ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. VENGADESH A/L PERIASAMY

A biophysicist by interest, Dr. Vengadesh Periasamy is based in Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre (LDMRC), Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a Senior Lecturer/ Research Fellow. His field of expertise and interest mainly involves DNA electronics, Langmuir-Blodgett (LB), Biophotovoltaics (BPV) and Nanomedicine (Riboflavin, Green Synthesis of Nanoparticles for Antipathogenic and Anticancer Properties). His current research groups consist of numerous final year projects, interns, research assistants, MSc. and PhD. students comprising of various disciplines and nationality. Resulting research outputs have been published in various high impact factor journal papers, proceedings, patent, book and book chapter. Research covers a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach whereby underlying fundamentals are thoroughly investigated to enable possible applications by constructing, characterizing and testing prototype sensors/devices. Using LB technique to fabricate pure novel DNA films, we are actively pursuing frontier research into fundamental DNA electronics, which would ultimately enable DNA genomic sequencing for rapid DNA detection and also the fabrication of DNA based environmental sensors. LB method also allows flexibility in designing different types of graphene films either as porous anodes or highly transparent conducting material. These highly customized electrodes will then be utilized to investigate bio-signals or intrinsic cellular noises from antipathogenic/anticancer reactions and other biological pathways of interest. Current research directions are therefore directed towards understanding interfacial properties by deciphering extracted bio-signals to be applied in the fields of nano-bioelectronics, nano-medicine and biomedical technology. Dr. Vengadesh’s interest in BPV is partly as a result of an MOU between University of Malaya and Centre of Research for Electrochemical Science and Technology (CREST), Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge to undertake combined research efforts in algae biotechnology. He and his group is developing LB derived high porosity graphene films for application as an anodic material in BPV platforms. Initial results indicating an increased power output and open potential suggest the possibility of substituting the currently used conventional ITO anodes. The LB method utilized allows for attaining higher electrode surface area and better attachment of biofilms. Coupled with the presence of functional groups, the films fabricated enables easier and effective algae attachment onto the graphene anode surface resulting in superior biocompatibility and hence the improved power output. Dr. Vengadesh visited CREST as a Post-doc/Academic Visitor from 21 January until 20 October 2014 to facilitate the collaborative research further and to establish a roadmap in BPV research between the two research centers.

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ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. FUNG SHIN YEE

Dr. Fung Shin Yee is a biochemist, receiving her degree from the University of Malaya. She actively pursues her interest in natural compounds focusing on snake venoms and medicinal mushrooms. She obtained her PhD in Molecular Medicine in 2008 (University of Malaya) embarking on a joint project with University of Siena, Italy and is a recipient of a fellowship from the Embassy of Italy in Malaysia (2003-2004). Dr. Fung first joined the Department of Molecular Medicine (previously known as the Department of Biochemistry) in 2000 as a tutor and in 2008, as a senior lecturer. She was promoted to be an Associate Professor in January 2015.   As part of the Venom and Toxin Research Group (VTRG)  and Medicinal Mushroom Research Group (MMRG) in the Department of Molecular Medicine, her area of special interest is in snake venom toxinology utilizing a multidisciplinary approach with multiple collaborators both local and international in her methodology. She also has immense interest in the Malaysia’s National Treasure, the Tiger Milk mushroom (Lignosus sp.). Her innovative work with Lignosus sp. has won her several prestigious prizes, and Malaysian patents. Her work has been published in over 40 articles in international journals. More information can be obtained from www.umvtrg.my and www.facebook.com/um1mmrg 

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ASSOCIATE PROF. DR. MOHD SALLEH BIN AMAN

Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohd Salleh Aman is a PhD holder in Leisure Studies focus in the area of sport and physical recreation, graduated from Lincoln University New Zealand. Dr. Mohd Salleh Aman completed a BA (Hons) degree in Geography and a Master of Education degree in Health, Physical Education and Sport, University of Malaya. Dr. Mohd Salleh Aman has had 4 completed PhD students under his supervision. He is also currently supervising 2 almost complete students and another 7 which are ongoing. The research field under Dr. Mohd Salleh’s supervison includes leisure, recreation, sport management, sport education, sport tourism, safety in sport and coaching management. He is an active researcher, consistently involved in international conference and published writing works in the form of abstracts, proceedings, modules and text books. Dr. Salleh who is an expert in sport and recreation management has been recognized by several universities which appointed him as consultant and advisor for their sports science program including the Open University Malaysia, Industrial University Selangor, University Malaysia Sabah and as a visiting professor at the State University of Jakarta and Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Mohd Salleh Aman has a broad working experiences, administration and professional. He is holding the post as Headmaster of 7th Residential College as well as Associate Professor in Sport Management at Sport Centre, University of Malaya since 2007. He holding the post as Director of Sport Centre, University of Malaya, 2011-2015. His professional competency is shown as a Professional Tennis Coach and was the National Tennis Coach for Malaysia School Sport Council in 1992 and 1993. He is an International Qualified Tennis Umpire / Referee (White Badge Bearer), and also expert in sports event management and recreational outdoor leadership. He designated as  the principal investigator for several research projects with Institute for Research Managemen and Monotoring (IPPP), UM; Institute for Research of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Youth and Sport Malaysia; Pusat Kajian Kecemerlangan Melayu (PKKM), FELCRA FC and working research collaborators from Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.

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RECENT PUBLICATION

Yaqoob, I; Ahmed, E; Gani, A; Mokhtar, S; Imran, M (2017). Heterogeneity-Aware Task Allocation in Mobile Ad Hoc Cloud. IEEE ACCESS

Mo, KH; Goh, SH; Alengaram, UJ; Visintin, P; Jumaat, MZ (2017). Mechanical, toughness, bond and durability-related properties of lightweight concrete reinforced with steel fibres. MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES

Monirul, IM; Kalam, MA; Masjuki, HH; Zulkifli, NWM; Shahir, SA; Mosarof, MH; Ruhul, AM (2017). Influence of poly(methyl acrylate) additive on cold flow properties of coconut biodiesel blends and exhaust gas emissions. RENEWABLE ENERGY

Ahmad, H; Muhamad, A; Sharbirin, AS; Samion, MZ; Ismail, MF (2017). Tunable Q-switched thulium-doped Fiber Laser using multiwall carbon nanotube and Fabry-Perot Etalon filter. OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS

Liaqat, M; Chang, V; Gani, A; Ab Hamid, SH; Toseef, M; Shoaib, U; Ali, RL (2017). Federated cloud resource management: Review and discussion. JOURNAL OF NETWORK AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

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