Professor Datuk Dr. A Rahman A Jamal
Senior Principal Research Fellow (UMBI) & Project Leader of The Malaysian Cohort (TMC)
Professor Datuk Dr. A Rahman A Jamal is a professor of paediatric haematology, oncology and molecular biology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He was the founding director (2003-2017) and now a senior principal research fellow of the UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI). He is also an honorary professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. He is the project leader for The Malaysian Cohort and the Cohort Biobank, the largest in South-East Asia. He was the project director for the UKM Specialist Children’s Hospital (2010-2019) and the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the UKM Kuala Lumpur campus (2017-2021). His research interests include cancers, other non-communicable diseases, and cohort studies. He has over 200 indexed publications. One of his latest projects is The Cancer Genome Atlas Malaysia for colorectal cancer. He is involved in two MRC UK-Malaysia research projects on diabetes and obesity. He is the chairman of National Stem Cell Committee for Ethics in Research and Therapy, Ministry of Health (MOH), a committee member for the Thalassaemia Control Programme (MOH), and member of the National Clinical Trials Committee MOH. He is a fellow of the Academy Sciences of Malaysia and heads a task force for a Precision Medicine Initiative. He is a board member for the Clinical Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd and UKM Kesihatan Berhad. He is a member of the Asia Cohort Consortium, Committee for Longitudinal Population Studies (Welcome Trust UK), International 100K Cohort Consortium, and the International Commission for Human Germline Genome Editing (National Academy of Sciences USA and Royal Society UK). He has given more than 170 invited lectures including plenary and keynote lectures. He has published more than 200 journal articles (Scopus and ISI). During this Covid-19 pandemic, he is the chairman of the task force for the MOHE-MOSTI collaboration to set up Covid-19 testing labs in the universities to help increase the capacity of testing of MOH samples.