The drug discovery and diagnostic (3D) research cluster was established in 2015. The cluster primarily focuses on performing research on resources derived from Malaysia's rich biodiversity found in the sea, land, and atmosphere. Our cluster anticipates member collaborations for research enhancement, as well as connections with groups across UMP and external organisations at both the national and international levels. Our natural product experts are capable of screening natural resources such as medicinal plants for significant biological activities and consequently standardising the procedures of extraction, fractionation and isolation of pharmaceutical lead compounds. The mechanism or mode of action at cellular or molecular level of these samples can be further investigated by our “omics” scientists using their respective tools. Ideally, functional group modifications or complete synthetic build up can be achieved with the know-how inherent by our organic synthesis scientists. Our group's capability does not end here, but rather continues with contributions from the diagnostic discipline, which utilizes state-of-the-art biosensors to study the interaction of lead compounds with physiological biomolecules. This is just one example of how we can work together to provide a comprehensive overview of our capabilities. Without a doubt, each of these disciplines has great potential and achievement on its own.


  • Utilizing expertise in four disciplines of studies i.e. omics, diagnostics, natural products and organic chemistry to enhance health and wealth of mankind.
  • Constantly acquiring knowledge in science to innovate, invent or discover effective drugs or efficient diagnostics.
  • Bridging laboratory to healthcare or other industries seamlessly


To be a renowned group with world class research in converting natural resources (e.g. standardized plants extracts or lead compounds or cells or enzymes etc.) contained in the rich biodiversity of Malaysia into efficacious yet safe herbal drugs, better pharmaceutical drugs or highly sorted biosensors.


  • Omics
  • Diagnostics
  • Natural Products
  • Organic Chemistry


Dr. Tay Joo HuiHead of Cluster
Dr. Hajar Fauzan bin AhmadPIC Publication
Dr. Ahmad Mahfuz bin GazaliPIC Publication
Dr. Noor Suhana binti AdzaharPIC Grant
Dr. Normaiza binti ZamriPIC Postgraduate
Mdm Nurul Nadiah binti HamidonPIC Postgraduate
Prof. Dr. Jayarama Reddy Venugopal
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aizi Nor Mazila binti Ramli
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazrulrizawati binti Abd Hamid
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jaya Vejayan A/L Palliah
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nina Suhaity binti Azmi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saiful Nizam bin Tajuddin
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tan Suat Hian
Dr. Aini Norhidayah binti Mohamed
Dr. Hong Pui Khoon
Dr. Lee Chin Mei
Dr. Mohd Fadhlizil Fasihi bin Mohd Aluwi
Dr. Nazikusabbah binti Zaharudin
Dr. Shariza binti Jamek
Mr. Mohd Hairul bin Ab. Rahim
Mr. Muhammad Adam Lee bin Abdullah