Dr. Mohd Helmi was born in Johor Bahru on the 2nd May 1982 (8th Rejab 1402). Originally, his descendants were from the state of Malacca. His father Mr. Sani bin Sahar was from Masjid Tanah and his mother Mrs. Malinah binti Wahab was from Jasin, Malacca. Dr. Mohd Helmi is happily married with  Suhaida binti Mustapha and is blessed with a pair of children; Nur Syauqina Damia and Muhammad Harith Imad.

Dr. Mohd Helmi received his primary education from Sekolah Kebangsaan Majidi Baru  and secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Tun Syed Nasir Ismail (formerly known as SMK Majidi Baru) until form 5. After SPM, he spent 2 years at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Matriculation Centre before continuing his undergraduate degree at the same university with a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology). He received his undergraduate degree of Science (Biotechnology) in the year 2006.

After graduating in 2006, he spent a year working as Research Assistant in two of established universities in Malaysia; Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). During his stint as a research assistant at UiTM and UPM, he involved with several projects mainly focusing on the pharmacokinetics of natural products and lignocellulosic production from environmental waste or biomass.

After a year’s work in a research environment, he joined the academia and appointed as a Tutor with the Faculty of Biosciences and Bioengineering (FBB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). On the 2008, he was offered a scholarship to continue his Masters in Biotechnology at University of Malaya. Dr. Mohd Helmi completed his Masters of Biotechnology with final project working on seaweed as a medium to remove nutrients from shrimp pond effluent.

In the year 2011, he was offered a scholarship from UTM/SLAI for a full-research leading to PhD degree at University College London (UCL). He completed his Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering in December 2015. His research, which focused on micro bioreactor for rapid process development of antibody production, was accepted with minor correction. After he completed his Ph.D., he went back to UTM and promoted to Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering (FBME), UTM.

Dr. Mohd Helmi Sani is a young and inspiring academician and researcher. His research interest is in the area of fermentation technology, animal cell technology and micro bioreactor. He has published his research in several journals. Apart from that, he has presented his work for oral and posters at national and international conferences, seminar and workshop.  For academic teaching, he taught the subject of Fermentation Technology, Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering and Industrial Technology and Bioreactor Design in the department.

2015 1