UTM Delegation Visited Taiwanese Universities and Research Institute

Our involvement in the Taiwan-Malaysia Innovation Centre for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy (WISE Centre) continues with the study and networking trip to NTHU Taiwan and the affiliated institutes in March 2019. Read more about the trip here.

Congratulations Abdullahi!

Abdullahi Mohammed has successfully submitted his final thesis for PhD award. He was working on isolating and characterising psychrotolerant bacteria from Antarctic environment for lower temperature biohydrogen production. Psychrotolerant bacteria are able to survive mesophilic temperature (20-40°C) but they are also able to tolerate lower temperature.

Abdullahi has published a paper in the Polish Journal of Microbiology (click here to read), and a few more are in the pipeline.

We wish him all the best in his future academic career!

Congratulations Lily!

Lily Suhana Ayoub has successfully completed her MPhil thesis correction and awarded the MPhil degree in Biosciences in January 2019. Lily was working on identification and characterisations of biohydrogen-producing bacteria from cassava-processing wastewater and sludge.


UTM and National Tsing Hua University established the Malaysia-Taiwan Innovation Centre for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy

We are happy to be part of the newly-formed Malaysia-Taiwan Innovation Centre for Clean Water and Sustainable Energy (abbreviated as WISE), with the other UTM partners being RISE and IPASA. National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) is the Taiwanese counterpart. Read more about the partnership here.

UTM Synergy 4.0: Faculty Consolidations

Effective of 1 July 2018, the existing 18 faculties of UTM will be merged into only 7. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar was quoted as saying “This major transformation is meant to open up more opportunities for synergy and collaborations between academicians from different academic disciplines and new innovation in offering academic programs that are able to fulfill the new needs of the society in the future.”

The Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering (FBME) split into two, the original Biosciences will join the Faculty of Science, becoming the Department of Biosciences. While the Medical Engineering will join the Faculty of Engineering as the School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences.

Read the full story of the merger at the link below.

UTM Synergy 4.0 to merge faculties

New ÄKTA pure for our Protein and Proteomic Needs

The Faculty has acquired an ÄKTA pure system, which has a higher capability for protein purification than the current ÄKTAprime plus available in the lab. It also comes equipped with His-tag, ion exchange, and gel chromatography columns. Members of the Proteomics Lab will have access to this shared instrument.

Photo courtesy of GE Life Sciences.

Malaysian Educational Module on Responsible Conduct of Research

The Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) has launched the Malaysian Education Module on Responsible Conduct of Research, in February 2018, in conjunction with the Regional Conference on Safe and Secure Science at Sunway University Kuala Lumpur.

This educational module complements the Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research. The first version has 10 chapters, targeting various aspects of research, from ethics, safety, financial and data management, and publications. It is an extremely useful module for teaching RCR in Malaysian public universities, with all activities suggested are based on the 21st century learning experience.

The module can be read freely online here, or can be purchased from the Academy of Sciences Malaysia by e-mailing syafiq@akademisains.gov.my.

Congratulations Nurain and Tan!

Congratulations to Nurain M Tahir and Tan Sing Ngoh on successfully presenting their reports during the recent Final Year Undergraduate Project (FYUP) Seminar. Nurain also received the best presenter award.

Well done!

First Review Article on Heat Shock Protein 47

Our first review article on Heat Shock Protein 47 (HSP47) is now published on Wiley’s Encyclopaedia of Life Sciences (eLS). It can be accessed here.


“Heat shock protein 47 (HSP47), a noninhibitory serine protease inhibitor (SERPIN, clade H1) family member, is a unique collagen‐specific molecular chaperone. The binding of HSP47 to collagen has been the subject of intense investigation, as it binds to and only to collagen. This binding specificity presents a relatively unexplored potential of using HSP47 as a target for treatment of collagen‐related diseases and abnormalities. Homology model studies and structural determination have revealed the important amino acid residues for HSP47‐collagen binding interaction. HSP47‐knockout experiment in mice proved the importance of HSP47 for correct folding of collagen triple helices, thus critical for normal development. Various diagnostic and treatment strategies based on the unique HSP47 functions are now being investigated and proposed.” (eLS, DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0028005)

The Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research (MCRCR)

The National Science Council, in collaboration with MIGHT, has recently launched the The Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research (MCRCR). MCRCR outlines the principles of responsible conduct in research, and the practice. Quoting Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, FASc in his foreword: “adherence and compliance with the Code will ensure that research in Malaysia will be pursued earnestly and honestly, with integrity and accountability. It denotes that our researchers and research entities – universities, research institutes, laboratories, research programmes – embrace the accepted code of conduct so crucial in ensuring that research is being pursued vigorously and with propriety. This will boost our Science inherently and internationally.”

It can be freely accessed at MIGHT’s website, or downloaded here.

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