Welcome on Board the New Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) UTM

JOHOR BAHRU, 16 June — The Department of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) welcomes and congratulates Prof. Dr. Rosli Md Illias on his appointment as the Deputy Vice – Chancellor (Research and Innovation) starting June 15, 2021.

The Department of Deputy Vice – Chancellor (Research & Innovation) is very committed to the new management leadership and will continue to ensure that UTM’s research is always competitive and moves forward in line with the Malaysian government’s planning and UTM’s direction.

Hopefully with this appointment, UTM research will continue to advance and progress.



Prof. Dr. Rosli Md Illias is a Professor of Molecular Enzymology in the School of Chemical and Energy Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with honours from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1992.

In 1994, he pursued his study at the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, Edinburgh University, Scotland, United Kingdom and was awarded with PhD in the area of Molecular Genetic in 1997. The main courses of teaching and learning are in the area of microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry.

His research interest covers the manipulation and genetic engineering of DNA for enzymes design and expression that lead to the discovery of enzymes and biocatalysts for bioconversion of biomass.

He has supervised 21 PhD candidates and 25 MSc candidates to completion as main supervisor. His experience in postgraduate supervision has been recognized as he was appointed as an examiner for 40 PhD candidates at various universities in Malaysia.

He is actively involved in Biotechnology based projects at national and international level that worth more than RM 13 million. He leads more than 40 Biotechnology based research projects including one with Petronas Research. He has also published more than 190 papers in indexed publication especially those with high impact factors. In addition, he has been granted two patents and have filed eleven as inventor and co-inventor.

Prof. Rosli is a well-known academia within the Biotechnology research communities in Malaysia specializing in Enzyme Technology. He was a fellow to the Malaysia Genome Institute, a research centre under Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). He was involved with the planning and execution of Special Program and Research Project under the Institute not only with other universities nationally, but also with international partners such as Monash University in Australia, Groningen University in Netherland and Concodia University in Montral, Canada. At the international level, he is a member of American Society of Microbiology. He is also a member of Malaysian Society of Microbiology and Malaysian Applied Biology Society. His vast experience in biotechnology has been recognized as he was designated as one of the expert panels for Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and also Ministry of Higher Education. He was also appointed as an external examiner and panel of academic programs in UKM, UPM, UIA and UMK. He was currently elected as one of task force members by the Academy of Science Malaysia to review the National Biotechnology Policy for Malaysia Government.

His most prestigious recognition on his expertise, contribution and leadership came into picture when he was elected as a Fellow of The Academy of Science Malaysia recently.


Prof Rosli has more than 25 years of combined experience in academic, research and university management. He joined Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1992 as a tutor. He has vast experience as an academic administrator, as he started to contribute as Head of Bioprocess Engineering Department in 1998 to 2002, just after 3 months finishing his PhD study. He was then appointed as Dean of Faculty of BioScience in 2010. Currently he is the Chair of Research Alliance for Health and Wellness to look into the research management, strategic planning and execution of research and innovation under the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation.  He acquires vast exposure in university management ranging from academic and research development to human resources. He believes in the importance of Scholarly Excellence and inspires a shared vision among the university staff that must be based on UTM core value and DNA which are integrity, synergy, excellence and sustainable.