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Biosafety and Biosecurity

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Nest Bio-Venture Laboratory (NBVL) is a biotech-based facility where you can perform biotechnological experiments involving biological & natural products. Therefore, due to biosafety and biosecurity reasons, we are obligated to protect all laboratory personnel as well as the environment from any “unnatural” introduction of biological agents. Among others, we are responsible to oversee all activities involving the handling, working, using, manipulating, storing, and disposing of any kinds of infectious, potentially infectious materials/agents, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in all forms and sizes of laboratories and containment zones under NBVL management. All activities related to infectious, potentially infectious materials/agents, and GMOs must be conducted in accordance with UTM laboratory biosafety standards and best practices to ensure the safety of laboratory personnel and the campus community as well as protect the environment. It also must comply with the national and international policies, guidelines, and regulations related to laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. To ensure your work are conducted according to the relevant Acts, Regulations, Policy & Guidelines, please refers to the following list:

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Mohd Izwan Zainol is a molecular biologist whose research focuses on diagnostic microbiology and immunopathology of infectious diseases. He also works on analyzing the biopotential of natural products and their bioactive compounds. He was the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship recipient for his Ph.D. at Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan (2019). He obtained his Master in Medical Science in 2016 from University of Malaya under the teaching assistance fellowship awarded by the university. In 2009, he received his Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Science from University of Malaya under the Public Service Department of Malaysia (JPA) sponsorship. Alongside tertiary education teaching experience, his interest is also rooted within informal education and community outreach such as public health awareness and street science for school children. He enjoys volunteering because he believes it helps to nurture his potential as a member of society. By joining Leave a Nest Malaysia, he is optimistic that he is carving his career path out of his comfort zone, into the worlds of entrepreneurship and business. Mohd Izwan is also the core member of Nest Bio-Venture Lab, a collaborative science research lab between Leave a Nest and MJIIT-UTM, Kuala Lumpur.

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