Dr. Nurzatil Sharleeza is a senior lecturer at Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR), University of Malaya. She obtained her Bachelor and Doctoral degrees in the field of Biotechnology from The University of Queensland, Australia. During her studies, she received multiple research scholarships, including University of Queensland Summer Research Scholarship (2009/2010) and (2010/2011), and UQ IMB Undergraduate Research Award (2010), and was selected as a member of Advanced Studies Program in Science (ASPinS) - which is a highly selective program for UQ undergraduates. Earning these awards gave Dr Nurzatil an opportunity to involve in multidisciplinary research projects related to membrane-targetting vancomycin and carbapenem derivatives tagged with short peptides and lipophilic elements, photosensitisers for cancer imaging and nanopolymers for siRNA delivery.Due to her passion in technology commercialization, she pursued Doctor of Biotechnology and secured an internship position at UniQuest (Australia) and IBD (Malaysia).
She then was offered a position as a postdoctoral research fellow at CEBAR UM in the field of plant biosafety and biosecurity, looking at the aspects of patenting landscape, social and governance of biotechnology, and food policy. Besides actively publishing in these areas, Dr Nurzatil is also interested in the use of RNAi strategy for agricultural applications.
Dr Nurzatil was also a project manager for a national initiative, Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP), which is fully funded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI, then MESTECC) and managed by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Although no longer managing the Project, Dr Nurzatil is still attached to Open Science as an ex-officio member of MOSP Alliance, and a member of UM Open Science Steering Committee and UM Open Science Task Force. Dr Nurzatil is a member of Malaysia Biosafety and Biosecurity Association, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development and a member of Global Young Academies Working Group on Open Science. She also actively participates in policy development in areas of biotechnology, biosafety, data stewardship for biodiversity, Access and Benefit Sharing and Digital Sequence Information.