Saturday, July 5, 2008

About the Bloggers

Mahaletchumy Arujanan

Mahaletchumy Arujanan is the Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) who is a trained scientist with a Bachelors degree in microbiology and biochemistry and Masters in biotechnology. She realized she is not cut out to be a scientist as she likes to meet and talk to people instead of sitting at the laboratory bench. She likes to think of herself as a science communicator. In other words, she has a soul of a communicator trapped in the body of a scientist – hybrid produced through conventional breeding! In her free time, she practices her communication skills with her two young daughters, ‘corrupting’ their minds with biotechnology.

Maha, as she likes to be addressed is a strong biotechnology advocate and inaccurate information on this technology often gets her worked up and raises her blood pressure. Her favourite aspect of biotechnology is Genetic Modification (GM) and strongly believes it will be the mainstream in food and agriculture in the next 10 years or less. She stays healthy and young by taking lots of GM soybean and is ‘allergic’ to organically grown food as her scientist mind tells her it is not tested enough for safety. To meet her, just attend any biotech events, you might bump into her.


Kelana said...

Welcome to the blogosphere. I will link this blog to mine. All the best.

Kathy said...

I'm going to major in Biotech in the States 1 or 2 years from now.
Will update every post at here.

pgbagali said...

Hi Maha,
Congratulation for the wonderful message and sharing with us. I am willing to share my experience with you with regard to biotechnology.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've just graduated from Monash and am interested in scientific writing. Is there any way I can go about doing that here?

MABIC blog said...

Science writing is a relatively new field in Malaysia. However, some lecturers in public university such research topics on a postgraduate level. You might like to scout around or drop us a line and we'll send you in the right direction. :)

lemonite said...

Hello, nice to meet you guys. I am now currently doing biochemistry at University of Malaya.
Being hailed from a strong interest on educational issues, i am very passionate about the idea of being a science communicator.
So,i am just envisaging the future of being an educator or perhaps a consultant on sciencetific related fields.I believe biochemistry can lay me a strong foundation background on all scientific reseach area like what applies to biotech fields.
Thus, i hope for more constructive opinions on the matter of being a 'sociable scientist' than a researcher in the lab.

leesharper said...

Hi Miss Maha and greetings. I'm new here and i just came across your blog while searching for companies which related to bioinformatics.For your information i'm a final year student and taking Bioinformatic course at UKM Bangi.Right now i'm still searching for a place for my practical study and i have MABIC brocher that i have got during Biocareer carnival at KLCC last year.I just want to know is there any place for student just like me to do their practical at MABIC? if yes, who should i contact with to submit my CV? i hope i can have your reply soon and thanks for helping me.=)

DrTassawarMalik said...

Nice interaction Maha at Comestech-PABIC Biotech meeting at Islamabad (Malik)