entitled “Association between Polymorphisms 3’ of ApoE and Susceptibility to Schizophrenia and its Subtypes”. In 2009, Dr. Fazril joined the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, in collaboration with the University of Western Australia to undertake his PhD research. After four years of research, he received his PhD from the School of Medicine and Pharmacology with his project entitled “RNA-binding Proteins: Unraveling the code”. Dr. Fazril was short listed as a State-finalist for the AusBiotech-GSK Student Excellence Awards (2011) for the project he worked on during his PhD.

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DR. JILLIAN OOI LEAN SIM

Dr Jillian Ooi Lean Sim is a teaching and research academic at the Department of Geography, University of Malaya, where she has been a faculty member since 2003. Jillian pursued her PhD in Seagrass Biogeography as an International Endeavour Postgraduate Research Scholar at the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Winthrop Professor Gary Kendrick and Associate Professor Kimberly Van Niel. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies (1st Class) and her Master of Technology degree in Environmental Management at the University of Malaya. Her research interests lie in tropical seagrass biogeography where she has developed mapping techniques for subtidal seagrass meadows, and developed ecological and field experimental models that help in understanding seagrass habitat requirements. Jillian's work in seagrass ecosystems has mainly been in the Johor east coast islands which harbour extensive subtidal forereef meadows. More recently, she has started to study the role of marine habitats in supporting fish communities and marine herbivores, and how local communities and stakeholders drive marine habitat restoration. Courses taught (undergraduate): Physical Geography; Physical Environment; Biogeography; Quantitative Methods and Techniques in Environmental Analysis; Analytical Techniques for the Environment; Environmental Impact Assessment; Environmental Ethics; Concepts and Issues in Sustainability. Reviewer for: Limnology and Oceanography, Aquatic Ecology, Ocean and Coastal Management, Aquatic Conservation - Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, PeerJ, Biodiversitas, Scientia Bruneiana, and the Malaysian Journal of Tropical Geography. When she is not underwater watching grass grow, Jillian is the Artistic Director and Music Director of Rhythm in Bronze, an award-winning contemporary gamelan ensemble based in Kuala Lumpur. Founded in 1997, Rhythm in Bronze is known for its pioneering efforts in showcasing the Malay gamelan as its main medium of musical expression, its ongoing efforts to produce new compositions for the gamelan, and its gamelan outreach work with children in its highly-successful Children’s Music Theatre projects. Jillian’s music direction and compositions for the gamelan have won awards and/or received nominations at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, which celebrates outstanding performances in music, dance, theatre and musical theatre in Malaysia.

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DR. NOR HAZRUL MOHD SALLEH

Nor Hazrul bin Mohd. Salleh adalah anak kelahiran negeri Kelantan. Dilahirkan pada 23 Mac 1971 di Kg. Manek Urai, Kuala Krai, Kelantan. Mendapat pendidikan awal di SK Alor Bakat dari tahun 1978-1983. Kemudian menyambung pengajian ke SMKA Falahiah, Pasir Pekan, Kelantan dari tahun 1984-1987. Selepas itu, meneruskan pengajian peringkat menengah di Kolej Islam Kelang dari 1987-1989. Seterusnya melanjutkan pelajaran ke Universiti Hasan II, Mohammedia, Morocco pada tahun 1989-1991. Kemudian berpindah ke Universiti Mohamed V, Rabat, Morocco dari tahun 1991-1995 dan memperoleh Ijazah Sarjana Muda Bahasa dan Kesusasteraan Arab (pengkhususan Sastera Arab). Mendapat Diploma Pendidikan (Bahasa Arab/Pendidikan Islam) daripada Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) pada tahun 1997. Seterusnya menyambung pelajaran peringkat Sarjana di Universiti Malaya dan dianugerahkan ijazah Sarjana Pengajian Bahasa Moden (MMLS-Master of Modern Language Studies) pengkhususan Fonetik Arab pada tahun 2010. Pernah berkhidmat sebagai guru di sekolah-sekolah Yayasan Islam Kelantan (YIK) tahun 1996-1998. Kemudian bertugas sebagai Pensyarah/Pegawai Latihan di Pusat Bahasa Arab (PBA), YIK dari tahun 1999-2003. Dilantik sebagai Guru Bahasa di Akademi Pengajian Islam, Universiti Malaya Nilam Puri, Kelantan (APIUMNP) mulai 2003 dan sekarang menyandang jawatan Guru Bahasa Kanan sejak 17 Mei 2010. Diamanahkan tanggungjawab sebagai Penyelaras Bahasa Arab APIUMNP sejak 16 September 2006 dan Pengetua Kolej Kediaman Nilam Puri mulai 1 Ogos 2010.

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