AFOB-MC International Symposium (AFOBMCIS) is one of the annual events of the Asian Federation of Biotechnology Malaysia Chapter (AFOB-MC). This year, UTM Johor Bahru will be the host of this prestigious international symposium. The 3rd AFOBMCIS 2021 aims to provide a platform for researchers/scholars/scientists, academia, and industries to share knowledge and expertise, sharing ideas and opinions, and showcase research outcomes, with the current biotechnology’s area under the theme of “Biotechnology toward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Circular Bioeconomy”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3rd AFOBMCIS 2021 will be held virtually on the online platform. Chaired by Dr Mohd Helmi Sani and co-chaired by Dr Rozaimi Abu Samah, the AFOBMCIS 2021 organising team hopes this symposium will be a successful event with the enthusiastic participation of local and worldwide biotechnologists for the realization of SDGs and bioeconomy. The symposium will cover 12 technical sessions: 

  1. Agricultural and Food Biotechnology
  2. Applied Microbiology
  3. Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology
  4. Biocatalysis and Protein Engineering
  5. Bioprocess and Bioseparation Engineering
  6. Bioenergy and Biorefinery
  7. Environmental Biotechnology
  8. Marine Biotechnology
  9. Nanobiotechnology, Biosensors and Biochips
  10. Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology
  11. Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
  12. Bioindustry Promotion and Bioeducation

A special session for young researchers will also be organised with a special award to be presented.

Besides, the symposium will invite prestigious speakers in the biotechnology field worldwide to share their knowledge and expertise and allow networking among the participants.

As a record, the AFOB-MC had organised the AFOB Regional Symposium 2014 (ARS2014) in Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015 (ACB2015) in Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, AFOBMCIS 2018 in Pullman Kuching, Sarawak and AFOBMCIS 2019 at The Everly Hotel, Putrajaya .

We would like to welcome all the participants in the biotechnology area to share their findings and ideas for our sustainability and social wellbeing.

See you!

Dr Mohd Helmi Sani







Prof. Jo Shu Chang

Chair Professor and Dean of College of Engineering, Tunghai University.

Adjunct Chair Professor of Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.

President of Taiwan’s Society of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering (BEST) Executive committee member of Asia Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB)

 Title of talk: Realising Circular Bioeconomy via a Microalgae Platform

 Dr Christian Patermann

Fellow of the International Society of Horticultural Societies, Louvain.

Member of the Georgofili Academy, Florence.

Member of the first Research and Technology Council “BioEconomy” of the Federal German Government.

Title of Talk: Bioeconomy – fit for the next decade -hype or reality


Professor Dr. David Barrie Johnson

School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University, Wales

Title: Direct and indirect redox reactions catalysed by acidophilic prokaryotes and how these mediate metal recovery


Professor Dr. Kenji Sakai

Kyushu University, Japan

Title: Mysterious Ecology and Physiology of Extreme Thermophile found in Hyperthermal Compost of Municipal Wastewater Sludge in Kagoshima


Professor Dr. Wong Tin Wui

Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

Title: The Significance of Pharmaceutical Technology in Precision Medicine

Professor Ir. Ts. Dr. Pau-Loke Show

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Title: Latest Development of Microalgae Biorefinery in Biotechnology Industry

Professor Dr. Akihiko Kondo

Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University

Title: Development of Biofoundry Platform for Rapid Construction of Microbial Cell Factories for Production of Chemicals and Fuels from Bioresources

Professor Dr. Thomas Curtis

Professsor in Environmental Engineering

Centre for Synthetic Biology and Bioeconomy,

Newcastle University, UK

Title: Engineering Real Open Biological Systems

Professor Dr. Charles Santhanaraju Vairappan

Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Title: Anti-Inflammation, Anti-Cancer Mechanism and Microarray Gene Expression of Soft Coral Derived Secondary Metabolites

Professor Dr. Chiaki Ogino

Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University

Title: Cancer therapy by the combination of nano-particle and X-ray irradiation

Professor Dr. Ing. Misri Gozan

Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

Title: Production and Purification of Furfural from Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch


Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Cheng Ee Meng

Faculty of Electronic Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Title: When Scaffolds Meet Dielectric


Associate Professor Dr. Midhat Nabil Ahmad Salimi

Faculty of Electronic Engineering Technology, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP), Malaysia

Title: Will be announced

Associate Professor Dr. Sehanat Prasongkuk

Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Title: Biotechnological Applications of the Tropical Black Yeast Aureobasidium spp.



Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Nashrul Fadzli Mohd Nasir, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hsiu-Wen ChienNational Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Dr. Wan Abd Al-Qadr Imad Wan Mohtar, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Dr. Heera a/p Rajandas, AIMST University, Malaysia

Dr. Nurul Yuziana Mohd Yusof, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Asst. Prof. Dr. Yang Wei, National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT), Taiwan

Prof. Dr. Chi-Wei Lan (John), Yuan Ze University, Taiwan

Dr. Khanom Simarani, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nor’Aini Abdul Rahman, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Asst. Prof. Dr. Steven Lim, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sureewan Sittijunda, Mahidol University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sompong O-Thong, Thaksin University, Thailand

Dr. Takashi Kamada, Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Ts. Dr. Nor Azizah binti Parmin, Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Dr. Nor Azlan Nor Muhammad, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Dr. Mohd Fauzi Mh Busra, Universiti Kebangsaaan Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Ts. ChM. Dr. Mohd Sani Sarjadi, Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shaza Eva Mohamad, MJIIT, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Dr. Ahmad Bazli Ramzi, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia