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Dr. Kamariah Hasan

Senior Lecturer,
School of Biological Sciences

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular Biology), School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. (June 2008 to October 2013).
  • Master of Science (Biotechnology), School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (July 2002 to December 2007).
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology) Honours (November 1998 to March 2002).

Teaching and Research Experience:

TEACHING

  • Senior Lecturer – School of Biological Sciences, QIUP (2017 to present)
  • Lecturer- School of Biological Sciences, QIUP (2014-2017)
  • Tutor & laboratory demonstrator, School of Biological Sciences, USM, Penang, Malaysia (2007- 2013)
  • Courses: Microbiology, Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology, Applied Microbiology, Advanced Molecular Biology, Recombinant DNA & Genetic Modification, Introduction to Forensic Science & Analysis.

 RESEARCH

  • Elucidation of PHA biosynthesis regulatory elements from PHA producers.
  • Transcriptomic data analysis of Antarctic psychrophilic yeast, Glaciozyma Antarctica PI12″
  • Isolation and molecular identification of bacteria in contact lens and solution
  • Isolation and characterization of plastic degrading bacteria from landfill area.
  • Isolation and molecular identification of nitrogen fixing bacteria from termite gut.
  • Isolation and molecular identification of antibiotic resistant bacteria from raw chicken meat.
  • Enumeration and molecular identification of microorganisms in air conditioning filters and coils
  • Phylogenetic analysis on the distribution of LuxR solo quorum sensing regulators in Proteobacteria
  • Role of Carica papaya WRKY transcription factors in response to high salinity stress

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Molecular mechanisms of gene expression in PHA producing bacteria
  • Plastic degrading microorganisms to solve waste problem
  • Prevalence of antibiotic resistance bacteria in environment and food
  • Interaction of microbes through quorum sensing (QS) system
  • Molecular mechanism of stress resistance in plants using Transcription Factors (TF).

Grants, Awards & Scholarships:

  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (2018 – 2021) – Principal Investigator
  • Project title: Investigation of the role of Carica papaya WRKY transcription factor in response to abiotic stress
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (2014 – 2017) – Co researcher
  • Project title: Influence of glycerine pitch on the mechanism of regulation of 4HB monomer compositions in the poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) biosynthesis
  • Science & Technology Research Grant (MTSF), Toray Science Foundation, Japan (2018 -2020) – Co-researcher
  • Project Title: Characterisation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria associated with Leucaena leucocephala, a potential biomass energy source in Malaysia.
  • National Science Fellowship (NSF), MOSTI (2008 – 2011)
  • National Science Fellowship (NSF), MOSTI (2002 – 2004)

Professional memberships:

  • Malaysia Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB) (since 2014)
  • Malaysian Society for Microbiology (since 2014)
  • Persatuan Genetik Malaysia (PGM) (Since 2017)

Major Research Interest

  • Elucidation of PHA biosynthesis regulatory elements from PHA producers.
  • Studies on genes involved in biofilm formation from bacteria isolated from used contact lens solution.
  • Isolation and characterization of plastic degrading bacteria from landfill area.
  • Isolation of nitrogen fixing bacteria from termite gut.
  • Transcriptomic data analysis of Antarctic psychrophilic yeast, Glaciozyma Antarctica PI12″
Administrative appointment / committee involvements

 

Current

Programme Coordinator (2020 – present)

  • Chairperson, Biotechnology Curriculum Development Committee (2020 – present)
  •   Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) member (2018 – present)
  • Indoor Club advisor (2019 – present)

 Past

  • Programme Coordinator – Master of Science (2015 -2016)
  • Biotechnology Club Advisor (2016 – 2018)
Research Projects

Ongoing 

  • Elucidation of PHA biosynthesis regulatory elements in Pseudomonas sp.
  • Isolation and molecular identification of plastic degrading bacteria from landfill area.
  • Identification of genes from bacteria involved in PE degradation.

Completed

  • Isolation and molecular identification of nitrogen fixing bacteria from termites gut.
  • Isolation and molecular identification of bacteria from contact lens and solution.
  • Isolation and molecular identification of antibiotic resistant bacteria from chicken.

Grants

  • FRGS grant – Co-researcher titled ‘Influence of glycerine pitch on the mechanism of regulation of 4HB monomer compositions in the poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) biosynthesis’ (2014 -2017)
Publications
  1. Sarannia T., Kamariah H. (2018). Diversity of Nitrogen Fixing bacteria Associated with Various Termite Species. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science 41 (3), 925-940.
  2. Felicia C. K. X., Kamariah H. (2018). Isolation and Molecular Identification of Bacteria in Contact Lens and Solution. AFOB-Malaysia Chapter International Symposium 2018. Kuching, Sarawak. 18-21 August 2018.
  3. Sarannia T., Astha L. S., Kamariah H. (2020) Prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria isolated from raw chicken meat. Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, Vol 16(4) 2020, pp. 302-311.
 
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