Biodata

Professor Dr Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman (Professor Dr Zohrah) began her career as a school teacher in 1988. A year later, she joined Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). She obtained BSc Tech (Hons) in Applied Biology from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, Cardiff (United Kingdom) in 1987, MSc Food Science from University of Reading (United Kingdom) in 1988 and PhD (Genetics) from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) in 1994. She was Deputy Vice Chancellor at UBD before she was transferred to Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) in 2013 and appointed as its Vice Chancellor on 1st January 2015. She spearheaded the transformation agenda of Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB). Today UTB has evolved from unknown to known University, ranks at 344th in the QS world University Ranking, 126th in QS Asia University Ranking, 40th in QS Global University Ranking for universities under 50 years old and is also the nation’s only 5 Star-Plus University.

She was accorded the ASAIHL Fellow in 1996, the national nominee for the ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award in 1998 and sat on various committees of ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (ASEAN-COST in short) including as Chairman of the Advisory Board on ASEAN Plan of Action for Science and Technology (2006-2008), Chair (2011-2014) and national focal point (2002-2014) of the ASEAN-COST Sub-Committee on Biotechnology. In recognition of her contribution to ASEAN-COST, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of ASEAN Science and Technology in July 2008. She is also a founding member of Asian Society of Ichthyologists (2014-). She serves as member of several national committees including Brunei Research Council, Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI), BDTVEC Council, National Accreditation Council and Knowledge Convention (Majlis Ilmu).

Her research interests are on biodiversity, aquaculture, molecular phylogeny and biogeography of fishes. In 2006, she discovered 3 new Gastromyzon fishes (Gastromyzon aeroides, Gastromyzon cranbrooki and Gastromyzon venustus) in Temburong river with her co-researcher from National University of Singapore. In 2021, she along with her fellow researchers discovered new freshwater species of mussels in Borneo:

(https://www.nottingham.ac.ik/scientsts-discover-two-new-species-andn new-genus-of-freshwater-mussels-in borneo).

She also co-owned two patents involving biodiesel production from local paddy “Laila” with her PhD student. She taught genetics, population genetics and molecular genetics to UBD students (1994-2013). She is appointed as adjunct Professor at UBD and Honorary Professor in College of Science at Swansea University, UK since 1st September 2018.

She received four state honorary medals from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam: PIKB medal in 2001, Bintang PSB in 2006, Bintang SMB in 2011 and Bintang SNB in 2017.

She is married to Dr Haji Kassim bin Haji Daud and is blessed with a son.