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Mohd Hafidz Bin Mahamad Maifiah

Academic Qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biopharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics) - Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, Melbourne

Mohd Hafidz Bin Mahamad Maifiah (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Dr. Mohd Hafidz Mahamad Maifiah graduated in Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) and Master of Science (Biotechnology Engineering) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He then completed his PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS), Australia in 2017. His PhD thesis elucidated the mechanisms of actions of polymyxins mono- and combination therapy against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa adopted metabolomics and transcriptomics approaches. Currently, Dr. Mohd Hafidz is an academic staff at the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), IIUM serves as the Head of Postgraduate Management. His research interests cover the areas of halal food and pharmaceutical, plant natural products for bioactive compounds, bacterial resistance, metabolomics, halal supply chain and cold chain management.   

Area of Specialisation

  • Biotechnology ~ Biotechnology ~ Medical Biotechnology ~ Biomaterial - Biocellulose
  • Natural Science ~ Bioinformatics ~ Systems Biology ~ Cellular Metabolomics - microbial metabolomics
  • Medical And Health ~ Medical And Health Sciences ~ Phamaceutical Industry ~ Natural Products - Herbal Plant/antimicrobial
  • Agricultural ~ Agricultural Science And Technology ~ Food Sciences and Nutrition ~ Halal Products - Halal alternative ingredients
  • Natural Science ~ Biological Sciences ~ Microbiology ~ Bacteriology - Antimicrobial/Polymyxin/Antimicrobial resistance

Teaching Responsibilities

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 2020/2021 2019/2020
SEMINAR 2017/2018 2018/2019

Research Projects

2020 - 2020 Certified Halal Executive Training
2019 - 2019 Certified Halal Executive Training
2018 - 2021 Synergistic killing of novel combinations of `old? polymyxin drug and medicinal plant extracts targeting Gram-negative bacteria
2019 - Present Deciphering the mechanism of action of polymyxins on pentose phosphate pathway metabolism in Acinetobacter baumannii in discovering novel antibiotic targets
2018 - Present Data Management of Various Non-Halal Adulterations and Development of Portable Halal Device
2018 - Present Antibacterial activity of phenolic compounds from Carica papaya seed extract as food preservative.



2020 Antibacterial activity of ethanolic leaf extract of Aquilaria malaccensis against multi-drug-resistant Gram-negative pathogen. Food Research, 4 (6) pp. 1962-1968
2020 Antibacterial test and toxicity of plant seed extracts: a review. Food Research, 4 ((Suppl. 1) (2020)) pp. 12-27
2020 Detection of pork in processed meat products by species-specific PCR for halal verification: food fraud cases in Hat Yai, Thailand. Food Research, 4 ((S1)) pp. 244-249
2020 Novel antimicrobial development using genome-scale metabolic model of Gram-negative pathogens: a review. The Journal of Antibiotics, () pp. 1-10
2020 Response surface optimization of yield of agarwood (Aquilaria malaccensis) leaf extract using Soxhlet extraction. International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering (IJRTE), 8 (6) pp. 1926-1934
2020 The thrombolytic and cytotoxic effects of nigella sativa (L.) seeds: the prophetic medicine. International Journal of Halal Research, 2 (2) pp. 70-77
2019 Benchmarking of halal food products using similarity measures – a conceptual retrieval model. Journal of Information Systems and Digital Technologies, 1 (1) pp. 17-24
2019 In vivo anxiolytic and in vitro anti-inflammatory activities of water-soluble extract (WSE) of Nigella sativa (L.) seeds. Natural Product Research, 35 (16) pp. 2793-2798
2019 In vivo anxiolytic and in vitro anti-inflammatory activities of water-soluble extract (WSE) of Nigella sativa (L.) seeds. Natural Product Research, () pp. 1-6
2019 Metabolic responses to polymyxin treatment in acinetobacter baumannii ATCC 19606: integrating transcriptomics and metabolomics with genome-scale metabolic modeling. MSYSTEMS, 4 (1) pp. 1-15
2019 Revisiting an ‘old’ antibiotic class polymyxins by drug combination therapy targeting Gram-negative superbugs: Toyyiban perspective. Journal of Halal Industry and Services, 2 (1) pp. 1-12
2019 Supervised identification of Acinetobacter Baumanni strains using artificial neural network. Journal of Information Systems and Digital Technologies, 1 (2) pp. 16-23
2018 Genome-scale metabolic modeling of responses to polymyxins in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. GigaScience, 7 (4) pp. 1-18
2018 Isolation and identification of bacteria-producing cellulose from tropical fruit for Halal capsule application. International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, 8 (4-2) pp. 1591-1596
2017 Untargeted metabolomics analysis reveals key pathways responsible for the synergistic killing of colistin and doripenem combination against Acinetobacter baumannii. Scientific Reports, 7 () pp. 1-12
2016 Acinetobacter baumanniiphenylacetic acid metabolism influences infection outcome through a direct effect on neutrophil chemotaxis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 113 (34) pp. 9599-9604
2016 Global metabolic analyses identify key differences in metabolite levels between polymyxin-susceptible and polymyxin-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Scientific Reports, 6 () pp. 1-17
2011 Molecular cloning and production of recombinant phytase from Bacillus Subtilis ASUIA243 in Pichia Pastoris. IIUM Engineering Journal, 12 (4) pp. 1
2011 Screening and optimization of media components for phytase production of ASUIA 279 in Pichia pastoris system using statistical design. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, () pp.
Conference or Workshop Item

2021 Strengthening the efficiency of cold chain management in halal food industry by identifying the crucial barriers. In: Virtual International Halal Science Conference 21: "Enhancing and Strengthening Halal Industry through Science",
2019 Antibacterial test, toxicity and food application of plant seed extracts: a review. In: Global Halal Sphere Conference 2019 (GloHaS 2019),
2011 Screening and optimization of media components for phytase production of ASUIA 279 in Pichia pastoris system using statistical design. In: 2nd International Conference on Biotechnology Engineering (ICBioE 2011),
Book Section

2019 Global metabolic analyses of acinetobacter baumannii. In: Humana Press, ISBN: 978-1-4939-9117-4, pp. 321-328