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(Professor Dr.) Mohd Ali Hassan

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Country:
Malaysia

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Languages:
English, Malay

Areas of expertise:
Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology

Biography:
Mohd Ali Hassan was born on 3 April 1958. After receiving his early education, he entered Oxford College of Further Education, UK, to do his ‘A’ Levels with a scholarship from the Malaysian government. He graduated from University of Leeds, UK in Chemical Engineering in 1980 and was accepted as a Tutor at the Department of Food Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM, then known as University Pertanian Malaysia).

He pursued his higher studies in MS Food Engineering by coursework at the Department of Food Science, University of Leeds from 1981-1982. In 1982, he was appointed as a permanent academic staff member of the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, UPM.

His research area then was on spray drying of foods. With a small research grant provided by UPM, he developed the process for producing spray-dried coconut milk which made the national headlines after the Vice Chancellor announced it during the Convocation that brought fame to UPM in 1984. The Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, wrote a letter to congratulate him and UPM for developing the technology.

In 1987, he did his Masters of Philosophy at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK. Upon returning to UPM, he joined the newly formed Department of Biotechnology. From 1992-1995, he was involved with the UPM-JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Joint Research Program; initially with the Enzyme and Fermentation Technology Research Group and later entrusted with heading the Bioprocess Engineering Research Group. In 1992 and 1994, he undertook research attachments at Prof. Kazuhiro Nakanishi’s laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University, Japan, each for a period of 2-3 months.

In 1993, he obtained the Asian Development Bank Award and Scholarship to undertake a three month research attachment in Prof. Johannes Tramper’s bioprocess engineering laboratory at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands. In 1997, he obtained his PhD from Okayama University in the area of Environmental Biotechnology.

He has 15 years of teaching and research experience and has published 50 refereed journal papers. In 1997, he was promoted to the post of Associate Professor and in December 2002, he was promoted to the post of Professor in UPM in the field of Environmental Biotechnology. Then, in March 2007, he was appointed as Dean, Faculty of Biotechnology, UPM. He has supervised 5 PhD, 6 Master and 7 undergraduate students. In recognition of his expertise, over the years he has been appointed as external examiners for PhD and MS thesis and an external assessor in a few universities in Malaysia.

He has received the Excellent Service Award/Recognition from the university ten times – from 1996 until 2005. The highlight of his career was winning the Silver Medal at the prestigious International Invention Competition held in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2001. He received the Silver Medal at the International Invention and Design Competition (ITEX) 2000 held in Kuala Lumpur. He won the Gold Medal in the UPM R&D Project between UPM, Kyushu Institute of Technology and FELDA Palm Industries Sdn. Bhd.

In a nutshell, his major achievement are published 50 journal papers, 1 patent approved, 2 Book Chapters, 2 International Awards, 2 Processes Commercialised, 12 Research Projects Completed, 10 PhD Students Graduated (5 as Main Supervisor), 30 Master Students Graduated (15 as Main Supervisor), 2 International Linkages (KIT, Japan and MIT, USA), 1 International Committee (Biomass Asia Association), 3 International Expert Panel (Syngenta, AIST and MAFF, Japan), 4 National Expert Panel (MOSTI and MoHE), 1 National President (Malaysian Society for Microbiology) and 8 Consultancies.

http://www.biotech.upm.edu.my

Publications:
1.*Hassan, M.A. and Idris, I. (1985). Production of spray-dried coconut milk powder. Pertanika Journal of Tropical and Agricultural Science, 8(1), 127-130.

2.*Hassan, M.A., Hashim, D.M. and Rahman, R.A. (1985). Heat transfer to liquid nitrogen droplets during cryogenic freezing of foods. Pertanika Journal of Tropical and Agricultural Science, 8(1), 79-88.

3.Jamilah, B., Hassan, M.A. and Ahmad, A. (1988). Storage stability of coconut milk powder. Journal of Science in Food and Agriculture, 43, 95-100.

4.Hassan, M.A., Ismail, F., Yamamoto, S., Yamada, H. and Nakanishi, K. (1995). Enzymatic synthesis of galactosyl kojic acid with immobilised -galactosidase from Bacillus circulans. Journal of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 59(3), 543-545.

5.*Hassan, M.A. and Wase, D.A.J. (1996). Effect of zinc on the performance of upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors. Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 4(1), 13-19.

6.*Hassan, M.A., Nik Sin, N.D., Abdul Ghani, B. and Abdul Karim, M.I. (1996). Correlation between volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient and power requirement in citric acid fermentation by Aspergillus niger. Pertanika Journal of Tropical and Agricultural Science, 18(3), 183-186.

7.Ariff, A.B., Salleh, M.S., Hassan, M.A., Rusul, G. and Karim, M.I.A. (1996). Aeration and yeast extract requirements for kojic acid production by Asp. flavus Link. Journal of Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 19, 545-550.

8.Hassan, M.A., Shirai, Y., Kusubayashi, N., Abdul Karim, M.I., Nakanishi, K. and Hashimoto, K.(1996). Effect of organic acid profiles during anaerobic treatment of palm oil mill effluent on the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates by Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering, 82(2), 151-156.

9.*Hassan, M.A., Ismail, F., Ariff, A. and Abdul Karim, M.I. (1996). Relationship between oxygen transfer rate and power input in citric acid fermentation by Candida lipolytica. ASEAN Food Journal, 11(2), 65-68.

10. Madihah, M.S., Ariff, A., Hassan, M.A., Rusul, G. and Abdul Karim, M.I. (1996). Enhanced kojic acid production by Aspergillus flavus Link in growth medium containing methanol. ASEAN Food Journal, 11(4), 158-162.

11. *Hassan, M.A., Mat Zin, N., Abdul Malik, R. and Abdul Karim, M.I. (1997). Start-up and treatment of palm oil mill effluent with UASB reactors. Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 5(1), 6-10.

12. Hassan, M.A., Shirai, Y., Kusubayashi, N.,Abdul Karim, M.I., Nakanishi, K. and Hashimoto, K. (1997). The production of polyhydroxybutyrate from anaerobically treated palm oil mill effluent by Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering, 83(5), 485-488.

13. Hassan, M.A., Shirai, Y., Inagaki, M., Abdul Karim, M.I., Nakanishi, K. and Hashimoto, K. (1997). Economic analysis on production of bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates from palm oil mill effluent. Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, 30(4), 751-755.

14. Hassan, M.A., Shirai, Y., Umeki, H., Abdul Karim, M.I., Nakanishi, K. and Hashimoto, K. (1997). Acetic acid separation from anaerobically treated palm oil mill effluent for the production of polyhydroxybutyrate by Alcaligenes eutrophus. Journal of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, 61(9), 1465-1468.

15. Umikalsom, M.S., Ariff, A.B., Shamsuddin, Z.H., Tong, C.C., Hassan, M.A. and Karim, M.I.A. (1997). Production of cellulase by a wild strain of Chaetomium globosum using delignified oil palm empty fruit bunch fibre as substrate. Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 47, 590-595.

16. Yamamoto, S., Nakanishi, K. and Hassan, M.A. (1997). Chromatographic separation of galactosylkojic acid. Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering, 84(1), 82-85.

17. Umikalsom, M.S., Ariff, A.B., Shamsuddin, Z.H., Tong, C.C., Hassan, M.A. and Karim, M.I.A. (1997). Treatment of palm oil empty fruit bunch fibre for subsequent use as substrate for cellulase production by Chaetomium globosum strain 441. Journal of Bioresource Technology, 62, 1-9. 18.

18. Hassan, M.A., Shirai, Y., Kubota, A., Abdul Karim, M.I., Nakanishi, K. and Hashimoto, K. (1998). The effect of oligosaccharides on glucose consumption by Rhodobacter sphaeroides in polyhydroxyalkanoate production from enzymatically treated crude sago starch. Journal of Fermentation and Bioengineering, 86(1), 57-61.

19. Rosfarizan, M., Ariff, A.B., Hassan, M.A. and Karim, M.I.A. (1998). Kojic acid production by Aspergillus flavus using gelatinised and hydrolysed sago starch as carbon sources. Journal of Folia Microbiology, 43(5), 459-464.

20. Umikalsom, M.S., Ariff, A.B., Hassan, M.A. and Karim, M.I.A. (1998). Kinetics of cellulase production by Chaetomium globosum at different levels of dissolved oxygen tension using oil palm empty fruit bunch fibre as substrate. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 14, 491-498.

*(a full list of publications will be available on request)
 
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