Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia
Syafinaz Amin-Nordin is currently a Professor in Medical Microbiology at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM and Deputy Director (Clinical Support) and Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at Hospital Pengajar UPM. She has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is also supervising postgraduate students and the training of medical doctors who will become clinical microbiologists. She completed her medical degree (MBChB) in 1999 and Master of Higher Education, in 2016, at University of Otago, New Zealand. She completed specialist training as a clinical microbiologist at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2009 (equivalent to Doctor of Pathology).
Her research interests include pathogenesis of infections, host-immune response, and infection control. Syafinaz is also into medical education and health communication. She has experience collaborating with professionals from multidisciplines to solve problems in clinical microbiology. She has led projects amounting to more than RM1 million. As a former head of department, she led the department members in the setting up of a molecular laboratory at Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 and genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 and multiresistant bacteria. Syafinaz is active in professional societies such as BactiVac Network (UK), Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy and College of Pathologists, Academy of Medicine Malaysia. She is an expert contributor to a document for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, on Group B Streptococcus in freshwater fish.