Curriculum vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE
Mohd Firdaus Abdul-Wahab PhD CSci CChem MRSC MMIC
Last Updated: 13 March 2017

Address: Room 03-81, Building T02,
Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.
Phone: +607-555 7551 (Office), +6019-751 7448 (Mobile)
Fax: +607-553 1809
Email: firdausw@utm.my
Website: http://fbme.utm.my/firdausw

DEGREES AND EMPLOYMENT

PhD, Imperial College London, Chemical Biology, 2012. Thesis: Mechanistic Behaviour and Molecular Interactions of Heat Shock Protein 47 (HSP47).
MSc, UTM, Biosciences, 2008. Thesis: Analysis of Citrobacter freundii A1 Whole-cell and Its Recombinant Flavin Reductase Biodegradation of Azo Dyes Using Spectrophotometric and Voltammetric Techniques.
BSc (Hons.), UTM, Industrial Chemistry, 2004.

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, Malaysia. 1 October 2012-present.
Lecturer, Faculty of Biosciences and Bioengineering, UTM. 5 July 2007-30 September 2012.
Tutor, Faculty of Biosciences and Bioengineering, UTM. 2 October 2006-4 July 2007.
Research Assistant, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, UTM. 1 April 2004-30 July 2004.
Manager, Chemical Management Centre (CMC), University Laboratory Management Unit, UTM. 1 July 2014-present.
Member, Environmental Biotechnology Research Group (EnVBiotech), UTM. January 2015-present.
Member, UTM Antarctica Research Group, UTM. November 2014-present.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM), Affiliate (November 2016-November 2019).
Academic Research for Palm Oil Sustainability, Malaysia (ARPOS), Lifetime Member (April 2016-present), Assistant Secretary (April 2016-present).
The Institution of Biorefinery Engineers, Scientists and Technologists (IBEST), Member (March 2016-present).
The Malaysian Institute of Chemistry (MIC), Member (MMIC) (2012-present) (member no. 6282/2012).
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK), Member (MRSC) (May 2013-present) ) (member no. 431585), Chartered Chemist (CChem) (July 2016-present), Chartered Scientist (CSci) (reg. no. RSC/101/007111) (September 2016-present).
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), Member (2015-present).
Malaysian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSBMB), Ordinary Member (2014-present).
Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB), Member (2011-present).
American Chemical Society Malaysia Chapter, Secretary (2014-present).
American Chemical Society (US), Member (2010-present).
Biochemical Society (UK), Student member (2010-2011).
Biophysical Society (US), Student member (2010-2011).
The Protein Society (US), Student member (2010-2011).

AWARDS

September 2016: Chartered Scientist (CSci), awarded by the Science Council and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) United Kingdom.

July 2016: Chartered Chemist (CChem), awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) United Kingdom.

July 2016: Travel Award to the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Science Engineering (SCELSE) Summer Course 2016, organised and awarded by SCELSE, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS).

May 2016: Excellent Service Award, awarded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to selected staff for “excellent achievements in service for the year 2015”.

May 2016: Travel Grant to the Newton Fund UK-Malaysia Researcher Links Workshop on “Bioenergy, Biorefinery and Bioeconomy: Promoting innovation, multidisciplinary collaboration and sustainability”, organised by the University of Surrey and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, sponsored by the Newton Fund, British Council. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Total amount: MYR2,000.

April 2016: Global Innovation (GI) Grant Award from the ACS Committee on International Activities, American Chemical Society. This grant is awarded to “carry out activities that can catalyze new international collaborations and partnerships dedicated to solutions to global challenges”. Total amount: USD4,000.

October 2015: Facilitator Travel Grant to the American Chemical Society (ACS)-Building Opportunity Out of Science and Technology (BOOST) Leadership Trainer Institute, organised by the American Chemical Society/ACS Thailand Chapter/Chemical Society of Thailand, sponsored by the US Department of State. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

September 2015: Partners for Progress and Prosperity P3 Award (for outstanding international partnerships and collaborations in 2015). Awarded to the ACS Malaysia International Chemical Science Chapter by the American Chemical Society Committee on International Activities.

April 2015: Global Innovation (GI) Grant Award from the ACS Committee on International Activities, American Chemical Society. This grant is awarded to “carry out activities that can catalyze new international collaborations and partnerships dedicated to solutions to global challenges”. Total amount: USD3,000.

October 2014: Travel Fellowship to the Young Scientists Program, and the 15th International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB)-24th Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan (awarded by the Taiwan Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

February/March 2014: Travel Grant to the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON 2014), McCormick Place, Chicago, USA (awarded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, managed by the American Chemical Society).

September 2013: Building Opportunity Out of Science and Technology (BOOST) Soft Skills Trainer Institute Grant (awarded by the U.S. Department of State, managed by International Activities at the American Chemical Society). This grant is awarded to train at least 100 trainees on Research Publication topic. Total amount: USD300.

August 2013: Travel Grant to the American Chemical Society (ACS)-Building Opportunity Out of Science and Technology (BOOST) Soft-skills Trainer Institute, organised by the American Chemical Society/Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM)/Himpunan Kimia Indonesia (HKI), sponsored by the US Department of State. Bangkok, Thailand.

June/July 2013: Travel Grant to the São Paulo Advanced School on Bioorganic Chemistry, UNESP, Araraquara Campus, São Paulo, Brasil (awarded by the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP)).

June 2013: The Most Active e-Learning Page for Postgraduate Courses (MQT1153) Semester 1 Session 2012/2013 (awarded by UTM).

2010: Nor Haniza Sarmin, Fong Wan Heng, Noor Aini Abdul Rashid, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab. Silver Medal, Malaysia Technology Expo 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 4-6th February. Project: “Gel Photo Visualisation of Adult and Limit Languages”.

2009: Nor Haniza Sarmin, Noor Aini Abdul Rashid, Fong Wan Heng, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab. Bronze Medal, 11th Industrial Art and and Technology Exhibition (INATEX 2009), UTM Skudai, Malaysia. 21-23rd October. Project: “Output Visualisation of Adult and Limit Language in a Splicing System”.

December 2009: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Travel Grant to Japan (awarded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation). This grant was used for visit to Prof. Kazuhiro Nagata lab at Kyoto University, and for attending the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Molecular Biology Society of Japan, Yokohama, Japan.

2007-2011: JPA-SLAI Full Scholarship for PhD Study (awarded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia).

May 2006: Best Poster Presenter (awarded by University College of Science and Technology Malaysia (KUSTEM) in conjunction with KUSTEM 5th Annual Seminar 2006).

2005-2006: UTM-PTP Full Scholarship for MSc Study (awarded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia, MOSTI).

2000-2004: MARA Full Scholarship for BSc Study (awarded by Majlis Amanah Rakyat, MARA, an agency under the Malaysian Ministry of Rural and Regional Development)

RESEARCH GRANTS

Funder (Grant name). Research title. Amount. Duration. ROLE.

National Grants

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (Public-Private Research Network Grant, PPRN). Green and Efficient Treatment of Batik Wastewater using MICROCLEAR Technology. MYR31,243.
15 November 2016-15 May 2017. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (Transdisciplinary Research Grant Scheme, TRGS). Characterisation of Spatio-temporal Marine Microalgae Ecological Impacts Using Multi-sensor Over Malaysian Waters. 4 January 2016-3 January 2019. MYR869,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, FRGS). Binding strength and pH-release behaviour of human heat shock protein 47 (HSP47) mutants probed using ELISA-based assay and circular dichroism spectroscopy. 2 November 2015-1 November 2017. MYR94,000. PROJECT LEADER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (FRGS). Elucidation of the Human Heat Shock Protein 47 (HSP47) pH-Triggered Release from Collagen via Mutational Analysis. 1 April 2013-30 September 2015. MYR85,000. PROJECT LEADER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (FRGS). Adhesion and cohesion between bioelectroactive bacteria and a carbon nano-fibre electrode surface using atomic force microscopy. 1 July 2014-30 June 2016. MYR108,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (Research Acculturation Grant Scheme, RAGS). Characteristics of First Stage DNA Splicing Languages via Yusof-Goode Approach. 17 September 2013-16 September 2015. MYR56,342. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (RAGS). Hydrophilic Bile Acid Effects on HSP47 Expression in Eye Scarring. 15 September 2013-15 September 2015. MYR80,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (Exploratory Research Grant Scheme, ERGS). Cost Effective and Sustainable Electricity Generation using Bacteria-zeolite Composite Biofilms for Microbial Fuel Cell. 1 June 2013-31 May 2016. MYR139,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (e-Science Fund).Towards Structural Elucidation of Fibrinolytic Enzymes produced by Microbes from Malaysian Fermented Food. 1 June 2013-31 May 2015. MYR159,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Top Down Nanotechnology Research Grant). The Fate and Transport of Nanosilver Products and Materials. 1 Nov 2011-31 Oct 2013. MYR250,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

University Grants

UTM (Tier 2 Encouragement Grant). Potential Neuroprotective Effect of Curcumin Loaded Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA)-grafted-Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNT) on Neuroblastoma Sh-Sy5y Cells. 1 December 2015-30 November 2016. MYR20,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (New Academic Staff Grant). Potential of Bacteria of Gastrointestinal Origin for Biohydrogen Generation. 1 June 2012-31 August 2013. MYR20,000. PROJECT LEADER.

UTM (Flagship Research Grant). Impact of climate change on Antarctica-tropical region. 1 April 2013-30 June 2015. MYR326,650. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Tier 1 UTM Research University Grant). Optimisation of Biohydrogen Production by Carbohydrate-utilising Bacteria Using Statistical Analysis. 1 April 2014-31 March 2015. MYR35,000. PROJECT LEADER.

UTM (Tier 1 UTM Research University Grant). Harnessing sustainable biocatalysts from extremophilic genomes. 1 April 2014-31 March 2016. MYR45,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Tier 2 Encouragement Grant). Simulating interaction of tuberculosis specific marker molecules with hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces. 1 April 2014-30 June 2015. MYR35,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Tier 1 UTM Research University Grant). Identification of electrogenic microorganisms for bioelectricity generation in microbial fuel cell. 1 April 2014-30 June 2015. MYR40,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Tier 1 UTM Research University Grant). Utilisation of palm oil mill effluent for bioenergy production using bioelectrochemical system. 1 April 2014-31 March 2016. MYR40,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Flagship Research Grant). Application of biotechnology and related-sciences in health and waste management (UTM-Argentina collaboration. 1 April 2014-31 March 2015. MYR100,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Flagship Research Grant-Antarctica). Biological Systems as Tools for Mitigating Climate Change in the Tropics. 1 April 2013-31 March 2014. MYR34,050. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Tier 2 UTM Research University Grant). Biohydrogen Generation from Starch-containing Wastewater using Bacteria Isolated from Local Sources. 1 December 2012-31 December 2013. MYR32,000. PROJECT LEADER.

UTM (Tier 2 Research University Grant). Antifungal Efficacy of Modified Zeolites against Fungal Pathogens. 1 August 2012-31 July 2013. MYR24,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

UTM (Tier 1 Research University Grant). Development of Mixed Matrix Immobilization Enzyme Tubes and N-Zymehive Bioreactors for Elevate Sugars Production. 1 December 2012-31 December 2014. MYR180,000. CO-RESEARCHER.

CONSULTANCY

Trainer. Uni-Technologies Sdn. Bhd. Khidmat Latihan Khusus dalam Bidang-bidang Kritikal untuk Biomolekular (Special Training in Critical Areas for Biomolecular Sciences). April 2012. MYR200,000.

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Journal Publications

14. Hosseinnia, A., G. F. Chan, N. A. A. Rashid and M. F. Abdul-Wahab. 2017. Microaerophilic and Anaerobic Decolorization of Azo Dye in Rich and Minimal Media by Citrobacter sp. strain L17. Jurnal Teknologi. 79. In press-4 May 2017. (2017 SCOPUS-indexed)

13. Mubassir, M. H. M., Naser, M. A., Abdul-Wahab, M. F. and Hamdan, S. 2017. In-Silico Structural Modeling and Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern RAXX21. Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 10(1). 121-126. (2017 SCOPUS-indexed)

12. Zain, N. A. M., L. M. A. Zargoun, N. F. Elias, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, M. S. Suhaimi. 2016. Isolation and Characterization of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)-Producing Bacteria from Brackish Stream. Jurnal Teknologi. 78(7)). 75-81. DOI: 10.11113/jt.v78.4493 (2016 SCOPUS-indexed)

11. Lau, C. P., Abdul-Wahab, M. F., Jaafar, J., Chan, G. F., Rashid, N. A. A. 2015. Toxic Effect of High Concentration of Sonochemically-synthesized Polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated Silver Nanoparticles on Citrobacter sp. A1 and Enterococcus sp. C1. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmii.2015.08.004 (2014 IF 2.35, Q3)

10. Nor, M. H. M, Mubarak, M. F. M., Elmi, H. S. A., Ibrahim, N., Abdul-Wahab, M. F., Ibrahim, Z. 2015. Bioelectricity generation in microbial fuel cell using natural microflora and isolated pure culture bacteria from anaerobic palm oil mill effluent sludge. Bioresource Technology. 190. 458-465. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.02.103 (2014 IF 5.04, Q1)

9. Krishnan, R., C. S. Chong, K. M. Goh, F. A Wahab, H. Jamaluddin. 2015. Expression And Enzymatic Properties of a Unique Recombinant Anticoagulant and Fibrinolytic Enzyme from Acinetobacter baumannii TU04. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 7(12). 88-94. (2015 SCOPUS-indexed)

8. Idi, A., Nor, M. H. M, Abdul Wahab, M. F., Ibrahim, Z. 2015. Photosynthetic Bacteria: An Eco-friendly and Cheap Tool for Bioremediation. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology. 14(2). 271-285. DOI: 10.1007/s11157-014-9355-1 (2014 IF 3.33, Q1)

7. Nor, M. H.M., C. H. Neoh, N. F. Rapani, N. A. Baijan, N. Ibrahim, A. Yahya, S. Shahir, M. Salleh, C. S. Chong, W. R. Z. W. Dagang, M.F. Abdul Wahab, H. Hussin, H. Jamaluddin, F. A. Manan, S. E. Mohamad, Z. Ibrahim. 2015. Biological systems as tools to mitigate climatic change in the tropics. Ecology, Environment & Conservation. 21 (2). 615-626. (2015 SCOPUS-indexed)

6. Asadi, S., Shahir, S., Ibrahim, Z., Yahya, A., Salleh, M. M., Ibrahim, N., Jamaluddin, H., Abdul Wahab, M. F., Manan, F., A., Hussin, H., Shiong, C. C., Dagang, W. R. Z. W. 2014. Isolation and Characterization of Metal and Antibiotic Resistant Psychrotrophic Bacteria from Refrigerated Spoiled Food. Jurnal Teknologi. 69 (1). 131-135. (2014 SCOPUS-indexed)

5. Omuwa, A. J., Abdul-Wahab, M. F. 2014. Biohydrogen Production by Bacteria Isolated from Three Different Bovine Manures using Starch as Substrate. Malaysian Journal of Microbiology. 10(1). 38-47. (2014 SCOPUS-indexed)

4. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., T. Homma, M. Wright, D. Olerenshaw, T. R. Dafforn, K. Nagata, A. D. Miller. 2013. The pH Sensitivity of Murine HSP47 Binding to Collagen in Affected by Mutations in the Breach Histidine Cluster. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 288(6). 4452-4461. (2011 IF 4.77, Q1)

3. Boonyalai, N., J. R. Pullen, M. F. Abdul Wahab, M. Wright, A. D. Miller. 2013. Escherichia coli LysU is a Potential Surrogate for Human Lysyl tRNA Synthetase in Interactions with the C-terminal Domain of HIV-1 Capsid Protein. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 11. 612-620. (2011 IF 3.69, Q1)

2. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., Chan G. F., A. R. M. Yusoff, N. A. A. Rashid. 2013. Reduction of Azo Dyes by Flavin Reductase from Citrobacter freundii A1. Journal of Xenobiotics. 3(e2). 9-13. (2013 DOAJ-indexed)

1. Sarmin, N. H., F. W. Heng, N. A. A. Rashid and M. F. Abdul Wahab. 2008. Verification of a Mathematical Model of a Splicing System, Matematika, Special Edition, Part I, 65-70.

Proceedings

6. Lau, C.P., M. F. Abdul-Wahab, J. Jaafar, G. F. Chan, N. A. A. Rashid. (2016). Effect of pH and biological media on polyvinylpyrrolidone-capped silver nanoparticles. AIP Conference Proceedings. 1756. 080002. DOI: 10.1063/1.4958781 (2016 SCOPUS-indexed)

5. Hashim, M., S. Misbari, M. N. M. Reba, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, A. B. Pour, M. F. M. Said, A. H. Omar, K. Soeed. (2016). Mapping snow-algae in Antarctic Peninsula with multi-temporal satellite remote sensing data. 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Beijing, China. 5221-5224. DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.2016.7730360

4. Hashim, M., S. Misbari, M. N. M. Reba, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, A. B. Pour, M. F. M. Said, A. H. Omar, K. Soeed (2015). Mapping Snow-Algae With Multi-Temporal Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Indicator of Climate Change Effects in Antarctic Peninsula. Proceedings of the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) (2015 SCOPUS-indexed)

3. Yusof, Y., Lim, W. L., Goode, E., Sarmin, N. H., Heng, F. W., Wahab, M. F. A. (2015). Molecular Aspects of DNA Splicing System. AIP Conference Proceedings. 1660. 050045. DOI: 10.1063/1.4915678
(2015 SCOPUS-indexed)

2. Heng, F. W., N. H. Sarmin, M. F. Abd Wahab and N. A. A. Rashid (2007). ”Modelling of Splicing System in DNA”. Proceedings of the International Conference on Mathematical Sciences 2007 (ICMS’07), Equatorial Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya, Malaysia. 28-29 November 2007. 712-718.

1. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., N. A. Abdulrashid and A. R. Mohd-Yusoff. (2006). “Degradation of Acid Red 27 by the Recombinant Flavin Reductase”. Proceedings of the KUSTEM 5th Annual Seminar on Sustainability Science and Management. 2-3 May. Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia: Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM), 229-232. ISBN 983-2888-28-X.

Book Chapters

3. Abdul-Wahab, M. F. and Abubakar, A. 2017. Starch Degradation and Biohydrogen Production using Microbial Route. In: Recent Advances in Biosciences. UTM Publisher. In press.

2. Abdul Wahab, M. F., Ibrahim, Z., Ibrahim, N. 2016. Harvesting the energy in the palm oil mill effluent (POME) using microorganisms. In: The Biorefiner Annual Magazine No. 1 2016. Editors: Sadhukhan, J., Hernandez, E. M., Ng, K. S. The Institution of Biorefinery Engineers, Scientists and Technologists (IBEST). Pg. 35. ISSN: 2398-0575

1. Haruna, I., Huyop, F. Z. and Abdul-Wahab, M. F. 2016. Degradation of 2,2-Dichloropropioniate by Antarctic Bacteria. In: Advances in Biosciences Volume I. Editors: Huyop, F. Z. and Wahab, R. A. UTM Publisher. Pg. 55-67. ISBN: 978-983-52-1271-0

Conference Presentations

23. Abdul-Wahab, M. F. (2016). Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Approaches in Environmental and Medical Research. Presented at the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) Colloquium. Awana Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. 16-18 December 2016.

22. Abdullahi, M., M. F. Abdul-Wahab, M. Hashim, A. H. Omar, M. N. M. Reba, M. F. Muhamad Said, K. Soeed, S. A. Alias, J. Smykla, Z. Ibrahim (2016). Isolation and Preliminary Characterisation of Psychrotrophic Hydrogen Producing Bacteria from Antarctic Soil and Seawater. Presented at the 34th Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Biennial Meeting (SCAR 2016). Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 20-30 August 2016.

21. Abdul-Wahab, M. F. (2016). Microbial Biohydrogen and Bioelectricity Generation using Wastewater as Substrates. Presented at the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Science Engineering (SCELSE) Summer Course 2016. SCELSE, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. 3-21 July 2016.

20. Hashim, M., S. Misbari, M. N. M. Reba, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, A. B. Pour, M. F. M. Said, A. H. Omar, K. Soeed (2016). Mapping Snow-Algae with Multi-Temporal Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Indicator of Climate Change Effects in Antarctic Peninsula. Presented at the 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2016). National Convention Center, Beijing, China. 10-15 July 2016.

19. Abdul-Wahab, M. F. (2016). Microbial Biohydrogen Generation Using Starch-containing Wastewater. Presented at the Newton Fund UK-Malaysia Researcher Links Workshop on Bioenergy, Biorefinery and Bioeconomy. Impiana KLCC Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 30 May-3 June 2016.

18. Lau, C.P., M. F. Abdul-Wahab, J. Jaafar, G. F. Chan, N. A. A. Rashid (2016). Effect of pH and biological media on polyvinylpyrrolidone-capped silver nanoparticles. Presented at the 2nd International Conference on Functional Materials and Metallurgy (ICoFM 2016). Park Royal Hotel, Penang, Malaysia. 28 May 2016.

17. Ibrahim, F. H., L. A. Siang, M. A. Naser, T. Homma, K. Nagata, M. F. Abdul-Wahab (2015). Histidine Mutagenesis to Investigate Human HSP47 Collagen Release Behaviour. Presented at the 12th Asian Congress on Biotechnology (ACB) 2015. Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 15-19 November 2015.

16. Hashim, M., S. Misbari, M. N. M. Reba, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, A. B. Pour, M. F. M. Said, A. H. Omar, K. Soeed (2015). Mapping Snow-Algae With Multi-Temporal Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Indicator of Climate Change Effects in Antarctic Peninsula. Presented at the Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS) 2015. Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Manila, Philippines. 19-23 October 2015.

15. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., F. H. Ibrahim, L. S. Ayoub, A. Hosseinnia, M. A. Hussin, Y. M. Yi, N. Hossam, M. M. Salleh, N. A. Abdul-Rashid, C. G. Far, G. K. Mau, T. A. T. Abdullah (2014). Biohydrogen Generation by Bacteria Isolated from Local Sources: Isolation, Characterisation, and Molecular Analysis. Presented at the 15th IUBMB-24th FAOBMB-TSBMB Conference, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. 21-26 October 2014.

14. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., F. H. Ibrahim, L. S. Ayoub, A. Hosseinnia, M. A. Hussin, Y. M. Yi, N. Hossam, M. M. Salleh, N. A. Abdul-Rashid, C. G. Far, G. K. Mau, T. A. T. Abdullah (2014). Biohydrogen Generation by Bacteria Isolated from Local Sources: Isolation, Characterisation, and Molecular Analysis. Presented at the Young Scientists Programme (YSP) Conference in conjunction with the 15th IUBMB-24th FAOBMB-TSBMB Conference, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. 17-20 October 2014.

13. Nor, M. H. M., M. F. M. Mubarak, H. S. A. Elmi, N. Ibrahim, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, Z. Ibrahim (2014). Bioelectricity Generation in Microbial Fuel Cell Using Natural Microflora and Isolated Pure Culture from Anaerobic Palm Oil Mill Effluent Sludge. Presented at the 7th International Conference on Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering (CESE 2014), Johor Bahru, Malaysia. 12-16 October 2014.

12. Hansen, S. B., M. M. Salleh, Z. Ibrahim, S. Shahir, S. H. Hasmoni, M. F. Abdul-Wahab et al. (2014). Bioprospecting of Potential Microorganisms for the Innovative and Sustainable Treatment of POME. Presented at the 1st Academic Research on Palm Oil Sustainability (ARPOS) Network Symposium, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Bangi, Malaysia. 10-11 June 2014.

11. Abdul-Wahab, M. F. (2014). Chemistry in Malaysia: The Industry, Education and Prospects. Presented at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON 2014), McCormick Place, Chicago, USA. 2-6 March 2014.

10. Ayoub, L. S., N. Z. Zarudin, M. F. Abdul-Wahab (2013). Biohydrogen Generation by Bacterial Fermentation of Starch-containing Wastewater. Presented at the International Conference and Workshop on Basic and Applied Sciences-Regional Annual Fundamental Science Seminar (ICOWOBAS-RAFSS) 2013, Le Grandeur Palm Resort Senai, Johor, Malaysia. 4-5 September 2013.

9. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., Homma, T., Miller, A. D., Wright, M., Nagata, K (2013). Heat Shock Protein 47 (HSP47) as a Potential Target for Treatment of Collagen-related Abnormalities. Presented at the São Paulo Advanced School on Bioorganic Chemistry, UNESP, Araraquara Campus, São Paulo, Brazil. 30 June-5 July 2013.

8. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., T. Homma, M. Wright, A. D. Miller, T. Cass, R. J. Leatherbarrow (2010). Locating the Important Histidine Residues of the Collagen Specific Molecular Chaperone Hsp47. Presented at the Department of Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium, Imperial College London, UK. 14 July 2010.

7. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., T. Homma, M. Wright, A. D. Miller (2010). Locating the Important Histidine Residues of the Collagen Specific Molecular Chaperone HSP47. Presented at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Bioorganic Meeting, University of Nottingham, UK. 22 April 2010.

6. Homma, T., Y. Ishikawa, M. F. Abdul-Wahab, Y. Masago, Y. Matsuoka, A. D. Miller, H. Kubota, K. Nagata (2009). Analysing the Interface between Collagen and HSP47, a Collagen Specific Molecular Chaperones. Presented at the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Biochemical Society, Kobe, Japan. 21-24 October 2009.

Abdul-Wahab, M. F., T. Homma, A. D. Miller (2009). Protein Mutants: The Importance of Histidines to HSP47 Binding to Collagen. Presented at the Department of Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium, Imperial College London, UK. 10 June 2009.

5. Sarmin, N. H., F. W. Heng, N. A. A. Rashid and M. F. Abdul Wahab (2008). Wet Splicing System in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Presented at the Conference on Biomathematical Computing: Past, Present and Prospects, Binghamton University, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, USA. 31 October-2 November 2008.

4. Heng, F. W., N. H. Sarmin, M. F. Abdul Wahab and N. A. A. Rashid (2007). Modelling of Splicing System in DNA. Presented at the International Conference on Mathematical Sciences 2007 (ICMS’07), Equatorial Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya, Malaysia. 28-29 November 2007.

3. Sarmin, N. H., N. A. Abdulrashid, F. W. Heng, M. F. Abdul-Wahab. (2007). Verification of Mathematical Model of a Splicing System. Presented at the International Conference on Mathematical Science (ICOMS). Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, UTM, Johor, Malaysia. 28-29 May 2007.

2. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., N. A. Abdulrashid and A. R. Mohd-Yusoff (2006). Degradation of Acid Red 27 by the Recombinant Flavin Reductase. Presented at the KUSTEM 5th Annual Seminar on Sustainability Science and Management. Primula Beach Resort, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia. 2-3 May 2006.

1. Abdul-Wahab, M. F., Z. Ibrahim, N. A. Abdulrashid and A. Mohd-Yusof (2004). Development of Microbial Biosensor for the Detection of Paraquat. Presented at the Symposium of Honours Projects (Chemistry), 2003/2004 Session. Faculty of Science, UTM, Johor, Malaysia.

Articles in General Media

Abdul-Wahab, M. F. 2017. Ekspedisi Penyelidikan Saintifik Universiti Teknologi Malaysia ke Benua Ketujuh (UTM’s Scientific Research Expedition to the Seventh Continent). Published in Majalah Sains (Online). Publication date: 20 February 2017. URL: http://www.majalahsains.com/ekspedisi-penyelidikan-saintifik-universiti-teknologi-malaysia-ke-benua-ketujuh/

INVITED TALKS AT SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / TECHNICAL COURSES

Research Reporting and Publication. Delivered at the FBME Postgraduate Student Society (PGSS) Structured Course, organised by FBME PGSS, UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia. 28 September 2016.

Chemical Handling (Safety and Documentation). Delivered at the Chemical Handling and Chemical Spillage Programme Course for UTM Technical and Laboratory Staff, organised by the University Laboratory Management Unit, UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia. 25 May 2016.

Chemical Register and Occupational Safety and Health (Classification, Labelling and Safety Data Sheet of Hazardous Chemicals) Regulations 2013 (CLASS 2013). Delivered at Laboratory Safety Course for Medical Laboratory Technologists, organised by the Johor State Department of Health, Permai Hospital, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. 14 May 2016.

Microbial Stress Proteins in Environmental Monitoring. Delivered at Microbial Environmental -Omics Workshop, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 15-17 March 2016.

Impact of Climate Change on the Antarctic and the Tropics: UTM Antarctica Research Expedition February-March 2015. Delivered at UTM Nobel Endeavour Programme Summer School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia. 17-30 August 2015.

Impact of Climate Change on the Antarctic and the Tropics: UTM Antarctica Research Expedition February-March 2015. Delivered at Faculty Research Colloquium, Faculty of Biosciences and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia. 19 May 2015.

COURSES TAUGHT

Undergraduate

SMBB/SQBS/SQG1143 Cellular and Molecular Biology.
SQG/SSG/SQBS/SMBB2153 Genetic Engineering (including Laboratory).
SQG4193 Cell Signalling.

Postgraduate

UMBP/UQP0010 Research Methodology.
MQT1153 Molecular Mechanisms in Gene Expression and Regulation.

SUPERVISORY ROLE

Student’s name (matric no.) (supervisory status). Project title. Session started (graduation status).

PhD

Audu Jemilatu Omuwa (PMB153014) (Main supervision). Microbial Bioelectricity and Biohydrogen Generation Using POME as Substrate. Session 2015/2016.

Fatin Hazwani Ibrahim (PMB143001) (Main supervision). Investigation of Human Heat Shock Protein 47 pH-switch Behaviour using Site Directed Mutagenesis. Session 2013/2014.

Mohammed Abdullahi (PMB143021) (Co-supervision). Isolation, Characterization and Optimization of Hydrogen Producing Bacteria from Antarctic Sea Water. Session 2015/2016.

Muhamad Hanif Md Nor (PQ123002) (Co-supervision). Treatment of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) and Bioelectricity Generation using Optimised Bioanode Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC). Session 2012/2013.

Lau Chew Ping (PS123020) (Co-supervision). The effect on bacteria and speciation of silver nanoparticles in simulated environment. Session 2012/2013.

Fariba Karimi (PS093112) (Co-supervision). Mathematical Modelling of Persistent Splicing Systems in DNA Computing. Session 2009/2010 (Graduated-May 2013).

MSc/MPhil (Research)

Siti Masturah Zakeria (MMB163005) (Main supervision). Binding Strength and pH-release Behaviour of Human Heat Shock Protein 47 (HSP47) Mutants Probed using ELISA-based Assay and Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy. Session 2016/2017.

Lily Suhana Ayoub (MQ133003) (Main supervision). Isolation and Characterisation of Starch-Degrading Bacteria from Cassava-processing Wastewater and Sludge. Session 2014/2015.

MHM Mubassir (MMB143028) (Co-supervision). Molecular Interaction Between Rice Pattern Recognition Receptor XA21 and Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern FLG22. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated-January 2017).

Siti Farah Abu Kassim (MQ133010) (Co-supervision). Association mapping for tolerance to ferrous toxicity at germination stage in elite rice germplasm (Oryza sativa L.). Session 2013/2014.

Norzarini Ab.llah (MQ093034) (Co-supervision). Surfactant Modified Clinoptilolite Immobilised with Bacterial. Consortium for Efficient and Ecofriendly Decolourisation of Acid Red 27 (Graduated-September 2012).

MSc (Mixed-mode)

Shir Li Teh (MMB152009). Session 2016/2017.

Dharsigah Salvam (MMB152013). Session 2016/2017.

Shonia Nair (MMB152001). Bacterial Starch Degradation Towards Biohydrogen Production. Session 2015/2016.

Fatin Syuhadah Aziz (MMB142017). Starch Degradation and Biohydrogen Generation by Bacillus sp. SSA. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Attahiru Abubakar (MMB142015). Starch-degrading Bacteria for Biohydrogen Production. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Nadia Hanis Hashim (MMB142008). Anaerobic Decolorization of Azo Dye By Citrobacter sp. L17. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Naglea Lagehr (MQ122044). Detection and Amplification of Putative Hydrogenase 3 Operon in Citrobacter sp. L17. Session 2014/2015 (Graduated).

Abdulrahman Idris (MQ122051). Isolation and Characterisation of Hydrogen Producing Marine Photosynthetic Bacteria. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Karzan Mohammed Khalid (MQ122045). Isolation and Characterisation of Photosynthetic Bacteria from Aquaculture Wastewater for Hydrogen Production. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Ali Hosseinnia (MQ112086). Simultaneous Azo Dye Degradation and Biohydrogen Production by Bacteria of Gastrointestinal Origin. Session 2012/2013 (Graduated).

Fatin Hazwani Ibrahim (MQ122017). Purification and Immunodetection of Human Heat Shock Protein 47. Session 2012/2013 (Graduated).

Mohd Adhha Hussin (MQ122021). Detection and Amplification of Putative [NiFe] Hydrogenase Operon in Anoxybacillus sp. SK3-4. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Heyam Alastal (MQ112081). Expression and Purification of Mouse Heat Shock Protein 47. Session 2012/2013 (Graduated).

Audu Jemilatu Omuwa (MQ112041). Investigation of Biohydrogen Producing Bacteria Isolated from Three Different Bovine Manures. Session 2012/2013 (Graduated).

Maryam Ghanbarian (MQ102055). Isolation and Characterization of Hydrogen Producing Bacteria from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME). Session 2012/2013 (Graduated).

Undergraduate Projects

Saidatul Umiyah (A13MB0149). Session 2016/2017.

Nurzulaina Zolkifli (A13MB0143). Session 2016/2017.

Ooi Zhi Sin (A13MB0144). Session 2016/2017.

Yong Jing Xuan (A13MB0185). Session 2016/2017.

Mah Ming Hui (A13MB0060). Session 2016/2017.

Ayathull Fathin Akmar Mohd Jar (A12QB0005). Isolation and Characterisation of Photosynthetic Bacteria from Antarctic Seawater. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Mohd Firdaus Noraslan (A12QB0030). Identification and Characterization of Fungal Strain RD1_2, and SH5 from Mangrove Environment. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Mohd Sukri Hassan (A12QB0034). Identification and Characterization of Fungal Strain SH1, SH2_1 and RD2_1 Isolated from Mangrove Soil. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Tham Sin Ying (A12QB0068). Isolation and Identification of Starch Utilizing Bacteria from Cassava Processing Wastewater and Sludge. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Tengku Aliff Sulaimen Tengku Jamil (A12QB0126). Isolation and Identification of Starch Utilising Bacteria from Cassava Processing Wastewater and Sludge. Session 2015/2016 (Graduated).

Naziha Abd Ghani (AQ100104). Identification of Fungal Strain Isolated from Mangrove Root. Session 2014/2015 (Graduated).

Tan Sheng Hao. Effects of Different Protease Inhibitors on Human Heat Shock Protein 47 Proteolytic Degradation. Session 2014/2015 (Graduated).

Catherine Wong Khai Ling. Mangrove Soil Fungal and Yeast Identification and Investigation on Their Enzyme Producing Ability. Session 2014/2015 (Graduated).

Chan Xin Yi. Isolation and Identification Of Starch Utilizing Bacteria from Cassava Chips Processing Wastewater and Sludge. Session 2014/2015 (Graduated).

Yeng Min Yi. Biohydrogen Production by Cattle Rumen Bacteria using Starch as Substrate. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Audrey Lau Chien Lang. Soluble Collagen Preparation for Human HSP47 Antifibrillisation Assay. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Ng Chee Ching. Fluorescence-based Study of Human HSP47 Structural Change Induced by pH. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Chew Yee Ling. Heat Shock Protein 47 Histidine 191 Mutagenesis and the Effects on Its Structure and Function. Session 2013/2014 (Graduated).

Siti Kauthar Torijan (Co-supervision). Development of a Biocarrier from Bacterial Consortium Mixed with Modified Powdered Clinoptilolite. Session 2011/2012 (Graduated).

Hasnur Bashira Hasan (Co-supervision). Decolourisation of Amaranth using NAR-2 Immobilized onto Modified Clinoptilolite (Granules and Sand) in a Packed-bed Reactor. Session 2011/2012 (Graduated).

INTELECTUAL PROPERTIES FILED

Nor Haniza Sarmin, Muhammad Azrin Ahmad, Fong Wan Heng, Yuhani Yusof, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab. Gel Photo Visualisation of Second Order Limit Language (Ref. No.: IP/CR/2016/003). UTM Copyright. 21 April 2016.

Nor Haniza Sarmin, Fong Wan Heng, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab, Fariba Karimi. Gel Photo Visualisation of Persistent Splicing System with Embedded Recognition Sites. UTM Copyright. 11 September 2013.

Nor Haniza Sarmin, Fong Wan Heng, Noor Aini Abd Rashid, Mohd Firdaus Abd Wahab. Output Visualization of Adult and Limit Languages in Splicing System. UTM Copyright. 5 January 2010.

EXHIBITIONS

2016: Environmental Biotechnology Research Group. 34th Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Biennial Meeting (SCAR 2016). Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 20-30 August 2016. Title: “Antarctic Microorganisms for Biotechnological Applications”.

2013: Nor Haniza Sarmin, Fong Wan Heng, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab, Fariba Karimi. 15th Industrial Art and and Technology Exhibition (INATEX 2013), UTM Skudai, Malaysia. 2-4 October. Title: “Gel Photo Visualisation of Persistent Splicing System with Embedded Recognition Sites”.

2010: Nor Haniza Sarmin, Fong Wan Heng, Noor Aini Abdul Rashid, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab. Malaysia Technology Expo 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 4-6 February. Title: “Gel Photo Visualisation of Adult and Limit Languages”.

2009: Nor Haniza Sarmin, Noor Aini Abdul Rashid, Fong Wan Heng, Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab. 11th Industrial Art and and Technology Exhibition (INATEX 2009), UTM Skudai, Malaysia. 21-23 October. Title: “Output Visualisation of Adult and Limit Language in a Splicing System”.

JOURNAL REVIEWING

International Journal of Biological Macromolecules (2015 IF 3.138). Reviewer.
Natural Product Communications (2014 IF 0.906). Reviewer.
Sains Malaysiana (2014 IF 0.446). Reviewer.
Jurnal Teknologi (SCOPUS-indexed). Reviewer.
Malaysian Journal of Microbiology (SCOPUS-indexed). Reviewer.

THESIS EXAMINATION

Candidate’s name. Degree sought. Institution. Viva examination date. Role.

Nurul Fakriah Che Hashim. MSc. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). 15 March 2017. External Examiner.
Mohd Safwan Ahmad Puad. MSc. UTM. 30 October 2013. Internal Examiner.

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Member, UTM Antarctica Research Expedition. 25th March-19th April 2015. This expedition was funded through UTM Antarctica Flagship Research Grant, where six UTM researchers from several disciplines formed the first Malaysian group of researchers to reach the Antarctic continent via a yacht route. The group spent seven days around the Antarctic Peninsula for soil and seawater sampling and other experiments on remote sensing, ROV testing and physical fitness.