PhD/Master in Biobehavioral

PhD/Master in Biobehavioral

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Potential students are encouraged to contact one of our researchers to discuss supervision of your research project and to identify research opportunities before you start the application process. 

Asst. Prof. Dr. Syamsul Ahmad Arifin


Expertise: My expertise are in molecular pharmacology and cell biology related to the endocrine system. I am also interested in a behavioural study using animal models and human genetics study of diabetes.

Research Interest: As a psychopharmacology scientist, I have an interest in integrative biobehavioral research on the effect of drugs and their relationship with the mind and behaviour. Examples include multidisciplinary research on the effect of drugs on human responses to illness and interrelationships of psychosocial, behaviour and biological process.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Lokman Md Isa


Expertise: Molecular genetics; cell interaction which involved human reproductive hormones study. Stem cell technology; Human germ cell development & spermatogenesis from stem cells, regenerative medicine stem cell and andrology study. Principle of pharmacology (Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic). Quantitative and qualitative research related to population and behavioural study of reproductive and man infertility

Research Interest: My principal research interest is stem cell technology which involving human germ cell development & spermatogenesis from stem cells. Primary cell culture derivation and primary to cell line development. Animal study related to reproductive science. Biobanking and cloning technology for endangered species of animal. A population study of reproductive and man infertility, psychology and drug addiction.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Noratikah Othman


Expertise: My expertise are in bioinformatics/computational biology that involved the study of the evolution of protein/genes (construction of phylogenetic tree) and protein modelling. I am also an expert in molecular microbiology and DNA recombinant including cloning, genetic modification such as mutation, insertion and deletion.

Research Interest: Collaborative interdisciplinary research focuses on how genetics, behavioural, and environmental variables interact to influence health.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Norlinda Binti Abd. Rashid


Expertise: Neuroanatomy; molecular neuroscience; cellular imaging and biology of the gastrointestinal and nervous systems; hippocampal learning and memory; neurobehavioural study using animal models; human anatomy and physiology.

Research Interest: My research interests are in the area of neuroscience, focusing on the neurobiology of sleep, learning and memory, hippocampus, neurobehaviour, proteomics, microscopic studies (light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy) and natural products. I also have interests in nursing education, particularly in women’s health practise based on the Health Belief Model.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hanif Bin Jainlabdin


Expertise: I have special expertise in the development of a PCR diagnostic assay for mycoses, including Candidiasis, Aspergillosis and Fusariosis, and I have a special interest in antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention. I also have expertise in the validation of nucleic acid purification methods for the recovery of fungal DNA from blood and serum samples. 

Research Interest: The incidence of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) has increased considerably in recent years among immunocompromised patients. Despite the availability of antifungal drugs, nosocomial infections cause high mortality rates, often exceeding 50%. The methods currently used for the diagnosis of IFIs in hospitals have limitations such as lacking sensitivity, specificity and often being unable to detect the infection in its early stages. Accurate diagnosis and therapies are important to reduce the mortality rates and reflect correct epidemiological data as well as successful delivery of the local antimicrobial resistance (AMR) agenda. Molecular methods based on nucleic acid detection from biological samples are promising as they can provide rapid, specific and sensitive results. My main research focus is on the development, implementation and validation of molecular diagnostic platforms for clinical use. Combining the advancement of pathogens DNA biomarkers with methods of DNA amplification, my aim is to develop a simple diagnostic method that can be applied at the point of care and which is amenable to future automation. 

Asst. Prof. Dr. Redzuan Nul Hakim bin Abdul Razakn


Expertise: In vivo and in vitro study, antioxidant analysis, spermatogenesis and sperm analysis, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, high-performance liquid chromatography analysis, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, fetal skeletal examination, DNA damage analysis, microscopic and electron microscopic imaging analysis.

Research Interest: I have a great interest in the efficacy analysis of natural products, general and system-specific toxicological analysis, developmental and reproductive biology, epigenetic and andrology. Currently, working on the endangered species conservation via the application of assisted reproductive technology.