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 (Professor Dato' Dr.) Abu Bakar Salleh
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Country:
Malaysia

Institution:
Languages:
English, Malay

Areas of expertise:
Biotechnology – Enzyme Technology, Microbial Technology

Biography:
Professor Abu Bakar Salleh was educated at the renowned Royal Military College in Sungai Besi before pursuing his tertiary education in Biochemistry at the University of Western Australia in 1975. He received his Doctorate, a PhD in Biochemistry in 1979 from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom.

Abu Bakar began his teaching career in 1975 as a tutor in UPM. He was appointed as a lecturer in 1979. Nine years later, he was made Associate Professor before being promoted to full Professor in 1994. He held the post of Director of the Bioscience Institute (IBS) from 2001 to August 2004. IBS was set up to bring research excellence to UPM in line with the university’s aspiration to become a research centre of excellence. On September 1st, 2004 he was appointed the first Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Bio-molecular Sciences, the first such faculty in the country. The faculty is expected to act as a catalyst in the development of the country’s biotechnology industry especially in Agro Biotechnology.

On 1st January 2006, Abu Bakar was appointed as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) of Universiti Putra Malaysia, and continues to serve the university as a high-profile researcher as well as an administrator. At the university, his tasks are to manage matters pertaining to research, innovations and commercialisation of research products.

Abu Bakar is a life member of the Malaysian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a former Vice President of the Society. He is also a member of the Malaysian Scientific Association and the Malaysian Society of Applied Biology. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors of SEAMEO-BIOTROP which has its headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

He has been a consultant for MIGHT (2001-2002), involved in the preparation of the National Biotechnology policy (2003 – 2004), the Johore State Biotechnology policy, Strategic Economic Development Plan for Negeri Sembilan (2004) and a member of the Task Force of the Malaysian Genomic Institute (2005 – present) and the Cluster Working Group on Agriculture Biotechnology (MBC, 2006 – present). These are in recognition of his expertise as a resource person in various biotechnology research particularly in enzyme technology, molecular biology and bioprocess technology.

Abu Bakar won several awards and gold medals with his hard work and distinguished efforts in research. He won a gold medal for the research project entitled Chirazim, and a silver medal for MBSofax project at the 33rd Salon International des Inventions des Techniques et Produit Neouvoueaaux, Palexpo Geneva in April 6-10, 2005. At the national level, he has won 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals while at the university level, he has won 9 co-winner medals and 3 fellowships and scholarship awards.

During his academic and professional career, he has published numerous articles, more than 130 papers in refereed journals. In addition, he has produced 280 proceedings/abstracts and 14 book chapters and 2 books. He has also filed 11 patents in Malaysia, 3 in Singapore, 3 in the USA and 1 each in Europe and Japan.

Being a prolific researcher, he is working on several research projects, namely the Development of Yeast System for producing industrially important enzymes – MOSTI MGI, the study on the Effect of Modification on Protein Function – MOSTI MGI, the Development of Biosensor for Detection of Specific Preservatives in Food and Food Products – NBD MGI, Structural Studies of Chemically Modified Geobacillus sp. Strain T1 Thermostable Lipase – FRGS and Expression and Structural Studies of L2 Lipase – Science Fund. Together with his research team, he has supervised 17 PhD, 35 MS students, and currently supervising more than 40 post-graduate students.

Professor Abu Bakar Salleh has always given excellent services to UPM. He is highly respected by his peers because of his leadership and dedication. He is always open to ideas and suggestions from colleagues and is also very approachable. He is a source of reference due to his vast experience in teaching at all levels. He is also a panel member of the National Accreditation Board. Professor Abu Bakar leads the way for future generations.

Publications:
1. Norazizah Shafee, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Abu Bakar Salleh, Salihah Muhamad and Mahiran Basri (2006). Isolation and Characterization of a new Bacillus cereus strain 146: An Alkaline Protease Producer. Annal Microbiology Annal. Microbiology 56: 29-34

2. Salina Mat Radzi, Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, Arbakariya Ariff, Rosfarizan Mohammad, Mohd. Basyaruddin Abd Rahman and Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman (2006) Optimisation Study of Large Scale Enzymatic Synthesis of Liquid Wax Ester by Response Surface Methodlogy. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 81, 374-380

3. Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Lee Poh Geok, Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, (2006) An Organic Solvent-Stable Alkaline Protease from Pseudomonas Aeroginosa Strain K: eNzyme Purification and Characterization. Enzyme Microbiol. Technol. 39: 1484-1491

4. Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Lee Poh Geok, Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, (2006) Biodegradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contamination by Immobilizaed Bacterial Cells. Jornal of Microbiology 44:354-359

5. Moohamad Ropaning Sulong, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abdul Rahman, Abu Bakar Salleh, Mahiran Basri (2006) Comparison Studies of Intra and Extracellular Expression of A Novel Organic Solvent Tolerant Lipase From Bacillus sphaericus 205y. Protein Purification and Expression. 49:190-195

6. Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman, Syarul Natagain Baharum, Abu Bakar Salleh and Mahiran Basri (2006) S5 Lipase: An Organic Solvent Tolerant Enzyme. Journal of Microbiology. (in press)

7. Leow Thean Chor, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman, Mahiran Basri and Abu Bakar Salleh (2006) High Temperature Crystallization of Thermostable T1 Lipase. Crystal Growth & Design (in press)

8. Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, Abu Bakar Salleh, Mahiran Basri (2006) Lipases: Introduction. In Abu Bakar Salleh, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman and Mahiran Basri , (2006) New Lipases and Protease, Nova Science Publisher, Inc. New York, ISBN: 1-60021-068-6.pp.1-22

9. Abu Bakar Salleh, Che Nonya Abdul Razak, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman and Mahiran Basri (2006) Protease Introduction. In Abu Bakar Salleh, Raja Noor Raja Abd. Rahman, and Mahiran Basri, (2006) New Lipases and Proteases, Nova Science Publisher, Inc. New York, ISBN: 1-60021-068-6 pp. 23-39

10. Abu Bakar Salleh, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman, and Mahiran Basri, (2006) New Lipases, Nova Science Publisher, Inc. New York, ISBN:1-60021-068-6

11. Mahiran Basri, Soo Ee Lin and Abu Bakar Salleh (2005) Specialty Esters Alternative Green Synthesis Process, UPM Press, ISBN 983-287184-0

12. Salina Mat Radzi, Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, Arbakariya Ariff, Rosfarizan Mohammad, Mohd Basyaruddin Abd. Rahman, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman (2005). High Performance Enzymatic Synthesis of Oleyl Oleate Using Immobilised Lipase from Candida antartica. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, 8 (3), pp.291-298

13. Salina Mat Radzi, Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, Arbakariya Ariff, Rosfarizan Mohammad, Mohd Basyaruddin Abd. Rahman and Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman, (2005), Optimisation Study of Large Scale Enzymatic Synthesis of Oleoyl oleate, a Liquid Wax Ester by Response Surface Methodology. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 81,374-380

14. Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman, Mohd Basharuddin Abd Rahman (2005). Lipase Catalysed Synthesis of Palm-Based Specialty Oleochemicals. Current Topics in Catalysis, 4, 23-41

15. Bimo Ario Tejo, Abu Bakar Salleh, Juergen Pleiss (2004) Structure and Dynamics of Candida rugosa Lipase: The Role of Organic Solvent J. Molecular Modeling, 10, 538-366

16. Salina Mat Radzi, Mahiran Basri, Abu Bakar Salleh, Arbakariya Ariff, Rosfarizan Mohammad, Mohd Basyaruddin Abd Rahman, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman (2005) Large Scale Production of Liquid Wax Ester by Immobilized Lipase. J Oleo Science, 54,(4): 203-209

17. Soo, E. L., A.B. Salleh, M Basri, R.N.Z.A. Rahman and K. Kamaruddin (2004) Response Surface Methodological Study on Lipase-Catalyzed Synthesis of Amino Acid Surfactants. Proc. Biochem. 39, 1511-1518 (JIF =0.77)

18. Ee Lin Soo, Abu Bakar Salleh, Mahiran Basri, Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd. Rahman and Kamarulzaman Kamaruddin (2003) Optimization of Enzyme-catalyzed Synthesis of Amino Acid-Based Surfactants from Palm Oil Fractions. J Biosci & Bioeng. 95(4), 361-367 (JIF=0.75)

19. Baharum, S.N., A.B. Salleh, C.N.A. Razak, M. Basri, M.B.A. Rahman and R.N.Z.R.A. Rahman (2003) Organics Solvent Tolerant Lipase by Pseudomonas sp. strain S5: Stability of Enzyme in Organic Solvent and Physical Affecting its pProduction. Ann. Microbiol. 53, 75-83 (JIF=0.74)

20. Abu Bakar Salleh, Farinazleen Mohamad Ghazali, Raja Noor Zaliha Abd. Rahman, Mahiran Basri. (2003) Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Pollutions. Indian J Biotechnol. 2, 411-425.

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