Academic/Professional Qualification

  • PhD, Universiti Putra Malaysia/ 2000
  • PhD Exch. Prog., Univ. British Columbia, 1997-1998
  • MSc, UniversitiPertanian Malaysia/1996
  • BSc, Bogor Agric. Univ (IPB), Indonesia/1993
  • Dipl. Islamic Revealed Knowledge, IIUM/ 2003
  • Post Doctorate, NFRI (Japan)/ 206-2008


Food Chemistry & Biochemistry; Food Process Engineering; Halal Food Management

Research Interest

Natural Products; Carotenoids; Food Processing and Analysis; Halal authentication; Halal Materials

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Contact No.:  03-61965592 /  017-204 0456


After completing his PhD, Irwandi joined International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) as an academic staff in 2001. Since then, Irwandi has held various administrative post, from Programme Coordinator, Deputy Dean (Students Affairs), and Deputy Dean (Research Initiatives) at Research Management Centre. In 2011, he received his Professorship and currently is appointed as the Director, International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) of IIUM. Irwandi also serves as the Secretary, IIUM Council of Professor. His initial research began with his interest in lipid peroxidation and antioxidative activities of natural products.  He then conducted studies on carotenoids and anti-cancer properties he started when he had 2-years fellowship in National Food Research Institute (NFRI), Japan, after receiving a prestigious Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) award. Currently, he is the principal researcher of 7 research projects, mostly in areas related to Halal Science, Food Biotechnology and Natural Products, funded by various funding agency such as the Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), and National Plans for Science and Technology (NPST), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Additionally, he is the co-researcher for another 14 on-going research projects. This is in addition to his 16 completed research projects where he was appointed as the principal investigator. To date, Irwandi has chalked up a remarkable achievement in research which include: 75 scientific papers published in reputable international journals; contributed to 30 book-chapters; presented more than 150 research papers in international conferences – including keynote address and invited lectures; written more than 50 non-refereed and mass-media scientific articles. His dedication to research has enabled him to file 3 patents under his name, and his outstanding achievement is recognized both locally and internationally, bagging more than 60 scientific awards. Irwandi is a three-time recipient of IIUM Outstanding Researcher Awards. He is also the recipient of Asia Pacific Young Scientist Award 2010 by SCOPUS and the prestigious Habibie Award 2013 in the field of Medicine and Biotechnology.