PROF. DR. JALANI SUKAIMI
Faculty of Science & Technology
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
PROFESSOR DR. JALANI SUKAIMI graduated from the University of Malaya in 1970 with B.Agric.Sc. in Agronomy (Plant Science) and Ph.D. in plant genetics in 1974 from University of Reading, England. He also possessed Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London and Professional Diploma in Export Marketing from Market Development Institute, Geneva. He spent 1-year Post-Doctoral Fellow under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at Iowa State University, USA and as a Senior Distinguished Scholar under the Fulbright Fellowship at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, etc). He was awarded with Hon. Doctor of Science by UKM. Prof. Jalani specializes in plant breeding and genetics. He started his career as a Lecturer in 1974 at the UKM and finally as a Professor. He held various administrative positions, including Dean of Graduate Center and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Research Affairs). In 1989, he joined MPOB (formerly PORIM) as Director of Biology Division and later as the Deputy Director General, and upon retirement in 2000 as Senior Research fellow. He had a short stint at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia for 10 months. In June 2003, he joined Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) as the Founding Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology. He was a Board Member of Golden Hope Research, Golden Hope Plantations Company. He is a Fellow of Academy of Sciences (FASc) and a Fellow of Malaysian Scientific Association Malaysia (FMSA). He is an active member in various professional, social and recreational organisations. He was the President of International Society of Oil Palm Agronomists (ISOPA, 1990-2005) and President of International Society of Oil Palm Breeders (ISOPB, 1990-2007). He is currently a Member of National Science & Research Council, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. He has published over 267 scientific articles in journals (national and international), symposia, confer¬ences, etc, and edited 24 proceedings plus one book (with DBP) and co-edited 1,526-page on Advances in Oil Palm Research: Vols. I and II published by MPOB. His research achievements included germplasm conservation and genetics of four-angled bean under IFS and ICDUP Fund, mutation breeding with the successful release of rice lines having resistant genes to blast and brown planthopper (joint MARDI-UKM Project partly funded by IAEA), soybean mutation breeding (Joint MARDI/RRIM/UKM/UM/UPM Project partly funded by RCA/IAEA/Japan/Australia), and germplasm conservation and breeding of oil palm with successful release of parental genotypes having very high yield, high quality oil and dwarf for large scale planting by MPOB. He continues his research work by supervising graduate students in oil palm breeding.