B.Sc. (Hons) Forensic Science (Universiti Sains Malaysia) 2004
M.A. Archaeology (Universiti Sains Malaysia) 2009
Ph.D. Biology (University of Leeds) 2014
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Phylogeography, Orang Asli, mitochondrial DNA, phylogenetics, prehistoric human movements, human burial, physical anthropology, ancient DNA.
I studied Forensic Science for my first degree in Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2000-2004. I then worked in Hospital Ipoh and Hospital Pulau Pinang as a Forensic Science Officer between 2004 – 2009. In 2009, I received my Master's degree in Archaeology from USM, and I completed PhD in Biology from the University of Leeds in 2014. I have since been working at the Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR), Universiti Sains Malaysia.
At CGAR, I teach topics on prehistoric human burial, palaeoanthropology, sampling method and basic statistics for undergraduates. I am co-supervising one master’s student and three PhD students. My main research interest is led by my PhD work in archaeogenetics, where I studied the prehistoric human movements and settlements in the region of Southeast Asia and beyond by the means of molecular genetics. The study of archaeogenetics is made possible by using a uniparental marker that we inherit from our mothers, i.e. mitochondrial DNA. Hence, we could learn a great deal by looking at a sample of population from a particular region, which is otherwise loss due to the passing of our ancestors. My research interests include phylogeography, Orang Asli, mitochondrial DNA, phylogenetics, prehistoric human movements, human burial, physical anthropology, ancient DNA.