Confirmed Invited Speakers

The list of confirmed invited speakers

Mendel Lecture

Dr. Serena Nik-Zainal

Dr Serena Nik-Zainal was born and raised in Malaysia, she attended school at Bukit Bintang Girls School in Kuala Lumpur before being awarded the prestigious PETRONAS scholarship in 1993, obtaining a first class degree in Physiology at the University of Cambridge before completing her medical degree in 2000. She undertook a PhD at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI) in 2009 and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical fellowship in 2013. In 2017, she was awarded a CRUK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellowship. Her work has been published in many high impact journals such as Nature (3 papers as the first author), Nature Genetics, Nature Communication, Nature Medicine, Nature Reviews, Nature Cell Biology and Cell. In addition, she was awarded the Dr Josef Steiner Cancer Research Prize 2019. The award, commonly dubbed the “Nobel Prize in cancer research”, was presented to her for her work on cancer genome interpretation. Her research work allows for mutations in cancer tumours to be analysed using new bio-informatic methods, which in turn enables new approaches to targeted therapies.


Dr. Hishamshah Bin Mohd Ibrahim
Deputy Director General of Health (Research & Technical Support)
Ministry of Health, Malaysia

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Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Sok Ching Cheong
University of Malaya, Malaysia

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Identification of the genetic vulnerabilities of oral cancers using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah
Academy of Science Malaysia, Malaysia

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Biodiversity, sustainability and opportunity of Tasik Kenyir

Prof. Datin Dr. Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim
The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

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Gene therapy in neurodegenerative diseases

Prof. Dr. Johan den Dunnen
Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherland

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Prof. Dr. Wendy Harwood
The John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

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Advances in genome editing in cereal crops

Prof. Dr. Wang Linfa
Duke–National University of Singapore Medical School, Singapore

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COVID-19: from virus origin to vaccine

Dr. Kevin Ng Kit Siong
Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysia

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The genome of Shorea leprosula (Dipterocarpaceae) highlights the ecological relevance of drought in aseasonal tropical rainforests

Dr. Bjoern Petersen
Institute of Farm Animal Genetics, Germany

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Dr. Brande Wulff
The John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

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Sustainable control of disease resistance – the case for GM wheat

Invited Speakers

Datuk Prof. Dr. Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
University of Malaya, Malaysia

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COVID-19 pandemic containment measures in Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Noor Azmi Shaharuddin
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

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Biochemical evaluations of Zingiberaceae sp. and transcriptomics analysis of UV-Irradiated human fibroblast cells for anti-aging effect

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norlelawati A. Talib
International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

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Molecular Genetic Testing for Cancers in Diagnostic Laboratory: SASMEC@IIUM experience

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Potjamarn Suraninpong
Walailak University, Thailand

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Phylogenetic analysis of Nepenthes in Thailand

Dr. Zulkifli Yaakub, Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia

Dr. Rozainanee binti Mohd Zain
Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia

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Diagnostic testing of Covid-19

Dr. Hajar Fauzan Ahmad
Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia

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Remote sequencing strategy for SARS-CoV-19 in Malaysia

Dr. Abdelazeem Elhabyan
Arizona State University, United States

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Genetics of severe COVID-19

Dr. Dheeraj Rathore, Teagasc, Ireland

Mr. Mohd Noor Mat Isa, Malaysia Genome Institute, Malaysia

Mr. Mohd Hafiz bin Abdul Rahman
Institut Biodiversiti Veterinar Kebangsaan, Malaysia

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Redevelopment of Mafriwal cattle breed for milk production in Malaysia