Qualifications:

  • Bsc in Industrial Biology (UTM, 2008)
  • MSc in Biotechnology (USM, 2012)

Teaching experience:

  • Teaching – (April 2011 – Present) [QIUP]
  • Research – (2008 – Present)

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Strain improvement for enhanced enzyme production
  • Optimization of enzyme production using statistical design
On-going Research Projects
  • Isolation of enzyme producing bacteria.
  • Chitinase production through submerged fermentation using pretreated shrimp waste.
  • Optimization of chitinase production using response surface methodology.
Administrative Appointments / Committee Involvements
  • Coordinator for Industrial training (Biotechnology programme)
  • Programme coordinator for foundation in Science (2014-2015)
  • Course coordinator (Bioprocess Technology, Advanced Fermentation Technology, Enzyme and protein Technology and Genomics and proteomics)
Selected Publications
  • Hemalatha Murugaiah, Amirul Al Ashraf. Strain improvement for glucoamylase production by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem. 2010. In the 7th regional IMTGT Uninet conference.
  • Hemalatha Murugaiah, Phor Khai lyn, Amirul Al Ashraf. Glucoamylase production via solid state fermentation by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem. 2009. International Congress of Malaysian society for microbiology.
  • Hemalatha Murugaiah, Amirul Al Ashraf. Strain improvement and optimization of process parameters for glucoamylase production by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem. 2010.  In 4th Annual PPSKH postgraduate colloquium.