Advisory Council


In order to ensure the success of HIR, Tan Sri VC has appointed several distinguished scientists to be members of the UM HIR Advisory Council. Council members will advise the university in matters related to research priority areas, including conducting joint research between their own institutions and our university.

To date, four UM Nobel Fellows and two Distinguished Fellows have been appointed and the brief profile of each member is provided.

Nobel Fellow Barry Marshall
(Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2005)
Prof. Barry Marshall is Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western Australia. His work in proving that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori is the cause of most peptic ulcers earned him and his long-term collaborator, Robin Warren, the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology. In honor of Prof. Marshall winning the Nobel Prize, UWA set up The Marshall Centre in 2007 to perform world-class infectious diseases research and disease surveillance.

Nobel Fellow Ryoji Noyori 
(Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2001)

Prof. Ryoji Noyori is President of RIKEN, one of Japan’s largest research organizations with more than 3,000 scientists. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Research Center for Materials Science at Nagoya University. He shared his 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with William S. Knowles for the study of chirally catalyzed hydrogenations.

Nobel Fellow David Baltimore 
(Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1975)

Prof. David Baltimore is currently the Robert A. Millikan Professor of Biology at the California Institute of Technology. In 1975, at the age of 37, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Howard Temin and Renato Dulbecco for their discoveries concerning the interaction between tumor viruses and the genetic material of the cell.

Nobel Fellow Richard John Roberts 
(Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1993)

Sir Richard John Roberts is an English biochemist and molecular biologist and was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Phillip Allen Sharp for the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene-splicing. He currently works as the Chief Scientific Officer at the New England Biolabs, Beverly Massachusetts, USA.

Distinguished Fellow Rita Colwell
Prof. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. She is currently US President Science Envoy to the Asia Pacific. Her research interests focus on global infectious diseases and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues. 

Distinguished Fellow Wong Chi-Huey

Professor Wong Chi-Huey, President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, is the holder of many international appointments and sits on the editorial boards of Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, and Current Opinion in Chemical Biology. He is also a member of Board of Scientific Governors of the Scripps Research Institute, the Steering Committee of the Lilly TB Drug Discovery Initiative, and the Chief Science Advisor of the Ministry of Science, Taiwan.

Last Update: March 13, 2017