Nurul Syakima Ab Mutalib

Nurul Syakima Ab Mutalib

Place of Birth : Malaysia
Position : : Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Field of study : Molecular Medicine, Molecular Biology, Noncoding RNA, Cancer Research, Epigenetics, Molecular Diagnostics, Bioinformatics, Next Generation Sequencing, Single-cell RNA sequencing, Liquid biopsy, Circulating Tumour Cell



Dr. Nurul Syakima Ab Mutalib is a scientist and academician in the field of medical molecular biology. With a career spanning over a decade, Dr. Syakima has made significant contributions to the understanding of cancer research, molecular diagnostics, and epigenetics.

Her expertise in molecular medicine and noncoding RNA has positioned her as a leader in the field in Malaysia. Her groundbreaking research on circulating tumor cells and single-cell transcriptomics of colorectal cancer has garnered international acclaim and has been instrumental in advancing our knowledge of cancer progression and treatment.

Dr. Syakima's research has garnered widespread recognition and has had a profound impact on the scientific community. This is evident from the impressive citation index she has achieved in renowned databases such as Scopus and Google Scholar. Her work has been cited by peers and researchers worldwide, highlighting the significance and influence of her research findings. In a remarkable trajectory, Dr. Syakima's h-index has risen from 3 to an impressive 35 in a span of just 10 years, further attesting to the significance and quality of her contributions.

In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Syakima has held key leadership positions and received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions. She has served as a team leader in cancer genomics and biobanking, ensuring the efficient coordination of research activities and the establishment of high-quality biobanks. Her stewardship also extends to her role as the Chief Technical Officer, where she oversaw the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies and quality assurance protocols in the institute.

Dr. Syakima's international fame and status are further exemplified by her collaborations with renowned institutions worldwide. She has been a visiting fellow at the Institute of Genomic Medicine at Newcastle University, England, and has received prestigious travel grants and awards from esteemed organizations such as the Korean Cancer Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Digestive Disease.


  • 2012 – 2013; Application Scientist at Science Vision Sdn Bhd
  • 2015 – 2018; Team Leader for Cancer Genomics & Biobank
  • 2015 – 2018; Chief Technical Officer and chair of the Occupational and Health Safety Committee
  • 2019; Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Genomic Medicine at Newcastle University in England
  • 2020 – 2023; Associate Fellow at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UKM
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine, Monash University
  • Associate Fellow and Adjunct Senior Lecturer
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