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Mardiana Mohd. Ashaari

Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D in Environmental Genomics - Doctor of Philosophy, University College Dublin
  • Master of Science in Bioinformatics - Masters Degree, University of London
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons.) - Bachelor Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia

Mardiana Mohd. Ashaari (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Kuantan Campus


Expert Profile

Mardiana Mohd Ashaari graduated from International Islamic University
Malaysia in 2006 with her first degree and also as the first batch of
the course. Her final year degree project entitled “Molecular
Detection of Specific Gene for Degradation of Xylene
” won a Silver
Medal at the 17th International Invention Innovation Industrial Design
and Technology Exhibition 2006 (ITEX 2006) held in Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. On completion of her first degree, she was appointed as a lab
demonstrator at the same university, where she assisted lecturers in
conducting laboratory sessions. In 2007, she was appointed to an
assistant lecturer position in International Islamic University Malaysia
and later took a study leave to pursue her Master degree in
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Birkbeck College, University of
London. Upon finishing her study, she returned to International Islamic
University Malaysia in 2008 and was appointed to a lecturer position. She then went for PhD study at the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland in 2010 specializing in Environmental Genomics. She graduated with PhD in 2015 and continue to serve IIUM as Assistant Professor, the post which she holds until now. She is also the Head for Department of Biotechnology from the year 2018 until now.   

Area of Specialisation

  • Natural Science ~ Bioinformatics ~ Specialised Bioinformatics ~ Microbial Informatics - Metagenomics
  • Natural Science ~ Bioinformatics ~ Bioinformatics Tools, Platforms and Technologies ~ Other Bioinformatics Tools, Platforms and Technologies n.e.c - Sequence analysis
  • Natural Science ~ Biological Sciences ~ Microbiology ~ Environmental Microbiology - Soil microbiology
  • Biotechnology ~ Biotechnology ~ Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology ~ Bioremediation - "Environmental Biotechnology

Teaching Responsibilities

BIOINFOMATICS 2015/2016 2016/2017 2018/2019 2017/2018
BIOREMEDIATION 2018/2019 2017/2018 2016/2017 2015/2016 2019/2020 2020/2021
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY 2015/2016 2019/2020 2016/2017 2008/2009 2018/2019 2017/2018 2020/2021
Environmental Laws and Policies 2021/2022
Environmental Toxicology 2021/2022
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY/ POLLUTION 2019/2020 2018/2019 2020/2021 2016/2017 2017/2018

Research Projects

2016 - 2019 Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of genes involved in flowering of Stevia rebaudiana
2015 - 2019 Fundamental Study of the Structure of the Glycerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferase (GPAT) Protein from Chlorella Sp. on Understanding the Mechanism of Lipid Synthesis
2015 - 2018 Understanding the Contributions and Mechanisms of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) for Production of Stevioside and Rebaudioside A in Stevia Rebaudiana Accession Bertam
2019 - Present Investigation on production of biosurfactants and their effect on the molecular interactions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with ring hydroxylating dioxygenase during biodegradation
2019 - Present Assessment on suitable hydrocolloids for probiotic encapsulation enhancing its viablity and stability



2020 Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: characteristics and its degradation by biocatalysis remediation. Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 23 (3) pp. 103-118
2018 Isolation and characterization of hydrocarbon tolerant microorganisms from marine environment. International Journal of Integrated Engineering, 10 (6) pp. 133-138
2018 Isolation and screening of biosurfactant-producing marine bacteria from Kuantan Port, Pahang, Malaysia. Science Heritage Journal, 2 (2) pp. 21-26
2018 Opportunistic bacteria dominate the soil microbiome response to phenanthrene in a microcosm-based study. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9 () pp. 1-13
2017 Benzo(a)pyrene degradation and microbial community responses in composted soil. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (6) pp. 5404-1
2017 Isolation and characterization of biosurfactant-producing bacteria isolated from petroleum contaminated sites with the potential to be used in bioremediation. Science Heritage Journal / Galeri Warisan Sains (GWS), 1 (2) pp. 11-15
2014 Microbial community structure during fluoranthene degradation in the presence of plants. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 117 () pp. 74-84
2010 Antibiotic resistance microbes in tropical mangrove sediments, East Coast Peninsular, Malaysia. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 4 (8) pp. 640-645
Conference or Workshop Item

2019 Potential biosurfactant producer and bioemulsifier isolated from petroleum sludge. In: 2nd AFOB-MC International Symposium 2019 (AFOBMCIS 2019),
2019 Production of biosurfactants and bioemulsifiers by indigenous bacteria isolated from petroleum sludge and their association with total petroleum hydrocarbon degradation. In: International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2019,
2018 Association of biosurfactant production by indigenous bacteria isolated from petroleum contaminated soil with total petroleum hydrocarbon degradation. In: 34th Symposium of The Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2018,
2017 Isolation and identification of chlorella-like species for potential application in biofuel production. In: 9th Asian Federation of Biotechnology(AFOB) Regional Symposium 2017,
2016 Comparative analysis of the biomass and lipid yield of blue-green algae, freshwater and marine microalgae as potential candidate for biofuel feedstock. In: 2nd International Conference on Oceanography and Sustainable Marine Production (ICOSMaP 2016),
2015 Mining of ring-hydroxylating dioxygenase genes from PAH contaminated soil metagenome. In: ASIAN Congress on Biotechnology 2015,
2010 Metagenomics of polycylic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated soil. In: International Conference on Environment (ICENV 2010),