Dr Mariatulqabtiah Abdul Razak is a senior lecturer at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, and an interim research associate of the Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She graduated with a first class honours degree for her Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) at Universiti Putra Malaysia back in 2006. Then, she continued her PhD study at Imperial College London, which was fully-funded by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. During her PhD years, she succeeded in carrying the work on the production of recombinant fowlpox viruses coexpressing avian influenza H5 and chicken IL-15 cytokine genes. This project has intrigued her scientific curiosity in the areas of molecular biology, immunology and vaccine development. Upon graduation in 2011, she was appointed as a senior lecturer at UPM until present. She has led several national competitive grants from the Government and currently leading two research projects which are aimed to develop and characterise avian vaccine vectors, i.e. recombinant fowlpox viruses and virus-like particles (e.g. avian papillomavirus, avian polyomavirus), for their structure elucidations, antigenicity, immunogenicity and pathogenicity. More recently, she is involved in the study of nodavirus-like particles displaying the extracellular domain of matrix 2 protein of avian influenza A virus, which were able to protect BALB/C mice against H1N1 and H3N2 infections. Her interest in international networking is evidenced by journal article publications with the United Kingdom and Taiwan collaborators, and catalogue-chapter publications with my United Kingdom and United States colleagues. Being a member in several national and international societies of microbiology and veterinary, also an active presenter in at least one international conference every year, Dr Maria believes in the importance of knowledge and technology acquisition and dissemination across continents.
My research interests are in the areas of molecular biology, immunology, vaccine development. I am fascinated by avian viruses and bacteria; from their molecular structure to the development and characterisation of avian vaccine vectors and rapid diagnostic methods.