UNISEL is proud to announce that our very own Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr Abdul Latif Ibrahim, a senior professor at UNISEL since June 2003 cum Director of the Bio-IT Centre here at the Shah Alam campus has been awarded the 2012 ‘Anugerah Tokoh Akademik Negara’ by the Ministry of Education. The award acceptance ceremony took place at the Marriott Hotel in Putrajaya last Tuesday on August 20, 2013.

The Bio-IT centre is responsible for implementing the Selangor Biotechnology Strategy (SBS) initiated by Prof. (E) Dato’ Dr Abdul Latif in 2003, which is fundamental to the development of biotechnology at UNISEL and Selangor.

Prof. (E) Dato’ Dr Abdul Latifwas born in Kampung Sungai Kantan, Kajang, Selangor on September 1, 1938. His father, Ibrahim Sheikh Ahmad was a farmer. He started his career as a Veterinary Assistant at the Veterinary Office in Selangor. Later on, he was offered a scholarship by the Selangor state government in 1950 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine at the East Pakistan Agricultural University in Pakistan for six years. In 1969, he was offered a Fulbright Hays/East West Centre fellowship to further his studies at the University of Hawaii for an MSc in microbiology.

Prof. (E) Dato’ Dr Abdul Latiff continued his studies in microbiology and went on to successfully graduate with a PhD from the University of California, USA in 1976. Already having started a career with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) during his studies abroad, he continued to serve as an academic at the university until 2002 before joining UNISEL in 2003. At UNISEL, he is also responsible for setting up the network for collaborative research and training with the University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, Imperial College London, Bandung Institute of Technology and Universitas Andalas, Indonesia.

During his service at UPM, he conducted research to develop a vaccine for Newcastle disease or also commonly known as tetelo in Malay/Indonesian that affects many avian species. The findings from this research has informed and advanced veterinary medicine and agriculture science in Malaysia tremendously. Prof. (E) Dato’ Dr Abdul Latif has also served the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOSTI) where he established three biotechnology institutions and collaborative programmes with the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) in human resources development and joint research.

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