Academic/Professional Qualification

  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada/1994
  • MSc, Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada/ 1989
  • BSc, Biochemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada /1986



Research Interest

Biological and catalytic properties of enzymes including enzyme technology, engineering, modelling and inhibitors; utilization of biomass and agro-residues; halal industry science.

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Hamzah Mohd.Salleh started his tertiary education at the Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada in 1982. He completed his bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees at the same university in 1986, 1989 and 1994, respectively. Upon submission of his doctoral thesis, he spent about 15 months as a post-doctoral fellow at the College of Pharmacy, University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. His interest in enzymes started in the final year project at Waterloo and this interest continued to the present day.

Hamzah Mohd.Salleh joined the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1993 as a lecturer while pursuing his doctorate in Canada. Upon returning to Malaysia in 1995, he was affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering, IIUM but was assigned to teaching – chemistry and foundation of science (a philosopy of science subject)  courses – and academic administration at the Engineering Department, IIUM Matriculation Centre in Kuala Lumpur. In between teaching, research–supervision and academic administration duties, Hamzah has taken leave of absence from the university and spent the sabbatical at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2001-2002 and again in 2014, to renew his interest in enzymology. He is currently also contributing in the development of biotechnology in the country by making himself available as a rersource person for vetting research proposals at the university level as well as for the Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology focus area at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia.

Hamzah is currently attached at the Department of Biotechnology Engineering, IIUM and is involved in research on several hydrolytic enzymes, research for the utilization of biomass/agro-residues, as well as scientific research related to the halal industry. He is a very active member of several research groups including the Bioenvironmental Engineering Research Centre (BERC), Bioprocess and Molecular Engineering Research Unit (BPMERU) and the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART).