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DEPARTMENT OF FOOD SCIENCES

Dr. Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini

Email: nurulaqilah@ukm.edu.my Phone: +603-8921 5662

Current Position: Senior Lecturer

Specialisation: Bioproses Makanan, Teknologi Fermentasi (Food Bioprocessing, Fermentation Technology)

Biography:
Dr. Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini is a researcher / lecturer in Department of Food Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr Aqilah received her PhD (Food and Nutritional Sciences) from University of Reading, United Kingdom in 2018 in the area of Food Bio-process and Food Biotechnology. Her PhD research was on reutilising Dried Distiller`s Grains with Solubles (DDGS), a by-product from bioethanol industry, to produce D-lactic acid via fermentation and subsequently for poly-D-lactic acid production (PDLA). Currently, Dr. Aqilah`s research focused on bioconversion of food waste / by-product from agricultural industry such as expired drink, palm oil empty fruit bunch and coconut husk to valuable compound such as organic acid and bacterial cellulose via enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation technology for food application.

Qualifications
BSc, MSc (UPMalaysia), PhD (Reading, UK)

Areas of Research

  • Food Bioprocesses
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Microbial Conversion
  • Agricultural Biomass and Waste Re-utilisation

Research/Consultation/Expansion

Publications Journals

  • Nurul Aqilah Binti Mohd Zaini, AfroditiChatzifragkou, DimitrisCharalampopoulos. 2019. Alkaline fractionation and enzymatic saccharification of wheat dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS). Food and Bioproducts Processing 118, 103-113
  • Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Afroditi Chatzifragkou, Viacheslav Tverezovskiy, Dimitris Charalampopoulos. 2019. Purification and polymerisation of microbial D-lactic acid from DDGS hydrolysates fermentation, Biochemical Engineering Journal 150. 107265.
  • Mohammed M. Kurdi Al-Dulaimi, Sahilah Abd. Mutalib, Maaruf Abd. Ghani, Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Ahmad Azuhairi Ariffin. 2019. Multiple Antibiotic Resistance (MAR), Plasmid Profiles, and DNA Polymorphisms among Vibrio vulnificus Isolates. Antibiotics 8, 68.
  • Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Afroditi Chatzifragkou, Dimitris Charalampopoulos. 2019. Microbial production of D-lactic acid from dried distiller’s grains with solubles. Engineering in Life Science 19, 21–30
  • Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Afroditi Chatzifragkou, Dimitris Charalampopoulos. 2018. Lactic acid production from dried distiller’s grains with solubles hydrolysate via co-fermentation of Lactobacillus pentosus and Lactobacillus coryniformis. Malaysian Applied Biology 47(5):173-179.
  • Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Azizah Osman, Azizah Abd Hamid, Afshin Ebrahimpour, Nazamid Saari. 2013. Purification and Characterization of Membrane-Bound Polyphenoloxidase (mPPO) from Snake Fruit [Salacca Zalacca (Gaertn.) Voss]. Food Chemistry 136 (2): 407-414.
  • Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Farooq Anwar, Azizah Abdul Hamid, Nazamid Saari. 2011. Review. Kundur [Benincasa hispida(Thunb.) Cogn.]: A potential source for valuable nutrients and functional foods. Food Research International 44 (7):2368-2376.
  • Sew Chang Chew, Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Farooq Anwar, Azizah Abdul Hamid, Nazamid Saari. 2010. Nutritional Composition and Oil Fatty Acids of Kundur [Benincasa hispida(Thunb.) Cogn.] Seed. Pakistan Journal of Botany 42 (5): 3247-3255.
  • Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini,Hanis Hazeera Harith, Akanbi Taiwo Olusesan, Anwarul Hidayah Zulkifli, Fatimah Abu Bakar,Azizah Osman, Azizah Abd Hamid, Nazamid Saari. 2010. Level of Chemical and Microbiological Contaminations in Chili Bo (Paste). Journal of Food Protection 73 (3): 541-546.

Proceedings

  • Malaysian Society of Applied Biology Symposium on 29th June – 1st July 2018 in Melaka, Malaysia. Lactic Acid Production from Dried Distiller’s Grains with Solubles Hydrolysate via Co-Fermentation of Lactobacillus Pentosus and Lactobacillus Coryniformis (Poster).
  • International Conference of Bioprocess and Fermentation Technology on 21st-22nd June 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation for D-Lactic Acid Production from Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (Oral).
  • International Symposium of Green Chemistry on 13th-19th May 2017 in La Rochelle, France. Alkaline Pretreatment: Effective Approach for Cellulose Digestibility in Dried Distillers Grains with Soluble (Oral).
  • Postgraduate Seminar, Food and Nutritional Sciences Seminar on 15th February 2017 in University of Reading, UK. Alkaline Pretreatment of Wheat DDGS for Improved Cellulose Digestibility (Oral).
  • Doctoral Research Conference 2016 on 23rd June 2016 in University of Reading, UK. Morphological Structure of Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (Research Image Competition).
  • SCI Young Researchers in Agri-Food 2016: Food Quality and Sustainability from Plough to Plate on 12th May 2016 in University of Reading, UK. Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS) as a Potential Substrate for D-Lactic Acid Production (Poster).
  • ‘Exhibition of Invention, Research and Innovation Malaysia 2012 (PRPI 12)’, Universiti Putra Malaysia in 17-19th July 2012 under title “Purification and Characterization of Membrane-bound Polypheoloxidase (mPPO) from Snake fruit” (Poster)
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu 10th International Annual Symposium (UMTAS 2011) in Premai Hotel, Kuala Terengganu, 11 – 13 July 2011 under title “Extraction and some properties of membrane-bound polyphenoloxidase from snake fruit (Salacca zalacca [Gaertn.] Voss)” (Poster).

Book

  • Zawawi Samba Mohamed, Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Irfana Kabir Ahmad. 2019. Pulih (Recovery) in Modul 5R projek kelestarian sekolah: memupuk amalan melalui aktiviti harian sekolah (Panduan Guru). Institut perubahan Iklim (IPI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • Zawawi Samba Mohamed, Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Irfana Kabir Ahmad. 2019. Pulih (Recovery) in Modul 5R projek kelestarian sekolah: memupuk amalan melalui aktiviti harian sekolah (Panduan Murid). Institut perubahan Iklim (IPI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • Saiful Irwan Zubairi, Razalee Sedek, Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Muhammad Adib Samsudin, Khairul Anwar Mastor. 2018. Abstract Book. International Halal Ecosystem Conference (IHEC), Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi, UKM. eISBN: 978-967-2224-17-4.
  • Arnida Hani Teh, Lim Seng Joe, Noorul Syuhada Mohd Razali, Norrakiah Abdullah Sani, Nurul Aqilah Mohd Zaini, Razalee Sedek, Saiful Irwan Zubairi, Wan Aida Wan Mustapha, Zalifah Mohd Kasim. 2018. Buku Siri Penyelidikan Sains Makanan 2018. Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi, UKM. ISBN: 978-967-2224-22-8.

Articles in Antologi/Chapters in Book

Monograph, Working Papers and Non-Periodical Publications

Seminar

Award

  • Consolation prize, PaCo-Pack: A Bio-Cellulose Packaging. UKM-YSD Chair for Sustainable Development: Zero Waste Technology. Sustainability Challenge 2019: Innovation and Invention Competition, 12th Disember 2019. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • Netherfield Travel Award for attending International Conference of Bioprocess and Fermentation Technology in Vienna on 21st - 22nd June 2017
  • RSC Travel Grant for attending International Symposium of Green Chemistry in La Rochelle, Paris on 16th - 19th May 2017
  • Skim Latihan Akademik IPTA (SLAI), Ministry of Education (MoE) receiver to pursue doctoral degree (PhD) in University of Reading, UK from 2014 to 2018.
  • National Science Fellowship (NSF), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) receiver o pursue master’s degree (MSc.) in Universiti Putra Malaysia from 2009 to 2011.
  • Bronze medal in ‘Exhibition of Invention, Research and Innovation Malaysia 2012 (PRPI 12)’, Universiti Putra Malaysia in 17-19th July 2012 under title “Purification and Characterization of Membrane-bound Polypheoloxidase (mPPO) from Snake fruit”.

Supervision

Administrative Services/Committee

Reports: Technical/Research/Consultation

Research Grant

Teaching

  • STKP 1033 Food and Lifestyle
  • STKM2422 Food Chemistry
  • STKM2622 Advance Food Analysis
  • STKM2112 Food Microbiology
  • STKM3322 Scientific Communication
  • STKM3122 Biotechnology and Food Ingredient
  • STKM3023 Food Law, Quality and Safety
  • STKM6023 Protein Product Technology
  • STKM6063 Food Additive Substance
  • STKM6043 Sugar and Chocolate Confection Technology
  • STKM6113 Advance Food Microbiology