Dr Zetty Norhana Balia Yusof

This work aims to screen, identify and isolate bioactive compounds exhibiting antioxidant and antibacterial activities from selected endemic marine micro- and macroalgae. 

Economy: Malaysia 

Partnering Australian Institution: South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) 

Project Title: Screening, identification and isolation of bioactive compounds exhibiting antioxidant and antibacterial activities from selected endemic marine microalgae and macroalgae. 

Project Outline:

The Southern Australian coastline has the highest diversity of endemic macroalgae and this study will hopefully lead to the production of some useful bioactive compounds while utilising the abundant bioavailability of both micro and macroalgae in the environment. 

Reasons for applying for fellowship:

The opportunity offered by the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship will be a good platform for me to learn new research technologies, publish research findings, and build new professional relationships between my academic institution. I believe this association with the Australia-APEC Women in Research Fellowship will enhance my research reputation. 

Past Achievements:

Zetty graduated from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom with a PhD in Plant Sciences after completing her Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her PhD research work focused on the regulation of thiamine (vitamin B1) biosynthesis in a green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.  

Currently, Zetty is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research focuses onthiamine (vitamin B1) biosynthesis pathways in plants, specifically in oil palm (Elaies guineensis) and the effect of thiamine on the immune system of plants. She is also examining how stress can affect the biosynthesis of thiamine in plants.  

Additionally, Zetty is using her algal knowledge and experience to research antioxidant and antibacterial activities of local freshwater microalgae and cyanobacteria species. She has secured a number of public and university grants to support these impressive research activities. Zetty has presented in many conferences, in Malaysia and abroad in Boston, Hawaii and France. She has published an extensive list of papers whilst holding extensive teaching commitments as a lecturer and raising three children. She was awarded with a highly-competitive scholarship to undertake her Master's degree by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and has won various awards including Best Paper Award and Best Poster Awards at international conferences. Zetty is also an active member and co-founder of charity body “Inspire Malaysia". 

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