Ms. Hemalatha Murugaiah

Senior Lecturer,
School of Biological Science


  • PhD in Biotechnology, USM (Pursuing)
  • MSc in Biotechnology (USM, 2012)
  • Bsc in Industrial Biology (UTM, 2008)

Teaching experience:

  • Teaching – (April 2011 – Present) [QIU]
  • Research – (2008 – Present)

Research Interest

  • Strain improvement for enhanced enzyme production
  • Optimization of enzyme production using statistical design
  • Biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles for targeted therapy

  • Isolation of enzyme producing bacteria.
  • Chitinase production through submerged fermentation using pretreated shrimp waste.
  • Optimization of chitinase production using response surface methodology.
  • Study on potential use of eco-enzyme for the treatment of waste water rich in Copper.
  • Bio catalytic potential and antibacterial properties of Eco-enzyme produced from citrus fruit peels.
  • Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles as potential antimicrobial agent

  • Coordinator for Industrial training (Biotechnology programme)
  • Programme coordinator for foundation in Science (2014-2015)
  • Course coordinator (Bioprocess Technology, Advanced Fermentation Technology, Enzyme and protein Technology and Genomics and proteomics)
  • Coordinator for industrial training (Please include the duration 2016-2019)
  • Advisor of Biotechnology club, QIU (2019-present)
  • Reviewer of Malaysian Journal of Microbiology
  • Committee member of student activity committee, QIU
  • Hemalatha, M & Visantini, P. (2020). Potential use of eco-enzyme for the treatment of metal based effluent. Materials Science and Engineering, 716, doi:10.1088/1757-899X/716/1/012016

  • Hemalatha Murugaiah, Amirul Al Ashraf. Strain improvement for glucoamylase production by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem. 2010. In the 7th regional IMTGT Uninet conference.
  • Hemalatha Murugaiah, Phor Khai lyn, Amirul Al Ashraf. Glucoamylase production via solid state fermentation by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem. 2009. International Congress of Malaysian society for microbiology.
  • Hemalatha Murugaiah, Amirul Al Ashraf. Strain improvement and optimization of process parameters for glucoamylase production by Aspergillus niger van Tieghem. 2010.  In 4th Annual PPSKH postgraduate colloquium.

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