Asma Ismail


1. Name: Asma Ismail, Professor

2. Occupation: Educator, Researcher and Medical microbiologist

3. Education:

  1. PhD, Cellular and molecular biology, University of Nevada (1986)
  2. Master in Microbiology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  3. Distinction in Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
  4. Tunku Kursiah College (1974-1975)
  5. St. George’s Girls School (1971-1973)


4. Contributions:

  1. Council Member, Academy of Sciences in Malaysia (2007)
  2. Fellow, Academy of Sciences in Malaysia (2003)
  3. Deputy Vice Chancellor (research and innovation), Universiti Sains Malaysia
  4. Founding Director, Institute of Research in Molecular Medicine, the first multidisciplinary cluster-based research institute at USM
  5. Director, Centre for Medical Innovations and Technology Development (2003)
  6. Forefront of the development of rapid and affordable diagnostics for infectious disease to ensure availability and accessibility to quality healthcare especially in underdeveloped countries
  7. Served as the World Health Organisation temporary adviser for vaccine and diarrheal disease since 2002


5. Honours and Awards:

  1. National Academic Award for Product and Commercialisation (2007)
  2. National Innovation Award (2006)
  3. National Inventor Award (2003)
  4. Malaysian Toray Science and Technology Award for outstanding contribution in science (2002)
  5. National Young Scientist Award (1991)



Khoo Salma Nasution, Alison Hayes and Sehra Yeap Zimbulis. (2010). Giving Our Best: The Story of St. George’s Girls School, Penang, 1885-2010. Penang: Areca Books.


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