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Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Yusoff

 

Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Yusoff was born in Penang. After receiving her early education there, she won a Colombo Plan Scholarship to La Trobe University, Australia for her tertiary education where she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Microbiology in 1979. She then won a La Trobe University research scholarship to complete her PhD in microbial genetics in 1983. She then joined UPM as a lecturer in the same year. It was then that her research interest progressed from microbial genetics to the molecular biology of the Newcastle disease virus (NDV) and other paramyxoviruses. After working as a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK she began to develop her research on NDV. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and became a full Professor in 2001. She served as the Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences in 2006, and is currently the Deputy Vice- Chancellor for Academic and International Affairs at UPM. Her interest in paramyxoviruses continues to this day. In recognition of her teaching and research in microbiology, in particular on the molecular biology of NDV, she has received many awards including the 2005 Carlos J Finlay Prize for microbiology by UNESCO and the National Young Scientist Award in 1990. She was also selected by the Houghton Trust and invited to deliver the Third Houghton Lecture at the XIIth World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA) Congress in 2002 for her contributions to the poultry industry. Her work is supported by many research funds. Her current research is on the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic reagents from NDV. She has over 100 publications in refereed journals and well over 290 papers in proceedings and abstracts. In addition, she has filed several patents and trade marks, and currently holds a US and a Malaysian patent. These inventions have won her several medals at competitions on inventions and innovations. Together with her colleagues, she has supervised over 100 postgraduate students, 75 of whom have graduated. She is also active in several local and international professional societies. She is also a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia

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