Associate Professor in Plant Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
BSc (UMalaya), PhD (1999, Liverpool)
Tel: +6-08258 3038 / 3199
Deputy Dean (Postgraduate and Research), Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Director, Centre of Excellence for Sago Research (CoESAR)
My research interests are in molecular genetics and plant transformation.
Plant Molecular Genetics – Main study of our research group is the transcriptomics of plants such as Metroxylon sagu (sago palm), Morinda citrifolia, Orthosiphon aristatus and Piper spp. Our research group interest includes the control of starch biosynthesis, factors involved in flowering process and waterlogging tolerance of sago palm. We are currently analysing several tissue-specific transcriptome database of sago palm.
Our group is also involved in expression and regulatory study of various stress responses and plant defense against pathogens. Several candidates genes such as the alcohol dehydrogenase, isochorismate synthase and chitinase, are currently being studied by the research group members. Research activities includes the isolation of genes from selected plant models, characterisation of genes and its protein via transient expression using prokaryote and eukaryote models.
Plant Transformation – Another research interest is in establishing the transformation protocol for several plants, including sago palm and Morinda citrifolia, and transient expression of transgenes to look at integration and expression of foreign genes into plants.
The research group currently have openings for MSc and PhD. Please
for further details.
Current research area openings:
1) Promoter analysis - regulatory resequences derived from alcohol dehydrogenase gene of sago palm [PhD program]
2) Isolation and characterisation of selected full length cDNA of genes involved in plant defenses [MSc program]
Selected publications - Refereed Journals
Roslan H.A., Salter M.G., Wood C.D., White M.R.H., Croft K.P., Robson F., Coupland G., Doonan J., Laufs P., Tomsett A.B. and Caddick M.X. 2001. Characterisation of the Ethanol Inducible alc Gene Expression System in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal 28(2): pp225-235
Tan Sia Hong and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2008. Cloning of a near complete Isochorismate synthase (ICS) cDNA from Morinda citrifolia L. Pertanika Journal of Tropical and Agricultural Science. 31(1): 101 - 105
Hairul Azman Roslan, Yasotha Sundaraj and Awang Ahmad Sallehin Awang Husaini. 2008. Multiple forms of alcohol dehydrogenase (Adh) genes in sago palm: A preliminary study. BANWA – Academic Journal of the University of the Philippines at Mindanao. Banwa 5(1): 29-40
Awang Ahmad Sallehin Awang Husaini, Hairul Azman Roslan, Katherine Hii Suh Yiing and Ang Chung Huap. 2008. Biodegradation of aliphatic hydrocarbon by indigenous fungi isolated from used motor contaminated sites. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 24:2789–2797 DOI:10.1007/s11274-008-9806-3
Hairul Azman Roslan, Nur Hafizah Azizan and Rosmawati Saat. 2009. DNA polymorphism of D1S80 locus in Malay sample population of Sarawak. Sains Malaysiana 38(2): 143–147
Hairul Azman Roslan, Chua Suk Ngo and Sepiah Muid. 2010. Genetic Diversity of Penicillium species isolated from various sources in Sarawak, Malaysia. Journal of Cell and Molecular Biology. 7(2): 13–23
Isa Ipor, Cheksum Tawan, Niels Jacobsen, Suwidji Wongso, Takashige Idei, Nurul Hafizah Muhd Ariff and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2010. Genotyping natural hybrids of Cryptocoryne purpurea in Borneo and Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation. 7: 81–86
Hairul Azman Roslan, Wee Ching Ching, Hazrina Ilyas and Yasotha Sundaraj. 2010. Alcohol dehydrogenase gene in sago palm. National Biotechnology Seminar NBS2010. Online publication. http://www.biotek.gov.my/nbs2010
Ahmad Husaini, Faisalina Ahmad Fisol, Liew Chia Yun, Mohd Hasnain Hussain, Sepiah Muid and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011. Lignocellulolytic Enzymes Produced by Tropical White Rot Fungi during Biopulping of Acacia mangium Wood Chips. Journal of Biochemical Technology. 3(2): 245-250
Hairul Azman Roslan and Syahrul Bariyah Anji. 2011. Characterization of inflorescence-predominant chitinase gene in Metroxylon sagu via differential display. 3Biotech 1(1): 27-33 (Online First™, 2 May 2011). DOI:10.1007/s13205-011-0004-x
Chia Yun Liew, Ahmad Husaini, Hasnain Hussain, Sepiah Muid, Kang Chiang Liew and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011. Lignin Biodegradation and Ligninolytic Enzyme Studies during Biopulping of Acacia mangium Wood Chips by Tropical White Rot Fungi. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 27(6): 1457-1468. DOI: 10.1007/s11274-010-0598-x
Hairul Azman Roslan, Jessie Ann Sim Chiew Ling and Rosmawati Saat. 2011. Allele Frequency Distribution of Hypervariable D17S5 Locus in Sarawak Modern Chinese Sample Community. Borneo Journal of Resource Science and Technology. 1(1): 24-27
Ang Chung Huap, Awang Ahmad Sallehin Awang Husaini and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011. Hot Phenol Extraction of Total RNA from Thermoascus aurantiacus and the Expression of a Thermostable Xylanase Gene. Borneo Journal of Resource Science and Technology. 1(1): 56-58
Wee Ching Ching and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012. Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) from young leaves of Metroxylon sagu. 3Biotech (48) (Online First™, 6 March 2012). DOI 10.1007/s13205-012-0048-6
Wee Ching Ching and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012. Isolation of alcohol dehydrogenase cDNA and basal regulatory region from Metroxylon sagu. ISRN Molecular Biology. Volume 2012, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.5402/2012/839427
Yap Chin Ann, Angela Tida Henry, Awang Ahmad Sallehin and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2013. Molecular and biochemical characterization of antifungal antibiotic of Bacillus species isolated from different pepper farms in Malaysia. Journal of Pepper Industry. Volume 4(2), Jul-Dec 2012. ISSN: 1829-6858
Lee Jong Jen, Safarina Ahmad and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2013. Transformation of Morinda citrifolia via simple mature seed imbibition method. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences. April 2013 Online publication. ISSN: 1028-8880 / DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013
Selected publications - Proceedings
Mastura Binti Sani and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012.
Heterologous Expression of Alcohol Dehydrogenase (msAdh1) in Bacterial System. 2nd ASEAN Sago Symposium. 29th – 30th October 2012, UNIMAS.
Nurul ‘Izzati binti Chik and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012.
Construction of Metroxylon sagu Cysteine Protease cDNA into expression vector pET41a+. 2nd ASEAN Sago Symposium. 29th – 30th October 2012, UNIMAS.
Ngieng Ngui Sing, Awang Ahmad Sallehin Awang Husaini*, Azham Zulkharnain and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012.
Remazol brilliant blue R (RBBR) dye decolourization by the fungus Marasmius cladophyllus MS8 and its ligninolytic enzymes. 19th MSMBB Scientific Meeting.
Chai Suk Phin and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012.
Construction and Expression of Isochorismate synthase cDNA in Bacterial System. The 4th Regional Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics (NTrop4).
N. N. Sing, Awang Ahmad Sallehin A.H, Azham Zulkharnain and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2012.
Decolourization of synthetic dyes by endophytic fungi isolated from Melastoma malabathricum. The 4th Regional Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics (NTrop4).
Dayang Syahreeny A.M., Awang Ahmad Sallehin A.H., Hairul Azman R., Ismail J. 2012.
Kenaf retting using Ceratocystis paradoxa UMAS-PG3. The 4th Regional Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics (NTrop4).
Un Siew Yien, Hairul Azman Roslan and Sim Soon Liang. 2011.
Differential Display Technique to Study Plant Defense Response of Piper colubrinum Against Phytophthora capsici. 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress.
Nabella Holling and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011.
An inducible gene-trap system for use in tomato seed transformation. 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress.
Zuliza Binti Ahmad and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011.
Amplification of hydroxyphenylpyruvate reductase (HPPR) cDNA in Orthosiphon aristatus. 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress.
Jerry Gerunsin and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011.
Isolation and Molecular characterization of Partial cDNA Fructose-1,6-bisphophate aldolase (FBA) from Sago Palm Leaves. 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress.
Liyana Ismail and Hairul Azman Roslan. 2011.
Reconstruction of Chitinase cDNA via PCR method. 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress.
N.N. Sing, A.A.S.A. Husaini, H.A. Roslan, A. Zulkharnain and Z. Assim. 2011.
Screening and identification of pentachlorophenol (PCP) tolerant fungus. 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress.
Noorhidayah Mut, Rosmawati Saat, Awang Ahmad Sallehin Awang Husaini, Cirilo Nolasco Hipolito, Octavio Carvajal Zarrabal, Mohd Hasnain Md Hussain, Azham Zulkharnain, Hairul Azman Roslan and Kopli Bujang. 2011.
Midas Touch: Turning Waste into “Gold”. Bioconversion of Sago Hampas to Fermentable Sugars with Zero Discharge. UNIMAS R&D Expo 2011. SILVER MEDAL.