Abdul Omar


Institute of Bioscience

Dr AR Omar (ARO), obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia in 1991 and PhD in Cellular Immunology from Cornell University, the USA in 1997. Upon completion his PhD, he joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UPM as a lecturer and was promoted to Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases in 2008. He was also the Deputy Director of Institute Bioscience (IBS) at UPM from 2006 until 2011. In June 2011, he was promoted to Director of IBS. In 2010, one of the labs at IBS, Laboratory of Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics was named the Centre of Excellence in Animal Vaccines and Therapeutics by Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Malaysia. He is also one of the executive board member of Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN). At the Universiti level, he serves as the Chairman of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) since 2014, where he oversees all research activities associated with genetically modified organisms. His research interest is in using biotechnology and immunogenomics approaches in the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics against poultry diseases namely avian influenza and Newcastle disease. We work closely with various agencies and industries related to poultry health and production. He is also President of World Veterinary Poultry Association, Malaysia and serves as regional advisor of Global Alliance for Research on Avian Diseases (GARAD). He published actively in various journals related to poultry health and diseases, which can be accessed via PubMed, NCBI site using search name Omar AR.

Research interests

1. Virology an Immunology of avian viruses

2. Development of diagnostics and vaccines against poultry pathogens