Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan.
The Klang-born biotechnologist was recently nominated in the Top 100 most influential people in her particular field. She helped develop resolution for Muslim countries on the use of genetic modifications (GM) through dialogues with religious scholars. She is internationally active in influencing policies, regulations and biotechnology communication to ensure the potential of this field benefits agriculture, medical and industrial sectors.
I am the Executive Director of MABIC and Editor-in-Chief of The Petri Dish: the 1st science newspaper in Malaysia. I won the 2010 TWAS Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science for East, SEA and Pacific Region. As a pioneer in science communication in Malaysia, I built strong network among local and international stakeholders. I serve on several committees related to biotech education, policies and regulations. My interest is also on non-traditional approaches in communicating biotech.
Mahaletchumy Arujanan is a Malaysian scientist of Indian origin. She currently works as an executive director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC).
Arujanan was born in Klang Valley, Malaysia in year 1969 to a Tamil school headmaster. She has a bachelor degree in biochemistry and microbiology from University Putra Malaysia, and a Masters in Biotechnology and PhD in Science Communication from University of Malaya. She joined MABIC in Jan 2003 as a project officer and later took over as the executive director in May 2005. She was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of biotechnology by the 7th edition of The Scientist American Worldwide View: A Global Biotechnology Perspective Journal. She founded the country’s first biotechnology newspaper, The Petri Dish. She is a recipient of 2010 TWAS Regional Prize for Public Understanding of Science for East, Southeast Asia and Pacific Region, and has been listed as one of the prominent women in biotechnology law and regulations by Biotechnology Law Report.
Founder, Agricultural Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran (ABRII)
Researcher in Plant Physiology at University of Milan
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