I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. I am also the Deputy Director of Innovation and Commercialization at Research Management Center, IIUM, effective 1st June 2020 – 30th June 2021.
I served as the Head of International under the Kulliyyah/Faculty of Engineering in 2016, and as the Deputy Director of the Grant Initiative Unit, Research Management Center in 2017-2018, and Deputy Director of the Commercialization Unit, Research Management Center in 2018. Midway through my appointment as DD for Commercialization, I took an industrial attachment for 6 months on July 2018, before coming back to join the department in February 2019.
I work closely with industry and entrepreneurs in developing and commercializing nanotechnology driven devices and materials for applications in biomedicine and the environment.
Furthermore, I engaged closely with the community and work with local schools, NGOs, industries, and the US embassy in educating the society on STEM, and is a strong advocate for cross-pollination between the fields of arts and science (STEAM).
I am an active public speaker, and I was invited to speak at government organizations, learning institutions, NGOs, industries, and the general public.
I am a member of The Avengers – a group of young academics passionate about bringing positive change into Malaysia academia.
I am also the Principal Investigator to a Covid 19 task force where we are revolutionizing RTKs to replace conventional RT PCR. Others efforts include developing new materials for PPEs and developing ion sensors to be integrated with hydroponics kit to address issues relating to food scarcity, especially focusing on urban communities.