NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC PRODUCTS

Natural products from marine invertebrates play a pivotal role in the development of new therapeutics due to their rich chemical diversity. The primary function of this research programme is to spearhead the production of enhanced fractions and small molecules from the prepared powdered    biota, which are then deposited in IMB’s  natural and synthetic product repository. In addition, researchers are also  involved in the isolation of compounds from the hit enhanced fractions and structural elucidation of the isolated compounds. Synthesis of  derivatives based on the identified natural compounds also forms one of the research areas under this programme. In addition, this programme is also looking into the possibility of commercialising the natural products for the enhancement of human health.

Programme Chair

Assoc Prof. Dr. Habsah Mohamad

Natural Products

habsah@umt.edu.my

 

  Dr. Yosie Andriani Hs  

Natural Products

yosie.hs@umt.edu.my

 

IMMUNE AND MOLECULAR THERAPEUTICS

This programme is responsible for the development of high-throughput screening assays using cell-free, cell-based and whole organism model systems in order to serve as platforms to interrogate the small molecules prepared from Natural and Synthetic Products  research programme. Such screening platforms are being used to search for potential hits for diabetes, atherosclerosis, cancer anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anti-fouling as well as anti-oxidative agents. This programme is also dedicated to         undertake fundamental research to elucidate the molecular mechanisms and pathways during infection and disease development using artemia, rodents,  marine organisms as well as cell culture as the model systems. The use of extracts prepared from marine organisms as adjuvant for vaccine development also forms one of the priority areas. Realising the importance of bioinformatics in the era of genomics, that area has been identified as an emerging area under this programme

Programme Chair

Prof.  Dr. Tengku Sifzizul Tengku Muhammad

Molecular Biology

sifzizul@umt.edu.my

  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yeong Yik Sung

Molecular Immunology

yeong@umt.edu.my

   

Prof. Dr. Mohd. Effendy  Abd. Wahid  

veterinary pathology                            

effendy@umt.edu.my

APPLICATION OF MARINE RESOURCES

A vast number of marine resources can   convert simple substrates into products that the organisms need for growth and survival. One of the main tasks is to carry out sustainable collection and identification of marine microorganisms with vast potentials for the production of secondary metabolites as drug candidates. The isolated marine microbes and secondary metabolites are then deposited into the respective microbial, natural and synthetic product repositories. In addition, researchers are also actively   identifying new algae as important sources of high value bioproducts for edible (polyunsaturated fatty acids, anti-oxidative agents) and non-edible (biofuels) applications. Various tools ranging from molecular biology to bioprocess are being utilised to increase the production of oils in algae. Beside algae, researchers are also looking into the applications of bioproducts from horseshoe crab and seahorse.

Programme Chair

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noraznawati  Ismail 

Marine Microbiology

noraznawati@umt.edu.my

  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azmuddin Abdullah

Bioprocess Engineering

azmuddin@umt.edu.my

Dr. Jasnizat Saidin    

Marine  Microbiology

ijaxzt@umt.edu.my

BIO PRODUCTS

Bio informatic

Programme Chair

Prof. Dr. Fadzillah@Adibah Abdul   Majid 

Biopharmaceutical Industry

f.adibah@umt.edu.my

  Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd Zul Helmi Rozaini

Physical Chemistry

zulhelmi@umt.edu.my

BIO INFORMATIC

Bio informatic

Programme Chair

Assoc. Prof.  Dr. Cha Thye  San

Molecular Geneticss

cha_ts@umt.edu.my

Prof. Dr. Siti Azizah Mohd Nor

S.azizah@umt.edu.my