Confirmed Invited Speakers

The list of confirmed invited speakers

Mendel Lecture

Dr. Serena Nik-Zainal

Title of Presentation: Harnessing the value of whole genome sequencing in the management of human cancer

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.


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

Title of Presentation
The Genetics of the Malaysian Covid-19 pandemic

Plenary Speakers

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

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

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Title of Presentation
Greater Kenyir landscapes and biodiversity bank

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

Title of Presentation
Could gene therapies be the long awaited hope for neurodegenerative diseases?

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

Title of Presentation
For a better future - share what you know!

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

Title of Presentation
Advances in genome editing in cereal crops

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

Title of Presentation
COVID-19: from virus origin to vaccine

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Faisal Ali Anwarali Khan
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

Title of Presentation
Evolution and biogeography of Southeast Asian roundleaf bats

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

Title of Presentation
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

Title of Presentation
Applications of genome editing in farm animals

Dr. Brande Wulff
The John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

Title of Presentation
Sustainable control of disease resistance – the case for GM wheat

Invited Speakers

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

Title of Presentation
COVID-19 pandemic containment measures in Malaysia

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

Title of Presentation
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

Title of Presentation
Molecular genetic testing for cancers in diagnostic laboratory: SASMEC@IIUM experience.

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

Title of Presentation
Phylogenetic analysis of Nepenthes in Thailand

Dr. Zulkifli Yaakub
Malaysia Palm Oil Board, Malaysia

Title of Presentation
Creating a sustainable oil palm genetic resource

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

Title of Presentation
COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Malaysia

Dr. Hajar Fauzan Ahmad
Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia

Title of Presentation
Remote sequencing strategy: Decoding D614G mutation of SARS-CoV-2 virus isolated from Pahang, Malaysia Cases

Dr. Abdelazeem Elhabyan
Arizona State University, United States

Title of Presentation
Genetics of severe COVID-19

Dr. Dheeraj Rathore, Ireland

Title of Presentation
Ensifer mediated transformation (EMT) technology for plant genetic improvement

Mr. Mohd Noor Mat Isa
Malaysia Genome Institute, Malaysia

Title of Presentation
The Genomic Surveillance of Malaysia SARS-CoV-2 Virus

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

Title of Presentation
Redevelopment of Mafriwal cattle breed for milk production in Malaysia

Technology Talk 1

Vanitha Palaeya
Associate Sales Development Manager, QIAGEN Malaysia

Title of Presentation
QIAcuity: The Future is Digital

Technology Talk 2

Dr. Zuwei Qian
Pacific Biosciences sponsored by Research Instrument Sdn Bhd

Title of Presentation
PacBio’s HiFi Sequencing: Advancing Genomics for a Better Future

Meet the Experts session: Career Pathways in Genetics(Forum)

Ms. Yoon Sook-Yee
President, Genetic Counseling Society Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Abd Rahman Milan
President, Genetics Society of Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ariff Omar
Former President, Malaysian Society of Animal Production