Health, Science & Technology

Understanding molecular microbial ecology towards sustainable agriculture production


1.  The University of Sydney, Australia 
2. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego
Globetrotting in the Name of Sustainable Aquaculture
Dr Natrah Ikhsan holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Aquaculture at the Faculty of Agriculture, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), and serves as an Associate Researcher in the Laboratory of Marine Biotechnology at the Institute of Bioscience and the International Institute of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, UPM. 
More notably, she is the Vice President of the Malaysian Fisheries Society for the term 2018/2020 and holds the role of Treasurer in the World Aquaculture Society-Asia Pacific Chapter.
Unlocking aquatic secrets
Specialising in aquatic microbial ecology, Dr Natrah’s research focuses on understanding the interaction between bacteria and algae for aquaculture applications, employing quorum quenching and quorum sensing approaches. 
Actively engaged in aquaculture societies, she has organised seminars, conferences (local & international), and industry meetings. Additionally, she has contributed to quarterly FISHMAIL magazines and technical publications. In 2017, she served on the steering committee appointed by the World Aquaculture Society for organising the Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2017 conference in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Learning from the best in the field
During her first attachment at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) Dr Natrah attended the workshop of Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation (CMB) Summer Course in Marine Microbial Ecology, hosted by teaching staff and guest lecturers that are an internationally recognised microbial and marine ecologist from SIMS, CMB University New South Wales and other well-known institutions.
In the workshop, she was exposed to diverse research topics in microbial ecology through talks by prominent ecologists, and received hands-on training in phylogenetic analysis software and metagenomic studies. 
Dr Natrah’s second attachment was carried out at the Marine Microbial Ecology lab under the Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Farooq Azam, Distinguished Professor, in the field of Marine Microbial Ecology. 

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