About Us



The Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR) is a Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Malaya (UM). CEBAR pursues multidisciplinary research leveraging Malaysia’s mega biodiversity to support a sustainable agricultural bioeconomy. CEBAR was established in 2005 in recognition of the need to strengthen the agricultural biosecurity scientific capacity of Malaysia.

The Centre is located in the main campus of the University, a 750-acre (309-hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia (


To develop and disseminate scientific knowledge in biotechnological research for the benefit of the society

That is our mission! We aim to promote, strengthen, and synergise links between academic research and industrial sectors to encourage exchange of knowledge and expertise.

The Centre combines strengths in crops, agriculture and aquaculture research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as sustaining biodiversity, and food security in the face of climate change, and developing and improving agricultural productivity through modern biotechnology.

Being a research-active centre, CEBAR has developed an enviable reputation for the quality of its fundamental and applied scientific research and actively engaged with industry partners to provide innovative solutions to today’s agricultural issues.


Empowering curious people

We empower our researchers to strive for extraordinary success. As we recognise our people are our future and key to continued growth and success, we are committed to providing continuous professional development, training and a friendly and nurturing working environment. The Centre takes the lead and has contributed substantially towards human capital development by organising training programmes for postgraduate students, including PhD and MSc candidates as well as national and international interns. Today, CEBAR houses more than 35 staff and includes laboratories and a certified PC2 plant containment facility that conform to Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2243.3:2010 and Australian Government's Guidelines for Certification of PC2 Plant Containment Facilities (2013 edition).


Science is our passion

We are passionate about science and we are always looking for ways to share it with communities. It is this passion that drives us to collaborate, develop, and communicate with impact.



Organization Structure



 CEBAR Organizational Chart_v15

Mission & Vision

CEBAR leverages Malaysia's mega biodiversity with the following Vision and Mission:


To Provide a Platform for World Class Research, Development, Applications and Training with Outputs and Products that Interface between the Fundamental and Applied Sciences for Global Needs in Agriculture

To be at the Forefront in Generating and Disseminating Scientific Ideas and knowledge in Biotechnology Research Relevant to support a Sustainable Agriculture Bioeconomy

Who We Are
Principal Investigators (PIs)

1. Prof. Dr. Jennifer Ann Harikrishnaa
2. Prof. Dr. Noor Hasima Nagoora 
3. Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Othmana 
4. Prof. Dr. Norzulaani Khalid
5. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Subha Bhassua (Terra Aqua Lab Manager)
6. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chandran Somasundrama  (Post-harvest Lab Manager)
7. Dr. Jamilah Syafawati Yaacoba 
8. Dr. Zuliana Razalia 
9. Dr. Tan Boon Chin  (CEBAR Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry Lab Manager)
10. Dr. Katharina Mebus  (CEBAR Senior Lecturer, CEBAR Molecular Lab Manager)
11. Dr. Teo Chee How  (CEBAR Senior Lecturer, Interactome and Bioinformatics Lab Manager)
12. Dr. Fiqri Dizar Khaidizar  (CEBAR Senior Lecturer)
13. Dr. Norhafiza Mohd Arshad (CEBAR Senior Lecturer)

Associate Members

1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nazia Abdul Majida
2. Puan Mahanom Jalilb
3. Dr. Yusmin Mohd Yusufb
4. Dr Muhamad Shakirin Mispana
5. Dr. Nur Ardiyana Rejaba
6. Dr. Hasmahzaiti Omara
7. Dr. Firuza Begham Mustafac
8. Dr Md. Eaqub Alid
9. Dr. Rosazlin Abdullaha
10. Dr. Mohd Zuwairi Saimana
11. Assoc Prof. Dr. Vengadesh Periasamye
12. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Poo Balan A/L Ganesanf
13. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Geok Yuan Annie Tana

Adjunct member
1. Prof. Dr. Zulqarnain Mohameda

Dual Appointment at ISB Faculty
b Dual Appointment at Asasi Sains Faculty
Dual Appointment at Arts and Social Sciences Faculty
Dual Appointment at NANOCAT
Dual Appointment at Physics Faculty
Dual Appointment at Faculty of Engineering

1. Dr. Purabi Mazumdar (Post-doctoral fellow, Facility Manager PBF GP-BSL2
2. Dr. Pooja Singh (Post-doctoral fellow)
3. Dr. Nurzatil Sharleeza Mat Jalaluddin (Post-doctoral fellow, CEBAR-industry, IP and commercialisation liaison, CEBAR Website & Facebook Manager)
4. Dr. Tan Tian Tian (Post-doctoral fellow, CEBAR Molecular Biology Lab Liaison)
5. Dr. Pua Teen Lee (Post-doctoral fellow, CEBAR Biochemistry Lab Liaison)
6. Dr. Nisha Thopla Govender (Post-doctoral fellow)
7. Dr. Sima Taheri (Post-doctoral fellow)
8. Dr. Raja Zalinda Raja Jamil (Post-doctoral fellow)
Administrative staffs
1. Lau Su Ee (Research Officer)
2. Siti Nur Akmar Mazlin (Research Officer)
3. Najiah Mohd Sadali (Research Officer)
4. Zarina Md Ali (Assistant Science Officer)
5. Nurmashira Kamarudin (Project Officer)
6. Siti Maisarah Jaafar (Administrative Assistant)

PhD students
1. A.K.M Mahmudul Haque
2. Arinaitwe Ivan Kabiita
3. Bavani Subramaniam
4. Benjamin Ezekiel Bwadi
5. Chan Yoke Mui
6. Chen Chin Fong.
7. Christie Soo Tze Chiew
8. Devi Rosmy binti Syamsir
9. Farhana binti Mohd Ghani
10. Fatemah Hajiaghaalipour
11. Fung Shi Ming
12. Gaythri A/P Thergarajan
13. Gudimella Ranganath
14. Hanisah binti Ali
15. Hassan Shaikh A Alaidarous
16. Hasvinder Kaur A/P Baldev Singh
17. Hindatu Yusuf
18. Ho Hui Li
19. Ilham Ibrahim Eid Elhussien
20. Jasdeep Kaur A/P Darsan Singh
21. Joel Low Zi-Bin
22. Kho Pei Lee
23. Kwong Qi Bin
24. Lai Meng Yee
25. Lavanya Malini A/P Vythalingam
26. Liew Su Ki
27. Lim Voon Ching
28. Mahanom binti Jalil
29. Muhammad Azizan bin Samad
30. Muhammad Naziz bin Saat
31. Nadiah binti Mohd Saruan
32. Narendran A/L Rengasamy
33. Nazrin bin Abd Aziz
34. Noor Diyana binti Md Mustafa
35. Nurul Huda binti Mohamad Ikbal
36. Ong Chong Boon
37. Poon Nee Kiew
38. Sara Talebi
39. Sharan Malagobadan
40. Sharmilla A/P Ashokan
41. Tahereh Alinejad
42. Tan Yew Seong
43. Vinomarlini A/P Gunasagaran
44. Yasir Osman Ali Abdalla
45. Yvonne Liew Jing Mei

Master students
1. Ahmad Syafiq bin Saruan
2. Anis Norsyahira binti Mohd Raffi
3. Avinash Sagran
4. Ayu Cera Lutas
5. Chan Chew Chin
6. Charumathi A/P Yogarajan
7. Chew Pey Ling
8. Fatin Fareeha binti Mazli
9. Fatin Iffah Rasyiqah binti Mohamad Zoolkefli
10. Gayathri A/P Karipaya
11. Hani binti Sapili
12. Kamilatulhusna binti Zaidi
13. Kelvin Kiran Anthony
14. Mawiyah Mahmud
15. Mazni binti Omar
16. Nadhirah binti Ahmad
17. Naim Syahmi bin Noordin
18. Nor Suhayati binti Yaakub
19. Norazah binti Azizi
20. Nur Asniyati Abdul Halim
21. Nur Syazwani Hamid
22. Nuraini Abdul Wahid
23. Raji Fatimah
24. Sharifah Aina binti Syed Aminuddin
25. Siti Nur Akmar binti Mazlin
26. Suhaina Nashath binti Mohamed Iqbal
27. Syed Mohammad Daniel bin Syed Mohamed
28. Tan Xue Lie
29. Theresa Ng Lee Mei
30. William Chung Wei Lam
31. Wong Gwo Rong
32. Zuhaili binti Yusof
33. Zulhairil bin Ariffin

At its inception CEBAR received infrastructure funds for the building of the first accredited University plant containment facility, the Plant Biotech Facility (PBF) which was launched on December 1st 2009 to enable UM to remain at the forefront of transgenic and biosafety research and training. CEBAR laboratories are well-equipped with instruments such as quantitative Real Time PCR, Genetic Analyzer and a Gel Documentation System that are made available to facilitate research for its members and associate partners.

Awards & Recognitions
Being a research centre, CEBAR is proud of its members’ research outputs and achievements. The research programs conducted are well recognized in both local and international arenas. CEBAR members have recently won awards in exhibitions/conferences including :

  • Bronze Medal at the Learning Improvement & Teaching Enhancement Research (LiTeR) Conference (2018)
  • Silver Medal in Medical category in the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva (2018)
  • Young Investigator Award (Sharan Malagobadan) in International Conference on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in 2018. (15-16th Aug 2018)
  • UMExpo
  • ITEX
  • BioMalaysia
  • MAHA
Recently, CEBAR won The Most Excellent University of Malaya Center of Excellence UMCoE Award at the Prestigious UM Excellence Award Year 2018. 

1. University of Dundee, UK
2. Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), JAPAN 
3. Assam University, India
4. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
5. Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic
6. Institut Kajian Perladangan, UPM
7. Sime Darby Technology Centre Sdn. Bhd.
8. Global Intergrated Training Associates Sdn Bhd (Quest International University Perak)
9. Heleogenics Sdn Bhd
10. Cahaya Primer Sains Sdn. Bhd

Seminars & Workshops

CEBAR conducts regular seminars and workshops in the areas of :

  • CEBAR Expert Seminar Series
  • Tissue culture Workshop Series
  • Transgenic Workshop Series
  • DNA Sequencing Workshop Series
Annual Reports (2018 - 2012)
Contact Us

Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture(CEBAR)
Level 3,
Research Management & Innovation Complex,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-7967 6990/6993
fax: 603-7967 6991


Twitter: um_cebar

Facebook: CEBAR UM (account) and CEBAR.UM (page)

Last Update: June 21, 2019