CCB USM NEW PUBLICATION
CCB USM NEW PUBLICATION
EDUCATION MINISTER II'S VISIT TO THE RESEARCH UNIVERSITY CARNIVAL
Saturday, 14 June 2014 – The Research University Carnival was held at SAINS@USM IN Bukit Jambul to showcase the successes of the five research universities in the country, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). An industry forum was also held in conjunction, and Education Minister II Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh was invited as one of the panellists. He also visited various exhibition booths and gave away prizes to the winners of the inaugural Innovation Challenge, which involved more than 200 students from schools and colleges in Penang.
The Centre for Chemical Biology (CCB) took part in organizing one of the interactive programmes, "Welcome to the Microbe's World". Our researcher Dr Go Furusawa showed the students microorganisms present in samples taken from yogurt, Yakult, cheese, a lake in USM, the sea, as well as bacterial samples cultured in the laboratory.
A WARM WELCOME TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR. YAHYA MAT ARIP
Centre for Chemical Biology would like to wish a very warm welcome to Associate Professor Dr. Yahya Mat Arip for joining CCB USM. His attachment in CCB is to familiarize himself with the current bioinformatics technology. His training and research in CCB would focus on microbial genome, particularly in bacteriophage diversity.
Bacteriophage is the most abundant entities after bacteria. The bacteriophage maintains the bacteria ecology and population in a delicate dynamic relationship that in turn influence the various cycles, i.e., carbon and ions for a sustainable earth ecology. Complete genome information on these bacteriophages would certainly contribute to the addition of bacteriophages listed in the database of International Committee for Taxonomy of Virus (ICTV) which currently contains about six thousand bacteriophage species.
MOROCCAN TRADE DELEGATION VISIT
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 – Centre for Chemical Biology(CCB) and Centre for Herbal Standardization (CHEST) received a visit from 20-members of Moroccan Trade Delegation, organized by International Trade Center (ITC) in collaboration with Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) Penang.
The delegation was led by Mr. Sadiq Syed, Programme Coordinator of ITC, which the objective of the visit was to meet up with halal research centre focusing on herbs and natural products.
Also present during the visit were Y.Bhg. Professor Dato’ Omar Osman, Vice Chancellor of USM and Professor Muhamad Jantan, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation. Vice Chancellor gave his welcoming remarks to all delegation members, followed by overview of CCB, CHEST and Sains@USM by Mr. Izam Fairus, the Head of CHEST. The visit continued with a lab tour of CHEST.