Dr Nor Zaihana Abdul Rahman - Lecturer

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Academic qualification :

  • BSc Biotechnology (Molecular biology;UPM),
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Microbiology (UiTM),
  • PhD (Strathclyde)

Areas of specialization :

  • Neuroscience
  • Microbiology

Taught courses :

  • Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pharmacology

Research areas :

  • Molecular neuroscience
  • Molecular Research
  • Probiotics and prebiotics

Research grants : -

Awards :

  • Silver Medal, PlantoraTM: For A Healthier You. Invention, Innovation and Design 2008. 25th – 27th March 2008, UiTM Shah Alam.
  • Best poster, Antagonistic Activity of Probiotics on Human Health, R. Kalavathy, C. C. Sieo, N. Abdullah and Y. W. International Medical & Health Congress 2007 25th -28th May 2007, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia.
  • Gold Medal: LactoGutTM: A Probiotic for the Food Industry, 35th International Exhibition Of Inventions, New Techniques And Products, Geneva, Switzerland, 18th-20th April 2007.
  • Gold Medal, GastroLacTM; A Probiotic for the Dairy Industry, Invention, Innovation and Design 2007, 24th- 25th January, 2007, UiTM Shah Alam.
  • Grand Prize, GastroLacTM; A Probiotic for the Dairy Industry, Invention, Innovation and Design 2007, 24th- 25th January, 2007, UiTM Shah Alam.

Publications :

A. Journals

1. Kalavathy Ramasamy, Nor Zaihana Abdul Rahman, Sieo Chin Chin, Nur Jahan Alitheen, Norhani Abdullah, Ho Yin Wan. Probiotic potential of lactic acid bacteria from fermented Malaysian food or milk products. International Journal of Food Science and Technology 2012, 47, 2175–2183.

2. Nor Zaihana Abdul Rahman, Sam Greenwood, Ros Brett, Kyoko Tossell, Mark Ungless, Robin Plevin, and Trevor Bushell. (2016). Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-2 deletion impairs synaptic plasticity and hippocampal-dependent memory. Journal of Neuroscience. Accepted for publication.

3. Rumelo Amor, Johanna Tragardh, Gillian Robb, Louise Wilson, Nor Zaihana Abdul Rahman, John Dempster, William Bradshaw Amos, Trevor J. Bushell, and Gail McConnell (2016). Widefield two-photon excitation without scanning: live cell microscopy with high time resolution and low photo-bleaching. PLoS One Vol 11, pp. 1-19, (2016)

4. Neil Dawson, Ros Brett, Sam Greenwood, Nor Zaihana Abdul Rahman, Robin Plevin, Trevor J. Bushell. 2016. Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-2 modulates reward processing and hippocampal-dependent memory processes via impaired brain connectivity and synaptic plasticity. The Journal of Neuroscience. (Submitted)

B. Proceedings

1. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (Aug 2012). Determining the consequence of MAP kinase phosphatase 2 (MKP-2) deletion on CNS function. 9th Scottish Neuroscience Meeting, Dundee.

2. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (Jan 2013). Determining the role of MKP-2 in the CNS. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow.

3. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (Apr 2013). MAP kinase phosphatase 2 (MKP-2) deletion reduces astrocyte number and neurite length but increases basal synaptic transmission. Festival of Neuroscience, London.

4. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (Aug 2013). Astrocyte proliferation and neurite growth are reduced in MAP kinase phosphatase 2 (MKP-2) KO mice. 10th Scottish Neuroscience Meeting, Edinburgh.

5. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (Jan 2014). Astrocyte growth and neurite length are reduced but intracellular calcium is increased in MAP Kinase Phosphatase 2 (MKP-2) KO mice, Glasgow Neuroscience Day 2014, Glasgow.

6. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (Jan 2014). Astrocyte growth and neurite length are reduced but intracellular calcium is increased in Map Kinase Phosphatase 2 (MKP-2) KO mice, SIPBS Annual Research Symposium, University of Strathclyde.

7. Abdul Rahman, N. Z., Plevin R., and Bushell, T.J. (2014). MKP-2 deletion results in reduced astrocyte proliferation and neurite growth but increased synaptic activity in mouse hippocampal primary cultures. 11th Scottish Neuroscience Meeting, Glasgow.

8. Rahman, Nor Zaihana, S M, Lim, R, Kalavathy, C. Sieo, N. Abdullah and Y. W. Ho. Cytoprotective effect of lactic acid bacteria. 8th MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2008. 15th - 17th August 2008, Swiss Garden Resorts & Spa, Balok, Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia.

9. Ramasamy, Kalavathy, Siong Meng, Lim, Abdul Rahman, Nor Zaihana, Chin Chin, Sieo, Norhani, Abdullah and Yin Wan, Ho, Cytotoxicity and Cholesterol reducing ability of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Symposium on Diet, Nutrition and Immunity, 16th -17th April 2008, Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel, Singapore. p56.

10. Siong Meng, Lim. Ramasamy, Kalavathy, Abdul Rahman, Nor Zaihana, Chin Chin, Sieo, Norhani, Abdullah and Yin Wan, Ho, Cytotoxic selectivity and antimicrobial activity of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Symposium on Diet, Nutrition and Immunity, 16th -17th April 2008, Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel, Singapore. p49.

11. N. Z. Abdul Rahman, R. Kalavathy, C. C. Sieo, N. Abdullah and Y. W. Ho, Organic Acid Profile of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Fermented Food. 2nd International Conference on East-West Perspective on Functional Foods: Science, Innovations and Claims 5th -7th November, 2007, Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

12. Abdul Rahman, Nor Zaihana, Siong Meng, Lim, Ramasamy, Kalavathy. Effect of Lactic Acid Bacteria on Cancer and Normal Cell Proliferation. 2nd International Conference on East-West Perspective on Functional Foods: Science, Innovations and Claims 5th -7th November, 2007, Crowne Plaza Mutiara Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

13. Nazrul Irwan, M. N., N. Z. Abdul Rahman., R. Kalavathy, C. C. Sieo, N. Abdullah and Y. W. Ho., Cholesterol reducing activity of lactic acid bacteria, Pameran Projek Tahun Akhir Bulan Kualiti UiTM 2006, 14th Disember 2006, UiTM Shah Alam.

14. N. Z. Abdul Rahman, R. Kalavathy, C. C. Sieo, N. Abdullah and Y. W. Ho, Acid and Bile Tolerance of Lactic Acid Bacteria as Probiotics for Humans, 6th MPS Pharmacy Scientific Conference, 8th - 10th September 2006, Crown Princess Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

15. N. Z. Abdul Rahman, R. Kalavathy, C. C. Sieo, N. Abdullah and Y. W. Ho, Isolation of lactic acid bacteria as probiotics to improve human health, 3rd Life Science Penang Postgraduate Conference, 24th -27th May 2006, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

 

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