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Biological Sciences @ QIU

The SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES offers comprehensive education and research opportunities to produce graduates armed with knowledge and skills in biological and environmental sciences, who will become global citizens that contribute towards sustainable development and nation-building.

Education Pathways

Bachelor of Environmental Technology (Hons)

Diploma in Environmental Technology

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biotechnology

Why QIU?


Our stellar cast of industry professionals who teach the programmes.

Ts Dr. Wendy Liu Ying Ying

Dr. Kamariah Hasan

Dr. Hema Ramachandran

Ms. Sarah Stephenie John Sandanaraj

Ms. Hemalatha Murugaiah

Dr. Ranjetta Poobathy

Dr. Lee Sin Li

Dr. Paran Gani

Gs Dr. Ang Kean Hua

Ts. Dr. Rajiv A/L Ravi

Dr. Teh Chui Yao

Dr. Nik Noor Athirah Binti Nik Yusoff

Ts Dr. Magaret Sivapragasam

Dr. Fong Si Yuen


Learning through a steady stream of real-world projects is how we believe students learn best


Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sewerage Treatment Plant, Ipoh

Papan Landfill, Ipoh

BioMalaysia Event, KLCC

Bukit Kledang, Ipoh


This Centre was created to provide an avenue for QIU students to put into practice what they have learnt in class, and to enlighten students about the vast opportunities available in the agricultural industry.


Learning comes from the deeply immersive experience offered by our programmes and facilities

Plant Tissue Culture Lab

Fermentation Lab

Molecular Biology Lab



Our vast corpus of student achievements and the glowing reviews they give us.  


Students and academics from our Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) swept a splendid 18 awards at the 2019 Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) in Kuala Lumpur.


Three Biotechnology students were selected as finalists in the SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBAL INNOVATION CHALLENGES (SEA-GIC 2019): CHEMISTRY IN INDUSTRY REVOLUTION 4.0. Their project on silver nanoparticles moved on to the 10-minute video pitching competition in University Malaya. This competition was organised by the ACS Malaysia Chapter to bringing a new horizon and space for innovation and creativity towards solving real world problems.

QIU bagS 2nd runner-up award at the Green Technovation Challenge 2019

Students pursuing the Master of Science (Environmental Technology) programme, Turkeswari Uverajan and Nur Hanis Zulkernain together with their advisor, Dr. Paran Gani bagged the 2nd runner-up award at the Green Technovation Challenge 2019 which was held at KDU University College Utropolis. The QIU team impressed the judges with their Eco-Friendly Plastic Bricks and Agro Waste projects

QIU emerge champions at World Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2019

Three Biotechnology students emerged champions at the inaugural World Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2019 (WSCC), which was organised by Universitas Islam Indonesia. Koh Wing Sun, Chan Kwong Kian and Cho Kar Ean were declared champions and walked away with the prize of Rp4,000,000 and a trophy for their submission titled “Characterisation of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria associated with Leucaena leucocephala, a potential biomass energy resource in Malaysia”.

QIU student clinches first runner-up at Spelling 1310 competition

Biotechnology student Loganantini Paramasivam made QIU proud by finishing in second place at the Bio Malaysia Asia Pacific Bioeconomy 2016 Spelling 1310 competition. The competition was held in conjunction with Bio Malaysia Asia Pacific Bioeconomy 2016 at the KL Convention Centre. The Spelling 1310 competition tested the participants' knowledge of biotechnology terms, and was open to students from all universities.


Learning through industry and community engagements is essential for holistic development in students.

Heart-to-Heart with Science

The “Heart-to-Heart with Science”series, organised by the Faculty of Science (FST), is a monthly event that is aims to bring awareness to the QIU community on how science has impacted the world.

Influential and trailblazing scientists are invited to speak on the impact of their research and efforts on the community around them. This one-hour interactive session allows the QIU community to get up close and personal with the speakers and their field of expertise. Speakers who have contributed to the “Heart-to-Heart with Science” sessions include:

  • Subarna Sivapalan, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
  • Professor Dr. Sreeramanan Subramaniam, AFMSA, of the School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
  • Dr Nancy Landrum, of Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business and Institute of Environmental Sustainability.

Upcycling and Financial Management

As a responsible University dedicated to improving the community around us, QIU welcomes opportunities to inform and educate people on responsible environmental practices and sustainable solutions. Guided by Faculty of Science and Technology senior lecturer Dr Chuck Chuan Ng, our team of Biotechnology and Environmental Technology students, conducted a workshop on Upcycling and Financial Management to a group of 12 volunteers from the community of Pasir Pinji. The education programme aimed to combat littering problems in the area of Pasir Pinji.

Environmental Awareness Week

The QIU Eco-Rangers’ continuing effort to help green the University amongst their initiatives that include No Straws Campaign and 3R Bins Project lend in their support to School of Biological Sciences in a week long campaign on environmental awareness.

Research Visit by Fulbright specialist, Dr Nancy Landrum

Fulbright specialist Dr Nancy Landrum, from Loyola University Chicago, shared her experience and guidance on integrating sustainability initiatives at QIU during a 6 week-long attachment. Landrum was paired with QIU through the Fulbright Specialist programme, which connects distinguished U.S. faculty and professionals from various industries to short-term collaborative projects at eligible institutions in more than 140 countries worldwide. Her project: to help QIU integrate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its curriculum and operation

Biotech champs Pay Homage to Alma maters

After their fantastic triumph at the first-ever World Sustainable Chemistry Challenge 2019 in Indonesia, our trio of champions took time out of their schedules to visit their secondary school alma maters around Ipoh. The team of Koh Wing Sun, Cho Kar Ean and Chan Kwong Kian visited their former schools to share their experiences and pay homage to the educators who helped shape their success.

QIU Intervarsity Science Symposium (QISS) 2019

More than 160 academics from nine local and international universities joined forces to push the envelope of scientific discovery at the QIU Intervarsity Science Symposium (QISS) 2019. Hosted by QIU in Nov 2019, the two-day symposium was organised by the university’s Faculty of Science and Technology and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)’s Centre for Biodiversity Research. The event was designed to act as a platform for budding scientists to present and discuss the latest trends and advancements in their respective fields. 

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