Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of a strong academic team with a highly varied research background encompassing medical microbiology, toxicological sciences, human physiology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, and biochemistry. We have ongoing collaborations with international universities such as Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), Harvard School of Medicine (USA), Yale University School of Medicine (USA), Université de Caen (France) and local public universities such as the University of Malaya.

The following are our primary research focus groups:

Research Focus Group 1: Ecology and conservation research 

This focus group is interdisciplinary in nature and encompasses a broad range of fields related to terrestrial and aquatic ecology and conservation science. We strive to use the results of our studies to engage constructively with policymakers and natural resource managers to help improve the protection and management of Malaysia’s biodiversity.


Research Focus Group 2: Human cell biology and experimental therapeutics (hCeBIOET)

hCeBIOET develops research programmes to investigate underlying factors that contribute to the development of human diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. To achieve this goal, hCeBIOET researchers employ advanced cell and molecular biology technologies as well as animal models for the investigations of human diseases. In addition, FRGS-funded hCeBIOET research programmes, including human stem cell and gene therapy programmes targeting neurodegeneration and cancer respectively, are currently in progress with the aim of developing novel therapies for treatment.


Research Focus Group 3: Infectious disease and antimicrobials research (IDAR)

Infectious diseases contribute to more than 17 million deaths annually while the emergence of antimicrobials resistance microbes (i.e. superbugs) is a growing problem. Researchers in the focus group are identifying potential drug targets and discovering antimicrobials from novel sources to investigate the mechanisms of how microbes produce diseases.



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